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Smoked Turkey For Thanksgiving

Smoked Turkey For Thanksgiving

Happy Holidays.  How about a smoked turkey for Thanksgiving. The turkey, guajolote, is native to Texas and Mexico.  Over millenia, it was hunted by Native Americans for feathers, food and fashion.  Some of the bones (the hollow ones) were fashioned into necklaces.  It was also […]

The Original Chocolate Drink:  Why You Should Skip The Milk

The Original Chocolate Drink: Why You Should Skip The Milk

Make some “Chocolate Caliente” the way that the original inventors of this beverage enjoyed it, with absolutely no lactose.  There were no cows roaming about in the Aztec and Mayan empires of Mesoamerica, where chocolate has its origins and was first enjoyed. The earliest use […]

The Thanksgiving Turkey Comes From Mexico

The Thanksgiving Turkey Comes From Mexico

Sacred to the Mayas, and enjoyed at banquets by the Aztecs, the Guajolote (Melagris gallopavo) is our Thanksgiving turkey.  It was domesticated in Mexico and the Américas  before the arrival of the Spaniards.  The name is from the nahuatl word, “huexólotl,” which translates as “big […]

Smoking A Thanksgiving Turkey, “Guajolote Ahumado”

Smoking A Thanksgiving Turkey, “Guajolote Ahumado”

Karla McLaughlin continues a practice that began here in 800 B.C., the domestication of turkeys.  I’m grateful to Karen who drove all the way from Montgomery to my home in Houston to deliver this 15 pound organic-fed, free-roaming turkey and two pork loins.  She generously […]

Guacamole: from Avocado, from Aguacate, from Aguacatlán

Guacamole: from Avocado, from Aguacate, from Aguacatlán

In Texas gaucamole is omnipresent.  There are as many recipes are there are bragging-prone machos. I myself not being one to brag,, Ahem.., my recipe is based on 3 simple rules. 1.    Purchase them Green and Hard.  Rodolfo Fernandez is the top Avocado expert […]