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Spanish Paella Is All About Friendships

Spanish Paella Is All About Friendships

Paella is Spanish for friendship, right? Well, it should be.  Friendships seem to surround Spanish paella, both making it and eating it.  Although it’s famous all over Texas and Mexico, it’s still a Spanish paella, not Mexican. In the late 1800s and through the 1900s, […]

Nopalitos Shrimp Gorditas – Cactus Is Perfect Party Dish

Nopalitos Shrimp Gorditas – Cactus Is Perfect Party Dish

Nopalitos shrimp gorditas evoke two very different landscapes of the Texas-Mexico food region:  the Gulf coast and the semi-dessert. The map shows the region of south Texas/northern Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas sharing the Gulf of Mexico.  It remains a cohesive culinary region, sharing the same […]

Moqueca Brazil Fish Stew Is Brilliant!

Moqueca Brazil Fish Stew Is Brilliant!

When we first met, some years back, Houston artist, Tony Paraná invited me to a Sunday  party at his home, and we made Moqueca Brazil Fish Stew.  It is  a Northeastern Brazilian seafood dish served in a clay pot. Fish and some shellfish are quickly […]

Serrano Shrimp Cocktail

Serrano Shrimp Cocktail

Depart from the usual shrimp cocktail sauce and go Texas Mexican.  Use Serrano chile, cilantro and fresh lime juice. This delicious Serrano shrimp cocktail is reminiscent of the famous Mexican Campechana cocktails in Veracruz, Yucatán and along the Pacific coast, especially in Sonora.  Usually, it’s […]

Almejas Con Chile Y Tomate, a.k.a., Fettucine Vongole Fra Diavolo

Almejas Con Chile Y Tomate, a.k.a., Fettucine Vongole Fra Diavolo

A couple of years ago I posted this recipe and because today the weather in Houston is a bit nippy, I find myself craving a hearty, hot, spicy seafood dish:  Fra Diavolo! Clams and shrimp in tomato and red chile sauce. I like to serve […]

Camarón y Calabacita – Shrimp with Squash Noodles

Camarón y Calabacita – Shrimp with Squash Noodles

Sometimes, when you want a break from wheat and gluten, you can enjoy a variety of delicious dishes that harken back to the days before wheat was grown in the Americas. This is one of them:  Shrimp with Tatuma Squash Noodles, “Camarón y Calabacita.”  The […]

Paella for Amigas y Amigos

Paella for Amigas y Amigos

Paella is Spanish for friendship?  I think so. Well, it should be. In Texas, the  term “Spanish” was sometimes used (euphemistically) to mean Mexican, or Mexican American.  Restaurants serving Mexican food sometimes called themselves “Spanish” as in Spanish Village or Spanish flowers. Not so much […]

Cognac Shrimp with Beurre Blanc Cream – A Lesson In “Denaturing”

Cognac Shrimp with Beurre Blanc Cream – A Lesson In “Denaturing”

This Cognac Shrimp is a recipe for company dinner.  It says to guests, “unwind, mellow-out, welcome.” In the Beurre Blanc Cream, you taste a brightness, a tang, from the acidic white wine, but the major sensation results from the flavorful creaminess.  I think Harold McGee […]