Recipes and Essays

3 Chef-Owned Restaurants Are Crushing It In San Antonio

3 Chef-Owned Restaurants Are Crushing It In San Antonio

Dispatch from San Antonio, Texas: If you travel to San Antonio, get out your cellphone and safeguard these 3 chef-owned San Antonio restaurants that will give you the rich and vibrant flavors of San Antonio’s native food. You won’t find them on the famous downtown […]

Huevos Rancheros Are My Tejano, Norteño Poetry. And Saucy!

Huevos Rancheros Are My Tejano, Norteño Poetry. And Saucy!

Poetry and food?  Absolutely with Huevos Rancheros. I often connect my dishes to music or poetry and when it comes to huevos rancheros it’s easy to do so.  Huevos Rancheros is a dish that has inspired poetry from Anthony The Poet (Anthony M. Flores) and […]

“Indigenous Foodways Of Texas And Northern Mexico” Book Series Is Seeking Writers and Cooks

“Indigenous Foodways Of Texas And Northern Mexico” Book Series Is Seeking Writers and Cooks

Indigenous Foodways: A Call To Writers, Researchers, Cooks (Versión Español) The New Book Series, “Indigenous Foodways of Texas and Northern Mexico,” is a collaboration of Texas Tech University, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and Series Editor, Adán Medrano. Launched early this year, the […]

Avocado And Kidney Bean Salad

Avocado And Kidney Bean Salad

This avocado and kidney bean salad demonstrates the versatility of beans.  The adjective, creamy, does not require actual cream from cows, as this recipe clearly demonstrates.  White kidney beans have a bite that is naturally smooth and creamy. Together, kidney beans and avocado make a […]

Chacales – Cracked Nixtamalized Corn

Chacales – Cracked Nixtamalized Corn

Chef Rico Torres of Mixtli, the famed progressive Mexican cuisine restaurant in San Antonio, Texas, shared his chacales recipe, saying that it evokes memories of his family, and growing up in El Paso, Texas. It is a prized dish of comida casera, home-cooking, along the […]

NY Times Tex-Mex Story & My 3 Texas Mexican Recipes that have a Tex-Mex version

NY Times Tex-Mex Story & My 3 Texas Mexican Recipes that have a Tex-Mex version

This New York Times story reports both histories: tex-mex and Texas Mexican. Both foods are good, they are just different, and it always makes sense to document the history of how food evolves. I offer my recipes for 3 that are mentioned in the story […]

Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium Talk: “Cuisine Without Borders”

Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium Talk: “Cuisine Without Borders”

I presented this talk on October 20, 2023 at the annual symposium of The Southern Foodways Alliance. I spoke about The Art of Texas Mexican cooking and its impact on memory, identity and community. I also shared views about “Cultural Poachers.” It’s 20 minutes and […]

Iconic Mexican Tacos: Calabacita Con Maíz

Iconic Mexican Tacos: Calabacita Con Maíz

Guisado de calabacita con maíz makes iconic Mexican tacos that are unbeatable for depth of flavor and texture.  No creams or cheesy additions are needed here. Paired with steaming, comal-roasted corn tortillas, this ancient combination makes beautiful tacos. Tatuma is the heirloom squash that’s been […]

Spread Love & Happiness with Cooking!  — 2 Holiday Gift Cookbooks

Spread Love & Happiness with Cooking! — 2 Holiday Gift Cookbooks

My holiday gift suggestion is one or both of these award-winning cookbooks, now holiday discounted at bookstores and online retailers. For experienced cooks and also beginners, these step-by step recipes guarantee the best flavors and eye-popping presentations for every occasion, all year long. The recipes, […]

Stop Calling it tex-mex! A Texas Mexican Enchilada

Stop Calling it tex-mex! A Texas Mexican Enchilada

This video was produced by The Southern Foodways Alliance and screened at the annual symposium where I spoke about “The Art of Cooking.” Filmmaker, Ethan Payne, succinctly, visually, shows the differences between tex-mex and the Mexican food of Texas, an important distinction. Making this distinction […]