Recipes and Essays

Smoked Trout Salad with Yerbaniz-Chipotle Dressing

Smoked Trout Salad with Yerbaniz-Chipotle Dressing

Special shout-out to intrepid, passionate cooks who like a challenge. This salad requires a bit of skill, but it’s really fun. I’ll be serving this ensalada compuesta, a composed smoked trout salad, at a gala dinner in San Antonio next month during which I will […]

Roasted Cactus, Chile Ancho Meatballs

Roasted Cactus, Chile Ancho Meatballs

I love these Roasted Cactus, Chile Ancho Meatballs because they’re perfect for parties. Albóndigas illustrate the dynamism of food pathways, the routes by which foods travel via bird flights, human wars, marriages, and so on. As it travels, food changes, refashioning itself into new cultural […]

New Texas Mexican Cookbook

New Texas Mexican Cookbook

The cover of my new cookbook admonishes you, “Don’t Count The Tortillas.” My amá, mom, told me this dicho, saying, when I was a small boy, and it refers to “The Art Of Texas Mexican Cooking.” Within a couple of weeks Amazon, Barnes & Noble […]

Poblano Potatoes, Papas Con Rajas

Poblano Potatoes, Papas Con Rajas

Papas Con Rajas, Poblano Potatoes, are creamy because of the waxy potatoes and lush because, well, roasted chiles Poblanos are always lush.  This dish, brings together the traditions of Peru and Mexico, potatoes being native to Peru and the Poblano chile native to Mexico. Early […]

Basil Bruschetta In Winter

Basil Bruschetta In Winter

Basil Bruschetta normally says “summer,” here in Houston, but when the basil in my little winter green- house surprised me by growing luxuriantly, I had to taste it, so I winter harvested some.  The flavor is very mild, but it’s perfect just after the tamales […]

Menudo: A Celebration Of Community

Menudo: A Celebration Of Community

Everyone knows that menudo is the official breakfast you have after a long night of revelry, and any will swear that it is the perfect cure for a hangover. For our family it marked the joy of Christmas and New Year, for there was always […]

6 Mexican Sweets For The Holidays

6 Mexican Sweets For The Holidays

Holiday Mexican sweets are all about memories for me. Whether you bake alone or with your siblings and friends, I recommend that you make at least one of these holiday sweets. It’s a part of life that you’ll enjoy now, and you’ll take those memories […]

The Malt House of San Antonio, Gone But Not Forgotten

The Malt House of San Antonio, Gone But Not Forgotten

The Malt House of San Antonio, Texas was demolished in May, 2018, and it’s a sad story, but I find also an optimistic story.  The sad part is that we’ve lost an architectural treasure that the grassroots community strove to preserve.  The optimistic part is […]

Chile Shrimp: Roasted With Cascabel Chile

Chile Shrimp: Roasted With Cascabel Chile

Last night I dreamed up this roasted cascabel chile shrimp recipe, with an underlying hint of anise, because I did not know what to cook, worrying about the immigration debacle happening at the Tijuana-San Diego border, with so many families fleeing death threats and torture […]

Stuffed Artichokes With Herbed Cornbread

Stuffed Artichokes With Herbed Cornbread

I made these stuffed artichokes last night as we watched the US elections.  Maíz (corn) is mixed with fresh herbs that are wonderfully aromatic.  By adding a bay leaf to the water when you steam them, you’ll add another level of nice aroma. Just a […]