Recipes and Essays

Thanksgiving Cranberry Conserve: tangerine, ginger and sultanas

Thanksgiving Cranberry Conserve: tangerine, ginger and sultanas

Thanksgiving cranberry conserve, with tangerine, ginger and sultanas, is a delicious contrast of flavor and color that I think is really amazing with the seasonal cranberries.  I urge you to try it at your Thanksgiving meal.  I’ve adapted this recipe from one I read many, […]

A Native Texas Thanksgiving Menu

A Native Texas Thanksgiving Menu

I’ve assembled four dishes that will make this Thanksgiving come together with full flavors of south Texas and northeastern Mexico, the Texas Mexican culinary region. The menu is Mexican cornbread stuffing, Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Chile Serrano Turkey Enchilado Bourbon Pecan Pie It starts […]

Original Nachos – Recipe Created By Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya

Original Nachos – Recipe Created By Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya

The original nachos are Texas Mexican and were created by culinarian, Ignacio Anaya (nickname Nacho) in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, across the river from Eagle Pass, Texas.  It is a thoughtful, beautifully balanced combination of just three ingredients: corn tortillas, longhorn cheese and pickled Jalapeños. Anaya […]

Pinole, Powdered Mexican Corn Candy, Delicious and Nutritious

Pinole, Powdered Mexican Corn Candy, Delicious and Nutritious

Pinole is roasted corn, ground into a fine powder and sweetened with piloncillo, unrefined Mexican cane sugar.  The Tarahumara community in Chihuahua, just south of El Paso is famous for the endurance of runners over long distances and pinole is their go-to nutrition. The Tarahumara […]

Chile Poblano and Chayote Soup

Chile Poblano and Chayote Soup

This chile poblano and chayote  soup turns any dinner into a celebration. Roasting and peeling the chiles poblanos is a technique that you will use over and over again, to make other recipes like Rajas, Chile Relleno and Chile Poblano Con Papas.  Omitting the crema […]

Corn Squash Guisado: Quintessentially Native Texas Mexican

Corn Squash Guisado: Quintessentially Native Texas Mexican

Perfect for Sunday dinner, this corn squash guisado is totally Native American, a Texas Mexican classic. Even the technique is native. A guisado is a braise or stew that you cook stove-top. In every Mexican American family there’s a bounty of memories connected to a […]

Squash with Pork, Calabacita con Puerco

Squash with Pork, Calabacita con Puerco

Mexican gastronomy has hundreds of dishes, thousands of variations, the deliciousness never stops.  It’s true for  every great cuisine on the planet, but there are always staples that are core, and represent the traditional flavor of the cuisine.  Squash with pork, Calabacita Con Puerco, is […]

Truly Texas Mexican, The Movie

Truly Texas Mexican, The Movie

“Truly Texas Mexican” 
 a documentary feature film 
The Native American roots of Texas Mexican food serve up a plate of feminism, cultural resistance, tacos and barbacoa. Texas chefs look boldly into the violence of colonization to offer a new culinary encounter for peace. Premieres […]

Culinary Cultural Appropriation, How Can You Identify It?

Culinary Cultural Appropriation, How Can You Identify It?

My Essay on Cultural Poachers Cultural Appropriation in the Food Industry The comida casera, home-cooking, of Texas Mexican American families, has been appropriated by commercial cultural poachers who in the process harm both the cuisine and the community that created it. I use the term, […]

Pissaladiere Tart Makes a Briny Blast

Pissaladiere Tart Makes a Briny Blast

Pissaladiere tart will brighten up your stay-at-home days. These bites are small, but mighty, a real flavor blast and a nod to French cuisine.  Though the French lost out to the Spaniards in their efforts of empire-building in Texas, we nonetheless enjoy their lasting influence […]