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Homemade Chile Powder and Crushed Pepper Flakes

I recently posted about the ornamental peppers I’m growing in pots around the reservation here. Knowing that these small chiles are edible, I lay in wait, kitchen shears and bowl in hand, for the red lovelies to begin to dry out. Then I snipped them off the bushes and put them into my new Waring […]

Best. Burritos. Ever…

This weekend the weather turned off cool and crisp. Not cold, I don’t think my veggie plants are in any danger, but cooler than I like this time of year. (Then again, I’m into shorts and bare feet by Texas Independence.) Cool weather is a good excuse to break out the slow cooker and make […]

Stuffing Cubanelles for Flavor and Profit

My one, solitary cubanelle plant in the garden has been a strong producer all season. The first batch of peppers I got from the plant amounted to only six, but they were large, firm and tasty. The next cycle produced over three dozen medium-sized chiles, some of which I purposely let ripen on the plant. […]

A Taste of Jalisco in North Austin

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

Deep in Mexico, about halfway between Acapulco and Mazatlan, lies a famous city: Guadalajara, the capital of the state of Jalisco. Populous, compact and relatively well laid-out, this city boasts proud-spirited citizens and great food. The state of Jalisco is known for famous seafood and great […]

Tacos are Brain Food, and Brainiacs Eat at El Taquito…

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Want to win a Nobel Prize, or maybe solve world hunger or cure cancer? Eat tacos. Want your sons to grow up to play pro sports? Feed them tacos; lots and lots of soft tacos. Want your daughters to be like Kim Kardashian? (Okay, maybe not […]

Tex-Mex, Better’n Sex (Says So on the Menu)

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Cat-sitting has its moments. (Archie, ready to roll above, might disagree by now.) After all the fights, the feedings and the frenetic searches (how’d Samantha get into […]

World Nutella Day: It's Finally Here!

Today is World Nutella Day. That’s right, a whole day devoted to the tasty spread made from hazelnuts and chocolate. Irresistable! (Especially to my daughterperson, who has her 21st birthday tomorrow.) Creamy, gooey goodness that goes well with almost anything! At least I’ve never seen a recipe containing Nutella that anybody ever complained about…

I’ve […]

Recipe du Jour II: New Year's Posole, a Family Tradition (If a Bit Late)

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

You remember that game where you say a word or phrase, and your friend says the first thing that pops into her head? Well, I bet if you try this with “hominy” here in Texas, the automatic response is likely “grits.” (Not a bad choice.) If […]