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Watermelon Salad with Lemon Chia Dressing

The Original Texas Tastemaker Sweet and tangy poppy seed dressing has certainly had a long run in the spotlight. Made popular by Helen Corbitt back in the 1950’s, poppy seed dressing is still a regular offering on most summer fruit salads. (FYI inasmuch as I could have googled this Helen Corbitt factoid, I knew this […]

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Tart and Juicy Ruby Red Grapefruit Pie

A Signature Regional Dessert One of the glories of our Rio Grande Valley autumns is the harvest of the Ruby Red grapefruit. They are what every little grapefruit should aspire to be. Sweet, juicy and deep red on the inside, blushing like a peach on the outside. Use them for your pie if you can […]

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies

Better than Any Powdered Mix Mexican hot chocolate is different than the powdered cocoa mixes we consume here in the U.S. In chocolate growing countries, many communities have a molino or mill that will grind the chocolate nibs into your house recipe, including the spices and amount of sugar that you like. Out of the […]

Beverages

Refreshing and Different Celery Lemonade

Celery Can Make A Refreshing Beverage Celery Lemonade is an incredibly refreshing beverage on hot, dry summer days. I served this recipe to some visiting chefs from the Culinary Institute of America, and they were quite impressed! If you don’t care for celery, try substituting cucumber for an equally thirst quenching drink. And really, you only […]

Main Dishes

Pork Carnitas (Pork Pieces prepared Cauldron Style)

Pork Carnitas are a Traditional Weekend Treat Lots of little mom and pop taco stands serve carnitas on the weekends. The name simply means “little meats” and they are considered an affordable indulgence. The milk added in the last stage of cooking gives each piece of meat a scrumptiously crisp crust. Carnitas can be enjoyed […]

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Pan Seared Filet with Roasted Tomatillo Guacamole

One Skillet Meals are Easy One skillet meals are really a help on weekdays when you are exhausted, but want to refuel with something hearty. Searing a filet doesn’t take too long, and you can make a quick Roasted Tomatillo Guacamole that will help you forget the troubles of the day. The pan you select […]

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Delicious Homemade Dulce de Leche Glazed Donuts

Fresh and Hot Living 40 minutes from the grocery store, we never get fresh donuts on a Sunday morning. Ever. But, we have the best sunsets and can whoop it up any time we feel like it, and not bother any neighbors, since we have none. You can’t have everything. But we do have a […]

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Home Made Pickled Jalapeños Peppers

Easy to Make, Hard to Resist Jalapeños shouldn’t be soft and grey. Yet can after can, we seem to keep eating them, without question. Wha? There are alternatives. If you can boil water, you can make your own freshly pickled peppers, which are crisp to the bite, and vibrant green in color. Out of all […]

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