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 […]


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 […]

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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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Genuine Ranch Style Beef Carne Guisada

We Eat Like This Every Day Sometimes writing about the most obvious recipe just slips my mind. Sure, there are loads of sexier recipes out there, using superfoods like quinoa, chia or matcha powder (which is hot right now), and I forget the one recipe that we make at the ranch at least twice a […]


Chilled and Satisfying Poblano Vichyssoise

Memories of a Gourmet Experience There was an icy chilled pewter cup on a silver tray, beaded with condensation, and a cream colored lace dress. A gold hair clip, a dimly lit restaurant, a soup spoon with a perfectly round bowl, crisp, delicate chives, faint piano music, and my first word in French: Vichyssoise. It […]


Orange Almond Quinoa Salad with Ham and Spinach

Easter is But a Day, But The Ham Lasts Forever… Ham always seems to show up on the Easter buffet, so I thought I would put together a couple of recipes for using up that monstrously huge chunk of pork. I usually freeze some of our leftovers, but you can always convert a portion into […]