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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Ooey Gooey Coco Lopez Filled Cupcakes

Out of This World If you were Martian, recently arrived in the U.S., and you wondered what power source energized our population, you might get the notion that it is cupcakes. One peek at Pinterest most popular posts puts every other category to shame. Eat dessert first? Please. Eat dessert, then eat dessert again is more […]

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Arroz con Pollo (Traditional Chicken with Rice)

Everyone Loves Arroz con Pollo (especially mine) From Puerto Rico to Mexico, Cuba to the Andes, families make Arroz con Pollo or chicken with rice for their supper table. We make it at least once a week. My husband has his preferred technique (searing the chicken in a wok), I have mine (using the rendered […]


Me, Unfiltered

Starting today, you will see more pictures of me on my blog. But I want you to know why. My sons and my husband are incredibly handsome, and are the subjects that I most love to photograph. But they loathe cameras snapping in their faces, and only allow me to take pictures if I promise […]