Chile verde con carne (beef green chili)

Like most people, I grew up eating food cooked in a slow cooker. Whether it was an easy way to have dinner on the table after a long day of work, or a place to park your queso during a party, slow cookers were a large part of my life in Texas. Yet for some reason I never bought my own ....more

Smoky black-eyed pea and sausage soup

A few weeks ago I was visiting family in Oregon. I was staying at my dad’s and as a fellow homesick Texan who enjoys spending time in the kitchen, he has an extensive collection of cookbooks on Texan cuisine. One morning I was flipping through one of his books and saw a recipe for black bean enchiladas ....more

Ribs with Sam Houston's barbecue sauce

“Grand Barbecue!” read the headline announcing a large gathering for Senator Sam Houston in the Texas Banner. This was back in 1847, so it’s apparent that Texans have been eating and enjoying barbecue for a long time. And as this is the time of year when we celebrate Texas Independence, I can’t think of a finer way to honor our brave forefathers than by eating barbecue ....more

Gingerbread doughnut muffins

There’s a doughnut store around the corner from me, and while I’m not usually tempted by their doughnuts (my best strategy is to just look the other way when I walk by their shop), this time of year they sell a gingerbread doughnut that I have been curious about. Unfortunately, this doughnut shop has a tendency to sell out of their more popular doughnuts, and by the time I finally gathered ...more

Spicy pecan brittle

This is the season of giving, and one of my favorite things to give is candy. Texans have a long tradition of making and sharing candy at the holidays, and my family is no different. When I was young, a Christmas visit wasn’t complete until a tin of homemade candy had been passed around, and we’d enjoy everything from pralines to divinity ....more

Texas turkey chili

The other day someone asked me what I always keep in my refrigerator. After going through the usual list of things such as salsa, cilantro, and jalapeños, I added that you will usually find a jar of chili gravy in my refrigerator, as well. “What do you do with it?” he asked ....more


fsdfjlsdfjsldjfsdlfjsl Sour cream chicken nachos with poblano salsa verde Ingredients for the poblano salsa verde: 2 jalapeños, seeded, stemmed, and cut in half lengthwise 1/2 pound tomatillos, husked 3 cloves garlic 1/8 medium yellow onion 1/2 cup cilantro 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin Salt Ingredients for the chicken: 2 cups shredded cooked chicken 1/4 cup sour cream 1/4 teaspoon ground ...more

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sdfsaflskdflskdjflaskdjfa skfsdlskdjflksdjf SWEET POTATO MUFFINS Ingredients: 2 cups sweet potato applesauce 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour coarse sugar for sprinkling (optional) Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, blend together the sweet potato applesauce and the flour, stirring until well blended. Spoon the batter into a prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about 3/4 ...more

Jalapeño creamed corn

“It’s all good, but whatever you do, you must get the creamed corn,” said the woman waiting in line behind me at Killen’s Barbecue. It was my first time to visit this new Pearland, Texas smoked-meat hot spot, and she and I had been discussing the menu. I’d heard good things about owner Ronnie Killen’s brisket, beef ribs, sausages—heck, all of the smoked meats had been lauded as some of the best ...more

Scenes from my fall tour of Texas

This year I’ve had the pleasure of spending almost two months in Texas, which may be the most time I’ve been there since I moved to New York. I’ve had a marvelous time during these visits, not only getting to meet so many of y’all at book events but also simply driving around our beautiful state and eating very, very well. When you’re eating (at least) three meals a day over this amount of ...more