Blueberry Margarita

July 18, 2024

I love this cocktail for many reasons – always good to get blueberries in your diet, it makes two servings, AND it is fresh and simple. The color is beautiful – a rich hue that just says “chillin out in summer”! Quite frankly – you can use a muddler  (I… Read more

Fresh Texas Honey Lemonade

June 26, 2024

What’s the buzz all about, Charlie Bee? You may have met Charlie Agar and his wife Kaye behind a table laden with local honey at the farmer’s market in New Braunfels.  Charlie is the proverbially smiling, friendly face, supported by his sweet wife, behind the Charlie Bee brand of honey.  … Read more

Chill Dill Cucumber Soup

June 12, 2024

Cool, refreshing, and literally lunch in a bowl – this chilled soup will make your warm summer days happy! Cucumbers combined with dill and tarragon give depth of flavor.  The yogurt is full of protein.  And throw in some Texas olive oil – YUM! Fresh dill is amazing in this… Read more

Herb Butter Drop Biscuits

June 4, 2024

Biscuits: Yum.  Biscuits with a herb butter: Amazing! A food processor and simply dropping the biscuits make prep super easy.  And melding the herbs into butter is a fragrant gift. For brunch you can add an egg dish.  For lunch – a salad.  And for dinner – well that Soul… Read more

Lemon Curd

April 29, 2024

Lemon curd is a time-honored filling for a layer cake.  A layer cake creates the WOW in the dessert arena.  They are really not much trouble, and an occasion becomes even more special with this spectacular filling. Another of Margaret Lea Houston’s recipes, and a  southern favorite.  You can look… Read more

Rich and Dense White Cake (Sam Houston’s Family Recipe)

April 29, 2024

Elegant, rich, and definitely fit for a special occasion: This recipe was passed down through the Sam and Margaret Houston family.  It has been published many times – the first thought to be in the 1941 Blue Bird Circle Cookbook.  The Texas Imperial Sugar Company also featured it in several of… Read more

Shiny Chocolate Icing

April 24, 2024

A tasty recipe from the tough and legendary Margaret Lea Houston  Texas women are strong. That’s no secret. Don’t think so? Well, have you met one? As Texicureans, we love to blend our curiosity of history and food together to give you a good story. We went to Burleson County… Read more

Sautéed Garlicky Broccoli

April 17, 2024

Sometimes it’s just the simple recipes that bear repeating for our everyday dinners.  Broccoli is by far the most commonly consumed cruciferous vegetable in America.  Studies have established a link between cruciferous vegetables and cancer prevention. And it’s just good!  I love this recipe because the broccoli is first sautéed… Read more

Easy Eclipse Charcuterie

April 3, 2024

Are you celebrating the eclipse with friends or family? Emily has created a board that is easy and thematic! Using a round of brie to represent the moon with a round of cheddar sticking out in partial eclipse of the sun fashion – you can use your creativity or follow… Read more

Easter Sunrise Quiche AKA Asparagus and Ham Quiche

March 27, 2024

“Good Morning!” says this quiche! A great make-ahead dish for Easter morning, you can bake it, freeze it, and pull it out the evening before just to pop it in the oven for a quick warm up. Since it has ham, eggs, and veggies – you’re covered for breakfast or… Read more

Travelin’ Texas Pinwheels

March 6, 2024

Are you headed on a road trip this Spring Break? Here’s an easy snack to keep the kids happy or the “kid in you” happy!  Pinwheels have been around for quite some time, but we generally think of them as an appetizer. Throw them into a soft-sider ice chest that… Read more

Sam Houston’s Famous BBQ Sauce

February 21, 2024

Celebrating Texas Independence Day Many people have attempted to identify what exactly makes Texas, well Texas? At Texicureans, we celebrate all of the unique cultures that contribute to our state’s culinary pallet. We like to say Texas is much more than BBQ and Tex-Mex. But this month, we are going… Read more

Chicken and Chiles Casserole

February 19, 2024

Sometimes you just need a good casserole recipe.  Some obvious reasons are to make and take, to make and freeze, or to make and consume the next day with little preparation. Someone brought this to my bible study and the raves were through the roof!  I’ve modified it to include… Read more

Sweet Potato Gnocchi Hearts

January 31, 2024

Sometimes you have to take it up a notch!  And that is exactly what I did with this recipe! Sweet potatoes are so healthy and work just as well for gnocchi as a white potato.  Factor in a heart shape – and there you have it:  a romantic addition to… Read more

Life is not all wine and roses, it’s chocolate too!

January 30, 2024

Sissy Preston – WSET Level 3 Certified Wine Consultant, generously shares her vast knowledge of wine with Texicureans and YOU!  Enjoy and thank you, Sissy! “Valentine’s day is around the corner and the city will be filled with lover’s holding hands and strolling the streets, sipping wine in corner booths… Read more

Easy Baked Acorn Squash

January 24, 2024

Today, I’m going to ask you think “bright orange”.  (Aggies – stay with me!) When it comes to food preparation, simple can be amazing.  Today’s recipe fits that mode, while being packed with nutrition. Acorn squash is a beautiful, nutritious complex carbohydrate.  That bright orange meat is full of vitamins… Read more

Immune Boosting Cocktail

January 16, 2024

Who doesn’t love a drink that is tasty, makes you feel good, and can kick a cold to the curb! Emily brings us this citrus immune booster cocktail full of orange, lemon, ginger, turmeric, and mint.  Easy to make in your blender, It also has the added benefit of pulp… Read more

Sui Mai

January 4, 2024

Chinese New Year Sui Mai Recipe  It’s January in Texas. By now, you’ve probably stored away your twinkle lights and New Years hats. Not so fast, a dragon is approaching February 10, 2024 to herald the Chinese New Year! Specifically, the first day of the Chinese lunisolar calendar is also… Read more

Eggnog Elevated

December 15, 2023

  Eggnog is readily available during the holidays at HEB and other grocers in Texas.  But if you’ve never had the pleasure of tasting home made eggnog – I challenge you to try this recipe.  It’s fresh, light and of course you can control the ingredients. My grandmother always pulled… Read more

Potato Latkes

November 16, 2023

Potato Latkes – A Family Tradition    December conjures images of tradition, great food, and the holiday season.  We may not normally have snow here in Texas, but we never fall short of celebrating our family, friends, and the cultural heritage we hold close to our hearts.  One of the… Read more

Easy, Peasy, Cranberry Pie

November 14, 2023

Crunch, moist, with a little tang – I love this pie!  So many times cranberries are the accompaniment, but in this pie they are the unadulterated STAR! Cranberries provide sweet and slightly tart flavors while Texas pecans give this pie a delightful crunch! So easy to assemble since there is… Read more

Harvest Soup

November 6, 2023

Sometimes a friend shares a recipe that just becomes a season favorite!  This is it for me! A few years ago, my husband, Barry and I were hunting on the 5F Ranch and the owner just happened to mention she was looking so forward to making her favorite fall soup… Read more

Scott’s Tender Fried Back Strap

October 27, 2023

This is the season where food truly ties us all together. Family recipes at Thanksgiving. Grandma’s special way of prepping the food. How you cook your turkey matters – brined, stuffed, fried, or roasted?  Better yet, who is in charge of the turkey? Maybe y’all don’t even have a turkey,… Read more

Cheesy Crispy Cornbread

October 11, 2023

  Chili and cornbread, pinto beans and cornbread:  What could a be better pairing?! Texas Ranger, Retired, Frank Malinak’s Chili or Pinto Beans, Instantly both call for cornbread as the perfect accompaniment.  On the trail, a Texas Ranger would have most likely used a cast iron skillet, and quite honestly… Read more

Pinto Beans – Instantly

October 4, 2023

This month, we are celebrating 200 years of Texas Rangers history! Retired Texas Ranger Frank Malinak shared his chili recipe.  He made it “sans” the beans.  But on the trail, dried beans were easy for early Texas Rangers to carry and prepare in a large dutch oven over a fire.… Read more

Texas Ranger Chili

September 19, 2023

A cowboy and a word slinger walk into a test kitchen in Giddings, Texas. Frank Malinak III and Lorie A. Woodward, respectively. They are equipped with a pound of Lee county’s finest ground beef and wild game meat from a medium size Nilgai (also known as a South Texas Antelope).… Read more

Chicken in Wine

September 9, 2023

Wine, mushrooms, and thyme combine for a meal worthy of your family or company! Another Tyler Junior League cookbook rendition, I’ve prepared this dish for my family for many years and it always pleases.  Here’s a hint, if you haven’t finished a bottle of wine in a couple of days,… Read more

Cheese Straws

September 8, 2023

Spicy with cayenne, these crispy cheese crackers boast only five ingredients.  And they freeze well to pull out for quick wine accompaniment. Another Tyler Junior League cookbook recipe, this traditional southern fare is worth revitalizing when you have left over cheese that needs to be used.  Or simply snag a… Read more

Chocolate Cake Roses

September 6, 2023

They are pretty, They are chocolaty bites of goodness. Silicone molds are a game changer for pretty individual cakes.  Spray the mold with an oil, fill, and pop in the oven for a quick, attractive presentation. Once they cool from the oven, you can push the cakes out from the… Read more

Roasted Poblano Corn Pudding

August 25, 2023

I spent a lovely afternoon with Tyler native daughter, Anna Katheryn Schultz.  A 5th generation Texan, her great-grandfather in the 1920’s was one of the founding members of the Rose industry in Tyler.  The sandy, acidic soil on their land was perfect for roses and he began shipping roses world-wide… Read more

Stunning Salad

August 16, 2023

Colorful, easy, and with only three ingredients – this salad will stand the test of a shower, luncheon, or dinner party.  And its just an easy recipe for your home meals. When my Mom was running the wedding shower/bridesmaid luncheon circuit with her friends, this salad was a mainstay.  It… Read more

Roasted Corn Salad

August 10, 2023

It’s Hot!  But this is COOL! Add Roasted Corn Salad as a side dish to anything – chicken, fish, or beef.  It’s also great for a quick lunch with a slice of luncheon meat. You may hesitate starting up the grill, but here’s a hint – roast a dozen or… Read more

Beer Batter Halibut

July 25, 2023

“North to Alaska” I can hear the 1960’s movie theme song setting the background for this iconic western.  Sam McCord along with George and Billy Pratt hear the call to adventure and cross the Yukon river in 1892 in search of gold below a mountain southeast of Nome. In true… Read more

Easy Peach Cobbler

July 25, 2023

What tastes better in the summer than peach cobbler?  This recipe makes use of a couple hacks to simplify prep. Hack #1: Buy H-E-B bag of frozen sliced peaches – a 5 pound bag is perfect for this recipe Hack #2:  Use 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, roll out… Read more

Travelin’ Ranger Cookies

July 18, 2023

Whether you are headed on a day trip or for a few days – its nice to have a snack that’s healthy, satisfying, and just plain yummy. I give you “Travelin’ Ranger Cookies”!  My mom always made these for our family trips, I made them for my family and now… Read more

Shelly Spivey’s Ribs

May 23, 2023

Shelly Spivey  Daisy Dukes BBQ 300 TX-21, Caldwell, TX 77836 From renowned and seasoned, I visited an “up and comer” hard working, young woman pitmaster in Caldwell, Texas.  Shelly Spivey, blonde, blue-eyed, and “5 foot nothing”, is the owner and pitmaster of Daisy Dukes BBQ. “Here at Daisy Dukes, we… Read more

Black Forest Cake

May 16, 2023

The grand finale to a night of GerTexican fusion includes decadent chocolate cake, whipped cream, and tequila infused cherries. Yum! What at evening at Krause’s Cafe with Alex Meixner and Chef Boomer Acuna. Thank you Chris Snider for hosting us. What a night!  P.S. Get your own apron here. “Everything… Read more

Pecan Trout

May 10, 2023

And the fusion of German, Mexican & Texan cuisine continues! This delicious recipe is from Boomer Acuna, Executive Chef at Krause’s cafe. Texas pecans rubbed on fresh trout, served over German potatoes and topped with a chili lime sauce! Truly a taste sensation of its own. You only need a… Read more

German and Mexican Fusion

May 1, 2023

For the culinary curious, something exciting is happening in New Braunfels. Think you’ve seen (and tasted) it all? Well, have you ever had cilantro and sauerkraut in the same dish? Accomplished musician and now New Braunfels local Alex Meixner, along with executive chef Boomer Acuna are selling out “GerTexican” experiences… Read more

Fresh Texas Purple Hull Peas

April 11, 2023

If you like black-eyed peas, you will probably love purple hull peas!  A southern grown delight, they are actually classified as a bean, are high in protein and fiber, and are raised here in Texas.  I found fresh frozen purple hull grown from Sides Pea Farm in Canton, Texas at… Read more

Texas Fresh Egg Salad

April 11, 2023

A few months ago, I took out on a hike with some friends to Lost Maples State park.  My friend Susan provided the lunch, which consisted of egg salad sandwiches crafted from her neighbor’s fresh laid eggs. I had forgotten how much I loved egg salad! Last week, my friend… Read more

Fresh Strawberry Ricotta Dessert

April 4, 2023

Strawberries – just the very mention of this delectable, soft, red berry conjures up sweet thoughts. Good News: April is the peak season for this Texas delight. Poteet is the strawberry capital of Texas, and with over 20 growers in the area, you have the option to pick your own… Read more

Farm to Table

March 25, 2023

I’ve always wanted to cover this food genre. So what did I need? Well, first a Farm. Second, a friend who appreciates ingredients and wants to have some fun. Cue Megen Litzenberger. Come along as we travel to Cielito Lindo Farm in Johnson City and connect back in my kitchen… Read more

Apple and Mixed Berry Crumble with Custard Sauce

March 16, 2023

And here it is!  The finale to the Irish Pub meal consisting of the yummy Guinness Reduction Pork Tenderloin and Colconnan potatoes:  Apple and Mixed Berry Crumble with Custard Sauce.  It’s a mouthful to say and a mouthful of flavor! I love to incorporate fruit into deserts – its a… Read more

Colconnan Potatoes

March 4, 2023

If you’re looking for a single side dish to add to that Guinness Reduction Pork Roast recipe from last week – here’s your answer:  Colconnan Potatoes.  Potatoes are an Irish specialty and incorporating cabbage into them, creates a  tastefully beautiful dish.  Of course, a little bacon and a little butter certainly… Read more

Guinness Reduction

February 25, 2023

St. Patrick’s Day is a feast with deep cultural and religious roots. Like many other holidays, secular culture has taken it for a ride. Green beer and green beads does not an Irish make. But who doesn’t want an excuse to cook, pour a Guinness, and transport to those verdant… Read more

Brandy Velvet

February 13, 2023

When I was in High School Band, my director always said, “your audience at a concert will best remember the first song and the last song, so make it your best”! This tastefully decadent desert  – smooth, cool, and a delight to consume will do just that!  It’s the finale… Read more

Family Snack Board

February 9, 2023

Many times, the simple things in life are the best things in life.  I think this is particularly true with children. Celebrating Valentines as a family when you have young children around creates a beautiful memory.  Why not make it special by designing a meal in the form of a… Read more

For the Love of Cheese

January 27, 2023

My niece, Emily Williams, and I started Texicureans because of our mutual love of the foods and cultures that make Texas like no other. During the last three years we have joined friends in many Texas home kitchens and ventured to their culinary cultural destination counter parts. We learned how… Read more

Chipotle Lamb Chops

January 18, 2023

John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner is another Texan that made it to the White House.  Starting his political career as a county judge, he then moved to State politics to serve in the House of Representatives during the session Texas was choosing its state flower.  He fought for the prickly… Read more

Lady Bird Johnson’s Lemon Pound Cake

January 12, 2023

This month we are celebrating Texans who made it to the White House.  Lady Bird Johnson, Texan, and wife of the 36th President of the United States served this yummy lemon pound cake at her daughter Luci’s wedding in 1966.  She probably baked it in a bundt pan, but we took… Read more

Cooking with Presidents: A small-town Texas chef’s rise and journey to the next chapter

December 22, 2022

It’s tough to find a more place-based culture than Texas. Evidence of that can be found in the comradery akin to family when you meet another Texan in a different state or especially abroad. Simply put, a fellow Texan can make you feel home. It’s no surprise that when President… Read more

Jalapeño Pie

December 14, 2022

Jalapeno Pie Tasty, Quick, Appetizer Print Recipe Pin Recipe Prep Time 5 minutes minsCook Time 45 minutes mins Course Appetizer Servings 10 Ingredients  2 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese2 jalapeños, seeded and sliced into slivers2 Cloves garlic, chopped6 eggs, beaten until frothy Instructions Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Oil the bottom and sides of a pie pan.Place cheese… Read more

Dark Chocolate Pecan Patties

November 23, 2022

Texas pecans are supremely the very best!  Add dark chocolate, and you have a healthy, satisfying treat.   I like to buy at least 60% dark chocolate chips for that rich strong element.  Buying your pecans at the grocery store is ok, but if you can purchase from a local… Read more

The Three Ps: Pumpkin Pecan Pie

November 16, 2022

This is where the creaminess of pumpkin filling meets the crunchy sweetness of pecans in one dreamy slice. I actually tell you how to prepare a fresh sugar pumpkin – those small couple-pound pumpkins sold specifically for this purpose.  The freshness of roasted pumpkin pulp can’t be beat.  You can… Read more

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries

November 10, 2022

Thanksgiving is a time for tradition.  We all have our fave dishes!  What if you could take one of the expected dishes and turn it into an unexpected burst of flavor?  That’s exactly what Roasted Sweet potatoes and Cranberries accomplishes. Once roasted, the cranberries release their juices in little pockets… Read more

Best Little Cookies in Texas

October 30, 2022

My friend M’Lissa Steel has deep roots to Fayette County. Her Great-Grandfather, William Loessin was Sheriff of Fayette County from 1925-1946. Even before that, her Great Great Great Uncle, August Loessin, was the Sheriff. My own Dad spent some time at the historic courthouse as a Federal Social Security Claims… Read more


October 20, 2022

Spaetzle – its a celebration of all things Octoberfest!  Join me as we examine the many possibilities of this versatile German pasta.  Think of it as your side dish instead of potatoes, pasta, or rice.  It also can become a main by adding sliced sausage.  My daughter-in-law adds sautéed mushrooms… Read more

Sour Dough Loaf

October 19, 2022

Few aromas in life match that of fresh bread cooking in the oven. And then to follow up, the crispness on the outside and tenderness on the inside of a loaf of freshly made sour dough bread is pure heaven. Sour dough starter can be found from a friend or… Read more

Cauliflower “Mock” Mac-n-Cheese

October 8, 2022

Mac ‘n Cheese – It’s classic; it’s comforting; kids as well as adults love it!  By simply swapping out cauliflower for the pasta, you add nutrition as well as cut carbs.  The cauliflower actually gives it a little crunch and it will still satisfy that melted cheesy craving.  In true… Read more

German Asparagus Soup

September 23, 2022

You may think of potato soup as a quintisential German dish, but did you know Asparagus soup (which typically includes potatoes) is also popular?  Asparagus gradually made its way to Germany in the 1500’s.  Currently the Deutsch are the 4th largest producer in the world.  When you are in Germany… Read more

Mexican Flan

September 23, 2022

Mexican Flan Print Recipe Pin Recipe Prep Time 10 minutes mins Course Dessert Servings 8 Ingredients  2 tbsp water1 cup sugar1 can condensed milk1 can evaporated milk1 8oz package cream cheese6 eggs1½ tbsp Adams Extract Vanilla Instructions Preheat oven to 325.Place the 1 cup sugar and 2 Tbsp water in a saucepan and bring to a boil until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and stir until… Read more

Hibiscus Tea

September 15, 2022

We still have warm days that call for a refreshing drink.  For a change of pace, try Jamaica or Hibiscus tea. It’s healthy for you, has a lot of vitamins and its a beautiful, refreshing drink. Simply add the dried hibiscus flowers to boiled water with a little sugar, a… Read more

Chiles en Nogada

August 29, 2022

  Chiles en Nogada Print Recipe Pin Recipe Prep Time 45 minutes minsCook Time 30 minutes mins Servings 6 Ingredients  Base Ingredients8 medium poblano peppers1 pomegranate fruit1 small bunch of finely chopped parsleyPicadillo Ingredients (meat filling)2 lbs extra lean ground beef1 tbsp canola or vegetable oil1 red or white onion, finely chopped3 garlic cloves, finely chopped5 roma rip tomatoes, blended into… Read more

Gazpacho with Coffee Glazed Bacon

July 26, 2022

Love tomatoes, colorful peppers, and cucumbers? Gazpacho is the combination of all those combined in an iconic Spanish cold soup. Try it for a great way to chill on hot summer days at lunch or supper. This recipe elevates the spicy, bright and rich soup with coffee glazed bacon and… Read more

Zucchini Brownies

July 25, 2022

If you have ever raised zucchini you have probably had this happen:  You walk into the garden and discover the gargantuan of all zucchini that was previously hidden under a leaf! So, what to do?  Here’s an idea that is a crowd pleaser and healthy at the same time:  Zucchini… Read more

Adventure Ready

July 24, 2022

Texas is a plethora of adventures waiting to be explored. Rivers, lakes, hills, forests, and trails all await our discovery. Being physically ready to tackle a hike, navigate a river in a kayak or enjoy a day walking the beach, simply makes it more enjoyable. Below  Jessi Oehler shares with… Read more

Grandma’s Cucumber Salad

July 6, 2022

It’s Summer in Texas, Y’all! One of the first crops in the garden in cucumbers. This recipe holds a special memory of staying with my Grandma on her farm and walking out into her huge garden to pick veggies for supper. (Dinner is the term for lunch on the farm).… Read more

RV Cookin’

June 28, 2022

Megan Traeger, an experienced RV’er spent 6 weeks last summer with her family of four traversing the US National parks. Lucky for us, she is sharing her hacks for meal planning on the road. When traveling, she likes to have the ingredients handy and easy to snag. So, she packs… Read more

Tangy Honey Slaw

June 22, 2022

This tangy Cole slaw can be used as a side dish or you can add protein for a complete lunch. I use local Texas honey, Texas olive oil, and a good apple cider vinegar with the “mother”. A huge plus of this salad is that it will last two weeks… Read more

All day Smoked Shoulder Clod

May 23, 2022

Feeding a crowd? Have a day to slowly cook a beautiful piece of meat? This may be the recipe for you! Shoulder Clod is typically one of the least expensive cuts of meat and when a tasty rub is applied and it is slowly smoked all day long – you… Read more

Oven Baked Tortilla Espanola

May 23, 2022

In 1690, the Spanish headed to East Texas after news of La Salle’s French settlements. Here they encountered the Caddo Indians, who they called “Tejas”. This was derived from the Caddoan word for friend and pronounced: “Tay-yas” Spain forever left its mark on Texas. Tortilla Española, or Spanish omelet, is… Read more

Mom’s Chocolate Pie

May 4, 2022

Click here to watch the video! This simple piece of tape says so much – I pulled out this pie plate and there it was: My Mom’s name on the bottom of the pie plate. This means she brought a pie to our house at one time. (and I forgot… Read more

Blueberry-Grapefruit Salad

April 30, 2022

  This is the perfect spring salad! I love it when 2 seasons collide – when you can still buy Texas ruby red grapefruit and blueberries are abundant. Add mint, a little honey, and you have a colorful, flavorful salad. This is as easy as slicing 2 grapefruits 6 ways,… Read more

Spanish Mission Trail and Salmorejo Soup

April 25, 2022

Spanish Mission Trail and Soup This next Texicureans adventure is full- out-fun. We biked the Spanish Mission Trail, stopped at a brewery, and topped it off learning how to make authentic Spanish soup from Maite Aguirre-Ortega. Our loyal readers may have noticed a trend in these articles. Texicureans’ mission is… Read more

Spring calls for coconut cream pie!

April 13, 2022

Spring just calls for a coconut cream pie! Until you’ve enjoyed a homemade version – you really haven’t tasted a true coconut cream. The coconut outshines the sugar to leave you satisfied without that sweet bite. This recipe doesn’t really take long: I buy the shells that you unroll and… Read more

Tex-Mex Meatballs

April 7, 2022

You’ve always heard about Meatballs and you think about that being an Italian dish. But, guess what: there’s a Tex-Mex version! And guess what else: It’s a one skillet dish! So, make this recipe, make a salad and you have dinner. As long as I’m messing up the kitchen, I… Read more

Ground yourself in the garden

March 29, 2022

When is the last time you stood outside, boots digging into the earth, and soaked in the colors all around you? Gardening is grounding. Literally. There is beauty in the dirt. It’s that time of year when sunshine warms the air, and our thoughts turn toward new beginnings. It’s a… Read more

Braised Greens

March 29, 2022

  Braised Greens Print Recipe Pin Recipe Prep Time 5 minutes minsCook Time 10 minutes mins Ingredients  1 bunch greens – Kale, Collards, Chard, Spinach1-2 tbsp EVOO – Texas brand preferred for freshness1 Leek or 1/4 cup chopped onion2 tsp garlic Instructions Wash greens. Remove tough stems if desired. Cut into 2 inch lengths.Heart a pan over high heat;… Read more

Country French Garlic Soup

March 1, 2022

Cindi Anthony, Dallas resident, and lover of all thing’s French shares this recipe. Cindi and her husband have spent part of the year in the southwestern corner of France for several years. This is not a soup you would find in Paris or other large cities, but in the countryside… Read more

King of Cheese

March 1, 2022

Roquefort cheese is considered the “King of Cheese” in France. It was the first cheese to actually have an AOC designation. Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, or AOC, is a French food-labeling term that protects the style, ingredients, and origin of a product. The milk has to come from a certain breed… Read more

Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes

February 28, 2022

Texas Sheet Cake with a little spice take the form of cupcakes for an easy grab an go serving at a get-together. This is a classic staple in Texas kitchens and at events with family and friends. Lady Bird Johnson was even known to serve Texas Sheet cake to guests… Read more

Texas Citrus Rustic Cake

January 22, 2022

This time of year I buy 5 lb and 10 lb bags of Texas oranges and grapefruit to enjoy a multitude of ways. So, when I saw this recipe for Texas Citrus Rustic Cake in Texas Monthly, I had to try it. Kevin Wenzel of Wiseman House Chocolates in Hico,… Read more

“The Queen of Hospitality” — Jean Dooley Tellkamp

January 4, 2022

My friend Jean Tellkamp is the queen of hospitality. My husband and I have been guests for dinner at her and her husband Scott’s home a number of times, and every occasion is a special event. Her carefully thought-out menu, pulled from her extensive collection of cookbooks, is always complimented… Read more

Savory Cookies with Bourbon Tomato Jam — A cheesy bite of delight!

December 28, 2021

If you would like to really “wow” your guests or fellow revelers on New Year’s Eve, this savory cookie is the answer! My friend Sandi Mueller, former educator turned baker extraordinaire – turned me on to this delight. She piqued my interest when she said she had never served anything… Read more

New holiday staple!

December 8, 2021

Of course we all love Mac and Cheese. Add slightly sweet butternut squash and viola! The love goes to obsession. This is a great dish to make for your Christmas meal, but it also is wonderful to have around during the holidays when you are reduced to snacking and trying… Read more

How to reimagine the ubiquitous Green Bean Casserole

November 21, 2021

Certain holidays have their lists of “expected” dishes. The green bean casserole is one of those that appears every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Green beans are a crown pleaser from children to adults, but the traditional recipe is not exactly the healthiest. This recipe takes a small bite out of tradition,… Read more

Stuffed Grape Leaves

October 14, 2021

Whether preparing appetizers for your family gathering, or for literally 500, these stuffed grape leaves are the ticket! I have always loved them, but considered it an abominable task to make them. Join me with Jo Ann Andera as she demystifies their fairly simple preparation and learn about the Lebanese… Read more

Sauteed Multi-Color Garden Peppers

October 14, 2021

This is the time of year that my garden Abounds with peppers I planted yellow, green and red peppers on purpose and now the beauty of the various colors is in full throttle!Peppers can make a lovely and wholesome side dish especially when coupled with some mushrooms and onions.  Flavorful,… Read more

Best-Ever Chicken Salad

August 4, 2021

Texas pecans make just about anything great. And when you toast them, it’s amazing. This chicken salad has the requisite celery and onions, but then you add green grapes, toasted pecans and a sprinkle of dill – Yum is the word! I especially like the combination of sour cream and… Read more

Audacious Main Course with Zing in an Hour – Stuffed Poblano Peppers

June 24, 2021

They do not get nearly the attention of the jalapeno , but poblano peppers are super charged with flavor. The poblano (or also called Ancho) pepper is my favorite pepper because they have that great pepper taste but are much milder.  They are great for adding just a touch of zing to… Read more

Food for the soul

June 10, 2021

Freedom Isn’t a Straight Line    Would you be surprised to hear that Juneteenth has a deep connection to Texas? As Texicureans, our journey is to learn and share history through food. Sometimes it is as simple as Grandad’s cornbread. But other times, there is a deeper cultural significance to… Read more

The comfort of meatloaf

May 5, 2021

Ahhhhh, just the mention of meatloaf conjures up a happy experience. In this New Braunfels cemetery, a woman is given the best compliment even as a memorial! Enjoy this healthy version that promises to comfort you in all your earthly problems – in the first few bites. Colorful Meatloaf Print… Read more

Migas – El Paso Style

April 1, 2021

Charles Salsman, who spent his childhood years in El Paso, shares this simple Saturday morning brunch recipe. Typically using items found in the fridge, this is a super recipe to turn left-overs into a spectacular presentation. And did I mention that it is super yummy? El Paso Migas Print Recipe… Read more

Corned Beef and Cabbage!

March 15, 2021

St. Patrick’s day makes me yearn for Corned Beef! I learned this recipe from my parents’ 40+year dinner club.Every March dinner club this dish celebrated the luck ‘o the Irish. The very nature of it says “let’s gather & share a cold mug”. So, don some green, turn on an… Read more

Meal in a Bowl

January 21, 2021

This recipe comes as a request from my fitness coach, Jessi Prochaska at Lokal Strength. Her dedication to whole body health extends to the “fuel” with which we regenerate. This recipe checks many of the boxes for healthy eating and basically is a meal in a bowl.Here’s to Jessi and… Read more

Comfort me with Comfort food!

January 7, 2021

Even though our winters are fairly mild in Texas, the fragrance of a slow cooked meal on a dreary January day is heavenly. Veggie-loaded Slow Cooked Osso Bucco is one of those dishes that is easy to prepare and full of slow roasted veggies. I especially like this Italian inspired… Read more

Light appetizer before Holiday Meal

December 16, 2020

From the Texas Gulf coast comes an appetizer that can be prepared several days ahead and pulled out to quench hunger before that time that all dishes come out of the oven (for me always a little later than planned).  Enjoy Billy Meek’s Ceviche family recipe from her time in… Read more

Bourbon-Infused Pecan Pie

December 9, 2020

The pecan tree was declared the state tree of Texas in 1919. It is native to Texas and produces the state’s only commercially-grown nut. Infuse these pecans with a late-comer Texas bourbon whiskey and you have a delectable dessert. I chose Rebecca Creek Bourbon Whiskey for this bourbon-infused pecan pie,… Read more

German Dark Chocolate Cake

December 9, 2020

“Absolutely best chocolate cake you have ever made” resonated around the birthday celebration table for my son.  For his birthday every year, I have the pleasure of making my youngest Son’s favorite desert – German Chocolate Cake.  This year, he has gone gluten-free, so I was forced to experiment with… Read more

Austrian Apple Strudel

November 19, 2020

What began as a Rotary exchange student/host family relationship has turned into an “adopted” mother/daughter love.  Barbara and I have retained close contact, visiting each other for special occasions, and thus creating a close bond.  Recently accepted into the University of Frieburg’s Doctoral Program, she also has raised an outstanding… Read more

Gruyere-Slathered Cauliflower

November 3, 2020

slath·er Meaning: To spread or smear (a substance) thickly or liberally. This word says it all for this recipe! No need to say more except that its a lot of bang for your time. Gruyere-Slathered Cauliflower Print Recipe Pin Recipe Prep Time 25 minutes minsCook Time 15 minutes mins Servings… Read more

Vietnamese Phở

October 19, 2020

The exotic soup that will feel right at home in your kitchen: Pho. Hear me out on this one. The broth is one of those “all day”, one lazy Saturday endeavors that pays in big flavor. And, it’s really an enjoyable dish to serve your family or to share a… Read more

Daddy’s Chili and Nanny’s Cornbread with Lou Ann in Hunt, TX

October 19, 2020

The Texicureans team had an exciting day in the kitchen with Lou Ann Smith and her family. We explored some of her favorite family recipes, including her dad’s chili and her nanny’s cornbread, and talked Texas traditions in her beautiful kitchen in the family home in the Texas Hill Country… Read more

Chocolate Haystacks

October 12, 2020

Although we may not have a tremendous amount of Fall Color in Texas, the cooler weather conjures images of haystacks, pumpkins, and chrysanthemums. A sweet culinary rendition of these musings are “Haystacks”. This chocolate version (if its not chocolate, it’s not desert, right?) has a spicy element. You can leave… Read more

“Tweener Time”

October 8, 2020

It’s that “tweener” time of year – from repressively hot to intoxicatingly cool: The fresh aroma of mornings with a cup of coffee in hand, donning a hoodie when headed out for a morning workout, and basking in the sun over the noon hour: early autumn in Texas means sunny… Read more

A little orange for the first hint of fall …

September 22, 2020

Today is the official first day of fall and it calls out to prepare a dish with fall colors.  This dish was inspired by our neighbors who raised healthy basil plants this summer, and had dried the bounty in a dehydrator. They graciously shared a baggie with me and that… Read more

Heavy on the Gorgonzola, per favore!

September 9, 2020

Maybe its some long lost connection to my Italian roots (Pace – my maiden name is originally an Italian surname) but I adore Gorgonzola – actually crave it.  So, this beet recipe that uses this yummy of all cheeses fulfills healthy and cheesy cravings.  Beets are in my CSA right… Read more

In Texas the trees got lost …

August 14, 2020

In Texas, the trees got lost……. Lost Pines, Lost Maples – where did they come from????? Near Lost Maples State Park is the quintessential Texas town of Utopia. Recently my husband, I and our friends the Hurleys played 9 holes at the Utopia golf course – made famous by the… Read more

A chance meeting that lead to love!

August 14, 2020

It was a chance meeting that lead to love. HEB had an endcap display that caught my eye: “Voted Texas Best” Homemade Vanilla Wafers. So, into my cart they went – if they are voted Texas best, then they must be good, right? True confession – I opened the bag… Read more

The “History Greek”

August 9, 2020

Probably one of my most memorablehigh School teachers was Mr. Chris. Thiswas short for a much longer Greek name, but his preferred name as he said wewould probably never be able to pronounce his whole surname. Mr. Chris taught High School WorldHistory with all the nuances and secrets that made… Read more

Grandma was a bootlegger in Wink

August 3, 2020

This slice of heaven recipe comes from a childhood neighbor in Austin. Diana and Doyle were high school sweethearts from Wink, Texas. I loved hearing about their life in this far west Texas oil boom town. What I loved even better was her walking over with this heavenly pie!  It’s… Read more

These peppers pop!

July 24, 2020

Pepper Poppers Cindy Williams Banana peppers are prolific in my garden right now.  One of my favorite ways to use them is stuffed as an appetizer or even a meal accompaniment.  This recipe is easy and attractive.  For a colorful rendition, purchase a bag of mini sweet peppers. True to my… Read more

A Little Heat in the Peach? Yes!

July 3, 2020

Spicy Peach Jam Take a beautiful Texas Fredericksburg peach, add some sugar and a little heat in the form of hot peppers and voila:  sweet and spicy combine into a full burst of flavor.  The wonderful thing about this canned spicy confection is that it can be used a variety… Read more

All things Peachy!

June 27, 2020

Rosemary Peach Preserves Rosemary is one of those perfect plants to have in your Texas landscape:  Deer will typically leave it alone, it survives with less water than other plants, and it’s a ready herb for cooking.  Try it infused in a white wine; sprinkle it on roasted potatoes or… Read more


June 24, 2020

FRESH PEACH PIE Peach season is in full swing in Fredericksburg!  My happy place is to buy a ½ bushel, lay them out in the kitchen to ripen, and take in the fragrance that fills the air.  Yummy! I visited Zenner’s Orchard in Fredericksburg and purchased a bushel-and-a-half. Not sure… Read more