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 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 syrup… 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 minsCook Time 30 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 a smooth… 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 minsCook Time 10 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; reduce 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

  Stewed Tomatoes and Okra (with sausage and shrimp) When I think of the foods I crave, there is generally a wonderful aroma connected with them. This dish is a delight to prepare and savor at the same time! Join Texicureans and Corey Benbow as we prepare this traditional southern… 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 minsCook Time 15 mins Servings 6 Ingredients  1 head cauliflower3 tbsp butter3 tbsp flour1½ cups half-and-half… 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

FEELIN’ JUST PEACHY!

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