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Day of the Dead, Oaxaca 1997

Our Dia de los Muertos ofrenda from 2015

Our Dia de los Muertos ofrenda from 2012

Bread of the Dead (Natural History Magazine, November 1998)

Francisco Marquez and I are sitting at the farmhouse table, drinking hot chocolate and eating sweet pan de muerto, the bread of the dead. It is the morning of November first, Dia de los Muertos, the […]

Swiss-Mex Enchiladas


Enchiladas Suizas are a new item on the menu at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe. In fact we use the Suizas sauce on several enchiladas plates including the Chicken Enchiladas Suizas, Avocado Enchiladas Suizas, and Crab and Avocado Enchiladas. Enchiladas Suizas means “Swiss-style Enchiladas.” Our Suizas sauce is a bechamel sauce with sour cream and […]

Texas Barbecue Revisited


The 2nd Edition of Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook went on sale April 19.

There are some great new photos from Robert Jacob Lerma, 32 new recipes from famous Texas pitmasters like Joe Burney and Aaron Franklin and cook-off competitors like Robert Sierra and Ernest Cervantes. There’s also new information about community barbecues in […]

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The Making of… Chili

When was the last time you had a steaming bowl?

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DIY Olives: Pimientos or Anchovies?

Galveston olives from my backyard tree

How to Cure Olives:

Galveston olives from my backyard tree

Our new house in Galveston has a small, and very old, olive tree near the back porch. I haven’t figured out the cultivar–my iPhone plant app says they are “African olives.”

When I noticed that these olives were starting to get ripe, I […]



American Fish Wines


Gravitas from Boony Doon is a California tribute to the white wines of the French Graves region. Made with lots of Semillion to smooth out the Sauvignon Blanc, I like this wine a lot better than many of the “flinty” Graves whites I have sampled. The crisp clean citrus flavors and aroma derived […]

June 2015 Recap

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