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Chile con Queso vs. Cheese Dip

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A Wall Street Journal reporter who grew up in Arkansas wrote an article titled: Don’t tell Texas, but Arkansas is laying claim to queso. I am quoted in the article recounting the time I was invited to judge their “Cheese Dip Derby” up in Little Rock. I declined, of course.

There has been […]

ZZ Tex-Mex

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Billy Gibbons stopped by El Real Tex-Mex for brunch today. He wanted to try the bacon enchiladas–two cheese enchiladas with bacon inside and a sunny side up egg on top–it’s our number one brunch entree. Billy loved them. I gave his wife, Gilligan Gibbons, one of those northern Mexican goat’s milk caramel and pecan […]

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When was the last time you had a steaming bowl?

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25 Years of Hot Sauce!

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Hard to believe I have been at the helm of the big hot sauce contest in Austin for a quarter century. I have never missed a year. It’s one of my favorite days of the year.

Check out what Austin Chronicle Editor, Louis Black had to say about the event 5 years ago, […]

June 2015 Recap

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Recap: The Texas Mexican Table: 2015 Foodways Texas Symposium

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Tex-Mex Symposium in Old San Antone

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2015 Foodways Texas Symposium

“The Texas Mexican Table” 5th Annual Foodways Texas Symposium May 7-9, 2015 San Antonio, Texas

Tickets on sale: Members – $290 Public – $325

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Join us in San Antonio as we celebrate “The Texas Mexican Table.” Our discussion will cover Mexican food in Texas in its many […]

Chili de Las Comadres

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Sisters Maria and Sylvia Calderon cook side by side in their tiny eatery located on the banks of the Ramos river in Allende, Mexico under a towering tree. At their one-room, one-table restaurant, they only serve one dish–chile con carne–though sometimes they call it “carne con chile.”

It comes in a bowl with […]

Talking About Tex-Mex in Old Mexico

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I’ll be attending the Foro Parallelo Monterrey this week. I’m giving a talk on chili con carne and its role in Tex-Mex to the gastronomic conference. Should be amusing! Come see.