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Monday, September 19, 2011

The Homesick Texan Cookbook Review

  I could not wait to get my hands on this cookbook. The Homesick Texan has a cookbook!
Say it ain't so.

   Well it was so and I had the chance to cook from it. I also had to wait to read my copy of The Homesick Texan Cookbook. Really I had to wait until I got off the road to read through the pages of this fantastic cookbook. I was driving a friend and myself to a dinner party about an hour away. I received my copy in the mail about one hour before I left for the party so my friend got first crack at it in the car on the way to the dinner party.
I finally got my chance, later that night when I got home, to flip through the pages of The Homesick Texan Cookbook.

Well let me tell you what I found...some amazing photos,rich recipes full of so much flavor and some fine writing from a true homesick Texan. Lisa Fain has written a cookbook that shows her love of Tex-Mex cuisine and tells a story of who she is through the food of Texas.She enlightens us to the different culinary regions within the state of Texas. News to me. The flavors are as wide as the state of Texas,but the ingredients are simple,deep and perfect.

    Pork Tacos,Dallas Gas Station Style made for a fine dinner made up of slow-marinated pork fried to crispy edges and rich flavors of pasilla pepper.The Austin-Style Black Beans were hands down the best black beans I have ever had. I loved the sweetness of carrots and onions wrapped in chipotle peppers took these black beans just a little bit further. Hand me a bowl if these beans, a spoon and a side of corn bread and I'm done.
   Well almost. I got a little ahead of myself,sort of. I was showing the cookbook to a family member of mine and she saw a recipe that looked good real good. Only she wanted me to make it. Well fine with me. It was the Tomatillo-Jalapeno Jam. See I do my fair share of canning and preserving. The Tomatillo-Jalapeno Jam is just amazing,touches of apple with a kick of jalapeno. Just perfect. Well I couldn't stop there,I made the Chow-Chow recipe too! And canned it too!

   See that's what this cookbook does. Yay!

   Next was the Poblano Macaroni and Cheese. My kind of mac and cheese. The poblano pepper is a tasty pepper on it's own,but roast it and mix it into some mac and cheese,LOOKOUT! The other flavors that really put this bowl of cheesy goodness on the map for me,lime zest,cilantro white cheddar and Cotija cheese. I don't think without this cookbook, I would have ever made my way to this combination in a bowl of macaroni and cheese. Way to go Lisa Fain. Loved it.
   I also loved the Sopapillas. My first experience with sopapillas was a very long time ago in a great Mexican restaurant. I couldn't have been more than twelve years old and I fell in love at twelve. The crispy,cinnamon and sugar covered fried dough pillows were just amazing. Fast forward and things haven't changed a bit. I still have moments when I act like a twelve year old and my love for sopapillas is still there. Crispy fried dough coated in cinnamon and sugar and dripping in honey. Dang.

    And now could there be more,yes Smoky Deviled Eggs. Lime and cilantro in deviled eggs,one taste of these and they would make any Southern girl blush. I have grown up with and will always love deviled eggs. I have read in recent years a few food articles on different variations on this Southern picnic staple.Honey the Texan way of making deviled eggs is just fine by me.Smoked paprika,cumin and chipotle chile powder gives this dainty appetizer a sultry foundation to stand on. I know sultry,really!?! but yes it's true,make them and you'll see.
   Lisa Fain you have outdone yourself. The chapters are packed full of of solid Tex-Mex cuisine and my cookbook library thanks you.The writings served alongside every recipe fill my heart with a little bit of Texas and I thank you.

*This post is part of The Homesick Texan Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off sponsored by Hyperion and hosted at girlichef*


  1. Such a fantastic review, Meredith =) I have to say, I did think of you when I saw the jams =) I'm so happy that you enjoyed this book and thank you for being a part of the Homesick Texan Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-Off!

  2. Great review! This is a special book and it has been fun cooking along with you for this event.