I'm a 7th generation Texan now living in Utah. I miss Texas, but have adjusted beautifully due to the loving arms this community has wrapped around me. Living near my daughters and their families is wonderful. I enjoy cooking for them, plus my nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors. I suppose that would be called "Texas Hospitality", as one never walks away from my home hungry or thirsty. I came from a family of six and when my mother began working to help supplement the income, I was the designated cook at a fairly young age, as I enjoyed it so very much...still do. It's hard for me to cook in small portions, so I cook a lot, eat some and give away the rest.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook is naturally due to my heritage from grandmothers and parents on both sides of the family coming from different regions of Texas. Tex-Mex, frying, baking and Pit-smoked BBQ are my specialties. My roast is good but can't compare to my mama's, hers was the best I EVER ate, to this day.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmothers taught me how cook some recipes that go generations back. My Daddy and Grandma, who was from Poteet,TX taught me the art of Tex-Mex cuisine and pit-smoked BBQing(my parents owned a BBQ restaurant that people would come for miles to partake). My Mama and Grannie from Henrietta,TX taught down home Texas country cooking. Holly cookies are a family tradition my daughters and I add to our Christmas dessert plates each year. We also bake sweet potatoe and pecan pies for the holidays that are from recipes that have been passed down for many generations.
My cooking triumphs
Tex-Mex cheese enchiladas with homemade enchilada sauce, mexican rice, Calla Vasa Con Pollo, Carne Gusada, Guacamole Salad, Salsa, Friole Soupe, WONDERFUL Southern Fried Chicken, ANY kind of pit smoked BBQ...meat loaf, melt in your mouth biscuits, chicken fried steak and cream gravy, ALL from SCRATCH. Homemade rolls and cinnamon rolls...yuuummm!! My Grandma's Lemon Merangue Pie....MOST of my baking is superb...
My cooking tragedies
I made some LIVER loaf as a teen ager that was a DISASTER...YUCK!!! I also made a huge pot of Calla Vasa Con Pollo(Mexican Squash and Chicken Soup) that is normally DELICIOUS, but I placed it in the fridge with the lid on before I allowed it to cool. The tomatoes soured, so all the work I went to went down the drain. It was a pot luck for a big crowd I worked with...I didn't realize it was soured until I tasted it the next day at the luncheon. I was very embarrassed as I tried to explain...a LESSON learned...never put a lid on hot food and put into fridge, it goes SOUR.