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The flags of many nations have flown over the Lone Star State. Texas was even its own republic briefly. So it only makes sense that Texas should have a rich and diverse culinary heritage. This is big beef country. Texas gave us the cattle drive, the chuck wagon dinner (from which we get chicken-fried steak), and the iconic longhorn steer, though today the durable but not particularly tasty longhorn has been replaced by more flavorful breeds like Angus, Hereford, and Brahma. Traditionally, Texas barbecue is a slow-cooked affair using tougher cuts of beef, primarily brisket, over a wood fire. Of course, Texas is also the home of Tex-Mex cuisine. As the Spanish pushed northward from present-day Mexico, they brought with them an evolving cuisine. What had begun as a fusion of Spanish and Meso-American cooking was further influenced at the hands of Tejanos, Anglo ranchers, and others. The resulting hybrid cuisine would eventually become known as Tex-Mex. Culinary creations that Tex-Mex can call its own include beef fajitas, crispy tacos, nachos, chili con carne (hold the beans in Texas!), and the concept of the enormous combination platter.

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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Living In: Rosenberg, Texas, USA
About me:
I am a mother of 5 children, ages 19, 18, 8, 5, and 1. I have a brother who is a professional cook that I get lots of tips from, but every now and then he learns something from me. I am very family oriented so we have lots of get togethers with my immediate and extended family. My heritage is Czech, but living in Texas there's a lot of hispanic culture that I have embraced which I think makes cooking even more interesting. Having friends from many different cultures has helped me broaden my cooking experience. It is easy to get burnt out when you have to cook day in and day out. Trying new things is one way to keep it from becoming such a chore.

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Pecan Pie V

Reviewed on Nov. 28, 2014 by Felicia   view full review
Not as visually appealing as a corn syrup-based pecan pie, but it did taste great!

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