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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chicken-fried steak), and the iconic longhorn steer, though today the durable but not particularly tasty longhorn has been replaced by more flavorful breeds like Angus, Hereford, and Brahma.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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Living In: Irving, Texas, USA
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I always loved to watch my dad cook in the kitchen, and would sometimes help. Now that I am grown and live on my own I started cooking "real meals" because I started to get bored of the Hamberger Helpers and Hotdogs and such. After trying out some family recipes, i wanted to experiment and try some of my own. Now, I love to cook... and try new ideas.

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Living In: Lometa, Texas, USA
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Living In: San Antonio, Texas, USA
About me: 3 adult children, 4 grandchildren (2 girls & 2 boys), & love cats! Also work full time & want easy, quick & healthy meals to cook for my family
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Home Town: Hesperia, California, USA
Living In: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

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Lauren's Cincinnati Chili

Reviewed on Aug. 27, 2014 by bipeman   view full review
Excellent! This recipe was the best I have made in dozens of attempts! Very close to Skyline....

Awesome Egg Rolls

Reviewed on Aug. 26, 2014 by mis7up   view full review
my sweet little moonkid wanted eggrolls and this was the recipe she picked. I helped along the...

Caroline's Firecrackers

Reviewed on Aug. 26, 2014 by mis7up   view full review
Who says that Flamin' Hot Cheetos(R) don't pair well with white chocolate?! Certainly not me....

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