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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chicken-fried steak), and the iconic longhorn steer, though today the durable but not particularly tasty longhorn has been replaced by more flavorful breeds like Angus, Hereford, and Brahma.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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Home Town: Sugar Land, Texas, USA
Living In: Needville, Texas, USA
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My husband and I have been married 31+ years and both love to cook for family and friends. My 3 children, friends and family have always said we should open our own restaurant. All anyone has to do is compliment my cooking to make my day complete. I love to learn new things and reinvent old ones. I am a Registered Nurse working in the happiest of all nursing fields, Labor and Delivery. I got my nickname, Cowpatti, from several loving nieces and nephews. It is very special to me.

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