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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chicken-fried steak), and the iconic longhorn steer, though today the durable but not particularly tasty longhorn has been replaced by more flavorful breeds like Angus, Hereford, and Brahma.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: Alice, Texas, USA
Living In: Covington, Texas, USA
About me:
I am 55 years old, married, 2 sons, 1 step daughter & 1 grandson with her. I love to play games on the computer (Club Pogo specifically). I write poetry, love to sing, love my friends & (most of) my family. I also am a TV fanatic! "Lost" and "Desparate Housewives" are currently my favorite shows. I have an adorable little Lhasa Apso (dog), who is (sadly) 12 years old. His name is Whiskey and I adopted him from the Humane Society when he was only 9 months old. He had been severely beaten and left for dead. Now, he is spoiled rotten and is quite happy in his old age! I am a bookkeeper by profession and have a wonderful (part-time)job. I am a home body for the most part, but I'm always up for some fun!! I love to laugh and make others laugh. I'm told I am funny!?!?!?!?!

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Salsa Cube Steaks

Reviewed on Jan. 31, 2015 by meaganteal   view full review
Good recipe. You dont need to add water, as the salsa makes plenty of liquid. I also added...

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Reviewed on Jan. 31, 2015 by shayda   view full review
Awesome, delicious and so easy to make. I just stuck everything in my nutribullet and voila!

Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Mash

Reviewed on Jan. 31, 2015 by Whitney Ford   view full review
This was very good. A great way to make mashed potatoes have more nutrients and taste a bit...

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