When Lisa Fain, a seventh-generation Texan, moved to New York City, she missed the big sky, the bluebonnets in spring, Friday night football, and her family’s farm. But most of all, she missed the food she grew up with. In a classic example of necessity being the mother of invention, Lisa took her cravings into the kitchen to cook up true Tex-Mex – authentic comfort dishes that reminded her of home. From cheese enchiladas drowning in chili gravy to chicken-fried steak served with cream gravy on the side, from warm bowls of chile con queso to big pots of fiery chili made without beans, Fain re-created the wonderful tastes of Texas she’d always enjoyed at potlucks, church suppers, and backyard barbecues back home.
In 2006, she translated her recipes homesickness to a blog, sharing her fabulous Texan food with fellow ex-pats – and her well-written and beautifully photographed site immediately connected with readers worldwide. Now, Lisa’s comfort home cooking has been compiled into a long-awaited cookbook.
In The Homesick Texan you’ll find Salpicón, a cool shredded beef salad found along the sunny border in El Paso; Soft Cheese Tacos, a creamy plate unique to Dallas; and Houston-Style Green Salsa, an avocado and tomatillo salsa that’s smooth, refreshing, and bright. And we have a copy to give away! To enter, leave a comment here about your favorite Tex-Mex dishes – whether you’re native to Texas or have never been. We’ll do a random draw at midnight EST on Wednesday, September 14.