Kolaches, those sweet little stuffed pastries of Czech origin are one of those regionally unique treats that's not too easy to find outside of a certain area of Texas. To satisfy her craving for these little yeasted buns, Lisa Fain, author of The Homesick Texan Cookbook, took it upon herself to recreate them in her tiny New York. She equates the challenge to tackling bagel-baking in Texas—ambitious with a touch of foolhardiness.
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Cheesy enchiladas sauced with a rich, meaty ladle of chili con carne is Texas on a plate, according to Lisa Fain, author of The Homesick Texan Cookbook. It's that combination of bean-less chili gravy and cheese stuffed and covered corn tortillas that is the essence of Tex-Mex and a true taste of Texas.
Baking just about anything in a cast iron skillet is bound to be pretty great and this Tomato Cobbler from Lisa Fain's The Homesick Texan Cookbook is no exception. Taking inspiration from those great summer fruit cobblers, Fain wondered why she couldn't apply the same technique to a savory side—and so this fantastic summer cobbler was born.
In Texas, whipping up a bowl of the cheesy dip known as Chili Con Queso can be as simple as melting a block of Velveeta with a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles. This is a upgraded version of it using cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese.
These Chorizo Stuffed Jalapeños are clearly a take on the beloved Texan cheese-stuffed, breaded and fried poppers, but instead of going for cheddar or plain old cream cheese, Fain fills hers with a grown up mix of kicked up goat cheese mixed with spicy crumbles of chorizo.
When Lisa Fain moved to New York from Texas she was pretty sure that finding the flavors of home wouldn't be an issue, but she soon discovered that real Texan cooking (and not just Tex-Mex and barbecue) might just be the one and only regional cuisine that the Big Apple was lacking. And so, her blog The Homesick Texan, was born. She now has a cookbook, which we'll be cooking from all this week. Enter to win a copy here!