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Homesick Texan by Lisa Fain

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  • Jean's cheese ball

    • ssdrabek on September 16, 2012

      these were not good to us...something was just missing??

  • Uncle Richard's salsa

    • SACarlson on September 17, 2017

      This is a great salsa that you can make from store cupboard ingredients. The flavour evolves over the course of a week, but it is still tasty seven days later. Yum!

  • Chipotle chicken tacos

    • SACarlson on August 17, 2014

      My husband cheered when he first tasted this. The leftover chicken made a great taco salad the next day.

  • Texas pulled pork

    • ellabee on December 10, 2012

      Excellent. 2.5lb butt 5 hrs in oven. Glad I halved the rub, still had quite a bit extra. Made chipotle 'powder' pounding chopped dried one in mortar w/salt & repeatedly sifting, so prob not as strong chipotle taste as intended; fine for us. Great on a toasted roll w a simple slaw (cabbage, creme fraiche, balsamic vinegar). Next time would defat and add pan juices* to shredded meat along w/sauce (also halved). *thought mistakenly they were all fat. Update: have made several times a year, always worth making extra of the rub to make 2nd round easier. Leftover barbecue sauce good added to refried beans.

  • Sour cream chicken enchiladas

    • sldoug on March 08, 2016

      This was a pretty good enchilada recipe and surprisingly popular with my kids. I poached the chicken to cook it faster and used canned chilies instead of the whole chilies (my kids are opposed to the least bit of spiciness and I knew the canned ones would be mild), and I used canned tomatillos. Otherwise, I followed the recipe and although I worried that there was too much sauce, it was a good amount in the end. Sadly, this doesn't make for a great weeknight meal since there are so many steps, but still, I'd make it again.

  • Jalapeno cheese grits

    • spharo00 on June 26, 2012

      I made one adjustment to this recipe based on what I had on hand in my kitchen. Instead of using cheddar, I substituted shredded mozzarella. It may have been that this substitution completely changed the flavor of the dish. Whatever happened, I did not enjoy these grits. I love grits usually and was excited to try adding jalapeno. However, the chiles added no spice, just an extra texture/flavor that didn't really seem to belong. Perhaps this recipe would be amazing as written, but I probably won't be trying it again.

  • Mexican rice

    • sldoug on January 08, 2016

      This is my favorite Mexican rice recipe. I follow the recipe except i use brown rice so I either need to start much earlier or I make the rice in advance and then reheat it when I add it to the onion/tomato paste mixture. If the latter, I add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of chicken stock to help with the moisture. The rice is flavorful and easy and had no chunks of tomatoes to upset my children.

    • sldoug on April 05, 2016

      Made this again but this time I quadrupled it to feed a big group. Baked the rice in the oven (325 degrees, 4 cups rice plus six cups stock and a quarter cup of butter, boil the stock and butter, pour over rice, bake for an hour) and cooked the rest of the ingredients separately, then folded them into the rice. I also cut back the cilantro in case there were non-cilantro fans in the crowd but I wish I hadn't. The recipe is best as is.

  • Cole slaw with cilantro and jalapenos

    • PennyG on October 30, 2016

      I was determined to cook today with what I had on hand! I had fresh cabbage but no onion of any type to make my usual cole slaw. An EYB search turned up this recipe, which was really very nice. I will bookmark this to make again.

  • Chipotle sweet potato soup

    • ldtrieb on October 04, 2017

      This quickly came together, I didn't have carrots so I used only one chipotle. Will make this again. Loved the spice

  • Turkey enchilada verde soup

    • DKennedy on November 26, 2012

      Truly excellent. Add the cheese directly to the bowls as it falls to the bottom of the pot and creates a mess for clean up. If you are using leftover T-day turkey, add some of the pan drippings to the stock instead of seasoning with salt. I used TJs green salsa instead of making homemade tomatillo sauce.

  • Chicken tortilla casserole, also known as racetrack casserole

    • chawkins on January 27, 2014

      Similar to the king ranch casserole, just lighter, no milk/cream in with the chicken mixture. I actually like this better. Used the meat from a whole rotisserie chicken instead of prepping my own chicken.

  • Peppery pinto beans with sausage

    • Aggie92 on May 21, 2014

      Meh. This is the second Homesick Texan bean recipe I've tried and neither has knocked my socks off. This tasted flat and really needed an acid (juice from a lime) and double the amount of spices. Definitely not peppery either.

  • Smoky black-eyed pea and sausage soup

    • eselque on January 01, 2016

      Made for 2016 New Year's Day. Salt brined peas overnight, and they cooked more quickly. Also skipped chipotles and used hot pimentón. Natasha liked the raw kale.

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