Now, in case you wondered what I do on my vacation weekend and in my spare time – maybe you don’t but I’m going to tell you anyway – I surf the internet. I usually start off looking for something specific, and then I get side-tracked. Last night, for instance, I started off checking E-bay for pictures of Mexican tin hearts – I am doing a series on them. From there, I segued to Mexican tin ornaments, then to milagros (heart-shaped), then to ex-votos – there are some AWESOME Italian ex-votos on sale right now. Then, I went to check for new retablos – those painted thanks stories from Mexico.
See how it works?
The day before yesterday, I was considering using some of my cajeta (goat milk caramel) in my Thanksgiving apple pie. I had already found my recipe for the cajeta pound cake on a site with recipes from Grady Spears’ cookbook: A Cowboy in the Kitchen. I thought I had also seen an apple pie recipe with the cajeta in it – but it turned out to be an apple crisp.
Now, I was born in Fort Stockton, Texas – my mother’s parents had a sheep ranch west of there. We used to spend Thanksgivings there, as well as a couple of weeks during the summer – I guess so that our parents could have a break! My grandparents took us on road trips through the Davis Mountains, so I have been to Alpine, Texas – and probably through Marfa as well. I have been to Langtry, to the Judge Roy Bean Saloon, and to Balmorhea to the big spring-fed pool over there. So, I consider myself to be a Texan (when handy).
My mother was just a teen when the movie Giant was filmed in Marfa. But I was probably in my teens when I finally saw the movie myself. I watch it whenever I catch it on TV and consider it to be every bit as important and epic as Gone With the Wind (which I also love). Reata was the name of the Benedict’s ranch – and it is the name of Mr. Spears’ restaurants in Alpine, Fort Worth, and Woodland Hills (I think that is north of Houston). Here is the URL to the restaurant website.
Mr. Spears now has 4 cookbooks to his name, and it looks like he’s going to be in a video something called The Cowboy Way. It looks like a cooking show – it’s about time! The cookbook I want is A Cowboy in the Kitchen: Recipes from the Reata and Texas West of the Pecos by Mr. Spears and Robb Walsh. It looks like it could be had for $12.00 second hand. I was thinking it would be a good gift for my mother, who is from West Texas, or my father, who loves to cook, but I probably just really want it for myself – they can borrow it if they like!
Here are some links to sample recipes that I have found so far on the internet. I am still laughing over the first link, which I found a few minutes ago when researching Grady Spears: It is from the Pepcid AC (heartburn medication) website!
- The Pepcid AC site has a LOT of recipes (15 in all), including Chipotle Meat Loaf, Green Salad with Texas Goat Cheese and Spicy Pecans, Salsa Verde, Cowboy Brownies, etc.
- Dr. Pepper Flank Steak and Side Dishes, Avocado Sour Cream and Pico de Gallo.
- Chicken Chile Rellenos with Cow Camp Creamed Corn
- Dr. Pepper Tenderloin – apparently, Dr. Pepper is made in Texas
- Pinto Bean Chowder with Blue Ribbon Cornbread
- Jalapeño Beef Stew
- Barbecued Quail Tamales with Avocado Cream
- Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apple Poblano Chutney, as well as Ranch Beans, Apple Crisp with Cajeta, and Buttermilk Pie with Rum-Soaked Raisins
- Steve’s Bloody Mary and Reata’s Famous Bloody Mary Mix from Cowboy Cocktails: Boot Scootin’ Beverages and Tasty Vittles from the Wild West
- Cream of Jalapeño Soup and Grilled Strip Steak from Emeril’s site
- Catfish Cakes and Stacked Tomato and Sweet Onion Salad with Mango Vinaigrette
- Reata Grill Spice Blend – Salt-Free
- Ancho Chile Ketchup Recipe
- Dr. Pepper Tacos – includes the Reata Grill Blend
- Pepper Crusted Beef with Blackberry Cabernet Glaze
- Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce and Pecan and Cilantro Pesto from A Taste of Reata
- Texas Deep-Fried Turkey – scroll down – the cinnamon-chile rub looks good
- Albondigas – also links to Sour Beer Punch and Strawberry Lemonade Fizz
Okay, I must stop now – I have to go eat pie and ice cream. Next – some cool recipe sites I came across in my search.