Friday, September 23, 2011

Cookbook Review: The Homesick Texan

I'm not going to do a traditional cookbook review for The Homesick Texan.  Instead, I'm going to just come out and say that this book is my absolute favorite right now.  I'd even go as far to say that it's my absolute favorite cookbook so far this year!  I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves down home country cooking and/or Tex Mex favorites.  It is wonderful.

I literally cannot quit cooking from this cookbook. I'm obsessed with it!  Every new recipe we try is so wonderful that I find myself wanting to cook another, and another, and another.

My family doesn't pay much attention to my cookbook collection, but when they see this book out on the counter they do cheers.  They know that whatever I'm going to make is going to be wonderful.

I'd cook my way through the entire book if I could, but for now some of the recipes I'd like to try 
are:  Chorizo Empanadas; Queso Cookies; Queso Flameado; Green Chile Chowder; Carne Guisada; Cheese Enchiladas with Chile Con Carne; Soft Cheese Tacos; Tamales with Rajas; Pasilla Tomatillo Braised Short Ribs; Tex-Mex Meat Loaf with a Chipotle-Tomato Glaze; Pasilla Garlic Shrimp with Tomatillo Cheese Grits; Tex-Mex Squash Casserole; and Chorizo Asadero Bread.  

Below is a quick roundup of all The Homesick Texan recipes I've made so far.
Pork Tacos, Dallas Gas Station Style

Austin-Style Black Beans

Poblano Macaroni and Cheese


Jalapeno Pinto Beans

Red Chile Rice

Mexican Fried Potatoes w/ Chorizo and Eggs

Breakfast Tacos

The Most Amazing Refried Beans Ever

Chorizo-Stuffed Jalapenos

Chipotle Pimento Cheese

Tomato Cobbler
Last night we made Lisa's Tomato Cobbler, using fresh tomatoes and jalapeno from our garden and as was expected it was absolutely wonderful. 

Words really cannot express how much I love this cookbook.  I've made twelve recipes and each recipe has been a huge hit. 

If you would like to see my posts for each of the recipes above, please click HERE.

Thank you to Lisa Fain for such a wonderful cookbook.  Thank you to Heather of girlichef for asking me to be a part of such a wonderful cookbook spotlight and cook-off, and thank you to Hyperion for sponsoring such a wonderful event. 


  1. I'm so happy that this became a favorite! Everything you made looked fabulous and I know everything I made tasted just the same- fab. Thanks for being a part of the Homesick Texan Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-Off =)

  2. It really does sound like a wonderful book. I'm still obsessed with that pimento cheese.

  3. Everything looks so good! I'm off to see if the library has a copy for me to peruse.

  4. Fabulous post. I have a list of what I want to cook from this cookbook. Time to write next week's grocery list.

  5. My copy just came in the mail and I am so excited to cook from it! You've made every recipe look so good!

  6. I so want this cookbook now! It's going on my wish list for sure!

    EVERYTHING looks so wonderful!

  7. This book is on my Amazon wish list. I'm so glad you love it. I had a feeling that I would, too. I've made her Chili Gravy, which is one of my most viewed recipe posts...and my family loves it too. I love me some refried beans!

  8. Oh my goodness - I can't believe how much you have made from this book!! This one is definitely #1 on my want list. Can't wait until I can get it!

  9. I had an idea this book was becoming one of your favorites Kim. Every recipe I've seen makes me homesick for Texas too. Thanks to each of you that have participated. It's been a great time.

  10. You really did cook your way through the book. ;-) Everything you made looks fabulous and you gave me some ideas for what I want to make next. It truly is a great cookbook.

  11. Beautiful review, Kim! I have bookmarked quite a few from your photos alone! I also LOVED ur last post on Jamie Olivers ..your top 5 favorite..Picked from there as well.Those are my most favorite kinds of posts that you do:)

  12. holy mackerel you have made a lot of stuff from the book...i am so far behind! i has some really amazing recipes in unique! it has been fun cooking with you these past 4 weeks ;)

  13. You really outdid yourself! And how much do you love tomato cobbler?! That was a fav here.
    It's been fun cooking with you but I couldn't keep up!

  14. Coming from you, this is a VERY strong recommendation.


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