Author: Lisa Fain

Lisa Fain is a James Beard award-winning writer who loves to cook. A seventh-generation Texan, she was indeed homesick during the two decades she lived in New York City, but the call of home recently brought her back to the Lone Star State. Her work has been featured in many publications, and she is the author of several cookbooks, including her latest, Queso! Regional Recipes for the World's Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip,. Follow her at: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook/ Pinterest
South Texas barbacoa | Homesick Texan
Tex-Mex

South Texas barbacoa

On weekend mornings in South Texas, people stop by their local taqueria or market to pick up a container of beef barbacoa and…

Tostadas espadas | Homesick Texan
Tex-Mex

Tostadas espadas

When I pulled into Rio Grande City, I was hungry. I’d been driving all morning and after a hearty breakfast taco in Laredo,…

Fideo loco | Homesick Texan
Soups Tex-Mex

Fideo loco

A few years ago, I was enjoying breakfast tacos at Pete’s in San Antonio and I spotted a sign advertising fideo loco. In…

Texas caviar | Homesick Texan
Appetizer Side dish

Texas caviar

Back when I first lived in New York, finding black-eyed peas was a challenge. While I do enjoy them year-round, it was around…

Black-eyed pea gumbo | Homeisick Texan
Soups

Black-eyed pea gumbo

Black-eyed peas have long been the dish of choice for Texans on New Year’s Day. While this humble field pea was once considered…

Spicy caramel corn | Homesick Texan
Dessert

Spicy caramel corn

Popcorn has long been a family favorite. It was my grandfather’s go-to snack and he’d sit with a big bowl on his lap,…

Mike punch | Homesick Texan
Beverage

Milk punch

Last spring, my friends and I sat on the porch at Mattie’s in Austin. We shared a fried chicken dinner and enjoyed the…