Cookbook Review: The Homesick Texan

Happy Halloween everyone!

This month, I’ve been cooking my through The Homesick Texan, Lisa Fain’s cookbook. Lisa is a New York transplant who shares her love of Texan cuisine through her blog, The Homesick Texan. Her cookbook came out a year ago, and I’ve had it on my shelf for about that long. I’d made a few items out of it, but hadn’t really cooked much from it. I chose this cookbook for October, because I thought it’s hearty Tex Mex fare would be perfect for crisp fall days and football season.

If you’re not familiar with her blog, here’s Lisa:

Cookbooks that feature a specific cuisine seem to get the least use in my kitchen, which is kind of silly. I always think of them for entertaining as opposed to regular life. It doesn’t make much sense, and after cooking out of this book, I’ve discovered some recipes that are favorites. The dishes in this cookbook are familiar and hearty and will fit in well with your day-to-day life.

pork chops with salsa verde rice

Overall, I was really happy with this cookbook. Only the poblano mac and cheese was disappointing, which I’m chalking up to using the wrong kind of cheese. I did find that some of the chiles are hard to locate in Kansas, but don’t let that stop you from picking up this cookbook or swinging by her blog.

salmon croquettes

My favorites from her book:

  • Apple Cheese Scones with Jalapenos
  • Queso Cookies
  • Pork Chops with Salsa Verde Rice
  • Crab Cakes with Chipotle Chiles and Corn
  • Salmon Croquettes

Here’s some other recipes you can find online from the book:


Simply Recipe’s Review

Seven Chile Texas Chili


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