All About Tex-Mex Food

Although slightly extraordinary, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed at all if you find yourself having dreams of dining with Zorro in a Dallas banquet restaurant with “La Bamba” songs playing in the background. In any given population, you’ll definitely find at least one avid fan of Mexican-American movies. Can you blame them for being fans of hunky, dark-skinned men and catchy Mexican music?

This undeniable appeal naturally spills over to Tex-Mex cuisine. Tex-Mex pertains to a type of cuisine which is influenced by Mexico and Mexican-Americans. This has its origins in the border states of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona- thus the name, Tex-Mex. Texans of Hispanic descent or Tejanos introduced this cuisine as a hybrid of Spanish and Mexican Indian foods when Texas used to be part of New Spain and, later, of Mexico.

Tex-Mex cooking is characterized by the use of a lot of meat, beans, cheese, sour cream and a plethora of spices. You’ll also find tortillas and nachos a staple in Tex-Mex cuisine. Cilantro and a variety of chili peppers are also commonly found in Tex-Mex cooking. Tacos, chili con carne, crispy chalupas, and fajitas are some of our favorite and well-known Tex-Mex foods.

From there, various restaurants offering Tex-Mex cuisine have sprung like mushrooms. This yummy cuisine which used to be found only in the Texas and New Mexico regions has now permeated all corners of the world. And we’re not complaining. Thanks to these establishments, we can now enjoy Tex-Mex food at its finest- at virtually any time of the day. You’ll now find combination platters complete with enchiladas and chimichangas. If you check out www.mattitos.com/, for instance, you’ll be pleased to know that they have a gamut of menu items which cater to both the not-so-hungry and the famished.

So, go ahead and beef up (pun intended) your Mexican-American experience by lounging in a chair, with a margarita in hand as you wolf down some heavenly tacos and chili con carne. Tex-Mex delights are not to be easily forgotten.

Green Beans with Oyster Sauce

This year I promised to prepare more vegetable-based meal for the family. It’s not that we don’t eat vegetables at home but I don’t cook them on a regular basis as it should be. This week, I cooked Pinakbet (a dish made up of different fresh vegetables, pork, and shrimp paste), and Green Beans with Oyster Sauce. (I wasn’t able to take a picture of Pinakbet.)

Ingredients and procedure:

This is simple to prepare. You only need fresh Baguio beans, ground pork, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, water and oyster sauce.

Pour a cup of water in a skillet and let the ground pork simmer for several minutes to lessen the malansang amoy ng meat. Add salt and pepper when the water dries up and the ground pork turns brown. Set aside the ground pork leave a small amount of oil in the pan to saute the garlic and onion. Return the ground pork to the pan and add the green beans. Mixed well. Add half a cup of water. Simmer for a few minutes before adding the oyster sauce. Simmer until the beans soften. This dish is best paired with steamed white rice. Enjoy!

The Perfect Gift for Your Office

It can be difficult to shop for those who are in your office. Whether you are shopping for administrative assistants or CEOs, you need to consider an appropriate gift. Various executive gift baskets can make it easy for you to get a gift while staying in your price range.

Variety

One of the top reasons that a gift basket makes a perfect gift is because of the variety found inside of it. You may find items ranging from bottles of wine to different types of crackers or cookies. It ensures that the person you are buying for will enjoy at least some of what is inside the basket.

Various Price Ranges

Everyone has a different budget when it comes to shopping for gifts. Executive gift baskets have a broad range in price. This way, you can get smaller gift baskets for some and larger gift baskets for others. You may find that it’s easier to give everyone a gift basket so that you don’t have to shop at a variety of different stores.

Themes

The many gift baskets will have themes. You can choose from candy themes, wine themes, pet themes, coffee themes, and more. This way, as long as you know even a little bit about the recipient, you can be sure to get them a gift basket that they are sure to love. If you don’t know much about them, you can stick with one of the more generic names, offering up a delicious variety of snacks.

Gift baskets are popular for anyone in your office. Plus, many are large enough that they can share with those around them, including family and friends. It will make it easier for you to give gifts throughout the holiday season and all year long.