Homesick Texan (podcast + contest)May 4th, 2012 | By Cecilia | Category: Featured Articles, podcast, the show
Whether you were born in Texas or got here as fast as you could, it’s a place that gets under your skin and into your blood and bones and muscle; no matter where you go in the world Texas goes with you.
Being away from this place can set up powerful cravings for the land, cities, people, and—of course—the food.
Lisa Fain, a seventh generation Texan, understands the strength of these cravings. When she moved to New York in 1995, a place she’d dreamed of living while growing up in Houston, she found everything she desired…except Texas food.
She says she always loved the food of her ancestors, especially at the hands of her mother and grandmother. “I took it for granted,” she said. Adding she never expected that when she left the Lone Star State for New York, she wouldn’t be able to find the food she loved–not even what most Texas cooks consider basic ingredients.
Such as Ro*tel.
For the uninitiated, Ro*tel is a canned tomato product consisting of ripe diced tomatoes with green chile peppers and spices. It is mild to hot, regular to chunky, and now they even offer tomato sauces.
It is a key ingredient (along with Velveeta Cheese) in a simple, traditional Queso dip. And that’s what Lisa Fain wanted to make when Texas friends came to visit her in Manhattan. However, after a fruitless search of the five boroughs of New York, she followed a tip and headed by train to New Jersey. She heard of a huge international market there that “had to have Ro*tel.”
After arriving at the market, walking the last mile there in the rain, Lisa discovered the store did not have her beloved Ro*tel. “In hindsight, I probably should have called ahead,” she laughed.
Incidents like the Ro*tel fiasco prompted Lisa Fain to start a blog in 2005 called Homesick Texan, where she celebrates Texas home cooking through stories, recipes, photographs and community. It didn’t take long for the blog to become a hit with Texans–homesick or otherwise–and other folks without a connection to Texas.
People from around the globe check into the site for Lisa’s delicious recipes and great storytelling. And September 2011, Hyperion Books published The Homesick Texan cookbook, filled with some favorite recipes from the blog, as well as many new recipes and stories that are sure to delight.
HOW TO ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF THE HOMESICK TEXAN COOKBOOK BY LISA FAIN
What would you feel homesick for were you to leave Texas? Tell us about it in the comments section of this story and you will be entered to win one of two copies of The Homesick Texan Cookbook by Lisa Fain (Retails at $29.99). Winners will be drawn at random using random.org.
RULES of Eligibility:
- Must be 18 years old to enter.
- Open only to people living in the Austin, Texas Metro Area.
- Winners must pick up book from the KUT 90.5 FM studios on the UT Austin campus.
- Entries must be received by 6 p.m. CST Monday May 7, 2012 to be eligible for the drawing.
- Must leave a comment on this page telling us what you would be homesick for if you were to leave Texas. Comments that do not meet that criteria will not be entered into the drawing.
- Only one entry per person | household | IP address.
- Must include your name and valid email address to be eligible for drawing.
- Only entries from people who haven’t won anything from Field & Feast in the last three months are eligible to win.
- Two winners will be selected at random after 6 p.m. CST Monday May 7, 2012, and contacted via email by the show’s producer to arrange pick up of their book.
NOTE: These comments are monitored, so don’t fret if you do not see your comment for several hours. It will be time stamped and counted if it meets the deadline and eligibility requirements.