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Super Sweet, Gluten-Free Mesquite

Deglutenized and Delicious

Nobody has written a memorable poem on the mesquite. Yet the mesquite has entered into the social, economic, and aesthetic life of the land; it has made history and has been painted by artists. In the homely chronicles of the Southwest its thorns stick, its roots burn into bright coals, its trunks make fence posts, its lovely leaves wave. To live beside this beautiful, often pernicious, always interesting and highly characteristic tree—or bush—and to know nothing of its significance is to be cheated out of a part of life. It is but one of a thousand factors peculiar to the Southwest and to the land’s cultural inheritance. (J Frank Dobie, Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest, 1952)

[Mesquite is] “the devil with roots. It scabs my cows, spooks my horses, and gives little shade.” (W.T. Waggoner, pioneer northwest Texas rancher, as qtd on Texas Almanac,
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Green Papaya Lantern

 Part Batman, part Cantinflas, part Hunger Games, the script for Green Papaya Lantern is rumored to be in the hands of Alfonso Cuarón, director of Y Tu Mama Tambien.  Cuaróns’ agent has suggested that the four-time director and cult film icon isn’t sure what to make of the script yet, because he hadn’t been able to stop thinking about the storyline. Six weeks after having read the script for Green Papaya Lantern, Cuarón is rumored to have become obsessed with the storyline of the screenplay.

“A Taquache … which by the way is the  South Texas dialect for Tlalquache, or opossum … becomes the size of a man on each and every nightfall …” Cuarón sputtered quizically to his agent after Cuarón downed his eighth Cuva Libre  within earshot of our source at a casino nightclub in Beliz, where Cuarón placed 37th in January 2014 World Poker Tour event.

“This Hombre de Quache …so to speak,” Cuarón continued  “… searches for unjust children in a steaming hot, yet icy, city of unjustness. And when he finds these children, he tells them stories of courage and despair while the marsupial serves the children green papaya. This makes no sense,” Cuarón continued as he emptied his drink, “yet I can not stop thinking about this story,” Cuaron mumbled frustratedly as he turned away from the dance floor of the fashionable Nighty Room and began ordering Shiner Bock beers on tap the rest of the night from his black granite bar-stool,  failing to acknowledge anyone around him until the bar closed and he needed help to call a cab.

The screenplay is a project of the Texas Food Revolution, a group of renegade chefs who promote the use of food grown, produced or raised within 100-miles or closer of where a person is at.

The screenplay ends when the mayor of Brownsville, Texas declares a day to celebrate the Taquache, with the community promising not to kill North America’s only marsupial for one day within city limits. One year later,  Taquaches for Life is born, a not-for-profit organization that rescues babies from the pouches of their trapped mothers. After the mayor christened the day — to soon be known as Green Papaya Lantern Day — Taquaches quickly experienced a Darwinian mutation that allowed them to remain human-sized throughout the entire day of celebration, and their furs began to take on a glossy black, green and yellow hue, much like the color of The Green Lantern comic book hero’s outfit. Green papaya is at its peak season on the day of celebration, so the day’s title of Green Papaya Lantern Day is apt beyond the obvious reference to the title of the proposed film.

The Texas Food Revolution did not return repeated phone calls and emails seeking comment on the screenplay.

Green Papaya
Green Papaya
"El Tlacuache". Publicado por Juan Palomino
“El Tlacuache”. Publicado por Juan Palomino
The cover jacket of Alfonso Cuarón's _Mamá_También‎ Wikipedia Y Tu Mamá También ( And Your Mother Too)  2001.
The cover jacket of Alfonso Cuarón’s _Mamá_También‎
Y Tu Mamá También ( And Your Mother Too) 2001.



Natchetno Salad

I generally enjoy savory breakfasts like big omelette piles. I don’t usually eat sweet unless I’m indulging in dessert and I usually wouldn’t consider a salad for my first meal of the day. Leave it to a creative TFR captain to push paradigms in delicious ways with something like a Natchetno salad.

Interesting origin: Sharon’s six year old daughter had woken up in the middle of the night and made herself a generous portion of Greek yogurt and honey that stayed in the fridge till morning. This dressing was the unexpected catalyst for today’s breakfast.

This bed of spinach topped with quinoa, yogurt, honey, and berries had the delight and fulfillment of sweet oatmeal, the nutrition and fiber of a salad, and the whole foods boost to start the day. This is certainly a recipe I’ll be repeating for myself an others.

Savoy Breakfast Taco

“I love the tacos, but…”
“I love sandwiches, but…”

Using Savoy cabbage, TFR Captain Sharon really pulled off a nice wrap. The cabbage is durable so as not to split like lettuce, and it actually holds a nice flavor when steamed a moment on the griddle. I’d prefer a savoy wrap over a tortilla any day.

Try growing this kind of cabbage, or find it at the market, and begin enjoying amazing nutritious wraps.


Most of this is pretty self explanatory, but one little trick to get a nice Asian flavor from this wrap is coconut oil and grated ginger in your egg mix, yum!

Herb Trout on Quinoa



I have had the pleasure of staying with fellow Texas Food Revolutionary, Sharon Castillo, the past week. I have known Sharon for years, she is a powerful soul, a hungry mind, and a very dedicated and patient mother of two. In addition to being my fellow philosopher and autonomous comrade, she also believes fresh organic ingredients and an adventurous spirit are the only requisites to be a great chef.

“Whatcha in the mood for?” She asks her husband. “Let’s cook up that rainbow trout.”

And like many improvisations of Texas Food Revolutionaries, her creation was worth repeating with your own style in your own home. I moaned and fawned over her dish, rich in herbal flavors, healthy fats, and subtle spice tones. She dodged my praise, feeling that the cooking process is so natural she could hardly take credit.

-Rainbow Trout Filets
-Fresh Sage
-Fresh Tarragon
-Grass Fed Butter
-Pink Salt
-Garlic Powder

Get the Quinoa started, as usual, 2 parts water to 1 part Quinoa. Add some butter and a little salt. Towards the end of the Quinoa’s cooking add Turmeric, cumin, and ginger powder(or fresh grated) to taste. This should take about 20 minutes.

On a skillet, melt a big tbsp of butter at a low medium heat and sautee the tarragon and sage leaves. Place the trout on top with skin still on. Season the trout with salt and garlic powder on top and then flip when half cooked. When the filets are fully cooked, place them aside and make sure not to waste any of the sauteed herbs in butter.

Place fish, herbs, sliced avocado on top of quinoa and enjoy the omega rich feast. This meal gave me energy and clarity for days and really made me feel warm in the new home.

Farmers’ Market Renovations

322946_2748730720405_1928120941_oIf there’s one thing important to TFR, it’s encouraging and promoting attendance at farmers’ markets, the frontline of the struggle to get healthy food in people’s bodies, and to reducing the outflow of chemicals into waterways.  We’ve taken the reigns of farmers’ markets from time to time and tripled attendance, while more than tripling sales for farmers. So if you’d like a little help getting the public to your farmers’ market, please get in touch with us and we’d be happy to start a plan.

Just shoot an email to with some brief info about your farmers’ market along with your website, facebook page, etc. if you already have those set up.

Subsidies for Diabetes and Obesity on the Chopping Block


Did you know that Coca-Cola is a necessary strand of the social safety net? Without access to Coca-Cola, how is anyone expected to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

A bill was introduced, but not yet passed in last year’s legislative session in Texas. Texas House Bill 751 would prohibit the purchase of tater chips, candy, and sweetened beverages with the federally funded Supplemental Nutritional Aid Program, otherwise known as food stamps.

As I understand it, the bill would introduce a waiver of federal SNAP funds for the products defined in the bill. This is not the first motion by a state to request that the old union stop paying for their citizen’s junk food.

Opponents of the bill, such as those in the junk food industry and common citizens who want free candy and coke for their family, claim that “passing the bill would be all hard and complicated and stuff,” “you can’t prove anything,” and “it would be really scary for everybody.” Proponents of the bill, such as health nuts and budding anarchists with an insatiable appetite for reason, claim “why don’t you just use federal funds for cigarettes for down and out smokers, and you can pay for it from revenue gained from kidnapping potheads? Fuck, why is our government such a bunch of pussies when it comes to doing things that make sense?” and various other hyperbolic non-sequiturs.

The next meeting of bureaucrats who determine non-market flows of wealth rolls around about one year from now.

If you want to keep your free candy allowance, or if you fear that your company’s financial interests would feel withdrawals from those extra sweet tax dollars, then it is due time to write your representative and tell him not to pass such stupid legislation and that they are poopyheads and you will hate them if they pass it.

And likewise for all of you LSD licking radicals, if you want to make your fantastic rants about “tax dollars paying big business for both the causes and the effects of disease, from foreign policy to healthcare” be heard; then type your concerns on a nice, clean note or digital text field, and send the letter to your representative.

Make sure to write your local rep.
Here is the bureaucrat who introduced the bill:

View the bill text here: