I am joining this week’s Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.
Susan is incredibly talented, as you all know. Stop by her blog to see everyone else’s table for the week.
South Texas Style
Most informal dining, in the area where I live, starts with some sort of buffet. The set of dishes in the photograph is actually a soup set from- guess where?-
the side of the road
outside Dolores Hidalgo, a town near San Miguel de Allende. I bought the set on our first trip to San Miguel Canother one of my loves) the first time we traveled there.
More about subsequent visits to San Miguel in later posts.
The set, which included this amazing soup tureen, also had 8 bowls, dessert plates, and luncheon plates.
The glasses shown are old, and I have had them for years.
So what is cooking for these dishes to be used.? Why caldo of course. When the weather starts to get cooler in late fall, it is time to make soup.
One of our family favorites, that I have served Christmas Eve is:
1-2 pounds of sliced , lean pork
1 large chopped onion
minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
about 3 tablespoons of oil
small package of menudo seasoning mix
Brown pork in oil in a soup pot. Remove pork and set aside.
Saute onion and garlic in oil
Return meat to the pan and add water to fill 3/4 of pot
Add menudo seasoning mix, stirring well and let simmer on medium heat until the pork is tender
Add one large can of drained hominy
Serve in bowl with grated cabbage, white cheese, and avocado slices on top