It’s understandable to have one’s stomach growl when talking or reading about food.
When Texas Standard airs a food segment, chances are listeners will hear it right before lunchtime. So to remedy that, Mando Rayo – taco journalist, 2022 James Beard Award Nominee and host of the “Tacos of Texas Podcast” – shared a few recipes with the show in hopes of celebrating the home cook.
On the grill
“I’m always dabbling in the kitchen or in my backyard,” Rayo said. “I call myself a ‘grassroots cocinero.’ And so, yeah, I’m always experimenting, whether it’s with my asador or, you know, I might dig a hole in my backyard. Just don’t tell the city.”
Rayo said carnitas is one of his go-to recipes, but he recently cooked trompitos al pastor over coals. He also recommended a shortcut when it comes to marinades.
“So you can actually go to your butcher shop or your Mexican market and ask for some thinly cut pork butt or pork shoulder and then ask for it to be marinated there – if you have a local favorite that really does it well, whether it’s Poco Loco or La Michoacana. And then you get to work,” Rayo said.