Follow this S. Texas food Insta right now
Melissa Guerra’s eponymous store in the Pearl was something of a foodie muse. The shop carried cookbooks, hard-to-source ingredients and beautiful handmade glassware and dishware, all with a decidedly Spanish and Latin American focus.
Though the shop closed in 2017, that same point of view and inspiration lives on through Guerra’s Instagram account, @kitchenwrangler. And if you are not following it, you need to immediately.
For starters, the photos are stunning. Shot at Guerra’s Rio Grande Valley ranch, the dark, richly moody food and cooking shots capture the crossroads of rustic and elegant, cowboy and vaquero that is life on a South Texas ranch.
But Guerra also shares the recipes behind many of her photogenic goodies. Love the shot of her chicken entomatadas? She tells you how to stew the tomatoes and put it all together. Mmm, that shot of pork belly on greens in a copper pan? It’s draped in a Smoked Gouda Cheese Sauce, which can be made in only four steps.
If you have thus far resisted the lure of social media, you are missing out on a world of food out there. But in this case you’re OK as her photos and recipes also can be found on her website, kitchenwrangler.com.
Now, pull out your phone, get your molcajete ready and start cooking.
Emily Spicer is the features and food editor for the San Antonio Express-News. Find her Emily’s Easy Entertaining column on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com, or read her other coverage on our free site, mySA.com. | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @Spiced1 | Instagram: @emilyspicersa