About Lisa Fain

Lisa Fain

Lisa Fain is a Texas expat living in New York and the Texas expert—and certified barbecue judge—behind the popular blog, Homesick Texan. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Saveur, Bon Appetit, and Serious Eats. Fain can tell you where to find the best Tex-Mex in New York, how to get your favorite Texas ingredients far from home, and how to fix your chili (sans beans).@homesicktexan

A baking sheet with 6 spicy baked chicken wings glazed with hot sauce, a jar of sauce nearby

Spicy Baked Chicken Wings

Baked chicken wings? As in, chicken wings without the butter, deep-frying, or grease-splattered stovetop? Count us in.

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A stack of flour tortillas with bacon fat on a cast-iron skillet.

Flour Tortillas With Bacon Fat

Soft. Supple. Ever so slightly smoky. And frugal thanks to grandma’s trick of saving the fat from breakfast bacon. One taste and you’ll understand our obsession.

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A piece of chicken fried steak with a dish of cream gravy beside it all on a white plate.

Chicken-Fried Steak with Cream Gravy

Cookbook author Lisa Fain divulges a culinary legacy, one which she inherited from her father, who acquired it from his mother, who in turn learned it from her mother.

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A cast-iron skilled filled with choriqueso, a cheese dip topped with queso


Choriqueso = chorizo (spicy Mexican sausage) + queso (Spanish for cheese) melted into a puddle in a skillet. Perfect for dipping.

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A man with a forkful of Anaheim green chile macaroni and cheese over a bowl of the same, with strands of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses

Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

This grown-up rendition of mac and cheese has a little more gusto in the form of mild heat. And that smattering of crushed tortilla chips, rather than bread crumbs, may be a game changer for you.

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Plate of beef, tortillas, and red sauce, topped with cheese and diced onion, on a stone

Shredded Beef Enchiladas

Shredded beef. Gooey cheese. Mild sauce. Just 20 minutes in the oven. And compliments all around. Thanks, Homesick Texan.

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