October 29, 2004 This political season, the Los Angeles-based restaurant Chapalita catered a get-out-the-vote block party in the city's Lincoln Heights neighborhood. Chef Juan Gomez shares his recipes for Juan's Special Rice and Juan's Green Salsa.
October 22, 2004 Public radio listener John Wheeler first clued the Hidden Kitchens Team into the hidden kitchens of NASCAR. Wheeler is the chef for the Target Chip Ganassi Racing Team. He shares his recipes for pasta pomodoro di zanardi.
October 22, 2004 Ken Enck, owner of Enck's Custom Catering, feeds many NASCAR teams. Below is his recipe for ham balls, courtesy of Ken's mother, Ann Enck, who calls the meal "excellent for Thanksgiving." The Enck family catering business in Lanchester, Pa., feeds about a thousand people a year on Thanksgiving Day. Ham balls are always on the menu.
October 22, 2004 The NASCAR Racing Wives Auxiliary is a benevolent fund for injured members of the NASCAR community. It's an impressive group of ladies formed by the wives of drivers, crews and sponsors. They share recipes from the 1964-1989 25th-anniversary issue of the Racing Wives Auxiliary cookbook.
October 15, 2004 From the research library of the Institute of Texan Cultures comes this chili queen recipe (slightly updated for shopping convenience).
October 15, 2004 A modern-day recipe for barbacoa, a dish traditional to South Texas made from meat byproducts from a cow's head and other parts. More contemporary recipes for barbacoa often use lamb and are prepared in steamers.
October 15, 2004 Lydia Mendoza, queen of Tejano music, began her legendary career singing in the plazas of downtown San Antonio with the chili queens in the 1930s. During The Kitchen Sisters' recent interview with her, Mendoza shared her time-honored recipes for some traditional dishes and her secret for chiles rellenos. These are her recipes, in her words.
October 8, 2004 Pat Sherman lived in single-room occupancies (SROs) for a long time. She now works as the program coordinator of the walk-in center at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. Below, in her own words, is her recipe for "Hidden Beans & Rice."
October 8, 2004 It should come as no surprise to our NPR listeners that when we asked George Foreman, former heavyweight champion of the world, for his favorite recipes he said, "Give me a grill and plate." Here, Foreman shares his recipes for grilled salmon and grilled "Sir-Loin" steak.
October 1, 2004 Cornelia Lambert called the Hidden Kitchens Hotline tell us how her grandmother, Ruby, turned her legendary cooking into a local fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Ruby Blackburn Lambert offers her recipe for Persimmon Pudding.