For the longest time, my sister wouldn't stop telling us about this awesome cooking class she took out in West Texas a few years back. She kept encouraging us to sign up for the next one. However, I couldn't fathom suffering through an 8 hour drive to the middle of nowhere just for a cooking class. Thankfully, I eventually caved in.
Last November, we gathered up a group of friends and ventured out west to Marfa, Texas for Camp Cooking at El Cosmico. Yes, the drive was long. However, it was absolutely worth it. Hosted by Lou Lambert, Camp Cooking was the perfect introduction to a part of my home state that up until then felt so foreign to me. The food was downright delicious. A few of my personal favorites were the tortilla soup, chile relleno, buttermilk biscuits and griddled pancakes. I'm pretty sure I put on 5 lbs in less than 48 hours. However, what was nearly as memorable as the food itself was the backdrop. I never knew that Texas was home to such jaw-dropping and dramatic scenery.
Our original itinerary for the trip included 4 days in Big Bend National Park. Unfortunately, those plans were dashed last minute. We're already eager preparing for our next trip to West Texas in hopes of spending some more time in the region...and devouring a second round of pancakes. Big thanks to Lou, James and the entire team for an amazing culinary weekend!