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Historic preservation organization offers first-ever cookbook

By Sonny Long
Dec. 21, 2011 at 6:21 a.m.

The Victoria Preservation Inc. cookbook is available for $20 at the organization's office, 205 W. Goodwin Ave.

Pollo Verde Soup

Lee Kinzel's Recipe from Sisters Tea Room

3 bundles mustard greens

2 bundles cilantro

1 stalk celery

2 heads leaf lettuce

1 bag fresh spinach

9 limes - juiced

8 cups chicken - cooked and cubed

1 tsp Tabasco

Salt, pepper and garlic to taste

My notes: Put chicken in pot with cold water, salt, pepper, and garlic. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Cook chicken slowly until tender. Remove the chicken to cool.

Roughly chop all greens and add to chicken broth. Simmer until greens are tender.

Add juice of limes and Tabasco sauce.

Add cubed chicken. When it is hot, serve in large bowls.

This is a very brothy soup - not thick.


Lee Kinzel had a business in the mid to late '80s called Sisters - named for his sister Debra. It was like a tea room and they sold antiques. The building in recent years has been La Rosita Bakery on West Water Street. Kinzel operated the Skyline Diner at the airport, Doodle's Restaurant (where the Downtown Grill is today), and Sisters. This recipe and another of his recipes were served at all three locations. Kinzel died more than 20 years ago.

Source: Gary Dunnam

Looking for a unique last-minute Christmas gift?

Victoria Preservation Inc. is offering its inaugural cookbook - "Culinary Crossroads of South Texas"- a compilation of historical recipes as well as "tried and true" recipes from friends of the county organization.

The project was spearheaded by former county judge Helen Walker, a member of VPI's board of directors.

Recipes were solicited during the summer and fall and the committee made the selections. The books are hardback and contain an index of contributors.

"It's the first one we've ever done," said Gary Dunnam, VPI executive director. "It's a combination of historical and modern recipes, as well as a sprinkling of historic photographs."

Dunnam said the book is available at the Victoria Preservation Inc. office, 205 W. Goodwin Ave., and will remain on sale after Christmas. The cost is $20, which includes tax. The office will be closed for a county holiday on Friday and Monday.

"It makes a great Christmas gift, but would also be a great addition for anyone who likes cookbooks or Victoria County history," said Dunnam.

VPI fosters the preservation, protection and development of historically significant artifacts and properties in Victoria County.

This is accomplished through education, advocacy and acquisition, according to VPI's website.



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