Tina Vasquez

Tina Vasquez is a senior reporter at the outlet Prism. In her spare time she writes about food and culture from her home in North Carolina. Follow her @TheTinaVasquez.
My Red Rice Failures Are Lessons in Gratitude
Personal Essay
For Tina Vasquez, cooking basic Mexican dishes is a creative outlet for her bicultural identity. But what does it say about her if she can't make traditional red rice, a pillar of Mexican food in the United States?
May 22, 2021
This Labor Day, a Reminder of Who Works for Our Food (and 4 Orgs Fighting for Them)
Labor Day
If you care about a just and equitable food system, here are four organizations you should be aware of and support.
Sep 5, 2020
Bad Pay, Long Hours, and a Little Hope: How Instacart Shoppers Feel About Their Jobs Right Now
"I hope we remember that when so many of our systems failed us and failed to protect us, it was the people we once dismissed as low-skilled labor who didn’t let us down."

Apr 4, 2020
Why Black Bean Tamales Belong on Your Thanksgiving Table
Eddie Garza of Dallas, Texas, is a cookbook author who wrote and developed 150 vegan Mexican recipes to honor the 150 pounds he lost. These silky black bean tamales are one of his family's favorite recipes for Thanksgiving.
Feb 5, 2020
The Ever-Evolving Southern Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving
Southerners always find a way to take care of their people, and food is often at the core.
Dec 11, 2019
A Classic Sweet Potato Pie with a Texas Twist
The Ever-Evolving Southern Thanksgiving
Kim Pineda of Lubbock, Texas, says Thanksgiving feels like an extension of Dia de los Muertos for him. "I guess my theme is a different kind of Thanksgiving, one where the food is an extension of my culture." There is always pie.
Nov 24, 2019
Cranberry–Cherry Chutney Is the Best Version of the Classic Thanksgiving Side
Nandita Godbole of Atlanta, Georgia, is originally from India, and she wanted to create her own version of Thanksgiving for her family. No matter the menu, this cranberry-cherry chutney is always on the table.
Nov 24, 2019
Field Peas in Peanut Gravy Is a Side Dish Born from a Southern Ritual
Gabrielle Eitienne of Holly Springs, North Carolina, says part of keeping tradition alive in her town is shelling peas. "The bowls on our laps reflect our laughter and hold our history." This is one of the recipes she makes with those peas.
Nov 22, 2019
Titi Nancy’s Potato Salad Is One Part Puerto Rico, One Part Florida
Angie Willoughby of West Palm Beach, Florida, has a varied palate due to her Afro-Caribbean family. But if there's one recipe that says the holidays to her, it's her aunt Nancy's potato salad.
Nov 24, 2019
The Collard Greens Recipe That Tastes Like Mom's Cooking
Darlene Ivey of Statesville, North Carolina, says Thanksgiving is a time that she's proud to be Lumbee (a tribe of North Carolina). This recipe for collard greens is a part of her heritage.
Nov 24, 2019
The "New School" Sweet Potato Pie Recipe from a Nashville Baker
Johnisha Levi of Nashville, Tennessee, is looking to create new Thanksgiving traditions with her husband. This sweet potato pie is a start.
Nov 24, 2019
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Is the Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Everyone Loves
Ronald Cerdas of Nashville, Tennessee, comes from a large Latin family from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Even though most of his family isn't vegan, everyone love this butternut squash mac and cheese for Thanksgiving.
Nov 24, 2019
The Thanksgiving Cake That Helps Preserve My Family’s History in the South
Latria Graham of Spartanburg, South Carolina, comes from a family of farmers. This cake is equal parts her parents: her mother’s whimsical nature and her father’s ties to the land.
Nov 24, 2019
Classic Cornbread Stuffing Shouldn't Be Messed With. Here's the Best Recipe!
Ann Taylor Pittman of Birmingham, Alabama, has strong feelings about cornbread dressing. "If someone brings cornbread dressing to Thanksgiving dinner and it’s made with sweetened cornbread, I can’t even look at it." Here's the recipe that gets it right.
Nov 24, 2019