Fried Chicken

A few weekends ago, my cousin told me about a chicken her husband had recently rescued—more likely purloined—from the side of a busy road that it was, no doubt, trying to cross. This lovely hen, whom they welcomed into their family and christened Julia, lets herself in through the dog door and contentedly perches on the kitchen counter while my cousin washes dishes. She also likes to sit on her lap.

Texas Wine of the Month: Bending Branch Winery Texas Tannat, 2011

This month's selection, a robust and bold red wine, is produced in the small town of Comfort, Texas, by the Bending Branch Winery. Their Texas Tannat combines a striking mélange of rich color, palate-pleasing tannin, and a balance of dark fruit and rustic earthiness, a well-rounded introduction to a wine made from a lesser-known grape. 

The Wine:
Bending Branch Wnery Texas Tannat 2011. 

8 Texas Beers, Wines, and Spirits Best Enjoyed During Summer

We are entering into summer, a time of year that the rest of the country knows as one of the "four seasons," but what we Texans recognize as a months-long affair to be survived by engaging in one of the traditions we've perfected: backyard barbecues, pool parties, and imbibing cold drinks (doing all three at the same time is what we call the Texas Trifecta). As an assist, here are eight new Texas-made libations perfect for sipping all summer long. 

The Big Texan Steak Challenge Gauntlet Has Been Thrown

Texans have been handed their pride in a doggy bag by a Nebraska woman named Molly "Bottomless Pit" Schuyler. Over the Memorial Day weekend, the professional competitive eater traveled to Amarillo's Big Texan steakhouse where she took on the Big Texan Steak Challenge. Eaters have to consume the entire meal—shrimp cocktail, a baked potato, a salad, a roll (with butter) and a 72-ounce steak—in less than one hour.


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