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January 20, 2013

Seared Diver Scallops

. . . With Wild Mushrooms and Rutabaga Purée.Recipe from Oloroso, San Antonio.6 slices prosciutto, sliced as thin as possible 8 ounces wild mushrooms, such as chanterelles, hedgehogs, or trumpets 4 to 5 baby purple kohlrabi, stems and leaves removed 1 medium rutabaga 2 bay leaves 1 sprig marjoram 4

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January 20, 2013

Seared Sea Scallops

. . . With Spinach-Speck Salad, Brown Butter, and Pine Nut Crema.Recipe from Bolla, Dallas1/4 cup brown butter 12 sea scallops 2 cups spinach salad 1 cup red-wine vinaigrette (warm) 1 cup pine nut cremaSeared Sea Scallops1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon butter 12 scallops, dry packed, U10, muscle removed

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January 20, 2013

Key Lime Pie

6 egg yolks 5/8 cup sugar 5 ounces Key lime juice Zest of two limes 32 ounces Rich’s Whip Topping (see below) 1 1/2 packets graham crackers, crushed 3 tablespoons crushed toasted walnuts 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds 3 tablespoons sugar 7/8 stick butter, meltedHeat egg yolks, 5/8 cup sugar,

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January 20, 2013

Black-Bottom Pecan Pie

Piecrust1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 3 to 4 tablespoons cold waterIn mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Mix in shortening with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle water over mixture one tablespoon at a time, stirring with fork. Form dough into ball and

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January 20, 2013

Thanks A Million 1999: More than $10 million

AUDREY JONES BECKHouston, $80 millionForty-seven Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings valued at an estimated $80 MILLION to the MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON. The paintings, which include works by Cézanne, Monet, and Renoir, have been on display at the museum since 1974 along with 23 others previously donated by Mrs. Beck

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January 20, 2013

Joy of Mex: El Paso

CAFE CENTRAL109 N. Oregon at 1 Texas Court, 915-545-2233. This chic upscale spot is more a continental than a Mexican restaurant, but the Mexican dishes it does have are original and excellent, including wonderfully crisp bacon-wrapped prawns in a chipotle marinade, lovely puntas de filete (sliced tenderloin) in jalapeño

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January 20, 2013

Thai Corn Cakes

3 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro 2 tablespoons peeled and chopped garlic 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped 2 tablespoons seeded, chopped red bell pepper 3 eggs, beaten 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1/4 cup corn oil (for frying)

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January 20, 2013

Hot Chocolate Cake

Pistachio and Eggnog Milk Sauce1/2 cup shelled pistachios 4 medium egg yolks 1/2 cup sugar (less if using eggnog, to taste) 1/2 quart whipping cream or eggnog 1 quart milk 1 vanilla bean, splitRoast pistachios at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, chop, and cool. Whisk egg yolks and sugar in

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January 20, 2013

Governor’s Mansion Lemon Yogurt Cake

Cake1 cup unsalted butter, softened 2 cups granulated sugar 6 eggs, separated 2 teaspoons lemon zest 1 teaspoon lemon extract 3 cups cake flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup plain yogurt, whole or lowfatPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan. Cream

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January 20, 2013

Chocolate-Almond Sweetheart Cake

Recipe from the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Houston.Pan Preparation1 nine-inch heart-shaped cake pan parchment paper 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 tablespoons high-quality cocoa powderCoat sides and bottom of pan with softened butter. Then place a parchment liner on bottom of pan and butter it too. Sprinkle with

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January 20, 2013

Bouche de Noelle

Cake1 1/3 cups flour 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 pound butter 1 cup sugar 3 eggs 1/2 cup milkPreheat oven to 375 degrees. Line bottom of 16- by 11-inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Butter paper and sides of pan. Dust lightly with flour.Sift together

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January 20, 2013

Chocolate Pound Cake

1/2 cups butter (3/4 pound) 3 cups sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 5 eggs 1 cup cocoa powder (Ghirardelli or other good quality cocoa powder) 2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup buttermilk 3 tablespoons instant coffee or espresso (dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot

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January 20, 2013

Bill and Rita Clements’ Apple Cake

1 cup cooking oil 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 2 1/2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon vanilla 4 cups peeled and chopped Granny Smith apples 1 cup chopped pecansPreheat over to 350 degrees. Combine oil and

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January 20, 2013

American Beauty Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake12 ounces European or other good-quality dark chocolate 2 sticks unsalted butter 6 eggs 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons dark rum 1 tablespoon vanilla extractNote: You will need 4 four-inch heart-shaped pans or 1 nine-inch round or heart-shaped pan, greased and lined with parchment paper.Preheat oven to 350

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January 20, 2013

Crispy Veal Sweetbreads With Truffle Oil

Ris de Veau à L’Huile de Truffe(Crispy Veal Sweetbreads With Truffle Oil)1 pound veal sweetbreads bouquet garni (composed of some celery leaves, parsley stems, carrot greens, 2 bay leaves, a sprig of thyme, and a couple of whole cloves, in a small cheesecloth bag tied with string) kosher salt freshly

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January 20, 2013

The Morkovsky Sisters Kolache Recipe

Rose Morkovsky Hauger and Ann Morkovsky Adams are Czech sisters who grew up in a large family in San Antonio. Their family farm near Floresville is the focal point of family gatherings and celebrations. They’ve demonstrated their lifetime of kolache expertise in presentations for Texas Folklife Resources around Texas, and

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January 20, 2013

Texas Cornbread Pudding

Recipe from Brennan’s, Houston.1/2 cup diced yellow onion 1 1/2 cups fresh cut corn, approximately 4 ears 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 4 eggs 2 cups whipping cream 6 cups crumbled cornbread (use your favorite recipe) 1 1/2 cups shredded jalapeño jack cheese Salt and pepper to taste 1 jalapeño, slicedPreheat

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January 20, 2013

Shortbread Cookies

Recipe from Chef Will Packwood, 7, Austin1/3 cup (3 ounces) almond paste 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) butter 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) sugar 2 egg yolks 1/8 cup (1 ounce) amaretto 1 teaspoon orange zest 2 cups (8 ounces) cake flour 2 cups (8 ounces) all-purpose flour pinch of

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January 20, 2013

Rex Hale’s Shortcake

3 cups Softasilk cake flour 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup shortening (Crisco is fine) 3 lightly beaten eggs 1/2 cup milk 2 tablespoons vanilla 2 cups heavy cream 1/4 cup sugar powdered sugarFor Strawberry Shortcake: 2 1/2 pints strawberries 2

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January 20, 2013

Favorite Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups pecan pieces 4 cups flourUsing an electric mixer, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, baking

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January 20, 2013

Dorothy Bohac’s Kolache Recipe

This recipe comes from Dorothy Bohac, Ph.D., President of the Travis-Williamson Counties Czech Heritage Society. She says that “the quality of a kolache is in the texture of the dough. The texture is controlled by the ingredients, particularly the amount of flour used. A baked kolache should be soft to

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January 20, 2013

Cottage Potatoes

2 pounds unpeeled Idaho potatoes, cut in 3/4-inch cubes 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon butter 1 cup chopped bell peppers, green, red, or yellow 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon seasoned salt (such as Lawry’s) 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper Tabasco sauce to taste (optional) 3/4 cup grated

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January 20, 2013

Chocolate-Chunk Pancakes

2 eggs, separated 21/2 cups milk 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted 2 cups all-purpose flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 4 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup European or other high-quality dark chocolate, cut or broken into chunks a little larger than a chocolate chip.Beat egg whites until

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January 20, 2013

Chilaquiles With Queso Fresco

1 1/2 pounds tomatillos, husks removed 1 serrano chile (about 1/2 ounce), stem removed 3 small garlic cloves (about 1/4 ounce) 2 large stems fresh epazote (leaves only), available in ethnic markets and well-stocked supermarkets 1/4 cup safflower or other light vegetable oil 10 stale corn tortillas (about 6

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January 20, 2013

Chocolate Chile Mole Brownies

This recipe does not actually contain mole sauce but does have ingredients that are typical of mole, namely chocolate, chiles, sesame seeds, and nuts. Don’t worry: These chewy, almost caramel-like brownies are not hot, just cinnamony and interesting.1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted 4 ounces good quality unsweetened chocolate 4 ounces

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January 20, 2013

Buttermilk Biscuits

4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut in small pieces 2 cups buttermilkPreheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together. Cut butter into dry ingredients until consistency of coarse

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January 20, 2013

Blackberry Blue-Corn Muffins

2 cups flour 1 cup blue (or yellow) cornmeal 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (low-fat is fine, but do not use nonfat) 1/3 cup corn oil 3 tablespoons pure maple

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January 20, 2013

Whiskey-Cured Salmon

1 1/2 cups kosher salt 2 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup cracked black peppercorns 4- to 5-pound salmon, deboned and fileted by butcher 1 bunch fresh rosemary 1 bunch fresh sage 1 cup Irish whiskey Walnut oil, as neededMix salt, sugar, and pepper together. Place half of salmon skin- side

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January 20, 2013

Warm Lobster Tacos

Recipe from Dean Fearing, Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas.Yellow-Tomato Salsa1 pound yellow tomatoes or yellow cherry tomatoes, chopped 1 large shallot, minced 1 large clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons finely minced cilantro 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar 2 serrano chiles, seeded and minced 2 teaspoons fresh lime

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January 20, 2013

Walnut-Crusted Striped Bass

Recipe from The Grape’s chef Jason Gorman.Cranberry-Mango Chutney1/8 cup minced garlic 1 cup cranberry juice 1/2 cup honey 1 cup fresh cranberries 1 small mango, diced 1/2 cup dried apricots, diced 1 stick cinnamon 1 tablespoon diced fresh gingerSauté garlic in a saucepan until golden brown. Add remaining ingredients and

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January 20, 2013

Vietnamese Fish Tacos

Núóc Mam Dipping Sauce3/4 cup Squid brand fish sauce (núóc mam, available at oriental markets) 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons chopped scallions (green onions)Whisk ingredients together and set aside.Vegetable Platter1 head leaf lettuce 1 bunch fresh mint 8 ounces bean sprouts 8 thin spears fresh pineapple, cut lengthwise

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January 20, 2013

Tuna With Wasabi Mayo Ginger Slaw

Ginger Slaw2 tablespoons chopped prepared pickled ginger 2 tablespoons juice from pickled ginger 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil 1/2 medium head red cabbage, thinly sliced 1/4 head napa or savoy cabbage, thinly sliced 1 carrot, peeled and thinly julienned 1 red bell pepper,

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January 20, 2013

Tortilla-Wrapped Fish

1 cup canola oil 8 corn tortillas 8 3-ounce fresh fish filets (redfish, snapper, or flounder) Salt and pepper to taste 4 tablespoons clarified butter or canola oil 1 1/2 cups chicken stock Juice of 1 1/2 lemons 2 sticks salted butter, cut in inch-size chunks Chipotle purée (see recipe,

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January 20, 2013

Texas Creole Barbecued Shrimp

Barbecue Sauce Base 2 1/2 lemons, peeled and quartered 3 tablespoons coarse-ground black pepper 2 tablespoons seafood seasoning 1 cup Worcestershire sauce 1 cup water 6 cloves garlicIn saucepan combine all ingredients and reduce liquid by half. Strain liquid through fine-mesh strainer and reserve.Shrimp 1/3 cup julienne red bell pepper

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January 20, 2013

Tempura-Crisped Shrimp Salad

Oriental Dressing1/4 cup light vegetable oil 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlicMix ingredients together and set aside.Noodles8 ounces udon noodles or linguine 1 tablespoon light vegetable oilCook noodles according to the directions on the package and rinse with cold water.

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January 20, 2013

Swordfish and Chipotle-Mango Sauce

Grilled Swordfish1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon Caribbean jerk seasoning (sold in jars) 1 shallot, chopped fine 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro 4 5-ounce swordfish steaksMix ingredients and marinate fish for 1 hour.

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January 20, 2013

Southwestern Crab Cakes

From Cooking: “I, Piscivore” by Gary Cartwright, in the September 1987 issue of Texas Monthly.1 large egg2 tablespoons mayonnaise, crème fraîche, or sour cream2 teaspoons Dijon mustard or the hotter Louisiana Creole mustardPinch of cayenne pepper1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepperPinch of salt1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce1 pound

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January 20, 2013

Soft-Shell Crabs with Moqueca Sauce

2 tablespoons dende oil (red palm oil, available at Latin American or African markets) 2 teaspoons minced ginger 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 large onion, diced 1 cup concentrated chicken stock 4 tablespoons lime juice 2 – 3 serranos, minced 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped 1 cup

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January 20, 2013

Snapper Carpaccio

Snapper Carpaccio With Grapefruit Agra Dolce and Garlic BruschettaGrapefruit Marinade2 Ruby Red grapefruit, peeled and sectioned 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons salt 1 Thai chili, minced (you may also use red Serrano chili or chili pequín)Carefully combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Do not allow

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January 20, 2013

Shrimp, Lobster, and Crab Cheesecake

Cheesecake1/2 pound cooked Maine lobster 1/2 pound lump crabmeat 1/2 pound cooked jumbo shrimp 1 pound mascarpone cheese 2 pounds cream cheese 5 eggs 1 1/4 cups flour 1/2 bunch scallions, diced Kosher salt and white pepper to tastePreheat oven to 250 degrees.Cut cream cheese into smallish chunks. Allow both

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January 20, 2013

Shrimp and Scallop Skewers with Avocado Sauce

Shrimp and Scallop Skewers16 jumbo shrimp 16 large sea scallops 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper to tasteDevein and butterfly shrimp, leaving head and tail on. Wrap each shrimp around a scallop, 4 pairs to a skewer. Coat with oil, season, and grill 8 to 10 minutes.Avocado

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January 20, 2013

Crunchy French Toast With Spiced Apples and Coffee Maple Syrup

Recipe from restaurant owner Benjy Levit, Benjy’s, Houston.Coffee Maple Syrup1 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup whole coffee beans, any typePlace syrup and coffee beans in a small nonreactive saucepan and simmer over low heat for a few minutes, then let steep for a couple of hours. Remove beans. (May be

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January 20, 2013

Shrimp Pulao

3 cups long-grain rice (preferably basmati) 1 large onion 1-inch piece gingerroot, peeled 6 garlic cloves 5 tablespoons peanut oil 1 large tomato, finely chopped 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds Scant 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 3/4 teaspoon each of cumin powder, ground coriander, and Indian red chile powder (or cayenne pepper)

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January 20, 2013

Nuevo Guacamole

The nontraditional step of cooking the onion and chiles gives them a full, roasted flavor that goes beautifully with the mellow avocado. Just don’t stand too close to the pan while cooking the chiles, or the fumes will burn your nose.2 teaspoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 3 serrano

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January 20, 2013

Sesame-Crusted Scallops

3 tablespoons fresh grated ginger 8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 1/2 cup peanut oil 1/8 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons honey 3 tablespoons sesame seed oil 1 egg 2 pounds fresh sea scallops 6 tablespoons each black and white sesame seeds (black sesame seeds

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January 20, 2013

Seared Salmon Over Cauliflower Purée

Catalan, Houston1 large head of cauliflower, cut into pieces with stems removed 1 clove of garlic 2 cups milk 4 tablespoons olive oil salt and pepper juice from 2 preserved lemons, or use fresh lemons if you cannot find preserved 1 shallot, sliced 2 cups white wine 1 cup heavy