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January 20, 2013

Braised Lamb Shank and Rabbit

Lamb and Rabbit4 small, lean lamb shanks, trimmed of visible fat 4 rabbit hind legs kosher or sea salt and coarsely ground pepper to taste 3/4 cup olive oil 1 large onion, peeled and coarsely chopped 4 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped 2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped 3 cloves

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January 20, 2013

Meatloaf Tower

4 eggs, beaten 1 pound ground veal 1 pound ground sirloin 1/4 cup bread crumbs 1 teaspoon creole seasoning 1 teaspoon ground oregano 1/4 cup chopped parsley 1 six-ounce can tomato paste Salt and pepper to tastePreheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix ingredients with 1 tablespoon of tomato paste. Cover

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January 20, 2013

Jailhouse Chili

3 or 4 pounds beef (such as shank, round steak, flank steak, or lean chuck) 1 or 2 beers for marinade 1⁄4 cup canola or other vegetable oil 1 or 2 onions, finely chopped 5 garlic cloves, minced, or 1 tablespoon garlic powder 2 to 4 seeded jalapeños (more if

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January 20, 2013

Italian Pot Roast With Gremolata

Gremolata1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 3 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley 2 tablespoons minced garlicMix all ingredients together.Pot Roastsalt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup flour 3-pound boneless roast of beef, such as a rolled roast (have the butcher tie it for you) 1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 cups thinly

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January 20, 2013

Braised Short Ribs With Rosemary-Parmesan Polenta

In Italy, boiled meat and fish are often served with a tart, salty green sauce.Ribs8 beef short ribs, either bone-in or deboned 1 cup flour mixed with 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper 1/4 cup olive oil for browning 1/2 cup each chopped onion, carrot, and celery 1 cup dry

Bum Steers |
January 20, 2013

The 2009 Bum Steer Awards

It was a year of abbreviated Aggies, bamboozling boxers, charged Cuban, dumb district attorneys, estrogen-packed elevators, famished firemen, graveyard ganja, half-wit husbands, imaginary illegal immigrants, Jessica jests, koncert kayos, lawn-watering Lance, muddled Moron, next-of-kin-offending newspapers, oblivious operators, pornographic prom dresses, questionable quiz takers, repulsive Roger, stolen shih tzus, tasteless team

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January 20, 2013

Beef Tenderloin in Ancho-Bourbon Sauce

Recipe from Michaels, Fort Worth.Ranch Potato Wedges6 baking potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 1/4 cup minced garlic 1/4 cup minced shallots 1 1/2 sticks butter 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese salt and pepper to tastePreheat oven to 350 degrees. In a heavy saucepan, sauté garlic

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January 20, 2013

Peppered Pork

Peppered Pork1 14-ounce or larger pork tenderloin (have butcher remove membrane) Salt to taste 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 2 tablespoons virgin olive oilPreheat oven to 500 degrees. Cut pork into 4 equal pieces, sprinkle with salt, coat with pepper. In very hot sauté pan, sear each piece in

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January 20, 2013

Rigatoni With Basil-Pecan Tomato Pesto

Tomato Pesto Pesto1 cup chopped pecans 4 medium garlic cloves 3/4 cup olive oil 25 large fresh basil leaves 10 sprigs Italian parsley, leaves only 10 leaves fresh mint salt and pepper to taste 1/2 to 1 tablespoon red-pepper flakes 1 1/2 pounds tomatoes, blanched and seeded 3 tablespoons good-quality

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January 20, 2013

Paella With Saffron Rice

Saffron Rice2/3 cup uncooked rice 1/3 cup diced yellow onion 1 tablespoon safflower or other light oil 1 1/3 cup water 3 or 4 strands saffron 1/4 teaspoon salt Freshly ground white pepper to taste In a medium saucepan, sauteé rice and onion in oil until onion is translucent. In

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January 20, 2013

Cajun Gumbo

Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo2/3 cup vegetable oil 2/3 cup flour 2 cups each chopped white onion and bell pepper 1 1⁄2 cups chopped celery 1/2 teaspoon each salt, red pepper, black pepper, and garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon each filé powder, poultry seasoning, and beef base (or 1 bouillon cube) 2 bay leaves

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January 20, 2013

Rosario’s Tacos Callejeros (Street Vendor’s Tacos)

Meat Filling2 cups shredded cooked chicken, pork, or beef (if you wish, use the chicken filling for Las Manitas’ Enchiladas Zacatecanas, November 1999)Marinated Cabbage2 cups shredded green cabbage 1 bunch chopped cilantro (about 2 cups) 1 white onion, thinly sliced 4 or 5 Roma tomatoes, diced 2 fresh jalapeños

Travel & Outdoors |
January 20, 2013

Small-Town Texas Directory

Abram CemeteriesAlbany MuseumsAlpine Restaurants, Sports, Radio, Music ClubsArcher City HotelsAthens Folks Bandera Museums, Music Clubs, Radio, FolksBay City RadioBig Spring HotelsBlanco ShopsBlessing HotelsBoerne Hotels, Restaurants, ShopsBonham MuseumsBrackettville CemeteriesBrady

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January 20, 2013

Bar Steak Sandwich

Blue Cheese and Garlic Mayo4 garlic cloves, roasted (see For Roasted Garlic recipe below) 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese 1/2 cup mayonnaise fresh lemon juice to taste kosher salt to tasteFor Roasted GarlicPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel 4 cloves of fresh garlic. Place garlic cloves in a sauté pan,

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January 20, 2013

Bread Pudding Soufflé

Bread Pudding Soufflé With Whiskey Sauce1 cup sugar1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened5 eggs, beaten1 pint heavy creamDash of cinnamon1 tablespoon vanilla1/4 cup raisins12 slices fresh of stale French bread, each 1 inch thickSoufflé6 eggs, separated1/2 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup confectioners’ sugarWhiskey Sauce1 cup sugar1 cup heavy cream1 cinnamon stick

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January 20, 2013

Cinnamon Turkey Breast

Turkey 1 fresh turkey, approximately 12 pounds 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamonGlaze 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons molasses 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or strong red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon TabascoCut wings off turkey at middle joint. Cut legs off and separate

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January 20, 2013

Turkey Dark Meat in Cranberry and Ancho Chile Sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil 2 each turkey thighs, drumsticks, and wings 8 cups water 6 ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded 1 white onion, peeled and roughly chopped 4 garlic cloves, peeled 2 large tomatoes (or 6 plum tomatoes), quartered 1 1/2 cups walnuts (8 ounces) 16-ounce can whole-cranberry sauce or

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January 20, 2013

Sweet Potatoes with Ginger, Pecans, and Jalapeños

4 pounds sweet potatoes 4 tablespoons butter 4 tablespoons flour 3 cups milk 1½ teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger 4 jalapeños, stemmed and cut into 1/8-inch-thick rings 1 cup chopped pecans 2 to 4 tablespoons brown sugarRoast sweet potatoes on rack in 325-degree

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January 20, 2013

Spicy Cream Spinach with Cheddar Cheese

20 ounces fresh or frozen leaf spinach 1 tablespoon butter 1 white onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped (1 teaspoon) 1 to 2 jalapeños, stemmed and chopped (remove seeds if milder flavor is desired) 2 1/2 tablespoons flour 1 cup chicken or turkey stock 1 cup whipping

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January 20, 2013

Cranberry and Orange Marmalade Relish

1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup water ½ cup white wine 1 orange, quartered and seeded 1 stick cinnamon or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 cups fresh whole cranberries (1 pound) 2 tablespoons lime juice 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion 1 finely chopped jalapeño 2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegarIn

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January 20, 2013

Mushroom-Apple-Poblano Cornbread Dressing

Cornbread 2 cups cornmeal 2 cups all-purpose flour 4 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups milk 2 eggs 4 tablespoons butter, meltedPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients and mix well. Add milk, eggs, and melted butter; blend to form a smooth batter.Pour

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January 20, 2013

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie with Brown-Sugar Cream

Dough (for 1 pie shell)2 cups all-purpose flour 2 sticks cold butter, cut into small pieces 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons cold waterOn cutting board, combine flour, butter, sugar, and salt by quickly working mixture with hands or pastry cutter until it forms pea-size pieces. Add water

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January 20, 2013

Pumpkin-White Bean Soup with Pomegranate Crema

This pumpkin-and-white bean soup is drizzled with pomegranate cream and sprinkled with the fruit’s jewellike seeds.Pumpkin-White Bean Soup 5 cups chicken stock 3/4 cup white pinto (cannellini) beans, soaked overnight and drained 1 pumpkin (3 to 4 pounds) 1 1/2 teaspoons corn oil 4 ounces bacon, diced 1/2 medium yellow

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January 20, 2013

Jicama-Tortilla Salad with Tangerine Dressing

This salad of jícama, mango, and crisp tortilla strips has a distinctive Mexican accent.1 small red onion (about 6 ounces), sliced into thin rings6 tangerines1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice3 tablespoons olive oil1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded

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January 20, 2013

Barbecued Roast Goose with Cornbread-Oyster Stuffing

For the main course, baste roast goose with a savory barbecue sauce and stuff it lavishly with cornbread and oysters.1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cup chopped yellow onion 2 tablespoons celery, diced 2 tablespoons carrot, diced 2 serrano chiles, seeded and minced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup dry white

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January 20, 2013

Dried Cherry-Pecan Relish

Dried cherries and toasted pecans enliven the traditional holiday relish.1/2 cup cranberries, picked over 1 cup dried cherries juice of 1/2 orange 2 tablespoons sugar 2 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped grated zest of 1/2 lime grated zest of 1/2 orange salt

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January 20, 2013

Chipotle-Maple Sweet Potatoes

Smoky chipotle chiles give a lift to that old standby, whipped sweet potatoes.8 to 10 dried chipotle chiles 2 large sweet potatoes, baked and cooled 1 large white potato, baked and cooled 2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon pure chile powder (not prepared chili seasoning) 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup 4

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January 20, 2013

Cranberry Pudding Tamales with Tequila-Orange Curd

Spicy cranberries, nuts and crumbled gingersnaps in corn-husk packets create plump dessert tamales.Tamales 3 3/4 cups cranberries, picked over 1 cup grand pecans 1 3/4 cups sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 1/2 cups finely ground bread crumbs

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January 20, 2013

Warm Squab Salad

4 squabs of Cornish hens, wings removed (may also remove wishbone to make slicing easier) Salt to taste Ground black pepper to taste Dash of cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 small head Bibb lettuce 3 bunches other delicate salad greens 1/2 small head baby chicory, yellow and white

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January 20, 2013

Indian Griddle Cakes

2 cups buttermilk 1 tablespoon melted butter 1 egg 1/3 cup flour 1 cup coarsely ground cornmeal 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons vegetable oilIn medium bowl, combine all ingredients except oil. Mixture should be thickness of pancake batter or heavy cream.Heat small amount of oil in

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January 20, 2013

Devilled Oysters

12 well-cleaned oysters with deep shells Cayenne pepper to taste 2 hard-boiled egg yolks 2 raw egg yolks 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon melted butter Salt to taste 2 tablespoons toasted bread crumbs 12 sprigs fresh thymePreheat oven to 350 degrees. Place one oyster in each shell and

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January 20, 2013

Beef Tenderloin Marinated in Molasses and Black Pepper

1 cup molasses 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons ground black pepper 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped 1 large shallot, peeled and finely chopped 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste 2 pounds center-cut beef tenderloin, trimmed

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January 20, 2013

Date-Nut Chews

3/4 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract 1 cup finely chopped dates 1 cup chopped pecans 1/3 cup sifted confectioners’ sugarPreheat over to 375 degrees. Grease bottom of two 8-inch-square baking pans. Sift flour with salt

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January 20, 2013

Apple-Cranberry Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust

Crust1 3/4 cup flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar 1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese 1 1/2 sticks chilled butter 2 tablespoons chilled shortening 1/4 cup ice waterIn medium bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix in cheese. Cut in butter and shortening with pastry blender until texture resembles coarse

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January 20, 2013

Dried-cherry and Sorghum Syrup Dressing

Squab wings and carcasses reserved from previous recipe, chopped (may also add chicken bones) 2 cups veal demiglace (available canned or frozen; reduce by half to concentrate) 1/2 cup dried cherries 1/2 cup brandy 1/2 cup sorghum syrup 2 tablespoons hazelnut oil or other nut oil 2 shallots, peeled and

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January 20, 2013

Corn Relish

3 cups fresh or frozen corn 1 cup finely shredded green cabbage 1 cup chopped yellow onion 1/2 cup seeded and diced sweet red pepper 1 teaspoon whole celery seed 1/2 teaspoon whole mustard seed 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup cider vinegarPlace

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January 20, 2013

Smoked-Bacon Compote

1/2 cup marinade reserved from previous recipe 1 cup veal demiglace 1 cup smoked slab bacon cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 cups wild mushrooms, such as brown Italian or shiitake, cut to about size of pearl onions 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 cup sweet-potato balls (prepare

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January 20, 2013

Glazed Pecans

1/2 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 2 dried red chiles 1 cup pecan halves 1/4 cup molassesPreheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine water, sugar, and chiles in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add pecans and return to a boil. Lower hear and simmer 10 minutes.Drain pecans,

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January 20, 2013

Lavender-Dusted Quail Salad

Salad1 bunch each fresh basil and watercress, stems trimmed (approximately 2 cups total) 1 tablespoon olive oil juice of 1/2 lemon 1 1/2 cups mixed arugula and baby spinach 2 tablespoons O brand olive oil, plus some for drizzling (this lemon-infused olive oil is available at some health-food stores

Food & Drink |
January 20, 2013

Indian Summer

Indian-born cooking instructor Suneeta Vaswani has won Houstonians’ hearts with her authentic native cuisine. Her buffet for twelve can be made ahead and served at room temperature. Shrimp pulao and a spicy spinach sauté contrast nicely with a crunchy four-bean-and-potato salad and a cool cucumber-peanut relish. Mango lassis are sure

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January 20, 2013

Hot Off The Grill

Favorite neighborhood bistros have long been noted for delicious unpretentious fare that at once tempts diners and puts them at ease. Following that formula, chef Jack Chaplin has attracted loyal patrons to Chaplin’s, his year-old Dallas restaurant. He suggests a summertime aperitif guaranteed to awaken taste-buds and appetites—a batch of

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January 20, 2013

Marine Life

With the advent of a second Epicure on the Park this spring, Dallasites have gotten a taste of the elegant fare that has made this Fort Worth restaurant and catering company so popular. Executive chef Michael Thomson’s repertoire of take-out food adapts easily to a stunning supper that can be

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January 20, 2013

Skewered Rosemary Lamb

Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 8 minutes Make Ahead: 24 hours1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, crumbled, or 1 teaspoon dried 2 cloves garlic, mashed 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3/4 teaspoon salt (preferably

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January 20, 2013

French Mushroom Salad

Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Make Ahead: 24 hours1/2 cup dry white wine 2 shallots, finely minced 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme Dash Hungarian paprika or cayenne 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 pound mushrooms with