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Agua de Sandía

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. ¾ pound watermelon flesh (about 2 ½ cups), seeded, cut into 1-inch cubes1 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice Blend watermelon, sugar, and 1 ½ cups water until smooth, about…

Coctel a la campechana

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. 4 ounces raw red snapper, cut into 1/2-inch cubes1 tablespoon finely chopped white onion3/4 cup fresh lime juice, divided 1/2 cup thinly sliced octopus (cooked as below)4 medium shrimp…

Totopos

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. 1 ½ cups corn oil8 regular-sized corn tortillas, each cut into 8 triangles salt to taste Place a medium cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, add oil, and preheat to bubbling, 3 to 4 minutes.

Salsa tarasca

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. 1/2 cup pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds),      roasted 1/2 cup peanuts, roasted 4 medium tomatoes, roasted, peeled,   coarsely chopped 2 medium tomatillos, husks removed,  …

Salsa de tomatillo

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. 4 medium tomatillos, husks removed,   coarsely chopped1 serrano pepper, stemmed 2 garlic cloves, peeled 1 tablespoon finely chopped white onion ¼ small bunch cilantro ¼ teaspoon…

Salsa de ajo

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. 8 to 10 guajillos (long, reddish dried    chiles), stemmed, seeded,    reconstituted with enough water to    cover (reserve liquid)2 dried chiles de árbol, stemmed,   reconstituted 6 garlic cloves,…

Hugo’s salsa mexicana

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. ½ small white onion 2 garlic cloves, peeled 2 serrano peppers, roasted, peeled,   stemmed ½ small bunch cilantro, divided in half 6 medium tomatoes, roasted, peeled 1 ½ teaspoons kosher…

Tlacoyos

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. For the refritos (refried beans) 2 cups dry black beans, well rinsed and    picked over ½ small white onion, quartered,    plus another whole onion, finely    chopped…

Paletas de hielo de frambuesa

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. 1 cup granulated sugar4 pints fresh raspberries1 tablespoon fresh lime juice Place a saucepan over medium heat and add sugar and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil, about 4 minutes.

Miles and Miles of Texas

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

The Hill Country Drive, the BBQ Market Drive, the Backwoods Drive, and thirteen other summer trips, from the mountains to the coast, that will take you down some of the prettiest, most picturesque, most wide-open stretches of asphalt Texas has to offer. Buckle up!

The Writes of Spring

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Robert Caro on LBJ. Marcus Luttrell on war. Douglas Brinkley on Walter Cronkite. James Donovan on the Alamo. Steve Coll on ExxonMobil. Ben Fountain on a surreal Dallas Cowboys halftime show. Dan Rather and Sissy Spacek on themselves. For some reason, May has turned out to be a month like no other for Texas-related books. Here’s our handy guide.

Sex, Lies, and Hit Men!

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Yvonne Stern knows that her husband, the wealthy Houston attorney Jeffrey Stern, had a steamy affair with a woman named Michelle Gaiser. And she knows full well that two years ago Gaiser hired a series of men to kill her. But she refuses to believe that Jeffrey was in on the plan.

Courtroom Drama

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Some of the biggest murder trials have happened in Texas, from proceedings against serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Charles Harrelson to housewives Darlie Routier and Candy Montgomery. Find out what TEXAS MONTHLY had to say about some of the most infamous Texans who were tried for murder.

The 2012 Bum Steer Awards

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

It was a year of avaricious Astros fans, brainless bank robbers, competence-free comptrollers, discourteous doctors, enraged exes, frisky Frisco-ites, greedy gram-toting grandmothers, hotheaded hand surgeons, ill-informed idiots, jammed-full Jaguars, knife-krazy Kimbroughs, lambasted Lufkinites, mean-spirited magazine articles, nervy narcotics users, obtuse O’Neals, profane pilots, quazy Quaids, romantically rejected receivers, surveilling Scientologists, tumescent team mascots, unprivate urinators, value-subtracted vouchers, wind-challenged windows, x-foliated x-hibitionists, yobbish YouTubers, and zealous Zanes.

Ode to Slaw

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

I love living in Texas, but I believe we underestimate our coleslaw, which is usually served in a little cup, off to the side of the meat. I contend it is capable of more responsibility than that. In Mississippi, where I grew up and ate my first barbecue, it was…

Ode to White Bread

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

There was a time in this country when you could eat a wonderfully flavorless slice of this substance and not feel like a villain. But that time is long ago, back in the days before iceberg lettuce, white bread’s vegetable companion in blahness, was driven underground. And though iceberg lettuce…

Ode to Potato Salad

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Potato salad is one of my four favorite vegetables, right up there with tuna salad, deviled eggs, and slices of Velveeta. You need a mustardy tang and some starch to balance the overpowering sweetness of barbecue sauce. That’s where the masters in the art of salade de pommes de terre…

Ode to Sauce

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Barbecue sauce is like a beautiful woman. If it’s too sweet, it’s bound to be hiding something. — Singer, songawriter, and actor Lyle Lovett has been eating barbecue for 49 of his 50 years.

Ode to Brisket

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

When you’re a food writer, people are always asking about the best meal you’ve ever eaten. I know they’re expecting tales of an unforgettable lunch at Michel Bras or a poetic kaiseki meal in Kyoto or a beluga extravaganza on the banks of the Volga, but what always pops into…

Ode to Sausage

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

President George W. Bush will leave Washington, D.C., the city where I, a boy from Houston, now reside, every bit as divided as it was when he first hit town. This is too bad, but a far bigger disappointment is that he has not spent a farthing of his political…

Ode to Ribs

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

The waitress says the man at Table Three is making noises. You’d think she would be used to grunting when the sun goes down at Melvin’s Rib Château, but this one’s whispering amen into his marinade, getting sauce all over his Armani. It could…

Ode to Pulled Pork

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Though I am proud to claim Texas associations, I am from the South. So when it comes to barbecue, my first thought is not of brisket but of pork. Does a pig have brisket? It may be hard to find, on a pig. A cow spends more time standing up…

Tools of the Trade

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Cooking like a Texan requires its own special gear, whether it’s a woodpile for the smoker, a skillet your granny used, or a well-worn wooden spoon (maybe even the one your momma spanked your hiney with as a kid). Tortilla PressOne simple push = one fresh corn tortilla! Lime…

Joe Straus III

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

The ideological pendulum at the Lege is swinging, finally and inevitably, back toward the center, so moderate Republicans—the golden-cheeked warblers of Texas politics—may soon reemerge as a force to be reckoned with. When that happens, we’re betting on this pedigreed, patrician lawmaker from tony District 121 (Alamo Heights, Olmos Park)…

Tracie Ferguson, Booking Agent

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Ferguson, who grew up in San Antonio, has been booking bands for almost thirty years. Since 2000, she has worked exclusively for Gruene Hall, near New Braunfels, the oldest continuously running dance hall in Texas. In college my friend Denice Franke hooked up with three guys and formed the Beacon…