Articles by Texas Monthly

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…

151–175

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From the construction of the state’s first public university in College Station to the swearing in of Governor Rick Perry for a third full term in Austin

126–150

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From Buzz Bissinger arriving in Odessa—with a notepad—to Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen writing songs in College Station

101–125

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From John Warne Gates peddling barbed wire in San Antonio to a group of cowboys and ranchers holding the first rodeo in Pecos

76–100

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From the Great Storm washing ashore in Galveston to Charles Elmer Doolin cooking up the frito in San Antonio

51–75

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From Donald Chambers founding the Bandidos in Houston to Gordon Granger reading General Orders No. 3 in Galveston

26–50

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From Candy Montgomery and Allan Gore beginning their affair in Richardson to Robert Rauschenberg, Janis Joplin, and Jimmy Johnson graduating from high school in Port Arthur

1–25

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From dinosaurs roaming the Paluxy in Glen Rose to Lance Armstrong joining his first cycling team in Richardson

151–175

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From the construction of the state’s first public university in College Station to the swearing in of Governor Rick Perry for a third full term in Austin

126–150

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From Buzz Bissinger arriving in Odessa—with a notepad—to Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen writing songs in College Station

101–125

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From John Warne Gates peddling barbed wire in San Antonio to a group of cowboys and ranchers holding the first rodeo in Pecos

76–100

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From the Great Storm washing ashore in Galveston to Charles Elmer Doolin cooking up the frito in San Antonio

51–75

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From Donald Chambers founding the Bandidos in Houston to Gordon Granger reading General Orders No. 3 in Galveston

26–50

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From Candy Montgomery and Allan Gore beginning their affair in Richardson to Robert Rauschenberg, Janis Joplin, and Jimmy Johnson graduating from high school in Port Arthur

1–25

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From dinosaurs roaming the Paluxy in Glen Rose to Lance Armstrong joining his first cycling team in Richardson

The Great Terquasquicentennial Road Trip

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Some people call it a quartoseptcentennial, or a septaquintaquinquecentennial (seriously), but you’d better save your breath. You’ll need it on this wide-ranging 6,000-mile voyage commemorating Texas’s 175th birthday. It starts in Glen Rose, ends in Austin, and stops along the way at 175 places that tell the story of the state, from the grassy field in La Porte where independence was won to the parking garage in Dallas where the Super Bowl was dreamed up; from the Austin dorm room where Dell Inc. was born to the college hall in Houston where Barbara Jordan learned to debate; from the hotel in San Antonio where Lydia Mendoza recorded “Mal Hombre” to the—well, you get the idea. And you’d better get started. The road awaits . . .

Immigration—A Special Report

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Depending on who you are and how you feel about immigration and cultural change, the image on this page is either no big deal, mildly provocative, or highly controversial. The original painting on which it’s based, American Gothic, by Grant Wood, is one of the most famous in the world.

Everything We Could Tell You About . . . A Happy Marriage

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

NAMES: Melvin and Minnie Lou Scott | AGES: 101 and 100 | HOMETOWN: Frankston | QUALIFICATIONS: Married eighty years ago on November 11, 1927 / The first of five living generations (one son, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren) • We married at a traveling marvel show. It was…

The 2011 Bum Steer Awards

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

It was a year of appalling analogies, bare-naked Badu, collapsing Cowboys, dim-witted Daughters of the Republic of Texas, egregious Ethics Commission, felonious fishermen (not to mention frisky firefighters), G-rated (not) guards, hilarious headlines, imperial incumbents, jackass judges (as always!), klutzy kat rescuers, legendarily lame and losing Longhorns, mind-boggling menus, noncompliant Nugent, outré overtimers, pajama-clad politicians, queso quarrels, rude representatives, scuffling strippers, toilet paper–free Texas A&M, unacceptable uniformed urination, vent-escaping vipers, woefully wrongheaded wide receivers, X-asperated Xanax-heads, yuk-yuk yeggs, and zealous Z-cups.

Chamillionaire

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Two thousand five will always be remembered as the year that Texas hip-hop finally got its due. Sure, Houston’s Geto Boys were already considered rap legends, and Port Arthur’s UGK, through Jay-Z’s smash hit single “Big Pimpin’,” had already introduced the world to “them Texas boys comin’ down in candy…

Between the Lines

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Ah, redistricting—that partisan, vengeful, hazardous battle for domination the Legislature fights every decade. Here we go again.