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Food & Drink |
January 21, 2013

Ode to Slaw

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

Food & Drink |
January 21, 2013

Ode to White Bread

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

Food & Drink |
January 21, 2013

Ode to Potato Salad

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

Food & Drink |
January 21, 2013

Ode to Sauce

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.

Food & Drink |
January 21, 2013

Ode to Brisket

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

Food & Drink |
January 21, 2013

Ode to Sausage

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

Food & Drink |
January 21, 2013

Ode to Ribs

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 be he’s an escapee from a gated communityof

Food & Drink |
January 21, 2013

Ode to Pulled Pork

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 and

Food & Drink |
January 21, 2013

Tools of the Trade

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 SqueezerFor that citrus

Politics & Policy |
January 20, 2013

Joe Straus III

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)

Music |
January 20, 2013

Tracie Ferguson, Booking Agent

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 City

The Culture |
January 20, 2013

151–175

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

The Culture |
January 20, 2013

126–150

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

The Culture |
January 20, 2013

101–125

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

The Culture |
January 20, 2013

76–100

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

The Culture |
January 20, 2013

51–75

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

The Culture |
January 20, 2013

26–50

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

The Culture |
January 20, 2013

1–25

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

The Culture |
January 20, 2013

151–175

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

The Culture |
January 20, 2013

126–150

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

The Culture |
January 20, 2013

101–125

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

The Culture |
January 20, 2013

76–100

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

The Culture |
January 20, 2013

51–75

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

The Culture |
January 20, 2013

26–50

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

The Culture |
January 20, 2013

1–25

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

Texas History |
January 20, 2013

The Great Terquasquicentennial Road Trip

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

Border & Immigration |
January 20, 2013

Immigration—A Special Report

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.

The Culture |
January 20, 2013

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

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 like

Bum Steers |
January 20, 2013

The 2011 Bum Steer Awards

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

Music |
January 20, 2013

Chamillionaire

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

Recipes |
January 20, 2013

Oatmeal Pudding

1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups quick oats 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup brown sugarBring 3 3/4 cups water and the salt to a boil. Stir in oats, vanilla, and brown sugar. Consistency should be rather thick.Spray 5 custard cups or decorative molds with nonstick spray. Fill with oatmeal mixture and