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The Trinity River Project

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1 1/2 ounces Cadenhead’s Old Raj Dry Gin 1/2 ounce Paula’s Texas Lemon 1/4 ounce Pagès Parfait Amour Crème de Violette liberal splash of Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon Luxardo maraschino cherries (garnish) lemon peel, long and twisted (garnish) edible orchid (garnish, optional) Combine gin, Paula’s…

Wild Mushroom and Leek Tart

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipes from Conservatory at Dallas’ Hotel Crescent Court, Dallas. Tart Shells 2 frozen filo sheets (18 by 14 inches) Pam or other vegetable oil spray 4 tart pans (4 inches in diameter) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut each sheet of filo into six 6- by 7-inch…

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bread

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast 1 3/4 cups warm water 1/2 cup active sourdough starter (see recipe, below) 5 scant cups unbleached all-purpose flour or bread flour 1/2 cup powdered milk 2 teaspoons sea salt or plain salt 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder…

1015 Stuffed Onion

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

4 1015 onions (any large onion may be substituted) 2 cups chicken stock 4 cups bread crumbs 1 cup coarse cracker meal 1 cup flour 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper 1/2 tablespoon cayenne 4 eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk…

Tamale-Stuffed Game Hen

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Marinade 4 game hens 1 tablespoon achiote seeds 2 cups oil 46 ounces tomato juice 3 bay leaves 1 tablespoon granulated garlic 1 tablespoon oregano leaves 1 teaspoon each of dark chile powder, ground cumin, and salt 2 ounces lime juice…

Four-Cheese Pizza

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Basic Dough 1/4 cup warm water (about 105 degrees) 2 tablespoons honey 1 package dry yeast 2 cups high-gluten flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon olive oil 3/4 cup water In a cup stir together warm water and honey, and mix in dry…

Baked Herbed Goat Cheese

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

12 shallots, uniform size 6 tablespoons olive oil kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel shallots, leaving on the top end and barely trimming the root end. Lightly sauté in olive oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat for 2…

Gingerbread Christmas Trees

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Fruit Compote 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup red wine 2 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon orange zest 2 pints fresh or frozen berries of your choice Combine sugar, wine, cinnamon, and orange zest, bring to a boil, and pour over berries. Refrigerate overnight. Royal Icing 2 egg…

Antojitos

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Chile Salt 7 teaspoons ground cayenne 7 teaspoons ground red chile powder 3 teaspoons granulated garlic 2 tablespoons salt Mix all ingredients together. Roasted Corn on the Cob 6 ears of corn in their husks 3 tablespoons melted butter 1 1/2 teaspoons chile salt (recipe…

Summer Soups

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Ruth Carter, soups-and-specials cook at Austin’s Eastside Cafe. Dewberry-Orange 4 cups dewberries or blackberries, rinsed 2 cups water 1/2 cup sugar 4 ounces cream cheese 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 4 cups fresh orange juice mint leaves for garnish (optional) Combine berries…

Chocolate Mousse Iceberg

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Lisa Biggerstaff, pastry chef, Dacapo’s on the Parkway, Houston. Mousse 9 ounces semisweet chocolate 1 ounces butter, melted 1 pint whipping cream 3 medium eggs 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dark rum 1 tablespoon espresso or strong coffee Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Melt…

Braeburn Apple Sorbet With Walnut-Apple Flautas

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Pastry chef Doug Wilson, Mesteña’s, San Antonio. Sorbet 1 cup water 1 1/2 cups sugar 8 Braeburn apples, peeled and cored Boil water and sugar for 5 minutes to make a simple syrup. Make fresh apple juice by puréeing apples thoroughly in a food processor and…

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Fresh Beet, Radicchio, and Goat Cheese Salad

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from chef-owner Lynette Hawkins Mandola, La Mora, Houston. Balsamic Vinaigrette 2 tablespoons pancetta (2 or 3 ounces), sliced 1/8-inch thick and then cut into 1/4-inch squares (you may substitute prosciutto) 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon…

Shrimp and Herbed Goat Cheese Crostini

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Sambuca, 2618 Elm, Dallas. 18 jumbo shrimp 8 ounces fresh goat cheese 1 tablespoon each fresh basil and thyme, finely chopped 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, finely chopped Dash of lemon juice Salt to taste 1 baguette French bread Virgin olive oil…

Three-Lettuce Salad

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1 head arugula (1/3 pound) 2 heads Belgian endive 1 head radicchio 12 thin slices Parma ham Toss lettuces with vinaigrette (see recipe, below). To serve, place 2 slices ham on each plate and top with salad. Sun-Dried-Cherry Vinaigrette 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon champagne…

Lemon-Garlic Chicken With Tomato-Basil Sauce

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipes from Eureka!, 4011 Villanova, Dallas 4 whole chicken breasts Juice of 1 lemon 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce 2 teaspoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon minced garlic 3 tablespoons chopped parsley 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper…

Meringue Clouds

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Eureka!, 4011 Villanova, Dallas 2 egg whites Pinch of salt 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 pints fresh mixed strawberries and raspberries Sugar to taste Hazelnut or almond flavoring Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Whip egg whites and salt until…

Grilled Corn Salad

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Eureka!, 4011 Villanova, Dallas 8 ears of corn, shucked 2 red bell peppers Juice of 1 lime Juice of 1 1/2 oranges 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt…

Chile Relleno En Nogada

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Walnut Sauce 1/4 cup walnut pieces 1/2 cup boiling water (or enough to cover) 1/4 cup milk 1 1/2 cups crème fraîche or crema mexicana 1/4 cup cream sherry 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 ounces queso fresco or mild feta cheese…

Seared Diver Scallops

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

. . . 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…

Seared Sea Scallops

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

. . . With Spinach-Speck Salad, Brown Butter, and Pine Nut Crema. Recipe from Bolla, Dallas 1/4 cup brown butter 12 sea scallops 2 cups spinach salad 1 cup red-wine vinaigrette (warm) 1 cup pine nut crema Seared Sea Scallops 1 tablespoon olive oil 1…

Key Lime Pie

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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…

Black-Bottom Pecan Pie

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Piecrust 1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 3 to 4 tablespoons cold water In 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.

Thanks A Million 1999: More than $10 million

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

AUDREY JONES BECK Houston, $80 million Forty-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…

Joy of Mex: El Paso

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

CAFE CENTRAL 109 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)…

Thai Corn Cakes

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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…

Hot Chocolate Cake

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Pistachio and Eggnog Milk Sauce 1/2 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, split Roast pistachios at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, chop, and…

Governor’s Mansion Lemon Yogurt Cake

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Cake 1 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 lowfat Preheat oven to…

Chocolate-Almond Sweetheart Cake

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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

Bouche de Noelle

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Cake 1 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 milk Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line bottom of 16- by 11-inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Butter paper and…

Chocolate Pound Cake

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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…

Bill and Rita Clements’ Apple Cake

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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…

American Beauty Cake

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Flourless Chocolate Cake 12 ounces European or other good-quality dark chocolate 2 sticks unsalted butter 6 eggs 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons dark rum 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Note: You will need 4 four-inch heart-shaped pans or 1 nine-inch round or heart-shaped pan, greased and…

Crispy Veal Sweetbreads With Truffle Oil

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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)…

The Morkovsky Sisters Kolache Recipe

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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…

Texas Cornbread Pudding

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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…

Shortbread Cookies

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Chef Will Packwood, 7, Austin 1/3 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…

Rex Hale’s Shortcake

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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…

Favorite Cookies

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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 flour Using an electric mixer, beat butter with sugar…

Dorothy Bohac’s Kolache Recipe

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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…

Cottage Potatoes

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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…

Chocolate-Chunk Pancakes

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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…

Chilaquiles With Queso Fresco

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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…

Chocolate Chile Mole Brownies

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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…

Buttermilk Biscuits

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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 buttermilk Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together. Cut butter…