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January 20, 2013

Cannellini Bean Capriata

Recipe from La Rèserve restaurant, Omni Hotel, Houston1/2 cup cannellini (white kidney beans) 1/2 large onion, minced 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 clove elephant garlic Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1/2 head radicchio, cut in sixths 1/2 loaf country bread, sliced 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar Soak beans

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January 20, 2013

Greco-Roman Salad

Recipe from La Rèserve restaurant, Omni Hotel, HoustonSalad1/2 ounce white vinegar 1/2 lemon 1 head fennel 6 baby artichokes 1/2 pound cipolline (pearl onions optional) 1 pound small red potatoes 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt 1/4 cup pine nuts 3 red bell peppers 1/2 cup deli olives

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January 20, 2013

Rustic Texas Peach Tarts

Recipe from Randy Evans, Brennan’s of Houston, HoustonPeach Filling3 pounds Texas peaches (about 6 medium peaches), peeled and sliced N-inch thick 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 4 tablespoons sugarIn a mixing bowl, combine peaches, vinegar, and sugar. Marinate for half an hour, stirring occasionally, then drain peaches and strain

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January 20, 2013

Marinated-Artichoke-and-Feta Salad

Recipe from Timothy Byres, Standard 2706, DallasMarinade for Artichokes and Haricots Verts1 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (chervil, parsley, basil, and tarragon, or your choice) 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil pinch kosher salt pinch freshly ground black pepperCombine all ingredients and

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January 20, 2013

Grilled Cilantro-Poblano Quail

Recipe from David Bull, Driskill Grill, Driskill Hotel, Austin1 jalapeño, roasted and with stem, skin, and seeds removed 1 poblano, roasted and with stem, skin, and seeds removed 1 pound (4 sticks) butter, cut into small cubes, softened 1/2 bunch cilantro, leaves only (reserve a few whole sprigs for

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January 20, 2013

Pomegranate Daiquiri

Recipe from Randy Evans, Brennan’s of Houston, Houston1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup 1/2 lime, quartered 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) pomegranate juice, such as POM brand 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) dark rum sugar (for edge of glass)Make syrup by boiling 1 part water and 2 parts

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January 20, 2013

Fresh Melon Salad With Lemongrass Dressing

Recipe from Timothy Byres, Standard 2706, DallasLemongrass Dressing2 stalks lemongrass 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup waterIn a saucepan bring all ingredients to a boil with 1/2 cup water. Strain and refrigerate.Melon Salad1 cantaloupe 1 honeydew melon of approximately same size 2 limes, each cut in

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January 20, 2013

Grilled Tenderloin Salad

Recipe from Thai Spice, Houston and Austin.Tenderloin Salad1 1/4 to 2 pounds whole beef tenderloin (amount depends on whether using as an appetizer or entrée) 1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick 1/2 medium red onion, peeled and sliced 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick 2 medium tomatoes, chopped

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January 20, 2013

Boston Lettuce with Grilled Bosc Pears

Recipe from John Maxwell, The Mansion at Judges’ Hill, AustinLemon-Cream Dressing1 cup heavy cream 6 tablespoons crème fraîche or 3 tablespoons sour cream 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice zest of 1 lemon, minced 1/8 teaspoon saltIn a large mixing bowl, stir heavy cream briefly until it froths a bit.

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January 20, 2013

The Full Nelson

April 30, 1933Born in Abbott. His mother leaves six months later; his father leaves a few years after that. Willie and his older sister, Bobbie, are raised by their grandparents, Daddy and Mama.1939Gets his first guitar, a Sears Stella.1942Lands his first paying job, playing with the John Rejcek Bohemian Polka

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January 20, 2013

Where We Rank

How Texas compares with the other 49 states in everything from the percentage of low-income children with health insurance (we’re dead last) to the number of executions (we’re first!).

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January 20, 2013

Jorge Ramos

“I didn’t want this tragedy to get lost among all the daily news stories,” says Univision anchorman Jorge Ramos, referring to the ill-fated attempt to smuggle at least 74 illegal immigrants into Texas two years ago. So, to bring attention to the incident as well as to larger immigration issues,

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January 20, 2013

Steve Brodner

Although illustrator Steve Brodner did some preliminary research before leaving New York for the colonias of South Texas, he was thoroughly unprepared for what he encountered. “The books I had read were about ten years old, and they focused on the horrific living conditions in the colonias,” he says. “But

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January 20, 2013

Jeff Lipsky

If anyone knows about following a dream it’s Jeff Lipsky, who photographed American Idol queen Kelly Clarkson for this month’s cover. “I was a fly-fishing guide and snowboarder in Colorado for eleven years,” he says. “And then one day I decided to move to L.A. and become a photographer. I

Food & Drink |
January 20, 2013

Honorable Mentions

Nineteen joints we couldn’t countenance not noting at all.AMARILLO Beans N Things A cozy country cafe plunked down on a busy city street. 806-373-7383BRADY Hard Eight Pit Bar-B-Que Meats are cooked cowboy style directly over hot mesquite coals. 325-597-1936DALLAS Baby Back Shak

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January 20, 2013

Ode to . . .

Ode To BrisketWhen 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

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January 20, 2013

Lexington: Snow’s BBQ

The best barbecue in Texas is currently being served at Snow’s BBQ, in Lexington, a small restaurant open only on Saturdays and only from eight in the morning until whenever the meat runs out, usually around noon. Snow’s is remarkable not only for the quality of its meat but

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January 20, 2013

Luling: City Market

You’ve come for wholeness, for satisfaction deep within your soul. Your searching has brought you here, to the company of fellow pilgrims in the snaking line. Slowly, you advance across the tile floor, past the knotty-pine walls, and up to the inner sanctum: a glass-enclosed chamber where a host of

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January 20, 2013

The Trinity River Project

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 Texas liqueur, and crème de violette over

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January 20, 2013

Wild Mushroom and Leek Tart

Recipes from Conservatory at Dallas’ Hotel Crescent Court, Dallas.Tart Shells2 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 pieces. Spray filo with Pam

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January 20, 2013

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bread

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 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

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January 20, 2013

1015 Stuffed Onion

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 1 cup milk Canola oil 1/2 cup butter 1

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January 20, 2013

Tamale-Stuffed Game Hen

Marinade4 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 4 ounces tequila 1 medium onion, choppedStuffing12 steamed fresh tamales

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January 20, 2013

Four-Cheese Pizza

Basic Dough1/4 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 waterIn a cup stir together warm water and honey, and mix in dry yeast. Let stand for ten minutes. Place flour

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January 20, 2013

Sweet Mascarpone Polenta With Roasted Nectarines

Blueberry Sauce1 1/2 cups port 1/2 cup sugar juice of 1 lime 8 ounces fresh or frozen blueberriesPlace port, sugar, and lime juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 8 minutes. Stir in blueberries and, if using frozen ones, reheat the sauce (but do

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January 20, 2013

Baked Herbed Goat Cheese

12 shallots, uniform size 6 tablespoons olive oil kosher salt and cracked black pepper to tastePreheat 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 to 3 minutes.

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January 20, 2013

Gingerbread Christmas Trees

Fruit Compote1/2 cup sugar 1 cup red wine 2 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon orange zest 2 pints fresh or frozen berries of your choiceCombine sugar, wine, cinnamon, and orange zest, bring to a boil, and pour over berries. Refrigerate overnight.Royal Icing2 egg whites 1 pound (3 1/2 to 4 cups)

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January 20, 2013

Antojitos

Chile Salt7 teaspoons ground cayenne 7 teaspoons ground red chile powder 3 teaspoons granulated garlic 2 tablespoons saltMix all ingredients together.Roasted Corn on the Cob6 ears of corn in their husks 3 tablespoons melted butter 1 1/2 teaspoons chile salt (recipe above) juice of 3 limes 3 additional limes, cut

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January 20, 2013

Summer Soups

Recipe from Ruth Carter, soups-and-specials cook at Austin’s Eastside Cafe.Dewberry-Orange4 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 (reserve a few for garnish) with water in a

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January 20, 2013

Chocolate Mousse Iceberg

Recipe from Lisa Biggerstaff, pastry chef, Dacapo’s on the Parkway, Houston.Mousse9 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 coffeeMelt chocolate in a double boiler. Melt butter in a pan. Set both aside and

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January 20, 2013

Braeburn Apple Sorbet With Walnut-Apple Flautas

Recipe from Pastry chef Doug Wilson, Mesteña’s, San Antonio.Sorbet1 cup water 1 1/2 cups sugar 8 Braeburn apples, peeled and coredBoil water and sugar for 5 minutes to make a simple syrup. Make fresh apple juice by puréeing apples thoroughly in a food processor and pushing through a fine strainer.

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January 20, 2013

Fresh Beet, Radicchio, and Goat Cheese Salad

Recipe from chef-owner Lynette Hawkins Mandola, La Mora, Houston.Balsamic Vinaigrette2 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 sugar 4 tablespoons olive oil

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January 20, 2013

Shrimp and Herbed Goat Cheese Crostini

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 3 cloves garlic, mincedBoil, peel, and chill shrimp.

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January 20, 2013

Three-Lettuce Salad

1 head arugula (1/3 pound) 2 heads Belgian endive 1 head radicchio 12 thin slices Parma hamToss lettuces with vinaigrette (see recipe, below). To serve, place 2 slices ham on each plate and top with salad.Sun-Dried-Cherry Vinaigrette2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon champagne vinegar 1 egg white 1 cup olive

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January 20, 2013

Lemon-Garlic Chicken With Tomato-Basil Sauce

Recipes from Eureka!, 4011 Villanova, Dallas4 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 pepperMarinate chicken in remaining ingredients for one hour in refrigerator.

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January 20, 2013

Meringue Clouds

Recipe from Eureka!, 4011 Villanova, Dallas2 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 flavoringPreheat oven to 250 degrees. Whip egg whites and salt until stiff. Add sugar slowly, whipping until stiff peaks

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January 20, 2013

Grilled Corn Salad

Recipe from Eureka!, 4011 Villanova, Dallas8 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 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepperGrill corn and peppers over charcoal

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January 20, 2013

Chile Relleno En Nogada

Walnut Sauce1/4 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 cheesePlace walnuts in a bowl and cover with water.

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January 20, 2013

Seared Diver Scallops

. . . 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 bay leaves 1 sprig marjoram 4

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January 20, 2013

Seared Sea Scallops

. . . With Spinach-Speck Salad, Brown Butter, and Pine Nut Crema.Recipe from Bolla, Dallas1/4 cup brown butter 12 sea scallops 2 cups spinach salad 1 cup red-wine vinaigrette (warm) 1 cup pine nut cremaSeared Sea Scallops1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon butter 12 scallops, dry packed, U10, muscle removed

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January 20, 2013

Key Lime Pie

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 7/8 stick butter, meltedHeat egg yolks, 5/8 cup sugar,

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January 20, 2013

Black-Bottom Pecan Pie

Piecrust1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 3 to 4 tablespoons cold waterIn 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. Form dough into ball and

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January 20, 2013

Thanks A Million 1999: More than $10 million

AUDREY JONES BECKHouston, $80 millionForty-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 Mrs. Beck

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January 20, 2013

Joy of Mex: El Paso

CAFE CENTRAL109 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) in jalapeño