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January 20, 2013

Pumpkin-White Bean Soup with Pomegranate Crema

This pumpkin-and-white bean soup is drizzled with pomegranate cream and sprinkled with the fruit’s jewellike seeds.Pumpkin-White Bean Soup 5 cups chicken stock 3/4 cup white pinto (cannellini) beans, soaked overnight and drained 1 pumpkin (3 to 4 pounds) 1 1/2 teaspoons corn oil 4 ounces bacon, diced 1/2 medium yellow

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January 20, 2013

Jicama-Tortilla Salad with Tangerine Dressing

This salad of jícama, mango, and crisp tortilla strips has a distinctive Mexican accent.1 small red onion (about 6 ounces), sliced into thin rings6 tangerines1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice3 tablespoons olive oil1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded

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January 20, 2013

Barbecued Roast Goose with Cornbread-Oyster Stuffing

For the main course, baste roast goose with a savory barbecue sauce and stuff it lavishly with cornbread and oysters.1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cup chopped yellow onion 2 tablespoons celery, diced 2 tablespoons carrot, diced 2 serrano chiles, seeded and minced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup dry white

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January 20, 2013

Dried Cherry-Pecan Relish

Dried cherries and toasted pecans enliven the traditional holiday relish.1/2 cup cranberries, picked over 1 cup dried cherries juice of 1/2 orange 2 tablespoons sugar 2 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped grated zest of 1/2 lime grated zest of 1/2 orange salt

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January 20, 2013

Chipotle-Maple Sweet Potatoes

Smoky chipotle chiles give a lift to that old standby, whipped sweet potatoes.8 to 10 dried chipotle chiles 2 large sweet potatoes, baked and cooled 1 large white potato, baked and cooled 2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon pure chile powder (not prepared chili seasoning) 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup 4

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January 20, 2013

Cranberry Pudding Tamales with Tequila-Orange Curd

Spicy cranberries, nuts and crumbled gingersnaps in corn-husk packets create plump dessert tamales.Tamales 3 3/4 cups cranberries, picked over 1 cup grand pecans 1 3/4 cups sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 1/2 cups finely ground bread crumbs

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January 20, 2013

Warm Squab Salad

4 squabs of Cornish hens, wings removed (may also remove wishbone to make slicing easier) Salt to taste Ground black pepper to taste Dash of cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 small head Bibb lettuce 3 bunches other delicate salad greens 1/2 small head baby chicory, yellow and white

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January 20, 2013

Indian Griddle Cakes

2 cups buttermilk 1 tablespoon melted butter 1 egg 1/3 cup flour 1 cup coarsely ground cornmeal 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons vegetable oilIn medium bowl, combine all ingredients except oil. Mixture should be thickness of pancake batter or heavy cream.Heat small amount of oil in

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January 20, 2013

Devilled Oysters

12 well-cleaned oysters with deep shells Cayenne pepper to taste 2 hard-boiled egg yolks 2 raw egg yolks 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon melted butter Salt to taste 2 tablespoons toasted bread crumbs 12 sprigs fresh thymePreheat oven to 350 degrees. Place one oyster in each shell and

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January 20, 2013

Beef Tenderloin Marinated in Molasses and Black Pepper

1 cup molasses 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons ground black pepper 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped 1 large shallot, peeled and finely chopped 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste 2 pounds center-cut beef tenderloin, trimmed

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January 20, 2013

Date-Nut Chews

3/4 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract 1 cup finely chopped dates 1 cup chopped pecans 1/3 cup sifted confectioners’ sugarPreheat over to 375 degrees. Grease bottom of two 8-inch-square baking pans. Sift flour with salt

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January 20, 2013

Apple-Cranberry Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust

Crust1 3/4 cup flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar 1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese 1 1/2 sticks chilled butter 2 tablespoons chilled shortening 1/4 cup ice waterIn medium bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix in cheese. Cut in butter and shortening with pastry blender until texture resembles coarse

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January 20, 2013

Dried-cherry and Sorghum Syrup Dressing

Squab wings and carcasses reserved from previous recipe, chopped (may also add chicken bones) 2 cups veal demiglace (available canned or frozen; reduce by half to concentrate) 1/2 cup dried cherries 1/2 cup brandy 1/2 cup sorghum syrup 2 tablespoons hazelnut oil or other nut oil 2 shallots, peeled and

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January 20, 2013

Corn Relish

3 cups fresh or frozen corn 1 cup finely shredded green cabbage 1 cup chopped yellow onion 1/2 cup seeded and diced sweet red pepper 1 teaspoon whole celery seed 1/2 teaspoon whole mustard seed 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup cider vinegarPlace

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January 20, 2013

Smoked-Bacon Compote

1/2 cup marinade reserved from previous recipe 1 cup veal demiglace 1 cup smoked slab bacon cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 cups wild mushrooms, such as brown Italian or shiitake, cut to about size of pearl onions 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 cup sweet-potato balls (prepare

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January 20, 2013

Glazed Pecans

1/2 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 2 dried red chiles 1 cup pecan halves 1/4 cup molassesPreheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine water, sugar, and chiles in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add pecans and return to a boil. Lower hear and simmer 10 minutes.Drain pecans,

Food & Drink |
January 20, 2013

Indian Summer

Indian-born cooking instructor Suneeta Vaswani has won Houstonians’ hearts with her authentic native cuisine. Her buffet for twelve can be made ahead and served at room temperature. Shrimp pulao and a spicy spinach sauté contrast nicely with a crunchy four-bean-and-potato salad and a cool cucumber-peanut relish. Mango lassis are sure

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January 20, 2013

Hot Off The Grill

Favorite neighborhood bistros have long been noted for delicious unpretentious fare that at once tempts diners and puts them at ease. Following that formula, chef Jack Chaplin has attracted loyal patrons to Chaplin’s, his year-old Dallas restaurant. He suggests a summertime aperitif guaranteed to awaken taste-buds and appetites—a batch of

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January 20, 2013

Marine Life

With the advent of a second Epicure on the Park this spring, Dallasites have gotten a taste of the elegant fare that has made this Fort Worth restaurant and catering company so popular. Executive chef Michael Thomson’s repertoire of take-out food adapts easily to a stunning supper that can be

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January 20, 2013

Skewered Rosemary Lamb

Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 8 minutes Make Ahead: 24 hours1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, crumbled, or 1 teaspoon dried 2 cloves garlic, mashed 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3/4 teaspoon salt (preferably

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January 20, 2013

French Mushroom Salad

Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Make Ahead: 24 hours1/2 cup dry white wine 2 shallots, finely minced 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme Dash Hungarian paprika or cayenne 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 pound mushrooms with

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January 20, 2013

Charcoal-Broiled Pork With Rice Vermicelli

1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 cup nuoc mam 4 shallots, thinly sliced Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 8 ounces thin rice vermicelli 1 pound boneless pork loin 1 pound ground beef (chuck) 8 garlic cloves, minced 24 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes (use metal

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January 20, 2013

Spring Rolls With Peanut Sauce

Spring Rolls2 ounces thin rice vermicelli 8 uncooked medium shrimp 12 ounces boneless pork loin, in 1 piece 1 large carrot, shredded 1 teaspoon sugar 8 rounds rice paper (banh trang), each 8 1/2 inches in diameter 4 large leaves leaf lettuce with thick stem ends removed, cut in half

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January 20, 2013

Shrimp Salad

8 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 3 ounces uncooked chicken breast, cut into chunks 1/4 small head each of red and green cabbage, chopped 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint leaves 2 tablespoons chopped bean sprouts 3 garlic gloves, chopped Green tops of 2 green onions, chopped

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January 20, 2013

Fresh-Peppermint Fudge Brownies

1 1/3 cups margarine 2 cups granulated sugar, sifted 4 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 tablespoons honey 1 1/2 cups sifted flour 7/8 cup instant cocoa mix 1 teaspoon each salt and baking powder 2 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted 7 tablespoons unsalted butter

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January 20, 2013

Jalapeno Jack Spoon Bread

Jalapeño Jack Spoon Bread2 cups whole milk 1 cup stone-ground cornmeal 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons baking powder 4 whole eggs 1 large onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, diced 2 shallots, diced 2 fresh medium-sized jalapeños, diced 4 ounces jalapeño Monterey Jack cheese, shredded 1/4 teaspoon saltPreheat oven to

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January 20, 2013

Venison Medallions

1 1/2 cups buttermilk 3/4 cup red wine 1 1/2 pounds of 1/2-inch medallions from backstrap of axis, sika, fallow, or whitetail deer 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 leeks, cut into 1/4-inch slices (discard dark-green part) 2 whole shallots, chopped 8 ounces mushrooms, quartered 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1/2

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January 20, 2013

Penny’s Cookies

Butter Cookie Dough1 cup salted butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 2 tablespoons whipping cream 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon almond extract 3 cups unbleached flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powderPreheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixer combine butter and sugar. Add egg, cream, vanilla, and

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January 20, 2013

Biscoitos de Queijo

1 small potato, peeled, cooked, and mashed 1 cup grated Muenster cheese 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Dash cayenne to taste (optional) 1/4 cup milk or 1 beaten egg yolkPreheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine potato with cheese and butter. Sift dry

Bum Steers |
January 20, 2013

1992 Bum Steers Awards

Where is Alfred Hitchcock When You Need Him?The Texas Department of Agriculture fined a crop duster in Wilbarger County $1,250 for spraying pesticide on a family of four in a pickup truck.Drive Friendly—I’m Uninsured.To avoid Texas insurance and safety standards, at least two thousand drivers from El Paso illegally purchased

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January 20, 2013

The 1992 Bum Steer Awards

A year of alternative armadillos, bogus bills, contraband condoms, defecting drivers, eventful endorsements, futile floss, gorgeous golfers, humongous hair, imploding implants, jet joyrides, Kansas City klunkers, licentious libraries, mayoral Mafiosi, N-vaded N-dians, outlaw odors, phighting physicists, queasy quesadillas, royal relatives, shunned Schwarzkopf, tainted teachers, underworld underwear, verbose vasectomies, welfare Willies,

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January 20, 2013

It’s Over!

Rod Canion Houston-based Compaq Computer Corporation, which he co-founded, fired him as presidentDallas CBS canceled the series after a thirteen-year run that featured the mythic evil of J. R. Ewing.Gib Lewis The five-term Speaker of the House was indicted on misdemeanor ethics charges.Danny Faulkner The developer in the Interstate 30

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January 20, 2013

Buyer Beware

Chicken Ranch brother souvenirs, including 1992 calendars with photos of prostitutes in Old West costumes, available for $14.95 from CRI Marketing in Los Angeles.UT Texas Longhorns cologne, based on Texas cedarwood oil, sold for $24 (1.7 ounces) by Texarome of Leakey.Savings and loan scandal trading cards, featuring Neil Bush of

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January 20, 2013

Words of Art

From Good Bull: More Aggie Escapades, by John Hoyle:One of the no-no’s in the Corps is to have a member of the opposite sex in your dorm room at the wrong hours. One night, a group of Fish saw a senior sneaking a young woman into his room. The freshmen,

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January 20, 2013

Pear and White Chocolate Mousse

3/4 cup sugar Juice of 1/2 lemon 2 pears, peeled, seeded, and quartered 2 packages gelatin powder, soaked in 1/2 cup cold water 9 ounces white chocolate 6 egg yolks 3 ounces dark rum 1 cup heavy cream 4 egg whites Pinch cream of tartarBring sugar, juice, and 1/4 cup

Food & Drink |
January 20, 2013

Specialty of the House

Our second annual peek into household recipe files across the state reveals a cornucopia of ethnic treats, including Creole-style oysters and a cheesy seafood staple from the isles of Greece.

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January 20, 2013

Ceviche

3 pounds fresh Pacific whitefish, snapper, or speckled trout 6 limes 3 to 4 tomatoes, chopped 3 to 5 jalapeños, seeded and chopped 1 larger onion, chopped 1/4 to 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and black pepper, to tasteCut fish into 1/2-inch

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January 20, 2013

Thin Italian Pizza

DoughMakes 4 Twelve-Inch Pizzas1 package rapid-rise yeast 1 cup warm water 1/8 teaspoon salt 3 cups unbleached white flour 8 tablespoons olive oilDissolve yeast in water. Let proof a few minutes; then add salt. On smooth clean surface, make mound of flour with well in center. Pour yeast mixture into

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January 20, 2013

Creole Oysters

1 quart oysters, drained 2 cups Italian bread crumbs (Progresso) 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 3 tablespoons chopped parsley Juice of 2 lemons 3/4 cup olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 1/2 to 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper Salt, to tastePut oysters in baking dish. Mix remaining ingredients together. Top

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January 20, 2013

Curried Broccoli Soup

2 pounds broccoli 2 medium onions 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 3/4 teaspoons curry powder 2 cans regular-strength chicken broth (14 ounces each) Sour cream (optional, for chilled soup)Trim tough stem ends from broccoli. Cut off 1 cup tiny florets from broccoli, steam separately until tender, and set aside

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January 20, 2013

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Recipe from Rob Mosbacher, Jr.Meatballs3/4 pound ground beef 1/4 pound ground pork 1 cup fine dry Italian bread crumbs 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional) 1 sprig parsley 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs, beaten Salt and pepper, to taste 3 tablespoons vegetable oilSauce1 onion, chopped 1