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Recipes

Tips on how to create some of the best Texan dishes out there

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January 14, 2015

Biscuits

They’re fluffy, they’re tasty, and they’re not that hard to make.

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July 16, 2014

Puffy Tacos

Oil, masa, air bubbles, and the filling of your choice—do you really need anything else?

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March 4, 2014

Kolaches

You should really Czech out this recipe for the delicious pastry.

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November 20, 2013

Let’s Eat

Treasured recipes—and the stories behind them—from our staff.

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June 9, 2013

Mexican Martini

Many a youthful happy hour did I spend at Austin’s famously peripatetic Cedar Door bar, the self-proclaimed inventor of our state’s most famous native cocktail, the Mexican martini. A frosty metal shaker of sweet-tart elixir, a salt-encrusted coupe glass, fat green olives impaled on a wee plastic sword—this was what

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January 20, 2013

¡Viva Tequila!

How it’s made, the secret of cooking with it, the truth about the worm, and everything else you ever wanted to know about Mexico’s favorite drink—and ours.

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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

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January 20, 2013

Raspberry Pancakes

Recipe from chef Kenneth Mills, Natura Cafe, Dallas.1/2 cup nonfat yogurt 2/3 cup 2 percent milk, room temperature 2 tablespoons melted butter 2 egg whites 1/2 cup unbleached white flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 tablespoons raspberry purèe 3 tablespoons maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon saltBeat

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January 20, 2013

Chicken and Dumplings

Recipe from Cafe 290, Hwy 290 East, Manor.Chicken Stock1 gallon of water 2 whole chickens 1 1/2 cubes of chicken bouillon 1/2 bunch of chopped celery 1/4 pound of butterStart with a gallon of water in a large pot. Place two whole chickens and one and a half cubes of

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January 20, 2013

That’s the Spirit

Not that you’re looking for an excuse, but these five original cocktails concocted by Texas bartenders using local liquors are a thoroughly acceptable reason to pour yourself a drink. Or three.

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January 20, 2013

Grilled New Potatoes and Asparagus

Recipe from chef Jack Chaplin, Chaplin’s, Dallas.16 small red new potatoes 2 pounds fresh asparagus spears 1/4 cup olive oil 12 tablespoons butter, softened 1 teaspoon each of chopped fresh rosemary, parsley, and garlicIn 4-quart pot of boiling water, blanch potatoes for about 15 minutes, until they can be pierced

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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

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

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