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

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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

Robert Del Grande, Cafe Annie, Houston.

“In the past few years I have tried to simplify what we do and not trump it up too much. I’ve never strained the sauces—I leave bits of chile in there to give a more rustic look.”Food seems magical to me. The idea that you can take flour, eggs, milk,

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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

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

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

Bouche de Noelle

Cake1 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 milkPreheat oven to 375 degrees. Line bottom of 16- by 11-inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Butter paper and sides of pan. Dust lightly with flour.Sift together

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January 20, 2013

Bill and Rita Clements’ Apple Cake

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 cup chopped pecansPreheat over to 350 degrees. Combine oil and

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January 20, 2013

Texas Cornbread Pudding

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 Salt and pepper to taste 1 jalapeño, slicedPreheat

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January 20, 2013

Rex Hale’s Shortcake

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 powdered sugarFor Strawberry Shortcake: 2 1/2 pints strawberries 2

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January 20, 2013

Whiskey-Cured Salmon

1 1/2 cups kosher salt 2 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup cracked black peppercorns 4- to 5-pound salmon, deboned and fileted by butcher 1 bunch fresh rosemary 1 bunch fresh sage 1 cup Irish whiskey Walnut oil, as neededMix salt, sugar, and pepper together. Place half of salmon skin- side

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January 20, 2013

Warm Lobster Tacos

Recipe from Dean Fearing, Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas.Yellow-Tomato Salsa1 pound yellow tomatoes or yellow cherry tomatoes, chopped 1 large shallot, minced 1 large clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons finely minced cilantro 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar 2 serrano chiles, seeded and minced 2 teaspoons fresh lime

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January 20, 2013

Vietnamese Fish Tacos

Núóc Mam Dipping Sauce3/4 cup Squid brand fish sauce (núóc mam, available at oriental markets) 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons chopped scallions (green onions)Whisk ingredients together and set aside.Vegetable Platter1 head leaf lettuce 1 bunch fresh mint 8 ounces bean sprouts 8 thin spears fresh pineapple, cut lengthwise

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January 20, 2013

Tortilla-Wrapped Fish

1 cup canola oil 8 corn tortillas 8 3-ounce fresh fish filets (redfish, snapper, or flounder) Salt and pepper to taste 4 tablespoons clarified butter or canola oil 1 1/2 cups chicken stock Juice of 1 1/2 lemons 2 sticks salted butter, cut in inch-size chunks Chipotle purée (see recipe,

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January 20, 2013

Swordfish and Chipotle-Mango Sauce

Grilled Swordfish1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon Caribbean jerk seasoning (sold in jars) 1 shallot, chopped fine 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro 4 5-ounce swordfish steaksMix ingredients and marinate fish for 1 hour.

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January 20, 2013

Southwestern Crab Cakes

From Cooking: “I, Piscivore” by Gary Cartwright, in the September 1987 issue of Texas Monthly.1 large egg2 tablespoons mayonnaise, crème fraîche, or sour cream2 teaspoons Dijon mustard or the hotter Louisiana Creole mustardPinch of cayenne pepper1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepperPinch of salt1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce1 pound

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January 20, 2013

Soft-Shell Crabs with Moqueca Sauce

2 tablespoons dende oil (red palm oil, available at Latin American or African markets) 2 teaspoons minced ginger 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 large onion, diced 1 cup concentrated chicken stock 4 tablespoons lime juice 2 – 3 serranos, minced 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped 1 cup

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January 20, 2013

Shrimp, Lobster, and Crab Cheesecake

Cheesecake1/2 pound cooked Maine lobster 1/2 pound lump crabmeat 1/2 pound cooked jumbo shrimp 1 pound mascarpone cheese 2 pounds cream cheese 5 eggs 1 1/4 cups flour 1/2 bunch scallions, diced Kosher salt and white pepper to tastePreheat oven to 250 degrees.Cut cream cheese into smallish chunks. Allow both

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January 20, 2013

Shrimp and Scallop Skewers with Avocado Sauce

Shrimp and Scallop Skewers16 jumbo shrimp 16 large sea scallops 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper to tasteDevein and butterfly shrimp, leaving head and tail on. Wrap each shrimp around a scallop, 4 pairs to a skewer. Coat with oil, season, and grill 8 to 10 minutes.Avocado

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January 20, 2013

Shrimp Pulao

3 cups long-grain rice (preferably basmati) 1 large onion 1-inch piece gingerroot, peeled 6 garlic cloves 5 tablespoons peanut oil 1 large tomato, finely chopped 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds Scant 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 3/4 teaspoon each of cumin powder, ground coriander, and Indian red chile powder (or cayenne pepper)

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January 20, 2013

Sesame-Crusted Scallops

3 tablespoons fresh grated ginger 8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 1/2 cup peanut oil 1/8 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons honey 3 tablespoons sesame seed oil 1 egg 2 pounds fresh sea scallops 6 tablespoons each black and white sesame seeds (black sesame seeds

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January 20, 2013

Seared Halibut

Recipe from Tony’s, Houston.Lentils1 cup green lentils cheesecloth, 6 inches square 12 parsley stems 1 bay leaf 1 sprig thyme 2 whole cloves salt to taste 4 cups chicken stockRinse lentils, removing pebbles. Cover with water and simmer 5 minutes. Meanwhile, make a cheesecloth bag to wrap up next 4

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January 20, 2013

State Fare

“Brunch isn’t just eggs Benedict anymore,” says Matthew Antonvich, chef-owner of Dallas’ Sipango (4513 Travis), as he whips up a batch of frothy scrambled egg whites studded with morsels of pink smoked salmon and handsomely accessorized with oven-roasted potatoes and caramelized onions. “Five years ago,” says Antonovich, “nobody would have

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January 20, 2013

Scrambled Egg Whites with Smoked Salmon

Recipe from Sipango, 4513 Travis, Dallas12 eggs, whites only 2 tablespoons fresh herb mix (basil, oregano, and tarragon,) finely chopped 2 tablespoons light vegetable oil 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced (1-inch squares) 4 ounces smoked salmon, thinly cut into 4 2-ounce slices, for garnish 1 bunch fresh chives, finely

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January 20, 2013

Roasted Red Snapper on Risotto

Sun-Dried-Tomato Pesto1 1⁄4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (use the type sold in oil) 1⁄3 cup pine nuts 8 fresh basil leaves 1–2 anchovy filets (optional) 1 pinch cayenne pepper 3 large garlic cloves, peeled 1 cup extra-virgin olive oilDrain oil from tomatoes and reserve for risotto. Smoke 1⁄2 cup tomatoes over

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January 20, 2013

Masa-Battered Shrimp

2 quarts oil 12 to 16 Gulf shrimp, peeled, with tails 1 1/2 cups Masa Harina 3/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2 eggs 8 ounces Shiner Bock beer Salt, white pepper, and cumin to taste Green pumpkin-seed salsa (recipe below) Orange-jicama salad (recipe below)Heat oil to 350 degrees

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January 20, 2013

Lemon Sole with Champagne Sauce

4 seven-ounce lemon sole filets 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 cup bread crumbs Vegetable oil 3 small shallots, finely chopped 1 cup dry champagne 1/2 cup fish stock (see recipe, below) 1/4 cup heavy cream 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 cup champagne grapes (or quartered red grapes)Preheat oven to 375

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January 20, 2013

Grilled Swordfish Club Sandwich

Coyote Cafe, 612 W. Sixth Street, Austin.Sandwiches4 four- to six-ounce swordfish filets 8 slices applewood-smoked bacon 8 to 12 thick slices brioche or other sweetish egg bread 1/4 pound arugula Season fish with chile rub (see below) and grill to desired doneness. Meanwhile, fry bacon, drain well, and keep warm.

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January 20, 2013

Grilled Pompano, Sea Scallops and Crayfish

Grilled Pompano in Beurre Rouge With Sea Scallops and Crayfish3 shallots, chopped fine 1/2 pound softened butter plus 3 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup each of red and white wine Juice of 1 lemon 1/2 cup heavy cream Salt and white pepper, to taste 1/2 to 3/4 pound precooked crayfish tail

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January 20, 2013

Grilled Pacific Salmon with Soy-Wasabi Sauce

Soy-Wasabi Sauce5 tablespoons wasabi powder (available at Asian markets) 3 – 4 tablespoons water 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 egg yolk 1 tablespoon soy sauce 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon sake (available at liquor stores or Asian markets)Stir together wasabi powder and just enough

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January 20, 2013

Garlic Custard and Crabmeat

Roasted-Garlic Custard1 tablespoon olive oil 6 large garlic cloves, peeled 2 cups heavy cream 4 egg yolks 1 whole eggPreheat oven to 300 degrees. Heat olive oil in small roasting pan over medium flame. Add garlic and bake 15 minutes, or until garlic turns golden brown. In saucepan, bring garlic