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

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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

Plantain-Crusted Salmon With Black Bean-Mango Relish

Recipe from Z’Tejas Grill, Austin.Black Bean—Mango Relish1/2 cup cooked black beans, rinsed (may use canned) 1 ripe mango, diced 1/2 red bell pepper, diced 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger 2 tablespoons chopped red onion 1 teaspoon chopped fresh jalapeño Juice of 1 limeCombine ingredients and chill.Saffron

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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

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January 20, 2013

Fish Stock

1 pound well-rinsed fish bones (preferably a mixture of sole and snapper) 1 onion, sliced 8 parsley sprigs 1 celery stalk, chopped into 5 or 6 pieces 1 leek, chopped 1 teaspoon cracked pepper 2 bay leaves 1 or 2 sprigs fresh thyme 2 sprigs basil (optional) 2 quarts cold

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January 20, 2013

Crab Cakes With Ancho Chile Sauce

Crab Cakes2 cups diced Roma tomatoes 1/4 cup each of minced shallots and garlic 1 cup diced onion 2 tablespoons thinly sliced serrano chiles 2 tablespoons each of sugar and lime juice 1/4 pound fresh scallops, muscle removed Salt and white pepper, to taste 1 1/4 cups chopped cilantro 2

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January 20, 2013

Cheese Strudel With Smoked Salmon

1/3 cup boursin cheese 1/2 cup softened goat cheese 8 slices smoked salmon 8 fresh basil leaves 4 sheets filo dough, at room temperature 2 tablespoons clarified butter 1/3 cup bread crumbsPreheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix cheeses together. Place salmon slices on waxed paper, then top each slice with

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January 20, 2013

Stuffed Quail with Blackberry Essence

Stuffed Quail1 tablespoon butter 1/4 cup diced celery 1/4 cup diced onion 1/4 cup diced carrots 1 cup cooked wild rice 1 cup cooked couscous 1 1/2 teaspoons rubbed sage Salt and pepper to taste 4 deboned quail 1/4 cup olive oilPreheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium-hot skillet,

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January 20, 2013

Grilled Quail with Polenta on Spinach

Grilled Quail1/4 pound hickory-smoked bacon, diced 1 tablespoon flour 1 tablespoon minced shallots 8 ounces heavy whipping cream 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh sage 12 quail, semi-boned Extra-virgin olive oil as needed 1 large sweet red onion, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons clarified butter Polenta (see recipe below) Sautéed spinach (see

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January 20, 2013

Savory Roast Pheasant

Recipes from Texas Home Cooking by Cheryl and Bill Jamison.Savory Roast Pheasant6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 teaspoon each Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper 2 pheasantsPrep pheasants the night before cooking. In food processor mix butter, garlic, and seasonings. Carefully loosen pheasants’ skin

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January 20, 2013

Black-Eyed Pea Pie

6 cups chicken or vegetable stock 2 cups dried black-eyed peas 2 cups chopped yellow onion 1 tablespoon finely ground white pepper 1 bay leaf 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced 1 ham bone (optional) 8 cloves garlic, minced 3 bunches collards or mustard greens, destemmed Cornbread (recipe below) 4

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January 20, 2013

Cornish Game Hens Acapulco

Hilltop Hotel Farm’s Cornish Game Hens Acapulco1 tablespoon garlic purée 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon ground coriander seeds 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh oregano leaves (or 2 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano) 1 tablespoon salsa (or 1 teaspoon cayenne) Salt to taste

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January 20, 2013

East Texas Onion Pudding

3 tablespoons peanut oil (or other light oil) 4 yellow Noonday onions, peeled and thinly sliced (yellow, red, or 1016 onions may be substituted) 6 Vidalia onions, peeled and thinly sliced 1 cup heavy cream 4 large eggs 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

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January 20, 2013

Roast Duck and Creamy Polenta

Duck 2 ducks 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup honey Salt and pepper to tasteRinse ducks thoroughly. Remove and discard wings; separate legs and thighs from body.Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine balsamic vinegar with honey and brush on duck; sprinkle duck with salt and pepper.Roast duck in baking pan

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January 20, 2013

Duck Apicious

Basting Sauce1 cup orange juice 3 teaspoons white wine vinegar 2 teaspoons honey 2 teaspoons granulated sugar 3 teaspoons Grand MarnierPlace ingredients in saucepan, and cook over medium heat until reduced and caramelized, stirring occasionally.Duck1 3-pound duckling 1 orange 1 limePreheat oven to 350 degrees. Squeeze orange and lime juices

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January 20, 2013

Phoebe’s Chicken Climax

2 chicken breasts1 egg1 glop of milkSalt and pepper1/2 cup flourCornflakesOlive oil3 tablespoons butterCheap white wineOreganoSweet basil1 can cream of mushroom soupPaper sack (for shaking up chicken)1 stool (for seeing over the stove)Kill one chicken and rip out its breast. Beat one egg lightly with a glop of milk. Add

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January 20, 2013

Hickory-Smoked-Chicken Chile Relleno

6 large whole poblano chiles 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 2 1/2-pound hickory-smoked chicken 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion 1/2 cup pecan pieces 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2 small pears, thinly sliced 1/4 cup Riesling wine Mango-fig chutney (see recipe, below), 2 tablespoons per

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January 20, 2013

Enchiladas in Salsa Chipotle

EnchiladasCooking oil 12 corn tortillas 1/2 pound mild cheddar cheese, grated 1/2 pound cooked chicken, shredded 1/2 medium onion, minced Salsa chipotle (recipe below)Heat about 1/2 inch cooking oil in small skillet just until it begins to smoke. Using kitchen tongs, immerse each tortilla in oil for a few seconds,

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January 20, 2013

Chicken Tikka

Chicken Tikka with Yellow Lentils and Crispy PappadumsYellow Lentils2 tablespoons each celery, onion, and bacon, finely chopped 1⁄2 ounce olive oil 5 cups (40 ounces) chicken stock 2 tablespoons curry powder 2 cups dried split yellow or pink lentils Kosher salt to tasteSauté celery, onion, and bacon in oil for

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January 20, 2013

Ann Richards’ Wonton Ravioli with Lemon Cream Sauce

1/2 pound ground chicken 2 green onions, minced 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger root 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon cornstarch 40 wonton wrappers 1 tablespoon minced shallot 2 tablespoon clarified butter 3 tablespoon flour 1 1/2 cups chicken stock 1/2 cup heavy

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January 20, 2013

Stephan Pyles, Star Canyon, Dallas

“When people ask what we served in my family’s cafe, I say ‘tacos, enchiladas, and tamales.’ When they ask what I serve today, I say ‘tacos, enchiladas, and tamales.’”I started out busing tables at my family’s restaurant, the Big Spring Truck-Stop Cafe. My first memories are of Tammy Wynette on

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January 20, 2013

Jalapeño Cornbread

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 5 cups grated cheddar cheese (about 1 pound) 5 cups yellow cornmeal 1 1/2 cups creamed corn 1/2 cup chopped white onion 1/3 cup sliced jalapeño peppers 6 tablespoons sugar 2 eggs 2 1/3 cups milkPreheat oven to

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January 20, 2013

Lemon-Garlic Potatoes With Spinach

Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 pound unpeeled small new potatoes, cut into eighths 3 large cloves garlic, mashed 1 cup water 1/2 lemon 6 to 8 ounces fresh spinach (or chopped Swiss chard), washed and steamed Kosher salt and freshly ground black

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January 20, 2013

Five-Grain Salad

3 quarts water 4 cups mixed grains (soft wheat berries, hard wheat berries, buckwheat groats, rye, and barley) 1 cup diced avocado 1 cup diced yellow pepper 1 cup chopped arugula 1 cup finely diced red cabbage 4 tablespoons finely crumbled blue cheese 8 tablespoons olive oil 4 tablespoons lemon

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January 20, 2013

Venison Sausage Quesadillas

6 ounces venison link sausage, finely diced (pork sausage may be substituted) 8 flour tortillas, 6 to 8 inches 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro 1 jalapeño chile, seeded and minced Salt and pepper to taste 2 ounces vegetable oilCook sausage and drain fat.On 4

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January 20, 2013

Toasted Pumpkin Seed Salsa

1/2 cup whole shelled pumpkin seeds 3 medium tomatoes, cored 1 small onion, peeled and cored 1 medium poblano chile 1 medium jalapeño chile 1 tablespoon lime juice 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper 1 tablespoon salt 2 tablespoons olive

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January 20, 2013

Pistachio-Cranberry Sauce

3/4 cup dried cranberries 2 cups white wine (such as Chardonnay) 2 shallots, roughly chopped 1/2 teaspoon roughly chopped garlic 1 1/8-inch slices ginger root 2 to 4 mesquite-smoked jalapeños, seeded, available from Stonewall Chili Pepper Company (800-232-2995) or in specialty stores; or canned chipotle chiles, rinsed and seeded 2

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January 20, 2013

Wild Rice With Pecans and Sun-dried Tomatoes

1 teaspoon butter 1/4 medium onion, chopped 2 cups cooked wild rice 1/2 cup chopped pecans 8 to 10 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (do not use type preserved in oil) 1/4 cup water Salt and pepper to taste  In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat and cook onion until

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January 20, 2013

Venison in Pistachio-Cranberry Sauce

Venison24 ounces venison filet, either backstrap or loin (pork loin may be used) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Salt and pepper to tasteRemove all membrane from meat and cut into 12 medallions. Rub with oil, salt, and pepper. Grill until medium-rare, being careful not to overcook.Pistachio-Cranberry Sauce3/4 cup dried cranberries 2

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January 20, 2013

Crispy Sweetbreads with Chipotle-Sage Sauce

Chipotle-Sage Sauce2 tablespoons canned chipotle chiles, seeded and julienne cut 2 tablespoons liquid from canned chiles 3 shallots, sliced 3/4 cup chicken stock 1 stick butter, cut in pieces 12 small whole sage leavesPlace first 4 ingredients in small saucepan over medium heat and reduce volume by 3/4. Add butter

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January 20, 2013

Cheddar Corn Cakes

1/2 cup fresh corn kernels 1 1/2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup white cornmeal 1/2 cup flour Pinch of salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 3 shallots, minced 1 egg 1/8 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheeseSautè corn in butter for 5 to

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January 20, 2013

Three-Nut-Crusted Pork Tenderloin

1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted 1/3 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts, toasted 1 cup bread crumbs 1 cup bran flakes cereal (not raw bran) 12 3-ounce mignons pork tenderloin Salt Freshly cracked pepper 1/2 cup flour 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1/3 cup virgin

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January 20, 2013

State Fare

There are two ways to use Stop and Smell the Rosemary: Recipes and Traditions to Remember, the spectacular new offering from the Junior League of Houston. First, you can use the cookbook part to prepare any of the five hundred excellent recipes. Second, you can concentrate on the menu and

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January 20, 2013

Grilled Pork in Cascabel Cream Sauce

Cascabel Chile Purée8 to 10 dried cascabel chiles 2 cups chicken stockSeed chiles and toast in a sauté pan. Put stock and chiles in a saucepan and simmer 15 minutes. Purée in a blender.Marinade for Pork1/2 cup chile purée (recipe above) 1 cup chicken stock 1/3 cup peanut oil 2

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January 20, 2013

Hot-and-Sour Soup

2 teaspoons instant tamarind Salt and sugar, to taste 2 serrano peppers 2 small new potatoes, cut into chunks 1/2 pound catfish, deboned and cut into chunks 2 tablespoons each of chopped pineapple, bean sprouts, and celery 2 teaspoons chopped garlic 1 tablespoon vegetable oil Nuoc mamIn large saucepan, bring

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January 20, 2013

Stuffed Lamb Tenderloin

Lamb Tenderloin6 half-pound lamb tenderloins 1/2 cup olive oil 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme 9 cloves garlic, finely chopped Salt and pepper to taste 1 pound ground veal 12 ounces oyster mushrooms, finely chopped 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 cups chopped fresh young spinach 1 cup chopped destemmed fresh

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January 20, 2013

Rack of Lamb Italo-Francese

Lamb4 racks of lamb (6 – 8 chops per rack), cleaned and trimmedSalt and pepper to taste2 tablespoons olive oil4 tablespoons Dijon mustard1/4 cup each chopped fresh thyme, oregano, rosemary, and parsley1/2 cup chopped roasted pistachios Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season racks of lamb with salt and pepper and