August 2001


Queen of the Rodeo

Jul 31, 2001 By Pamela Colloff

For teenage girls in the Hill Country town of Llano, life can be short on glamour and excitement—except at the annual rodeo, when one of them gets a rhinestone tiara and a rare, thrilling moment of glory.

Boone Pickens Wants To Sell You His Water

Jan 20, 2013 By Joe Nick Patoski

And you’re going to need it, eventually, since Texas’ most precious natural resource is being depleted at an alarming rate. His plan is to pump vast amounts from his land in the Panhandle and pipe it to parched cities like El Paso and San Antonio—for a hefty price, of course. But other powerful interests have the same idea. Let the battle begin.

The Case of the Persecuted Prosecutor

Jan 20, 2013 By Gary Cartwright

More than anyone, former assistant to the U.S. attorney Bill Johnston was responsible for exposing the FBI’s lies about the final assault on the Branch Davidian compound. Why, then, did his own government go after him?

Her Dark Places

Jan 20, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

Andrea Yates was a quiet, attentive mother with a generous smile who made her kids costumes from grocery sacks and gave them Valentine’s promising “free hugs.” We all know what happened next, but we may never know why.

Nice Guys Finish Second

Jan 20, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

Is Survivor’s Colby Donaldson for real? Over lunch, the last old-fashioned Texas man talks about why he threw the game and what he’ll do next.


Cuitlacoche and Goat Cheese Crisp With Zucchini Blossom Emulsion

Jul 31, 2001 By Texas Monthly

This makes a crisp-coated savory strudel that can be used either as an appetizer or a rich entrée. Goat Cheese Crisp 2 tablespoons corn oil 1/2 onion, sliced 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon minced serrano chile 2 tablespoons chopped epazote 1 cup canned cuitlacoche…

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Old Times

Jul 31, 2001 By Texas Monthly

Senior editor Anne Dingus, writer-at-large Kathryn Jones, and others tell the story behind this month's cover story, "Old-Fashioned Texas."

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Extra! Extra!

Jul 31, 2001 By Joe Nick Patoski

Bob Mong knows he's facing many challenges, and he certainly didn't ask me what I'd do if I were in charge of the Dallas Morning News. I thought I'd offer some nickel advice anyway.

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Saddle Up

Jul 31, 2001 By Pamela Colloff

Senior editor Pamela Colloff, who trailed five young women as they vied for the title of rodeo queen, talks about small towns and big dreams.

Texas Tidbits
Texas Tidbits

Jul 31, 2001 By Joan Schadt and kelseyscroggins

Did you know that the town of D'Hanis had sulfur well baths in the 1880's? In 1990 only forty people lived in Lowake? Find out more about the towns mentioned in "Old-Fashioned Texas."

Texas History 101
Texas History 101

Jul 31, 2001 By Joan Schadt

Austin's Nau Enfield Drug has been around for a long time. It's good to know that some things never change.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Jul 31, 2001 By Patricia Sharpe

Chicken tikka masala is one of the most popular dishes in Indian restaurants in this country. This version, adapted from a recipe supplied by Pasand restaurant in Irving and Richardson, uses much less butter than some. The rice is especially tasty.

Happy Trails
Happy Trails

Jul 31, 2001 By erinegruben

Head to Amarillo for a weekend of museumgoing, natural sites, and of course, big steaks.

Books That Cook
Books That Cook

Jul 31, 2001 By Patricia McConnico

I’m not quite sure whether The Texas Cookbook should be called a cookbook or a history book. Mary Faulk Koock of Austin’s Green Pastures tells the story behind almost every recipe, which she says were given to her by friends and patrons. She sweeps through the state, defining areas and…

Aztec Pie

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

This rich casserole is reminiscent of that old Texas favorite, King Ranch casserole, but is made with pork instead of chicken. For variety, use the filling to make enchiladas instead of a casserole. 1 1/2 cup cooked and shredded pork butt 1/8 cup corn oil 1/2 cup diced…

Chicken Breast in Mole Rojo From Oaxaca

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked 1 tablespoon lard or vegetable oil 5 tablespoons red or brown mole paste (such as the Doña Maria brand) 1 cup chicken stock 2 ounces Mexican chocolate (optional) 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (toasted, if you wish) Cover chicken breasts…

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Hecho en Mexico

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Instead of a margarita with your chicken breast in red mole, try a Cabernet Sauvignon from Mexico's growing wine country.


First Person
Water World

Jul 31, 2001 By Mimi Swartz

Mimi Schwartz considers the wake of Tropical Storm Allison.

Check Mates

Jan 20, 2013 By Katy Vine

Katy Vine checks up on the UT-Dallas chess team.


The New Guy

Jul 31, 2001 By Joe Nick Patoski

What's the story on Bob Mong, the new editor of the The Dallas Morning News? He has a newshound's instinct, an insider's touch, and his work cut out for him.

The Judge, Judged

Jul 31, 2001 By John Spong

Corpus Christi's Manuel Bañales believes that some sex offenders should post warning signs in their yards. He says it's about good law; his critics say it's about good publicity.

Whine Country

Jul 31, 2001 By Kathryn Jones

Californians can blame Texans all they want for their energy crisis, but the truth is they had the power to avoid it.

Food and Drink
Stars and Gripes

Jul 31, 2001 By Patricia Sharpe

Why did we take away our restaurant guide's highest rating for the Mansion on Turtle Creek? Let's dish.

Thoroughly Modern

Jul 31, 2001 By Michael Ennis

Denton's Toni LaSelle has a perspective on the modernist movement like no other artist. That's because she witnessed it first-hand.

Third and Long

Jan 20, 2013 By Brian D. Sweany

R. C. Slocum is the winningest football coach in A&M history. So why are some Aggies hoping he gets sacked?


Around the State
Around the State

Jul 31, 2001 By Patricia McConnico, Eileen Schwartz and Katy Vine

Houston gets cheap; the Art Guys suit up for an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; John Leguizamo goes Live in Austin, Dallas, and Houston; and festivals fill the summer menu.