August 2001 Issue



Her Dark Places

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.

Boone Pickens Wants To Sell You His Water

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.

Queen of the Rodeo

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.

Old-Fashioned Texas

Texas is changing before our eyes, but fried pies, drive-in movie theaters, and other vestiges of earlier days are all around. To find these treasures, we risked life, limb, and cholesterol count-and had a blast from the past.



Whine Country

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


The Judge, Judged

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.


The New Guy

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.


Thoroughly Modern

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

Food and Drink

Stars and Gripes

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



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Hecho en Mexico

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


Chicken Breast in Mole Rojo From Oaxaca

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 in water and simmer until they


Aztec Pie

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 onion 1 tablespoon


Cuitlacoche and Goat Cheese Crisp With Zucchini Blossom Emulsion

This makes a crisp-coated savory strudel that can be used either as an appetizer or a rich entrée.Goat Cheese Crisp2 tablespoons corn oil 1/2 onion, sliced 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon minced serrano chile 2 tablespoons chopped epazote 1 cup canned cuitlacoche 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 to 3/4

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Old Times

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

Texas History 101

Texas History 101

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

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Extra! Extra!

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

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

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."

Books That Cook

Books That Cook

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


Chicken Tikka Masala

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.


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