August 2002 Issue
Children of all ages! Step right up and get to know a South Texas clan whose nomadic way of life is a link to the past.
Three former Texas first ladies dish about life in the Governor’s Mansion and share recipes that have served them well.
Will this be the year that the University of Texas Longhorns—the most talented college football team in the country—win their first national title since 1970? Yes. Hook ’em.
Mr. Happy Man Goes to Washington
Ron Kirk may be this year’s most jovial political candidate, but his bid for the U.S. Senate is as much about race as personality. He knows it. His fellow Democrats know it. And you’d better believe the Republicans know it.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Margaret Moffette Lea Houston
Texas History 101
UT spirit has been alive and kicking since the University of Texas was founded. Discover the colorful history behind some of the UT traditions, from Bevo to "The First Battle."
RED ALL OVER Medina is minuscule—one main street, a couple hundred residents, a dozen or so stores—but during the International Apple Festival on Saturday, August 3, the town will be happily overrun by apple bobbers, bagpipers, balloon blowers, puppeteers, clowns, arts and crafts sellers, and 18,000 visitors. In midsummer, apples
For a great escape, head to Corpus Christi, the city on the bay that sparkles.
On The Road
GAZING AND GRAZING No one drives all the way up to the McDonald Observatory, on top of Mount Locke in far West Texas, just to eat. But astronomy buffs have a treat in store if they happen to wander into the StarDate Café. Not only is its menu of quesadillas,
Southwestern Potato Salad
The perfect complement to a few slices of brisket, a slab of ribs, and a couple of links of sausage.
Get Your Groove Back
A new book on dance halls explains why Texans are itching to go boot-scootin'.
Books That Cook
Lean Star Cuisine
2 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin 1 quart tomato juice (4 cups) 1 small can spicy tomato juice, such as V-8 or Bloody Mary mix 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper 6 whole cloves 2 bay leaves 1 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered mustard dash Worcestershire
KEEPING UP APPEARANCES Like a jet-setter back from a vacation on the Côte d’Azur, the Riviera has reopened after an intensive two-week remodeling job looking not just rested but ten years younger. The exterior of the old-guard Dallas restaurant has been painted butter yellow, new fabrics brighten banquettes and chairs,
W. K. Stratton's new book, Backyard Brawl, dissects the football feud between the state's two largest universities.
Giving It the Old College Try
Former Lufkin High School starting quarterback Reggie McNeal talks about motivation, recruiting and playing ball at Texas A&M.
In Texas, high school football is a Friday night religion. How much do you know about your faith?
Love Creek Apple Enchiladas
Love Creek Orchards
At the Mack Brown Women's Clinic on football, no men are allowed. Females ask tough questions, learn about offensive strategy, and have a ball.
Golden Watermelon Soup With Champagne Gelée and Balsamic Ice Cream
Chef Michael Marshall creates a light dessert that is not as sweet as you would think.
Wyatt McSpadden and his son Trevor talk about the logistics of getting football heroes together for the perfect photograph.
Senior editor Brian D. Sweany talks about this month's cover story, "Horns Aplenty."
Classic Mansion Chicken Salad
Adapted from a recipe by Texas cookbook author Helen Corbitt.
Orange-Zest Biscuits From Nellie Connally. Servings 16 Print Share Ingredients 1x2x3x2 cups flour4 tablespoons sugar½
Strawberry-Cream Cheese Stars
8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 quart fresh strawberriesUsing an electric mixer, combine first 4 ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth; cover and refrigerate. Clean and hull strawberries (holes should be about 1/2 inch in diameter).
Will Rogers’ Chili
Miriam "Ma" Ferguson
Grilled Shrimp-Pasta Salad
Pasta With Vinaigrette1/2 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon finely chopped assorted herbs (your choice of fresh basil, oregano, tarragon, rosemary, etc.) kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste8 ounces uncooked rotelle (spiral
1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups pecan pieces 4 cups flourUsing an electric mixer, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, baking
Coconut Cake Number One
Orlene Walton Sayers
Governor’s Mansion Lemon Yogurt Cake
Cake1 cup unsalted butter, softened 2 cups granulated sugar 6 eggs, separated 2 teaspoons lemon zest 1 teaspoon lemon extract 3 cups cake flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup plain yogurt, whole or lowfatPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan. Cream
Raymond C. Caballero, El Paso's feisty mayor.
Lee Otis, Free
The troubled life of Lee Otis Johnson.
Ethan Hawke on his second career, as a novelist.
Around the State
LEAVE IT TO DIVA What do Cher and Dolly Parton, two of the most recognizable performers in the world—one for her outlandish outfits and the other for her, well, smile—have in common? Not much—on the surface, that is. Other than the obvious (they are both singers, actors, and blondes; yes,
‘TIS THE SEASON As the World Cup reminded us, soccer, where you kick the ball up and down the field, is really football. But when Americans talk about football, we mean more than feet. We mean hands, arms, heads; we mean hard-hitting blocks, bubbly cheerleaders, marching bands. We mean spectacle.
THE GREAT INDOORS Kids’ late-summer doldrums usually leave them particularly restless. They become prone to manic behavior—fads flourish, fixations blossom, expectations intensify. But as any well-informed individual between the ages of five and ten knows, nothing is more anticipated this month than the premiere of Spy Kids 2: The Island
ANALYZE THIS Ever wonder how a rat can see in the dark? Well, this month you can attend some eye-popping exhibits around the state that will satisfy even the most inquisitive minds, and you don’t have to have a Ph.D. in biology to appreciate them. “Animal SuperSenses” at Galveston’s Moody
The Thirty-Year Itch
After pursuing solo careers, the members of the Flatlanders have reunited and released the long-anticipated CD Now Again. Was it worth the wait?
Church and Statecraft
Right with his party, wrong with his religion: where God and government intersect for Rick Perry and Tony Sanchez.
A Wyly Strategy
Dallas billionaire Sam Wyly is gearing up for another battle in his war with Computer Associates. This time he may have the firepower to win.
Free advice for the UT System's new chancellor.
What is the safest way to dispose of a diseased cow carcassand what does it have to do with the Ames strain of anthrax?
A vacation to die for (almost).
Around the State