August 2012 Issue

Features

The Negotiation

Every year, hundreds of Texas high schoolers are aggressively recruited by the nation’s top college football programs. It’s a dream come true, but some kids must go through the bewildering process alone. And according to the rules of the NCAA, there aren’t many places they can turn to for help.

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives

Read this National Magazine Award-winning story about how the Legislature slashed funding for women’s health programs in 2011 and launched an all-out war on Planned Parenthood that has dramatically changed the state’s priorities. The battle continues raging, and the stakes could not be higher.

Art

All the Pretty Horses

Wayne Baize, one of America’s most admired cowboy artists, lives amid the soaring mountains and wide-open plains. But his eye is drawn to something else entirely.

Columns

Letter from Aransas Pass

Crane Man

Former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Tom Stehn didn’t want to get involved in a lawsuit against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. But when a U.S. marshal showed up in his driveway, he realized he had one more chance to help out his beloved, endangered whooping cranes.

Behind the Lines

The Big Test

Before Robert Scott stepped down as the state’s education commissioner in July, he told anyone who would listen that high-stakes standardized exams were ruining the public schools. But is it too late to learn from his lesson?…

Hecho en Brownsville

The grand opening of a new H-E-B in McAllen drew crowds—including several who showed up to hear a native son read from his collection of locally set short stories.

Reporter

Art

Willie Nelson Statue, Austin

Washington, D.C., has Abraham Lincoln, Salt Lake City has Brigham Young, Philadelphia has Rocky Balboa. And now Austin has Willie. The massive bronze sculpture, which was commissioned by a local group called Capital Area Statues, rests downtown at the corner of Willie Nelson Boulevard (formerly Second Street) and Lavaca outside the new studios of Austin City…

Street Smarts

Johnson City

1. TASTE WINE + ART Whether your preference runs to oils and acrylics or tannins and bouquets, stop in at this old stone building that Warren Vilmaire and Susan Kirchman have transformed into a showcase for their respective passions (he’s a retired engineer and full-time oenophile, she taught photography at A&M…

Shelly Roper-McCaslin, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Recruiter

Roper-McCaslin, who lives in Austin, has worked with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders for 23 years as a cheerleader, a choreographer, and the lead recruiter. Growing up, my dad took my brother and me to just about every sporting event in Dallas, from Rangers baseball to Mavericks basketball. But it was the Cowboys…

Web

Roost

There I was, sitting all alone at tiny Houston restaurant Roost, fielding frenetic text messages from three friends. A sad litany of flat tires, run-on meetings, and road closures explained their conspicuous absence. At many another place, a seriously incomplete party would have been getting the ol’ stink eye right…

Recipe

Paletas de hielo de frambuesa

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. 1 cup granulated sugar4 pints fresh raspberries1 tablespoon fresh lime juice Place a saucepan over medium heat and add sugar and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil, about 4 minutes.

Recipe

Tlacoyos

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. For the refritos (refried beans) 2 cups dry black beans, well rinsed and    picked over ½ small white onion, quartered,    plus another whole onion, finely    chopped…

Recipe

Hugo’s salsa mexicana

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. ½ small white onion 2 garlic cloves, peeled 2 serrano peppers, roasted, peeled,   stemmed ½ small bunch cilantro, divided in half 6 medium tomatoes, roasted, peeled 1 ½ teaspoons kosher…

Recipe

Salsa de ajo

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. 8 to 10 guajillos (long, reddish dried    chiles), stemmed, seeded,    reconstituted with enough water to    cover (reserve liquid)2 dried chiles de árbol, stemmed,   reconstituted 6 garlic cloves,…

Recipe

Salsa de tomatillo

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. 4 medium tomatillos, husks removed,   coarsely chopped1 serrano pepper, stemmed 2 garlic cloves, peeled 1 tablespoon finely chopped white onion ¼ small bunch cilantro ¼ teaspoon…

Recipe

Salsa tarasca

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. 1/2 cup pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds),      roasted 1/2 cup peanuts, roasted 4 medium tomatoes, roasted, peeled,   coarsely chopped 2 medium tomatillos, husks removed,  …

Recipe

Totopos

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. 1 ½ cups corn oil8 regular-sized corn tortillas, each cut into 8 triangles salt to taste Place a medium cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, add oil, and preheat to bubbling, 3 to 4 minutes.

Recipe

Coctel a la campechana

Recipe from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. 4 ounces raw red snapper, cut into 1/2-inch cubes1 tablespoon finely chopped white onion3/4 cup fresh lime juice, divided 1/2 cup thinly sliced octopus (cooked as below)4 medium shrimp…

Recipe

Agua de Sandía

This recipe is from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico cookbook. Find several more recipes from the book here. ¾ pound watermelon flesh (about 2 ½ cups), seeded, cut into 1-inch cubes1 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice Blend watermelon, sugar, and 1 ½ cups water until smooth, about…

Miscellany

Roar of the Crowd

“I have to believe God sent Larry Hagman on a special mission to earth to test the limits of just how much fun one guy can have in a lifetime.”…

Uncivil War

It’s the Year of the Dragon, officially, but you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s the Year of the War on Women, or the War Over Women, or the War Among Women, or the War About Whether There Is a War on Women. The trouble began in January, when…

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