December 1988 Issue

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Can Ross Perot Save America?

One day in 1962 Ross Perot read Thoreau’s insight that the “mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” The country hasn’t been the same since.


Zoom at the Top

What kind of woman gets her own skin-care company, a place in Nouvelle Society, and the second-most-eligible bachelor in the world? Meet Georgette Mosbacher.

The Line

Visitors to the Harris County Jail resign themselves to the hours they must spend waiting in line to get fifteen precious minutes with an inmate.



Brave New World

On temporary assignment, a newspaperman sees that when it comes to TV news, what you see is just about all you’re going to get.

Sax to the Max

A Houston bellhop by day, tenor saxman Grady Gaines has come out of retirement to bring back the trademark sound of a great rock and roll band.

Domain Supplement

New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party

New Year’s Eve inspires people to do things more exuberantly than they would the rest of the year. With that in mind, Galveston restaurateur and caterer Zan Millner has prepared a spread with the right combination of frivolity and sustenance to fuel a late-night party and herald the new year.“I

Hearts of Palm Wrapped with Smoked Salmon

1 eight-ounce can hearts of palm, drained 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 2 bunches dill (1 bunch finely chopped and 1 bunch for garnish) Salt and white pepper, to taste 1 pound thinly sliced smoked salmonMix cream cheese, chopped dill, salt, and pepper. Spread cream cheese mixture 1/8-inch

Italian Puffs

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and cut into pieces1/4 cup heavy cream1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese1 pound bulk sweet Italian sausage, cooked and drainedFreshly ground black pepper, to tasteIn saucepan, melt butter until bubbling. Add cream, and warm. Add Parmesan, then stir constantly until mixture is hot and cheese

Radicchio Packages

1 bunch green onions 1 carrot 1 red pepper 1 yellow squash 1 zucchini Vinaigrette, as desired 1 head radicchioCut bulbs from onions, and discard. Blanch tops in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain, dry with towel, cut length-wise into thin strings, and set aside.Cut carrot, pepper, and squashes into


3 cups short-grain rice1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine1/4 cup oil, plus oil for deep-frying1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef1 cup chopped onion1 cup finely chopped celery2 cloves garlic, minced2 tablespoons chili powder6 ounces tomato sauce1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheeseSalt and pepper, to taste2 tablespoons chopped parsley2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese1

Cinnamon Cactus Cookies

8 tablespoons butter, at room temperature1 cup sugar1 egg1 egg yolk1 teaspoon vanilla1 2/3 cups flour1/2 teaspoon each baking soda and salt1/4 teaspoon each ground cloves and ground nutmeg1 tablespoon ground cinnamonPreheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together butter and 3/4 cup sugar. Add egg, egg ok, and vanilla. Beat

Formal Christmas Coffee

Houston caterer Byron Franklin’s holiday coffee reflects his Texas upbringing and years of study in Vienna. Franklin, born and raised in Baytown, has no formula or fixed menus for his clients, but his own tastes run to the traditional and formal. “Everybody is different,” says Franklin. “My philosophy is, regardless

Cranberry-Pecan Kugelhopf

1 stick butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 4 egg yolks 2 1/4 cups sifted flour 1/3 cup milk 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 4 egg whites 1 cup chopped cranberries 1 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugarPreheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour 9-inch Kugelhopf

Lace Cookie Cup With Raspberries

Recipe from Stephan Pyles, Routh Street Cafe, Dallas.1 cup finely ground almonds 3/4 cup sugar 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature 4 teaspoons flour 2 tablespoons milk 1 cup lightly sweetened whipped cream 2 pints fresh raspberriesPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first five ingredients in bowl; blend into smooth

Cajeta Flan

Cajeta1 1/2 cups sugar 2 cups goat’s milk 2 cups cow’s milk 1 teaspoon cornstarch Dash baking soda(Makes 2 cups) Stir half the sugar in small skillet over medium heat for about 7 minutes, until medium golden-brown and free of lumps. Remove from heat. Combine milks; pour about one fourth

Apple-Raisin Spice Cake

1 cup cake flour2 cups all-purpose flour1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda1/2 teaspoon each nutmeg and cinnamon1/4 teaspoon each ground cloves, mace, and ground ginger1/2 teaspoon salt1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature2 cups granulated sugar3 eggs3 1/2 cups chopped Granny Smith apples, unpeeled3/4 cup chopped roasted pecans1 cup raisins, plumped

Shelley’s Crawfish-Cornbread Stuffing

1 1/2 cups chopped onion 1 1/2 cups chopped celery 1 1/2 cups chopped red and green peppers 10 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon each red, black, and white pepper Salt, to taste 1/3 cup chopped parsley 5 cups crumbled dry cornbread 1 pound crawfish tails, shelled 2 cups chicken stock

Southwestern Holiday Buffet

The obvious signs of a catered party–rented chafing dishes, mirrored trays, snap–draped tables, and starchy flowers–are nowhere to be seen at a function by Food Company, a three-year-old catering concern. Instead, the food is a straightforward interpretation of New American cuisine, and the table arrangements have a natural look that

Cranberry-Bourbon Sauce

1 cup bourbon 1/4 cup minced shallots Zest of 1 orange 1 twelve-ounce package fresh cranberries 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon ground black pepperIn small saucepan combine bourbon, shallots, and orange zest. Bring to boil over medium heat, and simmer until syrupy, about 10 minutes. Add cranberries and sugar, and

Lemon Cake With Dried Apricots and Walnuts

1/2 teaspoon salt Grated rind of 2 lemons 5 eggs 2 1/3 cups sugar 3 cups unsifted all-purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 cups heavy cream 6 ounces chopped dried apricots 1 cup chopped walnuts Juice of 2 lemonsPreheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and



Texas Monthly Reporter

San Antonio media indulge in self-flagellation over Henry; Dallas goes gaga over Tom Cruise; Hoston thrills to a Pearl of a blues singer.


State Secrets

State Secrets

The newest threat to Houston mayor Kathy Whitmire is an old face; an investigation of an acid leak turns sour; a Texas congressman may take over the banking committee.

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