December 1995 Issue

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The Sweet Song of Justice

The verdict is in, but a complete account of what went on in the Selena murder trial hasn’t come out—until now.



Good Buddy

Forget Buddy Holly? That’ll be the day. Plus: Boone Pickens’ hellish fight, Norma McCorvey’s heavenly conversion.

State Fare

In theory and in practice, bread pudding is what you do with leftover bread—it’s poor folks’ food. But not this bread pudding. The dauntingly rich and absolutely delicious dessert is the specialty of pastry chef Melissa Bailey, who with her husband, executive chef Benjamin Bailey, heads up the kitchen at



Cinnamon Croissant Bread Pudding

Custard 2 cups plus 4 tablespoons heavy cream 2 cups plus 4 tablespoons whole milk 15 eggs 2 cups sugar 2 tablespoons vanilla extractPlace ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Strain and refrigerate until ready to use.Cinnamon Sugar 2/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamonCombine ingredients in a

Cranberry Pudding Tamales with Tequila-Orange Curd

Spicy cranberries, nuts and crumbled gingersnaps in corn-husk packets create plump dessert tamales.Tamales 3 3/4 cups cranberries, picked over 1 cup grand pecans 1 3/4 cups sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 1/2 cups finely ground bread crumbs

Chipotle-Maple Sweet Potatoes

Smoky chipotle chiles give a lift to that old standby, whipped sweet potatoes.8 to 10 dried chipotle chiles 2 large sweet potatoes, baked and cooled 1 large white potato, baked and cooled 2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon pure chile powder (not prepared chili seasoning) 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup 4

Dried Cherry-Pecan Relish

Dried cherries and toasted pecans enliven the traditional holiday relish.1/2 cup cranberries, picked over 1 cup dried cherries juice of 1/2 orange 2 tablespoons sugar 2 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped grated zest of 1/2 lime grated zest of 1/2 orange salt

Barbecued Roast Goose with Cornbread-Oyster Stuffing

For the main course, baste roast goose with a savory barbecue sauce and stuff it lavishly with cornbread and oysters.1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cup chopped yellow onion 2 tablespoons celery, diced 2 tablespoons carrot, diced 2 serrano chiles, seeded and minced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup dry white

Jicama-Tortilla Salad with Tangerine Dressing

This salad of jícama, mango, and crisp tortilla strips has a distinctive Mexican accent.1 small red onion (about 6 ounces), sliced into thin rings6 tangerines1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice3 tablespoons olive oil1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded

Pumpkin-White Bean Soup with Pomegranate Crema

This pumpkin-and-white bean soup is drizzled with pomegranate cream and sprinkled with the fruit’s jewellike seeds.Pumpkin-White Bean Soup 5 cups chicken stock 3/4 cup white pinto (cannellini) beans, soaked overnight and drained 1 pumpkin (3 to 4 pounds) 1 1/2 teaspoons corn oil 4 ounces bacon, diced 1/2 medium yellow


A Whale of a Tale

In a remote Mexican bay, you can touch a forty-ton gray, watch her lovely, enormous baby rub playfully against your boat, and ponder the mysteries of the natural world.

The Good Old Boy

After four decades of writing classic Texas novels, there’s no denying that San Angelo’s Elmer Kelton has earned his Spurs.

Doubting Thomas

Leaving the popular sitcom Wings for his own show on the Fox network seemed like a risky move, but it’s paying off for native Texan Thomas Haden Church—so far.


We Are the World

An ambitious new exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston suggests Texas is becoming less like itself and more like everyplace else.

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