December 1995

Features

Sorry, Charlie

Dec 1, 1995 By Paul Burka

The last of the LBJ-style Democracts, the rowdy and reckless Charlie Wilson has called it quits. A fond farewell.

Carrillo’s Crossing

Dec 1, 1995 By Robert Draper

In the bloddy billion-dollor business of drug trafficking, Amado Carrillo Fuentes is king. He is the elusive ringleader of a smuggling operation that police on both sides of the border are powerless to stop.

Miscellany

State Fare

Dec 1, 1995 By Patricia Sharpe

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…

Reporter

Web

Cinnamon Croissant Bread Pudding

Dec 1, 1995 By Texas Monthly

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

Cranberry Pudding Tamales with Tequila-Orange Curd

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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…

Chipotle-Maple Sweet Potatoes

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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)…

Dried Cherry-Pecan Relish

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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…

Jicama-Tortilla Salad with Tangerine Dressing

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

This salad of Jícama, mango, and crisp tortilla strips has a distinctive Mexican accent. 1 small red onion (about 6 ounces), sliced into thin rings 6 tangerines 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and…

Pumpkin-White Bean Soup with Pomegranate Crema

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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…

Columns

A Whale of a Tale

Dec 1, 1995 By Turk Pipkin

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.

Doubting Thomas

Dec 1, 1995 By Jason Cohen

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.