January 1990 Issue

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The 1990 Bum Steer Awards

A year of antagonistic attorneys, beleaguered Bushes, costumed cacti, dead dogs, espied Elvises, falling Fledermause, garbled grapes, hemline histrionics, imprudent impeachings, journalistic judges, kinky kindling, legislative largesse, mock McMurtrys, novelist’s nooks, overrated Odessas, phantom pharaohs, qualified quail, Ruby’s revolvers, spurious spies, tardy transcribers, U-charistic Uthanasians, vandalized vans, weird wieners, X-onerated X-ecutives, yapping Yankees, and zippered zoos.




State Secrets

State Secrets

The right angle for striking oil; making book on the Bush library; a roving eye for GOP money; reining in rogue cops.

Roar of the Crowd

Roar of the Crowd

Discovering the hero in every person; getting off the ground without ever leaving the airport; paying our respects to an ancient tree.


Domain Supplement

Venison Medallions

1 1/2 cups buttermilk 3/4 cup red wine 1 1/2 pounds of 1/2-inch medallions from backstrap of axis, sika, fallow, or whitetail deer 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 leeks, cut into 1/4-inch slices (discard dark-green part) 2 whole shallots, chopped 8 ounces mushrooms, quartered 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1/2

Jalapeno Jack Spoon Bread

Jalapeño Jack Spoon Bread2 cups whole milk 1 cup stone-ground cornmeal 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons baking powder 4 whole eggs 1 large onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, diced 2 shallots, diced 2 fresh medium-sized jalapeños, diced 4 ounces jalapeño Monterey Jack cheese, shredded 1/4 teaspoon saltPreheat oven to

Fresh-Peppermint Fudge Brownies

1 1/3 cups margarine 2 cups granulated sugar, sifted 4 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 tablespoons honey 1 1/2 cups sifted flour 7/8 cup instant cocoa mix 1 teaspoon each salt and baking powder 2 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted 7 tablespoons unsalted butter

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