July 1995 Issue


What Really Happened at Waco

Just as congressional hearings are set to begin, an exclusive excerpt from a new book casts a different light on the government’s role in the fiery end to the siege at Mount Carmel.



Tiger’s Beat

An Austin attorney tears into the government’s case against a suspect in the Oklahoma City bombing.



The Bush Family’s Zuni Stew

1 1/4 cups pinto beans, soaked overnight and drained 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons corn or vegetable oil 2 yellow onions, cut in 1/4-inch pieces 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons red chile powder, or more, to taste 1 teaspoon ground cumin


Governor’s Mansion Summer Peach Tea Punch

6 cups water 3 family-size (1 ounce) tea bags 2 cups fresh mint, loosely packed 1 small can (6 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate 1 bottle (32 ounces) R.W. Knudsen Peach Nectar (it has the most flavor) 1/2 to 1 cup simple syrup 1 liter ginger ale 1 liter club soda


Wilted Spinach

1 tablespoon garlic, chopped 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 pounds spinach, rinsed and trimmed Salt and pepper to taste In large pan, sauté garlic in olive oil until golden. Add spinach and cook just until it wilts. Season and drain.


Wild Mushroom Gravy

3 tablespoons chopped garlic 2 cups sliced assorted mushrooms 6 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup red wine 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 2 cups demiglace, homemade or packaged 3 tablespoons cold butter 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped 1 tablespoon chives, minced 1


Garlic Mashed Potatoes

6 Idaho potatoes, peeled and boiled 2 tablespoons roasted chopped garlic 1/4 cup grated Parmesan 1/4 cup heavy cream 1/4 pound butter Salt and pepper to taste Thoroughly mash potatoes and then mix together with other ingredients. If planning to pipe potatoes with a pastry bag, whip until smooth.


Meatloaf Tower

4 eggs, beaten 1 pound ground veal 1 pound ground sirloin 1/4 cup bread crumbs 1 teaspoon creole seasoning 1 teaspoon ground oregano 1/4 cup chopped parsley 1 six-ounce can tomato paste Salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix ingredients with 1 tablespoon of tomato paste.


Ann Richards’ Wonton Ravioli with Lemon Cream Sauce

1/2 pound ground chicken 2 green onions, minced 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger root 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon cornstarch 40 wonton wrappers 1 tablespoon minced shallot 2 tablespoon clarified butter 3 tablespoon flour 1 1/2 cups chicken stock 1/2 cup heavy


Bill and Rita Clements’ Apple Cake

1 cup cooking oil 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 2 1/2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon vanilla 4 cups peeled and chopped Granny Smith apples 1 cup chopped pecans Preheat over to 350 degrees. Combine oil



Sand Dollars

Gigantic homes. Gala parties. Nonstop schmoozing. The hip summer playground of Houston’s high society is … Galveston?

Family Plot

For Dallas writer Carlton Stowers, Sins of the Son is more than just another true crime story. The son is his own.


Spanish Class

In the market for high-quality handmade Hispanic crafts? You’ll find them—and more—at Santa Fe’s famous fair.


State Fare

State Fare

Food fads have their ups and downs. Today’s trend is tall, as chefs vie to see who can construct the most architectonic appetizers and elevated entrées. Houston’s Backstreet Cafe (1103 S. Shepherd) has its own entry in the culinary sweepstakes: the aptly named Meatloaf Tower. In designing the dish,

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