July 2001

Features

The Best and the Worst Legislators

Jun 30, 2001 By Paul Burka and Patricia Hart

Rodney Ellis was excellent. Gary Elkins was— well, significantly less so. Bill Ratliff was a model of dignified leadership. Domingo Garcia was a one-man leper colony. Our biennial roundup of the Legislature's leading lights and dim bulbs.

Farmers’ Markets

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Here is a list of Farmers’ markets in the major cities that have in the past carried heirloom tomatoes. Bear in mind that availability depends on the weather and how much recent demand there has been. AUSTIN Armadillo Farmers’ Market 301 W. Riverside Drive Open Wednesday 3 p.m.–6…

A Star-Spangled Spread

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

This Fourth of July, forget the fried chicken and potato salad. Our potluck picnic, cooked up by six top Austin chefs, is full of culinary fireworks. Plus... extra web-only recipes!

Sober

Jan 20, 2013 By Jim Atkinson

More than a decade ago I wrote about the virtues of the drinking life and the comforts of what I called a “bar bar.” Then I hit rock bottom. It’s been eight years now since I took my last drink—and I’m finally ready to tell the rest of the story.

Lance Armstrong Has Something to Get Off His Chest

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

As he readies himself for this summer's Tour de France, the two-time winner is battling allegations in Europe and elsewhere that he uses performance-enhancing drugs. He insists he is clean. But proving that is turning out to be one of his toughest challenges yet. He doesn't use performance-enhancing drugs, he insists, no matter what his critics in the European press and elsewhere say. And yet the accusations keep coming. How much scrutiny can the two-time Tour de France winner stand? A lot—which is a good thing, since he's heading back up that hill again.

Web

Cover Boy

Jun 30, 2001 By scottdadich

Texas Monthly‘s new 25-year-old art director talks about visual design and what makes a cover image.

Books That Cook

Jun 30, 2001 By Patricia McConnico

The goal of every Junior League is to awaken its members to the community in which they live, to provide avenues and training for volunteer service, and to encourage lifelong participation in community affairs. The statement above appears in the forward of the Houston Junior League Cook Book: Favorite Recipes,…

Texas Blueberry Shortcake

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Blueberries 2 pints blueberries, preferably Texas-grown 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup Grand Marnier 1/2 cup strawberry preserves Pick through and wash berries and dry on a clean kitchen towel. In a mixing bowl, combine berries, sugar, vanilla extract, and Grand Marnier. Let…

Heirloom Tomatoes and Texas Mozarella

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

4 large or 6 medium ripe tomatoes 2 pounds Texas mozzarella (available at some Albertson’s, Central Market, Tom Thumb, and Whole Foods stores or by mail from the Mozzarella Company, Dallas, 800-798-2954 or mozzoco.com). kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste approximately 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive…

Mashed Maple-Cascabel Sweet Potatoes

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

6 cups peeled and cubed raw sweet potato (1/2-inch cubes) 2 1/4 teaspoons coriander seeds about 7 cascabel chiles, depending on size, enough to make 1 generous tablespoon ground chile (cascabels are smooth-skinned, dark reddish-brown chiles about 3 inches long) 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon real maple…

Sweet and Spicy Brined Pork Loin

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

3 tablespoons whole black peppercorns 3 tablespoons whole cardamom seeds 3 tablespoons whole coriander seeds 3 tablespoons whole comino seeds 3 tablespoons whole fennel seeds 10 cascabel chiles (a dry chile with a smooth, dark reddish-brown skin, about 3 inches long) 3/4 cup honey…

Peach Swirl Vanilla Ice Cream

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Peach Purée 8 to 10 ripe peaches 1/2 cup sugar juice of 1 lemon Blanch peaches for 2 minutes. Remove from boiling water and plunge into ice water. Peel, cut in half, and remove pits. Place peaches in a saucepan, barely cover with water, and add sugar and…

Grilled Lobsters With Summer-Vegetable Slaw

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Vinaigrette for Slaw juice and zest of 2 lemons 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard 2 tablespoons honey 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients and set…

Crudites and Sauce Aioli

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Aioli 20 garlic cloves 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt 6 eggs pinch white pepper pinch cayenne pepper 2 1/8 cups extra-virgin olive oil juice of 1 lemon note: True French sauce aioli, a garlicky mayonnaise, is made by hand because the aggressive action of…

Five Bean and Red Onion Salad

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1/3 cup red-wine vinegar 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, leaves only 1 shallot, minced 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil salt and pepper to taste 1 cup baby yellow wax beans, blanched for 3 minutes and…

Honey-Ginger Applesauce

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1 ounce (1 heaping tablespoon) fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped 2 serrano chiles, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup lime juice 1/4 cup orange juice 1/8 cup tequila 3/4 cup honey 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted (see directions above, with pork loin recipe) and ground…

Go Fish

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Here’s a game to play while snacking on edamame and perusing the menu at Kenichi: How many shades of black—not counting the patrons’ clothing—can you spot at this sleek new sushi bar in downtown Austin? Although the look, by architect Dick Clark and designer Tonya Noble, is the essence of…

Columns

Nether Lands

Jun 30, 2001 By Suzy Banks

Forget about getting down and dirty. Take a trip into one of Texas' show caves, where the beauty of going underground is on full display.

Boss Perot, Jr.

Jun 30, 2001 By S. C. Gwynne

He made his name in real estate, but now Ross Perot, Jr., is running the computer services company that bears his family's name—and taking care of business with his father.

Image Conscious

Jun 30, 2001 By Michael Ennis

Meet two prominent Houston artists who are at the forefront of digital art—and the debate over what virtual reality means for reality itself.

Battle Plan

Jun 30, 2001 By Jim Atkinson

A Dallas epidemiologist has made it his mission to learn the truth about Gulf War Syndrome, even if he has to fight the government.

Liberalism Lives!

Jun 30, 2001 By Joe Nick Patoski

In a state that's becoming more conservative, two young editors at the Texas Observer are reenergizing a magazine that won't leave the left behind.

Miscellany

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