July 2006 Issue

On the Cover

Capture The Flag

As weird as the 2006 governor’s race undeniably is, the goals of all four major candidates are remarkably mundane: Rick Perry wants nothing less than to be the longest-serving chief executive in the state’s history; Carole Keeton Strayhorn means to move her “One Tough Grandma” act into the big house across from the Capitol; Chris Bell craves respect, for himself and his depleted party; and Kinky Friedman intends to lead his band of unlikely voters in a rousing chorus of “Adiós, mofo!”



School Of Pop

To Addison they come, tweens and teens with talent in abundance, so Linda Septien can teach them how to be the next big thing. Jessica Simpson is her most famous success story, but there are many others. And more in the making.

Peas Be With You

This farm-to-table feast will make you thankful for the Texas growers who still work the land and for at least one hip chef who gives new life to the fruits and vegetables of their labor.

Body of Work

For twenty years, the Southwestern Writers Collection, on the campus of Texas State University, in San Marcos, has gathered up manuscripts, personal papers, photos, and other mementos from various icons and at least one outlaw. Want to have a look-see?

Guilty Pleasure

Kenny, we hardly knew ye. Okay, maybe we knew you too well. The jury, at least, seems to have pegged you just right. You too, Skilling.


Michael Ennis

T.R. Fehrenbach Is History

He’s still the gold standard by which all chroniclers of our shared experience are judged, but it’s time to look to the new generation. How do his wannabe heirs stack up?

Jan Reid

Seems Like Old Times

My Wichita Falls High School reunion inevitably got me thinking about the passage of time but also about memories that endure. And, of course, football.


Music Review


The multiplatinum success of their debut made San Angelo’s LOS LONELY BOYS one of Texas’s biggest musical exports. Small wonder. The Garza brothers—Henry, Ringo, and JoJo—oozed charisma and played a melodic, amped-up brand of rock and roll. There are a few embellishments sprinkled about—keyboards, percussion, Willie Nelson—but the formula remains

Music Review

Graveyard Shift

Is Scott H. Biram for real? His death-rattle blues crash around like a cat trapped in a squirrel cage; this self-proclaimed “dirty old one-man band” has made enough ruckus to send more than one listener fleeing toward the exit. Rough and ornery, the Austin singer, with his drooping mustache and

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Seven Angels On A Bicycle

Here’s a surprise. Austin’s CARRIE RODRIGUEZ, who never set out to be a singer, has crafted a charming, almost meditative solo debut. Rodriguez initially studied classical violin at Oberlin and Berklee and on occasion sat in with her songwriter dad (David Rodriguez). Then New Yorker Chip Taylor (best known for

Music Review

Clifford Antone (1949-2006)

The legendary Austin club owner, who died May 23, helped launch many a Texas musician, from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Charlie Sexton. ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons remembers the larger-than-life music impresario.

Book Review

The President’s Counselor: The Rise To Power Of Alberto Gonzales.

Those looking for clues to the Bush administration’s seeming assault on civil liberties—from warrantless wiretaps to allegedly condoned torture—will find much to ponder in THE PRESIDENT’S COUNSELOR: THE RISE TO POWER OF ALBERTO GONZALES. Journalist BILL MINUTAGLIO posits that Gonzales’s background as a lawyer at Houston’s Vinson and Elkins trained

Book Review

The Next Time You Die

THE NEXT TIME YOU DIE, HARRY HUNSICKER’s second detective caper featuring hard-luck investigator Lee Henry Oswald, should earn Dallas a colored pushpin on the wisecracking-gumshoe map for its double-trouble combo of mean streets and meaner thugs. Hunsicker is wily and playful, with the audacity to name his series’ protagonist with

Book Review

The Worthy: A Ghost’s Story

The Greek system sure must have pissed off WILL CLARKE during his brief stint as a college lad in a toga, because he returns the favor in his second novel, THE WORTHY: A GHOST’S STORY, by mercilessly satirizing frat boys and their obsessions: sex, beer, and beer—in roughly that order.

Book Review

James Lee Burke

The Houston native celebrates his seventieth year on earth by publishing the twenty-sixth novel of his forty-year career. Pegasus Descending is the latest book in the Dave Robicheaux crime fiction series.What is it about Robicheaux that appeals so deeply to your readers? Well, I think it’s that he’s based on

Eileen Collins

“It’s funny: I’ve never been scared on a shuttle mission. It’s just the nature of the job. You’re busy, you’re focused, you’re well trained, and you go, ‘You know, if I’m going to die, there’s nothing I can do about it.’”



Young Pea Salad in Sherry Vinaigrette

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1/2 cup sherry vinegar 1/3 cup walnut oil 2 cups grape seed oil 3 tablespoons chopped shallot 3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon or Mexican mint marigold kosher salt and freshly ground pepperto taste 2 cups fresh shelled peas such as black-eyed, purple hull, or cream peas;


Farmstead Cake With Spiced Figs and Texas Pecans

Cake 1 cup butter 2 cups sugar 3 cups flour 1 cup milk 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 6 egg whitesPreheat oven to 350 degrees and butter an approximately 9- by 13-inch baking pan. In a large mixer or mixing bowl, thoroughly cream


Tomato Confit

about 30 fresh basil leaves of different varieties and colors, washed and stems removed (leaves left whole) 4 to 6 medium tomatoes 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 3 or 4 sprigs fresh


Goat’s Milk Cheese

4 to 6 ounces goat’s milk ricotta (such as the Mozzarella Company’s) or chèvre (such as Pure Luck’s)Divide cheese into 4 to 6 portions.To serve, put a mound of pea salad in the middle of each plate and spoon tomato confit around it. Arrange portions of cheese off to the


Summer Okra Sautéed With Ginger and Turmeric

2 pounds fresh whole okra extra-virgin olive oil for sautéing (approximately 1/2 cup) 2 tablespoons garlic, minced 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced 2 teaspoons turmeric, or to taste kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to tasteSlice okra diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces. Heat about 1/4 cup olive oil in a


Grilled Cinnamon-Pepper Pork Chops

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns 2 teaspoons whole white peppercorns 2 teaspoons grated nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves 1/2 teaspoon whole cardamom seeds 1/4 bunch fresh oregano (leaves only) juice of 1 medium lemon 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 to 6 pork chops (such as


Minty Pickled Butternut Squash

1 medium butternut squash 1 whole vanilla bean, split in half 1 1/2 cups sugar (such as Wholesome Sweeteners’ organic) 1/4 cup whole peppermint leaves juice of 2 small oranges (or 1 1/2 medium) juice of 2 medium lemons 1 teaspoon vinegar (such as champagne or red-wine) 1 teaspoon kosher

Texas Tidbits

Texas Tidbits

To get primed for the motion picture release of Dallas, here are a few nuggets of information about one of television’s most popular series.

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Austin Farmers Markets

AUSTIN FARMERS MARKET ASSOCIATION Location 1 422 W. Guadalupe Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. austinfarmersmarket.org/news.php 512-236-0074Location 2 412 Comal Thursday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Open April 27 to September 28 austinfarmersmarket.org/news.php 512-236-0074Location 3 5405 Pleasant Valley Road Thursday 12 p.m. to

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The Big Texan

At the Berryhill Baja Grill Tamale-Eating Contest, eaters stand in front of the plates of tamales, shoveling the food into their mouths.

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Across the Border

Senior editor John Spong talks about finding Immigrant X, listening to him talk about coming to America, and learning about how he lives his life here illegally.

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The Race Is On

Senior executive editor Paul Burka on writing about this year’s extraordinary five-way race for governor.

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San Antonio Farmers Markets

SAN ANTONIO FARMERS MARKET ASSOCIATION Location 1 6427 Evers Leon Valley Community Center Church Wednesday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Open May 10 to December 13 210-521-2007Location 2 130 S. San Augustine St. Jude Catholic Church Wednesday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open May 10 to September 27

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Houston Farmers Markets

BAYOU CITY FARMERS MARKET 3000 Richmond Wednesday, Saturday Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. urbanharvest.org 713-880-5540HOUSTON FARMERS MARKET Saturday Market in the Heights 3106 White Oak Onion Creek Coffee House Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. houstonfarmersmarket.org 713-880-0706TUESDAY MARKET

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Fort Worth Farmers Markets

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET Location 1 4800 S. Hulen Fri, Sat, Sun 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 254-646-3341Location 2 8101 Camp Bowie Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or sellout 254-646-3341RIDGMAR FARMERS MARKET, INC. Location 1 900 Hwy 183N Daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ridgmarfm.com 817-246-7525

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El Paso Farmers Markets

EL PASO GROWERS ASSOCIATION Location 1 9484 Dyer Saturday, Sunday Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or sellout 915-820-2281Location 2 411 N. Zaragosa Monday, Wednesday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 915-820-2281Location 3 1120 McRae Tuesday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 915-820-2281Location

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Clifford Antone

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, environmental activist Robin Rather, and others remember the legendary Austin nightclub owner who died May 23, 2006.

Happy Trails

Happy Trails

On a recent Wednesday morning, I took a drive to Lockhart to sample what I had heard was some of the best barbecue the state has to offer.

Books That Cook

Books That Cook

Creating comfort is a theme that the Genesis Women’s Shelter, the publishers of this cookbook, is used to. Genesis prides itself on providing the women and children it aids with a home-cooked meal, as well as counseling and sanctuary. In fact, all the proceeds from this cookbook will allow the


Raspberry–White Chocolate Bread Pudding

Recipe from Glass Wall, HoustonBread Pudding4 1/2 hamburger buns, milk or egg-style 6 eggs, whipped 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 quart half and half 1/2 quart heavy cream 1 tablespoon butterTo prepare the pudding, tear the buns into large chunks and place on sheet pan. Place in a 325 degree oven

Pat's Pick

Glass Wall

BACK WHEN HOTSHOT Houston chef Lance Fegen was at Zula and Trevisio, there was a whole lotta shaking going on: a lot of food on the plate, a lot of flash in the kitchen, a lot of figures on the check. But that was then and this is now, and


Around the State

Around the State

Jordan’s PickEssence Music Festival HoustonIT’S BEEN NEARLY a year since Katrina forced thousands to flee from New Orleans and turned Houston’s Astrodome into a hurricane hotel. Now, with another storm season looming and much of the Gulf Coast still in disrepair, Reliant Park will be a home away from

Editor's Letter

Independent’s Day

YES, THAT’S GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE Kinky Friedman—four words I’ve yet to utter with a straight face—on our cover this month, dressed somewhat less outlandishly than in the past. The last time (July 2004), you’ll recall, he was elegantly done up like the queen of England, as feminine as a swarthy man

Roar of the Crowd

DeLayed Reactions

Back at you, Texas Monthly. Don’t let my door hit you … Paul Burka’s article on Tom DeLay was not very objective [“Without DeLay,” May 2006].J. HUNDLEYAustinDemocrats deemed Tom DeLay the new bogeyman for one reason only: He dared to fight hard for Republicans in Texas. Forget

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