June 1993 Issue


One Last Shot

Decades after his family controlled Galveston’s liquor and gambling, 89-year-old Vic Maceo is clinging to his gangster past—and to his pistol.



Range Writer

For years, no one took cowboy poetry seriously. But Buck Ramsey’s epic verse has taken the genre to new heights.


Mango-Jicama Salsa

1/2 cup shredded jicama 1/2 cup chopped mango 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped Salt to taste 1 tablespoon vegetable oilMix ingredients in glass bowl with wooden spoon, adding oil last. Make sure oil coats everything. Let

Adobo Sauce

6 ancho chiles 10 pasilla chiles 2 cups hot water 1 1-inch cinnamon stick 5 whole cloves 6 black peppercorns 1/4 teaspoon thyme 1/4 teaspoon marjoram 1/4 teaspoon cumin 6 cloves garlic, peeled 2 tablespoons mild white vinegar 2 bay leaves 2 tablespoons sugar 3 cups chicken stockToast chiles in

Little Boats de la Noche

Little Boats1 pound skinless snapper filet 2 cups adobo sauce (see recipe, below) 1/2 cup chopped cilantro 1/2 cup chopped onion 12 corn husks (tamale-style)Cut snapper filet into strips approximately 1/4 inch by 2 inches. Marinate strips in adobo sauce for 5 minutes. Remove from marinade and mix fish with


Little Boats de la Noche

For millennia, Mexican people have used corn husks as cooking vessels. Alan Mallett, the executive chef at Houston’s Cafe Noche, has adapted the technique for the restaurant’s signature Little Boats because, he says, the ingredients “steam in their own juices and retain all their flavor and texture.” Three variations on


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