June 2004



May 31, 2004 By Suzy Banks

Since I was a kid growing up on polluted Galveston Bay, I’ve held a grudge against the watery edge of Texas—but no more. Protected wetlands! Pelicans and turtles! Historic buildings! Edible oysters! And that’s not the half shell of it.

An F for Effort

May 31, 2004 By Paul Burka

Or maybe the grade should be “incomplete.” The special legislative session on school finance proved that Rick Perry and Republican lawmakers care a lot more about reducing property taxes than about improving public schools. Anybody surprised?

Life and Meth

May 31, 2004 By Pamela Colloff

Around the Piney Woods, most people will tell you that they know someone who’s addicted to homemade speed. Drug recovery centers are overwhelmed; court dockets are backed up; jails are filled. There’s no end in sight.

His Mickey Mouse Ways

Jun 15, 2016 By Dave Hickey

In a world full of evil dudes pretending to be good guys, Waylon Jennings was a good guy pretending to be an evil dude and never quite succeeding.


Play Dates

May 31, 2004 By Texas Monthly

Animal Magnetism When was the last time the kids got to feed a giraffe? See a wildebeest? These are just a few of our favorite things to do at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, in Glen Rose. Explore at your own pace along the ten-mile scenic drive (don’t be…

The Month in Art

May 31, 2004 By Katy Vine

Greatest Hits On June 27 the line to get in the Kimbell Art Museum, in Fort Worth, will probably resemble more closely that of a megaplex theater, and for good reason. It’s the opening day of the summer blockbuster exhibit, “Caravaggio to Dali: One Hundred Masterpieces from the Wadsworth…


May 31, 2004 By Stacy Hollister

Dallas in the summertime has been called a lot of things—”heaven” has never been one of them. Of course, what isn’t written in stone may be disproved this month when guitar enthusiasts flock to Fair Park for the Crossroads Guitar Festival. The three-day, charity-benefiting rapture masterminded by Eric Clapton—go ahead,…

Bill Moyers

May 31, 2004 By Evan Smith

“War is always a great reinforcer of secrecy, but a war on terror is the most insidious threat to openness—you can always claim, without having to explain why, that something can't be public.”


Pansit Bihon Grisado (Philippine Vermicelli)

May 31, 2004 By Texas Monthly

Cebu, Houston 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast cut into strips 1 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium yellow onion 1 medium green bell pepper 2 medium carrots cut into 1-inch strips 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 small…

Texas Tidbits

May 31, 2004 By Lori Fradkin

Over the years, filmmakers have tried to capture the essence of Texas athletics through comedy and drama. These movies tackle the deep-seated sports culture of the state.

Fast Times

May 31, 2004 By Lori Fradkin

Senior editor Pamela Colloff on methamphetamine's grip on East Texas, talking to addicts, and what it's like to follow around narcotics investigators.

Happy Trails
Happy Trails

May 31, 2004 By Katharyn Rodemann

A drive through the Hill Country and a brush with Texas's mystic side gave my world-weary self a breath of fresh air.

Books That Cook

May 31, 2004 By Lori Fradkin

Americans devour about 38 billion burgers every year. Seymour, Wisconsin, hosts an annual Burger Fest with a bun toss, a ketchup slide, and a hamburger-eating contest. Daytona Beach, Florida, boasts the International Hamburger Hall of Fame. But these tidbits are merely condiments in The Great Big Burger Book, by Jane…

Pat's Pick
Drink, Eat, and Be Merry

May 31, 2004 By Jane Dure

Wanted: Earthy, complex, full-bodied dinner companion with good legs and a long finish. Does that describe what you’ve been seeking in a wine? Then you should find plenty to interest you on the upcoming California junket of Foodtravels.com. From September 15 to 19—coinciding with the annual grape crush—the new Austin-based…

Pat's Pick

May 31, 2004 By Patricia Sharpe

San Antonio’s most exotic new dining venue, Cebu looks utterly American, with sponge-painted walls and Ella and Louis on the sound system. But open the menu, and you’re in a whole other country: the Philippines, to be precise. Are you ready for kinilaw na manga? I was, especially when the…

Coke Salad

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1 three-ounce package black-cherry Jell-O 1 twelve-ounce can Coke 1 to 2 cans Bing cherries, well drained 1/2 cup pecans, chopped Using a large bowl, prepare Jell-O as directed on package, substituting the Coke for 1 1/2 cups water. The Coke will foam up; be prepared!…

Gammy’s Broken Glass Torte

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Crust 2 dozen crushed graham crackers 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup chopped pecans Mix thoroughly and pack tightly in oblong 9 x 13 Pyrex dish. Filling 1 package each lime, lemon, and cherry Jell-O 1 package plain unflavored…

Golden Glow Salad

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1 three-ounce package lemon or orange Jell-O 1/2 cup grated or shredded carrots 1 small can crushed pineapple or pineapple chunks, well drained Prepare Jell-O as directed on package. When Jell-O is about half-set (approximately an hour or so), add carrots and pineapple. Editor’s note: Pineapple is one…

Hawaiian Delight

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1 three-ounce package Jell-O (any flavor; cherry is traditional) Your choice of the following (whatever you prefer or have on hand): 1 banana, sliced 1 can sour cherries or 1 small jar maraschino cherries, well drained 1 small can pineapple chunks, well drained 1/2 cup…


Jan Jarboe Russell
Viva la Diferencia

May 31, 2004 By Jan Jarboe Russell

A Harvard know-it-all predicts that the emerging Hispanic majority will be a drag on America. Tell it to your friends in Cambridge, bub.

Jason Cohen
Lost in Translation

May 31, 2004 By Jason Cohen

Hollywood often fumbles the sports movie—but it could get back in the game right here in Texas.


Class Warfare

May 31, 2004 By Michael Hall

When Sul Ross State University professor Larry Sechrest called his neighbors and students idiots and inbreds, the entire town of Alpine rose up against him. Not that he's changed his mind.