March 1990


The Land, The Roots, The Myth

Mar 1, 1990 By Gary Cartwright

Whether it wells from the high pine walss of East Texas, the haunted valleys of the Hill Country, the violent uplifts of the Trans-Pecos, or the salty, low-relief vistas of the coastal plains, the Texas myth shapes and claims up all. Leo Tynan. Country Doctor. Linda Walker. Ranch Matriarch. Elroy Brown. Rows to Hoe Before I Sleep. Bobby Calhoun. Against the Grain. Kathleen Olsen. Land Heiress. Mike Levi. Where the Buffalo Roamed. Laura Shrader. Westward, Ho!

Work and Reward

Mar 1, 1990 By Gary Cartwright

For some, work is its own reward. For others it is a compromise, a trade-off to some ulterior purpose. And yet it is the owrk that defines us. There is something in the doing that gives us stature and makes us whole. Terry Flowers. Island in the Slum. Gigi Huang. All-American Girl. John Martinez. Best Gears of His Life. Jack Butler. Putting the Paper to Bed. Robert D. Cain. DJ to the Shut-ins. Sister Maria Carolina Flores. The Nun’s Story.

Passion and Adventure

Mar 1, 1990 By Gary Cartwright

Texas was founded by risk-takers, place-makers, and folks on the run, and their spiritual descendants are our common stock. Our heritage is not a concert for the fainthearted, but if you hear the music you’ll want to dance. Cheater Bella. Breakout. Marvell E. White. Prejudice and Pride. Mary Christine Higgins. That Lonesome Whistle. Don Foster. For Art’s Sake. Ben Ezzell. Deadline in a Small Town. A.J. Alamia, Jr. Young Upstart. W.A. King, Jr. Snakes Alive! Betty Howell. Moneyquest. Greg Whittaker. On the Beach.

Hope and Despair

Mar 1, 1990 By Gary Cartwright

Face it, life isn’t fair. The cards fall in random patterns, and for every winner there is an uncomfortable number of losers. But what goes around comes around, and in the seeds of calamity we often find new beginnings. Mary Margaret Adams. To Russia With Love. Letty Banda. Be It Ever So Humble… Libba Bray. A Shattering Reality. Simon Salinas. Hard Times in Willacy County. Gladys Gerst. A Vision of Equality. Joe Garcia. Hot Lead, Cold Turkey.

Family and Friendship

Mar 1, 1990 By Gary Cartwright

Our search for identity is really a search for familial bonds. By our children and our parents, by our forebears and our closest friends, by the reflections of those with whom we surround ourselves, so shall you know us. Shelilah Tucker. My Daughter, My Self. Sheri Connell and Cindy Garzonie. The Best of Friends. D.D. Lewis. A Whole New Ball Game. Debbie Salamon. In Search of Her Past. Trey Henderson. Four Generations and Counting. Barbara Scoggins. Back to the Farm. Bishop Powell. The Rhythm of Life. Clyde Blackman. Super Mom.

Boom and Bust

Mar 1, 1990 By Gary Cartwright

When oil and real estate boomed, a lot of Texans rode the tiger. But the beast turned, and those who weren’t devoured faced the prospect of limping back. It has been a long but not uninteresting trip. Hank Avery. Wheeler-dealer. Ron Burton. Still Rocking Along. Joan Yamini. The Conscience of a Liberal. David Griffin. Suburban Paradigm.


State Secrets

Mar 1, 1990 By Paul Burka

Touching bases at the Pentagon; the next lawsuit after school finance; the hidden battle for control of the Legislature.


Domain Supplement

Buttermilk Pie

Mar 1, 1990 By Texas Monthly

Drew Allen, a co-owner of San Antonio’s Liberty Bar, came across this custardy buttermilk pie recipe in an out-of-print forties cookbook. The pie was powerfully sweet for modern taste buds, so Allen halved the sugar to come up with his restaurant’s most popular dessert. 4 ounces frozen butter 1…

Cultural Exchange

Jan 20, 2013 By Pat Hathcock

Vietnamese cuisine is a multiethnic parade of Chinese techniques, French flavors, and spices from India. New ingredients, such as catfish and serrano peppers, add a Texas twang.

Shrimp Salad

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

8 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 3 ounces uncooked chicken breast, cut into chunks 1/4 small head each of red and green cabbage, chopped 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint leaves 2 tablespoons chopped bean sprouts 3 garlic gloves, chopped…

Spring Rolls With Peanut Sauce

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Spring Rolls 2 ounces thin rice vermicelli 8 uncooked medium shrimp 12 ounces boneless pork loin, in 1 piece 1 large carrot, shredded 1 teaspoon sugar 8 rounds rice paper (banh trang), each 8 1/2 inches in diameter 4 large leaves leaf lettuce with…

Charcoal-Broiled Pork With Rice Vermicelli

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 cup nuoc mam 4 shallots, thinly sliced Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 8 ounces thin rice vermicelli 1 pound boneless pork loin 1 pound ground beef (chuck) 8 garlic cloves, minced 24 bamboo skewers,…

Domain Story
Vietnamese Grocery Stores

Jan 20, 2013 By Helen Thompson

Most of the specialty items needed to prepare Vietnamese recipes can be found at the following Asian and Vietnamese groceries. Austin Lien, Huong Oriental Market, 8610 N. Lamar, 512-835-9618. My Thanh Oriental Market, 7435 N. Lamar, 454-4804. Say Hi, 5249 Burnet Road, 453-1411. Dallas Asian Grocery, 9191 Forest…

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Vietnamese Restaurants

Jan 20, 2013 By Helen Thompson

Austin Saigon Kitchen, 9200 N. Lamar, 512-837-9910. This modest-looking restaurant’s bracing hot-and-sour soup was filled with shrimp, pineapple, celery, tomato, okra, noodles, and anise. Vermicelli with rice-paper pancakes that were more like omelettes came with grilled pork, fish sauce, and a platter frilly lettuce, cilantro, cucumbers, and mint. Tender…

French Mushroom Salad

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Make Ahead: 24 hours 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 shallots, finely minced 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme Dash Hungarian paprika or cayenne 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt…

Skewered Rosemary Lamb

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 8 minutes Make Ahead: 24 hours 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, crumbled, or 1 teaspoon dried 2 cloves garlic, mashed 1 teaspoon…

Hot-and-Sour Soup

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

2 teaspoons instant tamarind Salt and sugar, to taste 2 serrano peppers 2 small new potatoes, cut into chunks 1/2 pound catfish, deboned and cut into chunks 2 tablespoons each of chopped pineapple, bean sprouts, and celery 2 teaspoons chopped garlic 1 tablespoon…

Lemon-Garlic Potatoes With Spinach

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 pound unpeeled small new potatoes, cut into eighths 3 large cloves garlic, mashed 1 cup water 1/2 lemon 6 to 8 ounces fresh spinach (or chopped Swiss chard), washed and…