March 2007

Features

Family Values

Mar 1, 2007 By Nate Blakeslee

It may surprise you to learn that gay couples in Texas are more likely to have children than those in most other states, or that San Antonio is a gay parenting mecca, with a higher percentage of gay households with children than any other U.S. city. So why are gay parents in such a state of legal limbo here? And why won’t the Legislature get government off their backs?

The Songs Remain the Same

Mar 1, 2007 By Michael Hall

And for these 8 one-hit wonders, including Balde Silva, of Toby Beau, that’s a good thing: Thanks to wildly successful singles they released many years ago, what might have otherwise been forgettable careers are anything but.

The Test of Time

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Begala, Mark McKinnon, H. W. Brands, michael lind, Douglas Brinkley, robert caro, bobby R. Inman, matthew dowd, kathleen hall jamieson and robert dallek

George W. Bush says he doesn’t have time to think about his legacy, but the rest of us have no such trouble. We asked some of the smartest people we could think of—prize-winning historians, presidential scholars, White House vets—to predict how 43 will be judged and to suggest what, if anything, he can still do about it.

“Oh, My God! It’s Our Children!”

Jan 20, 2013 By Katy Vine

On March 18, 1937, the residents of New London, southeast of Tyler, endured the worst small-town tragedy in U.S. history: an explosion at the combined junior-senior high school that killed some three hundred students and teachers.

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Salsa Verde

Mar 1, 2007 By Texas Monthly

This recipe is one of several included in the Texas Monthly article From Husks Till Dawn by Patricia Sharpe, [March 2007] 2 pounds tomatillos (about 14 medium), husked 1 large onion, coarsely chopped 2 to 4 garlic cloves (as desired) 2 to 3 serrano chiles (or…

Quick Pear-Rosemary Preserves

Mar 1, 2007 By Texas Monthly

This recipe is one of several included in the Texas Monthly article From Husks Till Dawn by Patricia Sharpe, [March 2007] 3 medium pears (about 1 1/2 pounds) juice of 1 medium lemon 1/4 cup honey 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary 1…

Books That Cook

Mar 1, 2007 By Ariawna Talton

WHAT TO EAT? It’s a good problem to have, actually. And in Texas, there are so many options, from barbecue and Mexican food to Southern dishes and Asian cuisine. Luckily, the folks at Quail Ridge Press have done us a favor by putting myriad recipes at our fingertips in the…

Pear-Rosemary Bread With Pine Nuts

Mar 1, 2007 By Texas Monthly

This recipe is one of several included in the Texas Monthly article From Husks Till Dawn by Patricia Sharpe, [March 2007] 2 cups flour 1 cup finely ground yellow cornmeal 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon…

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

Mar 1, 2007 By Patricia Sharpe

AUSTIN IS A CITY WHOSE schizophrenic self-image is suspended between its laid-back, small-town, beer-swilling past and its high-speed, big-city, wine-sipping present. That gap can be hard to bridge, and restaurants that open here tend to go for one side or the other. But when chefs and business partners Lou Lambert…

History Lesson

Mar 1, 2007 By Emmet Sullivan

Senior editor Katy Vine talks about tracking down survivors of the New London school explosion and listening to their stories about that fateful day.

Contributors

Mar 1, 2007 By Texas Monthly

Roberto Parada “I’m a huge Gilbert Stuart fan,” says Roberto Parada, the Virginia-based artist who created the cover image for a story about the legacy of George W. Bush (“The Test of Time,”). “I saw his retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art about two years ago, and…

Cowgirl Migas

Mar 1, 2007 By Texas Monthly

This recipe is one of several included in the Texas Monthly article From Husks Till Dawn by Patricia Sharpe, [March 2007] 3 corn tortillas 6 egg whites plus 2 whole eggs (or 8 eggs) kosher or sea salt to taste freshly ground black pepper to…

Horse Trader Salsa

Mar 1, 2007 By Texas Monthly

This recipe is one of several included in the Texas Monthly article From Husks Till Dawn by Patricia Sharpe, [March 2007] 20 ounces fresh jalapeños and/or serranos, unseeded 1 large tomato, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 3 to 4 thyme sprigs 1 teaspoon kosher or…

Canyon Granola

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Adapted from Cowgirl Cuisine: Rustic Recipes and Cogirl Adventures From a Texas Ranch, by Paula Disbrowe. 1 cup pure maple syrup (not maple-flavored) 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1/3 cup canola oil 3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 4 cups old-fashioned…

Blackberry Blue-Corn Muffins

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

2 cups flour 1 cup blue (or yellow) cornmeal 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (low-fat is fine, but do not use nonfat) 1/3…

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Sly Stone

Mar 1, 2007 By Jeff McCord

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Sly Stone Even in the insane creativity of 1967’s Summer of Love, they were peerless: Sly (Sylvester Stewart) and his multiracial, multigendered Family Stone band electrified the world, rolling everything from doo-wop to acid rock into upbeat soul. Yet by 1974, the group was in splinters,…

Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame

Mar 1, 2007 By Jeff McCord

What’s improv comedy got to do with country music? Not much, it turns out, which is why when SUNNY SWEENEY sang in a few skits as an aspiring comedian in New York, her fellow actors—walloped by her voice—sent her packing back to Texas. She had learned guitar only a few…

In My Element

Mar 1, 2007 By Jeff McCord

Houston’s ROBERT GLASPER is a formidable piano talent with a penchant for lush harmony and mainstream jazz uncommon for a player in his twenties. Were that the whole story, you might lump him into the Wynton Marsalis tradition: fastidiously devoted to jazz history and short on innovation. Yet Glasper has…

Booker T. Jones

Mar 1, 2007 By Jeff McCord

Known for his magic in the Stax Records studio in the sixties, the Tennessee keyboardist—whose career comprises performances with not only his group, the MGs, but also such artists as Neil Young and Willie Nelson—is a special guest at this month’s South by Southwest Music Festival, in Austin. What’s…

When the Light Goes

Mar 1, 2007 By Mike Shea

Be thankful LARRY MCMURTRY decided his Thalia trilogy deserved a fourth book, because WHEN THE LIGHT GOES is an essential (though not to say concluding) chapter in the Duane Moore saga. Duane, introduced as a callow teen in The Last Picture Show but now a big-deal oilman in his tiny…

Phyllis George

Mar 1, 2007 By Evan Smith

“When a person meets a Miss America, they’re still impressed. They’re like, ‘Oh, my gosh, you were Miss America?’”

Steven Saylor

Mar 1, 2007 By Mike Shea

The Austin novelist famous for his Roma Sub Rosa series of historical mysteries delivers his magnum opus, Roma, this month. The engrossing tale tracks Rome from its origins as a stop on a salt trade route through the story of Antonius and Cleopatra. Was it inevitable that your series…

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Legacies

Mar 1, 2007 By Evan Smith

ONLY A HIGHER POWER with a truly perverse streak would have deposited the Decider and the Derider in the same social circle—Houston’s close-knit private-school world—as teenagers. As the latter told me in an interview several years ago, the former “hung out with friends of mine and dated some girls I…

Cheney Reaction

Mar 1, 2007 By Texas Monthly

THREE WORDS ABOUT your January 2007 cover: incredibly bad taste. PATRICIA DUBOSE MCDANIEL Wichita Falls PLEASE TELL ME what is the significance of an isolated accident that occurred on a private outing among friends. This was a cheap shot (no pun intended). ALTON TEW Whitesboro…

Around the State

Mar 1, 2007 By Texas Monthly

JORDAN’S PICK AFI Dallas International Film Festival Dallas SO THAT BIG-BUDGET DALLAS movie may not actually be filmed anywhere near Dallas. But frankly, who cares? The city can now claim a new image booster: the inaugural AFI Dallas International Film Festival. With a goal to screen 150 features and shorts…

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