May 2004


Triumph of the Grill

Apr 30, 2004 By Patricia Sharpe

A pomegranate daiquiri, a spicy poblano quail, and thou: Three hot Texas chefs have whipped up a patio picnic that's sure to put a little spring (and summer) in your step.

The Metamorphosis

Apr 30, 2004 By Jan Reid and Lou Dubose

If you want to understand the shift in political power that has taken place in Texas over the past thirty years—from rural areas to the new suburbs, from Democratic control to Republican dominance—you'll hardly find a better case study than Tom DeLay's Sugar Land.

Aunt Sister

Apr 30, 2004 By Elizabeth Crook

There was a lot about Rosita Holdsworth Hollar that pegged her as the least likely role model in my family: She was cantankerous and sharp-tongued, something of a loner, and a terrible cook and housekeeper. But there have been many times when her example has been a comfort to me.

Corps Values

Apr 30, 2004 By Paul Burka

What place does tradition have at Texas A&M these days? One by one, the old ways are disappearing from the venerable campus, and many Aggies are up in arms. But embracing change may be the only way to save the school they love.

Cast Away

Apr 30, 2004 By Mimi Swartz

For Sharon Bush, membership in the world's most powerful family had its privileges. But as she discovered after her husband of 23 years—the brother of one president and the son of another—ended their marriage via e-mail, it can be revoked without warning.




Apr 30, 2004 By Patricia Hart

For the Republicans under investigation for campaign-finance violations, Sharpstown is the elephant in the room.

Expatriate Act

Jan 20, 2013 By Don Graham

While some Texas-born writers had to leave home to do their best work, for John Graves the reverse was true.


Books That Cook

Apr 30, 2004 By Christan Thomas

Do you fear the frying pan? Are you skittish about sauteing? Is the Italian joint down the street on your speed dial? The Junior League of Beaumont banishes kitchen bashfulness with Dining Without Reservations. This cookbook presents a simple approach to all types of cuisine and promises to “tempt every…

War Torn

Apr 30, 2004 By Lori Fradkin

Senior editor Gary Cartwright on the battle between the evildoers and the whiners and the future of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Liquid Assets

Apr 30, 2004 By Courtney Bond

The Thrill of the Chaser Sangrita … the name alone suggests mystery, romance, a little vida loca. Loosely translated “little blood,” sangrita is not the most famous tequila chaser (salt and lime take that honor), but it’s certainly the most exciting. Resplendent in sunset hues, this saucy potion more than…

Gig ’em

Apr 30, 2004 By Lori Fradkin

Senior executive editor Paul Burka, who wrote this month's cover story, "Corps Values," talks about diversity at A&M, the future of the Corps of Cadets, and Aggie traditions.

Dingus Dishes

Apr 30, 2004 By Lori Fradkin

Just call her Super Texan. Lone Star guru and Texas Monthly senior editor Anne Dingus launches a new column this month. Here, she shares her thoughts on cacti, culture, and correcting misperceptions.

Yang Style

Apr 30, 2004 By Lori Fradkin

Photographer Peter Yang on getting Aggies to pose for their portrait and what makes a good picture.

Texas Tidbits

Apr 30, 2004 By Marti Morgan

Why do Aggies stand during a football game? It's tradition—just like almost everything else at Texas A&M University.

Créme Brûlée

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Chef Will Packwood, 7, Austin Créme Brûlée 1/2 vanilla bean 1/2 cup sugar 1 pint cream 1 tablespoon orange zest 8 egg yolks Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Split and scrape the vanilla bean and combine with the sugar, cream, and finely chopped…

Shortbread Cookies

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Chef Will Packwood, 7, Austin 1/3 cup (3 ounces) almond paste 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) butter 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) sugar 2 egg yolks 1/8 cup (1 ounce) amaretto 1 teaspoon orange zest 2 cups (8 ounces) cake flour…


Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

The restaurant’s sign—a giant white “7” set against a marine-blue background—is —an enigma. But here’s a hint: Think “seven seas.” Located in a small, unfussy space —on South Congress, 7 brings Austin diners a daily-changing menu of pristine sea creatures from around the world. The storefront, formerly occupied by…

Fresh Melon Salad With Lemongrass Dressing

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Timothy Byres, Standard 2706, Dallas Lemongrass Dressing 2 stalks lemongrass 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup water In a saucepan bring all ingredients to a boil with 1/2 cup water. Strain and refrigerate. Melon Salad 1 cantaloupe 1 honeydew melon…

Pomegranate Daiquiri

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Randy Evans, Brennan’s of Houston, Houston 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup 1/2 lime, quartered 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) pomegranate juice, such as POM brand 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) dark rum sugar (for edge of glass) Make syrup by boiling…

Grilled Cilantro-Poblano Quail

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from David Bull, Driskill Grill, Driskill Hotel, Austin 1 jalapeño, roasted and with stem, skin, and seeds removed 1 poblano, roasted and with stem, skin, and seeds removed 1 pound (4 sticks) butter, cut into small cubes, softened 1/2 bunch cilantro, leaves only (reserve a…

Marinated-Artichoke-and-Feta Salad

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Timothy Byres, Standard 2706, Dallas Marinade for Artichokes and Haricots Verts 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (chervil, parsley, basil, and tarragon, or your choice) 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil pinch kosher salt pinch…

Rustic Texas Peach Tarts

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Randy Evans, Brennan’s of Houston, Houston Peach Filling 3 pounds Texas peaches (about 6 medium peaches), peeled and sliced N-inch thick 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 4 tablespoons sugar In a mixing bowl, combine peaches, vinegar, and sugar. Marinate for half an hour, stirring occasionally,…

Chefs of the Future

Jan 20, 2013 By Marti Morgan

What do you get when you mix a love of food with determination, skill, and maybe, some luck? Three successful culinarians at the top of their game.



Apr 30, 2004 By Charlie Llewellin

If you’re going to play cowboy for a day, then you should do it in Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of the World. Folks come here from all around the globe to experience what they consider to be the real Texas—the land of rodeos and country music, clear streams and rolling…


Apr 30, 2004 By Stacy Hollister

Technically, the masterminds behind Ballroom Marfa, a haven for contemporary art in West Texas, could have uncorked the celebratory grand-opening bubbly last fall, when they opened their spacious cultural center. But so much for technicalities. The official christening for this dance hall turned gallery begins with the April 23 opening…


Apr 30, 2004 By Patricia McConnico

For the past seventeen years, polo players from throughout the United States have been making the pilgrimage to the Musselman Brothers Lazy 3 Ranch, just outside the tiny West Texas town of Albany, to play Polo on the Prairie, a fundraiser for the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. This year,…

48 Hours

Apr 30, 2004 By Texas Monthly

HOTELS East meets the River Walk at the Hotel Valencia, where Asian-inspired spaces splashed with color make a statement. But the buzz goes beyond the lobby—the V Bar is where the young play. 150 E. Houston, 210-227-9700. SPORTS The San Antonio Missions, the Seattle Mariners’ AA…


Apr 30, 2004 By Katy Vine

You may think you can “just watch” the TEJANO CONJUNTO FESTIVAL from the pavilion at Rosedale Park, but once the music starts up and the audience members begin to pair off and rotate on the floor like a giant whirlpool, you’ll probably feel compelled to do likewise. This year, from…

Night Galleries

Apr 30, 2004 By Katy Vine

It was more than a decade ago that merchants and members of the San Antonio Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization Program for the area called Southtown—which encompasses the King William Historic District, the Blue Star Arts Complex, and the 1800’s Lavaca neighborhood—proposed that galleries in the area open their doors to the…


Apr 30, 2004 By Katy Vine

Last December, when the Second City comedy troupe held a 24-hour show in Chicago just before its forty-fourth anniversary, two actors battled head-to-head in a BILL COSBY impersonation contest. And next year comedian Kenan Thompson—who did a killer impersonation of the Cos on Saturday Night Live—will be playing the lead…

Michael Dell

Apr 30, 2004 By Evan Smith

The 39-year-old computer mogul on stepping down as CEO of the company he founded, why he doesn’t play footsie with the press (hey!), and the product line he should have launched years ago.