Texas politics has seen its share of backroom deals, but for sheer brazenness, it’s hard to top the recent play by nineteen Democratic senators that effectively repealed the brand-new Senate redistricting plan and substituted their own creation—a nifty feat, considering that the Legislature was not in session at the time.
Austinite Rebecca McEntee’s nostalgic view of a Hill Country retreat appears in Texas on a Roll–Images of Texas by Texas Photographers (Thomasson-Grant, $50), a project of the state’s three chapters of the American Society of Magazine Photographers. Members were asked to submit the best of their work. Some 160 photographers
“The Texas 100” [TM, September 1991] refers to my attitude about George Bush and Dresser Industries. Dresser is a fine company with an excellent leader, Jack Murphy. We enjoy extensive business and personal relationships with that company; in fact, on my trip to Iraq we retrieved the Dresser employees and
Writer Rick Bass’s ornery, individualistic family has spent a generation explaining exactly who they are not.
The ceremony was to honor the four-score living Texans who had participated in the Revolution. They were all quite old, of course. It had been 75 years since 1992, when Texas had become a breakaway republic and, like Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and the Ukraine in Soviet Russia, sought independence from a
The most satisfying part of being a Houston Oilers fan isn’t their record this season or quarterback Warren Moon’s command of the run-and-shoot offense or the way the home crowds get so worked up that they threaten to blow the roof off the Astrodome. No, it’s that distinctive drawl on
Dough (for 1 pie shell)2 cups all-purpose flour 2 sticks cold butter, cut into small pieces 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons cold waterOn cutting board, combine flour, butter, sugar, and salt by quickly working mixture with hands or pastry cutter until it forms pea-size pieces. Add water
Cornbread 2 cups cornmeal 2 cups all-purpose flour 4 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups milk 2 eggs 4 tablespoons butter, meltedPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients and mix well. Add milk, eggs, and melted butter; blend to form a smooth batter.Pour
1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup water ½ cup white wine 1 orange, quartered and seeded 1 stick cinnamon or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 cups fresh whole cranberries (1 pound) 2 tablespoons lime juice 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion 1 finely chopped jalapeño 2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegarIn
20 ounces fresh or frozen leaf spinach 1 tablespoon butter 1 white onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped (1 teaspoon) 1 to 2 jalapeños, stemmed and chopped (remove seeds if milder flavor is desired) 2 1/2 tablespoons flour 1 cup chicken or turkey stock 1 cup whipping
4 pounds sweet potatoes 4 tablespoons butter 4 tablespoons flour 3 cups milk 1½ teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger 4 jalapeños, stemmed and cut into 1/8-inch-thick rings 1 cup chopped pecans 2 to 4 tablespoons brown sugarRoast sweet potatoes on rack in 325-degree
2 tablespoons olive oil 2 each turkey thighs, drumsticks, and wings 8 cups water 6 ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded 1 white onion, peeled and roughly chopped 4 garlic cloves, peeled 2 large tomatoes (or 6 plum tomatoes), quartered 1 1/2 cups walnuts (8 ounces) 16-ounce can whole-cranberry sauce or
Turkey 1 fresh turkey, approximately 12 pounds 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamonGlaze 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons molasses 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or strong red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon TabascoCut wings off turkey at middle joint. Cut legs off and separate
Grilled Quail1/4 pound hickory-smoked bacon, diced 1 tablespoon flour 1 tablespoon minced shallots 8 ounces heavy whipping cream 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh sage 12 quail, semi-boned Extra-virgin olive oil as needed 1 large sweet red onion, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons clarified butter Polenta (see recipe below) Sautéed spinach (see