November 2001 Issue

Features

Tortilla Factories

In April 2001, Texas Monthly ran a feature on tortillas, including a list of local factories in selected cities in Texas where you can buy freshly prepared masa for making tortillas or tamales. Here is an updated list of the factories that were still open for business in November 2001.

Texas Ranges

In an excerpt from their forthcoming book, Texas Mountains, senior editor Joe Nick Patoski and freelance photographer Laurence Parent celebrate the wild beauty of the state's sierras.

Feature

Shipping News: The Best Mail-Order Tamales

Every November and December, the phone calls and e-mails pour into my office: “Where can I order tamales to be shipped to friends?” Here are the best of the companies I’ve ordered from. Each one prices its shipping differently, but overnight delivery runs at least $20 whether you order one

Shelf Help: The Best Store-Bought Brands

Watching tamales being mass produced is a bit like watching sausage being made: it takes the romance out of the process, to say the least. Once you’ve seen the two huge drums mixing the masa and tumbling the mechanically shredded meat—and the extruders ejecting one never-ending tamale from two concentric

How Enron Blew It

The Houston-based energy giant put the pursuit of profits ahead of all other corporate goals, which fostered a climate of workaholism and paranoia. And that was only part of the problem.

Web

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Ghost Town

South Padre Island has changed since part of the Queen Isabella Causeway collapsed. The beach is deserted, hotels have shut down, and commuting is a pain.

Pat's Pick

Cool It

Looking at the notes I took at Ferré in Dallas, I seem to have written the word “cool” a lot. The decor at this new uptown spot mixes a cool, contemporary loft look and angular motifs from the thirties through the fifties (the light fixtures look as if they came

Recipe

“The Count’s Soup”

This excellent recipe for a classy black-bean soup has cognac to give it an extra flavor dimension. Crema Conde (The Count’s Soup) 2 cups cooked black beans (Bush’s brand black beans are good if you’re not up to cooking beans from scratch) 4 small tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped

Texas Tidbits

Texas Tidbits

Instead of simply decorating your tree this holiday season, select your own at one of the many tree farms around the state—and if you're really in the spirit, cut it down yourself too.

Recipe

Chiles in Walnut Cream Sauce

This dish, served in the fall when a fresh crop of walnuts has just come in, makes a spectacular display with its colors of the Mexican flag: red, white, and green. Chiles en Nogada (Chiles in Walnut Cream Sauce) Walnut Cream Sauce 1 cup cream 1/2 cup queso fresco or

Recipe

Red Pepper Salsa for Tamales

This recipe was made to go with the corn-and-poblano tamales from Hot Damn, Tamales!, Fort Worth. But it’s a good salsa for many purposes, and a pretty one too. 20 Roma tomatoes 2 cloves garlic, peeled 5 red bell peppers, roasted, seeded, and skinned 4 ounces canned chipotles in adobo

Recipe

Corn Poblano Tamales

Masa 2 cups (1 pound) chilled lard or vegetable shortening 6 cups dried masa harina for tamales 2 tablespoons ground red chile 2 teaspoons cumin 2 tablespoons baking powder 3 tablespoons kosher salt 3 to 3 1/2 cups warm water or chicken stock, and a few tablespoons more if needed

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Report Card

Executive editor S. C. Gwynne tells the story behind this month's cover story, "How Good Is Your Kid's School?"

Recipe

Roasted Corn Tamales

These polenta-like tamales are a specialty of Cafe Annie’s. 2 cups fresh yellow corn kernels (about 4 ears) 2 cups (1 pound) masa harina for tamales 2 cups (1 pound) stone-ground white grits 1 generous tablespoon salt 1 stick (1/4 pound) butter at room temperature 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces)

Recipe

Cranberry and Pecan Tamales

The filling for these sweet holiday tamales is mixed right in with the dough. 1/2 cup chilled butter 1/2 cup chilled lard or vegetable shortening 4 cups (2 pounds) dried masa harina for tamales 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 3/4 teaspoons salt 1 cup brown sugar 2 cups dried

Recipe

Cucumber Soup

This easy soup can be prepared in about ten minutes flat, not counting the chilling time. Sopa de Pepino (Cucumber Soup) 4 cucumbers, peeled and diced 1/4 white onion, peeled and diced 1 garlic clove, peeled and diced 1 1/2 cups milk 1/4 teaspoon salt pepper to taste fresh mint

Recipe

Savory Cheese and Pumpkin-Seed Shortbread Cookies

These nutty, unsweet cheese cookies make a great hors d’oeuvre. Galletas con Queso y Pepitas (Savory Cheese and Pumpkin- Seed Shortbread Cookies) 2 cups flour 2 sticks (1 cup) cold butter, cut into small pieces 2 cups (about 1/2 pound) grated mild cheddar or yellow cheese; the original recipe calls

Recipe

Pork and Raisin Tamales

Raisins give these classic pork tamales a touch of sweetness. Pork Filling 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut in 1-inch chunks 8 large or 10 medium ancho chiles, enough to make 3/4 cup purée 2/3 cup (5 ounces) lard 1 tablespoon salt 3 tablespoons cumin 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1

Recipe

Chocolate Chile Mole Brownies

This recipe does not actually contain mole sauce but does have ingredients that are typical of mole, namely chocolate, chiles, sesame seeds, and nuts. Don’t worry: These chewy, almost caramel-like brownies are not hot, just cinnamony and interesting. 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted 4 ounces good quality unsweetened chocolate 4

Miscellany

Atsbox

Deep Singing

DEEP SINGING The Dallas Opera premieres popular composer Tobias Picker’s new English-language adaptation of Emile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin this month, and it will sizzle. Picker, who gained a Texas following with such haunting pieces as Old and Lost Rivers and The Encantadas while serving from 1985 to 1990 as composer-in-residence

Atsbox

Straight Talk

HOLD ON, MR. EX-RESIDENT ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson will be the grand marshal in the Las Palmas Del Sol Sun Bowl Parade in El Paso November 22. Have you been the grand marshal of an El Paso parade before? No, this is a high honor. Let me tell

Atsbox

Sports

THE CHAMP The Cowboys’ stock may be down (okay, it’s Black Tuesday down), the Rangers may be struggling (okay, struggling like a beached whale), but at least we can brag on the Astros, who at press time were in the thick of the pennant race. Home team or not, though,

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A Great Weekend

REMEMBER THE ALAMO CITY In San Antonio a prima ballerina takes the stage and beginner mariachis meet their masters November 16-18. But there’s more. Your weekend itinerary: Friday morning after ten o’clock, wander through the McNay Art Museum’s recently refurbished mansion and see “Corot to Picasso: European Masterworks From the

Around the State

Around the State

Tune In

DEEP SINGING The Dallas Opera premieres popular composer Tobias Picker’s new English-language adaptation of Emile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin this month, and it will sizzle. Picker, who gained a Texas following with such haunting pieces as Old and Lost Rivers and The Encantadas while serving from 1985 to 1990 as composer-in-residence

Around the State

Straight Talk

HOLD ON, MR. EX-RESIDENT ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson will be the grand marshal in the Las Palmas Del Sol Sun Bowl Parade in El Paso November 22. Have you been the grand marshal of an El Paso parade before? No, this is a high honor. Let me tell you

Around the State

Sports

THE CHAMP The Cowboys’ stock may be down (okay, it’s Black Tuesday down), the Rangers may be struggling (okay, struggling like a beached whale), but at least we can brag on the Astros, who at press time were in the thick of the pennant race. Home team or not, though,

Columns

Health

My Grief, and Ours

When I lost my father to cancer this summer, the greatest comfort I found was in understanding how to grieve. That came in handy on September 11.

Sports

Less Is Moore

For almost four decades, G. A. Moore, Jr. has quietly gone about becoming the greatest high school football coach in Texas history.

Dreade Locke

Russell Erxleben and Brian Russell Stearns were first-rate frauds who cheated scores of unsuspecting investors. So how did the prominent law firm of Locke, Liddell, and Sapp get stuck footing a $30 million bill?

Media

Distress Signal

San Antonio's Clear Channel Communications may dominate Texas' airways, but the way it does business is tuning out to the best things on the radio.

The Plot Sickens

Sandra Brown's latest novel-and her umpteenth best-seller-is called Envy. Funny, that's the last feeling I get when I read her work.

Reporter

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