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January 20, 2013

Fresh Fruit With Mint-Yogurt Dressing

Recipe from Bistral, DallasDressing1 cup plain yogurt (low-fat if desired) 1/2 cup sour cream (low-fat if desired) 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint 1 tablespoon lemon juiceMix all ingredients together.Fresh Fruit1 cup halved green grapes 1 cup diced cantaloupe 1 cup diced pineapple 1 cup quartered

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January 20, 2013

The Killing Game

Executive editor Skip Hollandsworth on talking to Vickie Dawn Jackson, one of the state’s most prolific serial killers.

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January 20, 2013

Making a Move

Senior editor Katy Vine on writing about the chess phenomenon in Brownsville.

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January 20, 2013

Vroom!

Senior editor Michael Hall on driving a race car at the Texas Motor Speedway.

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January 20, 2013

Crime and Punishment

Senior editor Pamela Colloff talks about racism in rural Texas and Billy Ray Johnson, who was brutally beaten in the East Texas town of Linden.

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January 20, 2013

Cannellini Bean Capriata

Recipe from La Rèserve restaurant, Omni Hotel, Houston1/2 cup cannellini (white kidney beans) 1/2 large onion, minced 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 clove elephant garlic Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1/2 head radicchio, cut in sixths 1/2 loaf country bread, sliced 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar Soak beans

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January 20, 2013

Greco-Roman Salad

Recipe from La Rèserve restaurant, Omni Hotel, HoustonSalad1/2 ounce white vinegar 1/2 lemon 1 head fennel 6 baby artichokes 1/2 pound cipolline (pearl onions optional) 1 pound small red potatoes 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt 1/4 cup pine nuts 3 red bell peppers 1/2 cup deli olives

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January 20, 2013

Rustic Texas Peach Tarts

Recipe from Randy Evans, Brennan’s of Houston, HoustonPeach Filling3 pounds Texas peaches (about 6 medium peaches), peeled and sliced N-inch thick 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 4 tablespoons sugarIn a mixing bowl, combine peaches, vinegar, and sugar. Marinate for half an hour, stirring occasionally, then drain peaches and strain

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January 20, 2013

Marinated-Artichoke-and-Feta Salad

Recipe from Timothy Byres, Standard 2706, DallasMarinade for Artichokes and Haricots Verts1 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 freshly ground black pepperCombine all ingredients and

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January 20, 2013

Grilled Cilantro-Poblano Quail

Recipe from David Bull, Driskill Grill, Driskill Hotel, Austin1 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 few whole sprigs for

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January 20, 2013

Pomegranate Daiquiri

Recipe from Randy Evans, Brennan’s of Houston, Houston1/2 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 1 part water and 2 parts

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January 20, 2013

Fresh Melon Salad With Lemongrass Dressing

Recipe from Timothy Byres, Standard 2706, DallasLemongrass Dressing2 stalks lemongrass 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup waterIn a saucepan bring all ingredients to a boil with 1/2 cup water. Strain and refrigerate.Melon Salad1 cantaloupe 1 honeydew melon of approximately same size 2 limes, each cut in

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January 20, 2013

Grilled Tenderloin Salad

Recipe from Thai Spice, Houston and Austin.Tenderloin Salad1 1/4 to 2 pounds whole beef tenderloin (amount depends on whether using as an appetizer or entrée) 1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick 1/2 medium red onion, peeled and sliced 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick 2 medium tomatoes, chopped

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January 20, 2013

Boston Lettuce with Grilled Bosc Pears

Recipe from John Maxwell, The Mansion at Judges’ Hill, AustinLemon-Cream Dressing1 cup heavy cream 6 tablespoons crème fraîche or 3 tablespoons sour cream 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice zest of 1 lemon, minced 1/8 teaspoon saltIn a large mixing bowl, stir heavy cream briefly until it froths a bit.

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January 20, 2013

Head to the Coast

Writer-at-large Suzy Banks on writing about traveling and hanging out at the beach.

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January 20, 2013

Hysteria

When adults are accused of unthinkable crimes against children, what’s fact and what’s fiction can get lost in translation.

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January 20, 2013

Behind Bars

Four San Antonio women convicted of sexual assault fifteen years ago maintain their innocence and remain in prison.

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January 20, 2013

Texas History 101

The Texas Legislature’s pages and messengers have had a hand in running the state for decades.

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January 20, 2013

Darkness Visible

Marshall Arisman, who illustrated our excerpt from Dying to Cross, on depicting violence and working with color.

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January 20, 2013

The Storyteller

Illustrator Steve Brodner on the colonias of South Texas and communicating with pictures.

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January 20, 2013

Under the Cover

Jeff Lipsky, who photographed Kelly Clarkson for this month’s cover, talks about working with celebrities and what it means to be “a natural.”

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January 20, 2013

Fifteen Minutes and Counting

Executive editor Skip Hollandsworth, who wrote this month’s cover story, talks about pop sensation Kelly Clarkson and her fondness for bowling.

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January 20, 2013

Case Not Closed

Senior editor Pamela Colloff on the murder of McAllen beauty queen Irene Garza and confronting the longtime suspect, John Feit.

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January 20, 2013

You Can Take the BBQ Out of Texas . . .

MANHATTANHill Country Barbecue MarketLast year, word of a new barbecue restaurant spread through New York’s Texas-expat community. Usually, this kind of thing doesn’t cause much of a stir. We see a lot of “Texas barbecue” joints up here where they take a brisket that tastes like pastrami and drench it

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January 20, 2013

The Trinity River Project

1 1/2 ounces Cadenhead’s Old Raj Dry Gin 1/2 ounce Paula’s Texas Lemon 1/4 ounce Pagès Parfait Amour Crème de Violette liberal splash of Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon Luxardo maraschino cherries (garnish) lemon peel, long and twisted (garnish) edible orchid (garnish, optional)Combine gin, Paula’s Texas liqueur, and crème de violette over

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January 20, 2013

Wild Mushroom and Leek Tart

Recipes from Conservatory at Dallas’ Hotel Crescent Court, Dallas.Tart Shells2 frozen filo sheets (18 by 14 inches) Pam or other vegetable oil spray 4 tart pans (4 inches in diameter) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut each sheet of filo into six 6- by 7-inch pieces. Spray filo with Pam

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January 20, 2013

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bread

1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast 1 3/4 cups warm water 1/2 cup active sourdough starter (see recipe, below) 5 scant cups unbleached all-purpose flour or bread flour 1/2 cup powdered milk 2 teaspoons sea salt or plain salt 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

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January 20, 2013

1015 Stuffed Onion

4 1015 onions (any large onion may be substituted) 2 cups chicken stock 4 cups bread crumbs 1 cup coarse cracker meal 1 cup flour 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper 1/2 tablespoon cayenne 4 eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 cup milk Canola oil 1/2 cup butter 1

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January 20, 2013

Tamale-Stuffed Game Hen

Marinade4 game hens 1 tablespoon achiote seeds 2 cups oil 46 ounces tomato juice 3 bay leaves 1 tablespoon granulated garlic 1 tablespoon oregano leaves 1 teaspoon each of dark chile powder, ground cumin, and salt 2 ounces lime juice 4 ounces tequila 1 medium onion, choppedStuffing12 steamed fresh tamales

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January 20, 2013

Four-Cheese Pizza

Basic Dough1/4 cup warm water (about 105 degrees) 2 tablespoons honey 1 package dry yeast 2 cups high-gluten flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon olive oil 3/4 cup waterIn a cup stir together warm water and honey, and mix in dry yeast. Let stand for ten minutes. Place flour

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January 20, 2013

Sweet Mascarpone Polenta With Roasted Nectarines

Blueberry Sauce1 1/2 cups port 1/2 cup sugar juice of 1 lime 8 ounces fresh or frozen blueberriesPlace port, sugar, and lime juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 8 minutes. Stir in blueberries and, if using frozen ones, reheat the sauce (but do

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January 20, 2013

Baked Herbed Goat Cheese

12 shallots, uniform size 6 tablespoons olive oil kosher salt and cracked black pepper to tastePreheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel shallots, leaving on the top end and barely trimming the root end. Lightly sauté in olive oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes.

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January 20, 2013

Watermelon Gazpacho With Passion Fruit Sorbet

Ginger Crisps1/2 cup butter at room temperature 1 cup sifted powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 3/4 cups sifted flour 1/2 cup milk, warmed to room temperature 1/4 cup very finely chopped candied gingerPreheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter. Sift sugar again and beat with butter until smooth.

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January 20, 2013

Gingerbread Christmas Trees

Fruit Compote1/2 cup sugar 1 cup red wine 2 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon orange zest 2 pints fresh or frozen berries of your choiceCombine sugar, wine, cinnamon, and orange zest, bring to a boil, and pour over berries. Refrigerate overnight.Royal Icing2 egg whites 1 pound (3 1/2 to 4 cups)

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January 20, 2013

Antojitos

Chile Salt7 teaspoons ground cayenne 7 teaspoons ground red chile powder 3 teaspoons granulated garlic 2 tablespoons saltMix all ingredients together.Roasted Corn on the Cob6 ears of corn in their husks 3 tablespoons melted butter 1 1/2 teaspoons chile salt (recipe above) juice of 3 limes 3 additional limes, cut

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January 20, 2013

Summer Soups

Recipe from Ruth Carter, soups-and-specials cook at Austin’s Eastside Cafe.Dewberry-Orange4 cups dewberries or blackberries, rinsed 2 cups water 1/2 cup sugar 4 ounces cream cheese 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 4 cups fresh orange juice mint leaves for garnish (optional)Combine berries (reserve a few for garnish) with water in a

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January 20, 2013

Chocolate Mousse Iceberg

Recipe from Lisa Biggerstaff, pastry chef, Dacapo’s on the Parkway, Houston.Mousse9 ounces semisweet chocolate 1 ounces butter, melted 1 pint whipping cream 3 medium eggs 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dark rum 1 tablespoon espresso or strong coffeeMelt chocolate in a double boiler. Melt butter in a pan. Set both aside and

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January 20, 2013

Braeburn Apple Sorbet With Walnut-Apple Flautas

Recipe from Pastry chef Doug Wilson, Mesteña’s, San Antonio.Sorbet1 cup water 1 1/2 cups sugar 8 Braeburn apples, peeled and coredBoil water and sugar for 5 minutes to make a simple syrup. Make fresh apple juice by puréeing apples thoroughly in a food processor and pushing through a fine strainer.

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January 20, 2013

Fresh Beet, Radicchio, and Goat Cheese Salad

Recipe from chef-owner Lynette Hawkins Mandola, La Mora, Houston.Balsamic Vinaigrette2 tablespoons pancetta (2 or 3 ounces), sliced 1/8-inch thick and then cut into 1/4-inch squares (you may substitute prosciutto) 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon sugar 4 tablespoons olive oil

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January 20, 2013

Shrimp and Herbed Goat Cheese Crostini

Recipe from Sambuca, 2618 Elm, Dallas.18 jumbo shrimp 8 ounces fresh goat cheese 1 tablespoon each fresh basil and thyme, finely chopped 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, finely chopped Dash of lemon juice Salt to taste 1 baguette French bread Virgin olive oil 3 cloves garlic, mincedBoil, peel, and chill shrimp.

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January 20, 2013

Three-Lettuce Salad

1 head arugula (1/3 pound) 2 heads Belgian endive 1 head radicchio 12 thin slices Parma hamToss lettuces with vinaigrette (see recipe, below). To serve, place 2 slices ham on each plate and top with salad.Sun-Dried-Cherry Vinaigrette2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon champagne vinegar 1 egg white 1 cup olive

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January 20, 2013

Lemon-Garlic Chicken With Tomato-Basil Sauce

Recipes from Eureka!, 4011 Villanova, Dallas4 whole chicken breasts Juice of 1 lemon 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce 2 teaspoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon minced garlic 3 tablespoons chopped parsley 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepperMarinate chicken in remaining ingredients for one hour in refrigerator.

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January 20, 2013

Meringue Clouds

Recipe from Eureka!, 4011 Villanova, Dallas2 egg whites Pinch of salt 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 pints fresh mixed strawberries and raspberries Sugar to taste Hazelnut or almond flavoringPreheat oven to 250 degrees. Whip egg whites and salt until stiff. Add sugar slowly, whipping until stiff peaks

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January 20, 2013

Grilled Corn Salad

Recipe from Eureka!, 4011 Villanova, Dallas8 ears of corn, shucked 2 red bell peppers Juice of 1 lime Juice of 1 1/2 oranges 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepperGrill corn and peppers over charcoal

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January 20, 2013

Chile Relleno En Nogada

Walnut Sauce1/4 cup walnut pieces 1/2 cup boiling water (or enough to cover) 1/4 cup milk 1 1/2 cups crème fraîche or crema mexicana 1/4 cup cream sherry 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 ounces queso fresco or mild feta cheesePlace walnuts in a bowl and cover with water.

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January 20, 2013

Two for the Road

Associate editor John Spong on spending eight days listening to author Larry L. King’s outlandish stories—and on writing about his hero.