Birds

Food & Drink |
January 20, 2013

State Fare

October in Texas doesn’t always mean cool weather, but it does mean the beginning of quail season. At Anthony’s in Houston, chef Bruce McMillian stuffs the small succulent birds with seasoned wild rice and couscous, roasts them to a turn, and finishes them with a garnet-hued blackberry sauce. Hunters may

Recipes |
January 20, 2013

Stuffed Quail with Blackberry Essence

Stuffed Quail1 tablespoon butter 1/4 cup diced celery 1/4 cup diced onion 1/4 cup diced carrots 1 cup cooked wild rice 1 cup cooked couscous 1 1/2 teaspoons rubbed sage Salt and pepper to taste 4 deboned quail 1/4 cup olive oilPreheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium-hot skillet,

Recipes |
January 20, 2013

Grilled Quail with Polenta on Spinach

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

Food & Drink |
January 20, 2013

State Fare

The bird on your Thanksgiving table this year should be pheasant—specifically, the savory roast pheasant with garlicky sausage jambalaya dressing from Cheryl and Bill Jamison’s new cookbook, Texas Home Cooking (Harvard Common Press). When Thanksgiving is over, try other recipes—both traditional and modern—from the Jamisons’ eminently readable text, which has

Recipes |
January 20, 2013

Savory Roast Pheasant

Recipes from Texas Home Cooking by Cheryl and Bill Jamison.Savory Roast Pheasant6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 teaspoon each Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper 2 pheasantsPrep pheasants the night before cooking. In food processor mix butter, garlic, and seasonings. Carefully loosen pheasants’ skin

Recipes |
January 20, 2013

Cornish Game Hens Acapulco

Hilltop Hotel Farm’s Cornish Game Hens Acapulco1 tablespoon garlic purée 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon ground coriander seeds 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh oregano leaves (or 2 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano) 1 tablespoon salsa (or 1 teaspoon cayenne) Salt to taste

Recipes |
January 20, 2013

Barbecued Roast Goose with Cornbread-Oyster Stuffing

For the main course, baste roast goose with a savory barbecue sauce and stuff it lavishly with cornbread and oysters.1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cup chopped yellow onion 2 tablespoons celery, diced 2 tablespoons carrot, diced 2 serrano chiles, seeded and minced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup dry white

Recipes |
January 20, 2013

Split Quail With Juniper Berries and Gin

Serves 4 Preparation Time: 5 Minutes Cooking Time: 20 to 30 Minutes8 small (4-ounce) or 4 large (8-ounce) quail, split down the back and flattened 1/2 cup flour mixed with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1 teaspoon thyme 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 shallots, minced 16

Recipes |
January 20, 2013

Boneless Smoked Quail

Boneless Smoked Quail6 boned quail, about 3 ounces each 2 teaspoons Lawry’s seasoning salt 2 teaspoons Ac’cent seasoning 1 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper 3/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoningMix spices together, adding water (about 7 to 8 teaspoons) until an almost thin consistency is reached. Be careful not

Business |
March 1, 2002

Swamped!

If you're looking for endless stretches of pristine coastline, more birds than you can count, and the state's largest concentration of alligators, then Port Arthur is your gateway to an unexpected adventure.

Politics |
December 1, 1996

Shooting Blanks

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department aims to please hunters and birders alike. So why is everyone gunning for it?