This South Texas Olive Orchard Feels Like a Mediterranean Oasis

November 1, 2018 | By Jen Hamilton Hernández

Visits to Italy in 1994 and Spain in ’99 inspired
Winokur to recreate that Mediterranean setting in her home state, just south of San Antonio. After living in Manhattan for 14 years, taking art classes and illustrating children’s books, she had returned to Texas to help take care of family. “I’m a sixth-generation Texan, and most of my folks ranched, so certainly I wanted to have cattle, but I also wanted to do something else,” she says. “It seemed to me that olives could be a good crop for Texas.

Why Summer is the Perfect Time to Give Campfire Cooking a Try

April 25, 2018 | By

That was more than a decade ago, when my husband David Norman and I moved from Manhattan to a staggeringly beautiful property in the Hill Country. But what we lacked in frontier skills, we made up for in enthusiasm. So we drove our truck over the cattle guard and dove in.

Austin’s Famous Green Pastures Restaurant Is Reborn as Mattie’s

March 20, 2018 | By

The first time I visited Green Pastures Restaurant, as a new Austin resident in the early 1980s, it felt like going to dinner with relatives—if mine had been well-to-do. That feeling came from the restaurant’s setting in a grand 1890s home on spacious, oak-shaded grounds as well as the warm atmosphere and general good mood of everyone there.

Head to the Garden Company in Schulenburg for Salads, Soups, and Other Healthy Fare

February 13, 2018 | By

Taking a Much-needed respite from highway driving, I exit Interstate 10 in Schulenburg at US 77 and head south for several blocks in search of lunch. Here, at the corner of Kessler Avenue and College Street, a restored white farmhouse with the Garden Company Marketplace & Café logo emblazoned on its side attracts my attention.

Where to Find the Best Chargrilled Rib-Eye in Fayette County

January 17, 2018 | By Michael Corcoran

There’s not much to do in Winchester, population 50, on the western lip of Fayette County. So when someone in neighboring Bastrop or Lee Counties says, “Let’s go to Winchester,” they’re talking about eating at Murphy’s Steakhouse.

Holiday Comfort Food Recipes from Your Favorite Texas Chefs

November 7, 2017 | By

The spectacular cooks featured in our coverage of Texas holiday meal traditions also shared the secrets of their favorite dishes.

No Passport, No Problem: Authentic Mexican Fare at Austin’s Fonda San Miguel

October 15, 2017 | By Paula Disbrowe

Even before you step through the restaurant’s massive, hand-carved wooden doors, you’ve been transported to a place that usually requires a passport.

Making the rounds at Eagle Mountain Farmhouse Cheese Co.

September 18, 2017 | By Cynthia Drake

In a stainless steel vat in the back of a cheese shop in Lipan, I use a large paddle to swirl enzymes into 30 gallons of fresh milk from a local dairy.

Tribute to art of canning at the State Fair of Texas

August 8, 2017 | By Larry D. Hodge

The State Fair of Texas, held every fall at Dallas’ Fair Park, is a feast for eyes, ears, and taste buds, with music, livestock shows, pig races, auto show, midway rides and games, and food.

Slurp up hand-pulled noodles at Houston’s Let’s Noodle

July 14, 2017 | By

On a sleepy Thursday afternoon just after the lunch rush, Let’s Noodle, a hand-pulled noodle shop in Houston’s Chinatown area, is quiet except for the slurping noises coming from the restaurant’s communal table.

Music, food and craft cocktails (no worms) at Blackie’s Bait Shop

June 14, 2017 | By Kathryn Jones

The first time I walked into Blackie’s Bait Shop and spotted the blue marlin replicas hanging on the walls and a surfboard standing up in the corner, I turned to my husband and said quizzically, “Dan, we’re not in Walnut Springs anymore.” We weren’t in a bait shop, either.

To Dine For

March 22, 2017 | By Kathryn Jones

Since my husband and I moved from Fort Worth to a ranch south of Glen Rose a decade ago, we’ve be-come impromptu tour guides to friends visiting the area for its hilly scenery along the Paluxy River, numerous bed-and-breakfasts, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, and other nearby attractions.

Meringue and Memories

February 9, 2017 | By Dana Goolsby

There is a sweet spot in East Texas where mile-high meringue and heritage are folded into the ultimate dessert experience.

Hot off the Griddle

January 12, 2017 | By Melissa Gaskill

Like many Texans who have a fondness for pancakes, I keep a list of favorite places to eat them.

From Peach Stand to Food Company to Cooking School: Inside Das Peach Haus

December 16, 2016 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Inside Das Peach Haus’ weathered wooden storefront off US 87 in Fredericksburg, the shelves lining the store’s perimeter overflow with dozens of brightly colored jars of salsas, jams, and jellies.

¡Sopa Deliciosa!

November 13, 2016 | By

For restaurateur and cookbook author Sylvia Casares, the road to becoming Houston’s beloved “Enchilada Queen” started mid-career.

Make Time for Tea Cakes

October 14, 2016 | By Lori Moffatt

In her new cookbook From Tea Cakes to Tamales: Third-Generation Texas Recipes, journalist and former Texas Highways editor Nola McKey returns to her roots as she explores how recipes, cooking, and food bring families and communities together.


August 1, 2016 | By Lori Moffatt

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