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Ode to the pits

By Nathan Smith Last Saturday, I found myself in Llano, Texas. When driving through Llano, it’s almost a sin for a devout Texas barbecue disciple to drive past Cooper's Old Time Pit barbecue without paying homage to the great, above-ground smoking pits. I stopped and was not disappointed. While enjoying the delicious brisket, red beans and [...]

May 8, 2012|Categories: Beef|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Independently Texas

By Nathan Smith Any self-respecting Texan knows the significance of this Friday. On March 2, we stop to remember the Alamo and pay our respects to the Texians who fought and won independence from Mexico. I am a big fan of Texas country music and recently bought an album titled The Eagle and the Snake. Most [...]

February 28, 2012|Categories: Texas Products|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

I may be a ‘locavore’

By Amanda Hill Remember in school when you learned about carnivores, omnivores and herbivores? Those terms always made me think of dinosaurs, rather than dietary preferences. But in the past few months, I’ve been wondering if I’m a different kind of dinosaur—a “locavore.” I’ve heard several people describe locavores as people who eat local food. [...]

Have you thanked a cow today?

By Nathan Smith How would we get through the Texas summer without ice cream? Answer. We wouldn’t. That’s my solution for beating the scorching Texas heat anyway. June brings sweltering temperatures to the Lone Star State—but it’s also time to celebrate National Dairy Month and the four-legged creatures that make it all happen. Few things [...]

Texans make no ‘misteak’

 By Nathan Smith Texans know a good steak when we find it, and last weekend I found more than one at the 8th Annual Texas Steak Cookoff in Hico. Don’t let the event’s name fool you, though. All the major food groups were represented: chicken, pork, crawfish, duck, dove, all manner of roughage and, of course, [...]