Tom Dozier stood over the small stockpot with a glass lid and paused in anticipation. He'd been simmering the rusty red stew for three hours, but waited for a precise moment on his watch to carefully lift the lid. Several other chili-heads, myself included, leaned over the Coleman stove in anticipat ... More >>
Merritt MartinOh, you can damn well bet this is on the list.By now most of you dear readers are well aware of the Gawker-produced list of the 50 Worst States In America. Gawker placed their home base at 50, and the Lone Star State at 13. Sure sure, our placement could be worse, but instead of ... More >>
Pots to put peas in.A maverick and an outlander took second and third places in Terlingua's 20th annual Black-Eyed Pea Off this weekend. About three dozen cooks entered the benefit contest, which got its start as a showdown between Desert Deli Diner owner Pam Ware and Tommy Hancock, owner of ... More >>
The scenery was pretty cool too.According to the cheery student volunteer who gave a short lecture at Big Bend National Park the other day, the desert is delicious: Any resourceful visitor can make a meal of prickly pear pads and pigweed seeds. While the ranger-in-training assured us the fed ... More >>
Nevada Barr signs her latest thriller
Commissioner Maurine Dickey tanked a land deal to house foster kids, and now her son is brokering the land's sale.
Bend it like Warnock at the Belmont
I just returned from Marathon, where I was a finalist judge at the 2nd Cowboy Chili Cook Off hosted by the Chili Appreciation Society International and sponsored in part by the Gage Hotel. Most of the chilies were good, yet surprisingly the most common weakness in the least striking bowls of red was ... More >>
Yuppie gentrification strikes the heart of old West Texas
The scourge of Louisiana has found a happy home in Dallas' man-made lakes
Jetports and elite resorts may do what border bandits and blistering heat couldn't: rob Big Bend of its rugged beauty
Small towns in the Big Bend area brace for an onslaught of Mexican trucks rolling their way thanks to NAFTA
Bare breasts, a bowl of red, and bad blood among the chili brethren in the Big Bend. Texas doesn't get any better.
Heartbroken by the loss of his son on a DISD field trip, a father fights to prevent future tragedies
June 4 - 10, 1998