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Robb Walsh’s new book, Barbecue Crossroads: Notes and Recipes from a Southern Odyssey, is full of tasty barbecue recipes. Here’s a brisket recipe, as well as supplementary recipes for mop sauce and barbecue sauce.


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The McDonald Observatory has nine primary research telescopes with varying capabilities and purposes. Here’s a look at some of facility’s powerful tools.

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Light Crust Doughboys. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

In the January 2013 issue of Texas Highways, writer Gene Fowler explores the history of the Light Crust Doughboys, which began in Fort Worth in 1931 when Burrus Mills hired some musicians to advertise their Light Crust Flour on the radio. In the course of his research, Gene visited with longtime bandmember Art Greenhaw about the group's long career.


Barbara Jordan’s booming voice and unparalleled oratorical skills cemented her place among the great speakers of our history. Known for her inspiring words, Jordan spoke for commencements, conferences, keynote addresses, and news articles. Here are a few of our favorite quotes from the former state Senator.


Guadalupe Mountains National Park celebrates its 40th anniversary with a day full of activities on October 6. Until then, join the Park for the Peak Fitness Challenge, a collaboration among Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Franklin Mountains National Park, Texas Mountain Trail, and, which encourages both new and experienced hikers to hit the trails. Visit their sites for more information or to register for the challenge.

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A 64-mile trail system that runs between Estelline and South Plains, the Caprock Canyons Trailway is divided into six trail sections from five to 17 miles in length, as shown below. There are eight trailheads, or beginning points, accessible from farm-to-market roads and state highways. (For a detailed map of the Trailway, see the website below.)

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While working on Jennifer Babisak’s story on agritourism for the June issue, Senior Editor Lori Moffatt learned more about the challenges and rewards of small-scale ranching and farming—and of opening your land to the public—from Sid Greer of Greer Farm near Daingerfield from Tom Carnes at Agarita Creek Farms in Fredericksburg.

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In the February issue’s Taste department, writer Jessica Dupuy embarks on a wine-tasting trip on the Rio Grande with folks from Terlingua’s Far Flung Outdoors Center and Lubbock’s Llano Estacado Winery. Along with wine, she and the rest of her companions enjoy gourmet meals prepared over a campfire or in Dutch ovens. We thought we’d revisit some old favorites with these classic Dutch-oven recipes from the Texas Highways recipe vaults. (You can make these dishes in a regular Dutch oven, as well.) Enjoy!

Web ExtraIn the September 2011 issue, we brought you “True, Texas,” a collective community of the imagination. Here’s our pick for this year’s True Artisan.

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Dogtooth violet (Erythronium albidum), photographed near Whitehouse in Smith County. (Photo courtesy Rosanna Salmon)

While dogtooth violets aren’t rare in Texas, they’re not commonly seen or reported, either. “The delicate, lily-like blooms are hard to spot from the road,” explains botanist Michael Eason, who coordinates collecting for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s seed bank. “In addition,” he says, “the plants are small—only six to 12 inches tall—and typically flower in early spring and disappear within about two months of emergence.”

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WWII veteran Dr. Joe C. Smith visits the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

Dr. Joe C. Smith MD (pictured), a graduate of Baylor Medical School in Houston and retired from a longtime successful family practice in Caldwell, is an 89-year-old World War II Marine lieutenant veteran of the Allies campaign on the Japanese island of Okinawa. Smith received a Purple Heart, surviving a bullet in the chin from enemy fire there. A fellow soldier right next to him was killed. General Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr., commander of the Tenth Army, which conducted the amphibious assault on Okinawa, also died 50 yards from Smith as a result of enemy artillery fire. For service in China shortly thereafter, Smith received a Bronze Star.

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