Monday, June 08, 2009

Saveur, the Texas issue


Do you love Texas food as much as I do? Then check out the June issue of Saveur, a special edition devoted to the Lone Star State.

You’ll find a beautiful portrait of West Texas border food, a convincing argument to eat okra, a history of chuck wagon cooking, stunning photos by Penny De Los Santos, excellent writing by Robb Walsh, Patricia Sharpe and Alison Cook, and recipes galore.

Oh, and there’s also a fine essay (if I say so myself) by yours truly, your favorite Homesick Texan food blogger.

But the most exciting thing for me is seeing my Texas-shaped cake pan in the magazine. My grandma baked a big cookie into this pan and mailed it to me when I first moved away from Texas. She wrote, “I’m sending this to you so you’ll always remember where you came from.” As you can see, it’s an oft-used and well-loved treasure. And I may be biased, but I can think of no better way to illustrate a section entitled, “Twenty-four reasons why we love Texas.” Can you?

So a big hearty howdy if you’re coming here for the first time—happy reading and eating!

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70 comments:

Sarah said...

Can't wait to read the article!

ann said...

I believe that gets a big Whoop! from the bottom of my belly! Can't wait to wrest it out of my step-sisters hands and open it up and brag about how my food-blogging-buddy wrote that! Congrats Lisa!

Cynthia said...

This issue is definitely a keeper! Again, I thoroughly enjoyed your piece. I laughed when you wrote about your friends flapping their hands in front of their mouths :D

Whitney said...

I hadn't gotten to your article yet but it makes me even more excited that I picked up a copy. An entire issue dedicated to the best state! Amazing.

lisa said...

Very cool. Congratulations! Can't wait to read it.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

I could not believe it when I picked this issue up in Calgary and bam - there you were!

Congratulations, sister!!! You are on fire!!!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I gave up on Saveur long ago, but of course I'm off to buy the June issue now! Congratulations!

Zarah Maria said...

It was in my mailbox today and when I saw the front page I thought: I wonder if Lisa will have anything to do with this? And there you were! Congrats! What an awesome issue!

Lisa said...

I'd love to read the article! I just got home from a visit to San Antonio where I was reminded of how much I miss Texas. Now you make me wish I'd picked up a couple of the Texas shaped pans I saw to remind my boys where they come from.

Helene said...

So cool, congratulations!

Jen said...

Congrats! I'll pick up an issue ASAP. So exciting!

That is also the sweetest tidbit about your grandma and the cake pan.

Chicken Fried Gourmet said...

Congratulations Lisa, I will definitely have to check it out.

anne.francis said...

This is awesome! Cna't wait to check out the magazine...

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Believe it or not, I picked this up when we were in Austin last week. I didn't do a thorough read through though, but now I have to go back and read your article. That is terrific, Lisa! Also, for the record, Texas kicks ass when it comes to Tex-Mex.

suzinoz said...

Congratulations! Keen to find a copy. Wonder where I might locate one here in Australia. Will have to do some investigating. We just came back from two months in Texas ourselves. Miss it. Miss it. Miss it.

Ashley in Dallas said...

So excited to pick this one up! Thanks for the heads up.

Melissa said...

Wow! Congratulations. I bought a copy today. It is a great issue.

dawn said...

woohoo! by the way, you may want to fix the typo in the first paragraph. i know you meant the Lone Star State not Start ;) can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

Farmer Jen said...

I haven't seen this magazine, but I will sure look for it. (I have an ice cube tray that shapes the ice like Texas!)

Christina said...

I just want to say I love your site! I'm also a homesick Texan! I grew up in Murphy and Plano my whole life, then I moved to northern California a few years ago. I cook southern and Tex-Mex food for my friends out here all the time. They eat it up! It's so cool to read about your favorite places in Texas, especially when I've been there. I'm glad you know about kolaches in West! I went to college in Waco and frequently made the drive to West during finals week for delicious kolaches.
Do you have an accent, and do people ask you where you're from the second they meet you?

epicurious eateries said...

I love Texas! Thanks!

kristi said...

I just picked up the issue and found your blog! Yay! I love in Los Angeles and lord knows we miss our Texas staples. Can't wait to make your King Ranch Chicken for Juneteenth. Thanks so much.

Brenda in TX said...

Hi Lisa, I am much more than biased about being from Texas. I just could never imagine leaving here for an extended time. I am in a little piece of heaven right here. 10 miles from Dublin Dr. Pepper plant, Jake and Dorothy's cafe here in Stephenville (one of
Texas Monthly's top 40 restaurants in the whole state)and just 10 miles from where I live for Koffe Kup pie in Hico. It's a wonder I'm not as big as a house. I always enjoy your blogs and recipes. Will definitely pick up a copy of the magazine.

foodiefan said...

I thought perhaps that article was you!! As an "ex-pat" just N of the Red River (Oklahoma)for many years, it made my heart sing. As you know, once a Texan, always a Texan!!!

Tommy said...

Congrats on the article. Is it available online to read ? Can't say I see it all too often here in Toronto.

kelly said...

I just blogrolled you! You are the epitome of big Texas charm, keep up the wonderful daily inspiration! It's rainy up here in NYC, time to make fried pies for no real reason.

Celeste said...

I'll be picking up this issue tonight! Woohoo!

I absolutely love the cake pan story. It reminded me of this really old children's story, "Hitty: Her First 100 Years" about a little doll carved of mountain ash wood, and no matter what happened to her, she always reminded herself what she was made of, and where she came from. How wonderful that you have somebody in your life who loved you like that!

This is one of my favorite blogs, so I am really happy for your great news.

Tommy said...

I might as well get a subscription to this publication. I still get Bon Appetit and Gourmet but boy have they ever gotten thin on content.

deceiverofmen said...

Congratulations! I haven't read through it thoroughly yet and didn't realize you were in it! I love your writing style, i can't wait to read it!

Westex BBQ said...

Thanks for spreading the word about this terrific "special" issue. It is a great read, cover to cover.
'Grats on your essay and now I gotta try and find me one of those cake pans to boot.
Peace,
Wes

Pille said...

Well done!!!

Debra said...

Georgia is my home state, but Texas is my "home away from home" state. The longer I live in Fort Worth, the more I love it. So glad I saw this post - I'm going out to pick up a copy of Saveur first chance I get!

Amy C Evans said...

That's YOUR cake pan?! Golly. Jealous, I am. Jealous of your grammie sending it to you, filled with a cookie to boot. I love your grammie. And hey, I've been thinking about you all week, ever since this issue hit my mailbox. All I can say is it's about damn time! Oh, and please pass the hot sauce and an ice-cold can of Big Red. XO!

Amy C Evans said...

PS: What kind of cookie was it?????

Lisa said...

Congrats on your piece! I love Saveur and can't wait to read it. (Love that cake pan too! I need one in the shape of Florida...)

Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

Congrats, I wish I could find it in Italy!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Lisa! What a nice thing for your Grandma to do for you, a Texas cake pan can last a whole lifetime and be passed on. I am usually not a fan of Saveur but I have to have this issue so will look for it. Thanks. chrisq

TheKitchenWitch said...

Hooray for you! I'll be picking up a copy of the magazine tomorrow and look forward to reading it!

Kalyn said...

I used to date a guy from Texas (not THAT guy, this was a different one.) His mom used to send him soap in the shape of Texas, so I guess I'm not too surprised to hear the story about the Texas cake pan. (I'd rather have a cake pan than soap any day though.)

Loved your piece and that they had a whole issue about Texas. I can tell we are going to be saying "I knew her when . . . "

laura said...

Just ran out & grabbed a copy -- can't wait to tuck in to it!!

Annie N said...

Lisa,

Read your article, which was great and so funny. I empathized with your Huevos Rancheros plight. It's was not a well known dish when I was growing up in the Tri-State area. Oddly enough, I didn't have my first bite of it until I moved to California. Why odd? Because I lived for a year in Austin before headin' further west and that dish just didn't make it onto my radar. But I got addicted to Tex-Mex in Austin, especially to Chuy's smoked chicken tacos (soft) and I haven't found it's equal anywhere else, not even Dallas. I'm half way through this month's Saveur and dreaming about the tamales that I use to buy from a lady on a country road out in Marble Falls. Your blog is part of my routine and I was glad that you were able to be published in a fancy-shmancy mag like Saveur.

unconfidentialcook said...

I saw you there....Congratulations!

Kimberly said...

Ohhh...I want one!

The Texas-shaped cake pan that is.

That is so awesome!

Rooth said...

Picked up the magazine and brought it to work. Half the staff here is drooling over the front cover alone.

Alberto said...

First time reader, proud Texan!
Great stuff!

April said...

I read that! It's a great issue.

sqrl said...

It's so fun that Texan's have such great state spirit. I can't really say that about Pa particularly but I think I can about the "East Coast".

Erin said...

I'm excited to read your article. Love your blog!

tastyeatsathome said...

Your article was great. I'm always excited to see one of my "blog people" (yes, that's you!) to have an article published! And for it to be so near and dear to my heart (I'm a native Texan, still live in the Dallas area), that's even better!

cherie said...

As soon as we got our issue in the mail I called my sometimes-homesick-for-Texas BF and when he got home from work he sat down and read the issue cover to cover! He pointed out to me your article as he recognized your blog name as I've sent him to your site numerous times.

Anyway his parents are on their way up here for a visit bringing us briskets, pecans, and a case of El Fenix hot sauce. Can't wait.

Kelly said...

The article is pretty darn awesome! I ADORE that pan, BTW. IT looks so well loved.

Mom said...

Your friends might want to know that it is your Great Aunt Mary J. in the background of your picture at your Great Grandmother J.'s home. She was the family gourmet cook--the one who introduced us to the oyster cracker recipe and the best lemon bread ever.
She would have been thrilled to be pictured, however fuzzy, in Saveur magazine.
You've made your family so proud.

Tracy said...

I bought my issue today, and now I think I wil have to buy an extra copy for my daughter, who is a proud Texan, though she hasn't lived there since the age of 2 (she's 21 now).

Great article, Lisa - and please don't stop your blog. I go to it all the time to see what's cooking!

Daisy said...

Okra! I tried to grow okra, but in this northern clime (Wisconsin) it didn't do well. I asked my Georgian neighbor for advice, and she had none. "I've eaten it, but I don't know what the plants look like!" was her response.

upnorth said...

I love the Saveur issue. I have been to Texas once as a teen and thought what a state!! That is were I found out about your blog!

thecosmiccowgirl said...

fantastic issue. i really love the way they not only used texas writers, but photographers, too. the lady behind me at central market had it in her hand, debating whether to buy it. after i told her all i knew about it, she was so excited. the lady behind her picked one up as well. makes me feel proud to be a (almost-is 23 years enough time?) texan. keep up the good work!

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Thanks for the kind words. Y'all make my heart warm!

Thykidzmom said...

Love your blog! I do believe I knew Penny D. in high school, what a small world!

Jill said...

It was such a great issue and a wonderful article by you. I don't normally keep magazines, but this one will not be thrown away! I loved seeing El Paso highlighted.

Erica said...

My aunt adds a tablespoon of sour cream to add creaminess. I make mine more like yours, though. It's only 9am and I'm dying to go whip up some guacamole!

Jacquie said...

Found out about your blog via this issue. So glad to know there are other Homesick Texans out there. I brought breakfast tacos to work one day (I work for Minnesota Public Radio), and everybody thought I made the concept up.

pennydelossantos said...

Loved your piece in the magazine, especially your portrait, too cute!
The only thing better would have been on location with you in Texas shooting a story you were writing, maybe something to thing about in the future and maybe even in another country...

Twilight said...

A wonderful issue indeed (I'm a Saveur subscriber), and I'm glad I found your article in it. Howdy!

- Jaye(a Tex-pat who has lived the past 7 years in DC+NYC+Miami)

alexis said...

Must have that cake pan.

Vanessa said...

Amazing issue and LOVE LOVE LOVE my home state of Texas and all the classics that come with it, to include Whataburger!

calicodaisy said...

I love Texas! I went to Trinity U way back in the 1980s and always remember the original Taco Cabana with much longing for a good fajita and guac!

Linsey M. said...

It was a great article! & I know I am biased, but it was one of the best months ever!

susan said...

I have a clear, plastic Texas shaped cutting board that is one of my favorites to pull out. My mom gave me my original one when she came to visit me whilst in the Peace Corps in El Salvador. That one went by the way side and eventually she got me another one that has gotten PLENTY of comments while entertaining in the four other states I've lived in. My Texas shaped cutting board has served me the same as your Texas shaped cake pan- to remind me where I came from. cheers!

K said...

I have a question about your cake pan: is the photo in Saveur reversed? That is, when you're putting your pan into the oven, is the Texas shape actually backwards, so that when you plop the cake out, the cake will be correct? I'm asking because I'm googling for a similar pan and all I am finding are ones like I am describing -- they're backwards so you don't have to flip the cake over. Just curious if yours is like that or if the photo was flipped.

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

K--No, that's the way the pan is. That's a good idea, however, making one that is reversed!

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