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8 Mount Vernon Music


Mark and Ute Miller bring high caliber symphony music to East Texas. By Lisa Tang

DEPARTMENTS 5 Editor’s Note



14 George Foreman, Floyd Dixon, Thomas Mitchell Campbell, Seed Swap, Morgan Fairchild



16 Webb Telescope Unfolds Universe 17 Dinosaurs, Code Quilts 18 Discover African American History 19 Karnack and Uncertain, Texas 20 Garage Talk

ARTS & CULTURE 24 Magic of Light With the Masons 25 Women in Suburbia 26 Claudia Holland’s Photography 27 The Black Dess at TMA 28 Art Deco in Greenville


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LITERARY 32 Nancy Churnin’s Diverse Stories 33 It’s Not Where You Start, A Step Ahead of the Blues, A Matter of Fact



34 Academy Recognizes Women, Dallas Symphony, Winter Dance Party, Naturally 7, Martin Sexton

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EDITOR’S NOTES Dear Readers, In this issue we’re excited to celebrate the diversity of cultural influences from around the world. Our stories cover the long impact people from different backgrounds made on the region — from nineteenth and twentieth-century African American sites and Art Deco buildings to traditional, modern, and contemporary musical compositions and visually vibrant displays of art and photography. The Mount Vernon Music Association (MVM) brings music written and performed by composers and players from countries near and far. MVM founders Mark and Ute Miller came to the region from their home in Germany about 20 years ago. Their journey continues today as they perform at the music hall in Mount Vernon and travel the region to bring high caliber music to people of all ages in rural areas. We also tell the story of “Garage Talk,” a podcast and video channel by two millennials who are taking their childhood dreams seriously and driving their careers to new heights.

ary 28 in Winnsboro features bold works by artist Barbara Mason and photographs by her husband James. We also feature contributions by female artists — from surreal to serenely natural. Photographer Patty Carroll’s “Anonymous Women: Domestic Demise” exhibit at PDNB Gallery in Dallas contrasts with another exhibit by nature photographer Claudia Holland at 211 Gallery in Athens. The Recording Academy is honoring four area women with nominations for Grammy awards, including Mickey Guyton, the first Black woman to receive a Grammy nomination for country music. This issue’s Food + Drink section also features contributions of people from other countries. Lauren Wacaser offers unique cultural insights with recipes for Asian appetizers. Katie-Rose Watson provides a delicious recipe for a hearty Irish-inspired beef stew. As we look ahead to new experiences in 2022 let’s cherish our differences and look for ways we can all enjoy a vibrant future.

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Mount Vernon Music Belongs to All of Us Couple brings high-caliber symphony music to East Texas By Lisa Tang Mount Vernon Music Association (MVM) is one of the region’s littleknown treasures, bringing refined music through concerts and outreach programs for 17 years. Founders Mark and Ute Miller are high-quality musicians who play regularly with symphonies in Dallas and Fort Worth, but their desire is to share the music they know and love with people in rural communities. MVM’s chamber music performances offer intimacy and sophistication, usually with musicians from larger cities who play professionally. Instead of an orchestra their performances include just one player per part so they provide a closer and more connected experience. MVM is unique in the Upper East Side of Texas and is similar to the Fine Arts Chamber Players in Dallas or the Texas Winds Musical Outreach — two organizations that perform in the Dallas area.

has a focus of healing, diversity, and outreach. From “Hope,” “Reflection,” and “Remembrance” in 2021, Mount Vernon Music is moving into 2022 with “Challenges and Opportunities,” “Faith,” and “Change and Endurance.” Themes of the 16th season promote healing after the pandemic. “Reflection” featured music from American composers. “Remembrance” included a range of American and European compositions that shared sorrow for lives lost during the pandemic. In the next three programs, MVM is continuing to bring exceptional music to rural audiences in the Upper East Side of Texas at their concert hall in Mount Vernon, Texas, and beyond at venues such as Texas A&M UniversityCommerce, local nursing homes, and schools. Ute Miller says the current season’s focus intentionally responds to the dramatic events of 2020.

many for a few years before wanting to perform chamber music in smaller venues. With few opportunities in Germany the Millers took a friend’s advice and applied for a grant to play in the U.S. A letter arrived from Ambassador University, a former Bible college in Big Sandy, Texas. After nine months, they continued teaching for the Sulphur Springs schools and East Texas State University (now Texas A&M) at Commerce. While performing at Northeast Texas Community College, the Millers met attorney B.F. Hicks, who eventually encouraged them to establish the concert hall in Mount Vernon even as they continued playing with symphonies in Dallas and Fort Worth. Now in their sixteenth season, MVM is continuing its goals of bringing exceptional music to rural communities through concerts in their concert hall and through outreach programs.

Chamber music is not always classical and can include more modern music varieties such as jazz. In September, MVM hosted a performance by the Shelby Carroll Saxophone Quartet, which played jazz on four different types of saxophones.

“The repertoire is more meaningful and more diverse because we are really branching out now in more modern [compositions] and more pieces written by women composers,” says Ute, who began playing viola at age seven and studied music in Dusseldorf, Germany.

“We believe music belongs to all of us. It’s a human good; it’s a human resource,” Mark says.

The current season’s programs — collectively titled “Ways Forward” — reveal MVM’s resolve to bring fine music to rural communities. The new season

Ute traveled to Boston to study in 1986 where she met violinist Mark Miller, a native of Bloomington, Indiana. After the couple married they moved to Ger-

Others express gratitude for MVM’s contributions.

“We’ll always do the music, the concerts here, but it has to go beyond that. We have to go out and bring [concerts] to people and serve them.”

“You would have to drive hours to get the quality music that you can get in Mount Vernon,” says David Mills, MVM’s technical adviser. “It’s a luxury we can’t do without.”

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 Performing Frederic Chopin Ppiano Concerto No. 2 are Evan Mitchell, piano; Mark Miller and Yuko Mansell, violins; Ute Miller, viola; and Laura Ospina, cello. 8 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM •JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022

In addition to the six annual programs, children from Mount Vernon schools are invited to experience a program in the concert hall each June. “The Town Musicians” program by composer Benedikt Brydern with illustrations by Madeline Crist is based on the Grimm Brothers’ “Bremen Town Musicians” and has been performed for thousands of children in schools across the region.

Other adapted stories include “The Donkey, the Goat, and the Little Dog,” “The Cat Who Wore Boots,” “Beagles’ Day Out,” “Villains & Sweethearts,” “The Town Musicians,” and “Midnight Adventures by Till McIvor Myen.” The Millers are excited about the new “Overtones” composition for youth, which is written like a music theory lesson about modal scales disguised as a story. Each modal scale is a place in an imaginary country. MVM’s 16 performances per year in nursing homes are known as the Musical Lifelines program. The organization’s eight or more annual performances in local schools are part of the MVM Youth Outreach program. Outreach performances are offered free of charge with grants from the Texas Commission on

the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. “It’s the coolest music. Sometimes it sounds like blues; sometimes it sounds like jazz,” Mark says. The piece is appropriate for middle and high school band students. Children’s programs, called MVM Youth Outreach, are performed roughly eight times a year at schools in Winnsboro, Sulphur Springs, Quitman, and Mount Pleasant schools and as far south as Palestine and Lufkin. MVM’s summer children’s concert features a new composition by rising black composer Quinn Mason of Dallas. His compositions are played by performers all over North America. Mason is currently preparing a children’s concert

Mount Vernon Music Association founders Mark and Ute Miller refurbished this former church in Mount Vernon, Texas, and reopened it as a performance hall for quality chamber music. Photo by Lisa Tang

based on African folktales to debut at the MVM performance hall in June. The composition “Beagles’ Day Out” features the sounds of the Millers performing with original illustrations and dialogue of two beagles who escape to explore the world beyond their home. The score by Benedikt Brydern playfully intertwines with text and illustrations by Rose Roeder for an almost cinematic presentation. The Betty Whitlock Scholarship fund continued page 10


MUSIC continued from page 9 provides financial assistance to roughly a dozen youth each year for music studies, private lessons, music camps, or instruments and equipment. Applicants also get the opportunity to play before an audience in MVM’s performance hall.

A Grand Plan The Central Church of Mount Vernon served as a vibrant center of worship from 1905 to the 1950s but later experienced decades of neglect. More recent owners converted the church into a wedding chapel. The building was in disrepair when the Millers visited it almost two decades ago but saw promise in the former sanctuary’s acoustic qualities. They invited friends from the Dallas Symphony to take a look and became convinced of its promise.

Restoration involved removing torn carpets and the baptistry, restoring the ceiling and hardwood floors, building an intimate stage, and adding contemporary art inspired by musical performances. After renovations, the concert hall retains the excellent acoustics but provides a more inviting ambience. The Millers deeded the performance hall to the new nonprofit — the Mount Vernon Music Association. They were soon able to add a 10-foot Steinway grand piano constructed in 1896 to the intimate concert hall due to a generous gift. The piano adds exceptional musical quality to the concert hall, as in November’s stunning performance titled “Remembrance” featuring soprano Corrie Donovan and pianist Evan Mitchell.


Mitchell also performs upcoming concerts in January, February, and April 2022 at the MVM Music Hall and other locations in the Upper East Side of Texas. MVM performs “Challenges” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 22, at the MVM Hall. “Challenges” features music by female and black composers Valerie Coleman, Jennifer Higdon, Emilie Mayer, Manuel Ponce and Mélanie Bonis for flute, clarinet, strings and piano. “We are delighted to share several pieces of evidence to prove the music world is even bigger and richer than frequently thought,” Mark Miller says. Players for the winter performance include Julee Kim Walker on flute, Daryl Coad or Mary Druhan on clarinet, Evan Mitchell on piano, Mark Miller on violin, Ute Miller on viola, and

Sara Birnbaum Hood on cello. Two other performances of “Challenges” are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on January 23, at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas at 4316 Abrams Road and at 7:30 p.m. on February 1, at the Texas A&M University-Commerce Music Building. “Faith” is set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Mount Vernon Music Hall. In “Faith,” MVM presents inspirational music from the Renaissance to 20th century, including vocal works sung by baritone James Rodriguez, PhD and instrumentals by Mark Miller and Yuko Mansell on violins, Ute Miller on viola; Laura Ospina on cello, and Evan Mitchell on piano. Additional performances of “Faith” are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on April 24, at the Steinway Piano Gallery, 510 Commerce Street in Fort Worth and

at 7:30 p.m. on April 25 at the Texas A&M University-Commerce Music Building. The final program of the 2021-2022 season is titled “Change” and features new music by Benedikt Brydern and William Grant Still and enduring music by Barber and Dvorák at 7:30 p.m. on May 21 at the MVM Association. Players for this performance include Ivan Petruzziello on clarinet, Mark Miller and Yuko Mansell on violin, Ute Miller on viola, Laura Ospina on cello, and Jack Unzicker on bass. Check MVM’s online calendar for locations of additional performances. Memberships cost $25 and up annually and provide discounts on admission to performances throughout the year. For information about performances, become a member, or make a donation, visit www.mountvernonmusic.org.

OPPOSITE: Pianist Evan Mitchell and soprano Corrie Donovan perform on the intimate MVM stage in November. ABOVE: Mark and Ute Miller are accomplished musicians who lived and performed in renowned symphonies in Germany and Boston before coming to the region more than 20 years ago. Photos by Lisa Tang


Listen to a children’s concert by Mount Vernon Music called “Beagles’ Day Out.”



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Happy Birthday George Foreman However, after joining the Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps Program, he traveled to California where he met Doc Broaddus, a Job Corps counselor who encouraged him to become a boxer. In 1968 he won a gold Medal in the Mexico City Olympic Games after only 25 amateur fights, and entered professional boxing the following year.


 Famous heavyweight boxing champion, minister, author, and entrepreneur George Foreman was born January 10, 1949, in Marshall, Texas. Growing up in poverty in Houston’s Fifth Ward, Foreman ran into trouble with the law at 15 for fighting and mugging.

Foreman won his first heavyweight world championship against Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica in 1973. He defended his title twice against Jose Roman and Ken Norton, but fell to Muhammad Ali in the famous fight known as “The Rumble in the Jungle.” After losing a fight against Jimmy Young in Puerto Rico in 1977, Foreman received inspiration to retire from boxing at age 28 and become an ordained minister. Three years later, he founded The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Houston, where he preaches to this day. Foreman returned to the ring in 1987 when his church’s youth center needed

funds to keep going. After his comeback, he won 24 consecutive fights and challenged the undefeated Evander Holyfield at age 42. In 1994, Foreman defeated Michael Moorer in the tenth round, becoming the oldest boxer to win a heavyweight championship at age 45. He defended his title against Alex Schultz in 1995, but gave it away after refusing a rematch. He retired in 1997 with a career record of 76 wins to five losses. As a businessman, Foreman has sold more than 100 million George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machines and other products. He also markets cleaning and self-care products and a restaurant franchise. He has authored several cookbooks, an autobiography, self-help books, and two memoirs. He is also the father of 12 children, including five boys named George and seven girls. He owns a ranch with exotic animals near Marshall, where he enjoys spending time with family.

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Blues Legend Floyd Dixon Hailed From Marshall VIDEO

Blues legend Floyd Dixon was born in Marshall, Texas, on February 8, 1929. He taught himself to play the piano while growing up. He became known as a rhythm and blues pianist, often playing with big bands. Some of his songs include “Hey Bartender” (which was covered by The Blues Brothers), “Hole in the Wall,” and “Marshall Texas Is My Home.” His first recorded song was “Dallas Blues” for Supreme Records. Dixon survived a turbulent childhood. After his parents divorced he lived with his grandmother until her passing. He then lived in a tree house until ultimately moving to California to live with his mother at around age 12. To pay the bills, he worked as a caddie and at a drugstore. He also took courses in hotel management and considered a career in football, but the blues kept calling his name. In 1984 Dixon was honored with a Billboard Blues Award, the same year he was commissioned to write a blues song for the 1984 Olympic Games. He passed away in 2006 and is buried in Los Angeles.


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Let’s Swap Seeds

National Seed Swap Day falls on the last Saturday in January and is the ideal occasion to celebrate the beginning of the spring planting season when seeds can be planted indoors. Swapping seeds is a centuries-old tradition, as seeds were one of the first items to be valued and traded. The continuing exchange of heirloom seeds encourages biodiversity in gardening and agriculture as it allows gardeners to add new varieties to their existing selections.

Texas’ 24th Governor Hailed From Cherokee County Thomas Mitchell Campbell was appointed Texas’ 24th governor on January 15, 1907. He was born in Rusk, the seat of Cherokee County, April 22, 1856. As a young man, he financed his education by working for the county clerk in Longview. In 1878 he was admitted to the Bar and opened his law practice in Longview. He married Fannie Bruner the same year. The young lawyer moved to Palestine in 1892 after he was named receiver for the International & Great Northern Railroad. He was general manager of the line from 1892-1897. In 1905 Campbell announced his candidacy for governor. He held no prior political experience. He received the Democratic nomination despite strong opposition at the party’s 1906 convention. Rallying supporters with the rousing march tune, “The Campbells Are Coming,” Campbell won the election by a large margin and became Texas’ second native-born governor. The first was his childhood friend, Gov. James S. Hogg (1851-1906). Gov. Campbell was elected to a second term in 1908. His administration was marked by strong anti-trust legislation, a pure food law, and prison reform. When his term expired in 1911, Gov. Campbell returned to a banking and law career in Palestine. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 1916 but lost. He died in Galveston and was buried in Palestine’s East Hill Cemetery.

Seed swaps can also be a good community builder because they bring gardeners together to share stories about gardening and individual varieties of flowers and vegetables. FEBRUARY 2, 1950


 Morgan Fairchild stars in minor films throughout her career, including “Red Headed Stranger” with Willie Nelson in 1986.

Fairchild Still Starring in Soaps After 50 Years Television actress Morgan Fairchild was born Patsy Ann McClenny February 2, 1950, in Dallas. Her prolific acting career began at an early age and has never slowed down, spanning 50 years. She began acting at the age of 10 in children’s productions and dinner theaters in Dallas and adopted Morgan as a stage name. She moved to New York in 1973 and landed her first television role as Jennifer Pace Phillips in the daytime series “Search for Tomorrow” on CBS (1973-1977). After moving to Los Angeles in 1977, Fairchild appeared on “Dallas” as Jenna Wade and later as Constance (Weldon)

Carlyle on “Flamingo Road,” a role that earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She later received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy for​​ Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series as Julia St. Martin in a special episode of “Murphy Brown” in 1988. Fairchild’s decades of filmography and television credits include “Flamingo Road” (1980-1982), “Falcon Crest” (1985-1986), “North & South” (19851986), and “Friends” (1995-2001). More recently, she appeared in “Fashion House” (2006) and “Days of Our Lives” (2017). Her latest projects are “Spring Break ‘83” (2021) and “Our Almost Completely True Story” (2021).



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Webb Telescope Set To Unfold the Universe

The James Webb Space Telescope was scheduled to launch December 22. The Longview World of Wonders (WOW) is having a special event from 5-7 p.m. January 22 to help guests understand the importance of this cosmic history. Webb is the largest and most powerful space science telescope ever built. It promises to transform how humans think about the night sky and explain the cosmos. The telescope allows a view of cosmic history never before observed. Webb can peer into the past because telescopes show how things were — not how they are right now. It can explore distant galaxies, farther away than any seen before. The Webb observatory is so large it must fold up for launch and then unfold in space, like giant high-tech origami. At more than 21 feet in diameter and about 270 square feet in area, Webb’s primary mirror is too wide to fit into one piece, so it is segmented into 18 hexagonal pieces on a hinged structure and takes

two weeks to unfold once it reaches its destination. Webb has a million-mile, one-month journey to reach its destination where it can orbit the sun in line with Earth. Once it arrives and sets itself ready, Webb’s state-of-the-art scientific instruments start producing a treasure trove of awe-inspiring imagery and data. It will then take several more months for it to begin gathering its first set of scientific observations. WOW will have hands-on, science-based experiences to illustrate the concepts and technology used in building and launching Webb. A telescope will be onhand for guests to view the southeastern sky and they’ll have a live feed from Webb playing. Local universities, science and robotics departments will have experts present to share insights. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (903)2124969 and visit www.longviewwow.org.


Pleasant Hill Quilters Share Secret Codes Used to Help Enslaved People

Photo by Stephanie Jennings

See a Life-Size Dinosaur Exhibit Through February 21, 2022, visitors to Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas will be able to let their imagination run wild as they travel back in time along a halfmile nature trail with eleven life-size animatronic dinosaurs. During the 16th Annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit, these animatronic dinosaurs will move and roar, providing an experience sure to captivate visitors. This exhibit will also offer interesting facts about both herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs. The exhibit features the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex, a spitting Dilophosaurus, an Amargasaurus, a Carnotaurus, a Coelophysis, a Deinonychus, an Edmontia, an Iguanodon, an Ornithomimus, a Parasaurolophus, and a Plateosaurus. Children and the young at heart will also have the opportunity to play on stationary baby dinosaurs, a photoop Tyrannosaurus rex and a photo op Pachyrhinosaurus. This year’s exhibit will also a feature an outdoor hadrosaur fossil dig to inspire future paleontologists. The Dinosaurs Live! exhibit trail is jogging-stroller friendly (umbrella strollers are not recommended), giving families and friends a unique, exciting and educational activity to experience together. Dinosaurs Live! is sponsored by NBC5 and Mathnasium. This exhibit is included in general admission and free for Heard Museum Members. For more information go to www.heardmuseum.org/dinosaurs-live.

Flo Stevenson points to the North Star pattern, one of several codes shown on this sampler quilt during the Pleasant Hill Quilters shows. Photo by Pamela Edwards

Winnsboro Center for the Arts presents The Quilters of Pleasant Hill in a special performance at 11 a.m. January 22, at 200 Market Street. The Pleasant Hill Quilters are a quilting group from Linden, Texas. They formed in 2004 and their shows involve singing and sharing the oral history of secret codes used in quilts that helped enslaved people

searching for the underground Railroad. Find tickets and more information on www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com or call (903)342-0686 with any questions. Read more about the group in an article by Pamela Edwards in the County Line archives.

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Discover These Eight African American History Sites As one of the last states to inform enslaved people of their freedom, Texas shares an interesting relation with its residents of African descent. Many locations across Dallas share and preserve the community’s undertold history and activism, including churches, schools, and museums. Sites on a tour put together by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) include

the African American Museum Dallas, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Deep Ellum Historic District, Freedman’s Cemetery Memorial, Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Queen City Heights Historic District, and Tenth Street Historic District. THC offers a downloadable guide to


Freedman’s Cemetery belonged to a community of formerly enslaved people. More than 1,000 graves were carefully uncovered and relocated, and locals built this memorial. David Newton’s sculptures tell the story of African Americans’ journey from slavery to emancipation.

the African American history sites that includes coloring and other projects for kids. Learn more on www.thc.texa.gov.

Karnack and Uncertain Remain As ‘Places in the Heart’ “Places in the Heart” is an ongoing series by the Harrison County Historical Museum that is now celebrating artifacts, photos, and natural wonders from the Caddo Lake communities of Karnack and Uncertain, Texas. Visitors can see the exhibit on the second floor at the Memorial City Hall Galleries through April. The rotating exhibit celebrates the small communities that once served as an entry point to Texas. Karnak and Uncertain sit on opposite sides of the state’s only freshwater lake — Caddo Lake — once an important waterway for the logging industry. Some unexpected finds include a display of pearls and oyster shells from Caddo Lake and a Karnack High School letter jacket and yearbook that belonged to the late Jerry Brannon. Visitors can view the exhibit 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and when the performance center is open. For more information visit www.harrisoncountymuseum.org.


Auto Enthusiasts Pursue ‘Garage Talk’ Dreams

By Lisa Tang Cory Fourniquet felt his knees getting weak as saw the 1991 Lamborghini Diablo driving up his street. The sports car was pulling in for a test drive on “Garage Talk,” Fourniquet’s weekly podcast. Before that day Fourniquet only dreamed of driving the famous luxury car with doors that swing up vertically and a motor that exceeds 200 miles an hour. “I had that exact model of that vehicle as a kid — exactly,” Fourniquet says. “I was like, ‘It’s my childhood driving down the street toward my house!’” Driving the Lamborghini is one more dream that’s come true for the 35-yearold car enthusiast and dad who left his corporate job as a business analyst to begin Garage Talk, a program dedicated to all things auto. “I get to drive some of the craziest, coolest cars I’ve never even thought about,” says Fourniquet of the business opportunity he and partner Matt Thorson launched in early 2020. “We constantly have a new vehicle given to us by a manufacturer for testing.”

What started as an idea between two friends is now opening new opportunities. They started the weekly podcast in 2020 hoping it would grow bigger. A year and a half later their consistency and hard work have paid off. “It started off as a conversation between Matt and I to vent all of our car knowledge to somebody who would listen,” Fourniquet says. “And it’s turned into something where we get to talk to some of the coolest, most awesome people doing the coolest, most amazing things with vehicles around the world.” The weekly podcast has a blog, website, and YouTube channel with more than 2,000 subscribers. The show is now a full-time gig for Fourniquet, who left his 12-year career with Brookshire Grocery Company to spend more time with his toddler while following his dream. Thorson, 32, is a certified mechanic who maintains and repairs school buses for Whitehouse Independent School District. “We worked from home for almost an entire year [during the pandemic] and that got me used to seeing my tod-


ABOVE: Cory Fourniquet (left) and Matt Thorson meet on Monday afternoons in Tyler to discuss topics related to the auto industry for their weekly “Garage Talk” podcast. OPPOSITE PAGE, TOP: Fourniquet and Thorson often test drive vehicles for auto manufacturers and rate them. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: Fourniquet and his son Tucker, who sometimes assists him in test drives.

dler every single day,” Fourniquet says. “When they asked us to come back without much of a reason other than ‘We want you back,’ my wife and I looked at each other and said, ‘You know, we’ve been building this business for a reason; now’s the time to take the plunge and invest fully.’” And plunge he did, leaving his full-time corporate job to stay home with his son and continue building the Garage Talk podcast. Fourniquet says the point of the show is really about telling stories of people who drive, compete, and build vehicles. “We genuinely just want to highlight people doing amazing things and help tell peoples’ stories, and some of my

favorite episodes have been interviews with people throughout the industry.” Garage Talk offers a range of topics — from testing new vehicles or tools to comparing vehicle models — to interviewing people who have stories to tell. A recent interview with U.S. Army veterans Mason Converse and Erin Mason highlighted their participation as Team Mitsubishi in the all-woman Rebelle Rally in October 2021. Fourniquet describes the episode as “the one that hit the heartstrings the most” because he and Thorson have a friend who served as a medic in Afghanistan who was paralyzed from the waist down. “That was one of the more emotional episodes for both of us because of how close it hit home,” Fourniquet says. The program’s vehicle reviews on YouTube also show the show’s serious side of following the changing auto market. Manufacturers are bringing their electric vehicles to “Garage Talk” for testing, aiming to expand their foothold in the U.S. market. In a recent review of the Ford Mustang Mach E — the first all electric Mustang — Fourniquet tackled the supposedly seven-hour trip to determine if the world is ready for electric vehicles. “It took me 14 hours to get there. [Electric vehicles and available charging stations aren’t ready yet] but there are promising things on the horizon,” he says. “That was a very fun but also very exhausting episode on our YouTube channel.” During his corporate career as a business analyst, Fourniquet constantly looked for ways to improve sales. He applies those skills to “Garage Talk” by examining data and fine-tuning the show. “We measure downloads and weekly listens,” he says. “That’s how I gauge the success of the show.” The program has more than 90 published podcasts and 7,800 downloads, which means the podcasts have roughly 100 listeners per episode. Fourniquet constantly works on ideas of how to improve the show and gain more followers. One way is by hosting live events and interacting with the public. The team sponsors the Unlikely Heroes Car Show that features an unusual cadre of “dirty

work” vehicles that often do not receive the recognition they deserve. “They’re cars that wouldn’t be invited to other car shows,” Fourniquet says of the Unlikely Heroes.

do interviews with guests who come in. Fourniquet also dreams of hosting fellow auto enthusiast Jay Leno of “Jay Leno’s Garage” in his own studio.

In 2021 the show raised $350 that went to help a family in Whitehouse pay for funeral expenses for a child they lost.

“[Leno] has a massive garage and oodles on oodles of cars,” Fourniquet says. “It would be beyond exciting to sit down and talk cars with Jay Leno.”

“We love giving back to the community and we want to be a fixture of the Tyler community,” he says. One way is by filming shows at Tyler landmarks.

Regardless of whether these dreams become reality, the “Talk,” about “Garage Talk” is helping drive opportunities to the Upper East Side of Texas.

A dream is to build a “Garage Talk” studio where observers can watch them

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ARTS + CULTURE The Masons Bring The Magic of Light to Winnsboro Winnsboro Center for the Arts (WCA) presents The Magic of Light January 28 through February 28. The art exhibition expresses that “light is a component of every work of art” and features the works of international and national award-winning pastel and watercolor artist Barbara Mason, as well as the photography of her husband, James. The talented couple make an appearance during a reception at 2:30 p.m. January 30 at WCA. Barbara and James are co-owners of Dragonfly Studio Creations art gallery and studio in Frisco, Texas. Barbara started the company and her artistry more than 25 years ago. She travels extensively all over the world for inspiration and participates in art residencies and competitions. Her art is published and collected nationally and internationally by hospitals, businesses, public art programs, and private patrons. She has exhibited at various prestigious museums such as The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry; Illinois State Museum; Robert Lange Gallery in Charleston, North Carolina; Winfield Gallery in Carmel, California; and Salmagundi Club in New York. Most recently Barbara’s paintings were awarded in the Top 100 paintings in 2019 and 2021 by Pastel Journal Magazine: The Best of Drawing. She received the Award of Excellence by American Women Artists organization and her paintings “Timeless” and “The Debat-

Artist Barbara Mason poses with one of her colorful pastel drawings. Her work is on exhibit along with the photography of her husband James at Winnsboro Center for the Arts January 28 through February 28.

er” are published in The Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing magazine. James has exhibited his photography in various galleries and local art shows throughout North Texas. He looks for


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abstract imagery within cloud patterns, majestic sunsets, and skyscapes prevalent in Texas. He is a 2017 graduate of The North Texas Business Council for the Arts, and he helps to fulfill the organization’s mission of merging creativity with commerce by serving on various art boards and committees including The Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, The North Texas Performing Arts, and the BCA Leadership Arts Alumni. He received the Obelisk Award for Outstanding Leadership Arts Alumni in 2019. Winnsboro Center for the Arts is located in the heart of downtown Winnsboro at 200 Market Street. Find more information about this art exhibition at www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com/ art_exhibition_sched.

Photography Exhibit Features Women in Suburbia PDNB (Please Do Not Bend) Gallery in Dallas features two solo exhibitions by artists Patty Carroll and Bill Owens. This is the first solo show for Chicago photographer Patty Carroll. Bill Owens continues his large presence in the gallery which started in the early 2000s when the gallery first featured his ground-breaking “Suburbia” series on life in the early 1970s. Through images in her “Anonymous Women: Domestic Demise” exhibit, Carroll explores the traditional and contemporary housewife role by creating scenes of exaggerated chaos that often consumes the every-woman subject. Pots and pans, shoes and flowers, excessively colorful drapery, cakes and pies, 1950’s furniture, and decorative objects overwhelm the woman in each scene. “She is both a victim of her obsessions, activities and circumstances as well as the invisible creator of such; both satisfying and problematic, pathetic and humorous,” Carroll says. The images are mostly humorous but sometimes unsettling, encouraging us to reflect on the past and current defined roles of suburban women. The contrastingly realistic black and white photography of Bill Owens features America’s move to the suburbs published more than 50 years ago in the seminal book Suburbia (1971) which began in the late 1960s when he felt inspired to document America’s movement into the suburbs of northern California. He made a list of what he wanted to document: a Tupperware party, shag carpeting, a newly minted home with a few pieces of furniture, a family barbecue, a new lawn being rolled out, Christmas decorations, an overview images of cul-de-sacs, new development billboards, and Fourth of July block parties and parades. Owens included these photographs in the book, which became an important sociological study and photography series that launched his art career. In 2001, Suburbia was included in the list of 101 most influential photography books published in the 20th Century. For more information call (214) 9691852 or visit www.pdnbgallery.com. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • 25

Nature Photography By Claudia Holland Featured in Athens “Love of Life” pops up January 15 at 211 Gallery in Athens featuring scenic photographs by nature photographer Claudia Holland, an avid hiker who owns Luvin Life Photography. She enjoys traveling and leads weekend hikes all over Texas while capturing the beauty of nature. “I’ve been an avid hiker for many years and find my muses in nature. It’s the one place you find yourself immersed in peace and beauty,” Holland says. “I love photography for one main reason….It’s that one snap in time that I capture — that one moment you will always have close to your soul.” Holland’s photos have previously appeared at 211 Gallery’s past exhibits. She recently moved from Fruitvale to Tyler where she now lives just 10 minutes from Tyler State Park. The exhibit is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, January 15, at 211 Art Gallery at 211 N. Palestine St. in Athens. A reception with refreshments occurs from 5 to 9 p.m. For information visit www.artgallery211. net or search Luvin Life Photography on Facebook.


The Black Dress

A Classic Backdrop for Tyler Museum’s Golden Anniversary Tyler Museum of Art celebrates 50 years in the community and honors Dr. Harold and Eleanor Cameron with “The Black Dress: Selections from the Texas Fashion Collection & Works by Nancy Lamb” through January 30. The museum’s 50th anniversary gala — also titled “The Black Dress” — occurs February 1 at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler. The exhibit celebrates the impact of the iconic black dress on fashion and social gatherings since its popularization by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in the 1920s. Featured artifacts from the Texas Fashion Collection spotlight a variety of renowned designers’ takes on the iconic black dress over the past century and features complementary accessories including handbags, hats, and shoes. The dresses are paired with Fort Worth artist Nancy Lamb’s “Social Spaces” paintings which highlight the glitz and glam of social settings. Lamb’s paintings place the garments and accessories into contemporary social context by highlighting party goers’ candid ex-

pressions and ensemble details through her unique perspective. The exhibit is a collaboration between the Tyler Museum of Art and the Texas Fashion Collection of the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and

Design. Texas Fashion Collection Director Annette Becker and Tyler Museum of Art Curator Caleb Bell co-curated the exhibit. For information call (903) 595-1001 or visit www.tylermuseum.org.


Art Deco Architecture Brought New Style to Greenville

By Lisa Tang The Hunt County Courthouse is a large imposing structure with smooth stylized surfaces common to an architectural genre known as Art Deco. Visitors and fans of the building style once popular in Main Street America in the 1930s can find many striking examples in Greenville’s downtown area. Courthouses in county seats such as Greenville in Hunt County, Henderson in Rusk County, Tyler in Smith County, and Cooper in Delta County feature Art Deco’s smooth surfaces and bold, upward lines. The abundance of Art Deco buildings in Greenville is no accident, as the style’s popularity in the 1930s coincided with the discovery of oil in the region and political influences such as new

building projects funded by the Works Progress Administration. According to a 2019 book titled DFW Deco: Modernistic Architecture of North Texas by David Bush and Jim Parsons, Art Deco arrived in the region in the 1930s when oil boom riches fueled construction of a dozen or more grand edifices, from courthouses to the Kilgore College Administration Building to skyscrapers like the People’s National Bank Building in Tyler. The genre was rooted in an artistic movement known as New Moderne that attempted to break with traditional influences. It spread from European artists who introduced the style at the French exposition in 1920 and was adapted to create a highly decorative and distinctly modern style.


ABOVE: The Hunt County Courthouse was built in 1929 with elements of Art Deco architecture such as the smooth façade and upward lines. OPPOSITE PAGE: The former Dr. Pepper Bottling Plant on Washington Street and the Greenville Municipal Building also feature Art Deco details such as curved corners and bold geometric shapes.

The new style broke with the past by adopting styles of Cubism while incorporating motifs from recent archaeological finds. The myriad influences included archaeological discoveries of the early 1900s: ancient temples of Babylon in modern-day Iraq, the ancient Maya in Mexico, and ebullient riches excavated from King Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt. These influences took hold in the deco-

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ART DECO continued from page 28 rative arts as the Art Nouveau movement and found expression in new construction in major American cities by the late 1920s. Two prominent examples built in 1928 were New York City’s Chrysler Building and Chicago’s Carbide and Carbon Building. The new style set sights on the future with bold upward lines while incorporating symbols of antiquity and distinctive geometric shapes. Greenville’s Stringer Mortuary Building on Stonewall Street displays a striking example. The 1925 building pays homage to Egyptian archaeology with King Tut gargoyles on its vertical facade. The region’s other prominent Art Deco structures include theaters and performance halls erected in downtown areas that served as centers for the arts. The Select Theater in Mineola and the Texan Theatre in Greenville are two examples. The genre dominated architectural styles in the United States between World War I and World War II and influenced many structures in the region. Richly eloquent motifs and ornamentation common in early Art Deco buildings gradually evolved in simplicity to reflect less excess in the late 1930s. By the mid-1930s, Art Deco architects adopted cleaner lines and smoother surfaces, with some showing even bolder geometric shapes such as the Esplanade at the Texas State Fair Grounds in Dallas which was funded by the Public Works Administration. Funding for the Greenville Municipal building was also received from the PWA. The design by local architect William R. Ragsdale fused the Art Deco and Modern styles and completed construction in 1939. The municipal building housed the chamber of commerce, city offices, a jail, and a fire department on its lower levels. The upper levels still hold the Greenville Municipal Auditorium with hundreds of seats and featuring dozens of live performances a year. Industrial buildings in Greenville also 30 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM •JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022

featured the popular Art Deco style. The former Dr. Pepper Bottling Company on Washington Street (1937), the J.P. “Punk” McNatt Used Car showroom, and the Kress Store building show the style’s emphasis on geometric shapes and upward vertical movement. The Dr. Pepper building on Washington Street is actually the home of Greenville’s second Dr. Pepper Bottling Company. The first was located at the OPPOSITE TOP: The Stringer Mortuary Building on Stonewall Street features bold upward lines and two sphynx gargoyles. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: The Kress Building on Lee Street is now home of the Landon Winery. It features curved corners at its entryway on the lower floor and bold geometric shapes. BELOW: The McNatt Building on Johnson Street is a former Oldsmobile and Cadillac showroom designed in the trendy Sleek Moderne style that was part of General Motors’ marketing technique in the 1930s.

corner of Jordan and St. John streets. The newer building’s classic Art Deco features include curved corners, glass block windows, and a seamlessly painted smooth brick exterior in highly contrasting colors. The Washington Street building’s large front and side windows provided a view of the bottling process, but the windows are now curtained from the public as it’s now a private residence owned by the Reese family. Landon Winery now occupies the former Kress building, also built in the 1930s. It housed the five and dime department store chain during the Depression and for decades after. Art Deco features include marble embellishments to the brick facade and curved glass and marble on the first-floor doorway. The Kress building’s classy entryway now serves the Landon Winery. Land-

on’s flagship location serves as a production facility and tasting venue for the Texas vintner. The McNatt building is a former Cadillac showroom with sleek lines, large windows, and abundant curves built in 1930 in Sleek Moderne, a subset of Art Deco that bespoke style and speed as part of General Motors’ marketing strategy. Red letters and accents add style to the 19,500 square-foot showroom now filled with vintage vehicles visible from Johnson Street. Though Art Deco architecture began in larger metropolitan areas, the style made its way to the Upper East Side of Texas and left an enduring impact on the look of some Main Street cities like Greenville. For more information about Greenville attractions visit www. ci.greenville.tx.us.


LITERARY Nancy Churnin’s Diverse Stories Educate All Ages Award-winning children’s book author Nancy Churnin lives in North Texas and frequently attends local book fests and does school and library visits. She enjoys sharing her books and stories with children and customizes her programs to fit the individual needs of schools and communities. Churnin is a former theater critic for Dallas Morning News and the Los Angeles Times and is married to Dallas Morning News arts writer Michael Granberry. Her diverse collection of picture book biographies introduce children and adults alike to interesting people through her words and the perfectly paired illustrations of select artists. The books include The William Hoy Story, How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game; Manjhi Moves a Mountain; Irving Berlin, The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing; Martin & Anne, The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank; Beautiful Shades of Brown, The Art of Laura Wheeler Waring; For Spacious Skies, Katherine Lee Bates and The Inspiration for “America the Beautiful;” Dear Mr. Dickens; and A Queen to the Rescue, The Story of Henrietta Szold, Founder of Hadassah. Read more on www.nancychurnin.com.


POETRY It’s Not Where You Start It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. It’s not how you go, it’s how you land. A hundred to one shot, they call him a klutz Can out-run the favorite, all he needs is the guts. Your final return will not diminish And you can be the cream of the crop; It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish, And you’re gonna finish on top. If you start at the top, you’re certain to drop, You’ve got to watch your timing; Better begin by climbing up, up, up the ladder. If you’re going to last you can’t make it fast, man, Nobody starts a winner, give me a slow beginner, Easy does it, conserve your fine endurance; Easy does it, for that’s your life insurance. While you are young, take it rung after rung after rung. It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. It’s not how you go, it’s how you land. A hundred to one shot, they call him a klutz Can out-run the favorite, all he needs is the guts. Your final return will not diminish And you can be the cream of the crop; It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish, And you’re gonna finish on top. Dorothy Fields, Arthur Schwartz

A Step Ahead of the Blues I try not to let the shadows take control as I make my way down these avenues but when I wish you were still right beside me it’s hard to stay a step ahead of the blues I’m prone to stagger too much back in time and trip over your memories Oh I’ve found no means of escaping what your leaving has left of me


I could go on a long vacation but that wouldn’t be far enough to shake you I have trouble enough here in my room trying to stay a step ahead of the blues I know I need to keep moving forward as much as these shoes will allow me to but every mile has its rusty nails and they sure make it hard to walk on through I could go on a long vacation but that wouldn’t be far enough to shake you I have trouble enough here in my room trying to stay a step ahead of the blues Darrell Lindsey Nacogdoches

Listen to Anna Kendrick sing “It’s Not Where You Start” for Shirley MacLaine at the Kennedy Center Honors. The song was a mainstay of MacLaine’s stage show in the 1970s.

A Matter of Fact I’m stating this as a matter of fact: I don’t know yet how I’m going to act. Being around someone I don’t care for, And the reminder of how things got sore, Is a thought I wish not to entertain, Since that in itself brings a lot of pain. There is a relative who has cancer, And this could be the last time I’ll see her. Putting down the other person won’t be A good memory for the one sickly. On the other hand, I have no well word For that other person, just the absurd.


In light of everything, silent treatment Seems quite the substitute for giving vent. A.J. Chilson Winnsboro



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Once again, the talent coming out of the Upper East Side of Texas is recognized by the Recording Academy which is awarding Grammys January 31 on CBS television. Nominations in the Country genre include Kacey Musgraves (“Camera Roll”) and Mickey Guyton (“Remember Her Name”) for Best Country Solo Performance; Maren Morris (“Chasing After You”) and Miranda Lambert (“Drunk And I Don’t Wanna Go Home”) along with their collaborators Ryan Hurd and Elle King for Best Country Duo Performance; Maren Morris (“Better Than We Found It”), Kacey Musgraves (“Camera

Roll”), and Mickey Guyton (“Remember Her Name”) along with their co-writers for Best Country Song; and Mickey Guyton (Remember Her Name) and Miranda Lambert (The Marfa Tapes) are nominated for Best Country Album. Lambert grew up and got her singing/ songwriting career started in Lindale, Texas, while Musgraves grew up in the nearby Golden community. They both developed their songwriting skills under the tutelage of John DeFoore in Mineola. DeFoore passed away a few months ago and Musgraves’ grandmother Bar-

bara read a eulogy from her at a celebration of his life giving him much credit for helping set the direction for her career. Maren Morris and Mickey Guyton were both born in Arlington and grew up in North Texas. Morris was encouraged by Musgraves to move to Nashville to further pursue her career in music. Guyton moved to California to launch her music career, then on to Nashville. In March, Guyton made history as the first Black female country artist to be nominated for a Grammy for the single “Black Like Me.”

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Presents Masterpiece Classics Witness the talent and technique of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as it brings to life music by some of the greatest composers of orchestral sound including Beethoven and Bottesini. The DSO performs on stage at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, January 27, under the direction of Assistant Conductor Maurice Cohn with featured musicians Ruben Rengal on violin and Xavier Foley on double bass. The show is presented by Dallas Symphony Greenville and is part of the 2021-2022 Series. Tickets are available online and at the GMA on the night of the show. Visit www.showtimeatthegma.com to purchase tickets. Call (903) 457-3167 for more information. 34 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM •JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022

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 The Winter Dance Party comes to Marshall this year with tribute artists playing hits by Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 15 at Marshall’s Memorial Auditorium. John Mueller performs Buddy Holly singles such as “That’ll Be the Day;” Ray Anthony portrays the energy of Ritchie Valens in “La Bamba;” and Linwood Sasser performs “Chantilly Lace” as Big Bopper.

Party Tour of 1959 when all three died in a fatal plane crash in a cornfield February 2, 1959. Their chartered plane traveled only five miles after leaving Clear Lake, Iowa, en route to Moorhead, Minnesota. The world was shocked to lose the three young talents whose careers had just begun. February 2 is now widely remembered as “The Day the Music Died” as penned by Don McLean in the song “American Pie.”

Holly, Valens, and Richardson were on the road with the original Winter Dance

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Naturally 7 Performs in Tyler

Their tightly orchestrated and choreographed performances captivate audiences around the world with the ability to imitate instruments and sound effects through their novel and complex vocal techniques.

Martin nurtured a critically-acclaimed trademark aesthetic through embracing soul, folk, blues, rock, pop, and sweet balladry. His work gets rave reviews from the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Folk Alley/NPR Music, and Relix Magazine. “(He’s) the real thing — a star with potential to permanently effect the musical landscape and keep us entertained for years to come,” says Billboard. His ability to hone in on little defining moments suits Martin as a songwriter as evident by his latest EP, 2020 Vision. This is Martin’s first release in six years, and it is a poetically emotive and an elegantly evocative pandemic scrapbook. “In one song, I’m building a treehouse with my son. In another song, I’m crossing America and seeing the beauty in people rising through adversity and loving each other,” Martin details.


The seven-man vocal ensemble known as Naturally 7 use their voices as a variety of instruments with a technique they call Vocal Play. The group performs at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, February 17 at the Cowan Center in Tyler.

Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton is scheduled to perform at 5 p.m. January 23 at The Bowery Stage in Winnsboro.

The group performs nationally and internationally sharing the stage with wellknown stars such as Michael Bublè, Coldplay, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Sarah Connor, Lionel Richie, Ludacris, and The Roots. They have released 11 albums since 2000. Their latest album is titled 20/20 and includes the best singles of their 20-year career.

The recordings were tracked virtually during lockdown and produced by three-time Grammy-nominee John Alagia, best known for producing John Mayer’s breakout album, Room For Squares. Mayer, who has always championed Martin as a foundational influence, makes a special guitar solo cameo on one of the EP’s singles, “Calling on America.”

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FOOD & DRINK Welcome the Lunar New Year With Asian Appetizers By Lauren Wacaser At the heart of every culture is food. Traditional meals that unify generations of people keep cultures rich and alive. Chinese New Year festivals are celebrated worldwide with colorful lanterns, extravagant fireworks, and an abundance of flavorful food. The fewer the ingredients, it seems, the more amazing the dish. China is a very large country with many groups of people that prepare their food in a way that is unique to their locale. Some regions highlight their coastal catches by incorporating plenty of seafood while others are known for

their spicy chilies and oils. Still other regions include the more well-known sweet and salty flavor profiles. Any of these combinations can be married together to create effortless Asian-inspired dishes at home. For the at-home chef wanting to try something new, Asian-inspired dishes are typically less than 10 minutes from kitchen to table. A local Lunar New Year Festival is a fun time to try new Asian foods. Sample the menu with enthusiasm, then take those ideas and be inspired to make them at home. Trying new flavors and getting everyone to help out is what cooking is all about.

Asian-inspired recipes can be a simple and delicious way to bring the family together. Recipes like dumplings and spring rolls are available at almost any New Year Festival and can be customized to one’s own taste. There are several variations to these recipes and with the Lunar New Year approaching, the humble ingredients of Asian cuisine are easy enough for everyone to participate in their preparation.

Dumplings, or Potstickers Making dumplings is as simple as grabbing a package of wonton wrappers from the grocery store and filling them with a favorite protein and vegetable. Steamed, boiled, or fried, dumplings are the perfect appetizer to serve with one’s favorite Asian sauce. 1 package wonton wrappers 1 lbs cooked protein: finely chopped shrimp, pork, tofu, or chicken 2 cups of shredded veggies: carrots, Chinese cabbage, mushrooms, etc. 1 jar Asian sauce: potsticker, sweet & sour, or chili oil Green onion and cilantro for garnish Directions: Place a desired amount of protein and veggies in each potsticker square, or about 2 tablespoons. Gently fold over the square to seal, using water on your fingertips to wet the edges. Set each dumpling aside until all the wonton wrappers are filled. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add in about 1 tablespoon of a neutral oil like vegetable or canola and gently place the filled wrappers in the pan. Do not move them once they are placed to prevent tearing. Once the dumplings have browned on one side, gently flip them and add about 1/4 cup or less of water into the pan. Immediately place a lid on the pan for two or three minutes until the potstickers become soft and tender. Serve hot with your favorite sauce and fresh herbs on top for garnish.




These colorful spring rolls are just as simple to make and can be served raw and cold or deep fried and hot. Rice paper wrappers are found in most stores. However, Asian stores offer more sizes to choose from. The rice paper can be stuffed with fresh, julienned vegetables, cold proteins like boiled shrimp or tofu, or even prepared as a sweet treat with fresh fruits like mango or strawberry. Spring rolls are best eaten quickly after preparation and served with Asian sauces.

Rice paper Optional seasoning: sesame seeds Colorful veggies or fruits Asian sauce: peanut, soy, or chili oil Sesame seeds for garnish Suggestions for fillings: avocado, cilantro, cucumber, bell pepper, cabbage, carrots, mango, strawberries, banana, or kiwi Soften rice paper in lukewarm water,

not hot. Soak until soft and pliable, but don’t let it turn mushy. It will probably take less than 45 seconds. Add desired fillings and gently roll like a burrito, tucking in the sides to keep it tight. Serve with a favorite sauce and garnish with sesame seeds. These are best eaten fresh and do not store well as leftovers. Find more recipes by Lauren Wacaser and her videos on her Let’s Eat Well Facebook page.



From The Rose Table to Yours Hearty Beef Stew By Katie-Rose Watson

4 garlic cloves, minced

This Hearty Beef Stew is such an easy recipe. It’s perfect for entertaining, since it’s inexpensive, flavorful, and a one-pot wonder. A tablespoon of balsamic, bay leaves, and great wine (I used Marl, a Merlot and Syrah blend) transform this dish into a showstopper.

4 cups water, divided

Serve the stew with good, crusty bread, European butter, and French grey salt. I hope you find this recipe as comforting and perfect as I do. Enjoy. Ingredients 2 lbs stew meat 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt Black pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 2 cups diced yellow onion

cook onion for a few minutes, until translucent. Add garlic and cook for one or two minutes, until fragrant.

2 beef bouillon cubes 1 cup red wine 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 bay leaves 2 cups Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes Thyme and rosemary sprigs 2-4 large carrots Italian parsley for garnish Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Rinse stew meat and pat dry with a paper towel. Toss with 2 1/2 tablespoons flour, salt, and pepper. Brown in one tablespoon olive oil in a Dutch oven on the stove over a medium flame, working in batches. Remove to a plate. Lower heat, add one tablespoon butter, and

2. Deglaze the pan with two cups of water. Toss in two beef bouillon cubes, one cup of red wine, one tablespoon of balsamic, and the remaining two cups of water. Add bay leaves and potatoes and add the stew meat back in. Tie rosemary and thyme in a bouquet with kitchen twine and add to dutch oven. Put the lid on and pop it in the oven for two hours. 3. Peel carrots and cut into rounds (or quarter first if they’re huge). Take the stew out of the oven, add carrots, then return to the oven for another hour to hour and a half. It’s ready as soon as the potatoes and carrots are fork-tender. Garnish with chopped Italian parsley. Katie Rose-Watson is the author of the beautifully illustrated cookbook The Rose Table and the cooking and entertaining blog, www.therosetable. com. Her imaginative Disney Dinners have been featured on several national news media outlets.

Celebrate National Cook a Sweet Potato Day Sweet potatoes are plentiful in the Upper East Side of Texas — especially in farmers’ markets across the region. They thrive in the region’s long hot growing season and have become popular in a variety of Southern dishes. February 22 is noted as National Cook a Sweet Potato Day. The root vegetables are a good nutritional choice because they offer high amounts of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, B-6, magnesium, and vitamin C, which support vision, bone growth, and the immune system. They’re also naturally filling, both high in fiber and low in calories. Sweet potatoes can be cooked in a variety of ways. Try them mashed, fried, roasted, or buttered as a side dish, snack, or even as a rich dessert. For a twist, serve sweet potato pancakes for breakfast or slice them and munch on sweet potato chips as a snack. Their natural sweetness adds a tasty, welcome compliment to meals all year long. Try these tips for cooking sweet potatoes from the County Line archives. Photo by Rajesh Kavasseri JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022 • WWW.COUNTYLINEMAGAZINE.COM • 41

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