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CONTENTS COOKS at home 10
Chet and Laura Garner
Cathy and Rob Lippincott
cooks TOOLBOX 46
38 Edible Must-Haves
COOKS features HOME guide Begins on page 27
42 Great Whites of Texas
Winemakers continue to explore white varietals.
46 Arnosky Family Farms Bringing flowers to Central Texans.
Sustainable Flooring Living with Plants Critter Condos
COVER: Plant Shopping at Barton Springs Nursery (page 32). Photography by Jenna Northcutt.
50 Vegan Ice Cream Whip up your own, or run out for a pint.
58 edible INK Guess the olde-tyme tool.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE END OF AN ERA
PUBLISHER Jenna Northcutt
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EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS elcome to our final Cooks issue! Earlier this year, the Edible Austin team and I decided this is our last year of publishing themed issues, but don’t worry readers, we promise you’ll be able to see
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STEAMIES DUMPLINGS Steamies is a local provider of perfectly sized, beautiful dumplings that are ready to take home. The dumplings come frozen; simply sear and steam them before chowing down. Options include chicken and shiitake, pork and cabbage (an office favorite), and a vegan option with seasonal veggies. It takes only 10 minutes to get these made-from-scratch dumplings ready to eat. And if you’re a dumpling-cooking novice, check out the how-to videos on their website. Find Steamies Dumplings at the Texas Farmers Market locations at Mueller and Lakeline or place an order online. 737-781-7545 steamiesdumplings.com
TEXAS KEEPER CIDER We’ll take all the delicious varieties of Texas Keeper Cider any day of the week, but our year-round favorite is hands down the Texas Keeper No. 1. This bubbly beverage is their flagship cider, built on the tradition of blending apple varieties to create more complex flavors. The 2017 Keeper blends six apple varieties and is on the drier side, giving it a crisp taste. With subtle hints of pear, raspberry and melon, this is not one to pass up. Find Texas Keeper Cider at local grocers and farmers markets, or visit their taproom in Manchaca. 512-910-3409 12521 Twin Creeks Rd., Manchaca texaskeeper.com
BEE DELIGHTFUL When you buy a jar of raw honey from local business Bee Delightful, you are supporting its mission to rescue and relocate millions of bees from residential properties in Central Texas. As a bonus, the blended honey contains cannabidiol (CBD), a legal, non-psychoactive byproduct of cannabis that’s often used to help with various ailments ranging from anxiety to arthritis. The Canna Bees Rescue Blend is sourced from wild, treatment-free colonies—including Bee Delightful’s own rescue hives. Recommended in 1-teaspoon servings, the blend is perfect for sweetening a cup of tea or pairing with cheese. Find the honey at Thom’s Market, People’s Rx and Wheatsville Food Co-op. beedelightful.com
COOKS at Home
CHET AND LAURA GARNER BY K AT H L E E N T H O R N B E R RY • P H OTO G RA P H Y BY N AT H A N B E E LS
het Garner has made a career out of traveling the state of
and receptions in their part of Texas, “there were four essentials:
Texas, filming his Emmy award-winning show “The Day-
peanuts, mints, chocolate sheet cake and punch.”
tripper”—an approachable, sometimes adorably nerdy
The couple decided to test whether the cake might be better
look at various characters and locales across the Lone Star State.
made with butter instead of margarine. They tried out six differ-
It’s a career that’s inadvertently made him a Texas barbecue ex-
ent recipes, some with butter, some with margarine. “What we
pert—he’s hit all of our local barbecue joints—but when he’s at
found out,” Chet says, “was it’s much better made with margarine!
home with his family in Georgetown, Chet and his wife, Laura, are
The cake has a better texture, and the icing sets up completely
squarely in what he calls, “the kid zone.” With four kids ranging
different—it has a shine to it that is totally missing when you use
from 2 to 9, the Garners tend to eat very simply.
butter. Not to mention, in Texas, butter icing just melts away in
“We don’t cook a great variety of things,” Chet says, “but we do make dessert.” He brushes his youngest daughter’s hair out of her
the heat. Especially in the car, if you’re taking it somewhere. The margarine icing holds up.”
eyes with his free hand, while holding her in his lap with the oth-
“So, at our wedding,” Chet continues, “we had a little bitty
er. “And it’s usually Grandma’s chocolate cake.” Once the magic
one…serve maybe ten people, you know, for show. People were
words are said, all four children begin a delighted chant of “Choc-
looking at it, feeling anxious. But in the back, we had ten great big
olate cake! Chocolate cake!” until Laura gently tells them to hush.
pans! After we cut up the little bitty one, we started bringing the
Years ago, Chet and Laura were high school sweethearts at
great big chocolate sheet cakes in.” The practical joke aspect of
Port Neches-Groves High School in Southeast Texas. When they
it delights the kids; you can tell that the tiny show cake and the
got married after finishing their college degrees, nearly the entire
surprise giant sheets of cake will be passing into family legend.
town was at their wedding. “It’s a small town, and we’re related to most of ’em!” Chet says. “We had a bit of a wrangle about what cake to serve,” he continues. “I really thought that the best cake I had ever had was my
“How many people you think were there…three hundred?” Chet asks Laura. “Three hundred? More like five hundred!” she counters. “Three hundred invitations went out, but you know, people brought people with them.”
Grandma’s chocolate cake.” He grins across the room at Laura,
I ask the crucial question…pecans or no pecans. An unsettled
who takes her cue, adding: “And I thought the best cake to serve
hush falls over the room. Chet heaves a sigh. “I’m afraid there’s
would be what we called in my family, ‘Groom’s Cake.’” After go-
not agreement on that point,” he says. “Now me, I’m for pecans,
ing around and around about it, neither one backing down, they
but we’ve reached a compromise: we put pecans on half, and the
each got ahold of the family recipes, compared them and real-
other half, no pecans.” I try to relieve the tension by confessing
ized…it was the same cake.
that I used to not like pecans on cake, but that I’d crossed over
“Both our families were making the classic, post-World War II,
and now I do, so I understand both points of view. Laura turns to
Texas chocolate sheet cake—sometimes called ‘1945 Cake’—made
me and says, “I’ve crossed over, too.” “WAIT…WHAT?” Chet says
with margarine, not butter,” Chet says. “And if it didn’t get fin-
loudly. He turns to me and says, “This is a revelation!” He turns
ished, it gets kept nice and cold in the refrigerator. Though in my
back to Laura and says, “Say that again!”
family, there usually wasn’t any left.” Laura adds that at weddings
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For the cake: 2 c. sugar 2 c. flour 1 t. baking soda 1 t. cinnamon 2 sticks margarine 1 c. water 4 T. unsweetened cocoa 2 eggs ½ c. buttermilk 1 t. vanilla For the icing: 1 stick margarine 4 T. unsweetened cocoa 6 T. milk 16-oz. box powdered sugar 1 c. chopped pecans 1 t. vanilla
To make the cake, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a saucepan, melt the margarine, then add the water and cocoa. In a small bowl, beat the eggs with the buttermilk and vanilla. Mix everything together in the larger bowl and pour into a greased and floured 11-by-16-inch baking pan. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before icing. To make the icing, bring the margarine, cocoa and milk to a boil in a pan. Remove from the heat and beat in the sugar and vanilla. Pour half of the icing over half of the cake, add the pecans to the remaining icing and pour that over the other half of the cake.
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CATHY AND ROB LIPPINCOTT BY A M Y M CC U L LO U G H • P H OTO G RA P H Y BY N AT H A N B E E LS
ou might expect Cathy and Rob Lippincott, co-owners of
on the deal and watched ’em,” he says with a slow, subtle drawl.
Güero’s Taco Bar, to make Mexican food if they had you over
“It came out fabulous every time.”
for dinner. Instead, they choose a decidedly American menu:
What he learned was to dust the ribs in seasoning first, then
Baby back pork ribs, bacon-wrapped Lockhart quail legs, potato sal-
cook them over very low heat for a long time (three to four hours,
ad, broccoli slaw and baked beans. To Cathy, this meal is “just the
preferably), and sop them every so often to keep them moist. He
way we are; the Lippincott comfort zone.” And Rob concurs. “It’s
admits that he forgot about the sop tonight, usually a blend of
what I do for the family more than any other dish,” he says. The
chicken stock and spices, in all the excitement of entertaining. But
whole spread is “the thing we love to do for us and our kids.”
he also didn’t cook these ribs quite as long, so he isn’t worried.
The kids include two grown daughters that Cathy and Rob say
The barbecue sauce he did not forget. He calls it “salsa,” an un-
are “helping us retire” by shifting into leadership at Güero’s, an in-
derstandable slip for the owner of a Mexican restaurant (“salsa”
stitution that’s been described by some as the restaurant that de-
means “sauce,” after all). He credits the base recipe to his mom—
fined SoCo. The South Congress staple, known for its salsa bar and
his Yankee mom, he adds with a laugh. “No, seriously,” he says,
hand-shaken margaritas, gets a lot of cred for being an early occupant
“it’s my mom’s Indiana barbecue sauce. I like it pretty good.” The
(they bought the building in 1995) of the now-famed tourist stretch.
only consistent ingredients are chili sauce, onion and vinegar.
But, tonight, they’re at home. Rob, wearing a lavender guayabera
“There’s no recipe,” says Cathy, noting that Rob will sometimes
and a gray braid, shows off his Big Green Egg on the back patio and
just open the refrigerator and start throwing in random condi-
explains what he likes about it. “They hold the heat real well and
ments like soy sauce, maple syrup, capers, “whatever he can find.”
they don’t break,” he says. Apparently, they’re made of material ini-
Despite all this Texas ranch and Midwestern “salsa” talk,
tially developed by NASA. “You can make it as hot or as cool as you
Cathy and Rob’s kitchen is adorned with other influences, such
want,” he says. The thermometer he uses for the grill is currently
as talavera plates and an alebrije mask (a style of Mexican art
broken, but he knows from experience that it’s a nice, low heat for
reminiscent of another local standby, Fonda San Miguel), and the
his ribs, which he grills over a combo of charcoal and wood.
spreaders on the cheese plate have handles of stacked skulls à la
Inside, Cathy goes over her classic, “nothing fancy” side dishes,
Día de los Muertos. It’s only later in the evening that Rob chuck-
like the potato salad and its main ingredient. “I don’t mash ’em
les and says, “Wow, we didn’t do any Mexican food. We love Mex-
or chop ’em,” she says. “I smash ’em with the end of a mason jar.
ican food like crazy,” he says, “but this is more traditional for us.”
They just taste better that way.” She admits that her broccoli slaw,
Finally around the dinner table are Cathy and Rob and a hand-
which is made with raw florets rather than matchsticks, is similar
ful of work associates. It’s a full dining room, the food is incred-
to Central Market’s, but she likes hers better. “This is all I want to
ible and the conversation flows freely. Cathy tells a funny story
eat tonight,” she says, sprinkling grated sharp cheddar on top. Her
about being stung (repeatedly) in the butt by a scorpion while
beans feature the tried-and-true add-ins of brown sugar and mus-
working at Güero’s; Philadelphia and Chicago connections are
tard with a topping of partially cooked bacon that finishes in the
discovered among the group; and one attendee is revealed to be
oven. “What do you do?” she asks. “You buy a can of baked beans
an award-winning homebrewer—which ties into fond memories
but then you add stuff to it.” Simple but true. “And they’re so good.”
of drinking beer on Güero’s front porch. With Mae, the Lippin-
The main attraction, though, is Rob’s baby back ribs. “I learned
cotts’ black Labrador, making rounds at the edge of the table hop-
those mostly [through] a friend of mine,” he explains. His friend’s
ing to score a scrap or two, it really does feel like a family meal
dad and uncles had a couple of ranches, and they’d host a barbe-
in a well-established comfort zone (if your family has an amazing
cue twice a year—cooking brisket, ribs and chicken. “I just got in
BARBECUED PORK RIBS AND BACON-WRAPPED QUAIL LEGS Ed Ruscha (American, b. 1937), Pool #2, from the portfolio Pools, 1968; printed 1997. © Ed Ruscha
Serves 6–8 For the ribs and quail-leg rub: ½ c. chili powder ½ c. garlic powder ½ c. onion powder ¼ c. black pepper 2 T. salt 2 full racks baby back pork ribs 20 bacon-wrapped quail legs
For the sop: 3 c. chicken stock 2 T. brown sugar 3 T. yellow mustard
Make the rub by combining the seasonings in a bowl. Make the sop by mixing everything in a different bowl. Using your hands or a shaker, liberally dust the ribs and quail with the rub. Put the ribs on a hot grill to sear on all sides. If using a gas grill, reduce the heat to 250° and cook for 1½ to 2 hours (or 3 to 4 hours if sopping every 30 minutes or so). If using a charcoal grill, move the ribs to the cooler side of the grill after searing. Periodically turn and swab ribs with barbecue sauce (recipe below). You should swab the ribs from the very beginning if not using sop, and if using both, start with sop and switch to barbecue sauce at the end. The quail legs don’t take as long to cook. Sear them on both sides, move them to the cooler side of the grill and turn until desired doneness—approximately 1 hour, total (no sop or barbecue sauce on the quail legs). For “Mom’s” barbecue sauce: 2 T. olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 12-oz. jar chili sauce 1 T. yellow mustard 1–2 fresh jalapeños, chopped Ancho chile powder, to taste 1–2 T. vinegar Salt and pepper, to taste Random condiments you feel like adding Add the olive oil to a hot pan and sauté the onion. When the onion is transparent, add everything else. Simmer the sauce during the whole rib-grilling process (or keep on warm the second two hours if using the extended rib-cooking time).
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MARSHALL NEWHOUSE BY N AT H A N M AT I SS E • P H OTO G RA P H Y BY N AT H A N B E E LS
common brick wrapped in tinfoil sits atop a split chicken in
ket, ribs and a German chocolate cake that left Newhouse with
a scalding hot 20-inches-or-so-wide cast-iron skillet. Getting
a lifelong sweet tooth. “I wish it wasn’t true for life after retire-
this thing into, or out of, a 500-degree oven seems a daunt-
ment,” he says with a laugh.
ing task given the heft and heat, but veteran NFL offensive lineman
None of that appears on this afternoon’s menu, however. New-
Marshall Newhouse does it deftly, and practically one-handed. This
house typically takes his cooking inspiration from something he
ain’t his first rodeo, and he’s quite literally made a career of using his
sees on a restaurant menu or in any of the food television shows
hands swiftly and strongly in restricted spaces.
he keeps up with (he’s a lifelong Alton Brown follower with a soft
Currently playing for the Buffalo Bills, Newhouse has bounced
spot for Emeril and Anthony Bourdain). The blueberry cobbler
around throughout his 8-year career. “But every place I’ve lived,
may borrow a little from Newhouse family desserts, but the brick
I’m like: I want to end up back in Texas,” he says. When Newhouse
chicken started when he saw Aziz Ansari mention it online. New-
recently decided the time had come to purchase a home away
house attempted it for the first time two off-seasons ago; now he
from New York, Austin beckoned. He’d been coming here since
confidently breaks down the bird and executes the multi-heat
high school—having grown up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A
cooking technique as effortlessly as he might perform a pull block.
few close friends and Texas Christian University-alum teammates
He notes his prized kitchen tool is an Aura chef ’s knife he ac-
had settled here earlier, too. So, Newhouse made the move official
quired while living in the Bay Area. “It’s honestly so much muscle
in January—giving him at least a little time to get situated before
memory,” he says, to deflect from a bit of knife-skills praise. “I
training camp resurfaced in the summer.
grew up watching cooking shows, and even to my surprise I was
His schedule may not always allow it, but Newhouse clearly
just picking up stuff. Like, how did I even realize how to do that?”
enjoys cooking. Today, in his appropriately modern-minimalist
As you’d expect from someone who meticulously researches
South Austin place, the kitchen has begun to feel lived-in even if
and preps for game day, the meal is casually excellent. The brick
the start of his Bills’ tenure looms. (His fondness for beloved local
ensures an even sear on the chicken skin and the hot oven keeps
institution Ace Mart doesn’t hurt on that front.) The grind of an
the meat juicy and perfectly cooked. He embraced his freelance
NFL season doesn’t leave much time for this—between practices
tendencies a tad with the dessert—opting for a more biscuit-y,
and meetings, a 13-hour day is pretty common. Eating out and
less rigid crust dolloped on top instead of premade pie dough for
ordering in become necessities at times. No matter where he’s
played, though, Newhouse has always loved learning about the lo-
While he soon has to leave behind some of these tastes for now,
cal culture and cuisine—while playing for Green Bay, he enjoyed
a bit of food-related trivia does still follow him everywhere he goes.
fried cheese curds; when he was with the Giants, he had the best
During his high school days, Newhouse decided to sign up for what
omakase of his life; and being a Bengal introduced him to Cincin-
felt like every club knowing that it’d look good on college applica-
nati chili served over spaghetti and topped with beans, onions
tions. Among them, two now appear in virtually every profile, from
and cheese. These days in Buffalo, he’s pretty familiar with those
his TCU player page to a recent interview with ESPN: Horticulture
famous wings at the Anchor Bar, too.
club and Japanese club. He remembers attending perhaps one meet-
The love for variety is what inspires Newhouse to spend as
ing between the two of them, but this smidge of truth may have odd-
much off-season time as he can in the kitchen. Both his mom and
ly grown more valid over the years. After all, one day he envisions
dad cooked when he was young (likely had to; Newhouse jokes
his backyard sporting both a lemon and a lime tree, and he admits
that he and his brother regularly ate the family out of their cab-
that Japan is high on his culinary bucket list. He wants to pick up a
inets), and the family staples mirrored Texas ones: smoked bris-
proper kitchen knife there, too. EDIBLEAUSTIN.COM
BRICK CHICKEN Serves 6–8 For the chicken: 1 3- to 4-lb. chicken, fat trimmed, rinsed, dried, split, backbone removed 1 t. dried thyme 1 t. dried parsley Salt and pepper, to taste 1 T. coarsely chopped garlic 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 lemon, cut into quarters, for serving Prepare a large, rinsed brick by wrapping it tightly in foil. Place the chicken on a cutting board, skin-side down, and using your hands, press down hard to make it as flat as possible. Mix together the thyme, parsley, salt, pepper, garlic and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and rub all over the chicken—tucking some of the mixture under the skin, as well. If possible, cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for up to a day (even 20 minutes of marinating boosts the flavor). When you’re ready to cook, heat the oven to 500°. On the stovetop, heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes. Put the remaining olive oil in the pan and wait about 30 seconds for it to heat. Place the chicken in the skillet, skin-side down, and place the brick on top to help flatten the chicken. Cook for 5 minutes, then transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the chicken for 15 minutes more. Remove the chicken from the oven, take off the brick and turn the chicken over. Roast 10 minutes more, or until done (larger chickens may take an additional 5 minutes or so). Serve with lemon wedges.
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KELLY STOCKER BY A N N E M A R I E H A M PS H I R E • P H OTO G RA P H Y BY N AT H A N B E E LS
obody puts Kelly Stocker in a corner. This creative, en-
It’s true, tonight’s menu items draw on simple, high-quality
trepreneurial dynamo with a penchant for microphones,
(and sustainable and local, whenever possible) ingredients that
technology and all-things-still-weird-about-Austin is
come together quickly and deliciously—an appetizer, a pasta dish
hard to pin down. She’s a DJ for KGSR, an emcee for community
and a dessert. As she slices the Easy Tiger baguette to pop in the
events (such as the annual Edible Austin Chef Auction and Keep
oven for the crostini, she says, “I thought I’d add some thyme…
Austin Weird Festival) and a writer for many local blogs and web-
but it’s too much. Three ingredients…no more! That’s it.” One of
sites. But all of these things she considers her “side hustles,” or
those holy trinity ingredients is honey that she collected from
gigs that allow her to dive into what really turns her on: the local
the hive in her backyard and, as with most any topic that comes
community. “For me, it’s such a core value to be connected to your
up in the banter that naturally happens while chopping and stir-
community and what’s happening in your community,” she says.
ring, she has hilarious stories to tell—like the random drunk lady
“Austin is an easy place to do that because there’s always some-
she found via Craigslist who was selling her fully loaded beehive;
thing to write about.”
the stinging that ensued when trying to cover the hive; and then
Stocker grew up in McAllen and moved to Austin after col-
there’s the moving of the beehive to her backyard “under the cov-
lege—and some requisite soul-searching—to work for Dell (“the
er of night.” She offers a taste of the amazing honey—a half-gallon
gateway drug to Austin”) before moving on to Yelp. Now, she’s
of which she and her boyfriend Robert harvested from just one
a self-employed “productivity consultant,” a title she admits she
tray in the hive. “The mesquite trees were blooming at the time,”
made up. Through a course called the “Productivity Power Hour,”
she says. “So you’ll get a little bit of mesquite, along with laven-
she teaches startups and individuals how to make life easier
der, which was all over the place. Do you taste the flowers?”
through the magic of technology—demonstrating plugins, short-
As Stocker plates the finished pasta on her grandmother’s be-
cuts, apps, hacks and how-tos on organizing email and so on. “You
loved Fiestaware, it’s clear that no matter how quickly and effi-
know how some people love to organize closets?” she explains.
ciently she wants the cooking to be over so “the fun can begin,”
“That’s how I feel about digital stuff. Let me see your nasty inbox.
she enjoys it immensely. “I think a lot of times, we come to cook-
Let’s make it happen!”
ing with this story about who we are and how we cook and what
Turns out, “making it happen” is how she approaches cooking,
we’re able to do,” she says. “Sometimes, you have to overcome the
as well. Apparently, the choice of what to make today was not an
story of who you are, not only as a person but as a cook. And then
easy one, so over brunch, she turned to her friends to discuss.
you can move forward with your adventures!”
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8 slices toasted baguette, ½-inch-thick 2 oz. whipped Pure Luck or other local goat cheese or chèvre 2 fresh peaches, sliced thinly 4 T. local honey Smear the toasted baguette slices liberally with chèvre. Top each with a peach slice. Drizzle liberally with honey. Wonder why your entire kitchen is sticky. EDIBLEAUSTIN.COM
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SPINACH FETTUCCINE WITH ADOBO CHIPOTLE CREAM SAUCE AND SEARED SCALLOPS Serves 4 1 lb. sea scallops, washed, side muscle removed (or substitute shrimp from the Texas Gulf) Freshly ground pepper, to taste 12 oz. spinach fettuccine 4 T. butter, divided 2 garlic cloves, grated 1 small onion, diced 2 pt. heavy whipping cream (or substitute 1 pt. of half & half) Handful grated Parmesan Liquid from a 7-oz. can chipotles in adobo sauce, solids reserved 1 bunch cilantro, chopped Put the washed scallops on a paper towel and pat dry, then season on all sides with pepper. Let the scallops rest while they come to room temperature—about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, get a big pot of salted water on the stove, heat to a boil and cook the fettuccine according to package instructions. Drain, set aside and keep warm. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of butter and add the garlic and onion. When the garlic and onion are softened, pour in the heavy cream and stir until warm enough to melt the Parmesan. Toss in the Parmesan and stir until it’s incorporated. Spoon in the adobo liquid, to taste, and keep warm. (You can also add the diced chipotle peppers for a stronger flavor.) Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the butter turns brown and smells nutty. Add the scallops to the hot butter and cook until deep golden brown on 1 side—about 1 or 2 minutes, depending on size. Flip the scallops and spoon the butter over them repeatedly until
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hen dreaming up a remodel or new build, flooring
1. MARMOLEUM: $5/SQUARE FOOT
may not be as sexy or Pinterest-worthy as say, wall-
This product is made from natural ingredients, such as flax-
paper, paint colors, kitchens or bathrooms. However,
seed oil and wood flour, and is finished with a jute backing, mak-
nothing supports the life coursing through a home each day quite
ing the floor comfortable to walk on. It’s available in squares or
like our floors. We play with our children and/or pets on them,
sheets in a wide variety of colors, allowing for a monotone look
stand on them for hours cooking and walk the same traffic pattern
or an intricate pattern. It can be used in wet areas like kitchens,
from room to room. The floor really anchors the entire home, and
bathrooms and laundry rooms, has antibacterial properties and
now homeowners are more conscientious than ever about remod-
helps reduce dust mites and allergens. Our experts warn that
eling or building with flooring that reflects their values and con-
Marmoleum can stain and dent easily, though, and—as with any
cerns for the environment.
type of flooring—you’ll want to make sure it’s installed by a con-
We spoke with interior-design experts Shannon Eddings of
tractor who has experience with the product.
Shannon Eddings Interiors, Mark Evans, project designer at CG&S Design-Build and Sarah Malek Barney, owner and principal design-
2. CORK: $5–$10/SQUARE FOOT
er at Bandd Design, to get their thoughts on the new wave of sus-
“Cork is softer on feet, durable, can even be used in the kitch-
tainable flooring options. Listed here—from most budget-friend-
en,” Evans notes. It’s also thermal and helps with acoustics, which
ly to most splurge-worthy—are seven of the sustainable flooring
is a plus in common areas. However, it can become scratched in
trends that our experts are seeing. Prices per square foot are ap-
a home with pets, and may damage easily. “But that’s just patina,”
proximate and do not include installation costs. Keep in mind these
Evans says. “I’ve even damaged my concrete floor—it happens
are starting prices, as products can range in quality and selection.
with flooring.” EDIBLEAUSTIN.COM
3. RUBBER: $5–$10/SQUARE FOOT Great for laundry rooms, mudrooms and even busy kitchens, rubber flooring is available in a wide range of colors. Our experts note that some may be turned off by its industrial look but advise to view the options before ruling it out, as you may be surprised. Ask for rubber flooring made from recycled tires for an extra-sustainable option.
4. STAINED/POLISHED CONCRETE: $10/SQUARE FOOT This price reflects the amount it costs to float a new, thin concrete layer over an existing rough one and polish it. Staining is another $5–$10/square foot. “It’s budget-friendly because your slab is already there,” Malek Barney says. “It can be inexpensive to polish, and it’s indestructible.” Those are the pros. The cons are that polished concrete can be tough on your feet and body day after day, especially if you’re on your feet much of the time you’re at home. Also, it’s not very forgiving; it may not be a good choice for people who are prone to falling or dropping items.
5. BAMBOO: $10/SQUARE FOOT This is one of the most popular sustainable options because bamboo grows quickly and it’s aesthetically pleasing. Evans warns homeowners to “be sure to get a good quality bamboo because the cheaper ones damage easily.”
6. CEMENT TILE: $15/SQUARE FOOT If the goal is to use a sustainable flooring material and have your home reflect the Austin vibe you see in many of your favorite commercial spaces, then cement tile may be what you’re looking for. “Cement tile is very Austin,” says Eddings. “It’s handmade and doesn’t require a lot of energy to produce. You can find it on floors, walls, bar fronts—it’s everywhere and it’s colorful and eye-catching.”
7. RECLAIMED WOOD: $10–$30/SQUARE FOOT “There’s a ton of oak in Texas, but this option can get pricey unless you’re doing the reclaiming yourself,” says Malek Barney. Evans warns homeowners to check reclaimed wood for pesticides, dust or lead that may be present. Still, if you’re mindful of your sourcing and choice of contractor, reclaimed wood can bring an iconic look to your home. “I love anything reclaimed or salvaged and think that the old wood flooring is something that seems authentically Austin,” says Eddings. 30
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lants can brighten up the interior of any home, but those who lack experience often avoid them. We’re here to say that the houseplant shouldn’t be feared! With some basic
knowledge about light, watering and the right plants to buy, you’ll soon be on the way to growing your own urban indoor jungle. The first step to success is giving your home a good hard look to find the best sunlit spots. Melissa Hagen, houseplant manager at Tillery Street Plant Company, notes how often people come to shop unprepared. “A lot of times, people will come to the store and get a few small plants, thinking ‘I’m going to start small,’” she says. “If you don’t have a good place to display them, or you put your three small plants on your win-
Cacti and succulents also do very well indoors, but there are a
dowsill and you stand back, you
few things to keep in mind before taking one home. They require
barely notice them. I recommend get-
coarse, sandy soil that allows for better drainage, and the pot has
ting a plant that’s proportional to your space, so that might be one large plant instead.” Once you determine the space the new greenery will live in, it’s time to pick a plant. Solid options for beginners include pothos ivy, aloe vera, spider plants and begonias. If your home’s interior isn’t well lit by the sun, opt for plants that do well in low and artificial lighting, such as peace lilies, ZZ plants and snake plants. For those seeking a tree-like houseplant, dracaena or the ‘Audrey’ ficus are a great place to start. Hagen is a self-proclaimed fan of
dracaena marginata, because of its hot-pink coloring. If fun colors also appeal to you, begonias come in a wide variety of hues, and pothos is available in several colors and variegations. Keep in mind that many of these houseplant varieties, such as dracaenas, peace lilies, begonias and pothos, are toxic to animals if ingested. On the other hand, varieties such as sword ferns, spider plants, African violets, prayer plants and echeveria are all nontoxic. If you have pets, do your research before selecting and placing your plants. (You can find searchable databases at aspca.org and petpoisonhelpline.com.) 32
to have holes in the bottom for additional drainage. (This applies to all houseplants, really.) “I would also recommend putting them outside sometimes for extra sun,” says Hagen. “I do that with all my normal houseplants, too. The key to a happy cactus or succulent is lots of light, and a little water.” When you do set plants outdoors, be sure to only leave them out for a day or two, and avoid direct sunlight that could burn the plant. When watering houseplants that aren’t drought tolerant, the road to success lies in knowing the signs of an under-watered plant. “A thirsty plant generally will look really droopy,” Hagen says. “You look for signs like either the top of the plant wilting or the plant not being as springy as normal. And then with plants like the snake plant, the whole paddle leaf will get wrinkles and start to curl.” Watering is also a good time to check for potential pests in your plant’s soil. Know what spider mites, mealybugs and scale look like, and keep an eye out for them whenever you water, so you can catch any issues early. There is a wide variety of ways to use plants as decor in the home. Nestle them in a macramé hanger, on a floating shelf or a trendy plant stand—you can even trail vines on the wall. Or
pick a pot that functions as a focal point. One of Hagen’s favorite ways to show off her pothos and spider plants is to suspend them in water in a transparent vase. “I feel like, hydroponically, plants are super underutilized,” she says. “A lot of plants you can keep in water. You just need to give them sunlight and some spring water to keep them happy. It’s just so easy.” Once your new plant is happily placed in your home under the right kind of light, the last step is to be patient, and ask for help if you need it. “So many people are like, ‘I love plants, but I kill them,’” says Hagen. “I just say, ‘Maybe you haven’t found the right plant for you!’ There are so many different varieties of plants and they all have different requirements. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t, but when it does work out and you end up having a plant for years and years, it’s really nice.”
MELISSA HAGEN’S HYDROPONIC HOUSEPLANT HOW-TO Besides giving us an excuse to bring out our pretty vases, the benefits of growing houseplants hydroponically include eliminating the need for potting soil. Because the plant is permanently suspended in water, there’s no way to over- or under-water, and the lack of soil also keeps pests away. To get started, all you need are some plant cuttings, a transparent vessel and spring water. Two of Hagen’s favorite houseplants to keep in water are spider plants and pothos ivy, though spiderwort and philodendron are also popular options. Trim a cutting of the plant with several leaves on it (or in the case of the spider plant, cut a plantlet off the mother plant), and place in enough water to cover the stem, allowing the leaves to stay dry. You can also move a potted houseplant into water, but gently remove the soil from the roots first. Place the vase in the sun, providing the plant with as much sunlight as its potted counterparts require. Whenever the water level starts to drop—typically every week or so—top off the water to its original height. Feel free to add multiple cuttings of the same plant to one vessel, as long as the container is large enough; however, it’s best not to put different plants in the same container, because each houseplant has its own nutrient and sunlight requirements. The use of rainwater or bottled spring water allows the cuttings to root more easily, and provides the houseplant with the nutrients it would normally receive from soil. Hagen recommends these waters over tap because they have less chlorine. If the water starts to get murky, change it every few months. Also keep an eye out for any rotting roots and remove accordingly. Keep these tips in mind as you watch your new water plants, and you’ll be good to go! EDIBLEAUSTIN.COM
Critter Condos by Claudia Alarcón • Photography by Tyler Bruce
ustin has long been a haven for urban wildlife, but be-
observe their world. “We’ve had screech owls roosting in our boxes
cause of our recent rapid development, local habitats
all around the country and in some cases, within days after putting
continue to shrink. A simple way to support our critter
them up. Saw-whet owls will nest in these boxes, as well. The nest
friends—especially our beneficial flying critter friends—is to add low-maintenance, locally made nesting boxes.
box only needs to be placed 10 feet up in the tree.” Sunshine warns against installing a nest box facing north, as it
Emmy Westlake Sunshine and her family have always been
increases the chances of cold wind and rain penetration. And it’s
outdoor enthusiasts who love attracting wildlife to their yard, so
important that there isn’t a lot of brush surrounding the box or
when they saw the baby owls in a friend’s nest box, they knew they
the opening so that owls can easily fly in and out. Hardwood trees,
had to have a box of their own. Screech owls are abundant in our
such as oak, pine, pecan and other large trees are ideal; bushy trees
area and thrive in urban settings. They eat large insects and small
like juniper are not. “Nest boxes also work well on the side of a
rodents such as mice, thus making them effective pest control.
house, garage, barn or other tall structures. We recommend placing
“We made our first screech owl nest box several years ago and
a handful of dry leaves in the bottom of the box—and that’s it!”
it was amazing watching the owls come roost and begin nesting
Of course, we can’t talk about flying critters without mention-
almost immediately,” says Sunshine. “We started making screech
ing Austin’s most iconic resident: the Mexican free-tailed bat.
owl nest boxes for friends and family and soon we couldn’t keep
Debbie Zent grew up in Western Massachusetts, in a neighbor-
up with demand. OwlReach was born shortly thereafter.”
hood that ran alongside acres of woods where she played with
Sunshine’s company makes nest boxes out of cedar, which
her brothers. “We were familiar with the wildlife that lived there
weathers naturally and fades into a color similar to the bark of the
and saw many birds and animals up close…except bats,” she says.
tree. While most nest box openings are just big enough to allow
“At dusk, we would watch them flit about between the trees, much
access, her patented OwlView opening and roosting window is
too far over our heads to really see what they looked like.” This
larger, giving both adults and owlets plenty of room to sit, roost and
curiosity stayed with her for years, and when she moved to Austin
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in 2011, there was no turning back. With help from Bat Conserva-
nursing colonies, which many enthusiasts find appealing,” says Zent.
tion International (BCI), Zent and her brother Dave started build-
The choice between a three- or four-chambered house is a matter of
ing bat houses to sell online. Their company, Austin Batworks,
preference; four chambers will house about 50 or more bats, which
currently sells handcrafted single and multichamber homes that
love to congregate in large numbers.
come in shades of black suede, amber leaf, canoe and toasted
Another beneficial local winged friend that thrives in man-made
marshmallow, depending on what region of the country you’re in.
colonies is the purple martin. They’re voracious insect eaters that
The success of a bat house depends on many factors, includ-
are a joy to watch, yet they’re threatened by invasive species, such
ing sun exposure, paint color and distance from tree branches or
as the sparrows and starlings that are multiplying at an alarming
other potential perches for predators. “The colors we chose are
rate. Concerned about the plight of the martins, Danny Sinclair
based on BCI’s twelve years of research on artificial bat roosts,”
opened Purple Martin Propagators, an Austin-based company spe-
says Zent. “BCI determined specific thresholds of temperature
cializing in 12 or 24 poly-gourd rack systems installed on 14-foot
needs for bat house success and created a map of the contiguous
aluminum poles. The gourds are made of food-grade polyethylene
United States—illustrating four distinct temperature gradients.
that provides great temperature control, and the systems are on
Bat houses are far more successful if painted or stained, as the
winches that allow you to easily lower the gourds for cleaning and
darkness or lightness of color determines solar absorption.”
maintenance. Some of the gourds have sparrow traps, and all come
Bat houses should be installed, at minimum, 10 feet above the
with starling resistant entrance holes.
ground, but 12 to 20 feet is better. The location should be sunny, with
In light of our dwindling wildlife habitats and resources, con-
a minimum of six to eight hours of sunlight per day, but if limited,
sider helping these three local and beneficial critters by providing
morning sun is preferable. The house should be 20 to 30 feet from
a home, and in return, they’ll provide you with years of beautiful
trees, wires or other potential predator perches. “If the recommend-
ed criteria are met, bat houses are more likely to be used during the first summer if installed before the bats return in spring,” says Zent.
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Single-chambered bat houses are most successful when installed on
the side of a home, barn or other structure as opposed to poles, be-
cause they lack thermal stability. Multichambered houses have bet-
ter thermal stability and are suited for either mount. “If placed with-
in a quarter mile of water, the multichambered houses tend to attract
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AH-SO WINE OPENER Growing up, I always used our Ah-So wine-opener for the church key on the handle. Then, as I got older, it was the first wine opener my dad taught me to use. It’s better for aged wines, but I like that it gets the cork out whole without putting a hole in it. It took me a few bottles to get the hang of it, but now if my wine doesn’t come with a screw top or in a can, I always look for my Ah-So and then call my dad to discuss my newest wine find. Jenna Northcutt Publisher
MRS. ANDERSON’S BAKING HAND-CRANK FLOUR SIFTER Nobody wants to bite into a dessert and come across a chunk of flour—eating baked goods should be nothing less than pure bliss! Enter the sifter, one of my favorite tools to use while baking. Though sieves also work to break down dry ingredients, the hand-crank sifter is easier to use in my opinion (and there’s something oddly satisfying about turning the handle). And it gets bonus points for adding a touch of nostalgia to the kitchen; its design has been going strong since the Victorian era! Darby Kendall Digital Content Manager, Contributor
VINTAGE FROSTED-GLASS CHAMPAGNE FLUTES These beauties are my absolute favorite things in the world, and they have been ever since I was a little girl. I inherited them from my grandmother on my 21st birthday—she remembered that during my childhood, I would beg her for permission to play with them whenever I came over for a visit. There is just something about their upbeat aqua color and the texture of the frosted glass that makes my heart so happy. What better way to jazz up any celebration? Dawn Weston Associate Publisher 38
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viognier, roussanne, Vermentino and other grapes that originate across the Mediterranean, such as marsanne, picpoul blanc and trebbiano. Other winemakers turn to blends as an alternative—selecting the best of their crop to produce an outstanding white. Blending the grapes means the winery is less reliant on one varietal and can avoid missing a vintage if the vines suffer from early frost, hail or rain damage. Brennan Vineyards’ Lily is edging up on almost a decade of accolades. The blend typically includes roussanne, a grape popular in France’s Rhône region, mixed with other grapes to bring out the best in the wine based on that year’s harvest. While the highly praised 2016 Lily was 100 percent roussanne, the much-awarded 2015 Lily included only 29 percent roussanne combined with Muscat of Alexandria and viognier. The just-bottled 2017 is 52 percent roussanne and 48 percent malvasia bianca. Whether producing single varietals or blends, Texas winemakers continue to explore the white grapes that thrive best in Texas’ unpredictable growing environments. While these varietal names may be unfamiliar today, they’re likely to be among your favorites in the not-too-distant future.
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VARIETAL SIMILAR IN STYLE
RECENT VINTAGES OF TEXAS AWARD WINNERS
Spain and Portugal
pinot grigio, chenin blanc, dry riesling
Hilmy Cellars Albariño 2016
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chardonnay, marsanne, viognier
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sauvignon blanc, grüner veltliner
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ARNOSKY FAMILY FARM BY V I V É G R I F F I T H • P H OTO G RA P H Y BY CAS EY WO O DS
eading out Texas RM 165 toward Blanco, there’s a moment
inal 12 acres. They lived in a tent while they cleared the land and
when you crest a hill and the breathtaking expanse of the
built their first greenhouse. That greenhouse still stands, along
Hill Country spreads out before you. Only a few minutes
with several others, plus workers’ quarters, the Arnoskys’ home
farther along stands the cheerful Blue Barn of Arnosky Family
and the packing shed where they assemble 1,500 bouquets of
Farm. A local landmark, the barn draws tourists, day-trippers and
flowers each week.
neighbors, who gather up buckets of sunflowers, mixed bouquets
Pamela runs the packing crew. A straightforward woman in
of seasonal color and hanging baskets to grace their homes, front
braids who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada
porches and special events.
decades before it was popular, Pamela deftly recuts and strips the
Frank and Pamela Arnosky started their flower farm in 1990,
leaves from bachelor’s buttons while we talk. At another table,
when a $1,000 down payment enabled them to purchase the orig-
employees work through buckets of celosia in yellow and flame red. Two dogs nap in the shade. We discuss the logistics of running a family farm in an age of industrial farming, supplying flowers for the First Ladies’ Luncheon and helping pioneer the American Grown Flowers movement, which certifies farms for consumers seeking homegrown flowers. But conversation often drifts to the larger philosophy driving the Arnoskys’ work. “We’re trying to do something that’s bigger than we are,” she says. That “something bigger” comes through in the awareness that the farm supports 12 families—some of them workers hired through the federal H-2A agricultural guest-worker program. It’s also expressed in the desire to preserve the land—especially the acres that were part of Peyton Colony, a freedmen’s community established after the Civil War. The Arnoskys bought the land from an African-American family whose ancestors had owned it since 1874, and they want to keep that history alive. Then there’s the Blue Barn itself—painted the color of the morning glories that climb the trellises of the packing shed. Designed by furniture maker Gary Weeks of Wimberley, the barn was constructed in 2008 through an old-fashioned barn-raising. “A barn-raising brings the community together, and we envision this as a community space,” Pamela says. “We’re expanding our mission beyond just a wholesale cut-flower farm to be more of a destination where people can come for flowers, vegetables, picnics and events. This will help us preserve the beauty and rural character of the valley.” Pamela notes that growing flowers in Texas is a four-season operation. Each week, about 30,000 plants go into the ground— working on a four-to-six-month cycle ahead of harvest. In the summer, they put in poinsettia cuttings to prepare for December. In November, they are readying for January’s sweet peas and dianthus. Spring features lilies, larkspur, tulips and an array of Texas wildflowers. EDIBLEAUSTIN.COM
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Bouquets go out to Central Markets under the Texas Specialty Cut Flowers label, as well as to H-E-B Blooms and other vendors. And the farm receives regular flower requests for funerals, special events and weddings. (My own wedding in 2008 featured vases filled with sunflowers and salvias from the farm.) In the fall, the farm is ablaze with marigolds. Spurred by the increasing interest in Día de los Muertos celebrations, the Arnoskys now produce more marigolds than any farm outside of California. The flowers are used to decorate elaborate altars, known as ofrendas, and are believed to help guide the dead back with their bright color and scent. And if the dead are drawn to the marigolds, so are the butterflies. In mid-October, the flowers are literally “dripping with monarchs” who stop over for nectar on their annual migration to Mexico. The thousands of buckets of marigolds sold in late October are “confirmation of how incredibly valuable that tradition is,” says Pamela. “It’s another way of bringing people together and honoring those who have come before us. That’s truly the way we go into the next generation, by passing down our knowledge and remembering what people have taught us.”
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After nearly 30 years and raising four children on the farm, you might think the Arnoskys would be slowing down. Instead, their curiosity and passion drives them to keep expanding. They’ve purchased land in Minnesota, where they’re growing fields of stunning peonies. And they’ve also got a new farm in Fort Davis, where the altitude means cooler weather, perfect for raspberries. Reflecting on a life surrounded by flowers, the sounds of birds,
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VEGAN ICE CREAM BY JEN HAMILTON HERNANDEZ • PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAM SANITCHAT & AMELIA RALEY
ccording to Amelia Raley, co-owner of Sweet Ritual, Austin
when she had an abundance of mangoes that were going to be
might just be the vegan ice cream capital of the U.S. Wheth-
wasted if she didn’t come up with a plan to use them. An em-
er true or not, it’s no surprise that such a creative, vibrant
ployee suggested she make ice cream, and because she had plenty
city could be considered the epicenter of a national trend toward
of coconut cream on hand (it’s a foundational ingredient in Thai
dairy-free ice cream. And vegan ice cream isn’t just popular with
cooking, after all), she made her first batch. Thai Fresh has been a
vegans; people looking to remove dairy from their diet for a variety
vegan-friendly dessert destination ever since.
of reasons are enjoying scoops.
“Ice cream is less of a science than baking,” Sanitchat says,
Those who grew up getting that free birthday scoop at
“so you can learn faster.” She encourages home cooks to exper-
Baskin-Robbins may be skeptical. Can vegan ice cream match the
iment—substituting fruit that’s available seasonally and playing
creaminess of its dairy-forward counterpart? The answer is a re-
with different ingredients like palm sugar instead of cane sugar.
sounding yes, and those at the forefront of Austin’s vegan ice cream
“If you’re worried about the outcome, just make half a batch and
scene have already done much of the trial and error for you. Just
taste it. You can improve on your recipe from there.”
follow their tips and recipes, and you’ll soon be creating your own snap-worthy cone at home.
Newcomer to the Austin vegan ice cream scene, Chi Ndika started Luv Fats as a vegan avocado-based ice cream pop-up at popular
While many commercial dairy-free ice creams are whipped
events like Festival de Cumbia en la Capital, Let It Ring! Juneteenth
with air and use an almond-milk base, the local vegan ice cream
Celebration and monthly BossBabes ATX meetups. Demand for her
entrepreneurs we talked to prefer richer bases, such as coconut
creations grew, and now Luv Fats is available on Saturdays at the
milk, coconut cream, almond butter, sunflower-seed butter and av-
downtown SFC Farmers’ Market and on Sundays at the HOPE Farm-
ocados, with coconut milk and coconut cream being their favorites.
ers Market. “If you’re going to go to the work of making homemade
Jam Sanitchat, owner of Thai Fresh and Gati—a vegan dessert
ice cream, use the freshest ingredients. When I buy avocados, I buy
shop set to open on Holly Street by the end of 2018—prefers a co-
a small amount and use them that day.”
conut-cream base but adds that coconut milk can be used to cut
For equipment, Ndika has tried everything from a Cuisinart
fat content. Sanitchat, known for her cooking classes and delicious
ice cream maker to the ice cream attachment for her KitchenAid
noodle dishes, started offering vegan ice creams almost by accident
stand mixer, but says by far the best results come from “the old-
school wooden bucket that you have to churn yourself ” (a product that’s enjoying a resurgence in the market). Moni Burgin and Rachel Horesovsky opened their Milky Way
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Amelia Raley started Sweet Ritual with her business partner, Valerie Ward, in December 2011, and on any given Saturday, there’s a line out the door of their shop on Airport Boulevard, with ice cream-devouring patrons flooding out onto the sidewalks of the shopping center. “The cones we use in the shop are from The
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Central Market, so you can build your own Insta-worthy cones at home!” says Raley. Regulars at Sweet Ritual are also in love with the shop’s toppings, especially the Peanut Butter Magic Shell. With the tips and recipes below, there’s nothing stopping you
Creams even suggests adding a little bourbon to your creation—
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Pour ¾ cup coconut milk into a small bowl. Whisk in the tapioca starch and set aside. In a saucepan, whisk together the remaining coconut milk, sugar and brown-rice syrup. Place over medium-high heat and whisk continuously until the mixture comes to a soft boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking for 5 more minutes—whisking each minute. While whisking, pour the coconut milk and tapioca mixture into the saucepan and whisk continuously. The mixture will thicken almost immediately. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the vanilla. Cover the mixture—preferably directly on top with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming—and refrigerate until cold, or overnight. Once cold, pour the liquid into a prepared ice cream maker, add the bourbon if using and churn until thickened to a soft-serve consistency—15 to 20 minutes. With a spatula, transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 2 hours or until hard. EDIBLEAUSTIN.COM
VEGAN NUT BUTTER MAGIC SHELL Makes about 1 cup Courtesy of Sweet Ritual ½ c. coconut oil ½ c. creamy nut butter (such as almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter or sunbutter) ¹/³ c. powdered sugar ½ t. vanilla extract ¼ t. salt In a small pan, combine all the ingredients over medium-low heat—stirring until combined. Let the mixture cool slightly before pouring over ice cream. When applied to ice cream, the mixture will form a solid shell that’s fun to shatter with a spoon.
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Notes: Add natural vanilla in the process if you want a little vanilla flavor, but the fruit is already pretty fragrant on its own. Replace mangoes with any other fruits. Use lemon juice in place of lime juice for other fruits such as peach and berries. Or use less lime juice if you want it less sour.
Heat the almond milk in a saucepan over high heat. Once it comes to a boil, remove it from the heat and mix in the coffee grounds. Let the coffee steep for 4 minutes, then strain out the grounds with a fine sieve or a French press. Place the coffee milk in the fridge for a few hours (ideally overnight) before using.
Set aside some pieces of the mango to add once the blend goes into the maker. In a blender or food processor, blend the rest of the ingredients. Add the pieces of mango to the mixture, then follow your ice cream maker’s directions.
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eptember is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Throughout the month, the Central Texas Food Bank
(CTFB) will be encouraging participation through our “Nothing Runs on Empty” campaign—a way for Central Texans to donate, volunteer and advocate in the fight against hunger. CTFB and our partner agencies lead the charge in the battle against hunger in a 21-county service area twice the size of Massachusetts, where nearly 450,000 people face hunger—a quarter of whom are children. It’s important that all our neighbors have access to enough healthy food to reach their full potential—especially our children, who cannot grow, succeed or learn on an empty stomach. But we can’t win the fight against this public health crisis without your help. To shine a light on the toll hunger takes on individuals and our community, the “Nothing Runs on Empty” campaign asks you to consider and share how it must feel to live with an empty stomach—putting a healthy life and a promising future at risk. Here’s how it works: 1.
Grab a paper plate (or use the printable template at centraltexasfoodbank.org/HAM2018).
Jot down something you can’t do on an empty stomach: “On an empty stomach I can’t ______.”
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Then post/share a picture of you holding the plate on your social networks using #HungerActionMonth and tag @Central Texas Food Bank on Facebook, and @CTXFoodBank on Twitter and Instagram.
Or, if you’d like to step up your commitment and participate more actively, explore opportunities ranging from holding your own virtual food drive to volunteering in CTFB’s warehouse, kitchen or garden. In fact, if you volunteer on Thursday, September 6, our friends from Whataburger will be treating you to lunch. Another way to help is to make sure you’re registered to vote and then head to the polls on election day. Many decisions made in Wash-
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Gillen’s Candies + Wine Chocolate shop, wine bar and market. A place to come experience a myriad of flavors. Enjoy cheese, coffee, jerky and craft beer. Taste olive oil and vinegar on tap. 830-833-3233 1725 S. Hwy. 281, Blanco gillenscandies.com
Lick Honest Ice Creams Artisan ice creams celebrating the finest ingredients Texas has to offer! Handmade in small batches in our Austin kitchen. Natural, local and seasonal. 512-363-5622 1100 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 1135 512-609-8029 6555 Burnet Rd., Ste. 200 512-502-5949 1905 Aldrich St., Ste. 150 ilikelick.com 54
AquaBrew Brewery & Beer Garden Craft beer, culinary delights, local music and community all meet here. Come get a taste of what we’re all about. 512-353-2739 150 S. LBJ Dr., San Marcos aqua-brew.com
Becker Vineyards Winery, vineyards and tasting room with wines for tasting and for sale. Lavender fields, lavender products and annual Lavender Fest. 830-644-2681 464 Becker Farms Rd., Stonewall 307 E. Main St., Fredericksburg beckervineyards.com EDIBLEAUSTIN.COM
Bending Branch Winery
Bending Branch Winery is a premier Hill Country winery with award-winning wines, including our signature Texas Tannat. Visit us Thursday through Sunday. 830-995-2948 142 Lindner Branch Trl., Comfort 830-995-3394 704 High St., Comfort bendingbranchwinery.com
A Texas-only craft beer bar serving up the highest quality beer from regional breweries. With 54 taps and a knowledgeable staff, it’s an inviting space for dedicated beer lovers and casual drinkers alike. 512-428-5571 61 Rainey St. craftprideaustin.com
Bloody Revolution From Bloody Revolution Gourmet Mixes in Austin, TX comes a nothing-else-needed Bloody Mary Mix that’s as great for cocktails as it is for cooking. Start a REVOLUTION! bloodyrevolution.com
Growler Express Taproom and growler fill station serving craft beer, ciders and wine. 512-361-0911 1567 Main St., Ste. 800, Buda growlerexpresstx.com
KTonic Kombucha Civil Goat Coffee Cafe, roastery and artisanal wholesale coffee. 512-792-9929 704 N. Cuernavaca Dr. civilgoats.com
Proudly brewed in Austin. We produce Texas’ only 100 percent organic, low-sugar and all-tea kombuchas. Our delicious varieties are great on their own or added to your favorite spirit. ktonickombucha.com
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Only one hour west of Austin, Perissos Vineyards is passionate about using only Texas-grown fruit to produce exceptional wines. Casual atmosphere. 512-820-2950 7214 Park Rd. 4, Burnet perrisosvineyards.com
Tito’s Handmade Vodka is handcrafted from 100% corn and distilled six times by Tito Beveridge in Austin, TX at America’s original microdistillery. Gluten-free! 512-389-9011 titosvodka.com
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Republic Whiskey has notes of rich oak and vanilla bean fading into dark cherry, with a bold finish like a West Texas sunset. Barreled and bottled in Central Texas by Dripping Springs Distilling. republictxwhiskey.com
Spec’s Wine Spirits and Finer Foods Family-owned since 1962, Spec’s offers expert service and Texas’ largest selection of wines, spirits and beers along with gourmet foods and more! 512-366-8260 4970 W. US Hwy. 290 512-342-6893 10515 N. MoPac Hwy. 512-280-7400 9900 S. I-35 512-263-9981 13015 Shops Pkwy. 512-366-8300 5775 Airport Blvd. specsonline.com
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards For more than four decades, the wines of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards have reflected the finest mountain and valley vineyards in Sonoma County. 888-675-9463 100 Pythian Rd., Santa Rosa, CA stfranciswinery.com
Still Austin Whiskey Co. Whiskey distillery. 512-276-2700 440 E. Saint Elmo Rd., Bldg. F stillaustin.com
Texas Coffee Traders East Austin’s artisinal coffee roaster and one-stop shop offering a wide selection of certified organic and fair trade options for wholesale and retail. 512-476-2279 1400 E. 4th St. texascoffeetraders.com
Texas Keeper Ciders Local cidery making dry, small-batch ciders from 100% pressed juice. Beautiful taproom in far South Austin open to the public Friday through Sunday, and weekdays for private events. 512-910-3409 12521 Twin Creeks Rd. texaskeeper.com
Texas Hill Country vineyard and winery with a tasting room and event space. Stop by, relax and enjoy the view! 512-766-0555 7055 W. State Hwy. 29, Burnet torrnalochs.com
BOOKSELLERS BookPeople Texas’ leading independent bookstore since 1970. Located in the heart of downtown, BookPeople has been voted best bookstore in Austin for over 15 years! 512-472-5050 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com
BUILDING AND ARCHITECTURE CG&S Design-Build CG&S Design-Build is a high-end Austin residential remodeling firm specializing in full-service design and construction services. 512-444-1580 402 Corral Ln. cgsdb.com
Trinity White Architecture We help individuals and families through the dreaming, design and creation of sustainable and inspiring homes. LEED Accredited Architect and Austin Green Building participant. 401-662-1367 2304-B E. 16th St. trinitywhite.com
EDUCATION Julia’s Garden Montessori School Offering a nature-based Association Montessori International curriculum, with a focus on gardening and foreign languages, to ages 0 to 9 years in Central Austin. 512-790-4094 juliasgardenmontessori.com
EVENTS Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest Celebrating Texas wine and food on Saturday, October 27. A full-course celebration of Texas food, wine, beer, music, specialty booths, food court and fun for all! 830-997-8515 100 W. Main St., Fredericksburg fbgfoodandwinefest.com
Hill Country Living + Rainwater Revival Festival Free fun on Saturday, October 20! This festival focuses on living lightly, growing wisely, resource conservation and good stewardship of our beloved Texas Hill Country. 1042 Event Center Dr., Dripping Springs hillcountryalliance.org
Palm Door Our facilities boast a total square footage of 7255 versatile indoor and outdoor space available for private events for groups up to 1000. Each section can be customized to suit the needs of creative and functional events. 512-386-1295 508 E. 6th St. 512-391-1994 401 Sabine St. palmdoor.com
FARMERS MARKETS Sustainable Food Center SFC cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. 512-236-0074 400 W. Guadalupe St. 3200 Jones Rd., Sunset Valley 2921 E. 17 St., Bldg C (Office) sustainablefoodcenter.org
FARMS 44 Farms Founded and Family-owned since 1909 in Cameron, 44 Farms is the U.S. premier producer of ethically raised Angus beef. Our ranchers produce beef with no added hormones, antibiotics or artificial ingredients. 254-697-4401 963 PR 44, Cameron 1509 S. Hwy 36, Cameron 44farms.com
GROCERS Royal Blue Grocery Downtown Austin’s neighborhood grocer—with dairy, prepared foods, beer and wine, Royal Blue has it all, in a convenient and compact format. Catering too! 512-499-3993; 247 W. 3rd St. 512-476-5700; 360 Nueces St. 512-469-5888; 609 Congress Ave. 512-386-1617; 301 Brazos St., Ste. 110 512-480-0061; 51 Rainey St. 512-524-0740; 1645 E. 6th St. royalbluegrocery.com EDIBLEAUSTIN.COM
Whole Foods Market Selling the highest quality natural and organic products. 512-542-2200 525 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-345-5003 9607 Research Blvd. 512-206-2730 12601 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave 512-358-2460 4301 W. William Cannon Dr. 512-690-2605 5001 183 Toll Rd., Bldg. A, Ste. 100 wholefoodsmarket.com
HEALTH AND WELLNESS Modern Acupuncture Offering an approachable, natural pathway, validated by thousands of years of practice, to better health and well-being for all, in a convenient, peaceful and modern location. 512-599-4506 9722 Great Hills Trl., Ste. 125 512-920-3791 3300 Bee Caves Rd., Ste. 610 modernacupuncture.com
Peoples Rx Pharmacy and Deli Since 1980, Austin’s favorite pharmacy keeps locals healthy through Rx compounding, supplements and prescriptions, holistic practitioners and natural foods. 512-459-9090 4018 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-444-8866 3801 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-327-8877 4201 Westbank Dr. 512-219-9499 13860 Hwy. 183 N. peoplesrx.com
Rawsome LLC We sell all organic, Colorado-grown, Texas-blended CBD oils. 856-422-3669 2907 Race St., Fort Worth 1210 Rosewood Ave., Ste. 10 getrawsome.com
HOUSEWARES AND GIFTS Der Küchen Laden Retail gourmet kitchen shop, featuring cookware, cutlery, bakeware, small electrics, textiles and kitchen gadgets. 830-997-4937 258 E. Main St., Fredericksburg littlechef.com
The Herb Bar Best place to cure what ails you and a resource center since 1986. Our Optimal Health Advisers are highly trained, knowledgeable and compassionate. 512-444-6251 200 W. Mary St. theherbbar.com SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018
Weston Table Weston Table seeks to provide beautiful online entertainment driven by a passion to share extraordinary experiences, personal memories and cherished traditions. 617-899-4907 14 Irving Rd., Weston, MA westontable.com
INSURANCE Karen Easterling, State Farm Agent Your home is where you make some of your best memories and that’s worth protecting. I’m here to help. 512-454-4784 2711 W. Anderson Ln., Ste. 201 kareneasterling.net
Onion Creek Kitchens at Juniper Hills Farm Cooking classes, beautiful dining room venue for private events, hill country cabin rental. 830-833-0910 5818 RR 165, Dripping Springs juniperhillsfarm.com
PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART The Harry Ransom Center An internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin showcasing impressive collections and hosting diverse exhibits. 512-471-8944 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu
LANDSCAPE AND GARDENING Articulture Designs Plant nursery plus home and garden decor boutique, featuring living art, air plants, succulents and hundreds of one-of-a-kind vessels, ceramics, decor and more. Art is alive! 512-762-5228 6405 Manchaca Rd. articulturedesigns.com
Barton Springs Nursery Locally grown Texas native plants. Organic pest management. Environmentally friendly soil amendments. Beautiful gifts. 512-328-6655 3601 Bee Caves Rd. bartonspringsnursery.net
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center The Wildflower Center is a native plant botanic garden, a university research center and one of the 1,000 places to see before you die. 512-232-0100 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Austin Label Company Custom labels up to 10 x 20 on paper, foil, synthetics, multiple adhesives, embossing, hot foil and UV coatings. Proud members of Go Texan, FTA and TWGGA. 512-302-0204 1610 Dungan Ln. austinlabel.com
Austin Resource Recovery Austin Resource Recovery provides a range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Our goal is to reach Zero Waste by 2040. 512-974-9727 austinrecycles.com
Bronko Box Recycled plastic moving boxes for rent. 512-815-0234 bronkobox.com
REAL ESTATE Judd Waggoman Real Estate
Natural Gardener We are a garden center and teaching facility dedicated to promoting organic time-tested gardening practices. 512-288-6113 8648 Old Bee Caves Rd. naturalgardeneraustin.com
Your ultimate source for luxury real estate in Los Cabos. Ranked #1 Realtor in Los Cabos, Mexico by InMexico Magazine. 530-751-6797 judcaborealestate.com
RESTAURANTS LODGING AND TOURISM Blanco Chamber of Commerce Visit us online to plan your getaway to the heart and hub of the Hill Country. 830-833-5101 300 Main St., Blanco blancochamber.com
Barlata Tapas Bar
Located in the heart of South Lamar. Barlata offers a variety of tapas, paellas, regional Spanish wines and cavas. Come and enjoy a bit of Spain with us. 512-473-2211 1500 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 150 barlataaustin.com
Lenoir is an intimate, family-run restaurant offering a weekly, local prix-fixe menu, great wine and friendly service. 512-215-9778 1807 S. 1st St. lenoirrestaurant.com
Cannon + Belle Cannon + Belle is a dynamic, multi-station open kitchen restaurant featuring a delicious Texas-fresh menu plus specialty tap wine and cocktail program. 512-482-8000 500 E. 4th St. cannonandbelle.com
East Side Pies Fresh, local thin crust pizza - we know what you want. 512-524-0933 1401B Rosewood Ave. 512-454-7437 5312 G Airport Blvd. 512-467-8900 1809-1 W. Anderson Ln. eastsidepies.com
Flyrite Chicken At Flyrite, we believe fast food should be real food. Our delicious sandwiches, wraps and shakes are fresh and made to order. Drive Thru. Eat Well! 512-284-8014 2129 E. 7th St. 512-243-6258 6539 Burnet Rd. flyritechicken.com
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Maudie’s Tex-Mex has been serving up tried & true Tex-Mex for over 25 years. Creating handmade dishes right in your neighborhood. Quintessential Tex-Mex for today’s Austin. 512-473-3740; 2608 W. 7th St. 512-440-8088; 1212 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-832-0900; 10205 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-306-8080; 3801 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-280-8700; 9911 Brodie Ln. 512-263-1116; 12506 Shops Pkwy. 512-381-5500; 4600 W. Guadalupe St. maudies.com
ThunderCloud Subs For fresh, fast and healthy, head on over to your neighborhood ThunderCloud Subs, Austin’s original sub shop. Founded in 1975 with the simple philosophy of selling a great sub at a reasonable price. Now with 30 locations throughout Central Texas. 512-479-8805 thundercloud.com
Tillie’s Tillie’s menu strives to take what’s familiar and infuses it with an array of international flavors and techniques to create a new set of rules for fine dining in Central Texas. 512-894-2633 3509 Creek Rd., Dripping Springs tilliesdrippingsprings.com
Zax Restaurant and Bar
Distinctive interior Mexican cuisine and fine art. 512-459-4121 2330 W. North Loop fondasanmiguel.com
Casual American bistro. 512-481-0100 312 Barton Springs Rd. zaxaustin.com
Fulton Fish Market
An Italian inspired menu that highlights the changing seasons in Central Texas. Embracing the importance of sustainability with locally raised animals and farmed produce. 512-599-4052 2612 E. Cesar Chavez St. interorestaurant.com
A new and better way to buy the best seafood. Shop online for our freshest catch! Delivered to your doorstep just a day after catch. 718-842-8908 fultonfishmarket.com
Kerbey Lane Cafe Kerbey Lane Cafe is a local Austin haunt serving up tasty, healthy food (mostly) 24/7. Stop by any of our 6 locations for a delicious stack of pancakes! 512-451-1436 kerbeylanecafe.com
Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. Locally-sourced lunch and dinner. Craft brewery, live music, good people, dog friendly, creative community. #beermakesitbetter #ouratx 512-298-2242 1305 W. Oltorf St. theabgb.com
Make It Sweet At Make It Sweet, you can find tools, supplies and ingredients to make cakes, cookies and candies and learn fun, new techniques in the classes offered. 512-371-3401 9070 Research Blvd. makeitsweet.com
Nature’s Treasures of Texas The Leaning Pear Café & Eatery Serving the Texas Hill Country fresh and seasonal favorites using local ingredients. 512-847-7327 111 River Rd., Wimberley leaningpear.com EDIBLEAUSTIN.COM
Locally-owned and operated, Nature’s Treasures is a 14,000 sq. ft. venue featuring rocks, minerals, crystals and fossils as well as all of your metaphysical and collector needs. 512-472-5015; 4103 N. I-35 ntrocks.com SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018
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Welcome to our final Cooks issue! Don’t worry readers, we promise you’ll be able to see all the familiar Cooks issue features sprinkled in o...
Published on Aug 16, 2018
Welcome to our final Cooks issue! Don’t worry readers, we promise you’ll be able to see all the familiar Cooks issue features sprinkled in o...