GO LOCAL. GO TEXAN. TEXAS FOOD, WINE, RESTAURANTS, RECIPES, GARDENING, STYLE & MORE JULY 2017 EDITION
AUSTIN WAYNE SELF:
DRIVING GO TEXAN
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE O COMMISSIONER SID MILLER
WELCOME TO THE JULY 2017 EDITION OF THE GO LOCAL. GO TEXAN. E-ZINE. Welcome, race fans! We are proud to feature Austin Wayne Self and his No. 22 Toyota Tundra, which proudly displays the iconic GO TEXAN mark right on the hood. Self also dons GO TEXAN on his race gear. It’s a great experience to watch a skilled driver negotiate the track and other drivers at such high speed, but most importantly, I’m so happy we are able to work with a Texas-based company that partners with other Lone Star State companies to promote Texas products to NASCAR fans around the world. The partnership between the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) GO TEXAN program and AM Racing for the Camping World Truck Series was announced last year. As a GO TEXAN member, AM Racing and Self promote the GO TEXAN program and the best of Texas.
Carnivore, Big Red and Four Escobars Barbecue Sauces. This list will undoubtedly keep on growing. AM Racing is a Texas-based company, owned by Texans and featuring a native-Texan as its driver. 2017 marks Self’s sophomore year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Self’s vehicle is a Toyota Tundra with the 2016 body style that mimics the ones made in San Antonio. As always, we’re happy to show off the wide diversity among our GO TEXAN members. In this issue, you’ll also find articles on spices, pet products and a fine GO TEXAN restaurant called La Gloria. We hope you’ll enjoy this issue. Be sure to share it with your friends, and remember, Texas Agriculture Matters!
AM Racing also has had partnerships with GO TEXAN members Black’s Barbecue, Texas Tea, Hardcore
Sid Miller is an eighth generation farmer and rancher and the 12th Commissioner of Agriculture for the great state of Texas. Commissioner Miller has devoted his life to the agriculture industry, and supporting Texas producers and the communities they call home. He is a businessman, rancher, community leader, former ag teacher and former school board member. Commissioner Miller is a rodeo cowboy and holds nine world championship titles. He is an honors graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Agriculture Education. He can be reached at Sid.Miller@TexasAgriculture.gov. 3
AUSTIN WAYNE SELF: DRIVING GO TEXAN AUSTIN WAYNE SELF GOES WHERE FEW TEXANS DARE: BEHIND THE WHEEL OF AN AERODYNAMICALLY-DESIGNED RACE TRUCK AT SPEEDS OF MORE THAN 180 MILES PER HOUR. SELF IS A GREGARIOUS 21-YEAR-OLD WHO IS COMPETING AS A NATIONALLY-RANKED DRIVER IN THE NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES (NCWTS) DIVISION.
t’s quite a challenge,” Self said. “The mental aspect of it all is quite tough. It’s 130 to 140 degrees inside those race trucks, and we’re constantly moving around inside for up to three hours.” It’s not for the faint of heart, but the racers and millions of NASCAR fans obviously love it. 5
“It’s like an addiction,” Self said. “You get up to a speed like that and you can’t get enough of it.” His biggest thrill is starting somewhere in the middle of the pack and making passes as he speeds his way to the front. Self was introduced to racing at age 5 by his father, who wanted to race himself. However, when he shared this interest with his wife, she demanded that it be a father/son activity. Dad bought young Austin a go-cart, and they started racing together in New Braunfels. “I probably raced go-carts until I was 8 years old,” Self said.
Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) for two years, which he likens to playing ball at the NCAA level before entering the NFL. He entered the NASCAR Truck Series division in 2016. In NASCAR, Self drives a fairly topheavy vehicle that wasn’t exactly designed for racing, so his crew modifies the body of the truck to use the aero-dynamic forces to press the vehicle down to the ground so it can hug the corners and power out with gusto. The tricky part is how these aerodynamic-dependent vehicles start to behave when they’re all bunched up close to each other.
“It makes these trucks not handle so well,” Self said. “You’re sideways in Soon it went from dad dragging his the corner at 170 miles an hour, the son out to the track to the opposite. other drivers are trying to get you Self started racing nationally, and sideways, and you’re trying to use the then one thing led to another, and he air around your car to make them decided to start racing “late model” go sideways. It’s awesome, man! It’s stock cars at age 14. He raced in Kyle, something I wish everyone could Texas, for a few years before moving get a taste of. I think if everyone to North Carolina in 2012. As his experienced it just a little bit, then career progressed, he competed in the they would understand why we do it.” 6
Last year, Self’s team, AM Racing, become a GO TEXAN member to proudly display his love for the Lone Star State.
country — what Texas means to us, I think that’s pretty cool.”
As AM Racing continues to compete on a national stage, Self has invited “I’ve always loved being from Austin, any GO TEXAN members that want Texas, and everything about this state,” to be a sponsor to join the movement. Self said. “When I moved to North Carolina, it was a lot different from “I just want to win races and keep Texas, so I kept trying to find ways making Texas proud,” Self said. I could show how proud I was to be Texan. GO TEXAN is an awesome For more information on this up-andway for me to show my love. For me to coming racer, click here. be able to be a part of that and show — not just our state but the whole 9
SISTERS’ SPICE CO.: ADDING SPICE TO LIFE! DESI AND MAILEE LIKE TO LIVE LIFE WITH A LITTLE SPICE! AFTER THEIR GRANDFATHER, ROLAND STRIEDEL, DECIDED TO PASS ON HIS SAUSAGE-MAKING AND SEASONING BUSINESS TO HIS GRANDDAUGHTERS, THE PAIR DECIDED TO TAKE OVER AND BLEND SOME OF THE ORIGINAL STRIEDEL’S FINE MEATS WITH THE NEW SISTERS’ SPICE COMPANY IN CUERO, TEXAS. Desi Glaze, the vice president of Sisters’ Spice Company, said that it was an easy decision for her grandfather to pass on the family business. “After years of encouragement from us, my grandfather realized the knowledge he had in his head for more than 58 years needed to
be passed down to continue the family tradition related to spices and cooking,” Desi said. “His desire to continue his passion and teach us the art of making seasoning drove him to pass along treasured secrets.” Desi’s favorite spice would have to be her grandfather’s original recipe, 11
Desi’s Famous All Purpose, which Sisters’ Spice Company’s biggest can be used on any meat, pasta, challenge is competing with salad or side. established companies and marketing their products; that’s The most common uses for where the GO TEXAN marketing Sisters’ Spice Company seasonings program comes in handy. are for various cuts of meat. “GO TEXAN has provided “Each seasoning is specially Sisters’ Spice Co. with blended to bring out the natural opportunities to market our flavors of a particular type of meat product,” said Desi. “They are or dish,” said Desi. “Through always available to answer learning about different tastes and questions, encourage the business how your taste buds are affected, growth and provide key insight we have experimented with using on how to succeed, too.” our seasonings for dips, popcorn, French fries, fruit, oatmeal and For more information on Sisters’ even coffee.” Spice Co., click here. 12
Pictured: Roland Striedel 13
LA GLORIA: SAN ANTONIO STREET-STYLE
Being near the up and coming Pearl Brewery area in San Antonio, Texas, La Gloria is the spot to be on a hot summer’s day. Fully equipped with streetstyle Mexican food and delicious cervezas and wines, La Gloria will be your go-to spot when in the San Antonio area. 14
Johnny Hernandez, La Gloria’s owner, said that the idea for having his own business came at a very young age. In fact, Hernandez grew up in a family business and felt very comfortable with the idea of creating his own legacy.
“When I was about nine years old, I had a small candy business in my dad’s restaurant,” Hernandez said. “So, I guess you could say that entrepreneurship is in my blood.” Starting a business in San Antonio seemed to be the perfect fit for Hernandez. He said San Antonio has one of the most significant cultural cuisines in the country since
it is shaped by Texas’ rich heritage. This allows for La Gloria to thrive in the area. Hernandez said that becoming a GO TEXAN member felt like a well-suited venture for his restaurant. Buying local and supporting area growers demonstrates good stewardship for Hernandez. “There is no substitute for our stone ground corn tortillas,”
Hernandez said. “Our nonGMO corn is grown by the Kolapel family of La Coste, Texas, which is just 20 miles away from my kitchen. Now, that’s as local as it gets.” Exciting things are happening at La Gloria. Hernandez said that his hope is that you will feel like you are in Heaven when eating La Gloria’s delicious food.
“As the saying goes, you don’t have to die to go to Heaven,” Hernandez joked. Check out La Gloria this summer and sit out on their patio with some chips and salsa. Be sure to try Hernandez’s favorite dish — snapper chile lemon with ceviche verde. Find their menu here.
WONDERCIDE: HELPING PEOPLE, PETS AND THE PLANET
efore she began Wondercide Natural Products, an innovative and holistic approach for natural pet care company, Stephanie Boone was a real estate tax consultant and litigation manager. When she started the company, Boone said she didn’t know very much about the pet industry or the chemistry behind creating pet products. That all changed when she knew she needed to find a way to protect animals from pests without using chemical pesticides.
a supportive community that they can learn from and contribute to. Being a proud Austin local and a GO TEXAN member makes it even easier to do that.
Boone began experimenting with different ingredients for her pest repellant after her dog, Luna, had a troublesome reaction to vetprescribed flea and tick treatments.
Boone explained that there are many benefits to what her company is doing, but the biggest payoff is knowing that she is helping pets, people and the planet.
“I started mixing ingredients and sending sample jars to friends and family to try, and they loved them,” Boone said. “I sent the most effective formula off to labs for testing, and the results showed it worked on all kinds of bugs.”
“Our biggest reward is knowing that we’re helping families and pets live better lives,” Boone said. “Our best moments have come when we hear from our customers that they’ve had success with our products.”
Boone said that living in Texas has allowed her company to be part of
“The GO TEXAN program gives us the opportunity to celebrate and support our community,” said Boone. “Plus, the GO TEXAN mark reassures our customers in Texas that they’re buying local, which also reminds all of our customers that we’re made in the U.S.A.”
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RECIPE: FRESH SPRING ROLLS WITH TEXAS GULF SHRIMP We suggest setting everything up and have a spring rolling party! Serves 4 to 6.
Ingredients for Spring Rolls: 1 package 10-inch round rice paper 1 cup Cooked rice vermicelli (See *Note A) 4 Green-leaf lettuce, cut into 1/2-inch strips (substitute: 3 cups of spring mix) 12 Texas Gulf shrimp, boiled, peeled and deveined, then sliced into 24 halves (See *Note B) 12 stems Cilantro, cleaned and cut to 5-6-inch long stems (optional) ½ cup Mint leaves, cleaned, blot dried (optional) 12 Large fresh Thai basil leaves, cleaned and blot dried 1-2 Seedless cucumbers , cut into 3-4” sticks Ingredients for Dipping Sauce: 1 jar Dr. Foo’s Thai Peanut Coconut Sauce (See *Note C) ¼ cup Roasted peanuts, chopped (optional) 1 tbsp. Sambal Oleg (ground red chili; optional) *Note A: Cook rice vermicelli in boiling water with 2 tablespoons of cooking oil until softened. Drain and set aside to cool. * Note B: For vegetarian or different flavor rolls, replace shrimp with green or sweet firm mango cut into 3-4” long sticks. *Note C: If you have a peanut allergy, Dr. Foo suggests to use her Thai Sweet Garlic & Ginger Sauce instead. Directions: 1. Soak the dried rice paper in lukewarm tap water until softened (approximately 20-30 seconds, depending on the type or brand of the rice paper and how hot the water is). 2. Remove softened rice paper from water and place it on a plate or cutting board lined with white cloth or paper towel to get rid of excess water. 3. Place 2 halved shrimps face down in the center of the rice paper, add basil and mint leaves, approximately ¼ cup
vermicelli and a stick of cucumber. 4. Fold the bottom part of the rice paper toward the center to wrap the filling; fold the sides, place a stem of cilantro (optional) lengthwise, and roll forward tightly. You will want to hold the roll with your fingers. 5. Make as many rolls as you can with all the ingredients you have. 6. Serve fresh with Dr. Foo’s dipping sauce(s). 21
SPOT THE GO TEXAN MARK CHALLENGE Want a fun way to share the best of Texas with the world? Itâ€™s easy! GO TEXAN uses social media tools like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to post GO TEXAN events, share member news and increase awareness of the wide variety of products grown and made right here in the Lone Star State.
Challenge: If you spot the GO TEXAN mark, let us know. Send us a picture of the mark on a product, sign or printed materials, and tell us where you saw it. Be sure to use the GO TEXAN hashtag (#GOTEXAN) when you post, so we can easily share your message, or send us an email.
UPCOMING TEXAS EVENTS July 15: Mango Festival, Bayview July 15: Night in Old Fredericksburg at Gillespie County Fair, Fredericksburg July 22: National Day of the Cowboy, Amarillo July 23-29: Texas State 4-H Horse Show State Finals, Abilene July 27-30: Viva Big Bend, Alpine August 10-12: Nursery/Landscape EXPO, Dallas August 12: El Camino Real de SUP, Bastrop August 12: Main Street Art Stroll, Gladewater August 18: Grape Stomp at Pedernales Cellars, Stonewall August 26: Grape Stomp at Becker Vineyards, Fredericksburg September 2: Doss VFD Benefit Fish Fry, Doss September 2-3: Arts Alive, Corpus Christi September 8-9: Fiesta Del Centro, Alice September 29-October 22: State Fair of Texas, Dallas View more Texas events here.
About GO TEXAN
Launched in 1999 by the Texas Department of Agriculture, GO TEXAN, with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known for throughout the world. Whether it’s grown, sewn or served up on a plate, nearly 27 million Texans shop, travel and dine out in support of Texas businesses, agriculture and communities, looking for the GO TEXAN mark to light the way. To learn more about the GO TEXAN program, call (877) 99-GOTEX or visit the GO TEXAN website. Tell others about GO TEXAN! One great and easy way is to forward them this publication. All your friends have to do to is click here to subscribe, and they’ll start receiving this free monthly e-zine.
About the Texas Department of Agriculture
TDA’s mission is to partner with all Texans to make Texas the nation’s leader in agriculture, fortify our economy, empower rural communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate winning strategies for rural, suburban and urban Texas through exceptional service and the common threads of agriculture in our daily lives. 24