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South Texas Food Seminar

Fun in South Texas!


Yay!  The wonderful folks at the Rockport Center for the Arts have included South Texas Food on their fall calendar (Saturday, November 13 from 130pm-330pm). Come on down to Rockport and join us for a fantastic afternoon full of fun, friends and food!

Join native Texan and Rockport resident, Karey B. Johnson, for a demonstration of South Texas cooking. Chef and writer at SouthTexasFood.com, Karey is an enthusiast of the region’s bounty and will be sharing local recipes using authentic South Texas produce.

The class includes a two-hour demonstration with historical tales, holiday recipes and tasty tastings! Recipes include Chorizo Stuffed Quail Eggs; Oyster Stuffing; Pequin Chile Hot Sauce; Buttered Sweet Bread Toast with Mustang Grape Jelly; Mesquite Pecan Shortbread; Spiced Hot Chocolate; and samples from the Braman Winery out of Refugio, Texas.

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.; November 13. 2-Hour Seminar. Seating is Limited. Please call to register today! (361) 729-5519. $45 for members, $56 for non-members. (limit of 25 students).

Would love to see you there!

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Wild Ed's Mustang Grapes

Came across this wonderful blog by Wild Ed which has useful hunting info and unique recipes. His formula for mustang grape jelly/jam/preserves seems a winner, as I prefer my preserves a bit tart.  For hardcore mustangensis fans, you can also make wine from the drought tolerant grape resulting in a nice dry red. You can also save the ripe skins of the grapes and dry them for the winter. On a cold and stormy night, simply pour boiling water over the dried grape skins, add some sugar or agave nectar and ta da! A delicious hot grape drink.

I bet a little Tito‘s in there would go nicely.

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Cotton and Peanuts

Cotton Weighing :: South Texas

From AgriLife News:

COASTAL BEND: Hot, dry weather continued with highs close to 100 degrees. In the southern part of the region, cotton bolls were opening, and producers defoliated earlier planted fields. Some cotton was being harvested with good yields reported. There was some severe boll rot where fields remained wet. The corn harvest wound down with good yields reported. Some sorghum with sprouted heads was left in the field. Rice yields were below expectations because of rain during pollination and bacterial panicle blight. Sesame began to mature. Hay harvesters worked full-tilt as it became dry enough to cut and bale. Some producers reported record hay yields. Though heat stress has been rough on livestock, body condition scores were kept high due to abundant forages.

SOUTH: The region had extremely hot temperatures with a few spotty showers. Topsoil-moisture levels in fields and pastures dropped rapidly as did stock-tank water levels. Soil moisture ranged from adequate in the eastern, western and southern parts of the region, to short in the northern part of the region. Ranchers were providing modest amounts of supplemental feed. Cattle body condition scores remained good. In the northern part of the region, cotton bolls were open, corn and sorghum were being harvested, and peanuts were pegging. In the eastern part of the region, the harvest of small grains was wrapping up, the cotton harvest began, and the corn and sunflower harvests were ongoing. In the western parts of the region, corn and sorghum had to be heavily irrigated. Pecans and cotton crops also needed irrigation. In the southern part of the region, the sorghum harvest was winding down, while the corn and cotton crop harvests were very active. Producers were also harvesting hay. Some flooding remained along parts of the Rio Grande River.

SOUTH PLAINS: Temperatures were in the mid-to-upper 90s with from 0.5 inch to 3 inches of rain. Soil moisture was short to adequate. Corn was in good condition and continued to mature. Cotton was in good condition, with most fields having reached cut-out, the growth stage prior to boll fill. Growers were monitoring mites in some cotton fields. Irrigation was ongoing. Grain sorghum was in good condition, ranging from mature to boot stage. Peanuts were in good condition with some signs of pod rot. Pastures and rangeland were in good condition, and livestock were in good to excellent condition.

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