Meda Kessler 2015-07-01 05:42:29
Our conversations at the office often revolve around food, especially when we're talking about what recipes to feature in the magazine. Typically July is an "edible" cover, as this month seems to be prime eating season for some of our favorite foods. Peaches, Popsicles and fried chicken all have been featured; obviously it's not fair that this is prime swimsuit season, too. When the subject came around to picnic baskets and cookout fare, we agreed that a lot of the food in those categories isn't very good. Cole slaw: too goopy, plus no one really likes red cabbage. Potato salad: too much mayo. Pasta salad: too oily or too dry or flavorless. Corn on the cob: too messy and too much dental floss required afterward. Thankfully, not only do I work with people who like to eat, but they also enjoy the process of making a meal. After a little brainstorming and some time in the kitchen, we came up with pretty good alternatives to standard fare. Page 66. While most of us only dream of living abroad, Pam and Paul Smith were fortunate to have spent nearly the last 15 years in some exotic locales. But retirement finally allowed them to settle down in one place, and the Washington state natives chose Fort Worth. Having packed a 40-foot shipping container full before they arrived here, they now are enjoying artifacts and memories from their old life thoughtfully placed throughout their home and in the garden. Page 48. Another passionate collector is making his mark on the Texas art world. Larry Kleinschmidt has scoured auctions, flea markets, antique shops and anywhere else he might find a stray work by an important artist. His collection makes its public debut July 6. Page 82. And we end on a high note this issue, but one that's also a little sad. The Gatehouse in Grapevine is filling a void for victims of domestic violence, having built a space where families can live not in fear but in hope. Page 92. Meda Kessler Editorial Director
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