Sunday, November 9, 2014

Scendero Outfitters and Big Bend dining


Scendero Outfitters
Just in time for the nip of fall, Darrell and Sheila Hall have opened Scendero Outfitters on Englin Road in Winnie. Those out to hunt bobwhite quail, chukar partridge, ring-neck pheasant, dove, ducks, geese and whitetail deer can now bunk in lovely cabins and re-fuel with dinner at a spacious, rustic table.
Scendero is a cleared path in a straight line cut through brush country of South Texas and Mexico, according to Darrell and Sheila Hall. Sheila used to run Esther’s, the seafood house bearing her mother’s name.
Organize a retreat and an adventure. As for other details, patterned blankets could not be softer on beds where the women sleep. They men cover up in plaid. Look them up and ask them about their Llewellin Setters.  
And speaking of hunting and the great Texas outdoors, read on:

What do they eat in the Big Bend?
Creosote Salve is one concoction found in “The Big Bend Cookbook.” That and the Wild Texas Oregano Tincture are in the foraging for medicine section.
Big Bend is a part of Texas I’m planning to get to someday. It’s so mysterious to my Gulf Coast experience, but I know large segments of the world picture Texas as this wide-open, dry and rocky spread. Of course Tiffany Harelik has collected great recipes and stories from the heart of West Texas. Thanks for the photos and directives on chile rellenos, chicken sopa and Ranchland Dove. Turns out, our brethren in West Texas have that cowboy sweet tooth I’ve heard about.
Marfa Table Cinco Leches Cake includes a milk sauce with sweetened condensed milk and a can of evaporated goat’s milk. It also uses stale bread or cake. None of this sounds strange to me. I’d love some.
Here’s the easiest thing in the book, and I’m ready for it:
Coffee-Sprinkled Ice Cream
Courtesy Big Bend Coffee Roasters
Joe Williams says, “I can’t think of anything that gets you closer to heaven, and the preparation time is only two seconds.”
Coffee grounds to taste
Blue Bell vanilla ice cream, to taste
Sprinkle coffee grounds on a few scoops of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream and dive in.

This is not about skin care. It’s about being rushed and wrinkled and having Downy Wrinkle Releaser to the rescue.
When there’s no time to iron, Downy invites you to “spray the fabrics, tug out the wrinkles, smooth and let dry for five minutes. Silicones in the spray allow fabric fibers to relax instead of being frozen in a wrinkle so you looked freshly pressed despite the morning chaos.” Some people love to iron. I think those people are getting harder to find. Downy has a Wrinkle Releaser Plus with odor eliminator, fabric refresher, static remove and ironing aid. Need a little extra help in the laundry room?

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