Race Day

Spring is in the air here in Terlingua. Buzzards have been sighted as they return from their winter in Mexico and the mesquite trees are leafing out, and like most places, we have our treasured springtime rituals. One of ours involves chihuahuas, a race track, and a fashion show. Yesterday was the Terlingua Desert Chihuahuan…

A Secret Mix

On the 1st Saturday in November, Chiliheads from across the country and around the world descend upon Terlingua to participate in two very serious competitions to determine who is the World Champion Chili Cook, but throughout the year there are several smaller qualifying cookoffs, and this past weekend, one was held at the High Sierra…

A Sharp Edge

Growing up, there was always a small piece of whitish gray stone in the kitchen knife drawer. It was flat, about 2 inches square and not quite ½ inch thick, and had obviously been broken off of a larger piece of an Arkansas Stone. On a daily basis, it whetted the kitchen knives – all…

Happy Pea-Off!

As always on the first day of the New Year, 2017 in Terlingua started with the Pea-Off. The Pea-Off is a gathering of black-eyed pea cooks and aficionados, and really just anyone generally looking to have a good time while raising money for a local charity. This year’s beneficiary was Last Minute Low Budget Productions…

Homemade Ice Cream

Friday afternoons in the summer usually find some local food purveyors setting up shop on the porch in the Ghost Town – the alternate location for buying local when the Community Garden Farmers Market is not in session. Depending on what’s in season or what someone feels like making that week, you could find anything…

The Mansion

The Perry Mansion sits on a hill overlooking the Terlingua Ghost Town and has fascinated me since the first time I saw it.  Built in 1906 by Howard E. Perry, the absentee owner of the Chisos Mining Company, it looked down upon his mining holdings – a symbol to his workers of his wealth and…

Simple Pleasures

When the temperature soars to 110 degrees and above, there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than in a pool with good friends and a glass of wine. The only improvement on that is the arrival of a steady rain with icy cold drops that make splash rings in the water and sting the…