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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY MAY 2007 Whats hot and happening in Texas DALE MARTIN Live music for good cause at Gruene Hall The big news this weekend is the 11th Annual Radio New Braunfels Americana Music lam at Gruene Hall on Sunday May Doors open at 11 with Two Tons of Steel kicking off this years jam at FollowingTwo Ibns will be WaltWilkins at the South Austin Jug Band at 2 Hayes Carll at andlbm Gillam at Gruene Hall favorites Micky the Motorcars take the stage about and Radney Foster will follow about pm Although he was bom in Okla we claim Ray Wyle Hub bard as one of our own here in his show at will be one of the most anticipat ed of the Cory then Randy Rogers followed by the Greencands all play about an hour apart which brings us to the set by Jason Boland the Stoney LaRue makes his first Americana Jam appearance at pm and Ban dera cowboy Charlie Robison closes the day of music with a pm start Tickets for this famous music event are and the proceeds will go the Braunfels Foundation and the Crisis Center of Comal For a complete schedule of times for each go to lon The Comal County Unitarian Universalist Society would like to invite all music fans to a special performance by singer song writer Jim Chesnut on Friday at Forke Store in Conservation Admission to the event is a suggested donation of per person at the door or per per son if you register and pay Hors doeuvres and dessert will be Chesnuts perform ance is a fundraiser to help the Comal County Unitarian Univer salist Society raise money for its new church building which is now under construction on Arves Call Jan Estes at 8036 for more Cross Canadian Ragweed have just finished a new CD tided Mission and will headline a concert on May 25 at the brand new White water Amphitheater on the Guadalupe River at the Horse shoe on FM Their pal Stoney LaRue will open the Cody Canada called last week from the bus as the tour rolled through Arizona on the way to another This is a band that will play anywhere that has elec tricity so life on the road is all these troubadours Canada was eager to talk about the new CD and the upcoming show at the new outdoor We spent 25 straight days in the which is a different approach from all our previous Cody Usually we just spend a few days in the stu then hit the road for a then go back to the studio then back on the For this we rented a beach house in San Diego and used the studio the Rolling Stones recorded Bridges to Babylon at We hope to release it by late sum mer or early he Cody said he and the band are looking forward to the show at the brand new Whitewater Weve heard its a first class venue and were really looking forward to playing he Cody was correct in his description of the new amphithe ater it is indeed a fantastic new Next Ill include the sec ond part of my interview with Canada as he gives more info on the new Go to for mote info on the upcoming Memorial Day concerts at the Whitewater Section To have your event call email news@heraldzeitung.com MAKE YOUR OWN JERKY By Robert Tanner Associated Press Writer When will jerky finally get its due The chic restaurants and cookbooks are all about Italys delicate Spains pata negra a cured ham from a pig with black French duck Respect runs deep for the wonders of American and other homegrown delicacies like Louisianas andouille and boudin But the most basic of cured meats doesnt ever seem to get any respect from the high priests of die cooking Take a drive around the country and youll see how deep and broad is the love for Stop at any convenience fishandtackle shop or allnight gas station from Texas to Oregon to Maine to and right next to the cigarettes and steamed hot dogs will be a display of I may not set things right all on my But its time I took my own leap into the glories of I was going to make my To I stopped first with a West Virginia whose deerhunting husband provides a steady supply of venison She not only was generous enough to give me a bag to save for emergency reporting assignments it did nt last a month of snacking in front of the TV but also e mailed me the recipe adapted from her Uncle Jim I will not venture a guess whether his nickname is It built on a base of soy steak black and hot and Also Liquid Then another whose love for China arid aU foods Chinese as well as encouraged me to throw in Sichuan the Man darin Chinese way of spelling Szechwan pepper rather than tamer black peppers like Tel licherry or He had one rule and two suggestions get the unfattiest meat you can find and con sider a dehydrator and a rump ThenldidalitdeWeb where I found a claim that the word jerky comes from the Spanish char quis for dried which they supposedly picked up from native I have no idea if that is One site warned about illnesses from poorly handled from drying too slow and too low so bacteria That was a bit But this wasnt This was the original doityourself Dried Beef Jerky approach to preserving a basic human survival tech I was nt going to be scared off so the meat Flank steak and top I let them sit in the freezer for about an hour to easily slice Then came the allimportant overnight I tried to follow Uncle Jims but I am constitutionally unable to follow a recipe with out temptation luring me off the Some things I just didnt have and couldnt justify adding to my already crowded shelves for just one Garlic powder A1 Liquid Smoke I smashed a few garlic cloves and threw them in with soy sauce and Worcestershire Tabasco instead of cayenne along with a few shakes of the addictive Southeast Asian hot sauce I added a dash of Maine maple syrup for a bit of smoky and some how a cardamom pod got in just before I dried the strips off and laid them on thin open racks raised above cookie an obsta cle My electric oven wouldnt go below 170 nowhere near the 140160 rec the last page of the oven manual explained how I could recali brate the oven myself if it cooked too hot or too so I was able to make it think 155 degrees was and I was Four hours later I set the alarm for 3 so I could they were Halfasleep in the pitch black and far from I still had to Briny salt with a lot of pepper just a touch of sweet I couldnt tell where the soy began and the maple came a few bright notes of salt and a hint of car damom all floating on a rich sea of And it took a good halfminute to so you had time to think about the Im not claiming Most slices were too so while I like these went too More coarse ground pepper would Ve been Half the slices the top round had a vein ofjfat that was unappetizing the books would shorten the But that wasnt going to be a At where I thought there were maybe one or two jerky it became clear I was surrounded by secret jerky I mustve offered it to a dozen and all but one jumped at the Now my mind is Pork veal fish May the experiments Then jerky is some thing that makes every gas sta tion fillup a moment of dis And Ive got a road trip next weekend Want to comment Sound off at mail SHOW TIMES ior Story is of coming of dreaming and Explores the world of a small loving family during World M 830438 2339 for more STAGE Spotlight ft Arts Center Group Ftevtaand Date May 17201 May 2427 Time Friday and Satur day at 8 with optional dinners at Sunday matinees at with doors opening at 1 for location Krause 1300 Bui verde You should know Tickets are for adults and for students and sen Urn Chetnut House Concert Date Friday Time 7 location Forke Conservation Church Hill You should know Former Nashville artist Jim Chesnut offers an evening of country classics in an intimate set ting to benefit the Comal County Unitarian UniversaUsts building Cost Suggested donation of includes hors doeuvres and Itauu Natural and Western Swing Festival Date Saturday Time to and to midnight location San Marcos Courthouse Square and San Marcos Plaza stage You should know The Texas Natur al Festival will be held from to at the Courthouse Square in San Marcos with Texas free mule team wagon historical and heritage washer chil drens crafts and He heatthy ptate Strained yogurt for lowfat cream cheese substitute By Jim Romanoff For The Associated Press If your healthy eating habits have left you hun gering for cream take comfort knowing there is a healthy A simple technique for draining some of the liquid known as the whey from yogurt produces a versatile and velvety soft cheese that often can be substituted for cream cheese and sour Socalled yogurt cheese is tangy and has a tex ture somewhere between soft cream cheese and firm cottage It is easily made at home from plain or flavored yogurts and can be used in dips and a wide variety of And it is decidedly better for you than cream A tablespoon of cream cheese has 50 calories and 5 grams of The same amount of yogurt cheese made from nonfat yogurt has just 11 calories and no Another bonus is that by draining the much of the salt and lactose are To make yogurt select a nonfat or low fat yogurt that doesnt contain any starch or These thickeners can prevent the liquid from draining out of the Set a colander or mesh strainer in a mak ing sure the bottom of the colander sits at least a couple inches from the bottom of the Line the colander with two or three layers of cheese cloth or a basketstyle coffee Spoon in the cover and refrigerate at least two and up to a The longer the yogurt the thicker the cheese will Var ious brands of yogurt may turn out so some experimentation may be Discard the liquid and transfer the drained yogurt to a storage The yogurt cheese will covered in the for up to a Several companies sell yogurt cheese Some are just funnellike devices that sit over a tall container or while others have fine mesh screens and the advantage of a builtin receptacle to catch the Use thicker unflavored yogurt cheese as a spread on a bagel or Or for a vegetable dip or crostini mix the yogurt cheese with chopped fresh herbs and freshly ground Cheese made from flavored yogurts can be used for spreads as or eaten alone as a pudding like Drained coffeeflavored yogurt can be mixed with unsweetened cocoa and bit of pow dered sugar to create a creamy mocha flavored yogurt cheeses can be used to make lowfat dessert In this drained vanilla yogurt is combined with a small amount of freshly whipped cream and almond flavoring to make an exquisite topping for fresh You can prepare the vanillaalmond cream up to two days ahead and store cov in the To avoid runny never mix yogurt cheeses in a food processor or electric Always gently fold or whisk in additional ingredi dont use soy yogurt when making yogurt cheese it doesnt strain STRAWBERRIES WITH VANILLAALMOND YOGURT CREAM Start to finish 2 hours 15 minutes 15 minutes active Servings 4 1 cup 8 ounces lowfat or nonfat vanilla yogurt cup heavy cream teaspoon almond extract 4 cups hulled and halved Set a colander or mesh strainer in a mak ing sure the bottom of the colander sits at least a couple inches from the 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