Texas Independence Day Celebrity Recipes for Chili and More

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Celebrating the 175th annual Texas Independence Day today can including preparing one or more delicious recipes including chili, potato salad, lemon cake and a drink from celebrity Texans such as Laura Bush, Lady Bird Johnson, John Powers and Larry Hagman.

Today is Texas Independence Day, celebrating the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. This is when Texas broke from Mexico to create the Republic of Texas and it is an official holiday in the state. Celebrity recipes from Texans are a delicious way to celebrate Texas Independence Day, feasting on favorites such as chili, southwestern potato salad and lemon cake.

Other celebrations and ceremonies will be held in honor of the 175th annual Texas Independence Day. On Saturday March 5, a memorial service will be held for the veterans of the Texas Revolution. According to the Statesman, re-anactors firing a musket volley and a guest speaker will appear starting at 9 a.m. At the Texas State Cemetery in East Austin.

Eat and be charitable between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. today at Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q. KWTX reports they will be selling a quarter pound for brisket at a discount price. For 32 cents, it raises money for the Texas Children's Hospital while celebrating Texas Independence Day. Also, each new Twitter follower and Facebook “like” will add 50 cents to the donation, its part of the Rudy's Bar-B-! Follow2Support program.

Finally, the Houston Chronicle reports a Texas Independence Day celebration for the 175th anniversary at Washington on the Brazos state park this weekend with an array of activities. Director of the park's Star of the Republic Museun, Houston McGaugh, said, “We want to give them a little bit more pride in who they are.”

Celebrity recipes to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Texas Independence day include lemon cake, chili and corn muffins.

John Tower's Texas Chili (from RecipeGoldMine)


3 pounds coarsely ground flank steak
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1cup water
2 onions, chopped
12 red peppers
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
3 heaping tablespoons ground chili powder
1 heaping tablespoon cumin
1 heaping tablespoon Mexican oregano
Fresh garlic cloves to taste
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon paprika
4-5 dried chile pods (like chile Colorado or ancho)
2 heaping tablespoons flour


Sear meat until gray. Add water and tomato sauce, stirring until blended. Add Tabasco sauce, onions, chili powder, garlic, oregano, salt, cumin, paprika, cayenne, chile pods and red peppers. Simmer one hour and fifteen minutes over mesquite wood (if you have it). Add thickening of flour mixed with water. Simmer for about another half hour, stirring often. Serve as many hungry people as you can.

Laura Bush's Southwestern Potato Salad (from Food.com)

Ingredients (serves 6 to 8):

12 medium red potatoes
4 large hard-boiled eggs, diced
2 pickled jalapeno peppers, chopped
¼ cup kalamata oliva, pitted and chopped
2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
¾ cup mayonnaise (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper (to taste)


Cook potatoes in boiling water covered for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Rinse under cold water, peel and dice in a large bowl. Added chopped olives, jalapeno and eggs, gently tossing until combined. Mix in mustard, mayonnaise, oregano and cilantro. Gently stir into the potato mixture then add salt and pepper to taste.

Lady Bird Johnson's Famous Lemon Cake (from CDKitchen)

Ingredients (Serves 16):
3/4 cup butter or margarine (at room temperature)
2 1/2 cups cake flour
8 egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup milk
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon lemon juice

***Lemon Icing***
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine (at room temperature)
1 lemon, juiced
1 lemon, Grated rind only
2 teaspoons cream (or more, until spreadable)
Yellow food coloring (optional)


Cream sugar and butter until fluffy. In separate bowl, beat egg yolks until lemon-colored and light then blend into creamed sugar and butter. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder and resift 3 times. Add sifted ingredients into creamed mixtures in thirds, alternating with milk. After each addition, beat batter thoroughly.

Add lemon juice, vanilla extract and lemon rind then beat 2 minutes. Bake in greased 1-inch Bundt pan in a preheated oven at 325 degrees. Cook for one hour or until cake tested inserted in center comes out clean. You can use three 9-inch round cake pans, too, and bake each at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. The frosting recipe should be doubled for a layer cake.

Lemon Icing:

Combine ingredients and beat, adding cream until spreadable consistency.

Larry Hagman's Favorite Drink Recipe for a Molehill Lounger (from DrinkSwap)


1 tsp White Creme de Cacao
1 1/2oz Blended Whiskey
1/2oz Dark Creme de Cacao


Pour creme de cacao and whiskey into a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Serve and enjoy.

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