It rarely snows at Christmas around here. Sometimes in December we’re still sporting flip-flops. We decorate boats, hang out on the beach and a lot of us incorporate seafood into our holiday feasts. We have our traditions — they’re just Texas Gulf Coast style.
For the most part, celebrations and gatherings are laid back. It’s tough to get tense when you’re at a beach house entertaining family and friends. In this issue, Coast Monthly food stylist Alicia Cahill offers easy recipes that will help keep parties as relaxing as a day on the beach.
You’ll also find tasty recipes for eggnog and how to make Scotch eggs, a delicacy enjoyed by locals and visitors at the yearly Victorian festival Dickens on The Strand. And you’ll meet one local artist who uses coastal elements to make beautiful ornaments, along with a design-savvy couple that has decked the halls of a beautiful beach house for the holidays.
Look for our new feature, Wild Life, in which William “Wild Bill” Powell shows us how to prepare game and fish.
We at Coast Monthly wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a wonderful Kwanzaa.
Coast Monthly would like to thank Randi Faust for allowing use of her beautiful Indian Beach home for our photo shoot on holiday entertaining. The house is called Argonauta, a name inspired by the chapter of the same name, from Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s memoir, “Gift from the Sea.”
Faust and her husband, Carl Herman, University of Houston’s Bauer Business School professor bought the house in 2012. They were looking for a place Randi could retreat to write and where they could spend long weekends and holidays with family. The house had some damage from Hurricane Ike, so the couple enlisted the original contractor, Doug LeBoeuf, to make repairs. While the house was under construction, Randi began working with island Interior Designer Ilse Benard (Staged for Perfection, (www.stagedforperfection.com). The gorgeous result is an eclectic celebration of Mediterranean and Gulf Coast styles.
We’d also like to thank Benard for helping us to style the photos in the holiday entertaining shoot.
Argonauta is available for vacation rentals through www.sandnsea.com.
We’d also like to thank Lee and Mary Branum for allowing use of their 1860 island home in the Williams-Borden Neighborhood for our feature on Scotch eggs. Both Branums serve as members of Queen Victoria’s “royal court” during Dickens on The Strand, Lee as a “knight” and Mary as a “lady-in-waiting.”
We’d also like to sincerely thank Susan Vanderford, maritime education and programs coordinator at the Texas Seaport Museum/1877 Barque Elissa. Vanderford helped to secure the cover tree to the small wooden boat, Grace, at the museum. Lashing a tree onto a rocky boat is no small feat. The Texas Seaport Museum uses Grace in its small craft program.