I'm an unhappily transplanted former Austinite desperately missing some of my favorite Austin restaurants. I'd love it if I could just airlift some of my favorite foods to my new home, but lacking that ability, I wondered if anyone might by some wild chance have recipes for either of the following items:
Texas French Bread's Rice Salad
This was/is a chilled dish consisting of wild rice, walnuts, dried cherries or cranberries, and green onions in a luscious light "dressing" that I don't know how to describe or recreate. I dream about it at night.
Apple Annie's Chickpea Feta Salad
This is another cold "salad" featuring chickpeas, feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, and sweet red onions in a light, vinegary dressing. Indescribably delicious.
The restaurants are reluctant to give out their recipes, for understandable reasons, but if any of you out there has a friend of a friend at one of these restaurants,or has figured out how to make these dishes ... I would be forever grateful to you!