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August 8, 2018

Cowboy cook-out

By Debbie Sorensen


I’m planning a backyard activity with the folks seven years and younger in our family this week. We’ll work together on “slinging the hash” before we spread out a blanket in the back yard and sit down to supper, served on tin plates with spoons. This time, it will be the kids preparing the meat and bacon. They will also bake the biscuits, squeeze lemons for lemonade and mix together a fruit cobbler. The plan is to produce some good old-time food and comradery. (There is a “plan B” available in case things get out of whack.)

While we won’t have a campfire and guitar for serenading, we can make music around the fire pit. No one in the group plays the guitar – yet, but we are working on the harmonicas!! With several little mouth harps and plenty of enthusiasm, we’re sure to have the neighborhood doggie choir tuning up with us. I’m not sure what unsuspecting folks in the area may think, but it could be interesting. It is highly likely that the honks and squeaks will produce some entertaining results. Looking forward to an evening that is note-worthy and “just right.”


Cowboy Cook-up


1 lb. ground meat ¾ lb. bacon, cut small 

1 c. chopped onion ½ c. diced celery

2 cloves garlic crushed ½ c. water

8 oz. can tomato sauce 2 c. crushed tomatoes

½ c. molasses 2/3 c. brown sugar

 1 ½ tsp. dry mustard ¼ tsp. dry ginger

1 tsp. salt 3 T. cider vinegar

2 (15 oz.) cans kidney beans/undrained

1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans/undrained

1 (15 oz.) can butter, lima beans/undrained


Brown beef and bacon together. Drain off excess fat. Add onion and celery in heavy skillet, cooking until just tender. Add garlic, water, tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes, bring to boil. Add remaining ingredients and beans, stirring well. Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook slowly for one hour. Serve with a side of biscuits, fresh squeeze lemonade and apple or peach cobbler for dessert. Yield 6-8 servings

For Cast Iron skillet aficionados, utilize the spider-legged pans and campfires. You might even choose to spread a blanket outside and share the best of the west cowboy and pioneer stories.




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