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Chuckwagon cuisine

Cowboy sourdough biscuits: 4 cups sourdough starter; 4 cups flour; TSP salt; 2 TBS sugar: 3 heaping TSP baking powder; 4 TBS shortening; milk/buttermilk optional. Mix and put egg-sized balls in a cast-iron skillet or chuckwagon Dutch oven. 5 to 10 minutes to rise, cook about 30 minutes, until golden brown. [if using an oven, 350 degrees]

Sourdough Starter: 2-oz baker’s yeast or 3 ¼ -oz packets dry yeast; 4 cups warm water; 2 TBS sugar; 4 cups flour; raw potato, peeled/quartered. Mix and let rise; keep covered; feed potato chunks as needed.

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Hey, Marshal Dillon!

 

There really was a Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City. Built 1874, burned down 1885. It had gambling and gunfights. You could even order a sarsaparilla—cowboy soft drink. Pity the poor cowpoke who ordered one. It also hosted the Dodge City Cowboy Band—still going strong. I would love to hear the old band. Now excuse me, but the doggies are waiting to go on the  last roundup.

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THE COWBOY WAY

The Riders in the Sky (cowboy singers) have a saying: You can do it the Easy Way or the Cowboy Way. When I was 5, I attended my first concert—Gene Autry and band. I have been a cowboy at heart ever since. By World War 2, Gene had it made, he was a singing star and a movie star. He surrendered his movie/recording contract and joined the army. Hey, it was the Cowboy Way. At that time, he was billed as the King of the Cowboys. He is still my hero. I plan to write about cowboys. It will not be easy, but it will be the Cowboy Way.

 

Here are Gene’s rules from his many movies (they were far ahead of their time):

 

Gene Autry’s Cowboy Code

  1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.
  2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
  3. He must always tell the truth.
  4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals.
  5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
  6. He must help people in distress.
  7. He must be a good worker.
  8. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits.
  9. He must respect women, parents, and his nation’s laws.
  10. The Cowboy is a patriot

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