Recipes and preparation secrets for all-time favorite chuck wagon dishes, from trailside to elegant, are featured in this cookbook. Tasty dishes include a bounty of beef and game, vegetables, homemade breads, and delectable desserts.
Friend of our community and the authors, Tommy Lee Jones, was gracious enough to write the foreword.
I think this book will be a worthy addition to any kitchen's library. Filled with a variety of recipes from main dishes-try the stacked red chile enchiladas on page 90-91 or if you want something for a family gathering I suggest the peppered tenderloin or whole rib eye pages 54-57, salads-try the cornbread salad on page 148-149, vegetables-summer squash casserole page 142-143 and the desserts-bread pudding with lemon-lime or bourbon sauce is my choice. There are also numerous other recipes that will be enjoyed at breakfast and as side dishes. The only food I didn't care for (that I had to photograph) are the turnips BUT that is because I don't like turnips.
Not only are there the many food photographs there are numerous photographs taken on ranches for the last 25 years around Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Mexico sprinkled throughout the book.
Enjoy and invite them into your kitchen! They've cooked for presidents, well known movie stars and casts of thousands of ordinary people like us.
The book begins with a history of the chuck wagon, including authentic black and white photographs of dour-looking cowpokes out on the trail. After the Introduction, the recipes are organized topically: Breakfast, Breads, Main Dishes, Sauces, Veggies Sides & Salads, Dressings, and Desserts.
A staple of Western cooking is corn bread. I baked the "Best Basic Cornbread" on page 47. The recipe began with a note about heating the pan, and included a variation for the basic recipe. The ingredients were readily available: cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, milk, egg, shortening, and vegetable oil. The bread had a wonderful, mealy texture and tasted best when served with a sweetened honey butter. The bread itself had a slightly tart flavor to it, and is meant to be served with something else, not to stand on it's own.
The recipes are varied and diverse, and most include a full-color photograph. For breakfast, try Chile Eggs, Tissa's Dutch Oven Breakfast or Homemade Breakfast Sausage. For your main dish, how about Cookshack Round, Texas Cowboy Reunion Sirloin, or Cowboy Hash. To finish your night by the campfire, how about sampling the Side-Saddle Pecan Addiction?
This fun cookbook will bring hours of delight for fans of Western-style cooking.