The BIG range...
Aug. 29, 2009 9:38 am
Updated: Sep. 3, 2009 8:45 am
So..here we are at PT 2.
I suppose a little information about the ranch we live on would be helpful.
We are employed on the largest, oldest working ranch in the State of Oregon. It's 250,000 acres, which works out to about 400 sq. miles. If you go to SE Oregon, and make a left hand turn at the middle of nowhere for about 1 mile, you arrive where we're at. There's 3500 mother cows...who have 3500 babies a year...I will let you do the math.
When we moved into the cookhouse, there was a huge, neat-o, boss, nifty old stove/oven. It was 64" wide, and 1/2 of that was griddle. It was fabulous for rising bread, but less than reliable for baking it. It was 70 years old and took a couple of hours just to preheat. The worst part of it was that it cost the boss $500 a month in propane just to keep all the pilots lit, so its now stored on the side of the barn and we have a newer, more compact model, which preheats the same day I turn it on!!
One of my duties at the ranch is to occasionally feed crew. That usually falls to the boss' wife, who regularly feeds 35 after a branding, as the "neighbors" and all come to help out with that, which is over a month long event. That leaves me free to ride also...but if she heads for town, the cookin' falls to me.
Breakfast comes wayyyy too early and I don't function at 4:30 am, so my solution is to make something ahead that can be reheated...one time that was quiche...which i would NEVER, EVER call by its proper name, or it would go untouched. A particular time, I lost my reading glasses and grabbed the diced jalapenos instead of regular diced chiles.
As a result, I found that a cowboy can scream like a girl, if he finds something spicy on his palate that he didn't expect. I have since been able to accept that not all cowboys have good taste, or even good judgment. This is why they used to hang rustlers and horse thieves, but someone has to feed them, and sometimes, that's me.
After drinking copious amounts of orange juice, that fellow was the only one who gave it a thumbs down, so it remains on the regular rotation, WITH the accidental changes, and I reminded him that a body could lose his thumb in that position, not just when he's roping!
Dinosaur so big it doesn't fit in the picture...
How do YOU spell "serene"?...old milk barn
The ever handsome Randyman, workin as ground crew
gotta have a garden...
...and milk cows....
and of course, chickens and grandkids!
and a horse or two...
and don't get caught nappin&!!!