I live where the buffalo roamed and the deer and antelope play. At night, the antelope sometimes stand in the middle of a country road. I
travel the country road to get to my house in Southern Colorado. In my neighborhood, I can hear the restless coyotes bay at the moon. Everyone knows if you let your cat wander around outside at night, chances are the coyotes will have the cat for a snack.
Deer tracks are found often in my front yard. Cows also have escaped and wander down our street. No, I do not own a horse. Although, I do have neighbors that have horses and chickens. Yes, I do own cowboy boots.
Come and join me for LELA'S BUFFALO ADVENTURE
I took a road trip to a bison ranch which is approximately eighty-four miles from my house. Wolf Springs Ranch is located on the Eastern slope
of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains twenty-one miles South of West Cliffe, Co. The ranch raises bison.
There are many curves along the way.
Beautiful peaks to see
Rustic Looking Buildings
The Buffalo ranch is called Wolf Springs Ranch.
As luck would have it, there was one lonely bison grazing near the road. I stopped to take a few photos. Bison have poor vision, but excellent
hearing. I am pretty sure the bison knew I was there. This buff just didn't want to turn around. The longer I stood there watching the farther he wandered away from me.
Of course, the bison hid his face so I couldn't get a good photo.
At last, I finally got a profile shot of this magnificent animal.
I was inspired by the quiet serenity surrounding the buffalo. I enjoyed the he beautiful grasslands he had to graze and the warm sun beating
down his back. I admired his strong muscular physique, tiny tail and huge head.
All this inspiration led to some Buffalo Cookin in my house! (Correction-on my patio.)
SMOKIN' HOT' BUFFALO FAJITAS
If you haven't tried bison meat, it is an experience you should
try. In Colorado, it is common to find buffalo burger in stores and restaurants. Buffalo burgers are leaner and less calories than beef. I used
bison flank steak to make fajitas. Grilling or cooking bison will take less time than beef. I was worried the meat would be overcooked. As luck would have it, and a meat thermometer, the bison flank steak was not overcooked.
I marinated the buffalo flank steaks in lemon juice, worchestire sauce and fajita seasoning for four hours. I
made some homemade tortillas and a guacamole salad. Then, I grilled some peppers and onions. The recipe called for cooking the flank steak on the stove, but my husband just bought a new smoker. So, he fired up the electric smoker, added some hickory and apple
wood. The flank steak took about 40 minutes to get to 140º.
The meat was very tender with a hint of a smokey flavor. The guacamole salad used fresh garlic. I thought the fresh garlic left an after taste.
So, next time I make this guacamole salad, I will use garlic salt or garlic powder. I would also recommend adding lime juice or lemon juice so the gaucamole salad does not turn brown.
BUFFALO FAJITAS -ENJOY A FEAST FOR THE EYES!
LELA'S TORTILLAS-THICK STYLE TORTILLAS
BUFFALO FAJITAS-BUFFALO FAJITAS WITH GUACAMOLE SALAD
FAJITA SEASONING-FAJITA SEASONING