Have a fun time for a good cause!

By Culinary Cowboy | November 20, 2009

Elf Louise Christmas Party

4th Annual Elf Louise Christmas Party

Sunday, buy December 6th
Leon Springs Dance Hall
featuring The Court Jester Band
Admission – $10 or a new unwrapped toy
Call 210.410.9539 for details
All proceeds go directly to the Elf Louise Christmas Project

Click here for more information on the Elf Louise Christmas Project.

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Chief Executive’s executive chef on good eating

By Culinary Cowboy | June 6, 2009

From the White House blog – a little number on healthy eating.

FRIDAY, ampoule JUNE 5TH, 2009 AT 4:57 PM
Ryan Howard Talks Healthy Diet With the White House Chef
Posted by Jesse Lee
Ryan Howard of the World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies recently got a tour of the new White House garden and spoke with White House chef Sam Kass about the importance of a healthy diet.

Ryan Howard Visits the White House Garden from White House on Vimeo.

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Holiday recipe roundup

By Culinary Cowboy | November 25, 2008

Yep, that gorgeous turkey to your left could be on your table with just a little bit of work (but work well worth it).

First of all, if you are using a frozen turkey, you need to have it defrosted the day before cooking. It should sit in the brine overnight for best results. The brine gives it a nice, dark color. If you elect to smoke your turkey, as in the illustration, you can get a nice, mahogany color to bring to the table.

Technically, the turkey is not smoked, as that usually involves a long cooking time at low heat. For those who try this on the grill, you will get a nice smoked flavor to the turkey. For that matter, you could use the smoke method indoors, but it sure would really smell up the place. See the full recipe

Grandma Virginia’s dressing – if you don’t have a good dressing for your Thanksgiving turkey, I strongly recommend this one. I like mine a bit on the moist side, and I usually add more liquid.

Now, for dessert, pumpkin pie is a favorite. Besides just offering recipes, we have a Study in Pumpkin Pie, which begins with a startling announcement.

We start off in this examination of pumpkin pie with a hard truth. Most U.S. pumpkin pie is a lie.

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A study in pumpkin pie – pilgrims to today

By Culinary Cowboy | November 25, 2008

We start off in this examination of pumpkin pie with a hard truth.  Most U.S.  pumpkin pie is a lie.

An interesting fact is that most canned ‘pumpkin’ is actually hubbard squash. Hubbard squash has the characteristic rich orange flesh and bold flavor that users of canned pumpkin will be familiar with. If you are trying to make homemade pumpkin pie, you may have found that the taste of ‘sweet pumpkins’ is not as rich as what is normally found in canned pumpkin. For better results try using hubbard squash.
Source wikia

This is not new, as witnessed by this excerpt from the White House Cook Book, circa 1913.

Boston marrow or Hubbard squash may be substituted for pumpkin and are much preferred by many, as possessing a less strong flavor.
Source:  White House Cook Book

Interesting substitions for completely opposite reasons.

Anyway, in 1894 Ohio, this is how at least one woman put together a pumpkin pie.

However, we first have a tip about pie crust from the White House Cook Book.

In baking custard, pumpkin or squash pies, it is well, in order that the mixture may not be absorbed by the paste, to first partly bake the paste before adding it, and when stewed fruit is used the filling should be  perfectly cool when put in, or it will make the bottom crust sodden.
To prevent the juice soaking through into the crust, making it soggy, wet the under crust with the white of an egg, just before you put in the pie mixture.
Source:  White House Cook Book

And now the recipe.

From a 19th century recipe for pumpkin pie


  • 1 coffeecup mashed pumpkin
  • rich milk
  • melted butter or cream
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • small pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lard
  • a little salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • very cold water
  • 1 egg white


One coffeecup of mashed pumpkin, reduced to the proper consistency with rich milk and melted butter or cream, one tablespoonful of flour a small pinch of salt, one teaspoon of ginger, one teaspoon of cinnamon, one half nutmeg, one half teaspoon of vanilla, one half teaspoon of lemon extract, two-thirds cup of sugar.

PUFF PASTE.–One third cup of lard, a little salt, mix slightly with one and one half cups of flour, moisten with very cold water, just enough to hold together; get into shape for your tin as soon as possible. Brush the paste with the white of egg. Bake in a hot oven until a rich brown.


Recipes 1894 Style |Pies 1894 Style

Adapted from Recipes Tried and True, compiled by the Ladies’ Aid Society of the First Presbyterian Church, Marion, Ohio, 1894, a source in the public domain.
Source: About.com:  Women’s History

Now, below is a modern version of the pie.
However, it also has instructions for roasting the pumpkin to prepare a purée for the pie filling.  For those not interested in a pie, filling the halves with butter and savory seasonings, as one would with a baked winter squash, makes a splendid side dish.  You also can scrape out the baked pumpkin meat and make a deslightful mashed pumpkin dish.  Just a reminder, scoop out the meat and discard the shell before mashing.   You can, of course, keep the shell and served the resulting mashed ingredients in the shell.

Traditional Pumpkin Pie Recipe

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Mansi_Desai]Mansi Desai

I’ve added the recipe to make fresh Pumpkin Puree as it makes a huge difference to the taste. The roasted pumpkin puree adds a delicious flavor and aroma, but if you don’t have enough time on hand, you can use the canned pumpkin puree to bake the pie.


Pumpkin Puree

1 pie pumpkin (weighing 2 to 3 lbs.)

Vegetable oil

Pie Filling

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tspn salt

1 tspn ground cinnamon

1/2 tspn ground ginger

1/4 tspn ground nutmeg

2 large eggs

** check notes for eggless recipe below

1 can (15 oz) Pumpkin Puree

1 cup (12 oz) Evaporated Milk

1 unbaked 9-inch deep-dish pie shell

Whipped cream – for garnish

Eggless Version:

Replace eggs by 1/4th cup cornstarch. Add that to the liquid ingredients just as the recipe states below.


Mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in a small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in the evaporated milk.

Pour into the pie shell. Bake in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F and bake for another 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

Pumpkin Puree

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Wash the exterior of the pumpkin, remove the stem and cut the pumpkin in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds and stringy fibers from the center using a metal spoon.

Coat the cut surface of the pumpkin halves with vegetable oil. Place halves cut side done in a roasting pan. Add 1 cup of water to the pan.

Place the pumpkin in the preheated oven and bake for 60 to 90 minutes. It is done when the flesh feels tender when poked with a fork.

Remove the pumpkin from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Cool until it can be handled comfortably. Scrape the flesh out of the pumpkin halves and place in a large bowl. Use a hand mixer to blend the flesh until it is pureed.

Drain moisture from the puree by placing it in a sieve lined with paper towels or a double layer of coffee filters. Be sure the sieve is placed in a bowl to catch the liquid as it drains.

Cover the puree with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. Allow puree to drain for at least 2 hours. Drain overnight if possible. After draining, the pumpkin puree is ready to use.

For those who’d love to bake their own pie shells, here’s a little tutorial on [http://www.funandfoodcafe.com/2008/10/how-to-make-pie-crust.html]How to Make Pie Crust at home, in case it interests you.

-Mansi Desai http://funandfoodcafe.com

Article Source: funandfoodcafe.com/2008/10/easy-pumpkin-pie-recipe-traditional.html

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Mansi_Desai http://EzineArticles.com/?Traditional-Pumpkin-Pie-Recipe&id=1596748

Culinary Cowboy Source: Celebrate Thanksgiving Blogspot, via digg contribution

One source says a true pilgrim pie was a pumpkin that had been scooped of its seeds and filled with apples, butter, cinnamon and the like.  As the pilgrims only found crab apples on their arrival, it may not have been so tasty.

As I have had seafood cooked inside canteloupe and pineapple, it would seem a small pumpkin would make for an interesting container for cooking very interesting main courses, such as individual pork or poultry servings.

Anyway, someone asked me what do with a pumpkin.  There are some ideas.

By the way, if you plan to carve your pumpkin for Halloween and then consume it later, remember two things.  Take care of the flesh right after Halloween, pumpkin gets ugly quickly and the prepared pies actually take to freezing rather nicely (which would take some of the pressure off holiday cooking).  Second, don’t use a candle to light the inside of a Jack o’ Lantern scheduled for consumption.

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Culinary Cowboy store opens for business!

By Culinary Cowboy | January 7, 2008

animated cattle brand logo

Happy New Year!

I am opening the New Year with the new Culinary Cowboy General Store. Please drop in for a look or two.

You have a host of a choice of aprons with all sorts of sayings or designs on them.

Maybe you need yet another cap or t-shirt. You can spruce up your place with a cowboy picture or two. Posters, rx notecards and even a design in German await your review, your pleasure and, it is hoped, your purse.Culinary Cowboy Aprons

Photos come from real-life expeditions taken to the cowcamps before their demise.

Pleae take a look at it and I hope it pleases.

Click here to go to the store!

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Formal notice of Big Bend Ultra Cancellation

By Culinary Cowboy | January 3, 2008

The following was sent to Big Bend 50/25 Ultra participants:

New Years Greetings to current entries in the 2008 Big Bend Ultra 50/25!!

The Big Bend Ultra 50/25 Jan 20, 2008 race has been canceled.

Due to an insufficient number of entries, we have been forced to cancel the January 20th, 2008 Big Bend Ultra Race. This was a very tough decision but regrettably unavoidable. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their support over the last 3 years. It has made a difference to Big Bend National Park.

All paid entries will have two choices:

1. Donation: If you would like to donate your $100 entry fee to the Friends of BBNP, please send me an email with this request to the following address: pcarroll@fleetfeetsanantonio.com. Please respond no later than Thursday, January 10th. This includes a 1 year Membership.

2. Refund: Do nothing. We will automatically mail your $100 entry fee back to the address listed on your entry form. An all-volunteer group will assist in processing refunds. We hope to begin mailing out refunds on January 11th, 2008.

There are no plans to hold another Big Bend Ultra 50/25 race at anytime in the future.

Again, many thanks. Please continue supporting the park and visit as often as you can.

Carroll Voss


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Big Bend 50/25 Ultra Run Cancelled

By Culinary Cowboy | January 2, 2008

From www.bigbend50.com

Event Cancelled
It is with sadness, but a focus on the fund raising goals of the event that the 2008 Big Bend 50 has been cancelled due to a lack of participation.

To make the event viable as well as to meet it’s goals of supporting the Park, the event requires more registrants than have committed.

Refunds to all paid entrants will be forthcoming. If you paid online, there will be a few weeks delay since the sign-up service cuts checks after a holding period.

The lasting benefits of the event are reflected in last year’s donation of $3000 to the Friends of Big Bend, and $2500 the year before.

There will be a further statement later today.

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Test cookout for Big Bend 50 Ultra Race

By Culinary Cowboy | December 2, 2007

outdoor propane cooker with cook box

We tested out the new cooking gear for the post race meal at the Big Bend 50 Ultra Race next month in Big Bend National Park (website). This beauty is a three-burner propane cooktop. The black thing is a metal cookbox which acts like an oven or grill.We cooked potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil in it in about an hour. Then, we grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts on the cast iron grill inside (they are in there now).

Green beans cooking

Carroll’s Green Beans Recipe

  • chop half pound of bacon slices and brown
  • remove bacon and pour out most of the grease
  • brown chopped onion and one large clove of garlic
  • pour in one quart chicken broth
  • bring to a boil
  • stir in about two pounds of green beans and simmer until done.
  • I brought it all to a good boil and then shut off the heat. The residual heat managed to cook the beans more than enough by the time the chicken was done.

    Look at the brown on those birds. The breasts were marinated for about a day in Italian dressing.The cast iron grill in the cooking box gave them a nice browning. Then, the top down cooking kept the chicken nice and moist. We were pleasantly surprised at how evenly they cooked and how moist they were.

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    Thanksgiving Day snow in Texas!

    By Culinary Cowboy | November 23, 2007

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    Make a picture-perfect turkey

    By Culinary Cowboy | November 21, 2007

    Perfect turkeyYes, your turkey can have this mahogany color and taste as good as it looks.

    You’ll need to get busy on it right away.  The secret is in the preparation ahead of schedule.  If it is too late for you, try this at Christmas.

    Click here to check out the recipe.

    Topics: Holidays, turkey | 1 Comment »

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