Round-Up and Revue

The 2017 Cowboy Day Cook-Along was great! 

Creativity and imagination was abundant!  Again, there was enthusiastic participation from around the world…

Here are the participants…click the links on EVERY one!  Most all the stories or videos are fast and fun, and ALL are highly entertaining!  My short video revue is at the bottom of the page…

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“It’s always Happy Hour at the Velveteen Lounge.”

The Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en from Middletown, New York was the first to post.  Kelly and Paul always do such an amazing job!  The Vaquero Borracho cocktail sounds delicious!  The Dude Ranch Beans are just the sort of kitschy vintage recipe that I LOVE!  That dash of tequila in the beans is a genius touch.

While you’re in their neighborhood, stop and browse their Amazon store…it’s fantastic, fun, and you’ll probably run across at least one thing you just can’t live without!

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These are really good!

Next up, I posted about making Sammy Davis Jr.’s Chili Cocktail Cups here in Greece.  These were good, and I wouldn’t recommend waiting a whole year until next Cowboy Day before you try them!

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L to R, Battenburg Belle, SilverScreenSuppers, and Taryn from Retro Food for Modern Times

Then came Taryn from Retro Food for Modern Times in Melbourne, Australia.  Taryn was a real trooper!  (No wonder she was named one of the Top 100 Food Bloggers!)  Even though she was away traveling in the UK on vacation, she had cooked up a surprise before leaving and posted via her phone from London.  Taryn made a flavor-packed Cattleman’s Country Salad that included sliced beef, apples, celery, greens, and a mustard dressing.  Mouth-watering!

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Alicia

One of my High School classmates from a hundred years ago, Alicia, and who now resides in Tarpon Springs Florida decided to join in.  Alicia doesn’t blog about food…in fact, she doesn’t really like cooking all that much.  She recently confided in me, it’s the first one home each day, she or her husband, that cooks dinner…she confesses she’s spent LOTS of time circling the block in the evenings. LOL (Sorry Alicia, the cats out of the bag now!)  But her niece Gracie was coming for a visit, and the Cowboy Day Cook-Along sounded like a fun activity they could share.  Alicia and Gracie rustled up a baked, cheesy, Cowboy Dip that they served with tortilla chips!  You can find her recipe HERE at the Cowboy Day Cook-Along Event Page.  It looks and sounds yummy!  Great job Alicia and Gracie!

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“Cowboy Milkshakes”

Angela from Bath, UK is another non-food blogger…but she IS a veteran Cowboy Day Cook-Along participant!  Angela’s Facebook page is always filled with the most wonderful photography, more that a few of which feature her adorable son Edward.  So when it comes to parties and creativity, she’s the tops!  Her tables and photos are always accessorized imaginatively and perfectly.  She got her entire menu this year from the Recipes for Rebels cookbook, and did a bang up job with everything.  Photos from her Cowboy Day, can be found HERE at the Cowboy Day Cook-Along Event Page.  It really looks like she and Edward had a rootin’ tootin’ good day!

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Pardners in crime, Jenny (on left) and Cathy (right)

Jenny from Silver Screen Suppers in London, UK is a PRO at this sort of challenge!  Her pardner in crime in this one (and many others), is Cathy from Battenburg Belle (also of London). Cathy’s quite the expert hostess in her own right…her blog is always full of amazing food.  Together they teamed up to put on one heck of a hootenanny!  They fed about 25 people, had a live musical performance, and raised 260 pounds for the Youth Music charity!  The food spread looks incredible!  Jenny made 2 versions of Hoyt Axton’s Jalapeno Cornbread and 2 versions of Chili.  Cathy made Ida Lupino’s Lemon Mousse and a yet different version of chili. (Cathy suffered a freak accident to the hand, delivered by her mailbox…she pulled this off with “one hand tied behind her back,” so to speak.  She hasn’t gotten her blog up, due to the injury, but will soon.)  The tables were heaving with delicious culinary temptations.

Jenny (and all the other guests) had such a good time, that she awoke on Sunday with a massive hangover.  She decided to nurse it with a Liz Taylor/Rock Hudson Chocolate Martini and snuggling in to watch Liz, Rock, and James Dean in Giant (1956).  If you haven’t tried this cocktail/dessert in a glass…you’re missing out! HERE’s her posting from the morning after…

(Anyone interested in seeing what it’s like to be a food blogger…help Jenny out by test cooking a dish for her up-coming Cooking with Columbo book.  It’s easy and fun!  She’ll send you all the info you need, and even hold your hand through the process…you’ve got until the end of August)

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Clara, classin’ up the joint!

Clara from Heritage Recipe Box in Boston, MA celebrated Cowboy Day with an Upscale version of Liz and Rock’s Chocolate Martini.  Leave it to Clara to take something so good, and make it even more classy and incredible!  Clara’s blog postings throughout the year are always inspiring…this one is no exception.  I must try this out…Clara’s way!

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Kitt (left) and Lenora (right)

Kitt from This Gal Kitt in Toronto, Ontario teamed up with her sister Lenora from Puerto Escondido, Mexico (but currently visiting Canada) to put together another BIG Cowboy Day celebration!  Highlights from their fiesta included Kitt’s cole slaw and vinegar pie and Lenora’s black beans and hibiscus water cocktails!  The food was a hit!  Everything looks delicious! It appears as though Lenora might have brought a few decorations with her from Mexico, with the rest coming from Kitt’s abundant collection of cowboy paraphernalia…

Whether or not you’ve ever spent any significant amount of time in Toronto…you should definitely check out Kitt’s AWARD-WINNING blog, One Gal’s Toronto.  Every post is engaging and fascinating.  Kitt has a knack for story telling and a nose for digging through history.

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Mark (from London, UK?) made Monte Hale’s Hale and Hearty Chili last year on Cowboy Day, but didn’t tell anyone.  He joined in the Cook-Along for the 1st time publicly, this year.  (Hey Mark, are you the famous author/playwright/scriptwriter in London?  Whether or not, I enjoyed your note)  There was some sort of malfunction and none of Marks photos came out, showing the incredible amount of hard work he went to.  I hope the gratification of all his friends was payment enough…  He made Chisum’s Chili and King of the Taco’s from True Grits: Recipes Inspired by the films of John Wayne, accompanied by Vincent Price’s Mexican Creamed Corn and Robert Quarry’s Texas Potato Salad. His friends brought an assortment of chips and dips, and they washed it all down with Desperado Tequila Beer.  Sounds like a delicious menu!  His friends had a great time, loved the food, and Mark vows that he’ll get LOTS of pictures next year!

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Dr. Bobb

Dr. Bobb from Dr. Bobb’s Kitschen in Sharpsburg, MD entertained us with a Red Bean Pie…with mixed results.  It’s a risk that food bloggers take when recreating vintage recipes…win some, lose some.  Dr. Bobb is one of the biggest risk takers of all when it comes to odd sounding dishes, but it’s ALWAYS a recipe for entertainment.

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aka Arizona Zelda

Helen from Dinner with Zelda Manners in Nottingham, UK spun us a tall tale of Dodge City…  Helen was the winner of last year’s Cowboy Day Cook-Along, and her blog is always filled with highly imaginative stories of food and friends (albeit, most of them imaginary…but don’t tell Zelda).  She put on an extensive feast this year (I counted 9 different dishes…probably more)!  Each one looks tastier than the next.  Check out her story of Miss Kitty’s Saloon and the detailed recipes for everything on the menu!

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L to R, Alex, Annette, and Me

My Cowboy Day celebration was a combined effort with Alex and our co-hosts Annette and Thanos of Amigos Rock-n-Booze, a bar in Laganas, here on the island of Zakynthos, Greece.  Annette went all out, procuring bales of straw to “Cowboy-up” the place a bit (as if it needed any help…Amigo’s has a fantastic collection of cowboy/American West memorabilia covering every inch of wall, counter, and ceiling space) and getting the staff all decked out in cowboy gear!  She even hired an old, sway-back horse to park outside…just for added ambiance.  Alas, “best laid plans…”, the horse lost a shoe enroute, and never arrived.

Not everything went as expected.  None the less, everyone had a great time!  I had created a Cowboy Trivia Quiz for the night…simplified, for the non-American crowd.  But alas, again…not one single person got the minimum 5 out 15 answers correct!  (Note to self, tourists on a Greek island know less and care less about cowboys than you’d think.)  Bomba Rock was our entertainment for the evening, and he loaded his playlist with as many Country/Rock songs as he knew.  He was great as usual.  The crowd was all smiles. A number of people came dressed for the occasion, in their best cowboy gear.  One mysterious and menacing Indian showed up too…I guess you’ve got to be a little menacing when you’re the only Indian at a party of Cowboys!

Annette and I discussed collaborating on another party in September (maybe a James Dean celebration in conjunction with his memorial on the 30th)…it’s a totally different type of tourist at that time of the year…stay tuned for details…

By the time we got home that evening, like the horse, it was time to kick off our shoes (or boots) and “hit the hay.”

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HERE’S THE 2017 COWBOY DAY COOK-ALONG 2 ROUND-UP!

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2 Comments

  1. mark brisenden July 29, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Hi .. Great round up . This day and your site is a lot of fun long may they both continue . And the main thing wrong with this Saturday is that it’s not Cowboy cook day so I’m going to try a batch of James Garner’s Oklahoma Chili anyway to make up for it . I am most certainly from London and the only script writing Mark Brisenden I know of, but I’ve never been called that F word before ! Thanks ! All the best to you .

    • The chili sounds good. Too bad I’m not in the neighborhood! lol And the “F” word was all in fun. 🙂 Thanks for playing along…always, the more the merrier!

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