By Ramon F. Adams, Nick Eggenhofer
Come an’ Get It used to be the main commonly used and welcome name at the diversity period of the good path drives following the Civil battle. during this interesting quantity, Ramon F. Adams, writer of the preferred Western phrases, inform the tale of the outdated cowboy chefs, and the result's one other hugely unique contribution to the folklore of the farm animals country.Although the cowboy cleared the Southwestern frontier of savage Indians and opened the land for cost, the cook dinner and his commissary contributed drastically to the luck of the operation; for as a military is dependent upon its mess-kitchens, so the cowboys depended upon the chuck wagon. with no it, there could were to path drives to rescue Texas from financial disaster following the Civil warfare, no roundups to hurry the improvement of the farm animals undefined, and no red meat for the seriously populated parts of the United States.The writer files where and effect of the diversity prepare dinner upon Western lifestyles. He discusses the features of “coosie,” the meals he served, and his tools of getting ready it-giving recipes for sourdough biscuits, fluff-duffs, son-of-a-bitch stew, and different unique dishes of the diversity. He describes, too, “the wagon,” its evolution, and its position within the hearts of the lads who referred to as it home.Although there stay a couple of chuck wagons at the higher ranches this present day, they've got turn into so scarce that one isn't obvious other than in a museum or a rodeo parade, and the more youthful new release of chefs, just like the cowboys themselves has been tamed.Every cook dinner was once a “character,” possibly with cause, for no guy ever labored lower than higher problems or with fewer conveniences. Anecdotes and incidents which remove darkness from the idiosyncrasies of those “Sultans of the Skillets” are acknowledged with gusto.Nick Eggenhofer’s drawings support Mr. Adams carry the cook dinner and his accoutrement vividly to life.
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There's a lots o' things that Cookie is an' a few things that he ain't; one thing for shore I'll tell y'u, he ain't no holy saint. " Not every cook could qualify as a wagon cook. It was essential that the latter be a man of many achievements. To execute the varied duties he was called upon to perform, he had to be unusually resourceful. First, of course, he had to be able to cook. If he couldn't do this to the satisfaction of the men, he wouldn't last long. But he had to be more than a cook. He drove his own teams, and thus it was essential that he be an expert teamster.
More will be told about it in a later chapter. G. facetiously described Page 17 the chuck wagon as a "vehicle used to haul chuck and the cowboy's beds (though I never rightly figured why we brung'em). The chuck is mainly beans, dried prunes, rice, syrup, biscuits, coffee, and lots o' salt pork. " Page 18 The boss, he kin rigger an' write in a book, but he shore has to have a chuck wagon cook. The wagon is loaded an' rigged up complete, but without our ole Cookie there's nothin' to eat. This gent's a stemwinder an' knows where he stands, with the boss an' the wrangler an' all the cowhands.
With awl and stay wire he fringed the hide with cans, placing a little gravel in each and squeezing the tops together to prevent it from losing out. "From the supply of mule feed in the front end of the wagon he poured a generous portion near the right front wheel and invited the yearling to eat, at the same time tying the loose end of a stake rope around his neck and securing it to a wagon spoke. As he ate, Dick, with the aid of more wire, attached the can fringed hide to the yearling's tail, not loosely, but wired firmly in the burr-infested bush.