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Friday, July 9, 2010

I Ate From A Trough!

I love living in Smalltown America. Contrary to popular belief, there is so much to do. No, I am not inundated with farm chores, nor have I been overwhelmed by boredom.

Quite the contrary, in fact. As a writer, I have benefitted in many more ways than I could have possibly imagined. Now, I have the time to write that I never had before and I am finding that ideas and opportunities abound at every turn.

Take, for instance, the fun that my good hubby-buddy and I were involved in yesterday. Who knew that eating from a trough could be such an amazing experience? Yes, you heard me correctly; we ate from a trough.

Okay, lemme' back up and 'splain. There was a Cowboy Cook-Off in one of the nearby towns. I hafta' admit that I was a little concerned when I heard that the food would be dumped into a trough for everyone to feed from.

Have you ever eaten food that was cooked in a Cream Can? You know those big ol' cans that farmers use to pour fresh milk into? Well, that was just the beginning. My guess is that cooking in this manner was prob'ly first discovered by those who traveled in wagons. Everything on the menu goes into the cream can and the lid is placed on top. Then the can is placed over an open flame. As far as I can tell, its just another form of Dutch Oven Cooking and it is remarkable!

As I stood in line... a very long line, I might add... waiting to eat from said trough, I worried about little things like, "Have the cooks taken cleanliness into consideration?" and "Was this trough ever used by cattle or hogs?"

Naturally, I was thrilled to discover that the trough had been especially built for people and it was freshly-lined with aluminum foil. *whew* Thank goodness!

My next feeling of relief came when the food was served up by a line of people who had been involved in the cooking. No one else was allowed to dip-in and take what they picked through. I repeat, "Whew!"

If you have never had the opportunity to eat Cream Can Cooking from a trough, I urge you to rush right out and find the nearest Cowboy Chef you can. You will not be disappointed. The food is absolutely unbelievable. Then, you can share your experience of eating from a trough and watch the eyebrows raise.

Until the next time, keep a hug on.

~ Yaya


Beth in NC said...

Where are the pictures? I can't even imagine what you're talking about. Was it a tiny trough? Pictures needed. :o)

Dazee Dreamer said...

I'm with Beth. Pictures. Sounds to good not to see them.

Yaya' s Home said...

This is a great idea; so good, in fact, that I went to grab my camera. I was gonna' download summa' the great pictures of the trough. It was soooo cool.

Unfortunately, a whole batch of my pictures didn't come out and those were among them. The best I can do is see if I can find someone else who took pictures and see if they'll share. I'll letcha' know, soon's I can. Sorry.

~ Yaya

Laura PARING DOWN said...

My imagination is running wild.

Happy Friday!

Hema P. said...

Oh, what fun you have, Yaya! I love your posts -- they help bring small town America (whose lifestyle, regrettably, I've never had the chance to experience firsthand as of yet) right into my living room. I'll definitely be on the lookout for a Cowboy Chef :).

Looks like you showed all those toothaches who's the boss. Bravo!

Yaya' s Home said...

Hi Hema. Yeah, I think I've begun to gain some control over the tooth pro'lem. Now, if I can only figure out how to 'splain about the trough. Looks like another post is in order.

~ Yaya

Yaya' s Home said...

Hi Laura. Sorry; I wasn't ignoring you. In my mind, I had already commented.

I understand that your imagination is running wild. So was mine until I actually saw it.

~ Yaya

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