Yeehaw and giddy-up!  This year’s cowboy day ho-down chez Battenburgbelle was just fabulous!  She decided to combine our book group meet up with a Tex-Mex feast and it was so much fun.  All the ladies got into the spirit with hats…

Thus confirming my theory that everyone looks good in a cowboy hat!  First time ever I have seen Mary in a hat and doesn’t she gussy up well?!

Of course, my god-daughter Ringo looks fabulous in anything…

And here’s the hostess with the most-est rocking her stetson…

Of course, my absolute favourite sporter of a cowboy hat is the divine James Dean!

We had an absolute FEAST to celebrate the International Day of the Cowboy and I’m sure BB will be doing a full report on all the grub.  My responsibility was the cornbread.  Coo, what a delicious recipe this is.  Of course, there is LASHINGS of cheese in it which is probably the secret.

I made double as I was hosting another Tex-Mex affair the next day chez moi. The above is one before going in the oven, and here’s the other when it came out – yum!

Sliced!

Highly recommended!

All the recipes for our hoedown were from this book

and I am so excited that our next book group book will be a Kinky one!  I used to be OBSESSED with Kinky Friedman books so this has brought back memories of a puppet head being thrown out of a window, some kind of strange thing being hidden in cat litter and great big hairy steaks.  My memories are vague (I had my Kinky readathon over 20 years ago) so I am really looking forward to revisiting.  Can’t remember which one BB chose but I think it is this one…

The idea of a “walk in Austin” makes me super happy as I LOVE AUSTIN!  The last time I went there I met some tiny John Waynes!

I am definitely going back to Austin sometime in the next couple of years. I just love it there and I miss my chum Caroline something rotten…

So my recipe for the 4th Cowboy Day Cook-along to celebrate the International Day of the Cowboy is from the kitchen of F. Murray Abraham.  

                                                 Almost a cowboy hat!

I am assuming that F. Murray Abraham is a chum of the Kinkster.  I did a bit of googling, and although I was aware that Kinky was big chums with Willie Nelson…

…I didn’t know about the F. Murray Abraham connection.  This idea, from the mouth of Kinky himself made me laugh.  “The latest idea is to do Roadkill with F. Murray Abraham as Willie and Lionel Richie as me,”

HAHA! I would pay good money to see that!

Here’s to all the cowboys and cowgirls of the world, raising a bottle of Amaretto to y’all!

Also raising a glass in the general direction of Greece to toast the wonderful Greg Swenson of Recipes for Rebels who is the originator and organiser of the annual Cowboy Day Cookalong – YEE HAW GREG! The #CowboyDayCookalong is always mega fun to be a part of.

Here’s the cornbread recipe. It is totes recommended.


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