The Freshman Cook: Cowboy Christmas!

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December 13, 2011

 Code of the West

(from “Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West” by James P. Owen)

  1. Live each day with courage.

  2. Take pride in your work.

  3. Always finish what you start.

  4. Do what has to be done.

  5. Be tough, but fair.

  6. When you make a promise, keep it.

  7. Ride for the brand.

  8. Talk less and say more.

  9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale.

  10. Know where to draw the line.

    In honor of the Code of the West and Cowboy Ethics, 
    we are celebrating a  

    Cowboy Christmas at The Freshman Cook, 
    with 5 Food Gifts for the Cowboy in all of Us!


    1 package (11 oz) Butterscotch Morsels

    1 package Chow Mein Noodles 

    2 cups Peanuts

    Melt the butterscotch morsels in a double boiler.


     Let them get warm and start to melt, then stir.

     Once the morsels are melted, stir in chow mein 

    noodles and peanuts.

    Mound mix into small pieces like above.

    Let them set up.

    3 cups Sugar

    3/4 cup Butter

    5 oz. Evaporated Milk

    12 oz. Semi Sweet Chocolate

    7 oz. Marshmallow Creme

    1 teaspoon Vanilla

    2 Graham Crackers

    1/4 cup Peppermint Marshmallows

    Bring sugar, butter and milk to a boil 

    over medium heat. Stir constantly.

    Prepare your 8″ or 9″  pan with foil.

    Spray the foil with pan spray.

    Boil for 4 minutes or until temperature

    gets to 234 degrees.

    Remove from heat, and add chocolate 

    and marshmallow creme.

    Stir until melted. Add vanilla and stir.

    Pour into pan.

    Crack pieces of graham cracker off 

    and insert in the fudge while it is still 

    soft. Press peppermint marshmallow

    into the fudge also.



    2 cups Flour

    1 teaspoon Baking Soda

    1 teaspoon Salt

    1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

    1 cup softened Butter

    3/4 cup Sugar

    3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar

    2 Large Eggs

    1 teaspoon Vanilla

    1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats

    6 ounces Semisweet Chocolate
    In a separate bowl from where you are mixing, place the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In your mixing bowl add butter and both sugars.
    On medium high, cream together the sugars and butter.
    Reduce the speed to medium and add your eggs, one at a time. Beat after each addition. Add the vanilla.
    On low speed, add the flour mixture, a little at a time. Mix just until it is incorporated. Add chocolate and….
    oats just until combined.
    Place small scoops on your baking sheet.
    Top each cookie with mini M and M’s.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes.
    Cool on a wire rack.

    1 cup Peanuts 1 cup Cashews 1 cup Pistachios 1 cup Smokehouse Almonds 1 cup Dried Cranberries 1 cup Golden Raisins 1 cup Pretzel Sticks 2 cups Holiday M and M’s Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Break the pretzel sticks in half before adding them. Happy Trails!


    1/4 cup Butter 4 cups Mini Marshmallows 6 cups Rice Krispies 1 teaspoon Vanilla 1 bag Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Chips  Melt the butter in a medium pot on low heat. Add the mini marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are completely melted. Take off heat. Add vanilla and stir.
    Add your rice krispies. 
    Stir completely.
    Put butter or pan spray on your hands. Shape into cow pies. Don’t make perfect circles. Cow pies are not perfect. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler. Dip rice krispie treats into chocolate. Dip one part, then place in freezer until  chocolate sets. Take out of freezer, then dip another part, then put back in freezer. Here are your cow pies! Enjoy! Thanks for joining The Freshman Cook today!

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