When I was in 2nd grade, Becky Milburn and I decided that upon reaching proper age, we would hit the trail to Wyoming to become horse ranchers. Fast forward 40-something years – here I am in Wyoming for the first time.
I was only kickin’ around Cheyenne for 24 hours while in transit to a French cooking class in South Dakota, but that was long enough to realize I want to come back.
Cheyenne is the capital and most populated city in Wyoming.
Since most of Wyoming looks like this… I see why one would choose to live in Cheyenne.
There are lots of amusing shops and places to eat downtown. The recently restored Cheyenne Depot Plaza is a National Historic Landmark.
These eight-foot tall kickin’ cowboy boots painted by local artists feature Cheyenne’s history and sense of style.
From cartoon to real cowboys… one thing is clear: Cheyenne loves their boots and boys.
If you are a stranger to these parts, the place for boots is The Wrangler store.
How could I possibly leave the store without these snip toe roach stompers? They made me want to “ boot scoot “ just looking at them. And then I spotted the leopard ones and couldn’t decide which I liked better. So I did what any woman in her right mind would do… I bought both.
After an intense boot-shopping extravaganza, we made tracks to our buck house for the night – Nagle Warren Mansion Bed & Breakfast.
From the moment of stepping inside this mansion, each room transported you into a bygone era.
“Kitten Kaboodle” sat atop our reservations upon arrival. Our innkeeper Jim Osterfoss greeted us next. He recounted the intriguing history of the mansion while showing us to our room – complete with our own cowboy duckie.
I couldn’t help thinking of Little Richard singing “Rubber Duckie” on Sesame Street.
My other favorite places are the dining area where breakfast is served. The patio outside is perfect for sipping early morning leaded liquid.
I wanted to come up with a typical cowboy recipe to share, but soon realized I would starve if cowboy grub was the fare.
Instead, I dug deep into my Midwest past to find inspiration for today’s recipe of Corn Cob Jelly. Grandma Nelson and I made this jelly back in the day. One of my prized possessions is her recipe box, from which I recovered her recipe for corn cob jelly… score!
I must “acknowledge the corn“ with the corn cob jelly for 5 cents photograph. There might just be a little Photoshopping involved.
- 12 ears of corn - broken in half
- 3 pints water
- 1 package powdered fruit pectin
- 3 cups sugar
- dab of butter - optional
- Boil corn to cook; cut kernels from cobs and use for dinner. Measure 3 pints water into a large pot; add corn cobs.
- Bring to a boil; boil hard for 30 minutes. Boil it down uncovered for a more concentrated result. Turn off heat and remove cobs. Strain corn liquid through cheesecloth or a mesh strainer.
- Measure remaining corn liquid. Return 3 cups liquid to the large pot. Stir in pectin. (Add a dab of butter to prevent foaming.) Bring to a boil. Add sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar. Bring pot to a rolling boil. Boil hard two to three minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
- Ladle corn cob jelly into hot jars. Adjust lids and bands.
- Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
The lesson I learned with this recipe is patience! It takes a few days for the jelly to set. It is also important to properly seal your jars. I used the water bath method. To learn how to make a water bath click here.
“Always take a good look at what you’re about to eat. It’s not so important to know what it is, but it’s critical to know what it was.”
My time in Wyoming may have been short, but my memories will last long.
…and then she paused for thought.