“Hi Daisy, what’s for supper?” asks Jess.

“Ah, after all that’s happened, all you can think of is eating,” Daisy chides.

Jess feigns chagrin, “Oh, I’m sorry.  How are you, Daisy?  What’s for supper?”

A big grin crosses his face as he laughs and gives Daisy a hug.*


Food was often discussed both on and off the ranch. While neither Jess or Slim’s cooking is held in high regard,  Slim seems to have been the worst cook of the bunch. He did take lessons from the school marm and Jess declared “that meal wasn’t half bad.”**  Daisy was such a good cook that Mr. Frazer told Jess, “When I come through here again see that Daisy’s here, not in town.  The only place between Cheyenne and Medicine Bow where a man can get food fit to eat. And I like to eat.” When Jess offers to fix him something to eat,  Frazer responds, “Uh, o-o-oh no.  I’m not that hungry.”***


The recipes shown are for foods eaten, mentioned or written on cafe blackboards in the series.   More will be added so check back. Please consider contributing one of your favorite versions. Send it by way of the Dispatch Rider.  Remember to note how you would like to be credited.


Main Dishes

Beef Stew


Chicken and Dumplings

Cracklin’ Chicken

Crispy Chicken

Janssons Frestelse

Picnic Fried Chicken

Oyako Dunburi


Pork and Beans

Pot Roast

Steak and Potatoes

Trail Beans

Crusty Pan-fried Trout

Venison Backstrap



Side Dishes

Sweet Heat Side Beans

Corn on the Cob

Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes Baked Under the Coals

Potato Salad

Squash Taters


Desserts & Sweets

Apple Pie

Candy Apples

Ice Cream


Molasses Candy





Orange Marmalade




*”Day of the Savage” (87), Laramie, March 13, 1962

** “Bitter Glory” (58), Laramie, May 2, 1961

*** “The Renegade Brand” (113), Laramie, February 26, 1963