“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.”***


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Main Dishes

Beef Roast

Beef Sandwich

Beef Stew

Pot Roast

Roast Beef with Herb Crust



Crusty Pan-fried Trout

Ham Hocks and Vegetables

Pork and Beans

Chicken and Dumplings

Maud’s Chicken and Dumplings

Cracklin’ Chicken

Crispy Chicken

Picnic Fried Chicken

Oyako Dunburi

Roast Duck


Pork Roast

Roast Ribs

Trail Beans

Venison Backstrap

Venison Stew



Side Dishes

Sweet Heat Beans

Aunt Ella’s Blueberry Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Bread



White Bread

Corn on the Cob

Boiled Potatoes

Fried Potatoes

Janssons Frestelse

Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes Baked Under the Coals

Potato Salad

Squash Taters


Desserts & Sweets

Apple Pie

Blackberry Pudding

Chocolate Cake

Ice Cream


Molasses Candy

Oatmeal Cookies







Blueberry Biscuits



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