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Branding recipes from Wyoming rancher

Clara Powers
for Tri-State Livestock News
At 87, Bernice Churchill helped sort pairs last fall. Her granddaughter Chelsea Steen said, "Although she doesn't ride as much as she used to she still likes to get out and help from time to time." Photo by Chelsea Steen

Editor’s note: With this poem and these recipes from Wheatland, Wyoming rancher Clara Powers, we include photos of moms at branding time submitted by readers. Maybe some dads will want to try their hand at these recipes. They would work for a Mother’s Day dinner in addition to a branding meal!

It’s that time of year

Babies are born

Spring is finally here

Grass is beginning to green

Trees leaf out

What a beautiful scene

The cows and calves look great

Gather them up

There’s lots on our plate.

The irons are in the pot

Heat them up

We need to have them hot.

Sharpen your knife and grab a pail

Rocky Mtn time

Oysters for supper is the yell.

Boots ‘n saddles, ropes and tack

Horses are ready

Ropers and wrestlers all are back.

Neighbors sharing this work day

Lots to do

But there’s still time to play


Now its over and off to our meal

Dinner’s ready

Cowboys eat that beef with zeal.

Mary Irvine’s Branding Dump Cake

Can be made in 9×13 or sheet cake pan

Beat together:

2 eggs

1 can cherry pie filling

1 chocolate cake mix

(I use my mixer so the cherries break up.)

The frosting makes the cake.

Boil 1 minute:

5 T butter

1 C sugar

1/2 C milk

Add one cup small chocolate chips. Heat ‘til melted. Pour over cake

Corn Casserole

6 cans corn or 3 large pkgs frozen corn

2 (8 oz.) pkgs cream cheese

2 sticks butter

1 small jar Jalapeno relish

1 pkg cheddar cheese powder

Mix cream cheese and butter, add other ingredients. Use a slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours or high for 3 hours.

Snicker Salad

6-8 Granny Smith apples chopped

1 pkg fun size snickers cut up

Mix 1 C. milk and 1 pkg French vanilla pudding

Add pudding mixture and 1 8 oz. carton whipped topping to the apples and snickers.

Steaks ‘n Gravy

Enough 6 oz steaks (any cut) for size of group

Flour steaks and brown in hot grease.

Put steaks in crock pot and make a brown gravy in the browning pan, adding Johnny sauce and Montreal steak flavoring.

I cook in my crock pot for about 4 hours.

Serve with mashed potatoes.

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