Cowboys, Vampires & Creamed Enchiladas with @cowboyvamp #Recipe & #Review
Mama’s Kitchen Monday..
Been a while since we have had an official Mama’s Kitchen Mondays recipe! This one is straight from the authors themselves! It is simple and homey and something my mom used to make when I was growing up. I had something a bit different in mind but when I got this from the authors I was thrilled, perfect, almost as simple and perfect as a pot of whistle berries.
It’s not all whistleberries (beans), gunpowder biscuits and horseshoe coffee (as in, strong enough to float one).
Cowboy culture owes a great deal to Hispanic culture. The very word “buckaroo” comes from the Spanish term vaquero, for cowboy. So it’s no surprise that cowboy cooking draws heavily from Hispanic culinary traditions, primarily Mexico. One of our favorite cowboy recipes, a Hays family tradition, brings together the best of both worlds: creamed enchiladas. The recipe can be traced back to the 1950s, at least, and the Reed Brothers Ranch in Alpine, Texas. It’s simple, rustic and DELICIOUS.
Creamed Enchilada Casserole
- 9 corn tortillas, hand torn to the size of corn flakes, separated into three equal piles
- 1 lb of grated cheddar cheese (the original called for American cheese)
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 small can diced green chiles
- Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.
- Warm the soup, evaporated milk and chiles in a saucepan.
- Spread one pile of tortilla shreds on the bottom of an 8 x 8” casserole pan.
- Sprinkle ¼ of the cheese over the tortillas and then spoon ⅓ of sauce (about a cup) over the tortillas and cheese.
- Repeat the process to make two more layers and top with remaining cheese.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese begins to bubble and brown.
Best served with pinto beans (sometimes, it is all about the whistle berries), cornbread and canned mustard greens. And some horseshoe coffee.
The Cowboy and the Vampire: Rough Trails and Shallow Graves
Series: The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection
by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall
Published by Pumpjack Press
on May 5, 2014
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Westerns
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The Cowboy and the Vampire: Rough Trails and Shallow Graves is the third book of The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection, a series that’s been called everything from a cult classic to a trailblazer in a new genre: Western Gothic.
Say goodbye to LonePine, Wyoming, a typical small town in the American west with typical small town problems — romantic intrigues, warm beer and vampires.
When Lizzie goes missing on their wedding night, Tucker is forced to team up with his bloodthirsty Russian nemesis to find answers. Crashing through cowboy country, the vampire spirit world and wrecked salmon canneries, they confront an evil more ancient than even the undead — human greed — twisting science into something terrible. Can there be a happily-ever-after for a cowboy and vampire, or is their unusual love just a delusion? Time to cowboy up!
And now.. what was that I said… Cowboys and Vampires?? What in the world, Kriss?? Well They have been here before! Fourth-Wall Friday and earlier I reviewed the second book here too. From the first book, which I read well over 10 years ago before they republished it themselves, till this one.
Kathleen McFall and Chuck Hayes have brought to life two unlikely groups of folks and thrown them into this incredible series. And though you may think vampire stories are just as over saturated as zombies have become, I argue there will always an over saturation of the popular genre tropes. Plus *smirk* these vampires really do not sparkle or even smile a lot, except for Lizzie.
Lizzie the queen of vampires whose blood and possibly unborn child will save the vampires and possibly everyone’s way of life. But for now all she wants is a respite from the upcoming struggles within her new “kingdom“, which at the end of book two looks up. Ever since Lizzie’s nightmare started at least she always had Tucker, her cowboy and the rest of the gang… she is happy, or at least she is till all hell breaks loose on what should be the happiest day of her life, her wedding.
Clark and Kathleen weave a world of darkness, hope and despair, terror, joy, sadness, death and life, color and a mixture of grays and muddy browns but most importantly they have taken a worn out paranormal creature; the savage vampire, and breathed new life with this genre bending series of work.
I have a feeling the series is not over, but I think we will see a different trilogy, who knows. I can truthfully say I am OK either way. I am betting a few who have read the book are looking at your screens right now saying, “What are you smoking, Kriss!” The way it ends completely caught me way off guard yes, and it was .. is… umm… hmmm not sure what I can tell you guys, let me ask the cat *cue Jeopardy Music* nope she says I cannot tell you even a little, as in I was going to tell what type of ending and *struggling* argh! Nope, never nope… back to my review. *wiping the sweat off my brow and wishing I had some of the above food*
Elita is back, and for those who want to know who she is .. in a nutshell she is a homicidal psychotic vampire from one of the families no one thinks much of and who provides us with the much needed comic relief. The ‘Red Scare’ better known as Rurik who is one of the oldest vampires and who Tucker; our cowboy, hates and who is a badass and in book two is drool worthy and much more fleshed out. In this one, he is a jerk off but a savior. Tucker’s father was buried in book two but Lenny; our conspiracy theorist, is back and as awesome as ever! (Lenny is one of my favorites). The cast is tighter but this book is not as focused on the cast of people, but around a more philosophical and metaphysical questions involving life and death and love.
The balance of funny from Elita, the serious brooding character of Tucker and the metaphysical aspect of … well the Meta (must read it, it is where they go between morning and night when they “die” each day), the horror of what happens to Lizzie after the disaster of her wedding day is boiling away on high and causing the necessity to read till you are done. The darkest of the bunch and the best written so far I am just delighted. They are each finding their voices which peek through with a few o the different characters. I am absolutely thrilled to have grabbed this!
You think you are over vampires in books? You haven’t read ones with cowboys and vampires thrown into the ring together. I cannot recommend these for paranormal lovers enough! Grab the series while you can and read away. Be prepared to have your jaw hanging open at the end of this book and whistling out of at least one of your orifices (yes, I had to go there).
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Reviews of the first two books….
Introducing racial issues isn’t the only adjustment the authors have made to the vampire mythos, but it’s more than just the details that set this series apart. Rather, it’s the way the authors utilize those details to create meaningful conflicts and world-altering choices for the characters…the book is first and foremost a thriller, upping the ante in every chapter as bullets fly and relationships strain under the weight of old loyalties and new revelations…with strong writing, funny characters (no irony is lost on one vampiress who takes to sporting a “Future Farmers of America” jacket) and plenty of action, it’s hard to fault the authors for keeping the focus on a story this riveting. ~ Kirkus Reviews
As a vampire novel, The Cowboy and the Vampire is sure to satisfy Dracula fans’ expectations. However, this book has a little something extra to offer readers. A little something that harkens back to the days when man fought against the wild in the name of civilization. Hays and McFall have succeeded in mixing the Western genre tropes with the Gothic conventions to create a zany grey romance.
~ Writastic Thoughts from the Thinking Realm
One of the weirdest stories I have ever read. It’s right up there with Neil Gaiman’s man-swallowing woman parts and talking tents. Instead, here we have rocket-launching, womb-sucking, Bible-bending, non-pointy-toothed vampires. And love. And cowboys. Depending on what you are looking for, that might be a good thing. If I had to liken this book to a movie, it would either be to Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, or maybe more appropriately, Quentin Tarantino’s From Dusk to Dawn.
~ The Avid Reader
The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance is one of the funniest and most engaging books I have read in a long time. Jam-packed with adventure, vampires, true love, and a cast of characters you will not soon forget, you find yourself turning the pages thinking, “What more could possibly happen to these two?” And then, you find out. I never imagined the melding of a contemporary western and a paranormal romance could ever be so seamless or so much fun.
~ Bitten by Books
A choice and very much recommended read, not to be missed. Relationships are tumultuous when they may only last a few decades, but when they last eternity, it can get more difficult. “Blood and Whiskey” is a novel of adventure, horror, and cowboys as a follow up to previous novel ‘The Cowboy and the Vampire’, as couple Tucker and Lizzie retreat to a tiny town to of LonePine, hoping to settle down, but the reality of the Vampires on their trail may make that an impossibility. A riveting read that explores many concepts on top of the intrigue of vampires in the lawless lands of the west, “Blood and Whiskey” is a choice and very much recommended read, not to be missed. ~ Midwest Book Review, Micah Andrew, Reviewer
If you’re looking for a combination of sex, blood and Western romance, pour yourself a shot of the good stuff and settle in for a wickedly good read.
~ Renee Struthers, Eastern Oregonian Newspaper