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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Blog Party#22: Wild Wild West: The Round-up


Hello, and welcome to a very late Blog Party#22: Wild Wild West round-up.

Thank you for your patience, as I continue to recover from my very own malady.

And now, on to the party!

Be sure to wipe your feet on this fantastic Cowboy Throw Rug as you come in...it's dusty out there on the trails, you know.

These Cowgirl Coasters will come in handy, too.

Especially if we serve up some Cowboytini's!

I had a lot of fun gathering the music for our party. There are times when getting a song stuck in your head is a good thing, like the main theme to The Magnificent Seven!

There's the appropriately-titled The Wild West: The Essential Western Film Music Collection

As well as the original soundtrack to How the West Was Won. Fitting, I think.

And now, on to the grub! I mean, er...food.

First we have J, who, despite her claims of deficiency, came up with a marvelous and hearty Trio of Beef. Using this ever-handy Wild West ingredient, J prepared some tasty Meatballs, blow-the-top-of-your-head-off Skewers, and a rib-sticking Stew.
I admit that coming up with a Western-style beverage was a bit tricky, so a nice cold Coca-Cola not only hits the spot, but also fits the bill. Thanks so much for coming!
As for June? Sorry, J...this next party may be the spaciest one yet!

Next we have Elle, and she's reminiscing about her days roughing it in the great outdoors: her Girl Scout years! Good to see you, Elle.
You're going to love her tangy Chuckwagon Meatballs, and someone save one of those Cowboy Cookies for me!
Then she rounds it out with a nice Pale Ale.
Excellent Wild West fare, Elle...so happy you could come!

Stanislas returns! And while fighting spring allergies, a trip to the Wild West sounded like a good diversion. So, he's here with slices of Cake with Carambars...yum! And you won't go thirsty after trying his fruity Copacabanas.
So good to see have you back, Stanislas...I promise you'll get plenty of sunshine while you're here!

Sarina is back!! (Stephanie does happy dance...happy square dance, that is...and believe me, after four years...and one semester gym...I do know how!)
One of the reasons I looked forward to this event, in particular, was to see how different people of different cultures, in different countries, interpreted something so very American as Wild West. Our favorite TriniGourmet did a pretty good job, with the Tex-Mex inspired Jalapeno Bites. And I commend her for her dedication to the theme, even if the results were less-than pleasant. But, disaster aside, her icy cold Smaltas should save the day!
So happy to have you back, Sarina...hope your access improves.

Yee-Haw! We get an actual Texas-based guest at our Wild West party tonight! Welcome back, Jessica!
She's brought these authentic, and very tasty, Cornbread Cups Filled with Homemade Chili. Yum! Cowboy fare, indeed.
And as someone 'in the know', Jessica's serving up bottles of Shiner Bock, Texas-brewed and favorite of cowboys.
So good to have you back, Jessica!

Tigerfish rounds out our guest list tonight, and I love that she's managed to cross cultures with her appetizer. Taking a very American...and specifically Western...barbecued meat, and using it in a very Chinese dish, giving us Barbecued Pork Pastries. Fabulous!
To cool off, she's serving up Mango Slushies. Delicious.
Always good to have you here!

I made a couple of bite-sized treats, too...

First, there's the High Ponderosa Wings & Drums; chicken wings and drumsticks baked, then coated with a sweet, tangy-but-not-spicy, with a touch of smokiness, barbecue sauce. Really good stuff.

Tejas-rubbed Steak Bites. Various spices coating a chunk of steak, which is then seared in a hot pan. Spicy.

And there's plenty of this Sasparilla to go 'round, so please, help yourself!

Well, there we go. Late, but still wonderful. Thanks to everyone who tackled this tough theme.

And hold on to your helmets...June's theme is going to be out-of-this-world!

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6 Thoughts for food:

At 2:12 PM, Blogger J said...

Welcome back Stephanie, I'm glad to see you're feeling a little better. I'm most intrigued by the next theme, I feel I'm going to be stretched!

At 4:35 PM, Anonymous The TriniGourmet said...

welcome back stephanie :) i hope the eye is coming along? i'm glad to be back in the ring again :) always wanted to do-si-do :D

is the next theme out? (reads above)

At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Stanislas said...

content that you are better, I dedicate this Copacabana to your good re-establishment…

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi J, and thanks!

It's good to be back.

Oh, I think you'll have a blast with it...and just think of the dishes you could use!!

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Hey, Trinigourmet!

It was really good to have you back, and yes...the new theme is out there...hee!

At 12:03 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you so much, Stanislas! That's much appreciated!


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