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  • Writer's pictureTina Radcliffe

Recipes from The Cowboy's Secret Past

As promised in the Reader Letter from my latest release, The Cowboy's Secret Past, here are a few of the recipes mentioned in the book.

Mileage may vary.

Hope's Spinach Salad

1 bag of prewashed fresh spinach

1 cup of Feta cheese crumbles

1/2 cup pecan halves or pieces

1 small pouch of dried cranberries


Mix ingredients together in a large bowl. Right before serving, toss with your favorite raspberry vinaigrette. May double the recipe for a large crowd.

Yummy No-Fail Pot Slow Cooker Pot Roast

2 pounds Chuck Roast

Lipton Beefy Onion Instant Soup Mix (one packet only!)

6-8 carrots peeled and sliced (Don’t use baby carrots.)

2-3 large potatoes peeled and cut into chunky cubes

1 large yellow onion cut into four chunks

2 or 3 cloves of garlic

1-2 cans cut green beans drained

Sliced fresh mushrooms

Salt & Pepper

Mix one envelope of soup mix in two cups of warm water. Add to slow cooker. Add meat. Make a few slices of the meat where it naturally pulls apart, and slip in half of a garlic clove at each site. Place onion and potatoes in layers around the outside of the meat. Put carrot sticks in the center. Salt and pepper each layer as you go.

Put the lid on the roast. Cook for ten hours on low in slow cooker. Avoid opening the lid to check on it.

Three hours before done, add drained green beans and sliced mushrooms and season lightly.

Take a ladle and scoop up some juice to pour on your beans and carrots.

Double Chocolate White Chip Cookies

1 stick butter, softened

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 egg

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, cream the butter with both sugars until smooth. Then, beat in the egg and add vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt before gradually stirring into the creamed mixture. Mix in the white and chocolate chips. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to set on cookie sheet.



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