Last year I attended the parade for "Pioneer Days" in my town, and I got the biggest thrill when the San Juan County Sheriff's Department came by. They were all dressed up in their cowboy clothing, carrying their rifles and riding beautiful horses; just looking ooooooh soooooo sexy; the men that is, not the horses. I took lots of photos, emailed them to friends and family with the caption, "Look, real cowboys!". I'm sorry, but even when I see a cowboy walking down the street, I can't help but stop and watch him. Now these guys are just dressed up in their everyday clothes, but to this Easterner, it's a big deal.
The cowboy, one of America's heroes; no matter if they're straight or gay, old or young; they are downright sexy.
...and here's a little stew to help heat up the situation.
Cowboy Stew for the CrockPot
2 lbs lean roast beef, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 russet potatoes, unpeeled and cut into 1 inch pieces, parboiled
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into ¼” slices, parboiled
1 large onion, rough cut into 1/2” pieces
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp paprika
2 (28 oz) cans vegetarian beans
2 cups barbeque sauce
In 6 qt. crock pot, set on low, mix together beef, potatoes, carrots, onion, salt, pepper and paprika. Spread beans over top, then bbq sauce. Cover, let cook 3 hrs. before mixing beans and sauce into beef and veggies. Let cook another 7 hrs, stir every 2 hrs. Serve with cornbread or biscuits.
Note on leftovers, if there are any; the gravy will thicken and become richer.