Rainbow Trout


We spent our Memorial Weekend in Oklahoma at the beautiful Beaver’s Bend State Park.  The Chickenman loves camping and I’m game if I can fish.  At Beaver’s Bend, which is on Broken Bow Lake and the Little Mountain Fork River you can fish for trout.  Trout are fun to catch and very yummy to eat.  This is a stringer I caught on our last day:

The trout are easy to clean-just gut them.  No need to remove the heads or scale the fish.

When camping we cook the fish on the campfire but we had a previous stringer full the night before so I cleaned these and brought them back in the cooler to enjoy at home on the grill.

A Park Ranger told us about this very simple and tasty way to cook the trout when we first started camping there many years ago.





Salt & Pepper

Yep!  That’s it!

You’ll need some heavy-duty foil and a grill.  Either charcoal or gas will work fine.

Lay the trout out on a piece of foil like this:

Then place a pat of butter and a wedge of lime in the body cavity of each trout and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Then place another sheet of foil over the fish and form into a pouch sealing the edges.

Place on the grill over medium heat and grill with the lid closed for 10 minutes then flip the pouch over and grill 10 minutes more.

Remove from grill and be very careful when opening pouch because it will be hot and steamy!

See how the skin just pulls away from the trout when it is cooked…makes for easy eating!  You can just slip your fork under the remaining skin and lift it back to enjoy the fabulous tasty  meat inside.  The meat even pulls away from the bones so you don’t have to be too careful when eating the trout.

We served ours this night with steamed broccoli and rice.


Woodrow, our weinerdog loves camping.  The river is his favorite and we can hardly keep him out of the water.  He came home exhausted from all his water activities which included retrieving, swimming, scouting for fish and barking at canoes and kayaks as they went by.

Keep Calm and Eat Beef


We love beef at MJ Brahmans!  Our friend, little Miss Kinlee Rathmann loves the cute T-shirt “My Mandy-Jo” (Kinlee’s words) brought her back from the Texas CattleWomen’s Spring Meeting last week.
Kinlee is a pint-size Beef supporter and she knows “Pink Slime” is a Fairy Tale!
Keep Calm and Eat Beef Tshirts in support of Beef are available in sizes 2T-XXXL from Texas CattleWomen.
TCW is now take online T-shirt orders using a credit/debit card!! Just click here for an order form: http://www.txcattlewomen.org/images/12forms/tshirts/TCW_T_order_form%20(1).pdf   Then email your order to destaleigh@yahoo.com.  Desta will send you back an online invoice where you can securely and safely enter your credit/debit card information to purchase. Or you can print the order form and mail a check with your order-the address is on the order form.
Just $20 for any size/style and that includes shipping and handling! Support Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) and don’t get slimed by the media fear mongering! Go BEEF!
Have questions about LFTB?  Check out www.beefisbeef.com and don’t believe the “pink slime” hysteria.  Get the facts from meat scientists and experts in food science.
Show the world you know that Beef is Beef and it’s safe, nutritious and delicious!!!

Happy National Ag Day!

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Farmers and ranchers are producing meat lower in fat and cholesterol. This has resulted in retail cuts that are 15 percent leaner, giving consumers better value for their dollar.  Also, much leaner beef cuts are being produced than 20 years ago, resulting in 27 percent less fat reaching the retail case than in 1985.

Beef 706 a Meaty Agventure

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In January I traveled with the Texas Beef Leaders to College Station to attend the Beef 706 course put on by Texas A & M University and the Texas Beef Council for cattle producers. It is a two day hands-on educational experience and it is a whole lot of fun.

That's me with my fellow CattleWomen, Tina Loeffler fabricating our Steer. Which by the way, was very exhausting but a lot of fun!

Beef 706 is a Beef Checkoff funded program where you can learn about beef quality and safety issues and how they affect your operation. It is a unique opportunity to not only see, but to experience the quality challenges facing our industry. You learn what factors affect beef’s palatability and receive information to help you utilize your herd’s genetics, feedyard performance, and carcass characteristics. You get to work with other Texas beef producers to fabricate a carcass with the help of a cutting instructor. Of course this was my favorite part of the course.  I encourage all Texas beef producers to participate in the course in the future if you can.  It was a great experience and I really learned some information that I can use back home with our own herd.   There is also a Youth Beef 706 program for young cattle/beef enthusiasts.

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Humpy Valentine’s Day-Celebrate with Beef!

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The Chickenman and I will be celebrating tonight with a candlelit Prime Rib Dinner out in Mount Pleasant at Uptown Bliss with our friend Faustine.

Did you know that more than half (51%) of Americans surveyed believe serving beef to someone best says “I love you,” more than all other proteins combined. It’s love at first bite.

The Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) study, conducted by researchers at The Pennsylvania State University, found consuming lean beef daily as part of a heart-healthy diet lowered LDL “bad” cholesterol by 10 percent, which was just as effective as the DASH diet.  This research provides convincing support that nutrient-rich lean beef can be an everyday part of a heart-healthy diet.

Big news for beef lovers!

Humpy Valentine’s Day and we hope you get to enjoy a juicy, heart-healthy beef dinner with those you love!

“South of the Border” Grocery Agventure

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One of my favorite things to do when we are in Fort Worth for the Stock Show is to visit a Hispanic Grocery.  I love the variety, the colors and all that stuff that you wonder, “what do you make with that?”.  The Chickenman is always fascinated with the meat case.  I love the produce.  I just wish they offered a tour guide that speaks english so I could ask them about all the colorful products on the shelves.  Here’s a slide show of our Agventure…

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