We will not say one discouraging word against the Cowboy Cookie. A variation on the tried-and-true chocolate chip, this cookie is satisfyingly crisp on the outside and chewy in the center. The origin
of the name is as fuzzy as spring duckling. Some say it has something to do with the addition of coconut, oats and pecans, which help keep a cowboy fortified in the saddle. Sounds mighty sensible to us. The StateEats kids gobbled these up before we could utter “giddyup.”
If you’ve never seen it, the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is a wonder to behold. It is the largest hot spring in the U.S. and is known for its striking rainbow hues.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. With the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, cream the shortening and two types of sugar on medium speed until thick and creamy. Add eggs, and vanilla. Add flour mixture. Stir by hand until well combined. Then add oats, coconut, chocolate chips, and nuts if using. Stir by hand until well combined. Drop walnut size dough balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 7-9 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove to wire rack to cool. Transfer to an airtight container.
Ah, Wyoming. Big sky country. From Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton National Park in the northwest, Devils Tower in the northeast, to Fossil Butte Monument in the southwest, the Cowboy State is hardly lacking in scenic trails for hiking or biking, breathtaking vistas for wildlife watching, and winding rivers for boating, rafting and fishing.
The cutthroat trout is the official state fish of Wyoming. This fish with four subspecies found in the state used to swim in abundance but their numbers have dwindled in recent years due to development, drought and introduction of non-native trout species that overwhelmed the cutthroat. Some conservation groups petitioned the federal government to place the cutthroat on the endangered species list but were unsuccessful. Conservationists are still concerned, particularly with the native Yellowstone cutthroat.
But don’t worry, most of the trout available in U.S. supermarkets is farmed-raised according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. It is marketed as rainbow, golden or steelhead trout and because it’s sustainable and abundant, it’s considered a “best choice.” This recipe pairs the flaky fish with the nutty crunch of pecans, a flavor duo made in heaven.
Taste of the Tetons is coming to Jackson Hole, September 7, 2014, part of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival.
Pecan Crusted Trout
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup corn flake crumbs
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 1/2 tablespoon chopped rosemary leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 trout fillets
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon coarse ground mustard
Toast pecans by placing them in a skillet on medium heat, continually tossing the nuts in the pan so they do not burn. Cook until the nuts brown just a bit and you can smell them toasting, about 5 minutes. Once cool to the touch, chop finely or pulse in the food processor a few times.
Combine the chopped nuts with the other dry ingredients and the chopped herbs. In a separate bowl, combine butter and mustard. Brush the mustard mixture over the fish fillets. Add nut mixture, pressing firmly to the fish so it adheres. Transfer the fish to a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, crust side up. Baked in preheated oven at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or until fish is flaky.