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Lone Mountain Ranch Duck Recipe

3/5/2015 4:58:20 PM

Are you looking to have friends or family over for an upcoming dinner party? This duck recipe is the perfect dish for a crisp, cool evenings and is sure to be a crowd pleaser! We know because our guests love it when it's on our menu at the ranch. You will impress everyone with your cooking skills with this beautiful gourmet dish. Lone Mountain Ranch is located only 20 miles from the Northwest Corner of Yellowstone National Park, America’s first playground. During both summer and winter seasons, this Montana dude ranch offers a variety of opportunities to explore and discover this memorable National Park. Lone Mountain Guest Ranch hosts guests for 4 to 7 nights, offering an all-inclusive package with meals, accommodations in a cozy cabin or the Ridgetop Lodge and numerous activities in both winter and summer seasons. The cuisine at Lone Mountain Guest Ranch is inspired by the bounty of the Northwestern Rockies and takes advantage of locally produced offerings when possible. Directions:

  1. Break down whole duck. Take breast and score, set aside.
     
  2. Duck Rillettes – take duck leg and confit in duck fat for 4 hours with 2 sprigs of thyme and 1 clove of garlic. Pull from oven and cool. Remove skin from leg, and meat from leg. Take leg meat and chilled fat and roll into balls. Bread with classic flour, egg, bread crumb technique.
     
  3. Crispy Duck Skin – Take skin from legs and deep fry for 45 seconds at 350 degrees
     
  4. Foie Gras – take 2 oz foie gras and sear in nonstick pan with NO OIL. Set aside and rest
     
  5. Cassoulet – take 2 duck breast prosciutto, sweat down with 1 finely diced leek, 2 stalks of finely diced celery, and 1 carrot finely diced. Add in 1 quart fully cooked white beans, ½ quart chicken stock and simmer for 10 minutes.
     
  6. Huckleberry Balsamic Gastrique – 1 cup fresh huckleberries, 1 cup balsamic vinegar, ½ cup sugar. Bring to boil, and simmer for 15 minutes. Puree in blender, push through a fine mesh sieve, and cool.
Enjoy!

Lone Mountain Ranch Duck

 

White Stallion Ranch 2015 Specials

1/21/2015 12:39:15 PM

A fine resort, White Stallion Ranch is a 50-year-old traditional dude ranch that flaunts a personal touch and excellent hospitality. Nestled in Tucson, Arizona, the ranch is famous for beautiful views of the unspoiled desert, rugged mountains and privately owned herds. However, if you truly want to appreciate these wonders, you need to be on the saddle. This is why the ranch has prepared four specials which you can book to free the cowboy/cowgirl within the city slicker.

White Stallion Ranch

#1) Take a Bridge Vacation with Dennis Dawson

Date: February 9-13, 2015

Cost: $1,119 per person for double occupancy $1,419 per person for single occupancy

Package: The package entails four breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners, an assortment of snacks and refreshments during the games, bridge games, and a happy hour with an honor bar. You can opt for horse riding for an extra charge. If you’re one of the 50 million bridge players worldwide, you’re bound to be familiar with the name Dennis Dawson. Dawson is a Grand Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League and a Bronze medalist at the World Championships. Winner of over 14,000 masterpoints across 200 regional events, he’s one of the best teachers you can get, especially since he imparts logical explanations and relies on a hands-on approach. In addition to two classes a day with Dennis Dawson (except on the first and last day), you can immerse in the ranch’s hospitality during Happy Hour and meal times. To further enjoy the ranch’s offerings and be part of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, visit the ranch between January 31 and February 15.

#2) Ultimate Wild West Cactus Cowgirls

Date: April 12 - 17, 2015

Cost: $1,700 per person for double occupancy $1,857 per person for single occupancy

Package: With this package, you’ll get lodging for five nights-six days, meals, horseback riding and daily lessons, a margarita welcome party, country dance lessons, a ‘yoga for riding’ class, and Tucson International Airport transfers. If you’re a lady who wants to bask under the Arizona sunshine while riding a horse through 300-acres of open land, book the Ultimate Wild West Cactus Cowgirls offer. Whether you’re a skilled rider or a newbie, you’ll discover the beauty of horseback riding while learning important ranch skills such as target shooting and horse grooming. You can, however, skip ranch chores and entrust them to the professionals while you enjoy the sights of hedgehogs, palo verde trees and other flora and fauna famous in Tucson’s desert.


#3) Summer Bonanza for Spring of 2015

Date: May 17 – June 14 2015

Cost: $690 per person for double occupancy for four nights, five days $767 per person for single occupancy for four nights, five days $1,145 per person for double occupancy for seven nights, eight days $1,696 per person for single occupancy for seven nights, eight days Additional nights are charged extra while Single Deluxe packages are priced differently.

Package: The package includes lodging, meals, horseback riding except on Sundays, daily ranch activities, cookouts, and transfers from the airport. Summer just got special at White Stallion. The dude ranch offers its visitors the chance to enjoy the desert while it is in full bloom sans the scorching heat. While on horseback, prepare to discover a wide range of palo verde trees, cholla cacti and other beauties worth immortalizing in a photograph. If fauna isn’t your thing, you can get adrenaline pumping by helping the ranchers herd newborn longhorn calves before settling for the night after a hearty meal and a lot of fun with other guests.


#4) December Special 2015

Date: Nov 29 – Dec 17, 2015

Cost: $690 per person for double occupancy for four nights, five days $767 per person for single occupancy for four nights, five days $1,145 per person for double occupancy for seven nights, eight days $1,277 per person for single occupancy for seven nights, eight days Additional nights are charged extra while Single Deluxe packages are priced differently.

Package: The package includes lodging, meals, horseback riding except on Sundays, daily ranch activities, cookouts, and transfers from the airport. If you want to break free from the stress of the city, head to Tucson’s own authentic dude ranch. Let your hair down by dressing casually and forget about the winter blahs by enjoying a ride through the wild, wild desert surrounding the White Stallion. If you book early, you may even enjoy some great activities such as a steak cookout, breakfast ride, a visit to the Saguaro National Monument, and even a rodeo exhibition. As you can see, there is just so much that you can do if you decide to head to The White Stallion for your upcoming holidays. Just remember that rooms are limited, so make sure to book your own beforehand. To get in touch with the ranch, visit http://www.whitestallion.com/ or call at 520-297-0252.  

Thanksgiving Weekend at Tod Mountain Ranch

10/9/2014 11:48:56 AM

Tod Mountain Ranch is the ideal spot if you are seeking a luxurious, and rustic ranch that truly focuses on the experience of riding horses. Located within the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Tod Mountain Ranch is a welcoming place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the peace offered within the valley of Louis Creek. This Fall, Tod Mountain Ranch is offering a very special promotion to encourage guests to visit during Thanksgiving weekend.

Choose from either a 2 or 3 night stay (at discounted rates of $545 / $745 per person plus applicable taxes), with plenty of trail riding, and lots of hearty, healthy meals - including an amazing Thanksgiving dinner to share together on Sunday evening. With a horse personally allocated to you during your stay, cabin accommodations, all ranch activities and meals included - this promotion will fill up fast. Contact the Tod Mountain Ranch today to reserve your space!

Tod Mountain Ranch

The ranch host, Tracey, along with her team, work diligently to ensure each guest that comes through the ranch doors is treated to an unforgettable experience. Tracey and the other experienced wranglers are on hand to assist guests, from beginner to novice riders with skill level appropriate, safe, enjoyable riding. With daily rides through the nearby old logging roads, cattle trails, forests and mountains, the horse riding is unparalleled, and the views are spectacular. The Total Immersion Experience at Tod Mountain Ranch also includes the hands on experience of caring for your horse during your stay, including tacking up, grooming, saddling and evening turning out. Tod Mountain is a great choice for friends, couples and even solo travelers. As an adult oriented ranch destination, visitors can be sure that they will have all the rest and relaxation they need, in addition to activities such as hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking and golf nearby should they so choose. Children are also welcome at the ranch, with riding times varying dependent on their age, and comfort level with the horses.

Horseback Riding

Meals served at Tod Mountain Ranch are prepared by their in house chef, using locally sourced, fresh, healthy ingredients. Enjoy their juicy steaks and baby back ribs, gourmet selections, fresh breads and delicious sweet treats - all prepared from scratch, with home style cooking. For special diets, contact them in advance and they are happy to cater to your needs. Served family style in the main dining area, outdoors on the deck, or even packed away to enjoy on a trail ride, Tod Mountain Ranch dining is sure not to disappoint.

Tod Mountain Ranch

Accommodations at Tod Mountain Ranch are designed to provide comfort and privacy for each guest. Guest Ranch cabins and Dude Ranch cabins are both spacious, and furnished with rustic decor, yet with all the modern amenities needed to make your stay comfortable. Whether you are looking for adventure, or need time to just relax and unwind, Tod Mountain Ranch will cater to your needs. The surrounding mountains are the perfect backdrop to enjoying incredible riding. The team at the ranch work hard to provide as much trail riding time as each guest wishes during their stay. With a focus on exceptional horse riding, and a memorable experience, Tod Mountain Ranch is certainly a unique, and enjoyable destination.  


Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Corn Bread Recipe

9/8/2014 3:42:53 PM

There are many types of corn bread out there. Some are grainy and some are soft. Some are fluffy and some are dense. This is no ordinary corn bread recipe. It is moist with just the right texture. This is a guest favorite at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch and we always make sure we have plenty to go around. It's also very easy to make. Here is our recipe below. We hope you enjoy the corn bread as much as we do! This recipe serves 32. For smaller servings divide recipe and use a 11 x 13 baking pan instead.

Ingredients:

1 lb butter
3 c. sugar
1 1/2 cups whole eggs
7 C. flour
3 C cornmeal
1 T salt
1/4 C. baking powder
5 C. milk
2 C. milk

Directions:

  1. Cream together sugar and butter until mixed through
  2. Mix together the flour cornmeal, salt and baking powder
  3. Add the flour mixture along with the eggs and 5 cups milk to the butter mixture just until mixed through. Do not overmix.
  4. Add 2 cups milk and then whip with whisk
  5. Place batter in greased hotel pan and bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutues or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Corn Bread Recipe
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Corn Bread

Lone Mountain Ranch Pork Loin

8/11/2014 12:42:50 PM

Lone Mountain Ranch started off as a cattle ranch in 1915 in Montana. Enjoy a large number of activities, cozy cabin accomodations, stunning natural beauty and scrumptious gourmet cuisine. One of the dishes you may have had these delectable pork chops by ranch chef Nick Steen. He takes the American classic pairing of pork and apples and puts his own unique spin on it. Here he shares his recipe with you.

INGREDIENTS

1 Montana Raised Pork Tenderloin,
Cleaned Salt
½ cup Apple Juice
½ cup Tennessee whiskey
4 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
1 Stick butter
10 Fingerling Potatoes
Grape Seed Oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Wash potatoes thoroughly and boil potatoes till they are soft and easily pierced with a fork.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, combine apple juice, whisky, and maple syrup.  Reduce this mixture by half, remove from heat and slowly add butter.
  3. In a medium sauté pan, add 2tbsp of grape seed oil and bring up to medium high heat.  Sear pork tenderloin all around with a golden brown color and begin to glaze with a pastry brush until the tenderloin is evenly coated and cooked.  Pull from heat and allow to rest.  Serve at desired temperature.
  4. Once the tenderloin has rested, glaze one last time.  Slice and serve. Enjoy!
Lone Mountain Pork Loin
Lone Mountain Pork Loin

Chile Relleno Casserole From Burnt Well Guest Ranch

7/8/2014 6:42:48 PM

Burnt Well is a real working cattle and sheep ranch located in New Mexico who accepts a few guests to ensure the stay is truly authentic and customized. They are open year round and can accommodate everything from avid riders to beginners. New Mexico is famous for their Green Chile crops and one of the mealtime staples at Burnt Well Guest Ranch is Chile Relleno Casserole.  They love their chile, so much so that their State Question is “Red or Green?”We thank them for sharing their special recipe.

Chile Relleno Casserole (Serves 4-6)

INGREDIENTS

Freshly roasted green chile, peeled and seeded
 Grated cheese (Burnt Well Guest Ranch uses a blend of Mexican cheeses)
 2 eggs
 ½ cup flour
 2 cups milk

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350-375 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 baking dish and line the bottom of the dish with whole chiles.  Layer a generous amount of grated cheese on top of the chiles.
  2. In a medium bowl beat together eggs, flour, and milk.
  3. Pour over the cheese and bake until set and the edges are beginning to brown, usually about 30-40 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and cool. Serve immediately.
Chile Relleno Casserole
Chile Relleno Casserole

California Dude Ranches

6/25/2014 1:15:45 PM

When planning a vacation within the State of California, there are obvious, predictable tourist destinations. There are also some ultra expensive luxury vacations, specifically designed to be appealing to the rich and famous, yet unaffordable for most travelers, particularly families. However, many individuals, couples and families have crossed over the boundaries of what is common, exercised a little adventure, stayed within their budgets, and created lifetime memories by choosing an incredible California dude ranch vacation. A dude ranch vacation can be relaxing, with plenty of unscheduled time to just sit back and enjoy the peaceful natural surroundings. It can also be an action filled adventure with horseback riding, fishing, hiking, rafting and more. California dude ranches abound with choices for travelers with either style of vacation in mind, and most often they offer the perfect blend of both.

California dude ranches
Photo Courtesy of Coffee Creek Ranch

The Coffee Creek Ranch, located in Northern California is 367 acres of natural, pristine wilderness that lies along the banks of the Coffee Creek. For fly fishing enthusiasts, this is a dream location. If pack riding or shorter trail riding is more your style, they tailor to suit your needs to ensure your expectations are exceeded. Everything about Coffee Creek, from their comfortable and cozy cabin accommodations, to their freshly prepared, delicious  hearty meals says they want to be sure their guests stays are truly enjoyable. With budget friendly options, Coffee Creek is definitely a contender for one of the best guests ranches in California.

Coffee Creek Ranch

Howard Creek Ranch Inn is another California dude ranch offering truly amazing options for adventurous travelers. There are Pacific beaches, mountains, the California Redwoods and so much more awaiting to be discovered at this 60 acre ranch located on the Mendocino coast. With horseback riding that can include beach or mountain rides, and plenty of options for vacationers that seek relaxation too, Howard Creek Ranch is a true gem. With a lovely variety of unique comfortable rooms, a breakfast menu that is sure to delight and incredible outdoor activities - Howard Creek is a favorite that guests return to year after year.

Howard Creek Ranch Inn

Marble Mountain Ranch is unparalleled in their ability to offer ‘sea to summit adventures’. Whether it is  awe inspiring views on a mountain trail ride, steelhead fly fishing, white water rafting or even a jet boat tour into the Pacific ocean - Marble Mountain Ranch has it all! One can hardly believe that with all the activities, the superb dining, and the lodging that is sure to satisfy - they keep their regular prices affordable, and promote discounted rates for specials throughout the season.

Marble Mountain Ranch

California is a state with so much beauty, and variety. Taking advantage of the ‘natural playground’ at one of the dude ranches in California is an ideal way to leave the worries and stresses behind - and enjoy some family time, one on one time, or even just ‘me’ time. Travel back in time to the days of the ‘old west’, but with all the convenience and comforts we have to enjoy now at a dude ranch in California! When planning a vacation within the State of California, there are obvious, predictable tourist destinations. There are also some ultra expensive luxury vacations, specifically designed to be appealing to the rich and famous, yet unaffordable for most travelers, particularly families. However, many individuals, couples and families have crossed over the boundaries of what is common, exercised a little adventure, stayed within their budgets, and created lifetime memories by choosing an incredible California dude ranch vacation. A dude ranch vacation can be relaxing, with plenty of unscheduled time to just sit back and enjoy the peaceful natural surroundings. It can also be an action filled adventure with horseback riding, fishing, hiking, rafting and more. California dude ranches abound with choices for travelers with either style of vacation in mind, and most often they offer the perfect blend of both.

Best Peanut Butter Bars

2/5/2014 12:02:58 PM

You can't beat peanut butter and chocolate for being one of the most classic and delicious flavor combinations. Here is White Stallion Ranch's secret recipe for their yummy peanut butter bars. It'll surely be hard to keep these peanut butter treats around for too long.

Peanut Butter Bars
White Stallion Ranch's Peanut Butter Bars

¾ c. shortening
¾ c. peanut butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ¼ c. flour
1 ¼ c. oatmeal
¾ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 c. chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. Cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugar until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla, combine well.
  4. Sift together the flour, oatmeal, soda and salt.
  5. Add  the flour mixture into the creamed mixture.
  6. Spread the dough by hand over greased and floured 9”x13” baking pan.
  7. Bake 15 minutes until sill chewy. Immediately sprinkle on the chocolate chips and spread over the bars when melted. Swirl topping (recipe follows) over the chocolate.
  8. Cut into squares and serve
Peanut Butter Topping

1 c. powdered sugar
½ c. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2-4 Tbs. Milk, as needed

Beat topping ingredients well, using enough milk to get a creamy consistency, then swirl over the chocolate.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch Resort

11/4/2013 6:21:30 PM

Have you ever wanted to ride off into the sunset with your pals? The Red Horse Mountain Ranch, hidden away in the scenic mountains of Idaho, gives you the opportunity to do that and a lot more. It is a picturesque, family-friendly dude ranch that offers vacationers the opportunity to take pleasure in the great western outdoors, spend some quality time with family and friends, and enjoy an iconic experience.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch
Gorgeous scenery at Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Red Horse Mountain Ranch offers the following amenities:

  • rustic and luxurious accommodations
  • chef prepared meals
  • horseback rides for adults and kids over 3 years of age
  • whitewater rafting
  • mountain biking,
  • downhill mountain biking
  • scenic boat rides
  • fishing trips
  • fly casting lessons
  • a 3D archery trail
  • hikes, swimming and kayaking
But if you are looking for a laid back vacation style, then this dude ranch has plenty for you as well. They also offer a romantic getaway for couples. It comes complete with the cozy suites, beautifully designed meals, hot tubs, and the memorable experience of being tucked away in a far off ranch nestled on 300,000 acres of Idaho’s Rocky Mountains.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch
Romantic cabin at Red Horse Mountain Ranch

And then there are the Girl’s Getaway weeks held twice a year. Ladies are invited to enjoy the company of their best friend on the beautiful surroundings of the ranch, doing activities that they absolutely love.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch
Girl time at Red Horse Mountain Ranch

When you are looking for a dude ranch experience that is perfect for the whole family, you can’t go wrong with the Red Horse Mountain Ranch Resort!

Breakfast Ride Potatoes

7/23/2013 10:42:50 AM

This great breakfast recipe is courtesy of White Stallion Ranch a dude ranch in Arizona. It's very easy to put together and you can  prepare the potatoes and bacon ahead of time so that you can serve these quicker to the hungry masses in the morning. Serves 10-12

Breakfast Potatoes
Breakfast Ride Potatoes   

  1. At 350 degrees bake 8 medium size potatoes, buttering the tops first.  Cool the potatoes overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Fry or bake 10 pieces of bacon until they are crisp.
  3. Dice the potatoes to the desired size.
  4. Crumble the crisp bacon into the dices potatoes.
  5. Season the potatoes with:2 Tbs. paprika, 1 Tbs. onion salt, 1 Tbs. Granulated onion, 1 Tbs. pepper
  6. Mix the potatoes in a little oil in a medium heated cast iron skillet - over a mesquite fire in the breathtaking SonoranDesert at the White Stallion Ranch! - Until they are browned and hot.
  7. Ready to serve!
 

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