CHUCK WAGON BREAD PUDDIN’

One of the best deserts you can serve from the back of a chuck wagon or from the outdoor dining table on your patio is bread pudding topped with a warm sweet sauce. Here is a simple recipe I got from an old Canadian outfitter many years ago. The bourbon sauce is one that I got from Texas chuck wagon master chef Bill Cauble, mighty tasty.

Portions: 6
Dutch oven: 12-inch

Ingredients

  • 12 leftover biscuits or a ½ loaf of Italian bread, cubed
  • 1 can (12 oz.) of evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
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WHERE HAVE ALL THE WOODSMEN GONE?

He is as rare and endangered as any critter in North America, perhaps more so. No, I’m not talking about a Black-footed ferret or the Florida panther. I am speaking of the “woodsman”.

I grew up in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, when outdoor magazines were a colorful mix of adventure stories with really useful “how-to” information thrown in to help the reader learn a collection of outdoor skills that was called “woodsmanship”.

Writers such as Charlie Elliott, Fred Bear, John Jobson, Ted Trueblood, Russell Annabel, and Townsend Whelen took us to the most remote corners of North America. These men could use a canoe like an Indian, navigate by the stars, and cook scrumptious meals in a reflector oven. They could sharpen an ax, track game across a bed of rock, butcher a deer, and make a comfortable shelter using only a tarp.

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