Adele Carlson: Colorado Farm To Table Pioneer

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This week’s profile in “Why We Work at The Home Ranch” is our master gardener Adele Carson. A cattle rancher and pillar of the local Clark community for over 30 years, Adele has lived, worked, and raised her family in the Elk River Valley. She and her husband Doug also operate one of the cornerstones of the Home Ranch farm to table operation: our sister company, the Sand Mountain Cattle Company. Although Adele has been associated with the Stranahan family and the Home Ranch for many years, she was hired in 2011 as our Master Gardener. Right away, she started … Continued

Inside the Kitchen- Peach Pie

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Peach Pie   Pie Crust 13 oz unsalted butter soften 1/3 cup milk  & 1 tbsp. whole milk room temp 1 large egg yolk, room temp & beaten 1 tsp. sugar 1 tsp. salt 3.5 cup all-purpose flour   Cream butter on low Add next 4 ingredients (Will look curdled, but that’s okay) Gradually add flour- DON’T over mix Put in fridge for at least 4 hours Before rolling out let sit at room temp for at least 30 minutes   Ingredients 10 ripe peaches 1 Lemon, juiced 1 tbsp. almond extract ½  tsp. vanilla extract ½ tsp. cinnamon ½ … Continued

Why We Work at The Home Ranch-Douglas

The Home Ranch Pastry Chef Douglas with Janice’s Watermelon Tourmaline Sorbet

This week’s “Why We Work at The Home Ranch,” is more of “Why did you come back to The Home Ranch?” Douglas Short is our Pastry Chef.  Douglas worked for The Home Ranch back in 2006 and decided he was ready for a change and wanted to come back to the Ranch. Douglas called Chef Clyde at just the right time – our then current pastry chef was taking on a new adventure and the search was on for someone to fill her shoes. Douglas was born in Wisconsin, but moved to Oxford, England at the age of 3. He went … Continued

Off Ranch Adventures-Rock Climbing

Staff Rock Climbing

A few of our Colorado Dude Ranch Staff and I went Rock Climbing with Rocky Mountain Ventures (our Rock Climbing outfitter).  Each Wednesday morning in the summer, we offer a shorter climb and then if there’s enough interest guests will have the opportunity to climb again on Friday. The climb on Friday has a higher face and is longer hike in.  We were able to test out the Friday climb. Like before make sure to ask if you have any questions, because now I can answer them!   After a short but beautiful drive along the Elk River we arrived … Continued

Inside the Kitchen- Seviche

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The Home Ranch Seviche   The Home Ranch version of a Peruvian favorite. We use marinated dry pack Georges Bank sea scallops or when in season perfect Nantucket Bay scallops, both sourced from our friends at Foley Fish Company in New Bedford, MA.   2 pounds bay scallops 1 chili Serrano, cut into julienne 1 small red ball pepper, cut into julienne 12 small red onion, cut into julienne 2 ripe tomatoes, seed, cut into 1/4 ‘ dice 1 garlic clove mimed 2 teaspoons brown sugar 2 tables chopped cilantro 2 tablespoons chopped parsley sea salt and freshly ground pepper … Continued

Why We Work at The Home Ranch- Mattie

Mattie enjoying a hike with Berkley

Mattie Bork is this week’s Why You Work at The Home Ranch post. Mattie came this summer to be our hiking guide.   Mattie grew up in Sioux Fall and earned a degree in Business Administration from University Wyoming. When Mattie is not working she is spending time with her new nephew and family. You might also notice her outside the ranch with her dog Berkley who loves to go hiking with her. She also enjoys anything outdoors (especially involving water), reading, crafts, scuba diving, and traveling. Before coming to the ranch, Mattie was teaching English to 8-11th graders in … Continued

Inside the Kitchen- Quinoa & Butternut Squash Salad

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The Home Ranch Quinoa & Butternut Squash Salad 2 Cups quinoa 2 Tablespoons walnut oil 1 Teaspoon achiote (optional) 1Quart approximately of chicken stock or vegetable stock 2 Butternut squash, ¼” cubed 2 Tablespoons walnut oil 2 Shallots, minced 2 Garlic cloves, minced 2 Tablespoons real maple syrup ¼ Cup apple honey vinegar 2 Tablespoons currants 2 Tablespoons dried cranberries 2 Tablespoons toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) or sunflower seeds 2 Tablespoons toasted pine nuts or pistachios 2 Scallions, very thinly sliced 1 Tablespoon chives, very thinly sliced 2 Tablespoons chopped mint Salt and Pepper Walnut or corn oil (if needed) … Continued

Off Ranch Adventures- River Kayaking

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Over the next couple weeks I (Andrea) will be writing about my experiences doing activities around the ranch and with our outfitters. I get asked daily about “What’s it like to go, do, ride, or float?” I have never been able to answer the questions personally, but rather by other staff recommendations and experiences. Now, I will not only be able to help you (the guest) decide on and book activities, but I will be able to share my experience in each activity and a little about the guides you will have.   On a beautiful warm afternoon I headed … Continued

Why We Work at The Home Ranch- Brooke

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This week in our ‘why we work at The Home Ranch’ we are featuring Brooke Klein our head wrangler. When you come to the ranch this summer and take a ride with Brooke make sure to ask about any of her hobbies or her last season in Greece. On top of her talents with horses she is also a writer. I asked Brooke, “Why she works at The Home Ranch?” She wrote a piece of why she picked the ranch and we are so glad she did.   For as long as I can remember my life has always been … Continued

Inside the Kitchen- Janice’s Watermelon Tourmaline Sorbet

Janice enjoy her namesake sorbet

Janice Baxter our Yogi of our “Experience Yoga and Horses Retreat” remembered that our now back (after nine years) Pastry Chef, Douglas made this desert. She loved it so much she even bought a Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace in honor of the sorbet. In honor of Janice and her necklace, The Home Ranch Kitchen presents this recipe for your making as well. Enjoy!         Janice’s Watermelon Tourmaline Sorbet    Honeydew Sorbet 1 ½ cups Honeydew puree 3 Cups Simple Syrup ½ cup Midori   Watermelon Sorbet 1 ½ cups watermelon puree 3 cups Simple Syrup 1 Tablespoon fresh … Continued