by Tanya Hanson
So...can a vegetarian really be chuck cook on a wagon train? Can she really start up a veggie restaurant smack dab in the middle of cattle country? You just might have to check out Soul Food, the fifth book in my Hearts Crossing Ranch series, to see! It’s just been released from Pelican Book Group and Amazon!
Here’s a quick blurb: With her restaurant on the brink of failure, Kelley Martin comes home to Hearts Crossing Ranch in Colorado both to renew her spirit and make some quick cash as chuck cook on the family’s famed city slicker wagon train adventures. Falling for handsome temporary geneticist Jason Easterday is definitely not on her list of things to do. And despite her wavering faith, Jason’s lack thereof shows her there’s no future for them...even if his kisses indicate otherwise.
Always on the move, Jason Easterday has lived his life searching for...something. When he meets Kelley Martin and allows God into his life, Jason feels he's finally found his place. With Kelley at his side, he'll have a home of his own and a wife to adore. But Kelley won't give him the time of day, and she's leaving town to return to her ex. Now, he must find a way to hold his ground, get her back, and remain where his heart has led him.
I’m excited at the new installment of the Martin family, a fictional group of folks I’ve come to love. As for their gorgeous spread Hearts Crossing. I wish it were a real place so I could go visit. The book covers are turning out just like I imagine it in my head.
Anyway, a gentle old horse named Peach Cobbler, belonging to Kelley’s larger than life ma, figures in many of the stories. And with Kelley being an expert in Dutch oven cooking, I just couldn’t help sharing a recipe with y’all. Bear in mind I haven’t tried it. But I just may on our next all-family cook out in August.
Hope you enjoy both the recipe and the book!
Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler
6 jumbo cans of sliced peaches in heavy syrup; drain only 3 cans
1 stick of butter
A cast Iron dutch oven is ESSENTIAL for this recipe, nothing else works.
Layer 1: Drain 3 cans of peaches and put in cast iron Dutch oven. Add 3 more cans of peaches, do not drain liquid, to the Dutch oven.
Layer 2: Pour both boxes of cake mix over the top of peaches (do not stir)
Layer 3: Slice up one stick of butter into little pats and drop all over the top of cake mix.
Put the lid on the Dutch oven and put in the campfire, near hot coals, not on the hot coals.
Place hot coals on top of the Dutch oven lid. VERY IMPORTANT.
In about 20 minutes, give the Dutch oven a 180 degree turn, to insure an even bake.
In about 20 more minutes, check under the lid.
Dessert is finished when peaches are soft and carmelized, juice will really thicken, you will have a hot, bubbly , golden brown, topping.
Don't let the Dutch oven turn all glowy red, or your cobbler will burn.