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Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Photo and Recipe provided by Karen Spillman, Hondo Canyon Ranch, Texas

As Karen Lynch Spillman cooked up her Delicious Venison Pot Pie's, she added the symbolism of the great Lone Star State. Embedding the shape of Texas on the tops of each pie crust, I reflected back many years remembering the many times my mom made these special pies for dinner. They were always filling with that trusted essence of a home cooked meal.

The word "pie" relating to food first appears in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1303. The derivation of the word may have come from magpie, shortened to pie. As a favored dish of the English, pies were baked in America once the early settlers set up camps on dry land. There was a practical reason for making pies. The harsh and primitive conditions endured by the first colonists, allowed to use less flour to bake pies than bread and did not require anything as complex such as a brick oven for baking. Additionally, pies could stretch even the most meager provisions into sustaining and feeding more hungry mouths.  While early settlers would probably not proclaim their early pies as masterpieces of culinary delights, the pie has developed into the hearty treat that filled the famished and discriminating appetites.

Karen Lynch Spillman and her husband Mark Spillman manage the Hondo Canyon Ranch, own by the Cowboy TV-Radio Personality, Red Steagall. When not involved with the ranch, the couple also operate their own catering business, Silver Spur Cowboy Cooking in Azle, Texas near the Fort Worth-Dallas community.

The Spillman's enjoy cooking their authentic Western cuisines. Using the same techniques for cooking as the early pioneers that followed the Oregon trail and those who cooked along the many cattle drives, their cowboy cooking speaks as the warm staple for any discriminating appetite. Their cast iron dutch ovens rest next to the open pit camp fire as they prepare entrees from their menu that includes Pork Chops, Meatloaf, Steaks, Fried Chicken, Catfish, Enchilada Stack, Chicken fried Steak or Barbecue.

Silver Spur Chuck Wagon
Their chuck wagon provides an array of side dishes; Three Potato Medley, Hominy with Green Chilies and Bacon, Sauteed Green Beans, Cowboy Beans, Baked Beans, Scalloped Potatoes, Fried Potatoes, Cole Slaw and Cowboy Corn.  Bread dishes include; choice of Homemade Rolls, Cornbread or Buttermilk Biscuits and desserts; Peach Cobbler, Cherry Crisp, Blueberry  Crisp, Apple Crisp, Bread Pudding or   Sopapillia Cheesecake.

Mark is a Firefighter-Paramedic while Karen is a homemaker and homeschool mom. Their daughter Tipi will be entering Weatherford College and currently works with the gift shop at the Weatherford Hospital. Tipi also loves the country life style and Christian ministries devoting free time assisting as a Children's Pastor. Tipi also enjoys hunting and hanging out with her friends. Their son Talon loves to team rope and hunt. He wants to rodeo and plans to also be a ranch manager like his dad. When not involved with his studies, Talon assist working the ranch and is a big help with the ranch garden. 

Karen and Mark Spillman

Karen recommends using leftover steaks and vegetables, placing into a ziplock bag and freezing until the bag is full. Left overs make for a superb filling when making pot pies and prevent wasting food that might normally be discard. The variations for Pot Pie flavorings are unlimited. For more information about their catering, please visit the Silver Spur web site
For information about Red Steagall, please visit

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