Yippee Ki-Yi, Yippie Kai-Yay, A Tasty way to Celebrate Cowboy Day! (…and a cowboy cookbook give away!)

July 30, 2018

Yippee Ki-Yi, Yippie Kai-Yay,
A Tasty way to Celebrate Cowboy Day!
(…and a cowboy cookbook give away!)


I am excited to be conducting my first ever I’m Annette blog give-away!

I am a non-profit, hobby blogger. In other words, I blog just for the fun of it. That is not to say that there are not rewards.  Over my 5+ years of blogging, I have “met” some very interesting people online, and even gained a fun-loving English pen pal, Jenny, through my guest blog post from earlier this year.  

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Read my Be My Guest! (My guest blogger, that is.) blog post, here.

Jenny oversees her blog Silver Screen Suppers, and has authored two cookbooks!
(Yours truly is still thinking about possibly writing an e-cookbook!)
It is through Jenny, that I became acquainted with her blogging pal and fellow cookbook author, Greg, at Recipes4Rebels.




Talented Jenny’s two cookbook creations are shown above.



Greg, another talented cookbook author, wrote this James Dean cookbook, above.

Cowboy Day Cookin’

Recently, I was invited by Greg to join in on  Recipes4Rebels’ third annual
Cowboy Cook-along. ( Who knew that the fourth Saturday in July is Cowboy Day?!)
The rules are simple-cook up some cowboy grub, take a photo, and post it.
(If you would still like to participate, go here, cook something up and post it, as directed,
by this Friday, August 4.)


John Wayne


I happily pose with John Wayne (well, ok, his statue) in front of his museum in Winterset, Iowa in September 2015.

You can read my blog post about my John Wayne museum visit, here.

My cowboy of choice is John Wayne, although admittedly, it is not his cowboy roles that made me a fan. I enjoy Wayne’s more light-hearted movie fare, and one of my favorites is McLintock!  

You can see my list of John Wayne movie faves here


McLintock! is one of my favorite John Wayne movies.

I like McLintock! so much that my sister and mother bought an antique weathervane for me many years ago. I love it, and it reminds me of the opening scene in the movie McLintock. :o)


My unique antique weather vane reminds me of the John Wayne comedy McLintock!
Don’t you love the cobalt blue glass, and the holes from when the cow was once used for target practice?


The weather vane shown in the beginning of McLintock!.

Cowboy Cookin’, John Wayne Style

My recipe for John Wayne Chicken Nachos, was my addition to this year’s Recipes4Rebels Cowboy Cook-along.  I used a recipe from The Official John Wayne Way to Grill cookbook,  as inspiration, but me being me, I have changed the recipe to my liking.  I share my nacho recipe with you at the bottom of this post.


A small plate of my John Wayne Chicken Nachos
(Note-this batch was cooked in the microwave.)

The Cookbook Giveaway


Wanna win this cookbook?

In my very first give-away, the winner will receive this brand new, well almost new,
John Wayne cookbook.  Yes, ok, I did look at the John Wayne photos in this book.  Who wouldn’t?  Yes, I peeked at the yummy looking recipes inside, and yes, I used the recipe for the Grilled Chicken Nachos (on pages 20-21) as the springboard for my own John Wayne Nacho creation. 

Wanna win this cookbook?  Here’s how:

In the comments section for this blog post…

  1. Write the name of your 
    favorite movie, or TV, cowboy/cowgirl star.
  2. Write one sentence about why you like this cowboy/cowgirl.
  3. Do this by Thursday, August 15.
  4. Names of. those who commented will be placed into a (cowboy)hat.  The winner will be drawn from a hat. The winner will be contacted via email by August 22, and will be announced in my next blog post.
    A photo of the winner with the cookbook is requested to be emailed to me to be used in a future blog.
  5. If your name is drawn and you do not live in the U.S., in lieu of the cookbook, I will send you a special recipe. 


The Recipe

Nachos are always a hit, and can easily be tweaked using the ingredients that you want and/or the ingredients that you have on hand.


John Wayne Chicken Nachos


Multi-grain Tortilla Chips
 (I used drained can chicken, as that is all I had today.  Grilled would be better.)
Cheese (Cheddar or Mexican), shredded
Taco seasoning mix
Tomato, chopped
Onion, chopped
Black olives, sliced
(note the photo with only half the nachos with olives,
for those individuals in my house who are anti-olive!)
Light Sour Cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
(A microwave works, too.
On microwave safe plate, cook on high for 30-40 seconds, or so, until
cheese is melted.)
Spread tortilla chips on oven-friendly plater, or baking dish.
Combine chicken, cheese, and taco seasoning; 
spoon evenly over chips.
Top with with tomatoes, onions, and olives.
Sprinkle more cheese on the nachos.
Place in oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Top with Sour Cream and Guacamole.

Enjoy and Happy Trails to you!

Thanks for reading and Happy Cowboy Day,


I’m Annette Stuff

I post my blog once per month. Look for my next blog post on (or close to) 
 Thursday, August 30.  :o)

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An original print of John Wayne, by pop artist Andy Warhol,
is one of the many interesting exhibits that
The John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, Iowa.
(Please, excuse the glare in the glass.)

Read about my visit to this John Wayne fan’s paradise, here




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19 Responses to Yippee Ki-Yi, Yippie Kai-Yay, A Tasty way to Celebrate Cowboy Day! (…and a cowboy cookbook give away!)

  1. Dale says:

    Nice Blog. Good job!


  2. greg says:

    Loved the posting! Your nachos look delicious! Love the John Wayne tie-in (I had no idea you were a fan…I was expecting a Disney Frontierland recipe from YOUR kitchen)…and your book give-away is so much fun!

    I’ll start (even though I’m out of the country…but maybe I’ll be in the running to win that “special recipe).

    My favorite film cowboy is James Dean as Jett Rink in GIANT (1955). (No surprise there, huh?) Because it’s so much fun to see the underdog triumph (and we all probably consider ourselves the underdog in one aspect or another).

    Great posting! Thanks Annette!


  3. bwbuttons@q.com says:

    very nice and informative, gosh I have always loved your weather vane but never heard the story before.. You are one of a kind blogger.. and friend.


  4. Renee J Kayser says:

    I had no idea there was a COWBOY Day! I love reading all your fun stuff. Thanks for posting. So of course I am signing up for the cookbook!
    1. John Wayne is my favorite cowboy.
    2. The why? The Duke always was a man’s man, he lived by his code, and most of all he loved America!!


    • oltimetv says:

      Thank you for all the nice things that you said in your comment, and Thank you for signing up for the John Wayne Cookbook give-away! I love all of John Wayne’s comedies, and The Quiet Man is one of my favorite all-time movies.


  5. Jennifer Sharpe says:

    Love the antique weather vane.

    Always fun to read Annette.

    Sent from my iPhone



  6. siegalpaula says:

    My favorite cowgirl is Sherrif Callie bc she always helps her friends


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