Rankin Ranch http://www.rankinranch.com Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:00:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Thanksgiving Traditions http://www.rankinranch.com/thanksgivingtraditions/ http://www.rankinranch.com/thanksgivingtraditions/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:58:35 +0000 http://www.rankinranch.com/?p=408 The holiday season is upon us and our family is looking forward to gathering at the ranch to celebrate with our Thanksgiving Traditions.  There was a time when celebrations were in our “family” dining room at a table for twelve.  However, these days were before my time.  Today we are blessed with a large family

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The holiday season is upon us and our family is looking forward to gathering at the ranch to celebrate with our Thanksgiving Traditions.  There was a time when celebrations were in our “family” dining room at a table for twelve.  However, these days were before my time.  Today we are blessed with a large family which now gathers in the “guest ranch” dining room.

Each family contributes something to our Thanksgiving Feast.  Bill and Glenda make the Turkey and Prime Rib, Rebecca bakes pies, Sarah and Amanda make bread, and our cousins bring tasty vegetable dishes and salads.  As you know, Rudy has been the Rankin Ranch cook for over 30 years and is a part of our family as well.  He makes a delicious stuffing which many of you have enjoyed on Sunday nights at the guest ranch when we have our weekly Thanksgiving dinners.  This Thanksgiving recipe was passed down from my great-grandmother, Cleo Tilley Cross, and we would like to share it with you.

Thanksgiving Stuffing (Rankin Ranch Cookbook page 130)

9″ x 9″ pan cornbread, crumbled

3 medium potatoes

4 stalks celery, chopped

1/2 white onion, chopped

3 Tablespoons pimiento

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

4 cups turkey drippings

Boil potatoes and let cool.  Crumble cornbread into a bowl.  Chop potatoes, celery, and white onion then add to cornbread and mix.  Add pimiento and seasonings and mix.  Place in a casserole dish and refrigerate until turkey drippings are ready.  When ready, pour drippings over the stuffing mixture.  Cover and cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

We wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you are surrounded by loved ones!

 

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Cattle Ranching Legacy Continues http://www.rankinranch.com/ranching_legacy/ http://www.rankinranch.com/ranching_legacy/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:06:21 +0000 http://www.rankinranch.com/?p=406 I am Amanda Rankin Barrett and I have the privilege of continuing a long time family cattle ranching legacy. For 151 years my family has been raising Hereford cattle in central California and now it is my turn to help continue this legacy.  I live and work on our ranch and we would be happy

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I am Amanda Rankin Barrett and I have the privilege of continuing a long time family cattle ranching legacy. For 151 years my family has been raisingAmanda Rankin Barrett Hereford cattle in central California and now it is my turn to help continue this legacy.  I live and work on our ranch and we would be happy to have you come visit us.  In addition to our cattle ranch, we have a guest ranch where people from throughout the United States and around the world come to get a taste of ranch life, a moment away from their hectic city lifestyle enjoying the great outdoors.

Today the 4th, 5th, and 6th generations of my family work together to ensure the success of our operations.  For our cattle ranch, this means caring for the cattle and the land which they graze to produce high quality beef.  As for our guest ranch, we strive to provide a unique vacation experience with memories to last a lifetime.  The diversification of our business allows our family to continue the ranch life that our ancestors established so many years ago and share this with our guests.

I hope our blog will give you the opportunity to saddle up and ride with me to see the daily life on our ranch. My days are varied between riding with the cowboys, managing the office work, and caring for our guests.  Every day is different and that is what keeps life exciting.  I hope you will enjoy the journey and will ask questions along the way.

I grew up on the ranch and have been instilled with a passion for our way of life. My father always says that, “he has never ‘worked’ a day in his life because he loves what he does.”  I have been home on the ranch full time since graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2008.  I now understand what he meant all the times that he said that.  There is a love for the ranch in my heart and soul that grows stronger each day and even when facing great challenges this passion is unwavering.

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