Every time Cheryl Pierson and Livia Reasoner send out a call for submissions to a new Prairie Rose Publications anthology, folks get all excited. Regardless the theme, both old-timers and whippersnappers have a lot of fun with the group efforts.
Competition can be fierce, though. It gets rowdy with so many folks jumping up and down, yelling “Pick me! Pick me!” We also frequently see the classic elbow-to-the-ribs tactic and tried-and-true tripping. Some of us have been known to bribe the bosses with chocolate. Others make sad-puppy eyes and beg.
Occasionally, a full-fledged shootout erupts. Things get a mite tense at times like that, because we never know when Ozark Belle (Cowboy Action Shooter Tracy Garrett) is liable step in and break up a perfectly good gunfight. She can outshoot all the rest of us put together.
Right now, everyone is jockeying for a spot in the July 4-themed anthology A Cowboy Celebration. The roughhousing was going along just fine…until we realized the book will include a recipe based on a food mentioned in each story.
Everyone froze. What if we all wrote about fried chicken? What’s more traditional and Old West-y than fried chicken?
The recipe hunt was on. (I can almost guarantee no one will write about fried chicken now.)
Of course, there are the usual suspects:
Ice cream. (Is anyone else getting hungry?)
Even including fried chicken, though, that’s only four foods. So here’s the burning question for today:
If you were attending a Fourth of July celebration in the Old West, what would be in your picnic basket?
Tell us in the comments! At the very least, you’ll stop a food fight that’s about to get out of hand.
Better? You may win an e-copy of one of last summer’s PRP anthologies: Lassoing a Bride, Lassoing a Groom, Lassoing a Mail-Order Bride, and Cowboy Cravings. A commenter chosen at random Saturday at noon will receive his or her choice.
Get to commenting! Don't make me drag out the lasso.