1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon seasoned salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1 cup milk 3 eggs 2 pounds tenderized round steak or cube steak, cut into 1-inch strips 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil Gravy: 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more if needed 3 to 4 cups milk Salt and freshly ground black pepper. Directions: 1. For the steak fingers: Combine the flour, seasoned salt, pepper and cayenne in a dish. Whisk together the milk and eggs in a separate dish. 2. To bread the meat, first dredge in the flour mixture, then dip quickly in the egg mixture and then put back into the flour mixture to coat on both sides. Continue until all the meat is breaded. 3. Heat the butter and vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Fry the steak strips 4 or 5 at a time, turning midway through. When golden brown, remove from the skillet to a paper towel-lined plate. Continue with the remaining meat. Cover loosely with foil to keep warm. 4. For the gravy: Pour off all the grease from the skillet, and then add 1/4 cup of the grease back in. Sprinkle on the flour. Whisk the mixture till it becomes a paste (add more flour if you need to) and cook the paste over medium-low heat until it’s deep golden brown. Pour in about 3 cups of the milk, whisking constantly. Allow the gravy to cook and thicken, whisking regularly and adding more milk if it seems too thick right off the bat. Season the gravy with salt and pepper and pour into small dishes. 5. Serve the steak fingers with the gravy. Yum!
The Grant County Copper CowBelles met on June 18th at the El Grito Headstart school building. Lunch was provided by the El Grito staff. President Annette George conducted the meeting. She provided a cake to celebrate Bobbie Neal Little’s birthday, hostess prizes were provided by Joyce Biebelle.
Pat reported that the “June is Beef Month” advertisement was placed with Grantcountybeat.com and submitted an invoice. The rodeo event at the Silver City Museum received good coverage on the front page of the Silver City Press with credit going to Copper for their contributions to the event. It was voted to make a donation to the Pat Nowlin Scholarship in memory of Arley Howard, a former member. Several Get Well cards were passed around for signatures.
Kathy Davis took final orders for personalized aprons and showed the designs that will be on the ones donated to local chefs that specialize in beef dishes. Copper has received a $500 donation from the NM Gas Company. We thank member Lori Nell Reed for nominating us for this award. Some of this money will be used for ordering supplies for the Grant County Fair in September. It was approved to donate a buckle to the 4H Livestock Judging event at the Fair. Donations will also be made to two local FFA chapters.
As there is no July meeting, the group will meet again in August.
The Grant County Copper CowBelles recently met on April 16th and May 21st. President Annette George conducted the meetings and the March/April minutes were approved. A thank you card with a generous donation was received for the reception luncheon for Alvina Rutherford. A motion was made to make a Pat Nowlin memorial donation in her honor. New membership applications were received from Sherri Bays, L J Lundy and Vicki McCauley.
The Cash Party held with the Cattlegrowers and Fair Committee was a success and resulted in a good deposit to the scholarship account. McKeen’s Ranch Days was well attended. The Shindig Community Dance is scheduled for October 12th. The marketing committee is working on apron designs for CowBelles members and ones to be given to local chefs that specialize in preparing beef entrees. The Scholarship committee will meet to determine guidelines for a new scholarship category for trade school applicants. The academic degree scholarships will still be offered.
The Silver City Museum is hosting a reception for Rodeo week on June 15th. This will highlight the ongoing “Ranching in Grant County” exhibit. Copper has been invited to participate in this event. Grant County is very proud to have two students selected for the NM Youth Ranch Management Camp this summer: Justin Billings and Randi White. Ongoing projects include “June is Beef Month”, the Grant County Fair in September, and a CowBelles exhibit in November at the Silver City Public Library. Everyone was encouraged to attend the Midyear meeting in Ruidoso.