Recipe: Pork Loin Meat Empanadas

From the 2006 Copper CowBelle Cookbook, pg 93

  • 1 lb lean pork meat cubed
  • 2½ c water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ c raisins (if dry, soak in hot water)

Pie Crust

  • 1½ c flour
  • ½ c Crisco
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4-5 Tbs ice water
  1. Boil meat slowly until tender. Grind it with juice.
  2. Return to pan and add sugar, cinnamon and raisins.
  3. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add water if necessary, but always keep meat juicy.
  4. Mix pie dough.
  5. Mold dough and keep in refrigerator until chilled.
  6. Shape into small balls as for empanadas.
  7. Roll to 1/8-inch thickness.
  8. Put pork mixture on half of dough.
  9. Fold over and press edges together with a fork.
  10. Fry in deep fat or bake in oven until browned nicely.

CCB April and May Report

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.


2019 CCB Scholarship Applications

The Grant County Copper Cowbelles are now taking scholarship applications for students pursuing jobs in trade professions. They will continue to offer scholarships for college degrees in agricultural fields but recognize the need to reach a broader field of applicants in rural areas by supporting those individuals that want careers such as welders, plumbers, electricians and lineman.

Read more at The Grant County Beat…


March Report

The Grant County Copper CowBelles held their monthly meeting on March 19th.  Newly installed President Annette George conducted the meeting and the February minutes were approved.

The Farm Bureau sponsored Ag Days were cancelled due to weather and will be rescheduled for May.  Planning for the Cash Party is going well but more silent auction items are needed.  It was decided to create a planning committee for the Fall Shindig, leaving the how, when and where decisions up to the committee.  It has been simplified to a dance-only event in the hopes of having a fun evening for the community without all the hard work.  Reminders were made for the District III Workshop in Glenwood and the McKeen Ranch Days in April.

A vote was made for a thank you gift for out-going President Deborah van Tellingen and a $250 donation to the NM Ag in the Classroom Foundation was approved.  The Silver City Public Library has inquired whether Copper would like to make a display for the public to view this Fall.  Use of a display case for a month would be made available for beef information and CowBelle history. The “box” for hosting receptions for memorial services has been inventoried. Members were asked to provide various items.   The items needed for serving food, coffee, napkins, plates etc. will be restocked after each event.     


Celebrate 2019 National Ag Week

Today in the United States, 98% of the people are basically fed by the 2% directly involved in production agriculture. The purpose of this site is to enable the non-farmer to more fully appreciate and understand the basic biologic and economic principles fundamental to the production, processing, and distribution of food. This Facebook page and the upcoming book, Ag 101, is designed to guide readers through an appreciation and understanding of agriculture and to stress that the nation with the firmest agricultural base is also the nation most likely to be strongest politically in the future. Ag 101 is a project of the National Agricultural Institute (

CCB February Report

The Grant County Copper CowBelles held their monthly meeting on February 19th. We regretfully accepted the resignation of President Deborah van Telligen who is moving closer to family. She installed Annette George as president and Jeannette Hamilton as secretary (replacing Annette) as her last duty. Guest Sherri Bays was introduced and she announced that she will be joining as a member.

The opening reception for the ranching exhibit at the Silver City Museum was a huge success and we were thanked for our participation in gathering information for the displays and for providing the goodies for the reception. The exhibit is open for the entire year. An update was given for the Cash Party happening the end of April and that silent auction items are needed.

A committee will be formed to create and maintain a “box” for hosting receptions for memorial services. Items needed for serving food, coffee, napkins, plates etc. will be restocked after each event.


Copper Cowbelles distribute beef to local schools

On Nov. 7, 2018, the Copper Cowbelles distributed beef to local schools.

The Grant County Cattlegrowers’ Association each year buys a steer at the Grant County Fair. The Copper Cowbelles pay for the processing by Wilcox Processing. The meat then gets donated to various schools for their home economics departments.

Read more here…

Cliff School – Pictured left to right is Deborah van Tellingen(President of Copper CowBelles), Samantha Jones (Student at cliff schools) and Laura Frost ( Sec/Treasurer for Grant county cattle growers).


October Report

The Grant County Copper CowBelles met October 16, 2018.  President Deborah Van Tellingen announced there will be no meeting in November and the annual Christmas party will be at her house on December 15th.  The 2019 Officers will be installed at this event. Candidate for District 2 County Commissioner, Ty Bays gave a short speech outlining his plans if elected in November.  A wrap-up of the Grant County Fair was given and Vivian Myers was applauded for her over-the-top efforts in selling cookbooks and license plates. The booth and BEEF giveaways were considered a big success.

Everyone was encouraged to attend the Annual meeting in Albuquerque, December 6-7.  Deborah asked for volunteers for the 2019 committees and requested that everyone update their memberships and information for the yearbook which will be printed in January.  There was discussion about resurrecting the Shindig dinner dance event next year and/or participating with a silent auction at the spring cash party put on by the Fair Buyers Board.

Submitted by Pat Hunt