Cooke Livestock is located on the Alberta prairies near the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The closest town is Blackie, where there is a post office, store and one Chinese restaurant. The next closest restaurant is in High River which is 25 miles away. It is not always convenient to run into town for dinner (they don't deliver pizza out here) so we try to keep a stocked pantry and a freezer of Alberta Angus beef for any occasion. Traditionally we are grain farmers, with cattle, so during the last 48 years I have been cooking for hired help and delivering hot meals to the men in the fields at seeding and harvest time. As young girls, Sandra and Krista learned to help out with the many chores and meals. Out in the country we always seemed to have people drop in at meal time. So we are used to making another sandwich or adding more potatoes to the pot. Over the years it has been a pleasure to have had a lot of donkey friends arrive for a visit. We have enjoyed your company and you seem to have enjoyed the fare. So we thought that it might be fun to share some of our favorite family recipes with you. They are tried and true and will fit into your busy schedule. Many of them are family recipes from generations past with a modern twist for quicker results. Enjoy!


The book, "The Schooling of the Western Horse" is still very useful today - even for the donkeys.
Most chapters begin with a quote. Here are some of my favorites:

Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Brooke: "In fact it is an admission of failure on your part if you have trained a horse from the start and have to resort to a severe bit."

And from chapter V1, First, Think!

M. F. McTaggart: "It often strikes me, when I am watching a horse being schooled, how very little intelligence the trainer is displaying and how very good-natured is the animal he is trying to teach."

And finally from Chapter X11

General Faverot de Kerbrech: "In training there is always the tendency to proceed too rapidly. To arrive quickly, go slowly with careful, cautious steps. Make frequent demands; be content with little; be lavish in rewards."