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Something Good Is Cooking

Author: Roberta Landman
Issue: January, 2007, Page 26

It’s part of the romance of the Old West and a staple of Hollywood Westerns: cowboys on the range doing their cooking over open campfires, or back at the ranch savoring vittles served in an outdoor cowboy kitchen.

We’ve been building our own Cowboy Kitchen at the Phoenix Home & Garden Idea House at Talking Rock; it’s a fitting enterprise, since Talking Rock, a ranch-style residential community in high-country Prescott, once was the site of the Cooper-Morgan cattle ranch.

Our Cowboy Kitchen, a spacious covered outdoor pavilion located off the main house, will be the site of plenty of barbecues, we expect. Rustic-looking yet entirely up-to-date, it will suit the relaxed indoor-outdoor lifestyle we in the Southwest and West have come to embrace.

Measuring 16 feet wide, 24 feet long and some 12 feet high at its metal roof peak, this atmospheric culinary spot is constructed of fieldstone and the same distressed-wood posts and beams found in the main house. A fireplace will provide warmth on cool days and nights. A 48-inch built-in Wolf gas barbecue with two side burners, from Interwest Distributing Corp., will see heavy duty cooking up steaks and such. 

“I’m really looking forward to cooking outside on the ‘range,’” says Phoenix Home & Garden Executive Chef M. Allan Schanbacher. “Grilling steaks and chicken will be even easier, since most of my herbs will be right at my fingertips in the outdoor kitchen’s built-in planters.” At various times of the year one can expect to find rosemary, thyme and oregano, mint, parsley and dill, and even nasturtiums, an edible flower.

Custom dining furniture—rustic in style and of reclaimed wood—is in the planning stages. A backsplash made up of Jack green slate and custom metal tiles with a raised pine tree design also will gussy up the place; the attractive materials are from Kaiser Tile, Brick, Stone & Wood.

Phoenix Home & Garden’s Idea House is composed of this nifty Cowboy Kitchen, the Arts & Crafts-style primary residence, a guest cottage, and a barn with loft bunkhouse. All will be ready to welcome visitors sometime next year.
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