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Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

By Jessie Veeder

Western North Dakota based musician, author, columnist, rancher and mom of two young daughters reflects each week on rural living, its characters, heartbreaks, triumphs, absurdity and what it means to live and love in the middle of nowhere, which to Jessie and her cast of characters, is the middle of everything.
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A spare toilet in a plastic world

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...Jun 13, 2022

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It's Tomato Season and I'm Coming For You

It's Tomato Season and I'm Coming For You

If you're not hungry, you will be after this episode, because it's all about food! Soup season is synonymous with tomato season and this week the couple talks about the tomato soup recipe Chad made up when they first moved back to the ranch, which leads to all sorts of talk about cream and butter and the different styles of cooking the two grew up with. Plus, learn about why you'll never eat pork chops and mashed potatoes without creamed peas again and why Chad can't be trusted with a cooler.
Enjoy the soup recipe below or find a video version on the Instagram feed at, online at or in Jessie's book, "Coming Home." 

Plus, Jessie  reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum  Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at

Cowboy’s Garden Tomato Soup


¼ cup water or chicken stock. Add more depending on how thick you like your soup 3 cups fresh tomatoes, diced 1 cup (about 3 medium carrots) diced ¼ of a large purple onion, diced 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced 1 12-ounce can tomato sauce 1 stick butter 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon celery seed 1 teaspoon dill weed 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro ½ teaspoon rosemary 1 teaspoon chopped chives Ground black pepper, to taste 4 chicken bouillon cubes 1½ cups heavy whipping cream (room temperature)


In a large soup pot add the diced tomatoes, carrots, onion and garlic to ¼ cup water and simmer on low for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the tomatoes start to gently boil. Stir in the tomato sauce, butter, seasonings and bouillon cubes and simmer the soup on low, allowing the onions and carrots to cook, about 30 minutes.

Once the vegetables are cooked through, slowly stir in the heavy whipping cream and say “M’m! M’m! Good!” while Campbell sobs silently to himself.

Heat (don’t boil) for a few minutes, serve it up and have yourself a happy and well-fed fall.

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What a Cowgirl Carries

What a Cowgirl Carries

What does it mean to be a cowgirl? This week Jessie sits down with her little sister to talk about the cowgirls in their lives and how they are trying to raise their daughters with a cowgirl spirit. Oh, and of course, her daughters have a chance to weigh in as well. 

Link to Jessie's Are there Anymore Real Cowboys music video featuring footage from the ranch archives and photos of North Dakota cowboys and cowgirls. 

Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at

Find Jessie's books and music at

Share, subscribe and share what "cowgirl" means to you by emailing

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