I write westerns for Harlequin Books and sometimes it’s a challenge to make each setting unique when my stories evolve around cowboys and ranchers. When I brainstormed the second book in my Cowboys of the Rio Grande series set in New Mexico, I thought why not a bison ranch instead of cattle?
Bison or Buffalo…what’s the difference?
The National Bison Association would like everyone to use the name “bison” when they talk about the American version of “buffalo” so as not to get it confused with the Asian Water “buffalo” and African Cape “buffalo”. The American bison belongs to the bovine family along with domestic cattle.
If you’re like me, you grew up calling bison…buffalo. Even my hometown newspaper in Janesville, Wisconsin, wrote an article on Miracle, the sacred white “buffalo” that was born August 20, 1994 on a nearby farm.
Have you eaten bison meat before?
Have you eaten bison meat before? Years ago I tried a bison burger in South Dakota when we were on vacation in the Black Hills and once again in Colorado when we dined at a fancy restaurant near Glenwood Springs. I remember the meat was denser than beef and a little sweeter but other than that it tasted similar to beef. There are lots of benefits to eating bison meat. Less fat. Less cholesterol. Fewer calories. More protein. And the meat fills you up faster, so you eat less.
I was hoping for a bison in the background of the cover for The Surgeon’s Christmas Baby, but instead I got a bull mastiff puppy.
The books for series romance are on the shorter side so I didn’t have the word count to go into detailed descriptions of raising bison, but I did manage to sneak in a scene where the heroine convinces the hero to try bison nachos.
If you’re adventurous here’s a recipe from A Girl’s Kitchen Image by Kristin Nicole
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Marin Thomas has written over thirty western stories, including the Cash Brothers series for Harlequin American Romance. Her first women’s fiction novel, The Promise Of Forgiveness (Penguin/NAL) will be released March 2016. Marin and her husband are recent empty nesters, living in Houston, Texas. Marin loves to connect with her readers and invites you to stop by her hangouts on the web. Blog Website FB Twitter Pinterest Tall Poppy Writers
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