The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
Hardcover, 256 pages
Many of you already know popular blogger Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman. A vibrant city gal who fell in love with a handsome cowboy and left the life she knew to become a ranch wife and mother - cooking, home-schooling, and eventually blogging. She has beautiful photography, delicious recipes, stories, advice, and confessions; and now a book!
If you love her site you will love her book and if you haven't discovered her yet you will be won over by her warmth, humour, photography, and down-home cooking.
My husband and son were delighted with this week's menu, as The Pioneer Woman Cooks is filled with delicious comfort food. Full butter, cream and flavour - there is no cutting calories for cowboys.
We started with Edna Mae's Sour Cream Pancakes, which were lighter than air. I had to make them as the recipe seemed to defy all logic - having far more liquids than solids in it. Once I got the hang of flipping these babies they were delightfully light and fluffy and a real hit. I probably should have made a double batch.
To go with our meals we had to have Ree's Buttermilk Biscuits. Ree rolls them thinner than usual for maximum surface crunch, and she is right - way more delicious this way. They were perfect with the Chicken Pot Pie, below.
Who doesn't love Macaroni and Cheese? Ree makes a bechamel sauce first to get a rich and creamy result, and the dish can be served right out of the pot or baked for 20 minutes or so to get a nice cheesy crust on the top. This got two thumbs up from my son.
And hubby's all-time fave was the Chicken Pot Pie made with her Perfect Pie Crust recipe. Thick and creamy and filled with flavour and comfort - this is down-home cooking at its best.
Make room for dessert! We are still enjoying Ree's Mocha Brownies. She likes them best chilled with a generous layer of mocha icing and we have to agree! Absolutely delicious and great to have on hand for clandestine fridge-raiding.
Ree does include a few girls night recipes, a little lighter fare, but the bulk of the dishes are hearty, comforting, and totally delicious.
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