Friday, 2 July 2010

The Pioneer Woman Cooks!

The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
Ree Drummond
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.

Click here to browse inside The Pioneer Woman Cooks.