The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl is 250 pages of fun, honest down to earth life experiences mingled with recipes and sprinkled with pictures and how-to-cook wisdom from the kitchen of Ree Drummond.
Last Thursday, together with some fellow friends & food bloggers and several 100's of PW enthusiasts who are yet to be my friends had the rare and wonderful opportunity of meeting this city turned cowgirl in person. She is every bit as personable as you would hope she is, an absolutely genuine "I want to be your friend" kind of person. Many thanks to King's English for their sponsoring this event, the Gallery next door for letting way too many women in their building (the fire department would not have been happy) and to my darling food blogging friends (FoodFinery, BarbaraBakes, TwoPeasandPod, SLCFoodie- please check their sights for pictures of the event) and my good friend Julia who spent from 4 in the afternoon until 6:45 passing the time with me waiting for the grand entrance of Ree Drummond, THE PIONEER WOMAN!
Yesterday I made her Perfect Pot Roast, pages 120-122. Secret ingredients rosemary and thyme and a technic that I hadn't done before. To go along with the roast I made the perfect side of Creamy Mashed Potatoes, pages 146-147 and per the instructions of the author I tried to feel as much guilt as possible as I mashed, stirred and whipped those decadent darlings and put it together to make a very nice Sunday meal. The pan juices spooned over the mashed potatoes was really . . . well I think I may just have to have some of the left overs for lunch.
I highly recommend this new cookbook not only as a resource for recipes, but as a slice of American life.