Some of you have already heard me mention The Pioneer Woman. She has one of my all-time favorite blogs about homeschooling, photography, cooking and just life in general. She’s homey and personal and “real”. I believe I could share an iced tea or a Coke with this woman and trade stories at the kitchen table. That’s how well she writes. She makes you feel as though you “know” her.
She has recently published her first cookbook and if you have ever visited her site and gone through the recipes, you will know why I am recommending this as a fine Christmas gift. I have already made a gift of one to myself. — lol– I think you would enjoy her blog and her cookbook and since it’s on sale, the cookbook would be a frugal and well-received Christmas gift!
I couldn’t describe this book any better than Ree does, herself; so I’ll share her description which will help you understand exactly why I love her blog.
“My name is Ree.
Some folks know me as The Pioneer Woman.
After years of living in Los Angeles, I made a pit stop in my hometown in Oklahoma on the way to a new, exciting life in Chicago. It was during my stay at home that I met Marlboro Man, a mysterious cowboy with steely blue eyes and a muscular, work-honed body. A strict vegetarian, I fell hard and fast, and before I knew it we were married and living on his ranch in the middle of nowhere, taking care of animals, and managing a brood of four young children. I had no idea how I’d wound up there, but I knew it was exactly where I belonged.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks is a homespun collection of photography, rural stories, and scrumptious recipes that have defined my experience in the country. I share many of the delicious cowboy-tested recipes I’ve learned to make during my years as an accidental ranch wife—including Rib-Eye Steak with Whiskey Cream Sauce, Lasagna, Fried Chicken, Patsy’s Blackberry Cobbler, and Cinnamon Rolls—not to mention several “cowgirl-friendly” dishes, such as Sherried Tomato Soup, Olive Cheese Bread, and CrÈme BrÛlÉe. I show my recipes in full color, step-by-step detail, so it’s as easy as pie to follow along.
You’ll also find colorful images of rural life: cows, horses, country kids, and plenty of chaps-wearing cowboys.
I hope you get a kick out of this book of mine. I hope it makes you smile. I hope the recipes bring you recognition, accolades, and marriage proposals. And I hope it encourages even the most harried urban cook to slow down, relish the joys of family, nature, and great food, and enjoy life.”