My newest “Cookbook Corner” addition…
“The Pioneer Woman Cooks – COME AND GET IT!” By: Ree Drummond / The Pioneer Woman
I love Ree Drummond – AKA The Pioneer Woman. I stumbled upon her blog after reading a segment about her on Bakerella’s blog and was instantly hooked. I emailed everyone I knew and sent them the link. Fast forward to now, and my friends love Ree, my family and especially my Grandma Barbra. She is Kennard’s number one fan. I have even gotten to the point where – just for fun – I call Ree my “Aunt”! I will be talking to someone and they are like, “Do you watch The Pioneer Woman on Food Network?” or something like that, and I will say, “Ummm, yes! She is my Aunt! Tell me you knew that, right?” It is fun watching their eyes bug out or their mouths drop. I always – always – follow up with telling them the truth – sometimes. Ha!
Anyways, the reason for this blog post – my “Cookbook Corner”! I am inducting “COME AND GET IT!” into my blog archives because I LOVE IT! I really think this is Ree’s best work. Lots of surprising recipes, lots of familiar favorites that are elevated in someway and lots of recipes that you will want to try as soon as you possibly can!
The book is beautifully put together – as all of her cookbooks are – and include the familiar “step by step” process that she is known for. CONFESSION: I am trying to do more “step by step” photos myself – because who wants to stop and pause a recipe video? – and they are a lot harder than a person might think! Back to the review – this cookbook is true to the title on the front cover – “Simple, Scrumptious Recipes For Crazy Busy Lives”! Who is not insanely busy anymore?
The book is divided into the following sections – Breakfast, Lunches on the Go, Apps and Snacks, Under 40, Under 20!, Take Your Time, Sheet Pan Suppers, Meatless Marvels, Sensational Sides, Bread, Baby! AND Sweets, Glorious Sweets!
See! Something for everyone! AND Ree shares, in the first pages of the book, her favorite 20 pantry items, 12 favorite freezer staples, 15 favorite fridge staples AND her 10 – well 12 – favorite cuts of beef.
I WOULD list all of my favorite recipes BUT – the book has not been released yet – it is not due out until tomorrow – and besides, there are WAY TOO MANY to list. I may just start and work through the entire book. My Grandma Barbra likes doing that too.
How did I get an advanced copy? My Aunt Ree sent me a personalized copy! Ha! Kidding. Just so happens a local Wal-Mart put it out early and I snagged a copy.
So far I have made her “Lemon Bars” (page 358) and they are fabulous! A slightly thicker shortbread base – tangy lemon filling – TONS of powdered sugar – wonderful!
Here is a picture of my finished lemon bars –
She instructs in the recipe to dust the top with “as much powdered sugar as humanly possible” and I could not agree more.
I tweeted to her about my lemon bars – and guess what? She responded with a “looks great!” tweet. I hardly got a look at my phone notification before I fell out of my chair! Ha! Here are the receipts –
HOW FABULOUS is that!? Anyways – all of my friends and family LOVED the lemon bars. Will be making these at least once a week. No seriously. I love lemon!
I have so many more recipes marked to try that I can not wait to dive into!
DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND BUY THIS BOOK! From Amazon – your local bookstore – Wal-Mart (the edition I got comes with 5 exclusive recipes) or her website – http://thepioneerwoman.com
So happy to add this cookbook to my collection!
So proud of my Aunt Ree!