There are some excellent recipes and anecdotes in this book A truly epic pie crust recipe, cornbread croutons and apple brown betty Yum Can t wait to try them.
I tried several at least 7 different recipes, and two were things I would make again In case you are wondering Cherry limeade and citrus butter cookies I m considering putting the citrus butter cookies on my holiday cookie list The zingy, summery taste would be lovely, refreshing, and different on a holiday table or cookie exchange, and they looked gorgeous I have followed The Pioneer Woman blog in the past, so I was familiar with her homey, homespun cooking and persona Overall, the book was FULL of high fat, high salt, non healthful concoctions I lived in the South as a child and my father was a Southern gentleman I make grits several times a month and have never put 2 cups of heavy cream AND 1.
5 cups of cheese in them I put in half the cream her recipe, and it was still way, way to creamy although in fairness I loved the additions of onions and bacon and will do that next time Another recipe sounded interesting Honey Plum Soy chicken but called for a 20 ounce bottle of soy sauce in a recipe designed to serve 8 people A 20 ounce bottle is not the regular size but the large size bottle of soy sauce which would typically have 40 servings of soy sauce This would mean the soy sauce alone would be 2.
5 times as much sodium as one should have in a day or if you are like me and use high end low sodium version 1.
5 times as much sodium as recommended for the day YIKES I am hoping this was an error as I found an error in the Tres Leche cake in my area evaporated milk comes in 12 oz cans not 14, and condensed milk comes in 14 oz not 12 I would be hard pressed to recommend this book because of how unhealthful many of the recipes are My husband s arteries would close up just reading the recipes and looking at the photos However, the best parts of her book are 1 her step by step instructions and photos that would help even a novice pull together a meal, 2 her easy to find ingredients, and 3 her simple, easy to follow mostly from scratch recipes It might be an okay intro cookbook for the college bound or newlywed who only knows how to boil water for ramen noodles or call for take out I can imagine myself using her recipes as a jumping off point , and tinkering with the recipes and rewritting amounts of certain ingredients and sending the cookbook off with a child to college.
As someone who loved Ree Drummond s initial Pioneer Woman cookbook, filled with step by step recipes with accompanying pictures, I was interested in looking at her second cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks Food from my Frontier And I wasn t disappointed The second installment has even recipes than the first book, and creative spins on classical recipes.
The book is divided into the following sections Breakfast, Lunch, Soups, Starters Party food Drinks, Pasta and Pizza, Supper, Sides, Sweets, and Canning yum The step by step picture technique of going through each recipes continues here Sample recipes included in this book are Breakfast Homemade glazed doughnuts, Lemon blueberry pancakes, Breakfast pizza Lunch Spicy Grilled Vegetable Panini, Chicken Apricot Panini, Cornbread Croutons Soups Corn Chowder, Chicken tortilla Soup, French Onion Soup we cooked this one from the book and had good results Starters Brie Stuffed Mushrooms, Asian Hot Wings, Restaurant Style Salsa Pasta and Pizza Fancy Mac and Cheese, Thai chicken Pizza, Pasta with Pesto Cream sauce Supper Mexican Rice, Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp, Ranch Style Chicken Sides Whiskey Glazed Carrots, Perfect Potatoes au Gratin, Crash Hot Potatoes Sweets Strawberry Shortcake cake my favorite recipe , Coffee Cream Cake, Billie s Italian Cream Cake, and Canning Strawberry Jam, Sweet lime Pickles The above is a small sample of the over one hundred recipes total in this book Suffice to say, there s a big variety of recipes included, and just like in the first book, the recipes are interspersed with photos from Ree s picturesque life on the ranch And pictures of a southern life create the mood for southern food Overall, I continue to be a fan of Ree s cookbooks In all the cookbooks I come across, no one else has ever done the step by step with pictures technique Usually there s one picture of the recipe when it s done, and sometimes all the recipes are just text with no pictures at all The fact that the author manages to accompany each step of the recipe with a picture, really makes her cookbooks stand out Especially if you re a beginning cook and looking for detailed instructions, than this is like the ultimate cooking manual.
Ree Drummond s The Pioneer Woman Cooks Food from My Frontier cookbook provides step by step recipes that, I believe, can be followed by beginners as well as assist advanced cooks The author has some of my favorites in this cookbook such as Eggs Benedict, French Onion Soup, some new types of pizza and a recipe for pizza dough, Apricot Shrimp Skewers, Crash Hot Potatoes, and Pots De Cr me Why not give her a try 4 stars.
I liked this better than the first cookbook because it s less folksy and personal while there are still pics of her family and ranch, the focus is on the food, and that s a plus for me She does have some quirky recipes in here lots of pre packaged pastry and Mountain Dew in apple dumplings , but overall her recipes are delicious Also, the pictures are really helpful and definitely make this book unique I forgot that she pioneered showing step by step photos with the recipes something that s since been adopted by Food Network Mag and Rachel Ray in recent books , and she definitely does it best My only quibble here is the fat content no calories or nutritional information are supplied I know that in her first book she qualified that they re very active on the ranch so it s less of an issue for her and her family , but for the rest of us it s helpful not just for weight management, but for managing blood pressure, etc.
This is a great book, and you really need to buy it taking it out of the library won t enable you to enjoy the amazing pics forever.
I was shocked that one of her salad dressings had raw eggs as an ingredient She had a picture of him on horseback in a field with the caption that she s in love with this man You can definitely feel the love.
She wrote that when she first saw her husband on a horse she thought there wasn t a beautiful sight in the world It was sweet and cute that she thanked her husband last in her acknowledgements, thanking him for being her best friend and for his Wranglers and chaps Some of the recipes called for specialized equipment that I didn t realize until I browsed the instructions and saw just a hint of it in a picture I wish the equipment had been listed with the ingredients so we know before we even start that we re going to need it Like a deep fryer and an ice cream machine, a potato presser and a funnel for canning Idk who has an ice cream machine at their house Her recipes are so full of sugar, butter, heavy cream and other ingredients that are so unhealthy I knew that from watching the show, but it always astounds me the amount of sugar and butter she uses I wish she had healthier recipes.
Glazed donuts Don t think I could do that many steps though Breakfast Orange sweet rolls Out of my capabilities I think though Lemon blueberry pancakesPerhaps Breakfast bread pudding, with bacon instead of sausage.
Fresh toast with berry butter Lunch best grilled cheese ever basic chicken salad Curried chicken pasta salad made with her basic chicken salad recipe Spicy grilled vegetable panini but there was no alternative for a panini press Sloppy joes Beef and bean burritos Soup chicken tortilla soup Chicken and noodles Starters, party food, and drinks Grilled corn guacamole Restaurant style salsa Caprese salad Fried mozzarella Cherry limeade Watermelon granita Pasta and pizza maybe Chicken Parmesan Fancy Mac and cheese Pasta with pesto cream sauce Pasta with tomato cream sauce Supper fried chicken tacos Summer stir fry without the shrimp White chicken enchiladas Ranch style chicken without grilling the chicken Sides Twice baked new potatoes Panfried spinach using her instructions for panfried kale Crash hot potatoes Green bean casserole Roasted cauliflower Corn casserole with peppers Whiskey glazed carrots without whiskey Perfect potatoes au gratin Buttered rosemary rolls Sweets apple dumplings Citrus butter cookies Apple Brown Betty Bananas foster without rum Knock you naked brownies Blackberry chip ice cream get an ice cream maker Vanilla bean ice cream ditto Malted milk chocolate chip cookies can be made with coffee ice cream recipe 3 I m also including your family.
This is the second cookbook from Ree Drummond, also popularly known as The Pioneer Woman If you re not familiar with Ree and her Pioneer Woman website where have you been, she was a city girl living the fast paced life when on her way from L.
A to Chicago, made a pit stop in her hometown in Oklahoma where she met a cowboy, fell in love, had babies and now lives happily ever after on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma No really That s what happened You can read all about her sweet story in her memoir titled The Pioneer Woman Black Heels to Tractor Wheels a Love Story or just visit her website and read all about her there Anyway, while living on an fairly isolated ranch in the middle of Oklahoma, busy raising four children, tending their home, cooking for the ranch hands, etc Ree started a blog where she posted photographs of and wrote anecdotes about ranch life, her family, gardening, photography and of course, cooking Her popularity grew exponentially and she s now practically a household name Okay, maybe that s a slight exaggeration, but A LOT of people all over the country know who she is And that s the dish on Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman Ree has a wonderfully friendly way about her narration that shines through on both her website and in this cookbook It s a comfortable friendliness that makes you feel as though you re sharing recipes and daily anecdotes about your families with a close friend She has a fun sense of humor and an appreciation for hard work, good food and the love of family and friends and it all shows in her cookbooks and on her website As for the recipes, The Pioneer Woman Cooks Recipes From My Frontier focuses a lot on the food including many detailed step by step photos and a bit less on Ree s family and life on the ranch compared to her first cookbook If you already read her website and or have read her first cookbook, you probably already feel as though you know Ree and you ll enjoy getting right into the kitchen and cooking up some of her mouthwatering recipes It IS a cookbook, after all If you re not familiar with Ree, don t worry You re still going to love Ree s recipes and end up wishing YOU lived on a cattle ranch Or maybe not that last part Initially I bookmarked only one recipe to make from this cookbook, but after flipping through it again, I found a few Like Ree s first cookbook, there are a lot of recipes in this one that I won t likely prepare because the foods are fried or contain a lot of cheese and cream Unless you re burning tons of calories wrestling cattle every day, these recipes are too high in calories for every day meals Perhaps I d make an exception for some of the desserts such as Billie s Italian Cream Cake, the Coffee Cream Cake or even the Knock You Naked Brownies Mmmm The one recipe that I definitely want to try is the Peach Basil Ice Cream Topping A bit unusual, I know, but it sounds ultra refreshing, summery and delicious Other recipes that I ve bookmarked are Restaurant Style Salsa, Steakhouse Pizza, Thai Chicken Pizza, Fig Prosciutto Pizza and Carnitas Pizza Can you tell I like pizza Vegetarians beware Ree lives on a cattle ranch, so the recipes call for a lot of meat, eggs and dairy products and may not appeal to vegetarians, vegans or others with allergies and or a gluten intolerance.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks Food From My Frontier is a must for fans of The Pioneer Woman and anyone else who loves tempting, home cooked, comfort foods.
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