Pioneer Woman Cooking

The Pioneer Woman If you've never heard of the Pioneer Woman, you've been missing out.  Miss out no longer because here's the scoop: Ree Drummond, otherwise known as the Pioneer Woman, lives in Oklahoma on a cattle ranch and loves to cook.  Originally from Los Angeles, this city dweller ended up marrying a cowboy and settling down on a farm.  She has been blogging about her ranch experiences and cooking adventures on her website since 2005. 

 
She recently collected her favorite recipes and published them in her first book, The Pioneer Woman Cooks - Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl.  The cookbook includes colorful pictures and step-by-step instructions for each recipe.  It's perfect for people who aren't well-versed in cooking or who like to see what a new recipe will look like at various stages.  It's also perfect for people who love delicious recipes.  Hands up if you belong to any of these groups!  Many of the ingredients aren't fancy or extravagant.  They're basic staples most people have on hand already.  You'll also find colorful snapshots and fun stories about ranch life nestled between the recipes.
 
The staff at the Atascocita library decided to test-drive a few recipes and report back on our findings.  We tried six dishes from the book:
 
Mac & Cheese (pg. 96)
PW's Creamy Mashed Potatoes (pg. 146)
Comfort Meatballs (pg. 172)
Olive Cheese Bread (pg. 206)
Patsy's Blackberry Cobbler (pg. 212)
Chocolate Sheet Cake (pg. 218)
 
The macaroni and cheese was smooth and flavorful.  The mashed potatoes were light and creamy, just as the name suggests.  The meatballs were hearty with the perfect amount of seasoning.  The cheese bread was zesty with a nice kick of flavor.  The cobbler was sweet and fresh.  And the sheet cake was rich and tempting. 
 
We thoroughly enjoyed trying out each dish and concluded that these recipes were outrageously delicious.  The only drawback we found was the preparation time.  Several of the recipes included prep times that did not match up with our cooking experiences.  A time of twenty minutes turned into forty minutes in the kitchen.  Don't let that deter you though.  This food is worth the time it takes! 
 
Why not round up a group of friends, family, or guests and have your own Pioneer dinner this week?  Check out a copy today and get cooking!