Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Pioneer Woman, my Bud...

Those of you who follow my blog know that I met Ree, The Pioneer Woman, last year at a book signing and we became instant friends. We discussed Spanx after all and you can't help but be friends after a conversation of that nature!

She left out the reason for her spanx though. I assumed it had something to do with having children, growing older, gravity and such things. I now know that it has to do with the absurd amounts of butter in her recipes. And cream. Heavy cream.

I must admit that I've only made three of her recipes, although I've read her book cover to cover many times. I like to read cookbooks, but I'm not much for cooking out of them. Never made a single recipe from my Farm Chicks books, and although I have 30 Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, I've only made about five recipes.
I don't make a recipe unless it's tried and true by someone I know, has a beautiful picture, and doesn't have weird ingredients. My friend Lynda and my SIL Meagan try new recipes all the time and they turn out wonderfully, but I'm just not that brave.

Anyway, back to PW. I ventured out of my comfort zone and made her mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving and I must say they were the Best Mashed Potatoes I've ever had!!! But I haven't tried anything since, although the book keeps opening to the cinnamon roll recipe! But when I was at Haggen on Friday I picked up some Rib-eye steaks with her recipe in mind. So last night I made her rib-eye's with whiskey onion sauce. But I didn't have whisky so I used brandy.

Holy Moly!!!!!!! This sauce is amazing!!!!! And full of butter. And heavy cream. And you cook the steaks in butter. We went through many napkins, what with all the drooling!

After dinner I was looking through her cookbook and came across her Maple Pecan Scones. It used half and half, but I had cream that had to be used up, so I substituted. And I don't like maple so I used almond flavoring. And there was butter involved. And the frosting had butter too, but it also called for whole milk, which is almost like cream, so I used that instead.Now I know why she wears spanx, and that I will be wearing them too. ASAP!!!

To top off the evening I finished her new book! I tried to read it slowly so I could drag it out and savor it, but that lasted one night! This book is so good! and funny!!! and steamy, but not revealing!!!! Still, I couldn't read it in broad daylight!! Had to wait til night, when it was dark and romantic!!! Should have lit a candle!!!!

And all of a sudden it was finished. done. kaput. Sadness enveloped the room. I hope she's writing a sequel. In the meantime I have scones. And I bought my own copy so I can read it over and over again!


  1. Isn't it fun to read cookbooks like novels? Glad to know I'm not the only one who does that! You should try her comfort meatballs along with the mashed potatoes. Divine!!!

  2. You're so funny! The only recipe book I actually use is my old Better Homes & Garden, it is stained with torn pages, but I would never part with it.

  3. I have made a couple recipes out her the PW cook book but not the scones yet and I do like maple so someday...And the Farm Chicks I have made more out of it and you can safely make the breakfast casserole. It is a keeper! I enjoy reading and collecting recipe books also but I usually make 2 or 3 recipes out of them when I first get a new one then they get shuffled around a while before I open them again. Good to see a new post from you. Thanks for sharing!
    P.S. Our library did not have any of the Waltons dvd's. Very bummed, have been on my NetFlex list forever and they still are not available. Think I'm gonna have to buy them. Have a good week!

  4. So, first I will borrow you book and Yes please, pass the scones!!

  5. I have made quite a few of her them all.

    I'm just started in her new book. So far I love it!

  6. Hi Holly, Just stopping by to say thanks for stopping by....I forget to come over to answer your sweet comments sometimes. I always forget your set up as no reply and I forget to answer your questions. I will try to be a better blogger friend. For some reason I hit reply and quick type a note back to you and my email system does not let me know it is just hanging out there in space. Have a great weekend Holly!

  7. Oh gosh, makes me wish I owned these books, and makes me wish I was eating those steaks with that sauce. YUM!

  8. I need to buy that book, I've heard so much about it! I too love old-fashioned living-- I'd love for you to stop by my blog!!