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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pioneer Woman by Dana

 If you have not heard about Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, you might just want to go to her website, She has also written her biography, “The Pioneer Woman: black heels to tractor wheels” and a cookbook, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: recipes from an accidental country girl.”

Drummond is a married mother of four who started a blog that has grown into a website full of information. She has also been on many shows cooking and has been busy traveling for book signings.

In her biography, Drummond relates the real life story of how she met and married her “Marlboro Man.”  It is filled with stories about her husband, family and country living and tells a colorful story about life on an Oklahoma ranch.

In her cookbook, Drummond describes the isolation and peculiarities of an Oklahoman ranch life, from “chasing beavers out of the pond and saddling horses, to cooking for a man who believes the sun rises and sets in a steak and baked potato.”  It includes mouthwatering Oklahoma recipes like cowboy calzones, pioneer woman’s rib eye steaks, cheese grits, fresh blackberry cobbler, pico de gallo and Iny’s prune cake.

I have personally made the chicken spaghetti and it is delicious! I met her at a book signing and was able to watch the way she interacted with all the people who wanted to meet her and take a picture with her.  It was refreshing to see how much time she took with each person and how special she made them feel.  And, the way she shares her life on numerous topics on her website makes you feel like you know her and bring a smile to your face.

So if you haven’t heard about her, do yourself a favor and check out her books and website.

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