If you have never heard of the Pioneer Woman, aka Ree Drummond, what rock have you been living under? Just kidding. Most everyone knows who America's favorite Food Network sweetheart is. In fact, she is my favorite cook in the whole world (besides Julia Child) and she has been ever since she came on the scene many, many years ago.
The first time I ever heard of The Pioneer Woman was in our homeschool group. I had just started experimenting with cooking home-cooked meals in the kitchen and one of my friends suggested I check her blog out. I think this was in 2009. I immediately fell head over heels in love with her and her writing style.
The best part is that her food was real to me. It was easy to make, loved by all and had ingredients I could pronounce. One of my favorite recipes is the Pioneer Woman Lemon Bars.
Since that time, I have made many of her dishes and my family has done nothing but RAVE about how delicious everything tastes.
Pioneer Woman Cookbooks
Of course, if you really want to understand her way of cooking, just grab any one of her five cookbooks (and yes — I own them all) and get cooking just like her.
Of course, her website is chocked full of delicious recipes! The best thing though, if you want to know how her food tastes, is to take a visit to Pawhuska, OK, the hometown of the Pioneer Woman. Have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Mercantile.
But don't forget to get pizza at P-Town Pizza. I honestly think it is time for me to go back and have another visit to Pawhuska. Since I visited there last year, they have opened an ice cream shop, a steak house, and more. I need another Pioneer Woman fix!
Pioneer Woman Kitchenware
Of course, if you know anything about Ree Drummond, you know she loves her kitchenware and I own a lot of it. Every year, the family loads me up at birthdays, Christmas, Valentine's Day and more with all her cool kitchen gadgets and such.
Best Pioneer Woman Recipes
Without further ado, here are some of mine and my blogger friends' favorite Pioneer Woman recipes. Which recipe will you be making first?
This is the BEST Homemade Chicken Pot Pie recipe ever with a flaky crust, chunks of chicken, and rich gravy with veggies. It’s a meal that gets requested over and over at our house, especially for Sunday dinner. Pot pie is also a great way to use up leftover chicken or turkey after the holidays.
There is one solution when you are tired and need a day of television, a walk outside, and comfort food. That solution is Pioneer Woman’s Scalloped Potatoes and Ham. I have made a few scalloped potato recipes, and this one is my favorite because it is tried and tested, and it is decadently delicious.
Spaghetti, finely chopped veggies, lots of cheese and…. wait for it… canned condensed cream of chicken soup (yes, really). But don’t be afraid. Baked chicken spaghetti is the perfect batch cook recipe and the ULTIMATE in tasty comfort food!
"I never made a pie crust with eggs. I'm entering this for safekeeping till I try it. This makes 2 pie crusts, but if I'm going to the trouble to make pie crust, I'll make enough for 3 or 4 pies and freeze what I don't use."
It’s time for the one, the only: the Pioneer Woman chili recipe! This chili recipe is the one I recommend to home cooks who are new to the wonders of the chili bean recipe. It’s simple but flavorful, hearty but zesty, and combines all the parts of chili that everyone loves most in a truly satisfying beef chili recipe.