- Adriana Puckett
After marrying a rancher, former Los Angeles food snob and vegetarian Ree Drummond found herself in the Oklahama countryside as a ranch wife and mom to four kids, all with big, meat-loving appetites. She set out to “create delicious food - food that would allow me to tickle my cooking fancy, but still make the cowboys’ heart go pitter pat.” Drummond started a food blog called The Pioneer Woman, where she posted step-by-step directions to a number of delicious recipes, starting with “How to Cook a Steak.” Drummond’s mouthwatering recipes, combined with her witty comments and lovely photographs, skyrocketed in popularity, which led to her first book, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl.
I have made several recipes from her book and count it among my top 10 favorite cookbooks. Admittedly, they are not low-calorie but they are crowd pleasers. I especially love her Pico de Gallo, Bacon-wrapped meatloaf, and Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole. Each recipe is broken down into steps with accompanying pictures, so they are easy to make, even for the first time. Drummond has recently released another cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier and even has her own show on Food Network. If you haven’t discovered the Pioneer Woman yet, try one of her recipes. You’ll quickly be a big fan.