I have a new source of inspiration who has brought me back to the Food Network which was sorely in need of some “real” people in the kitchen.
I had grown so weary of Paula Deen with her teeth-grating cackle and the requisite “y’all” between every second word. Hey, I love Southern talk but let’s not beat it to death. Plus her recipes are so over the top I’d given up trying them. Couldn’t even sell her cookbooks at a garage sale!
Then, along comes a fresh face under the catch phrase “Pioneer Woman Cooks.” Her name is Ree Drummond and her recipes are something that will please family members from toddlers to their great grandmothers.
When I watched her make her fabulous pot roast last weekend I couldn’t wait to get to the store to pick up the ingredients. It was the first time I’ve actually succeeded at a new recipe! (My family is going to be so happy.) It will appear on my table for every family gathering for the rest of my life.
What I like about Ree is that she gives you all these little tips most chefs think you already know. Her website shows step by step what she does to produce mouth watering “real” food. I also wanted to make her simple but scrumptious looking-blackberry cobbler, but I’m off sugar again. Drat.
Ree was a California girl who married a rancher in Texas and he carted her all to the wilderness where she has thrived. Move over Paula, you’re yesterday’s news.
Here’s how she describes herself: “I’m a desperate housewife. I live in the country. I channel Lucille Ball, Vivien Leigh, and Ethel Merman. Welcome to my frontier!” You gotta love her!