As most of you know, I have now become one of the biggest Pioneer Woman fans there are. She’s funny, she’s real, she’s delightful, and she’s a middle child. I have a soft spot in my heart for middle children; they are the most neurotic….and the most fun! How could you not like that combination?
She’s also a heck of a cook and I love her recipes. Well, the ones I’ve made so far. None of them have yet to disappoint and I could kiss her straight on the lips for that! I mean, you know, not in THAT way, but in a ” you are a cooking guru” way. Anywhoo…
Now that I’ve tried quite a few recipes, I wanted to list them on here and tell you all the responses I’ve gotten from them. Here’s goes nothing:
Sigrid’s carrot cake: Made them in muffin form and served them to MIL when she came to visit. Response? She immediately called her “cooking guru” sister and raved about them. Mission accomplished.
Spicy roasted chicken legs: Decided to walk on the wild side and make these even though I hate too much spice and Hubby loves Hot sauce on everything. Response? Hubby licked his paws after eating them…and so did I. He didn’t even douse them with hot sauce!
PW’s best chocolate cake ever: Hubby and I HATE chocolate cake but Sonny Boy requested “choc-late” for his birthday so I had to oblige. Response? I ate 5 (cupcakes) in total, 2 without the frosting. Disgustingly delicious and even DH loved them. All of the guests at Sonny Boy’s party raved over them and I even saw one or two sucking the cake off of the cupcake liners.
Cinnamon rolls 101: I am a cinnamon roll junkie but I hate to make them at home. They never seem to come out the same. I decided to give these a try because, well, its PW’s recipe! Made some and took them down to the military base to share with my boys. Response? They all agreed that the buns were “way better” than Cinnabons, and for those guys, thats quite a compliment! I not only ate 2 at home before I left for my military weekend, I also ate a “middle bun” when I opened them up at the office. Oh Mama Pajama!
Apple dumplings: This was the first ever PW recipe I made. Oh lordy! To this day, these are my all-time favorite PW recipe! I didn’t have mountain dew so I used sprite but it was still to die for. Such an easy recipe and it produces such great results! Response? Hubby moaned with every bite and loved the combo of the dumplings and the vanilla ice cream I happened to have gotten on sale that week. I can’t wait to make them again! I even found a recipe for them to be made in the slow cooker. Stephanie, you are my new hero!
How to cook a steak: I have to admit, pan frying steaks used to scare me. Even after I had worked in the restaurant business and watched and learned how to make beur blanc sauce and hollandaise, I always somehow screw up a pan fried steak. I followed PW’s instructions and hope for the best. Response? Hubby fell in love with me all over again. He said “honey, you really are getting much better at this cooking thing!” I could make great cakes, cookies and pies until I turn blue, but for this mid-western boy, a perfectly cooked piece of meat is key to being a great cook. I’m expecting my new diamond necklace any day now.
Yogurt cream and berries: my most recent trial. I made the concoction last night and let it sit, like she told me to. I got some yummy grapes on sale yesterday, so I decided to give the cream a go with those. Response? Gulp Slurp Yum. So absolutely delicious! And so simple! The sweet cream with the tart green grapes was fabulous! I even shared some with Sonny Boy, who proclaimed an “mmmm!” with every cream covered grape I fed him. I’m dreading Hubby’s taste of it. It will probably be gone by the morning.
I can’t wait to try many more of her recipes, especially after the responses from the ones i’ve tried so far. Next up on the list? Pots de creme…or penne ala betsy…or french breakfast puffs…or chicken thighs in linguine…hmmm…too much thinking…I gotta go lay down now…