Cookbook Club with the Pioneer Woman Come and Get it | FaVe Mom (2024)

Reviewing the Pioneer Woman Come and Get it, taught me more about the universality of the human condition than any of our other cookbooks. Its choice, its recipes and our club members response to it made me realize that no matter the person, sometimes it all comes down to, “the human condition is the same for everybody” Pioneer Woman, you, me, the working mom, the new mom, the busy dad –we all have to make dinner everyday and ultimately skill and training won’t matter.

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Our host this month was B. She is our resident pastry chef. She doesn’t practice her trade directly anymore. She directs the education of others now. As a club we always want her take on cookbooks. We want that insight from someone who has a trained palate and knows what goes into a good recipe. When I made Julia Child’s rotisserie chicken and the recipe included boiling bacon first, B knew it was called “barding” . She explained the purpose and use of such a process (you can read it at— the boiling part is at the end). I will never boil bacon again but now it doesn’t seem that ridiculous. Well, except in Better Off Dead

via GIPHY“You said you didn’t like your bacon fried, so I boiled it” (Better off Dead)

In our cookbook club, if you host you also get to choose the book to review (all the picks are on our Cookbook Club Pinterest Board). I was a bit dismayed to realize B really wanted to do a Pioneer Woman Cookbook. I don’t mind these cookbooks, but it seemed a bit too down home, blah, just plain-family-cooking to be the choice of a trained chef. But who am I to judge, perhaps the Pioneer Woman held more cooking expertise and creativity than I realized.

As our club began to meet for the evening, I were a small group, but that’s never a problem as many people make multiple dishes. The night’s servings would include:

  • Potato Chip Cookies
  • Milk Chocolate Mousse
  • Raosted Garlic Loaded Cheese Loaf
  • Thai Chicken Wraps
  • Chicken Drumsticks and 40 Cloves of Garlic Sheet Pan Supper
  • Mini Turkey Meatloaves
  • Meat Pies

On the whole everything was as advertised. Easy to make with a few grocery store quick items. The food was hearty and homestyle. Apart from the Potato Chip Cookies being too odd for repeated making, the rest of it was no surprises and no complaints. What struck me most were the things we all really cared about with these recipes.

Was it actually easy?
Would your kids eat this?
The spice is Oklahoma spice, so the kids can handle it right?
Did you make it in less than an hour?

We started off the evening asking B what she thought of the cookbook. She immediately launched into how she chose it because she wants family-friendly recipes that are quick and easy.

Wait? What?

The trained chef is looking for family-friendly recipes that are quick and easy? It totally makes sense, B just had her second child. Despite all her many accomplished qualities,she needs dinner on the table, fast, with little effort every day. Turns out I need that too. So the gap between SAHM and hard-working culinary artist is about a thread thick at 5:45pm and exhaustion has set in and McDonald’s has uber eats.

The reality is is that moms need to make dinner every night! Moms need to make dinner fast every night! And moms don’t want to think through the possibilities at 6:05 pm when the baby is crying, dad is chasing the potty trainer and stomaches are growling. (this too happens every day) Not even my great friend the trainer of chefs escapes the grind of dinner time. No parent does.

I feel just a bit better that I am not so creative at dinner time I must turn to recipes. Now that I know B does it too. I am not so weak and lacking in creativity. I am not unskilled. It’s just the reality that is daily grind at dinner time. I am not so different from B –well my kids are teens so I need to cook larger quantities.

We found some great kids friendly recipes in Pioneer Woman Come and Get It. The meat pies would go over great with just about any kids that like a pizza pocket. And the mini turkey meatloaves will be the love of every girl’s dinner plate who can’t help but coo at the sight of “baby [insertfood here}” Neither recipe is spicy and, of course, both are easy to make. And just like Pioneer Woman’s family a sheet pan of chicken drumsticks will be a hit, even if the seasoning could use a bit more, well..seasoning. But be prepared to fght your teens for the Garlic Cheese Loaf. It’s a 20 minute recipe that we disappear in 3 minutes flat. After you set it out, grab your chuck and prepare to only eat the crusts after that –there’s a reason it made the cover of the cookbook, TRUST ME.

So you, me, Pioneer Woman and B can just know that homemade food is great and we can all use a little kitchen hack to make dinner prep less mental labor and physical labor. So like Pioneer Woman said, Come and Get it.

Cookbook Club with the Pioneer Woman Come and Get it | FaVe Mom (2024)


Does the Pioneer Woman have a cookbook out? ›

Ree Drummond Launches Her New Cookbook, "Dinner's Ready!"

How many cookbooks has The Pioneer Woman written? ›

"I embraced it and ran with it and I'll always be so glad I did." Since then, Ree has released five more cookbooks, a memoir all about her love story with Ladd, and her latest book—Frontier Follies: Adventures in Marriage and Motherhood in the Middle of Nowhere.

Which chef Drummond wrote the pioneer woman cooks? ›

Anne Marie "Ree" Drummond (née Smith, born January 6, 1969) is an American blogger, author, food writer, and television personality. Drummond became known for her blog, The Pioneer Woman, which documented her life in rural Oklahoma.

What is the pioneer woman known for? ›

Ree Drummond is a blogger, photographer and celebrity chef who first grew a fanbase around her award-winning blog, The Pioneer Woman, which she launched in 2006. In her blog she shared what family life was like living on an Oklahoma ranch, and soon after began posting recipes with sophisticated food photography in tow.

Is Pioneer Woman a Mormon? ›

Ree Drummond addressed her critics — even if she was a bit long-winded doing so. In a video shared on Instagram, the Pioneer Woman star, 53, discussed a recent children's sermon she gave at her Christian church.

Is The Pioneer Woman a billionaire? ›

Ree Drummond, best known as Pioneer Woman, is a famous blogger, author and television personality from Bartlesville. Drummond's net worth is $50 million, according to

Is Pioneer Woman a trained chef? ›

Drummond did go to school, but not culinary school. She actually attended USC and majored in gerontology (via CheatSheet). She doesn't have any professional culinary training, and when she first started her blog, she was definitely a cook, not a chef.

How many dogs does The Pioneer Woman have? ›

Of course, Walter's fans are sharing their memories of the pup and offering condolences to the Drummond family. As of 2020, Ree Drummond's ranch was home to seven dogs: four basset hounds, two labs, and one German shepherd. Walter was the oldest in the pack. The family added a new member, Shelby, in June 2023.

Did The Pioneer Woman get divorced? ›

Ree and Ladd are still together and celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary in September 2022. In a tribute to her husband on Instagram, Ree wrote, “26 years ago, I was about to get pregnant with our first child,” adding, “Today, I'm about to get a colonoscopy. I love you, Ladd.”

Why is Ladd Drummond worth so much? ›

Ladd Drummond's net worth in 2024 dwarfs his wife's, coming in at an estimated $200 million, per Celebrity Net Worth. This is thanks to his massive land ownership, which Modern Farmer places in the top 100 in the United States, as well as the value of the cattle on his property.

What did Pioneer Woman do for their periods? ›

Until the late 1800s, most women opted for a DIY approach to menstrual products. Generally, women either made their own pads using spare fabrics, or accepted that their layers of undergarments would absorb the blood. Women had much fewer periods then and spent most of their years of menstruation pregnant.

What does The Pioneer Woman do with leftover food? ›

Ree Drummond is reclaiming kitchen scraps and transforming them into star dishes. Peels, stems and bones destined for the trash are instead turned into crispy Roasted Potato Peels, Stir Fried Broccoli Stems and an awesome all-purpose Overnight Chicken Broth.

What church does The Pioneer Woman attend? ›

Drummond and her family have been visiting Vail, Colorado for years, and have enjoyed many church services at the Vail Interfaith Chapel. In 2016, The Pioneer Woman shared a similar sentiment about her faith and her adoration for that specific church.

Does The Pioneer Woman really cook for her family? ›

But Drummond doesn't just cook for her husband and children and friends and family. On the contrary, she actually opened and owns her own restaurant in the small town of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, which was a big deal for Drummond.

Is The Pioneer Woman leaving Food Network? ›

Despite rumors circulating that Ree was looking toward starting a new chapter in her career, she has not made any official announcement about leaving Food Network. The beloved TV personality did make one huge change in her personal life — moving out of the home she raised her kids in.

What does Pioneer Woman eat for breakfast? ›

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In fact, The Pioneer Woman loves breakfast so much that she often makes breakfast for dinner for her family. And while you may envision her table loaded up with steak and eggs or her signature cinnamon rolls, her favorite breakfast food is actually migas.

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