Showing posts with label pioneer woman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pioneer woman. Show all posts

Thursday, April 19, 2012

oh, pioneer woman, how i love thee.

I've been waiting my whole life for this recipe. or at least, the last 6 months when i set out to find the best chicken salad out there. and of course, P-Dub, as she call herself - IT IS HANDWRITTEN IN MY COOKBOOK! - has done it again (like in 2008). the recipe calls for red and green grapes, but i used raisins instead of the red ones. chewy texture = awesome. i also used just cooked chicken breasts instead of a fryer and subbed plain yogurt for the sour cream (which she suggests in her newest cookbook)....and i added dill at the end. i can't remember if that was in the recipe or not, but it was yum, so try it.

here you go, and your welcome.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

make my mouth sing

have i mentioned how much i love the pioneer woman? i do! i do! she is amazing, no? my momma brought me nearly 100 jalapenos and i just didn't know what to do with them until i remembered about this recipe from 2008, i think.

bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers

so i scrolled through my 2010 PW cookbook and they were there, too, only with a new twist - bbq bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers. 

seriously. freakin' bbq bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers!

anyway, they are super easy to make and just about the best thing on earth - they will make your mouth sing.

but, don't do like i did and scarf down about 8 and then try to run 3 miles. i could barely get to 2 and then i'm pretty sure something on the inside just dissolved out of shear jumbled-up spiciness.

anyway, here's the deets.

8 oz. cream cheese
shredded cheddar
snipped green onion

mix all together, very well. i used my stand and just let it beat for 5-6 minutes so it whipped the green onion around in all the cream cheese glory. have i also mentioned how much i love cream cheese? yeah.

while that is mixing, slice your jalapenos, length-wise, right down the middle. carefully scrape out all the white fleshy stuff and all the seeds. i like mine to be spicy so i leave in some of the seeds, but do whatever you like.

next fill each jalapeno boat with the cream cheese mixture and lay each on a rimmed baking sheet (or glass dish). after each one is filled, start your bacon wrapping.

i slice a pound of bacon in half and used one 1/2 slice for each popper. it really depends on your bacon, but i was able to have enough to wrap 30 poppers (also about how much the cream cheese mixture will fill unless you double the recipe)

wrap each one loosely. if you wrap them too tight the cream cheese doesn't have room to expand and it oozes out anywhere it can find and you end up having poppers that taste good, but look a mess. and all the lady-folk know how much presentation, counts, yes?

anyway, wrap your poppers and slather a little bbq sauce on each one before putting them in the oven. sweet baby ray's is our go-to sauce. and i haven't found anything as good. wait, i take that back. when we lived in jacksonville, you could buy pat's ho-made sauce at the local publix. pat's ho-made sauce, isn't that awesome? i bought it for the title, alone, but it turned out to be really good,t oo.
bake in the oven at 300 for an hour.

eat. up. ...and if you like challenges, try to eat just one.

Monday, February 28, 2011

And Then, I Totally Met Pioneer Woman.

On Friday, my MIL and I skipped town to head to St. Louis for a girl's weekend with my SIL, Danielle, who just moved there with her family. (Our other SIL Macy was also supposed to come, but ended up having to move to a new apartment in Lexington. Booo.)

Our agenda was simple: Lots of shopping, lots of good food, life-altering cupcakes, no kids, and meeting the Pioneer Woman. The freaking Pioneer Woman!

We kicked off the Weekend of Awesomeness Saturday morning at the LDS Cannery. Canneries aren't really awesome, per se, but being prepared is awesome, no? (And if you don't know what a cannery is or why we Mormons go there, go here.) We were kind of in the way of a big group trying to can over 200 cans of food, so we got a few things and got out of there pretty fast.

Next up, shopping at Chesterfield Mall. All I have to say about that is, OMG. And...we did well.

On to the cupcakes. I found a link to this cupcake bar on-line several weeks ago. I've been craving good cupcakes for months, so this was a must-stop-shop.
It. Was. Amazing.

That's a picture of the actual cupcake we ate, Chocolate Thunder, taken by Cheryl. The outside is beautiful, but the inside is filled with chocolate ganache. Yeah. We even picked up a couple of cupcakes for the Pioneer Woman herself. (sealed from Jilly's of course)

Then, on to the main event. The book signing started at 6 and as we drove by at 4:30 we were shocked to find a line wrapped around the building. And we were a little scared, too, because it was freezing outside and we're not cold weather girls. Or wait-in-line-for-hours kind of girls, for that matter, so we almost threw out the whole thing. But, our cookbooks we're calling to be signed so we toughed it out.

It turned out to not be so bad. They let us inside after only 30 minutes and then we got to wait in chairs, which is awesome to a huge pregnant lady who'd been shopping for hours.

Ree spoke for just a few minutes and took some questions. She was sort of shaky and said that these events never get easier and that she was extremely nervous, which I thought was sort of sweet. Someone asked her how she comes up with her recipes, which I'd been wondering myself for quite some time, and turns out most of them are old family recipes from both her and her husband's family. Awwwww.

Speaking of husband, he was there, too. Marlboro Man himself was there and I felt kind of bad for him because lots of middle-aged desperates kind of stalked him out, after Ree went to a separate room to sign books, and then started taking pictures of him and with him and asking him to turn around so they could take pictures of his butt, which he did, and the whole thing was just weird. But, as I observed from afar, he seemed to oblige each fan and seemed really very sweet. But really, you would be too if your wife was bringing in over a million dollars a year from a blog. Yeah. Over a million bucks a year. Wowza. (And that estimate is from my own research. PW is far to classy to divulge such information. But, still. A million bucks.)

After waiting for an hour and a half, we finally got to meet Ree. She is very sweet and a lot tinier than you'd think from seeing her pictures on the Internet and considering how much butter she uses in her recipes. We should have asked her how she stays so thin...
She also has a sweet, demure sounding voice, which surprised me because the voice I had always imagined her with while reading her blog posts is much throatier and sarcastic.
She asked if I was going to have a baby, since it is quite obvious and the shirt I had on made it much more so, and I told her it was my fourth and asked if she had any tips for me (since she is also a mom of four) and she said that I wouldn't even notice this one. Ha, that is kind of what I thought. After awhile things just start to meld together. She was excited about our cupcake gifts and we talked about her Chicken Fried Steak, which I made last week and burned the gravy and coincidentally she just posted the recipe on her blog, today. I guess she felt bad that a fan burned the gravy and thought she should clarify exactly how to make it, just for me. :)

We were really glad we stayed after we met her. And then we realized that we were famished, so we headed to P.F. Chang's and waited an hour and didn't get to even sit down until 9:30. And then the rest of the night is sort of a blur. I pretty much died when we got back to Danielle's apartment.

The next day I felt like total crap. But, T-bone took good care of me when I got home and I'll post about that tomorrow...

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