Last Thursday I got to meet (I use that term VERY loosely) the very famous food blogger, the Pioneer Woman, aka Ree Drummond, aka Ann Marie Smith. If you know me, you know how much I love the Pioneer Woman. If you have read this blog for more than a day, you know how much I love the Pioneer Woman.
For the purpose of this blog post, I have counted all of the Pioneer Woman recipes that I’ve made. The grand total is around 20+. Honestly, I thought it’d be more. Although, I do try to branch out, I would say hers are the most concentrated in my collection.
Here are some Pioneer Woman recipes I’ve recapped in one way or another… sour cream pancakes, chicken tortilla soup, homemade pizza dough, cinnamon rolls, beef with snow peas, MM”s favorite sandwich, mocha silk pie, burgundy mushrooms, and bbq whiskey sliders. I’ve made plenty more of her recipes though, just didn’t share with you (shame on me)… corn and cheese chowder, cajun chicken pasta, sour cream noodle bake, 4-cheese pasta, blackberry cheesecake (ok – my mom actually made this one at my request), coffee cake, herb roasted whole chicken, white chicken enchiladas, creamed spinach, homemade ranch dressing, crash hot potatoes… I’m sure there’s more, but you get the idea.
I’ve been following the Pioneer Woman’s blog for about 4 years now and I love it for many reasons. First and foremost, the food. I love the step-by-step recipes and her witty writing in between. Secondly, I love the farm she lives on. It reminds me of going to the farm on the weekends and helping my dad with the cattle. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to help, but I can still remember my brothers and I doing a lot of the things she blogs about.
She recently came out with her second cookbook and announced her cookbook tour. As soon as Tulsa was placed on the list (I knew it would be, she’s from Oklahoma for crying out loud), I added it to my calendar.
So finally, the day (March 29) came and I took off work early to go stand in line with millions (ok, thousands. ok, hundreds) of her adoring fans at Cain’s Ballroom.
Luckily we didn’t have to wait outside very long, maybe an hour, which was nice because it was a humid 80° that day. When we got inside, it was a free-for-all to the folding chairs and everyone lined up in front of the stage. Here are my partners in crime…Linda, Devon, and Miranda.
And here’s me… Please ignore my bangs, I told you it was humid.
The wait wasn’t so bad because they were passing out samples of the food from the new cookbook and had a great band there to entertain us. I tried the mac and cheese (seen below – apologies for the blurriness), the sliders, and the meatballs. All were as great as you would expect from PDub.
Around 6, Ree (we’re on a first name basis now) came on stage and spoke for a bit. She had prepared a slide show of her life and even serenaded her dog Charlie. I took a video of the song, but I will spare her the embarrassment of posting it online.
After the presentation, people were called up in groups of a hundred to go wait in line to get your book signed and a pic. Luckily we were in the first group. We still waited 30-45 minutes, but it was totally worth it.
She was so sweet and could sign her name while posing for pics, quite the multi-tasker. Not that I would expect anything less. I got both of my cookbooks signed and I got this fantastic pic. Which brings me to my next thought, I think we might be long lost sisters. Or at least relatives. What do you think?