The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Food From My Frontier
by Ree Drummond
Breakfast; Lunch; Soups; Starters, Party Food, and Drinks; Pasta and Pizza; Supper; Sides; Sweets; and Canning
I'm a big fan of Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman. If it weren't for her then I never would have discovered food blogs, much less started one of my own. Several years ago I was on a forum for bath and body products and someone mentioned The Pioneer Woman's site. Out of curiosity I clicked on the link to her site and instantly fell in love.
I credit Ree with my discovery of food blogs. Prior to clicking on her site I never even knew food blogs existed. For years I had been alone in my love for food and cooking and suddenly a whole new door opened. I became obsessed with food blogs and eventually I told myself that I could write one of my own. The rest, as they say, is history.
I really enjoy following Ree along on her journey, whether it's on her blog or on her new Food Network show. I enjoy everything she shares whether it's the footage of her ranch life, her kids, or her food. I enjoy her personality and the fact that she doesn't take herself too seriously. I think she's a real class act and I'm happy for her. She's really carved out a wonderful career for herself.
I think The Pioneer Woman Cooks is a great book for any food blogger, but mostly I think this is a great book for the family cook. There are so many wonderful recipes to feed your family in this book. To be honest, I'm a little embarrassed to tell you how many recipes I have bookmarked.
I'd like to cook almost every recipe in Ree's new book, but here are the ones I managed to do so far.
First up are Ree's Make-Ahead Muffin Melts
, which I wrote about o
n this post. These little muffin melts are genius! It's basically a make ahead egg spread that can be pulled out of the fridge in the morning, smeared on an English muffin, and broiled until hot and bubbly in mere minutes. A very quick and tasty way to have a nice hot breakfast in the morning. The best part? You can customize these to suit your tastes.
Next up I chose Ree's Tequila Lime Chicken
to serve alongside her Mexican Rice
. Ree's Tequila Lime Chicken is marinated in a mixture of lime juice, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, olive oil and tequila. The chicken is tender and flavorful and pairs so well with refried black beans, Mexican rice, and some corn tortillas. My family really enjoyed this meal.
Tequila Lime Chicken
by Ree Drummond
Makes 6 portions
5 garlic cloves, peeled
1 jalapeno, sliced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
5 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup tequila
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Optional for serving:
pico de gallo
Refried black beans (heat two 14.5 ounce cans of black beans in a saucepan, then mash slightly)
Mexican Rice (recipe to follow)
Warmed flour or corn tortillas
Grated Monterey Jack cheese
Slice open the limes and squeeze the juice into a food processor or blender. Add the garlic cloves, jalapeno slices, cilantro, kosher salt, olive oil, and tequila. Blend the mixture until totally pureed. Then add the chicken breasts to a large plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Seal the bag and marinate in the fridge for several hours or overnight. Remove the chicken from the bag and grill it over medium-high heat. Rotate the chicken 45 degrees on both sides to create nice grill marks, and continue grilling until the chicken is cooked thoroughly, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
Slice the chicken and serve it on a plate topped with pico de gallo and a jalapeno slice, surrounded by refried black beans, Mexican Rice, rolled-up warmed tortillas, and a couple of lime wedges. You can also add some avocado slices, some sour cream...load it up!
by Ree Drummond
Makes a huge amount; enough for two dinners*
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups long-grain rice
One 10-ounce can Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles
One 14.5 ounce can whole tomatoes
1 teaspoons ground cumin, or more to taste
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 to 3 cups chicken broth
Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and add the rice. Cook over low heat for 3 minutes, stirring constantly to make sure the rice doesn't burn. Add the Rotel, whole tomatoes, cumin, cayenne, and salt. Stir to combine and cook for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups of the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes more, or until the rice is done. Add more liquid as needed; the rice shouldn't be sticky.
Just before serving, sprinkle lots of freshly chopped cilantro over the top
*Note: This recipe easily makes enough rice for two full meals. Plan accordingly.
Recipes I have bookmarked to make: Carnitas Pizza; BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas; Fried Chicken Tacos; Peach Whiskey Chicken; Apricot Shrimp Skewers; Pork Chops with Apples & Grits; and Honey-Plum Soy Chicken...just to name a few!