After visiting Pioneer Woman’s Ranch last month, I was determined to try out some of the beautiful and highly-touted recipes on her site. Before this single-mindedness set in, every time I’d get on her site I’d wander off in a completely divergent direction (taking notes in her photography section, laughing out loud at her ‘Confessions’ page or losing hours of my day reading her glorious tale of romance with Marlboro Man) and I’d, unconsciously, neglect the cooking section of her site.
Well, all that has changed. I am now a bona fide stalker of PW’s recipe section.
First I tried the Marinated Flank Steak, since flank steak is something I’ve been cooking since, well, since I could cook. But PW’s spin on it is outrageously delicious. Won’t be making flank steak the old way no’ mo’. Sorry Mom.
Next up was The Best Lasagna. Ever. PW’s words, not mine, but I’m now quite inclined to agree. So are my kids, who typically turn up their noses at most noodle recipes. The recipe makes a whole lotta food, but every last bit of leftovers got eaten up. Quite a triumph for any recipe in this house.
Then I tried something I’d long been missing. BBQ Meatballs. Now, I grew up in Atlanta, with a daddy that was born and raised in Alabama. We ate lots of good ol’ Southern comfort food. So when Chris and I married, him being from Texas and all, I assumed he’d have similar tastes. Not so. At least not where meatloaf and meatballs are concerned. I made
the mistake of preparing meatballs one time since we’ve been married. That was about six months into marital bliss, and I haven’t broached the subject since then. How I have missed them. But PW’s recipe changed all that. Not only does Chris actually dig this wickedly- addictive- comfort- food- in- a- ball, but the kids do, too.
And then last week I made PW’s Ginger Steak Salad. I knew I’d be pushing it, since my boys’ turn green at the sight of greens. But not this time. In fact, Dalton has asked me about this salad almost daily since it was served… when we’re going to have it again. My only recommendation for making this meal is that you double the salad dressing portion. It’s that good.
So last night I veered from making either an old standby or a new PW recipe, and tried a new, non-PW recipe. You’d have thought I put dog food on the table. One child after the other turned to me, fork in hand, with an excuse for why they didn’t want to eat it. Even my sweet Sophie, who likes mushrooms, broccoli and capers, said she didn’t like “this stuff”. What??
Thank goodness PW has a cookbook on the way.