Home Sweet Home! by The Pioneer Woman

I hope you’ve all been doing well, staying safe, and (hopefully) getting back to some glimpse of normal. I know normal is a relative term, and I swear, I still have moments where I am hit with this strong “What just happened?!?” feeling regarding the past couple of months. What a time. I hope things […]

I hope you’ve all been doing well, staying safe, and (hopefully) getting back to some glimpse of normal. I know normal is a relative term, and I swear, I still have moments where I am hit with this strong “What just happened?!?” feeling regarding the past couple of months. What a time. I hope things continue to get better—for you, for your family, for the world.

 
On the ranch, the kids and I are going to continue to shoot our own shows for awhile. My regular film crew is from the UK, and since they aren’t unable to travel this way just yet, we are filming all the footage ourselves and they are putting the shows together for us. A perfect partnership for the time we’re in! We look forward to the day we can all be together again.

We’re calling this continuing series “The Pioneer Woman: Home Sweet Home,” and this Saturday is episode #2! Our first five episodes were called “Staying Home” and we thought it was time to give them a new name as we move into the next stage we’re in…however long it lasts.

 
I’m so lucky to have Alex to help me…

 
As well as Paige.

A bright spot has been spending time with my girls!

 
This Saturday’s episode is a fun one.

 
I make a Dutch Baby, which is in my recent cookbook. It kind of turns out okay, but the oven was too hot and it wasn’t as poufy as I wanted it to be…but there’s no reshooting with these episodes!

 
I also make granola in a skillet, which only take a few minutes. Granola is a weakness of mine—among four hundred other weaknesses, so it’s in good company.

 
I make this internet sensation of a sandwich for Ladd—and I didn’t practice beforehand.

 
“No matter what happens, no one in this room give me a hard time. I’ve never made this before.”

 
This photo cracks me up. You’ll have to tune in to see what preceded it!

 
Have you heard of Dalgona Coffee? I made it for the first time, too!

 
It is…AMAZING (all caps, that’s how good it is.)

 
Yummy!

I hope you are still enjoying the shows the kids and I are shooting. They may be a little silly at times, but they very accurately depict what things are like in our kitchen, our lives, our daily routine. It’s nice to just start cooking and see what happens–the good, the bad, and the tasty.

“The Pioneer Woman: Home Sweet Home” is on Food Network at 10:00 am Eastern/9 center Saturday morning.

Love to all of you!

Staying Home: Episode 5 by The Pioneer Woman

There’s a new episode of “Staying Home” on today (Saturday morning!) It’s the fifth kid-shot episode, and three of my kids (plus my nephew) are behind the cameras!   When I say “cameras” I mean “iPhones!” It’s amazing what they can do these days.   I remember getting a Kodak Disk camera when I was […]

There’s a new episode of “Staying Home” on today (Saturday morning!) It’s the fifth kid-shot episode, and three of my kids (plus my nephew) are behind the cameras!

 
When I say “cameras” I mean “iPhones!” It’s amazing what they can do these days.

 
I remember getting a Kodak Disk camera when I was in sixth or seventh grade, so I still have an old fashioned perspective on photography.

Raise your hand if you had one!

 
Paige and Alex usually alternate filming with the main camera, which is the one that I speak directly to.

 
Stuart helps with the wide shot, which captures most of the kitchen and everything happening in the periphery. It’s nice to cut to here and there, so the show doesn’t get too monotonous, visually. Stu (and Mauricio, Alex’s boyfriend) also operate the Go Pros, which are mounted up high in a couple of places in the kitchen—they sort of have a security camera feel, but are nice to have in case Todd scares me with a fake snake and Alex doesn’t catch it on the main camera.

 
The fake snake happens on today’s show, by the way—which is why I’m sort of punching Todd in this photo.

 
Duke is head of production. He oversees all the table scraps.

 
And the food today is GLORIOUS! This is broccoli-cheese orzotto, a cross between orzo and risotto. The kids loved it, man!

 
And this is a smoothie bowl, which has a pineapple whip base…and in no universe could this pass as a healthy snack, but that’s okay.

I hope you enjoy this morning’s episode. The kids and I had lots of fun shooting it.

 
And I hope you would like to see more…because the kids and I are officially shooting ten more!

I’m going to go take my vitamins…

Staying Home: Episode 3! by The Pioneer Woman

Thank you all for checking out my new, dramatic (not really) miniseries on Food Network, and for sharing your feedback with me! The kids and I are still filming away and having fun, and Staying Home: Episode 3 airs this Saturday morning. (That’s tomorrow, if you’re reading this on Friday!) Here are some pics from […]

Thank you all for checking out my new, dramatic (not really) miniseries on Food Network, and for sharing your feedback with me! The kids and I are still filming away and having fun, and Staying Home: Episode 3 airs this Saturday morning. (That’s tomorrow, if you’re reading this on Friday!)

Here are some pics from tomorrow’s show.

 
Paige has been doing a great job! She’s very efficient and keeps us all on track so we don’t film until midnight. I try to embarrass her by being strange on camera.

I succeed.

 
My nephew Stu (that’s my brother Doug’s son) helped with this show again, and he’s a fun guy (not to be confused with fungi—Stu doesn’t like mushrooms) to have around.

 
So committed to your craft, Stu!

 
Alex (and Mauricio, not pictured because he took all the pictures!) were along for the ride. We had a blast! I wish we weren’t in our current circumstances, but one bright spot is that we’ve all been able to spend more time together.

 
These shows are unscripted, largely unplanned apart from the recipes, and it’s kind of fun just to roll the cameras, cook, and hope it all works. Sometimes it doesn’t!

 
You’ll see this on tomorrow’s show: Stu took this photo right before hot water sloshed out of the pasta pot, and right before my pepper grinder fell apart as I was using it…and well, at least I can say I tried. I may have accidentally said a colorful word, but I’m not sure if that will make it on the show or not. If it does…sorry, Mom. 🙂

Staying Home: Episode 3 airs on Food Network Saturday morning at 10 am Eastern/9 Central!

Hope you enjoy, and I hope you’re all doing well and staying safe!

Lots of love,
Ree Ree

“Staying Home” Episode 2! by The Pioneer Woman

After a week with a regular episode (it was filmed back in January), tomorrow we’re going back to my self-shot “Staying Home” series on Food Network! If you caught my first one, you know the drill: Because my regular crew is in England and isn’t able to travel to Oklahoma right now, my kids and […]

After a week with a regular episode (it was filmed back in January), tomorrow we’re going back to my self-shot “Staying Home” series on Food Network! If you caught my first one, you know the drill: Because my regular crew is in England and isn’t able to travel to Oklahoma right now, my kids and I have been shooting shows ourselves. Saturday’s episode will be the second. We filmed it…like ten days ago! Quick turnaround, man.

It’ll be on Food Network Saturday morning (that’s tomorrow) at 10am/9c!

 
For this episode, my brave crew consisted of Alex, Paige, my nephew Stuart, and Alex’s friend Mauricio. We have all been holing up together for the past six weeks, and while they all have their various remote work and school responsibilities, they have been glad to help me with this crazy-fun project, which has allowed me to continue with somewhat of a routine that forces me to shower, put on makeup, and brush my hair. Without this, the spiral downward would have been steep and swift.

 
 
In this episode, I’m transforming canned soup, making a homemade taco that will rock your world, and making a fancy dessert with the most un-fancy ingredients you’ve ever seen. And the kids are behind the wheel!

 
 
I mean…behind the camera.

 
 
It’s amazing what can be done with an iPhone and a hand-held gimbal these days. Our great-grandparents would be astounded!

Also, I catch a spoon on fire in this episode. You can’t make this stuff up. My great-grandmother would shake her head.

 
 
I know I won’t have these turkeys at home forever, and I know (I should say hope) that things will get back to normal soon. But for now, for this moment, I am cherishing this crazy, unplanned time with my family and enjoying seeing how much they have all grown up.

 
 
This photo will make much more sense when you see the episode. 🙂

I hope you’re all doing well! I hope you’re safe and are getting through the isolation okay. May things get better very soon!

 
 
Here’s a photo of Ladd burning grass around the Lodge last week. I’m glad he knows what he’s doing.

 
 
And here’s a photo of Fred to make you smile.

The dogs are loving all the family being home!

Lots and lots of love,
Reester

Old Buds, New Shows! by The Pioneer Woman

If you have been reading my website since the dark ages you already know this, but some of you may not: Almost exactly nine years ago, I beat Bobby Flay in a Thanksgiving dinner-themed episode of “Throwdown.” I have always emphasized that he sorta lost on a technicality (he chose to make Brussels sprouts INSTEAD […]

If you have been reading my website since the dark ages you already know this, but some of you may not: Almost exactly nine years ago, I beat Bobby Flay in a Thanksgiving dinner-themed episode of “Throwdown.” I have always emphasized that he sorta lost on a technicality (he chose to make Brussels sprouts INSTEAD of mashed potatoes, and you don’t pull something like that with Oklahoma judges and get away with it.) Anyway, I was lucky that day and therefore decided to retire from ever taking on Bobby Flay in a cooking competition again. Not to be unnecessarily self-deprecating, but…yeah.

 
I did not, however, retire from being Bobby’s friend—and tonight I’ll be on a new episode of “Beat Bobby Flay.” My purpose on the show was to help/advise a culinary competitor in their effort to beat Bobby in a head-to-head contest…though I have to say, I found that premise a little difficult since I like the dude so much. 😊 Still, I tried…and it’s a very fun episode! It’ll be on Food Network tonight at 10 Eastern/9 Central. Hope you enjoy it!

 
And speaking of the teevee, new episodes of my regular show on Food Network are going on every Saturday morning! This Saturday’s episode is one of six “Quick and Easy” shows I shot back in May when I truly was in survival mode (not to be dramatic) with kids’ schedules, my schedule, Ladd’s schedule, and a million other factors. I thought it would be smart to film a “miniseries” of episodes that are all about super quick recipes; I think you’ll like the choices! When these episodes are done, it’ll be back to your regularly scheduled P-Dub programming. 🙂

I hope you’ve all had a great (short) week!

Love,
PW