Whiskey makes everything better!

6 Dec

Juicy little patties simmered in a whiskey bbq sauce, toss in a few spicy jalapenos and a little bit of their juice for safe measure and you got yourself a sweet and spicy dinner. I must say I’m really enjoying The Pioneer Woman’s new cookbook, it’s full of delicious and simple recipes. Check out the Whiskey BBQ slider recipe below!

The Pioneer Woman’s BBQ Whiskey Sliders

Flexiable dough

30 Nov

I had some leftover dough hanging out in the fridge from the day before Thanksgiving. I had used it to make dinner rolls, so what else could I have done with them besides make delicious cinnamon rolls, heck according to Ree she uses it for anything and everything yeast based in her life. But for now just check out the “Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Roll” recipe in the Sweet section, you wont be disappointed!

-The Cluckin Cook

Book or Cook?

29 Nov

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I’ve taken some time to update a few things! I decided to do an “Egg Rating” to the bookworm section where I will be reviewing books and giving them a rating of 1-5. I’ve also posted a delicious recipe for pecan pie as well as updated some of the other recipes. So what will it be a new book, or are you going to try one of those delicious recipes? Your choice!

-The Cluckin Cook

Time of the turkey

29 Nov

Feeling comatose is a regular part of today. Having more food than you can handle is not a big deal today! Go with it, you deserve that extra slice of pecan pie. So how was your Thanksgiving, good, bad, did you see family you haven’t seen in a very long time, or were you introduced to a family for the first time? Either way Thanksgiving is a day where everyone should be able to relax and spend time with loved ones and rather you are joining the family or have been in this crazy circle of people for more years than you can count, it should be a great time to cherish! With that being said, I hope that you had a great day, turkey, family and all!

-The Cluckin Cook

A Pioneer Woman Thanksgiving

27 Nov

First things first, I would love to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!! It sure is busy around here and I’m not even the one hosting dinner! I decided that since my meet and greet with Ree ,that I sure would love to start cooking from my new cookbook! I’m in the middle of baking a Pecan Pie right now which is my absolute favorite pie and I hope that it keeps untouched until tomorrow. I made the cranberry sauce which I had to add quite a bit of sugar to it, which it didn’t call for but, phew those berries were too tart. I thought why not put the cranberry sauce in leftover canning jars I had and I’m going to tie orange ribbon around the neck of the can, I know how cute? I also made dough for the rolls i’m taking to both sets of families, they sure look good! So after they rise and the pecan pie is done I need to bake the rolls and get started on the caramel apple pie. Like I said busy, busy, busy, like a bee, so i’ll be sure to post pics of these delicious recipes which are based all on The Pioneer Woman’s new cookbook!!!! Have a great day tomorrow!

-The Cluckin Cook

*Starstruck*

26 Nov

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What a mess I was! My mother and I arrived in Cincinnati at Joseph Beth Booksellers, which if you’ve never been, is quite a beautiful bookstore, and has a great little Bistro (Bronte Bistro) inside. We parked, walked inside and I automatically see people with their new cookbooks, okay where do I go? I WANT MINE NOW! I see people checking out at a counter nearby, okay, that is where I need to be. I step in line and an older man with glasses who looks like he belongs there calls me over, I nervously say “I’m here to get my book for the book signing” (which I had pre-ordered months in advance, when the bookstore really didn’t have a clue that they were even having a book signing, I guess obsessiveness does get you places in life!) The man looks at me with a blank stare and says “What book? Were not having a book signing!” My heart sinks and my stomach begins to do barrel rolls, then he winks “You need to go back to information” ohh okay, because if not you were going to get a black eye, haha! I go back to information, my head held high and repeat to them “I’m here to pick my book up for the book signing.” they ask my last name and then say “Did you order your book a long time ago”, I reply back with “Yeah, months ago before it was even released.” (once again being on top of your game does get you places, like Line Letter “A”) They retrieve my copy and begin to tell us about the evening and then proceed to tell us about this awesome menu that the bistro has prepared from her cookbook for the signing, how cool is that? Mom and I trought over to the ladies rooms and then to the bisro, it was such the perfect setting! Posters of books and the menu was based on authors, it was a very cool atmosphere. Were seated and our waiter comes over and tells us the specials that day and one that caught my eye was “Chunky Tomato Gorgonzola” I must learn how to re-create this because it was **MIND BLOWING**. Mom and I sit there as we skim through my new book and check what time it is every 5 minutes, at this point i’m getting nervous. Were done eating around 5:00, we head to the car and get the gifts that we had bought Ree, we stopped and purchased ceramic snowmen measuring cups and caramel chocolates filled with peanuts. We walk back into the books store and at this point I cant even hold still, and if we did stop I just kept shifting my weight from one leg to another, back and fourth back and fourth. We find a bench and sit for a few minutes, mom probably thought I was about to lose it and sought my best interest to find a place to pop a squat. At 5:45 we get back up and decide to head back over in front of a stairwell, here Ree would be coming out to speak to everyone before the signing, by this point my heart is stampeding out of my chest, 5 till okay, I’m ready and I just keep staring at the staircase. 6:00 pm hits and a guy takes the stairs and stats rambling some mumbo jumbo for the 15th time that night, but I don’t care I’m here to see Ree and at that time he announces her. There she was, I covered my mouth and tears stung my eyes, why was I crying, because I was so damn overwhelmed. It’s like you know this person is real, you look up to them, have all their books and read about their life but to finally see the in person was so surreal! She was beautiful, she had Alex and Paige with her and she began talking and couldn’t believe the turnout because it was the week of Thanksgiving, hell that didn’t matter to us Ree! After a few short words and me pulling myself together we got in line, I was line letter “A” because once again I was on top my game so I was in the 1st group to go after the v.i.p members which held a memberships card there, as we get in line and make our way up the steps my heart is fluttering and I feel like at a point going up those steps I was going to fall backwards, we began to see Ree, Mom could not believe how stunning she was & she was. By the time I make my way up the stairs and I’m on the platform, in front of Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, my idol, the person I so very much would love to be like was sitting there in front of me with her cowboy boots on and her leggings and a burgundy crocheted top, she was carrying on conversation with people and a baby and was talking to Paige and Alex, this had to be a dream. A older lady steps toward me to take my books, it’s my turn. I step forward and I can muster up a “Hi Ree” and she seen my gifts as I sat them down and says “ohh snacks” She begins signing my books and I leaned down for a picture with her! I was so nervous my face was trembling and I couldn’t even form a normal smile, gosh what is wrong with me? After the picture I ask her “What would be a great substitute for rib loin roast” she goes “beef or pork” I reply back with a mousey “beef” she said “sirloin, a tenderloin and slice it up really thinly after it’s cooked, or you could ask your butcher if they have a special or something like that going on” I nod and say “Okay and thank you so much” she smiled and waved and told me to enjoy. There I had it, Starstruck through and through! I must say she is a wonderful person, she was just as sweet and outgoing in person as she is on tv, that’s her, that’s Ree Drummond, my idol and i’m so glad that I can still call her that!!!

The Pioneer Woman

24 Nov

Would you believe that I actually sucked at cooking not that long ago? It’s true, when my husband and I started dating 8 years ago, I burnt things, even things that should never be burnt, like overcooking things in a crockpot until they actually burn, how does that even happen? I know that is what your wondering, and even though i’m still not the greatest, I’ve improved so much and can actually prepare pretty good dishes. But I would not have learned a lot of things until I found “The Pioneer Woman” She has taught me so much about cooking and that it doesn’t have to be all that complicated to be delicious and enjoyable!! So with that in mind, I’m going to meet her tomorrow in Cincinnati, which is about a 3 hour drive, but it’s so worth it. I’m going to be paralyzed with fear and nervousness, what should I say? What should I ask her? Would a hug be to much? I’m leaving around 11am and my mom is going along with me, which my mom is my opposite, doesn’t enjoy cooking and baking 24/7 like I do, but she is taking me as a early birthday gift, which may be the best present EVER! So be sure to watch updates for pictures and how the whole shebang goes down. Wish me luck!

-The Cluckin Cook

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

24 Nov

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Do you like sweets as much as I do? Well today I decided to make my husband a delicious and very peanutty and chocolatey pie, that is beyond words! It wont last long if you’ve got a sweet tooth! So go ahead give it a whirl and let me know what you think!

- The Cluckin Cook

The Best and Easiest Pizza Crust EVER!

21 Nov

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This is by far the best and most delicious pizza crust that I have ever ate, And it’s so easy to do at home we have it at least once a week. Most of my recipes I use or from www.thepioneerwoman.com so you can check it out there or follow below!

◾1 teaspoon (SCANT) Active Dry Yeast
◾3/4 cups Warm Water
◾2 cups All-purpose Flour
◾3/4 teaspoons Kosher Salt
◾3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Sprinkle yeast over 3/4 cups warm (not lukewarm) water. Let stand for a few minutes.

In a mixer, combine flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), drizzle in olive oil until combined with flour. Next, pour in yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined, and the dough comes together in a sticky mass.

Coat a separate mixing bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil, and form the dough into a ball. Toss to coat dough in olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set it aside for 1 to 2 hours, or store in the fridge until you need it.

What would you like?

21 Nov

Creating a blog isn’t easy nor does it show sympathy with your time getting started, so in order to get the ball rolling and to make this blog a enjoyable one, what would you like to see? Recipes, product reviews, any ideas are welcome and any rooms for improvements are welcome!

-The Cluckin Cook