Rita was hostess and selected Pioneer Woman as the Chef for September
(And after we all ogled Rita's new pantry . . . . )
We had a wonderful dinner
It seems as if we all had at least one Pioneer Woman cookbook
and we brought them -- in fact, we had three copies of her first cookbook, Pioneer Woman Cooks
She definitely is popular among our group
(and once again the Pot Luck Gods smiled on us -- as you'll see no duplicates
and the meal is as balanced as if we'd planned it!)
WHISKY PEACH BBQ CHICKEN
choice for the entree
We all thought it delicious!
(as did her husband -- she did a trial run one night for dinner!)
CREAMY MASHED POTATOES
prepared a second dish for mashed potatoes were supposed to go with the chicken
I agree -- they were perfect!
brought this wonderful side -- just enough curry for flavor
and the sweetness of raisins -- it too was perfect with the chicken!
WHISKY GLAZED CARROTS
had vegetable and brought these delicious carrots
(And with this recipe we decided that The Pioneer Woman was not a tea totaler!)
GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
brought this because it was NOT your typical Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole. It was delicious and I would definitely make it for a buffet dinner
who wasn't there sent this anyway. It's old fashioned pea salad updated according to Michelle with sour cream instead of mayo, but she thought it a bit "dry" and so added some more mayo before she brought it last night
OLIVE CHEESE BREAD
brought this actually as an appetizer but we ate it as a bread
She "doctored" up part of it with garlic and Cajun seasoning but we liked it just the way it was! I know I ate THREE pieces and everyone had more than one!
And Monday I have to take a snack and I'm definitely making this!
Nothing like a plate of Pioneer Woman dishes:
We all agreed that she was comfortable to cook from, her tastes and recipes were definitely midwest, her recipes definitely had ingredients that we could find in our little town, and they were not complicated
Several of us watch her every week and I think everyone had at least ONE of her cookbooks . . . and some of us had ALL of them!
But a meal is not complete without desserts!
And we had a nice selection!
brought these brandy snaps which were delicious
and so pretty and elegant!
was the overachiever this month. She had a hard time deciding between
four recipes and finally settled on two.
As she said, one had new techniques (the snaps) while the other was super easy (the dumplings)
We all agreed both were good!
CARAMEL APPLE PIE
I brought this pie. I decided that I would make a pie and this appealed to me.
It's apple without the apple pie spices -- just apple, sugar, crunchy topping and caramel
It was good . . . and rich
And Husband Jim was glad that there were 3 desserts and small pieces for I brought the last two slivers home for him!
Pioneer Woman was a great choice for Cookbook Book Club
We all enjoyed the meal and several of us have been to Pawhuska and her restaurant and Merchantile.
Stories of those trips were shared with those of us who have not been there.
We also decided that next year we would do a Cookbook Book Club Road Trip to
visit Pioneer Woman!
Next month it's Ina Garten
And she has a new cookbook that will come out on the Tuesday before our meeting on Thursday!