Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime by Ree Drummond

It's a dismal, icky day outside as I'm writing this, with Hurricane Jose off-shore stirring up trouble and Hurricane Maria possibly on the horizon. Icky weather always makes me think of food, particularly comfort food.  So The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals and other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper! is exactly what I need right now.

Like Drummond's previous cookbooks (The Pioneer Woman Cooks was reviewed previously in this blog), every recipe has step by step instructions with color pictures, so it's almost impossible to go wrong.  In addition, Drummond provides a guide to stocking your pantry and fridge so that you can always come up with a meal This approach really cuts down on the last minute, unplanned restaurant trips that can really sabotage your budget.

The Pioneer Woman, who hosts the Food Network show of the same name, got her name because she lives on a ranch, and many of the recipes show a Tex-Mex influence.  But there are also pasta recipes, versions of popular dishes from Chinese take-outs, soups, and salads.  A section on freezer food provides great strategies for making meal planning easier.  Drummond presents her recipes with personal commentary that makes you feel like you're having a conversation about food with a friend.

Your local public library has a large collection of cookbooks, and through our Zinio app, you have access to food and cooking magazines on your computer or device.  Visit our website  and select 'Digital Library' from the left side navigation, or see staff for assistance in using Zinio or any of our downloadable resources.

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