Wednesday, May 5, 2010

p-dub was here

The P-Dub was here!  Also known as The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond was in town today signing copies of her new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl.

She rocks!  And as one of my new P-Dub friends said, she attracts a crowd of good people.  It's true.  I stood in line for four hours with a stack of five cookbooks waiting for my moment with Ree and met some of the most nicest, funniest women who were waiting as well.  We had a lot of fun talking, sharing how we found the blog and why we like it.  The lady in the red shirt went out to move her car and came back with a dozen cheeseburgers and fries from McDonald's.  It was great, she went up and down the line offering the food to everyone.  All the kids who were tired and hungry, and there with their moms were really happy to get fries.  We were all hungry and tired, but excited to be there.

I first met Pioneer Woman in 2008 while I was deployed to Afghanistan.  I don't remember how I found her blog, but it was exactly what I needed.  It took me about a week and a half to read her true life, love story, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels (the first chapter is at the bottom of the page) and it proved to be the great escapist reading I needed at the time.  I fell in love with Marlboro Man right along with Ree, and felt her pain over her parents' relationship falling apart.  I also fell in love with her life on the ranch.  But her recipes, oh, her recipes, are the stuff of dreams.  Let me tell you, when you're stuck in the middle of nowhere and the only food you have to eat is a rotating, unimaginative menu of food that's just plain boring and not that yummy, you dream of food.  Ree's recipes provided plenty of fodder for food dreams too.  Her blog was the perfect escape from the desert mountains of Afghanistan for a few minutes every day.

Her cookbook is really fun with crowd pleasing recipes and glimpses into her family's life on a ranch in Oklahoma.  The recipes aren't low fat or low calorie, after all when you're feeding four kids and a husband who spend their days riding horses while working on a cattle ranch, mending fences and doctoring calves the last thing you need to worry about is cutting calories.  You have to keep their energy up for all that hard work.

The book is great for beginners in the kitchen, because she provides step-by-step photographed directions for each part of the recipe.  Not only do you see the finished product, but you see what each step should look like as well.  It's great, especially when the recipes are unfamiliar.

When I read on her blog that she was going to do a book signing in my area, I decided I was going.  I called sis-in-law T and told her I was going.  She sent me an early Christmas present, Ree's book along with a copy for herself, and one of her sisters-in-law.  I then bought two more copies, one for my sister who married her cowboy and one for a wedding gift. 

Ree is just as beautiful and down to earth in real life as she is on her blog.  She took time to talk with each person and make meaningful eye contact.  She shines!  I was happy to meet her and tell her about each person who would get a cookbook.  I was really happy to be able to thank her for providing an escape for me in Afghanistan. 

 I'm so excited to have a signed copy of Ree's book.  I can't wait to try more of her recipes and share them with friends here in DC. 

Thanks Ree for signing all five of my books.
Thanks too for being so nice in person.
Hope you enjoy your stay in DC.

photos are mine


Emtifah said...

Hi Christine,
It was so great meeting you last night.

I tried sending you the photos I took and for somereason the email got returned to sender to me. I will try again tonight.

Have a great day!

Margaret said...

I LOVE P-DUB! I have cooked everything in that cookbook, so let me know if you wnat any of my personal favorites :)

You said...

This is really cool! Her recipes are wonderful (um have you tried the apple/mtn dew/crescent roll dessert. It's to die for and the biggest hit for dessert nights with people).

I think it's so interesting that she just started out with a few thoughts, recipes, etc. and look what's happened. I love it!

The Medicine Woman said...


Tara gave me this link to your blog. I just wanted to say thank you so much for lugging my PW cookbook with you to D.C so that the mastermind behind it all could sign it! You're an angel.

Jamie Hansen