The Comfort of Cowboy Cooking

The Comfort of Cowboy Cooking

Now that the crisp air of autumn has returned, it's time to indulge in warming comfort food. Stick with go-to classics this fall, like Ree's cheesy baked pasta, hefty meatloaf and fuss-free chicken soup.

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  • Ree Drummond is throwing a surprise birthday lunch for her son Todd, complete with his favorite food and best friends. While Todd is being occupied with the cattle, Ree makes cheesy Smashed Burgers with Beer-Battered Onion Strings and Kicked-Up Fry Sauce. For dessert, Ree makes Dark Chocolate Brownies along with fresh Strawberry Sauce and Hot Fudge Sauce, which all get turned into an amazing 6-foot sundae, the perfect way to say "happy birthday" to this cowboy.

  • A rancher's work is never done, especially when there's fence to fix, and today the crew needs some serious sustenance. Ree fixes them Homemade Glazed Doughnuts and later she delivers a rib-sticking lunch of Ranch Chicken Sandwiches to the workers. After the day of hard work, the family enjoys a well-deserved evening of fun and fishing at the pond, where Ree serves up the perfect refreshment: Raspberry Lemonade.

  • Guns, roping and a marital shootout at the Drummond's Rancher's dinner. This is party time with a real wild west difference. There's got to be beef, Ladd's grilled tenderloins, Twice-Baked Potatoes, crunchy Fresh Corn Casserole and Homemade Ranch Dressing over iceberg wedges. It's a family affair so the kids and cowboys are helping and sister-in-law Missy's bringing dessert. Then it's Ladd and Ree's guns and roping throwdown. May the best man or woman win.

  • Ree tours a local kitchen store gathering some favorite tools for a wedding gift. As she gathers the goodies, she shares the great dishes she makes with each, like Italian Meatball Soup, Potato-Leek Pizza, Skillet Cookie Sunday and Orange Brulee.

  • The family has been working hard shipping cattle and is ready for a fabulous lunch, so Ree Drummond is cooking up fun Spicy Sausage Dogs in a curry and onion sauce. On the side, she serves a kicking Cole Slaw with Mustard and Horseradish dressing, and for dessert, there's a chilled Kiwi Lime Pie.

  • Ree's spreading out a pickup picnic for the family and cowboys working on a bunch of spring calves. The hearty tailgate has Spicy Roasted Chicken Legs, the classic Cowboy Bacon Beans, Deviled Eggs and Mocha Brownies with a thick, delicious frosting for dessert.

  • Ree Drummond is throwing a prairie picnic for her friends. She makes Chicken Milanese with an arugula and parmesan topping, Mediterranean Orzo Salad, Cold Roasted Veggies with Herby Yogurt Dip, and the cocktails come in cake form with her Pina Colada Tres Leches Cakes.

  • There's a new baby on the ranch, so Ree Drummond is taking a trip down memory lane and preparing a new-mom care package full of dishes she was given and plenty of pampering goodies. She includes her friend Beth's Brisket, as well as Funeral Potatoes, where the name is part of the charm! Plus, Angel Food Cake with Buttercream Frosting, Fruit Salad with Spiced Honey and Thyme, and Sweet Almond Crackers.

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  • Guns, roping and a marital shootout at the Drummond's Rancher's dinner. This is party time with a real wild west difference. There's got to be beef, Ladd's grilled tenderloins, Twice-Baked Potatoes, crunchy Fresh Corn Casserole and Homemade Ranch Dressing over iceberg wedges. It's a family affair so the kids and cowboys are helping and sister-in-law Missy's bringing dessert. Then it's Ladd and Ree's guns and roping throwdown. May the best man or woman win.

  • A rancher's work is never done, especially when there's fence to fix, and today the crew needs some serious sustenance. Ree fixes them Homemade Glazed Doughnuts and later she delivers a rib-sticking lunch of Ranch Chicken Sandwiches to the workers. After the day of hard work, the family enjoys a well-deserved evening of fun and fishing at the pond, where Ree serves up the perfect refreshment: Raspberry Lemonade.

  • Ree Drummond is throwing a surprise birthday lunch for her son Todd, complete with his favorite food and best friends. While Todd is being occupied with the cattle, Ree makes cheesy Smashed Burgers with Beer-Battered Onion Strings and Kicked-Up Fry Sauce. For dessert, Ree makes Dark Chocolate Brownies along with fresh Strawberry Sauce and Hot Fudge Sauce, which all get turned into an amazing 6-foot sundae, the perfect way to say "happy birthday" to this cowboy.

  • It's all about family, frontier fun and favorite foods, when Ree's brother Mike visits the ranch for the day. For lunch there are Simple Perfect Enchiladas that he's crazy for, with delicious Garlic Cilantro Lime Rice and Root Beer Floats doing double duty as dessert and drink. Then there's off-roading, ranch work, fishing and a take-home care package complete with marshmallow crispy treats.

  • Ree Drummond's knocking out hearty Breakfast Biscuits that her husband and son are coming to collect on their way to feed the cattle. While they're out, Ree's whipping up three make-ahead meals: Cajun Brisket, delicious Cheesy Sausage Rigatoni, and a Sleepin' in Omelet.

  • Ree's crazy for pasta, and is whipping up four meals pronto. For a crowd pleaser, Chicken Mozzarella Pasta, Shrimp Scampi for her and the girls, Pasta Puttanesca for a solo meal and Quick Shells and Cheese for the boys.

  • The boys and their friends are fixing up a man cave on the ranch and Ree's feeding them during the remodeling. There are Chicken Bacon Ranch Paninis for lunch, then Steak Fingers With Gravy alongside a Mini Chopped Salad and Crazy Brownies for dinner.

  • Ree Drummond's daughter Paige and her friend Stanton request Chinese food for their sleepover dinner, so Ree whips up Cashew Chicken, Edamame Fried Rice and Quick Pan-Fried Kale. The next morning for breakfast, it's Homemade Granola for Strawberry Granola Pancakes — splashy, but simple and just perfect for a fun-filled slumber party.

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About the Host

Ree is a writer, photographer, ranch wife and mother of four. She is now host of Food Network's hit show The Pioneer Woman.

About the Show

Take one sassy former city girl, her hunky rancher husband, a band of adorable kids, an extended family, cowboys, 3,000 wild mustangs, a herd of cattle and one placid basset hound and you have The Pioneer Woman. The Pioneer Woman is an open invitation into Ree Drummond's life: The award-winning blogger and best-selling cookbook author comes to Food Network and shares her special brand of home cooking, from throw-together suppers to elegant celebrations. The series, set against the incredible story of life at home on the range, is the next best thing to actually sitting on a stool in Ree's kitchen.

More About The Pioneer Woman

Take one sassy former city girl, her hunky rancher husband, a band of adorable kids, an extended family, cowboys, 3,000 wild mustangs, a herd of cattle and one placid basset hound and you have The Pioneer Woman. The Pioneer Woman is an open invitation into Ree Drummond's life: The award-winning blogger and best-selling cookbook author comes to Food Network and shares her special brand of home cooking, from throw-together suppers to elegant celebrations. The series, set against the incredible story of life at home on the range, is the next best thing to actually sitting on a stool in Ree's kitchen.

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