14 Appetizers for Any Occasion
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14 Appetizers for Any Occasion

Alfresco cookouts, elegant summer soirees and everything in between — no matter what kind of bash you're hosting this season, look no further than Ree's crowd-pleasing bites to wow your guests.

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  • Ladd and the kids have been up since first light shipping cattle, and Ree's rustling up a rib-sticking lunch of the kids' favorite foods. For Bryce, Salisbury Steak in tasty gravy. For Alex, Fettuccine Alfredo, and delicious sauteed sweet Peas and Carrots for Paige. Last but not least, for Todd, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie it is. For a fun finale everyone has to guess which dish has their name on it -- will they get it right?

  • With two barns to burn down and hungry workers to feed, Ree's getting them all fired up with delicious Good Morning Muffins for breakfast. There's a real ranch favorite for lunch, Chicken Spaghetti with Apple, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad. When the work is done, Ree has a special treat to cool off the fire starters -- fabulous and fun Frozen Pops!

  • The guys are out cutting down cedar trees and having a stone skimming masterclass with Ladd down at the creek so Ree's rustling up a casual lunch of delicious Rigatoni With Chicken Thighs, a fun Salad Bar Salad With Creamy Italian Dressing, Garlic Cheese Breadsticks and irresistible Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies.

  • It's high summer and Ree Drummond's family has got a long, sweltering afternoon of hauling hay at her brother-in-law's house, so she's making dinner for both families with Sticky Spicy Slow-Cooked Ribs and a cheesy Hominy Casserole — a cowboy classic. On the side is Ladd's grandmother's legendary Broccoli Salad, then Ree's Ice Cream Layer Cake for dessert.

  • Ree Drummond is cooking up four sensational, summery 16-minute meals. First, Cilantro Lime Salmon is sunshine on a plate, and then there's a 16-Minute Greek Feast to Go with juicy Mediterranean chicken skewers, crunchy Greek salad, Red Pepper Hummus and olives. Then, a perfect Pasta with Pesto and Peas for a mother-daughter dinner and super-fast Zucchini Noodles for a solo summertime supper.

  • Get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, Drummond style! Hundreds of guests are invited to the ranch, and Ree's keeping it effortless and easy. She's whipping up Perfectly Baked Beans and a fabulous Caprese Salad, which are the perfect sides for Ladd's Fourth of July Steaks. Ree's Peach Crisp With Maple Cream is the perfect dessert to eat while watching the fireworks display.

  • Get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, Drummond style! Hundreds of guests are invited to the ranch, and Ree's keeping it effortless and easy. She's whipping up Perfectly Baked Beans and a fabulous Caprese Salad, which are the perfect sides for Ladd's Fourth of July Steaks. Ree's Peach Crisp With Maple Cream is the perfect dessert to eat while watching the fireworks display.

  • While the family works cattle, Ree Drummond's filling the freezer with delicious components ready to turn into meals at a moment's notice. There are All-Purpose Meatballs, fabulous in a variety of incredible speedy sauces; Perfect Grilled Chicken, ready to star in delicious meals like a Chicken and Apricot Panini; and Chicken Taco Meat, the key to easy meals and a big batch of spicy Arrabbiata Sauce.

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  • The guys are out cutting down cedar trees and having a stone skimming masterclass with Ladd down at the creek so Ree's rustling up a casual lunch of delicious Rigatoni With Chicken Thighs, a fun Salad Bar Salad With Creamy Italian Dressing, Garlic Cheese Breadsticks and irresistible Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies.

  • With two barns to burn down and hungry workers to feed, Ree's getting them all fired up with delicious Good Morning Muffins for breakfast. There's a real ranch favorite for lunch, Chicken Spaghetti with Apple, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad. When the work is done, Ree has a special treat to cool off the fire starters -- fabulous and fun Frozen Pops!

  • Ladd and the kids have been up since first light shipping cattle, and Ree's rustling up a rib-sticking lunch of the kids' favorite foods. For Bryce, Salisbury Steak in tasty gravy. For Alex, Fettuccine Alfredo, and delicious sauteed sweet Peas and Carrots for Paige. Last but not least, for Todd, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie it is. For a fun finale everyone has to guess which dish has their name on it -- will they get it right?

  • It's Ree's annual high school reunion and she's got 15 friends coming to the lodge to cut loose and have the most incredible fun and delicious food. The menu is all make ahead: there's Restaurant Style Salsa With Cheese Nachos for the beer drinkers, and Sundried Tomato Stuffed Mushrooms for the wine drinkers. For dinner, Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp with hot crusty bread followed by a fabulous Raspberry Tiramisu. Turn back the clock to the 1980s, there's going to be a riot at the ranch!

  • It's all systems go when Ladd calls the ranch to say their friends Butch and Julie are coming over for dinner right now. Ree's got to fix a super fast meal from what she's got on hand. She makes Patty Melts, complete with Crash Hot Potatoes, Quick-Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad and Bananas Foster With Ice Cream for dessert, in the time it takes for them to drive out from town.

  • To welcome Ree's father and stepmom to the ranch for dinner, Ladd's grilling the Fillet, while Ree whips up all the fixings; Peppercorn Sauce, Caesar Salad, Buttered Rosemary Rolls and a family favorite -- Cherry Almond Crisp -- for dessert. Then everyone's wrapping up warm to sip Delicious Hot Chocolate on the terrace by the glow of the fire pit.

  • It's desserts all the way on the ranch where Ree's had an epic day ramping up dessert recipes on her blog and now she's sharing her treats in a series of sweet deliveries: There's Marshmallow Pops for a sleepover treat, Lime Coconut Butter Cookies for her step mom and Chocolate Devils for the chocoholics in her life. Ree's deliveries couldn't get sweeter.

  • Ree's home alone and throwing an impromptu dinner party for her dad and stepmom. She's making her dad's favorites including Steak Oscar, filet topped with roasted asparagus spears, juicy shrimp and a drizzle of hollandaise sauce. Mushroom Pilaf is on the side and for dessert, Pots De Creme With Brandy Whipped Cream.

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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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