Ree prepares a cowboys and cowgirls lunch at the lodge after a big morning working calves on the ranch. Spicy Pop Pulled Pork goes into the oven, and while the family's out on the range, she makes Cilantro Slaw and Perfect Potatoes Au Gratin. For dessert, she pours her Easy Caramel Sauce over slices of the Flat Apple Pie with Perfect Pie Crust she prepared the night before.
Ree hasn't been to the store in weeks and she's still got another day to go before she can hit town. Over the next 24 hours she dips into her trusty staples to whip up some fabulous food from what she can find in her pantry and freezer. There's Pantry Pasta for mom-daughter dinner, French Toast With Blackberry Butter for breakfast for the kids and Simple Perfect Chili with Apple Brown Betty for lunch for the whole family.
Ladd's two best college friends are heading out from the city to the ranch for the weekend to watch their alma mater play their archrival in the big Arizona vs. ASU game, and Ree cooks up a watch party feast of incredible game day goodies with snacks and treats that are sure to score a touchdown; Classic and Asian Hot Wings, Pico de Gallo and Guacamole and for dessert, Knock-You-Naked Brownies.
School's in at the lodge where it's homeschool Co-Op day. The night before Ree gets ahead with Strawberry Oatmeal Bars. The next day, up at the lodge, they're joined by the other moms and kids where Strawberry Jam is the first period in a cool lesson mixing science and cooking, followed by a nature trail around the ranch while Ree makes lunch for the hungry kids -- Broccoli Cheese Soup on hollowed out bread bowls.
It's chocolate day at the lodge and Ree has challenged herself to shake up three great knock-it-out-of-the-park easy but impressive chocolate recipes for the blog. The kids can't wait to turn into taste testers – it's a cook's kid's best perk. Their dinner is an incredible corn and cheese chowder, and their mom's got a real surprise: dessert, then soup as a treat. Let the choc fest begin.
Ladd's mom is taking all the kids and cousins for a fun night out camping under canvass at the creek. Ree's whipping up delicious food for them to cook over the campfire in the great outdoors, like Campfire Beans, Skillet Cornbread, Smoked Sausages with Homemade BBQ Sauce. And for dessert, Campfire Banana Boats and S'mores With Variations.
It's potluck Sunday at the church and comfort food to the max. Ree is making three great dishes that are guaranteed to be wiped out first: Comfort Meatballs, Green Bean Casserole and Red Velvet Sheet Cake With Frosting. Then it's all hands on deck at the church the next morning where the entire family turns out to help Ree get the food on the table -- and eat it.
It's Ladd's birthday and while it's business as usual on the ranch, Ree's conjuring up a fabulous birthday dinner for Ladd, the kids and Cowboy Josh with all Ladd's favorite foods: Chicken Parmigiana, Chocolate Curls with Blackberry Chip Ice Cream and Big Chocolate Birthday Cake.
Ree's swapping kids for a sleepover with her best friend Hyacinth. The girls go to Hyacinth's and the boys come to Ree's where it's a boy friendly breakfast for dinner, with Sausage Pancakes on Sticks with Tater Tots and Purple Monster Smoothies and after an early morning working with Ladd on the ranch there's dinner for breakfast, with Biscuits, Steak Bites, Perfect Fried Eggs and Frozen Fruit Cups.
Ree's mom and sister are staying on the ranch for the weekend and the women are conjuring up family recipes and food they love. For dinner, a fabulous Seafood Pasta in a Foil Package with Creme Brulee for dessert, and a casual Perfect Spinach Salad and Olive Cheese Bread for lunch the next day.
It's the tale of three breakfasts on the ranch. For breakfast on the run, Ree's making tender Mini Vanilla Scones With Vanilla Bean Glaze and a Perfect Iced Coffee. To celebrate her father-in-law's birthday, there are Eggs Benedict and Breakfast Potatoes. Finally, the hearty Breakfast Burritos, perfect for hungry kids and cowboys out working on the ranch.
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.
Ree's doubling up on dinner and making one meal for her crew and one for cowboy Josh. There's delicious Meatloaf slathered in a spicy tomato topping, Twice-Baked New Potatoes filled with a fabulous cheesy stuffing and then a salad that really packs a punch with Aunt Trish's Salad Dressing. Then for dessert, Pecan Pie, good for the holidays, good anytime of the year. This is two portable feasts to go.