Jan meets Ree Drummond

So, you know Ree Drummond, right?

She’s the dastardly woman with the great web site, the waist-busting recipes and the the great cookbook that is out just in time for Christmas?

The woman you want to hate, because she cooks stuff like chocolate truffles with sea salt and looks like this?

One wants to hate her, and yet…and yet…Jan has met her at a book-signing, and well…she sounds like a living doll:

…finally, there we were at the table!

Ree is everything you think she would be – she has a genuine, joyful radiance that just beams from her. Lynn told her that we had come a long ways – she seemed sincerely surprised that people would drive any distance just to see her. She asked how many children I had, she asked how old my sons were, and she smiled when she said “they didn’t want to come?”

Ree had us all gather around her for a picture or 3 , and she said that she hoped we knew we were all friends! Ha!

But here comes the kicker – my cheeky little 14 year old, freshly signed book in hand, asked Ree if she could have a hug. That lovely lady said to my girl, “I would love a hug.” And as a mom, I felt in that second that Ree was missing her children. But as a fan, I TOOK A PICTURE!! And, Ree asked me to send her a copy!

Sadly, we missed the Ethel Merman imitation. Didn’t actually know she was going to speak. Or sing.

Okay, I admit it; I’m a fan-girl. Anyone who can cook like that, take great pictures, run a ranch and impersonate Ethel Merman, that’s my kind of woman!

By the way, this sandwich is a hands-down winner.

So is the cookbook!

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  • http://maxedoutmama.blogspot.com MaxedOutMama

    I spend my life praying that the Chief never finds her site or her cookbook. That sandwich alone might kill him.

    It’s tasty even in PICTURES.

  • http://runswithangels.wordpress.com/ jan


    Now everyone come visit and see what a bunch of pathetic, groupie people us Utahns are!:-)

    Someday, if I ever learn how to put pictures up, I’ll post ‘the black boot.’

  • Amy P.

    Please, for the love of all that is good and merciful, stop linking to the Pioneer Woman. :)

    The food is so good that I can’t stand it!

    Now I want one of those sandwiches. Badly.

  • http://www.savkobabe.blogspot.com Gayle Miller

    I have the cookbook, following my long-standing policy of driving the NYT and Amazon nuts by ordering books that attract me (Like “Going Rogue”) well in advance so that they debut at #1. But in this case, I did my hips and butt no favor by pre-ordering. My kitchen is now in shape and I am ready, willing and able to make a lot of the great recipes contained in the book. Thanks to Ree, I’ll need to order my pantyhose slightly larger!

  • http://testosterhome.net Rachel

    I love Pioneer Woman too! She just seems so genuinely nice, doesn’t act like the fame is a giant pain in the butt as it seems is sometimes the case.

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  • Peggy Coffey

    I have made this sandwich and my family fell all over themselves saying how great it was and how much they loved me! I thank you for getting me to the website and getting me to the book.

  • Dagwood

    Anchoress, you’ve done a great job on here promoting Pioneer Woman and her new cookbook. Could you pin a link to the top of your homepage? That way one won’t have to dig back into the archives in order to credit you with some some loose change on Amazon orders.

    If we were smarter, of course, we’d booklink the specific entry.

    [Dagwood, you can access Amazon through this site anytime you like, by using the search box in the right hand sidebar! And thanks, I am grateful! -admin]

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Jan’s Cheerleader

    All right!

    Yay, Jan!

  • http://runswithangels.wordpress.com/ Fry

    Thanks, Bender:-)

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    So, you know Ree Drummond, right?

    Sorry. I really don’t. Sorry about that.

    But I do know that Nigella Lawson was guest judge on Top Chef tonight. Yum!

  • http://runswithangels.wordpress.com/ Bender’s Cheerleader

    ooo – Bender’s a normal hormonal male? Wow, somehow, I thought he was above all that, you know, sitting around, thinking great and profound thoughts all day…go figure.

    I’ll be I’m not the only one that’s surprised.

  • Janet

    If you want to read something really beautiful, go on Ree’s website and read the story of her courtship with her husband, who she calls the Marlboro Man, it’s called Black Heels to Tractor Wheels and is about the most sweet and romantic thing I’ve ever read.

  • Piano Girl88

    That sandwich looks WONDERFUL ~ might try a minor variation with the leftover roast beef in my refrig! Her mystery rolls are beyond delicious…I think I’ll make some this afternoon to go with the pot of lentil soup that will be cooking soon!

  • ak138

    Anchoress, I have to thank you for mentioning Pioneer Woman. I’d read it long ago and found it so funny and down-to-earth. But then I’d forgotten what it was called and couldn’t find it again. As soon as you started talking about Ree, I knew you were talking about “that woman who lives on the ranch with the gorgeous husband.” I was very happy to read that she’ll be coming my way on her book tour. Mall of America, 11/21. It’s on my calendar.