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Cookbook Reviews

The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinner’s Ready!

Cookbook By: Ree Drummond

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“I think you’ll come away from this book with a bunch of new family favorites, and I hope you’ll come away from this book with a bunch of new family favorites, and I hope you’ll be inspired to get in the kitchen more, to get out of the kitchen more quickly (ha!), and to breathe in and enjoy life,” Ree Drummond from The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinner’s Ready!. 

The Pioneer Woman cookbooks are some of my favorite and most used cookbooks. I was super excited to see The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinner’s Ready! This cookbook follows the same format by having the recipe broken down into steps, each with its own picture. All of the recipes in this cookbook are fast and easy to make. I chose two that intrigued me right off the top but plan to make a ton more of these recipes. Read on to see how my dishes came out. 

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Five-Minute Salsa

One of my favorite things to eat is chips and salsa. Surprisingly, I have only made homemade salsa once before and I found that it just wasn’t the greatest. When I saw this recipe for five-minute salsa I knew I wanted to try this one out. 

Most of the ingredients for the five-minute salsa recipe were very easy to find, except the fire-roasted whole tomatoes. I looked at multiple grocery stores and couldn’t find them so I settled for diced fire-roasted tomatoes instead. The recipe directions are super easy to follow and it was quick to make. 

By far this is one of my favorite salsas that I have ever eaten! Everyone in my family loved it and we have served it multiple times since I made it. The five-minute salsa stays good for a week in the fridge. It’s so good that I am thinking about making this once a week to always have it in the fridge. I am going to keep an eye out for the whole fire-roasted tomatoes. 

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Herby Skirt Steak with Sweet Potato Fries

Skirt steak is something I rarely cook so I thought I would try something new. All of the ingredients were super easy to find, and I had a lot on hand at home. The only issue I had was the skirt steak I bought had a ton of thick fat on one side of it, of course, it wasn’t visible when I bought it. So, I trimmed a lot of it off before cooking. 

The recipe was straightforward and didn’t take very long to make at all. The herb sauce reminded me of a chimichurri sauce. I will say that my sauce seemed to be a little oily and I think I know why. In the ingredient list it says 1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley which is what I measured out but I didn’t do a packed 1/4 cup and with the way the sauce turned out I think it should have been packed into the cup. Next time I will drizzle the oil into the mixture a little at a time just to make sure I have the right ratio. 

The seasoning is used on both the steak and the sweet potato fries, and it was so good! Anytime I make sweet potato fries in the future I will definitely use this seasoning mix. The overall meal was delicious and would be a great way to use your fresh herbs, which I did since our garden is almost done for the season.   

Cookbook Ratings: Recipe directions easy to follow: yes, Ingredients easy to find: yes, Specialty ingredients needed: no, Specialty equipment needed: no, Accurate time estimates: yes, Best for home chef skill level: novice, Taste/flavor: delicious, Family friendly: yes, specialty diet: no, How many recipes are unique: most, overall cookbook rating: love it

No surprise here I loved The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinner’s Ready! I love how each recipe step has a picture which makes it a great cookbook for home chefs of any level. The recipes are different and quick which makes this a cookbook you are more likely to cook from regularly. 

Everyone should have a copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinner’s Ready! A perfect companion to everyday cooking. Let me know in the comments which recipe you want to make first!

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