Usually I don’t write about TV shows, but since this new Food Network show is based on the most popular food blog out there, I was excited to watch, and then I had a lot of opinions about it.
The Pioneer Woman debuted on The Food Network over the weekend. Ree Drummond writes at The Pioneer Woman from her rural Oklahoma ranch where she cooks for her family and home schools her children. I don’t read her blog, it’s too big and hard to navigate for me. But I like Ree because we share a birthday of January 6, she takes great photos, and she grew her blog into one of the biggest out there. I wanted to see her on TV.
Her first episode was more comical than a great cooking show. It was full of cliches, unfunny lines and she really wasn’t relatable. The Food Network is always about being relatable–showing the home cook that you can do it too and you’re just like our “cooks.” Ree is not like you and me. In this episode, she used more butter, whole milk, eggs, steak, and grease than Paula Deen to feed her husband rancher who wakes up at 4:30 a.m. to work the ranch at 5 a.m. I know that’s early, but he’s not the only one working hard in America. She must have repeated it seven times in 23 minutes.
Her menu was chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy (with more butter than her cows can produce), and a tomato salad. Then she made egg and sausage breakfast sandwiches. She and her family are nice looking, but I don’t believe they really eat like that. I could not seriously feed a family that much butter without worrying my arteries would collapse in my sleep.
Other annoyances are how she thinks saying “chiffonade” makes her feel “fancy,” and how she says “bal-SAM-ic” vinegar. Hurts my ears.
The other interesting thing about her recipe choices is that she really wasn’t cooking on the show. They were lots of clips to her husband and kids running around, and lots of pretty shots of her kitchen. She breaded the steak and fried it in oil. She boiled potatoes and mashed them with milk and butter, and then baked them with more butter, and assembled a breakfast sandwich of Texas toast, egg, and sausage. There really wasn’t a lot of cooking. I’d hate to tune in if you have high cholesterol. There’d be nothing to eat.
I am sure I will watch the show again. Her ranch is lovely, although to get a daily dose of her life, she has a blog too. It’s just ironic that her blog is so popular to average people all over the country, but she looks so unrelatable on TV.
Did you watch? What do you think?