I love The Pioneer Woman! She has become one of my main sources for mouth-watering meals. As a friend so eloquently stated once, Ree Drummond’s books are as much about stories as they are food. She welcomes her readers to catch a glimpse of life on a working cattle ranch. If you’re wondering, it is possible to stay up way too late reading a cookbook.
Come and Get It! brims with “simple, scrumptious recipes for crazy busy lives.” Drummond offers an array of dishes that range from make-ahead, to freezer-friendly, to super-quick because everyone has to eat no matter how busy life becomes. Drummond does not disappoint with her latest release. I’ve already made several of the recipes more than once to high-praise from friends and family.
BROCCOLI CHEESE POTATOES — Without a doubt, this one will perch among my favorites from this book. The broccoli cheese sauce with crispy onions is the perfect topping for your baked potatoes. Prepare to lather it on!
HAMBURGER STEAKS WITH MUSHROOM GRAVY — Love and marriage, love and marriage go together like beef and mushrooms. You can’t have one without the other. Okay, that’s not exactly how the Frank Sinatra song goes, but this I tell you, beef and mushrooms were made for each other and this recipe brings them together in a tasty union.
*SLOW COOKER BBQ CHICKEN — I love chicken and I love BBQ sauce. This recipe is pure goodness and sheer torture combined. Just wait until the sweet and tangy aroma starts to fill your house. As it slowly cooks, waiting to dive in will prove excruciating, but oh so worth it.
*SLOW COOKER BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP — Soups have a way of hitting the spot when cold weather settles in. The broccoli, cauliflower, and cheese combo is one of my favorites. I followed Drummond’s advice from the Change Things Up Section! and added the cauliflower as well. If you’re like me and enjoy a chunkier soup, don’t substitute it for half the broccoli. Just add the full amount of both!
STEAK AND BELL PEPPER SHEET PAN SUPPER— As the entry indicates, this dish is super quick to put together, but you still feel like you’re serving your family a first-class meal — and that’s because you are! Though this one serves two, it can be easily doubled, tripled, even quadrupled with very little extra work — a must in our home when we easily sit 5-8 people around the table every day.
SKILLET APPLE CRISP — Apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon — need I say more? If you’re hoping for leftovers, one batch might not be enough. It’s that good!
This is only a peek at the deliciousness that awaits between the pages of Come and Get It! Since the cookbook focuses on quick prep and time-saving shortcuts, Drummond utilizes a lot of store-bought sauces, pre-made doughs and crusts, and frozen veggies and fruits. Those who prefer a more from- scratch approach or who live overseas, like me, and don’t have easy access to some of the items, rest assured, these recipes remain perfectly doable. You’ll simply have to factor in longer prep/cook time, something that hasn’t mitigated my enjoyment of this book in the least.
Among other things, Drummond also includes a section of pantry, freezer, and fridge staples she always keeps on hand, as well as a universal conversion chart that I, for one, find especially helpful.
I enthusiastically recommend Come and Get It! to The Pioneer Woman’s fans and anyone who enjoys simple recipes that evoke family and home.
*I don’t have a slow cooker, but these recipes also come together easily on the stovetop requiring only minor adjustments.
Review copy provided by publisher. Thanks!
**Originally posted on Radiant Lit.