Have I got some awesome recipes for you this week! This month the Cookbook Club Reviewers decided to review The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations by Ree Drummond. Each of us were supposed to make two recipes from the cookbook and write about it. I know I wasn’t the only one that made more than two. Link ups to some of the other reviews are below as well as a chance to win your very own copy of the book, so be sure to check that out. First recipe up is Perfect Cream Scones. In the book she also offers variations for Lemon Rosemary Scones and Maple Bacon Scones. I ended up making all three! When I posted this picture in my Photo A Day group for the prompt “gather” one member said she thought scones sounded intimidating to make. Trust me, these are so easy a 6 year old can make them, as well as a huge mess in my kitchen. And have a monumental meltdown when he added the egg to the dry ingredients instead of mixing it with the cream first. Sigh! Gotta love teachable moments. He kept begging to take the egg out or start over. It took me some time to calm him down and convince him all we had to do was make sure everything got nice and mixed and it would be okay. All the while I was secretly wondering if the egg was going to soak into the flour and clump up, but I kept that part to myself. They came out just fine! But, you probably want to make sure to follow the directions below. I made some into Maple Bacon for my neighbors that were kind enough to lend us an air mattress for when the family stayed over last week, as well as letting us invade their yard to play on their giant trampoline and swim in the pool. And I made some into Lemon Rosemary for my son’s new teacher and aide. I tried both of those as well as one plain one, just for comparison sake. Oh the sacrifices I make for you readers. They were all fabulous! But, I have to admit, the Lemon Rosemary was my favorite. Probably an unfair comparison because it is one of my favorite flavor combinations in general.
Besides the scones I also made Scalloped Potatoes with Ham. All 140 of the recipes in the book looked incredible, with gorgeous step by step photos. As well as photos of her ranch and family and dogs. And humor on every page. Seriously, even if you don’t make a single recipe this is still a great read.
It is not necessarily a cookbook to peruse if you are dieting. All of the recipes are homey comfort foods at their finest (translation, heavy use of cream, butter and sugar). But it is a book of “Holiday Recipes”. Comfort, homey, fattening should be expected since these shouldn’t be everyday eats. Though I could eat these scones every day.
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Until next time, happy eating. ~Audrey