This month, my fellow bloggers in the Cookbook Club Reviewers are making recipes and blogging about The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond. And we are giving away a copy of the book to one lucky winner! so be sure to scroll down for that as well as links to the other reviewers.
Around here, Ree Drummond is referred to as “Charlie’s Mama” since we have a few of her children’s books. Mom and son library books:
Of course, J likes both her story books and her cook books. Luckily this Charlie book has a recipe at the end which we made and enjoyed immensely.
But the rest of this blog is about Scalloped Potatoes and Ham and The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays . Just look at the cheesy hammy goodness.
She raves about how much her children enjoy this dish. My son loves cheese sauce, potatoes and ham. Plus the recipe was from Charlie’s Mama! Slam dunk, right? Unfortunately, Sir Snubs A Lot didn’t like everything mixed together. Seriously, kid? I even left the onions out just for him! Once I separated out the ham he ate it all and we agreed it was Dee-lish-ous!
And it is simple to make: saute onions, whip up an easy cream sauce then layer some thinly sliced potatoes, cheese and ham in a casserole dish:
pour on the cream sauce:
then bake until bubbly and golden brown:
A scrumptious way to use up leftover ham from Easter or Christmas.
In addition to the Scalloped Potatoes with Ham, I also made the Perfect Cream Scones (plain as well as Lemon Rosemary Scones and Maple Bacon Scones). 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). If you do not already own this book, you really want to enter the giveaway. Follow me, follow the other awesome bloggers, maybe win a great cookbook.
And if you want more Ree Drummond holiday happiness,
Until next time, happy eating.