Cooking Through The Pioneer Woman’s Cookbook

Last week was a good week for me in striving to reach my goal to cook through the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook.  I completed five new recipes and they were all fantastic!

Potato Skins

I made these potato skins for our football season kickoff party with Kelly, Tripp, and Caroline and they were really good!  This is only a half recipe though so when you’re making them make sure to remember that how ever many potatos you have you’re going to have double that many potato skins!  I have a hard time scooping the potato out of the skins and leaving them looking good.  I’m not sure if I’m undercooking them or overcooking them (anyone have any ideas??).  Other than that problem these were really easy and tasted great!  I couldn’t find the recipe online but email me if you need/want it.

BBQ Jalapeno Poppers
I also made the Jalapeno Poppers for our football dinner.  I’ve never really eaten jalapeno’s but I know Kelly likes food that’s hot so I figured there wouldn’t be a better time to try them!  I mixed them up and assembled them during C’s nap and then let them cook before they got here and they were really good.  You do have to make sure that you are careful handling the jalapenos and that you get as much of the inside stuff out that you can otherwise they’ll be really, really hot but if you do that they are actually just a mild appetizer.  One thing I noticed is that I did half the jalapeno’s that the recipe called for but made a full recipe of the inside stuffing.  I used up almost all of the inside stuffing on the half recipe of jalapenos so I’m not sure if mine were just really large jalapenos or what but make sure you have enough of the inside stuff because it’s good!  Again, no recipe online that I could find so email me if you want it.
No picture but I made the cobbler for dessert for our football party.  I substituted blueberries instead of blackberries since I’m not a huge blackberry fan and it was still a great recipe.  I’m kicking myself for not making this recipe before because it is SO EASY!  I’m sure I’ll be making it tons from now on.  It’s not the most beautiful dessert to serve since it just kind of globs when you serve it but if you’re just looking for something that’s good and easy then this is your dish!
In my effort to finish cooking all of these recipes I made the French Breakfast Puffs for breakfast last weekend in Tuscaloosa.  Again, they were great although I’m pretty sure anything would be great if you coated it in butter and then dipped it in cinnamon and sugar!  These were pretty easy to make also and the muffins come out huge.  I made two recipes thinking that with Jason, Dad, Charlie, Mom, Dad, Charlotte and I we might need or want more than one recipe for the weekend but I ended up only taking one recipe and we brought muffins back home.  So I froze half of the others since Ree said they freeze beautifully and took the other half to our neighbors who just had a baby so they’re multi purpose puffs!  Please make these because they are really good!

I made guacamole for Bible Study this week which involves making Ree’s Pico which I had made before.  I used to really love guacamole but I’m thinking that maybe since I got pregnant with C my tastes changed and I’m no longer such a fan.  It was good but nothing spectacular.  Although since I’m not a huge fan of her pico (I think I’m not making it right somehow), I can’t say that I was surprised that I didn’t love this.  But it was a good side that traveled well and somehow stayed green.  I didn’t know that there was a threat of it turning brown and I mixed it up during C’s morning nap.  When I brought it to Bible Study one of my friends asked why it wasn’t brown yet.  Apparently the lime juice must help it keep it’s color in the fridge for a number of hours. 

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2 Comment

  1. Reply
    September 13, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I’ve tried the french pastry puffs and loved them…and after your glowing recommendation, I will be trying the cobbler soon!

  2. Reply
    Mrs. Jones
    September 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Oh my goodness! These all look amazing! If you have time, I’d love the potato skins recipe! We’re having my grandparents in town for a visit this weekend and I think this would just be PERFECT! Happy Monday!

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