I began watching the Food Network series “Pioneer Woman” about three months ago, and I have to say it has become one of my favorite television cooking shows.
In a way it is somewhat funny that I like watching “Pioneer Woman”, because most of the recipes made on the show are too rich for my diet. The host of the show, Ree Drummond, makes every type of food and dessert you can imagine. This includes everything from stuffed chicken and extra cheesy lasagna to chocolate cookies and brownies. Despite not being able to eat most of the dishes Drummond makes, I still enjoy watching her show. I must not be alone because when I lasted checked “Pioneer Woman” was one of the most popular shows on the Food Network.
One of the reasons I think so many people enjoy watching the show, is the “visual” step by step instructions Drummond provides for each of her recipes. Because of the visual aspect, it is very easy to imagine what each recipe taste like. Those visual aspects also make you very hungry and want to make her recipes – which of course is the goal of the show.
Another thing that makes the show so popular is the way Drummond makes cooking her recipes look so easy. She uses a grassroots approach in her demonstrations, which just about anyone can relate to. Although I can’t eat most of her brownie recipes, I get a kick out of watching her make them. One of her brownie recipes involves taking a pan of brownies and topping them with an extra layer of chocolate frosting, toffee chips, pecans and chocolate covered candies. This has to be one of the most decadent brownie recipes I have ever seen.
In addition to brownies, Drummond makes several other extra decadent dessert recipes. One that comes to mind is her “spreads”. The ingredients in this recipe are six sticks of butter, three cups of brown sugar, three eggs, and two cups of flour. All the ingredients are mixed together and then spread out on a non-sticking baking pan. After baking in the oven for 15 minutes the ingredients form into a thin cake. At this point Drummond sprinkles on some semi-sweet chocolate chips and puts the pan back into the oven. And if you thought this dessert couldn’t get any richer, you are wrong. Once the semi-sweet chocolate chips get soft, she spreads them over the cake and then sprinkles on some candies and marshmallows. There is no way I could eat Drummonds “spreads” — but I sure enjoy watching her make them.
I also feel that the Pioneer Woman has become such a popular show due to Drummond involving her kids in many of the episodes. I’m sure many parents can relate to some of the things her kids do and say. Also, let’s not forget that many viewers enjoying seeing Drummond’s lovable dog, Charlie.