‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Says This Cooking Shortcut Is No Longer Taboo

The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond is known for her comfort food and her show on The Food Network. Although she built a business on her recipes, Drummond admits she isn’t the perfect cook. In a recent interview with Today, she said it’s perfectly fine to take shortcuts with your recipes now and then. There’s one shortcut some home cooks have been hesitant to take, and you might have this same reservation. Here’s the one shortcut Ree Drummond says home cooks shouldn’t be ashamed of.

Ree Drummond loves Ina Garten

Robin Roberts and Ree Drummond|Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images
Robin Roberts and Ree Drummond|Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images

Ree Drummond told Today she is a big fan of Ina Garten. She says she learned a lot from Garten when she was still perfecting her craft as a home cook. “She has the same effect on me that probably she has on a lot of people. She just puts me at ease. As an early home cook, I learned a lot from her, too,” said Drummond.

Ree Drummond says home cooks don’t have to feel ashamed of this shortcut

A lot of people love the taste of a hearty, home-cooked meal. Often, home-cooked meals are made with ingredients from scratch. However, Drummond says it’s perfectly fine if you don’t make all your ingredients yourself. If you’re pressed for time and have to use pre-made food for some parts of your meal, Drummond says that’s OK. Both she and Garten share this belief.

Drummond doesn’t feel it’s necessary to stress out over a meal that isn’t entirely made from scratch. “I really think my number one piece of advice for a beginning home cook is to not expect yourself, not put the pressure on yourself, to make every single component of every meal from scratch,” Drummond said during her Today interview. “Making things from scratch is amazing and I love to do it, as well, but when you can find really high quality, really delicious tasting ingredients to help a meal along, then, don’t be afraid to try them!”

Ree says you don’t have to be a perfect cook

Do you feel pressure to cook everything perfectly? You don’t have to hold yourself to such high standards all the time. Drummond says it’s important to have fun and just relax when you’re making meals at home. She told Today she has adopted Ina Garten and Bobby Flay’s laid-back attitude. “They just have the attitude that I tend to have when I cook,” said Drummond. “Just throw this in and throw that in and you don’t have to be so precise all the time. Just make it. Enjoy what you’re doing and love the people you’re making it for.”

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