This Is What Inspired ‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond to Cook

The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond is known for her tasty meals and entertaining family stories. Here’s what inspired her to perfect her cooking skills and eventually go on to become a Food Network sensation.

How ‘The Pioneer Woman’ star Ree Drummond got her start

The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond with Robin Roberts| Donna Svennevik/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images
The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond with Robin Roberts| Donna Svennevik/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Drummond started her blog in 2006. Her original intention was to connect with others and write as a way to enjoy some “me time,” but the blog became so successful that it developed into much more. After she started posting recipes and stories about farm life, interest in the site grew. Fans flocked to the site, and by 2010, Drummond was earning $1 million from her blog, reports The New Yorker.

Ree Drummond’s new cookbook is here

The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond at a book signing | David Livingston/Getty Images
The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond at a book signing | David Livingston/Getty Images

Ree Drummond recently completed a cookbook titled The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier: 112 Fantastic Favorites for Everyday Eating. There are a variety of seafood, soup, pork, pasta, and chicken recipes. You’ll also see a recipe for pizza. There’s even a section on what to do with leftover chicken.  

Some fans are requesting Drummond’s cookbook from family and friends as an early Christmas present. Others left Instagram messages, asking Drummond if she could include their cities in her book signing tour. Fans as far away as England, Russia, and Korea left posts, hoping Drummond might make a trip to sign some books.

This Is What Inspired ‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond to cook

Drummond made a name for herself by making comfort food her fans have come to love. What was it that inspired the “accidental country girl” to take an interest in food? Drummond told Parade magazine she loves to eat. However, this wasn’t her primary inspiration. The Food Network star told the publication it was her mother and mother-in-law who really inspired her to take cooking seriously:

I love to eat, and I always have. My sister and I are the same. As soon as we finish a meal, we start thinking about what the next one is going to be. My mom was a really great home cook, and my mother-in-law cooked for crowds of cowboys and visitors. They were my main cooking inspirations.

The first meal Ree Drummond cooked for Ladd

The Food Network star tried her best to impress Ladd during their early years of dating. During an episode of The Pioneer Woman, Ree says her first home-cooked meal for Ladd was linguini with clam sauce, reports The Food Network.

Ree’s linguini wasn’t the type of food Ladd is used to eating. She learned later he likes to eat heartier meals. “Talk about the perfect food for a cattle rancher,” Ree joked. “Knowing what I now know about Ladd Drummond, this cracks me up … He’s kind of a meat and potatoes type.” Now, Ree makes meals that fit Ladd’s lifestyle. She even has a section on her blog named “cowboy food,” which features recipes for hearty dishes such as smothered pork chops, meatball casserole, and grilled tenderloin.

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