‘The Pioneer Woman’: The 1 Recipe Ree Drummond Said She Was Still Trying to Master

The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond is known for her hearty meals. Fans love her southern recipes and eagerly tune in to her show each week to get her latest cooking tips. Although the Food Network host has masted many dishes, there’s one recipe she still hasn’t gotten a handle on. Here’s the one recipe Drummond said she was still trying to master.

Mishaps aren’t unusual in Ree Drummond’s kitchen

Robin Roberts and Ree Drummond on 'Good Morning America'
Robin Roberts and Ree Drummond on ‘Good Morning America’ | Fred Lee/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Although Drummond tries her best to present a quality cooking show, things don’t always go as planned. One time, she accidentally set a spoon on fire while preparing a meal for The Pioneer Woman. Drummond’s serving spoon (which she calls Woody or Mr. Spoon) was too close to a flame and it began to burn. Fortunately, her children came to the rescue and saved her from setting the kitchen on fire.

The 1 recipe Ree Drummond said she was trying to master

You can't have cornbread without a bowlful of butter.
You can’t have a Pioneer Woman event without a bowlful of butter for your cornbread. | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine

Drummond is the queen of the kitchen when it comes to tasty delights such as steak, macaroni and cheese, and pot roast. However, there’s a recipe she once said she hasn’t mastered—bread.

“Bread is the only thing separating me from utter peace and serenity,” Drummond told Delish during a 2015 interview. “I’m pretty good at quick cakes and quick breads, but yeast-risen, artisan bread? So far, in my life, it hasn’t happened for me.”

When Drummond bakes, she says there are a few tools she just can’t do without. At the top of her list is a pastry brush, which she uses for egg washes and butter. Next is her pizza cutter. One way she uses a pizza cutter is to cut sugar cookie shapes. Drummond also says she must have round cutters on hand.

Ree Drummond is also trying to master kitchen surprises while taping ‘The Pioneer Woman’

Ree Drummond
Ree Drummond | Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Another challenge of being a TV chef is learning how to handle surprises during a taping. One surprise Drummond didn’t appreciate was when a rat came to visit The Pioneer Woman set. While Drummond was talking, the rat ran across the floor. The Accidental Country Girl says the furry intruder likely got into the house because she was fixing a water leak in her home.

“I consider myself to be a trailblazer on Food Network,” joked Drummond on The Pioneer Woman website. “After all, I am the only host that has had an enormous pack rat run around the kitchen in the middle of filming. We all immediately screamed and ran, jumped on surfaces, even Mauricio and Stuart.”

Thankfully, someone on Drummond’s crew located the rat. She was then able to cook in peace and continue her day without worrying about a rodent jumping out and scaring her.

“Mauricio grabbed a mop and started looking for [the rat],” said Drummond. “Then, I pointed and screamed to scare Mauricio (it worked), then when I was laughing about that, Alex pointed and screamed to scare me,” Drummond shared with her fans on her website. “It was total chaos, and in the end, it was our sound technician, Jonathan, and our production assistant, Raymond, who saved the day and ushered the rat back outside.”

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