What ‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Absolutely Can’t Stand

We’ve been watching the Food Network for years, and thanks to fun cooking competition shows and culinary programs that teach viewers how to create delicious cuisine like their favorite chefs, the network is surely here to stay. While certain favorites, like Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, have been with the network since the beginning, fans have also fallen in love with relative newcomer Ree Drummond. Her home on the ranch and comforting recipes have been bringing viewers back to The Pioneer Woman again and again.

Ree may be an excellent cook, but that doesn’t mean she likes every ingredient she comes across — and there’s one common food item she refuses to have in her kitchen. Here’s what she can’t stand.

Ree hates bananas and rarely cooks with them

While Ree once had dreams of being a city girl, she currently lives in Pawhuska, Oklahoma — so running to the store for a few ingredients on any given day isn’t always an option. As she told Design & Living, “I can’t go to Whole Foods to grab something on the way home. I have a small grocery store, I can do bulk shopping and I have a lot of staples on hand.” And while she tries to eat fresh, there’s one ingredient you’ll never see her use — and that’s bananas. “I don’t like bananas. I like to drive that point home,” she told the magazine.

As for why The Pioneer Woman doesn’t like the sweet fruit, Today reports she’s posted on her blog in the past that she believes she has a “genetic aversion” to the food. It seems her father and brother also hates bananas.

Ree did step out of her comfort zone to make a banana dish once, though — and she even mentioned it on her blog. While making bananas foster, Today explains she wrote, “I made something containing bananas today. For those of you who know me, you know that this is monumental. I’ll be posting the recipe–and whether or not I worked up the courage to try it–tomorrow!” 

There are several ingredients she can’t live without, though

Ree may hate bananas, but there are plenty of pantry staples she absolutely can’t live without. And she told Today that butter, bacon, and cream are her go-to ingredients when making the perfect meal. “That’s such a great foundation right there,” she added.

Those watching their weight may cringe, but considering how well those ingredients can be stored long-term (and how delicious they make meals), it makes perfect sense that Ree wouldn’t skimp on the fats in her dishes. She’s also stated that any meal can pretty much be saved with a little extra fat — and considering her cowboy husband, Ladd, is 100% a meat-and-potatoes kind of man who needs the extra energy to take care of their land, he certainly doesn’t mind the added calories.

Ree loves snacking on this controversial food

You either love them or you hate them — and when it comes to olives, Ree can’t get enough of them. Fox News reports the cook has even discussed her love of olives on Twitter in the past. “How many olives are too many olives? I should clarify: How many tens of olives are too many tens of olives? I mean hundreds,” she tweeted. And she’s also shared many recipes on her blog that involve the controversial food.

As much as she loves olives, she doesn’t consider those recipes to be her best, though. If you want Ree Drummond’s best recipe, she told Design & Living that her cinnamon rolls reign supreme. “I can say that my cinnamon rolls are the best in the world, and I thank my mom for that. It’s actually her recipe, so I can’t take all of the credit,” she said.

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