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Cool Chicks Cook ~ Pioneer Woman Style

I'm assuming if you live in Oklahoma (or even the rest of the world) you know who THE Pioneer Woman is. But, just in case you don't...  she is epitome of a real housewife. The lady has got it going on. She is the ultimate blogger, chef, photographer, author and soon to have her own cooking show and movie made about her. Seriously?! Some women have all the luck. The only thing that would make her even "cooler" is if she had the RHOK over to her lodge for a fun night of cooking. Okay, I won't hold my breath or anything.

I've met this woman, twice. And, let me tell you, there isn't a bad thing that can be said about her. I'm pretty sure she's as close to perfect as can be. I may even have a tiny bit of a girl crush on her. I can't decide if it's that or just envy. I hate to admit to being envious so I'm going with girl crush. She is beautiful, after all.


Anywho, our cooking club this month was held at my home. I chose the theme to be Pioneer Woman recipes.  Yes, every one brought dishes made from her recipes. Good LORD almighty.... does that woman not know how to make anything not loaded with calories?! Okay, okay. I'll be honest. There were two dishes brought that could be considered "healthy."  But, there were several that were sinful. SINFUL, I tell you.



Here's the run-down (with links) to the dishes that my amazing group of gals brought:

I made Edna Mae's Escalloped Cabbage. If you like cabbage and you like Cheez Whiz, then you will LOVE this. It was super duper easy (because I needed easy since I had to spend so much time cleaning my house in preparation for cooking club) and paired quite nicely with.....

the Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork that my precious sister-in-law, Heidi, brought. Mmm... mmm.. mmm.  It's an easy recipe as well. I've made it before and instead of cooking it on the stove top, I put it in the Crockpot. I love me some Crockpot recipes for the summer months. I try not to heat up the kitchen, if I can help it.

My-sweet-friend-that-I made-while-having-physical-therapy-who-just-so-happens-to-also-be-a-blogger-and-I-love-her (Whew, that was a mouthful. Try to say that three times really fast!) - Amy from Mamie's Quilts brought the Sweet Cinnamon Scones. I'm guessing she had some fits with them because she posted the following video in our Facebook group. *giggle*



The two recipes brought that could be considered healthy were brought by my sweet neighbor, Sheri, and by our very own RHOK, Mrs. Montgomery AKA 6 Happy Hearts. Sherri made the Greek Salad, which is truly delicious. I made it for Easter dinner and everyone raved about it. I can never have enough of it. Mrs. Montgomery brought Shrimp de Gallo. I seriously can't seem to say YUM enough when talking about all these recipes.


Sarah brought the Marlboro Man's Second Favorite Sandwich. It's all kinds of scrumptious. Cowboys, cowgirls, dudes, dudettes, gangs and even white trash would love this sammy!


Michelle and LaDawn brought two very (hang on, I'm going to look for a synonym for "yummy") scrumptious dips; Hot Crab Dip and Hot Artichoke Dip (this recipe is in her cookbook). You should make these the next time you need to bring an appetizer some where. Oh, and if you need an appetizer to wow the socks of your guests then be sure to try what Cheryl brought...... Stuffed Mushrooms. (BRB- that's "be right back" in text talk - looking for more synonyms) Okay, they were TASTY, MOUTHWATERING and down right DELECTABLE. This has turned out to be quite the vocabulary lesson, hasn't it?! You're welcome.


Oh, but we aren't nearly finished. Fawn brought Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler with ice cream. Who doesn't love a warm cobbler topped with ice cream?!


I've saved my two favorites for last. I'm sure what made them my two favorites is because they are wickedly sinful. They made my mouth happy. They made me Ooooh and Ahhhh. They made me eat more than any one should be allowed to eat in one sitting. Are you sitting on the edge of your seat, with your mouth watering, just waiting to hear what they were? The hairs on my arms are standing on end just remembering how good it was that night and left-overs the next day..... Mmmmmm......  Drum roll, please.....

Olive Cheese Bread AND Milky Way Cake. Gaw, I'd give my husband's right foot for some of both right about now. It's THAT good.

The Cheesy Olive Bread was brought by my newest friend, Jennifer. Jennifer has quite a story. You can follow her on her blog, Seeking Simplicity. She lost her 12 year-old-daughter, Haley, to Cystic Fibrosis in June, 2008 and continues to do everything she can to raise funds and awareness to bring a cure to those still suffering with this awful disease. She is fascinating, beautiful (inside and out) and strong. STRONG, I tell ya.


Laura, my wife, if we swung that way, because she can do anything... cook, bake, sew, etc.,  brought the Milky Way Cake. The girl did not disappoint, yet again. This.cake.is.to.die.for. (Do those periods make the point that it was really that good?!) I've looked for a synonym to describe just how yummy this cake is and there isn't one. Well, okay, I guess orgasmic comes close. Hey, don't you judge me. Make it and see for yourself.


We love P-Dub. And, thanks to her, I think we consumed close to 10,000 calories that night. That's okay. We won't hold it against her. Instead, we'll keep making and eating those awesome recipes she posts.

~Mrs. Albright
Now living in sweats (because my jeans are too tight) like.....

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