Monday, August 8, 2011

The Pioneer Woman Teaches Me to Cook... or, Let's Go Out to Dinner!

I discovered that the Pioneer Woman and I have something in common.  We both love soup.  I had found a delicious-sounding recipe the other day for cauliflower soup and thought I'd give it a try.

I went to get the recipe out of my cob-web ridden recipe drawer and couldn't find it so I thought I'd look online for one.  The first one that popped up was by the Pioneer Woman.  From here on out, I'll call her Ree, 'cause we really are kindred spirits.  See, I even have a pretty cast iron pot just like hers...



Here's here recipe.  Looks good huh!



So I started digging out my ingredients and when it got to the chicken broth I had to make my own.  Yep, got out the bullion to add to the boiling water.  Luckily, it was a new jar so I popped off the protective cover and dug my teaspoon in to get the proper amount.  When it says "granulated" doesn't that mean it should be like sugar, or sand?



Why does mine look like black tar heroin?  I accidentally dropped some on the floor while I was taking a picture.  Looks like Elmer's chew...




I went ahead and dug out 4 teaspoons and added it to the water.  Man, that is NOT lookin' good.  I figured before I added it to the soup I'd taste it 'cause it just didn't look right. 

I noticed this code on the lid.  Do you suppose that means "Void after 12/69?  I wonder if this jar belonged to grama...



Guess what, it didn't taste right either.  Luckily I found some bullion cubes from the 70s that I'm pretty sure were still good.

Ree suggested you add some sour cream.  Not mandatory, but good.  Good thing it wasn't mandatory.  Expired 5/11.  Guess that's how long it's been since I've had the kids over for tacos...



I wonder if Ree ever has contests for people who aren't really up to par on their cooking skills.  I know she invites people to her place every now and then from contests.  I'm thinking I could benefit from a lesson or two.  If you see such a contest, let me know will you?

Get home soon honey!  Mama cooked dinner!

Psssssst!  If I'm not online in the morning, send the paramedics, would you?

8 comments:

kate said...

Earlier in the summer she had a constest where the winners got to go spend the weekend at her ranch cooking and I entered YOUR name since it was the weekend we were going to Redfish. See how nice I am? Of course, you didn't win, but still...

This post is like the anti-Ree. Expired ingredients, shoddy photography and black tar heroin. I think you might be on to something!

Jodi said...

Always the thought that counts sister.

Do you think she'd be offended that I linked her name to this post? I guess you just can't help everybody.

So, you're saying my photography is shoddy?

kate said...

Well, you're no Pioneer Woman, let's just put it that way. ;) And no, I don't think she'd be offended. I think she'd want to be your new BFF.

So how'd it turn out??

Jodi said...

Actually tasted wonderful. But, (there's always a but isn't there) I cooked it too long and the texture wasn't great.

See, I know there's supposed to be texture. That's good isn't it?

JACKI said...

um... mom... you just had us over for tacos a couple of weeks ago... and I'm sure you served us that expired sour cream. Greeeeeeat.
:o/

Jodi said...

Oops!

Dee said...

And Jacki, weren't you all sick afterwards?

It IS my fault, Jodi, I never taught you or your sisters to cook, as I was never great at it----just good enough that we didn't starve to death. And THAT'S why you all had to marry men who DO cook. I apologize-----I sorry .

jaci said...

Oh My God. I think I finally found the cooking blog I have been looking for! You need to write a cook book and become famous like Ree. Your cooking is more MY style...