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Pioneer Woman

Love the Marlboro Woman site. Sure it's seared criticism, but given the fact Ree Drummond is a self-proclaimed "little ol' ranch wife," I appreciate reading a blog that's taken pains to uncover the truth behind the Pioneer Woman deception.

Plus the Wall Street Journal just mentioned this site in a recent article. Kudos to the authors.

Jun 02, 2013
LindyCindy in Food Media & News

A Really Nice Interview with Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa...

I had the pleasure of meeting her a few weeks ago when she was in town for her book signing. What a classy woman. I too use her cookbooks over and over. Her recipes actually work because Ina has taken the time to carefully test each one before she publishes it. It's during this time of the year when her Hot Chocolate becomes a staple in our home.

Dec 03, 2012
LindyCindy in Food Media & News

What is in your Pantry that was not in your Mom`s?

Sun-dried tomatoes, capers, orzo and De Cecco Angel Hair nests.

Aug 27, 2012
LindyCindy in General Topics

Your Favorite McDonald item(s)

Sausage pattie on an English muffin, hold the cheese.

Aug 27, 2012
LindyCindy in Chains

Savory Fall Favorites

Each October I travel to NYC on business. While there, I go to Artisanal for their wild mushroom and pumpkin risotto. With a crispness in the air, nothing says fall better than this heavenly dish courtesy of Chef Terrance Brennan.

Aug 25, 2012
LindyCindy in Home Cooking

Do Americans only have Thanksgiving dinner on the Thursday?

It's basically a 4 day weekend and in my large, extended family Thurs., Fri. Sat. or Sunday is game for Thanksgiving dinner.

Aug 24, 2012
LindyCindy in Not About Food

Heading to Houston this weekend just want some BBQ!

Baker's Ribs on South Voss is a winner. Smokey, savory bbq sauce and great homemade sides. Try the marinated tomatoes and dilled potato salad.

Aug 24, 2012
LindyCindy in Houston

Laura Calder Explores: The French Alps - special on Sunday, Aug 26

Thank you so much for the reminder. I knew from her website that a special was scheduled for August 2012, but never heard anything more. I have DVR'd all of her shows and I count her as one of the few bona fide cooks on air today. Each time I watch, I learn something new and I know her recipes are classics, not something lifted from church cookbooks. Again, thanks!

Aug 24, 2012
LindyCindy in Food Media & News

Cookbook of the Month for September 2012 : My Calabria

I received this book as a gift shortly after it was published. Nice to see it featured here. Can't wait to see the reviews.

Aug 23, 2012
LindyCindy in Home Cooking

Making vanilla extract Ina Garten's way..anyone try it?

I've used Ina's recipe for years and it yields a wonderful extract. The flavor it imparts to cakes and cookies is unbeatable.

Aug 23, 2012
LindyCindy in Home Cooking

Do You Serve Shrimp With Tail Shells On?

Tails on. Love the flavor the shell imparts, but must agree that the tails have to come off for sauced preparations.

Aug 19, 2012
LindyCindy in General Topics

Mussel recipe with no alcolhol

Absolutely unless you enjoy a gritty aftertaste. :)

Aug 17, 2012
LindyCindy in Home Cooking

Mussel recipe with no alcolhol

I love the flavor possibilities and the use of a lime, makes this worth a try. Sounds like a keeper. Thank you for sharing.

Aug 17, 2012
LindyCindy in Home Cooking

Mussel recipe with no alcolhol

I use the lobster base in my étouffée. It is heavenly good. Their entire line is first class.

Aug 16, 2012
LindyCindy in Home Cooking

Mussel recipe with no alcolhol

Goodness, we must have hit a nerve. Such a defense mounted all in the name of salty V-8 juice.

Aug 16, 2012
LindyCindy in Home Cooking

Mussel recipe with no alcolhol

Nah, I don't think I like the idea of using a bottle of liquid salt aka V8 juice. That stuff has twice the salt of McDonald's french fries. Yeeeeew!

Aug 16, 2012
LindyCindy in Home Cooking

Mussel recipe with no alcolhol

Superior Touch makes an excellent Clam Base that's used by many chefs. Combine it with chopped shallots, a little fresh garlic, some fresh chopped parsley, fresh thyme leaves, salt and pepper and it yields sublime results. Certainly wouldn't recommend using V-8 as the flavor would overpower the delicate mussels.

Aug 16, 2012
LindyCindy in Home Cooking

Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, gets her own show

"According to the Marlboro Woman site, they get literally hundreds of emails"
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I never said anything about online/comments.

Aug 15, 2012
LindyCindy in Food Media & News

Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, gets her own show

True, the people who blindly follow an Internet persona don't want to see what they don't want to see. It's like believing in Santa Claus. You know he doesn't exist, but why spoil the illusion. Those fans don't want to live in reality, they'd rather live vicariously through someone else's life in spite of the fact it's a fantasy. According to the Marlboro Woman site, they get literally hundreds of emails from people thankful for making them aware of the ongoing plagiarism and phoniness.

Aug 14, 2012
LindyCindy in Food Media & News

Food Blogger Rant

That's exactly what I look for in a food blog. A good recipe with a short, interesting narrative and relatively few photos. There are bloggers who don't appreciate the concept of "less is more. " Not only are they verbose, some use the medium for a stand-up routine. Grant, those are predominantly from talentless hacks who possess little if any culinary abilities. I've seen some food blogs that have obscene amounts of photos, with pics detailing mundane steps such as pouring salt and chopping onions. Others include photos of their kids and pets. Serious food bloggers make judicious use of the family photos. When I run across one that doesn't, I quickly exit out of it. If I want to look at dozens of photos, I'll pick up a pretty picture book in the children's section of my local Barnes & Noble. When it comes to food blogs, I prefer content over style.

Aug 13, 2012
LindyCindy in Food Media & News

Has anyone ever cooked mussels in Hay?

Where would we be without Google and a few key words? The flavors this method would impart are interesting making it worth a try. Will be looking for your results. Thanks for sharing.

Aug 12, 2012
LindyCindy in Home Cooking

Starbucks Food/Pastry

The maple scones are my favorite with the orange/cranberry running a close second.

Aug 12, 2012
LindyCindy in Chains

Peach Cobbler Twist

We always sprinkle the cobbler with toasted pecans.

Aug 12, 2012
LindyCindy in Home Cooking

Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, gets her own show

Sans any cooking skills, a "celebrity ranch wife" is what you become when you're sugar daddy/husband ponies up mega bucks for the best public relations team money can buy. This gal can't cook, but she sure can lift recipes from her hometown's community and church cookbooks. The Marlboro Woman site has a new post on last Saturday's show including photos of the recipes and cookbooks Ree Drummond/Pioneer Woman got her material from. http://bit.ly/QFs1uT

Aug 06, 2012
LindyCindy in Food Media & News

A new low for cooking magazines

Drummond made a casserole using two cans of cream of mushroom soup. And isn't that what most serious foodies are looking for, a recipe, circa 1960, that can be found in most church cookbooks? Sad, really.

Aug 04, 2012
LindyCindy in Food Media & News

A new low for cooking magazines

Hear! Hear! Thank you for pointing out the trend in dumbed-down, low-brow cuisine for mass appeal, something we're also seeing in cookbooks. Last spring, a publishing house actually published Ree Drummond's Pioneer Woman Cookbook that contained "recipes" for hamburgers and fried eggs. Someone shoot me now.

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2012 [OLD]

Trader Joes recently opened here and we'd been waiting quite a while. This thread has been extremely helpful in deciding what to buy and what not to.

Aug 01, 2012
LindyCindy in Chains

Sigh................ Cooking Channel and Baron Ambrosia

I understand where you're coming from, still it seems like FN and TCC could figure out a way for their mainstream shows to peacefully co-exist with the more serious culinary productions.

Jul 25, 2012
LindyCindy in Food Media & News

Sigh................ Cooking Channel and Baron Ambrosia

Not sure that I would be as charitable to FN as you. For years, this channel has been going down hill. Even Emeril's live show was plagued with gimmickry including a live studio audience and a band. Bob Tuschman's all about making FN shows palatable for the masses with little regard for serious culinary pursuits. That's why shows like Pioneer Woman have a venue.

Jul 24, 2012
LindyCindy in Food Media & News

Sigh................ Cooking Channel and Baron Ambrosia

Just another sad example of how low-brow, dumbed-down cooking shows produced for mass appeal and ratings are taking over the airwaves. Why The Cooking Channel countenanced this Baron Ambrosia crap is beyond belief. What an insult to trained chefs and hosts of quality cooking shows i.e., Laura Calder and Chuck Hughes. Ahem, reminds me of Bob Tuschman's Wal-Mart approach to what passes for cooking on the Food Network. Foodies need to stick with PBS, the last bastion of serious culinary television productions.

Jul 22, 2012
LindyCindy in Food Media & News