Food Network star Ree Drummond, better known as The Pioneer Woman, prioritizes two things in life: food and family. As the mother of four kids (and one bonus kid), what she makes in the kitchen brings all members of her family together at the end of a long day.
Whether it’s a hard day on the ranch for her husband or tough football practice for her sons, Drummond always manages to put a smile back on her loved ones’ faces through her food.
However, finding a meal that everyone likes can sometimes be a challenge. Just like any family, some kids prefer chicken, others like seafood. Some like Brussel sprouts, and one can’t stand it. The Pioneer Woman doesn’t have an easy fix for pleasing everyone at the dinner table, but she does offer some advice on creating the perfect recipe.
‘Pioneer Woman’ Prefers Cooking Over Baking
In an interview with Design & Living, Drummond stressed that there’s a significant difference between recipes for baking and recipes for cooking. For baking, you have to be extremely precise with your measurements. A cup of flour can’t be estimated without a measuring cup. Meanwhile, in cooking, an extra cup of chicken broth likely won’t wreck your recipe. She also mentioned that substitutions aren’t as easy for baking as they are for cooking.
Don’t have any shallots? Use a small, yellow onion. No spinach? Any leafy green will do just fine.
But in baking, if you try to substitute baking powder for baking soda, you’ll end up with a flat cake with a bitter taste.
That’s why Drummond prefers cooking to baking every time.
“Baking, to me, is very precise and it’s about perfection. Cooking is more about flying by the seat of your pants,” The Pioneer Woman shared.
Along with having a little more flexibility with cooking recipes, Drummond can be more creative than she can with baking. After all, in cooking, creativity shows in the flavor. In baking, it shows in the decorations.
Drummond Says the Perfect Recipe Is One the Family Loves
Even if a recipe isn’t perfect on paper, according to The Pioneer Woman, it still has the potential to be extraordinary. To the Food Network cook, the most important aspect of a meal is how it affects your family.
So long as your family enjoys the meal and is spending time with each other over the dinner table, Ree Drummond sees that as a success. And with five other members of her family with vastly different tastes and interests, that’s certainly an accomplishment.
“I think the perfect recipe, there probably is no such thing, but if it results in something that you love or your family loves, to me that’s perfect,” Drummond said.