, Muskogee, OK


January 2, 2013

Pioneer Woman, friend examples for all

— 2013 is not starting off on the most optimistic of notes, with looming fiscal cliffs and tax hikes. But Oklahomans are a hardy people, having survived both the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, and those bowl game losses to Miami, LSU and Southern Cal. One shining example of Oklahoma ingenuity and optimism is our own Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, whose sweet Oklahoma drawl continues to enthrall blog readers and viewers of her Food Network program. In fact, a very sweet Santa (aka Dad) left a copy of her book “The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels” in my stocking for Christmas.

Drummond’s literary style is easy-going in that homespun, Oklahoma way. With children’s books, an autobiography, and two cookbooks under her cowgirl belt, Drummond could see her life slated for the big screen, with Reese Witherspoon possibly playing the lead. She is poised to market the Oklahoma way of life and values, as much a love story for many of us as her own personal happily-ever-after with the Marlboro Man.

Another advocate for the savvy pioneer woman way of life is Drummond’s food-blog friend, Georgia Pellegrini. Her book “Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time” has taken back the idea of conscious eating left previously to vegetarians. A former analyst for Lehman Brothers, Pellegrini chucked the stock market for stock pots, studying at the French Culinary Institute. Her method is to cook what you kill or forage for yourself in a simple but elegant manner. You can join Pellegrini next week on a Girl Hunter Weekend Adventure in Adairsville, Ga., or have a Girl Hunter Weekend of your own. We can all simply enjoy the abundant recipes and beautiful photos on her blog,

Winter calls for heartier breakfasts. Try a couple of recipes from our rootin’ tootin’ down-home beauties that are sure to tickle your innards on a lazy Saturday.

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