The Pioneer Woman and My Cyber Monday Cast Iron Skillet

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I've never been one for watching cooking shows. Sure, I've watched a couple Emeril's from back in the day or the occasional Iron Chef, but I just never got into them... until now. :)

The day after Thanksgiving, the family and I went to visit my aunt and uncle's in Virginia and had a grand ol' time. My aunt aka Aj is big into those kinds of shows and so we sat down to a couple episodes of Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman on Food Network. And just like that, I was hooked! Makes me totally want move out to the middle of nowhere and live on a ranch! ;) She has an awesome blog as well: The Pioneer Woman.

Don't know whether it's her laid back style of cooking, the delicious looking food, her absolutely gorgeous kitchen and home (aka the lodge) with perfect lighting, her sweet voice or that heartwarming smile and dimples, but I just love her and her delicious looking recipes!

This past Cyber Monday, Sweetie and I hit our local mall over lunchtime to check out a couple things and I just happened across this cast iron skillet at Crate and Barrel. Because of Ree, my aunt and another friend who have repeatedly told me I neeeeeeeed one, I am now the proud new owner of this beauty. I used it once and already I'm in love. Reminds me of the one my mom used for oh so many years. I'll probably get all buff while using it, too, since this thing is so darn heavy! But what I love most about this is that it was made in the good ol' USA!!!

Here's my first use of it: sauteeing veggies from my CSA Papa Spuds that were starting to go... to use as a side or in an omelet - or both! This batch included green peppers, yellow squash, onions and baby bella mushrooms, sauteed in grapeseed oil with a dash of salt and pepper.

I made a breakfast burrito for myself yesterday and always, I stuffed it too full. So, even though I had no where to be, I stuck it in my EasyLunchboxes - the perfect way to contain an over-stuffed burrito and then plopped myself down on the couch in front of a DVR'd episode of, you guessed it: The Pioneer Woman! Put me in just a fabulous mood to get going on the much dreaded task of Christmas decorating. haha!

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In this breakfast:
  1. 2 Trader Joe's organic brown eggs with Trader Joe's Mexican shredded cheese and sauteed veggies topped with Texas Pete's and Wickles on a Banderita's Whole Wheat Flour tortilla 
  2. Fage Fat Free Greek Yogurt topped with Nana's Homemade Applesauce. See here for the recipe I use: Homemade Applesauce
  3. Fresh strawberries
Here are just a couple of the many many recipes that I can't wait to try out from Ree Drummond:
Blackberry Chip Ice Cream

*updated 8/21/2014:
Thought I'd add a quick note about how to clean this baby. It's really quite easy, actually. From what I've read and been told, just rinse (and scrub if necessary) under warm water. No soaps or detergents!! Dry it, coat it with a little cooking oil and "bake it in" on low on your burner for a couple minutes. You'll on your way to a well-season pan!

And I have to show you how my collection has grown. :)

I'm LOVING the square grill pan for making delicious paninis! It's the best panini maker EVER!! :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

Bento Boxes:


The Lodge - for their high-quality made in America cookware that seriously makes cooking more fun. :)


And OXO cooking tools I use with my cast iron skillets. Yes, they are metal, but that's ok!!:


Papa Spuds - for providing the freshest fruits and veggies (and more) right at my doorstep!

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Elizabeth Campbell said...

That looks delicious! I've never seen her show, but The Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls have become our Christmas breakfast tradition.

happyvballgirl said...

OOooh! I'll have to check that one out, too! Thanks Liz! :)