Cooking with Chelsea and Ree

Tomorrow I meet Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, and one of my heroes. What is it about her that everyone loves so much? She's the blogging it-girl. Is it her charm, authenticity, humor, talent? It's all of that and more.

If you've been reading my blog, or following me on Twitter or Facebook for any amount of time you've probably heard me singing her praises (listen carefully and you'll probably hear my husband singing along in the background). She inspires me to cook and enjoy cooking, to stop and look at the beauty around me by snapping a photo, and to keep plugging away at this little blog I love, never knowing what it might mean to someone else.

So, inspired by Julie & Julia, a love for Ree, and little encouragement from my beautiful cousin Stephanie (who's going to meet Ree with me tomorrow!), I'm going to start a little project. There are 61 recipes in The Pioneer Woman Cooks. In the next year, I am going to cook through all of them. I mean, if Julie Powell can make it through Julia Child's 524 French recipes in one year, I can make it through 61 country recipes, right?

Wait. Don't go anywhere.

You might be saying, "Chelsea, we've seen you start these 'projects' before, and you NEVER carry them through (i.e. Old Music Tuesday, all those multi-part series posts you began and never finished)."

Yep, you're right. I have very little stick-to-it-iveness. I blame it on television. And my mother for letting me quit summer softball in the 4th grade. Television and my mother. Thanks, Ma! (Just kidding, Ma!)

With all the seriousness I can muster, I'm excited to see where this goes. I have no expectations, except the hope that I might come out a better cook on the other side, and maybe I'll finally get Kyle to put on a few pounds. We need some balance in our relationship.

Oh, and Ree, if you ever read this, thanks for everything.



Anonymous said...

I object! You can't blame me for your procrastination. It has always been my pet peeve and you were in a hundred things and you only quit one - softball. (You really were bad at it.). Love ya, Mom

Anonymous said...

THAT is a brilliant project! I love it, and I'm adding you to my feed reader. You're an inspiration! I can't wait to see how it turns out :-)

Lynsey said...

I'll do this with you! :) Sounds like fun and I can't wait to meet Ree when she comes to Dallas.

I may be a little obsessed. In a good way, not in a way that she would need to go all Bon Qui Qui on me!!

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