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Sep 5, 2012

"The Pioneer Woman- Really?", Ree Drummond

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"The Pioneer Woman- Really?" (Ree Drummond) Article & More-

I read this article recently, as well as a few others on Ree, and this was really funny! The Pioneer Woman- Really?  I have read about her plagiarizing recipes, then "retracting" those by later adding the real inventors name. Hmmm. I read that her husband's family (one of the richest in their state) are not exactly popular with the neighbors for diverting their water. Hmm. How the mighty are starting to fall. Interestingly enough, I watched one episode and turned it off. Pretty boring stuff. I mean- who still eats like that? More butter than Paula Deen, ewwww. And don't rural folks teach their male kids to take their hats off indoors? She was raised in a wealthy sounding family and married into one, no surprise there. So how can she "keep it real" when she's not exactly real? I'm all for capitalism, but really. I'm so sick of people trying to look like they're "just like you" when they're not. And glaringly so.

This article I found really fascinating too, but read the whole thing- The New Yorker - O' Pioneer Woman
All I can say is WOW,  glad I didn't buy the cookbook.

If you're a big Ree fan, google her name and some of her problematic issues. Then decide...

17 comments:

Carolyn Renee said...

I used to subscribe to her blog, but after a while kind of came to the conclusion that she wasn't "real". By all means, if you like her read her cookbook, buy the stuff her advertisers hock on her website. But I did find it upsetting that she was pretending to be one of "us" when in fact she wasn't. But there must be people out there like her, trying to play poor or frugal because it's the "in" thing.

Kristina said...

Hmmm. I have never cooked any of her recipes, but may read about this anyway. Very interesting.

Candy C. said...

Well, I still like her and her show. I have both of the cookbooks too, the photography is gorgeous and I've made several of the recipes and we liked them. It IS show business after all...

Denise said...

Never understood what all the fuss was about on her. She's just a rich woman with nothing to do all day so she started blogging about it and making recipes. I cant relate to someone who has so much money. Give me a woman who homeschools her kids, and works hard on a small budget like minimum wage any day. I would have more respect for her than the Pioneer Woman who really isn't a pioneer at all imho.

Susan said...

I tuned out when she started giving her used clothing away as very special "gifts". It got a little too 'cultish' for me.

Leigh said...

I know she has a very popular blog and I did read for awhile, but it seemed geared more toward entertainment. I'm always in research mode, looking for information I can use or at least relate too. I know some folks love her so I wish her all success.

Tombstone Livestock said...

And there she is on page 5 of my Country Woman Magazine today in her kitchen with 3 sinks and looks like a small gas 2 burner counter top stove. Is it too far to walk from one sink to another and cross the room to the "big" stove .....

nancy said...

Yes, she's interesting to say the least...

Mel said...

I have enjoyed reading The Pioneer Woman for a couple of years now. As I am a rancher's wife, I held no delusions about what that life is really like, but the escapism is nice occasionally. I gave up on Food Network when they gave Sandra Lee a second show.

nancy said...

Yes Sandra Lee with her coordinated drapes and drinks :(

Nancy LittleHomesteadinBoise said...

And now she's selling stuff thru Walmart, not a big surprise. You can't go much cheaper than that...

Anonymous said...

My grandmother use to say if you can't say something nice don't say any thing but she also said you'll know people's heart by what drives them.

Here is my biggest problem.

She claims she is an accidental country girl...REALLY? Last time I was in Oklahoma City (which wasn't all that long ago) well all the areas around where she lived and grew up well looks country to me!!! lol If your from Oklahoma I don't think you can say I didn't grow up country.

Sort of like growing up in Alabama and saying because we are national champions we are not southern. lol

Second her products are made in CHINA!!! They could contain harmful chemicals etc. and be very dangerous to people.

They say they are Christians and I hope they are but if you are then act like it by not selling products made in a country like China. Make your products here after all people need jobs!!!

After all Americans who don't see through you and shop at Wal-Mart thinking your just a hard working poor or middle class farm family like them don't know how dangerous products from China can be.

Also these same folks are the ones buying your crap products making you more wealthy.

I am always amazed at what lengths people will go through to sell their soul to be rich, popular or worldly. Her recipes are not hers our grandmothers and mothers cooked all these foods and never made a penny. Most are rewrites of old recipes written by good cooks and she just adds hot sauce and jalapeno's and says they are hers. Really I don't consider her or Rachel Ray real cooks. Just me don't hate. I know it's quick easy get it on the table food but not really healthy.

I think the opening of the show were she talks about accidental country girl and this is my frontier well not really after all the government pays them millions to let those wild horses run on their ranch land. Hmmmm. That is your tax dollars paying them.

Accidental not really more like planned and as I heard someone say in Oklahoma she's a mean business woman not a rancher's wife or a pioneer in any thing. Even her cookware is a knock off my high priced French cookware from France. Those companies should be able to keep these American knock offs like Rachel and Ree from coping them. Just my opinion.

It is just fake feeling to me. I wonder if she'll convince him to sell the ranch and move to Colorado after they make more money off their China goods or if they will stay married after the kids are all grown up and off the ranch.

I always have hope someone who starts having success will hold on and not sell out throwing out products with their names on them.

It almost never happens even Martha Stewart sold out and slapped her name on products.

There is only one woman who doesn't sell products with her name on them Ina Garten. A woman who started with nothing married a military guy both went back to college and worked hard then she left that job and opened a store/restaurant then sold it and started her show and doesn't have a cookware line or clothing line or any thing except cookbooks.

She uses AMERICAN made stainless steel cookware and 99% of her products she recommends in the kitchen are made in America! Got to love that.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes, she's all about making money and in a cheap way. Sadly we probably can't manufacture cheap goods in the U.S., but many of us will pay more for decent products. Ina is very classy and I love her show! Sadly we ditched cable but I have one of her books. I also love the Free Range Cook on PBS, awesome!

Anonymous said...

I'm new to your blog. Thanks for telling me about Free Range Cook on PBS I will have to check it out. I've never heard of the show.

I know the cookware and products I like are a little on the expensive side but my grandmother a great southern woman who cooked dishes from all around the world always said buy quality spend money once and have it for life.

She was right I have cookware from her and my great grandmother. I love that.

BTW love your blog look forward to reading more of it. Blessing and much success.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks for dropping by! I agree, better to buy quality that will last than junk. You actually save money over time. When I go thrifting ro shop on eBay I look for quality used items or buy new. I think it says something about our society sadly that we have become a throw-away society instead of buying quality and having it last.

Linda said...

I know this is an older post, but I bought one of her flowered pots. The paint was chipping off the lid even before I used it. Then, I traded it for another and the paint was chipping of that one! It goes back for a refund, not an exchange.
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Little Homestead In Boise said...

Sorry for the delay, your comment went in a spam folder.

That's sad and crappy! I really have found it's better to buy quality items. I have a French cast iron pot with a lid, from QVC. I've used it hard for 10+ years, no chips, cracks or dings. Well worth the $60.00. I've never been a big fan of Walmart anyway. I got an amazing 1/2 price skillet from an over-priced kitchen store, w/free shipping. Same thing, works great!

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