Hello. My name is Mrs. B. And I am addicted to The Food Network.
I say this with no shame. I love to cook. I love to eat out. I love experimenting with new foods and fiddling with the tried-and-true as well.
Therefore, I thought I'd check in with "The Pioneer Woman" Saturday morning just to see what was up at the ranch. I folded some laundry for the illusion of productivity.
I'll tell you what was up at the ranch: Spicy Dr. Pepper pulled pork, au gratin potatoes and cilantro slaw.
She had me at Dr. Pepper. And chipotle chiles.
I like The Pioneer Woman blog. The photography is wonderful, the posts are entertaining and there are basset hounds, (sorry, Ben!) but I don't use too many of her recipes. (Well, except for these fabulous tomato soup and spaghetti recipes.) Most are a little too "ranch-y" for me.
Perhaps because she lives on a ranch? Hmmmmm. I might be onto something there.
But I couldn't resist the siren song of Dr. Pepper and chipotle chiles so I recreated PW's meal yesterday. Via computer.
Here are a couple of things I've learned about cooking by computer:
1. DON'T use The Food Network recipes -- go directly to the chef/cook's website and/or cookbook.
Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Go directly to chef/cook's website and/or cookbook.
Maybe it's just coincidence -- or a weird run of bad luck -- but I tend to find errors or omissions in a goodly number of FN recipes.
Plus, the FN recipes for pulled pork, cilantro slaw and potatoes served 18! Last time, I checked there were just two of us here at the Nine-One-Four. The PW site shaved the recipes down to a more manageable 6 to 8.
Sorry, Food Network. Just sayin'. I love you bunches otherwise.
2. DO read the reviews. This is where you find out about those pesky errors or omissions. You also get some handy-dandy tips on tweaking recipes. Case in point: A number of reviewers thought pulled pork was too spicy.
Eleven-ounce can of chipotle chiles and adobo sauce? Well, duh-hhh.
I used a 7-ounce can. And I should've known better.
But more on that later. Let's get on to PW re-creation project, shall we?
What could be simpler? One onion, one
|I love the color green!|
|In go the Dr. Pepper, chipotles and brown sugar.|
And why, yes, as a matter of fact, the chipotles DO look like
big, fat blood-sucking leeches.
Do you have a problem with that?
|A little Dr. Pepper dividend for the cook!|
|My lone little purple Peruvian adds a festive touch, don' t you think?|
|Do not skimp on the g.a.r.l.i.c.|
I beg of you.
|This. Is. Serious. Comfort. Food.|
|Note: In Saturday's PW episode, Ree |
mentioned in the original recipe. I would strongly advise the same.
Just looking out for your stomach lining.