And the wonderful winner is Paige Summers Ackerman! Thank you so much to everyone who entered. And a wonderful holiday season to all of you.
Almost everyone can agree that food brings family and friends together throughout the holidays. During the season, many of us pull out recipes handed down over generations while also trying new dishes that may become new traditions. I have loved The Pioneer Woman from the moment I opened her first cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl. Ree Drummond has been able to capture the love of family and food and provides step by step photographs and instructions for each one of her recipes--you almost feel she's standing in your kitchen holding your hand and can't wait to see the results.
She has a new book. And I'd like to give one away!
Ree's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays gives you meals and menus throughout the entire year, not only at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but holidays such as Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, and Father's Day. All of her books are bright, easy to follow, and contain such a love of family and home. Not only does she give you great ideas for Christmas cookies, she also gives you fabulous ideas for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas brunch. Ever since we tried her Cinnamon Rolls two years ago, they have made it on our table every Christmas morning, and I highly doubt they'll be leaving anytime soon. Except her new book has a recipe for Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls, so it may be a tough decision!
The recipe I decided to try is a thin bar cookie Ree calls spreads, a thin buttery cookie with a layer of melted chocolate on top. I highly doubt you'll make this only once a year. I will tell you that in her book, Ree uses butter instead of margarine (as I also did), and I added one-third cup of peanut butter before the final stirring and baking. The recipe is easy, the results, amazing.
I love this book so much, and I want you to have one, too. Here's what you do: go to the comments section of the blog and leave a comment about your favorite dish for the holidays and why you can't live without it. Leave your comment by noon on Friday, December 6, EST. I'll randomly select a winner and announce the lucky person on Friday. And you will get a marvelous cookbook you will use throughout the year.