I've done pretty well here at home, cooking for our health. We've banned salt far, far away, to the point of even buying no-salt-added ketchup and no-salt canned tomatoes; I cook low-fat most of the time. Holidays I make the good old fattening dishes, but I can tell I'm not as good a cook as I once was on those things. Use it or lose it, the saying goes. I'm losing my touch with a lot of the old farm-style foods I seldom make any more.
Enter Pioneer Woman, the best blogger ever. Note that I did not say my favorite blogger, or the one I'd most like to meet. I doubt Ree and I have much in common, when you get right down to it. But her style of writing, her humor, and her pictures inspire me! I use photos a lot more these days, thanks to Pioneer Woman.
Anyway. Pioneer Woman Ree occasionally shared recipes on her main blog, and has lately set up new digs specifically for cooking. So far, there hasn't been a healthy one in the bunch. But those I've tried are all delicious.
Just to show the kind of influence she has, two of her dishes (chicken spaghetti and "the best chocolate cake ever) are very similar to a couple of recipes used by my Arkansas friend, Lona. But I had never tried to make them until PW shared them. Why? I think it's the pictures! Ree takes pictures of every tiny step in making a dish; including, toward the end of each food entry, shots of some luscious bite of heaven perched on the end of her fork. So you just HAVE to make it to see if it's as good as it looks.
As I type this, there's a Pioneer Woman brisket slow-cooking in my roaster. Brisket has been a big family favorite around here, and nobody else could convince me to flavor it up in a different way. But I've had such great success with PW's other foods, I just had to try. It's no doubt loaded with sodium, since there's a whole bottle of soy sauce in there.
In my freezer is a pan of Ree's chicken spaghetti, waiting for an opportune time to be taken out and slid in the oven.
So, let me warn you: reading "The Pioneer Woman Cooks" may be hazardous to your health. It can derail your diet and clog your arteries. Don't go there. Most especially, don't go there hungry.
Speaking of food, you can check out how Cliff's garden is growing on my blogger site.