Ree Drummond

Behind the Scenes at The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch

January 12, 2011 at 4:46 pm , by

Ree Drummond (the voice and talent behind The Pioneer Woman) invited us to stay at her lodge when we visited to film LHJ‘s fantastic cooking videos (watch the first one here). The lodge — the Pioneer Woman’s second home on her ranch — is a 20-minute drive from the nearest tiny town. And if you try mailing something from there . . . well, you can’t. It’s sort of in the middle of nowhere!

Ree says she’s woken up to cows outside her door on the porch, so when I woke up at sunrise in one of the guest rooms I was hoping for just that experience. It didn’t happen, but I did look out onto a most beautiful view of the Drummonds’ Oklahoma ranch, with working barns, horses grazing and cows in the field . . . where they actually belong.

Ree is beautiful and sweet. We had a lovely time with her at the ranch and, yes, ate a lot of delicious food! Click here to see a slideshow of what went on behind the scenes. And remember to check back each month for a new cooking video from Ree!

The Pioneer Woman’s New Gig

July 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm , by


Our favorite city-girl-turned-country blogger is LHJ’s newest columnist! Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman, has a number one ranked blog,, and is the author of a best-selling cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Starting with our August issue, Ree will regularly contribute to the magazine—you can find her first column on The Dish, where she talks tomatoes and shares a new recipe with us. To learn more about Ree, take a quick look at her blog—you’ll find beautiful photography, tasty recipes and her funny observations on life. We’re excited for her to bring that and more to the pages of LHJ. Welcome, Ree!

Check out our Ladies We Love interview with Ree and her first column from our August issue, which is on newsstands now.

Ladies We Love: Ree Drummond

March 24, 2010 at 1:33 pm , by

Ree Drummond credit Bill NyardIn 2006 Ree Drummond started a blog, The Pioneer Woman, to chronicle her rural life on a ranch in Oklahoma with four kids and a cattle rancher husband. Her blog has grown tremendously since then—it was recently named Weblog of the Year by the Bloggie Awards for the second year in a row, and last year she released her first cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks.

Her backstory is the hook: “an accidental country girl,” Ree was content with city life and planning to move to Chicago from Los Angeles—but not before making a quick stop in her Oklahoma hometown. It was then that she met the man who would become her husband—or Marlboro Man as she calls him—and they’ve been together ever since. (Read all about it here; her story is a memoir in the works and also in talks to become a movie.)

Visit Ree’s blog for step-by-step recipes, home and garden tips, beautiful photography and entertaining tales from her everyday life.

pioneer woman bookWhat makes me a lady: I don’t chew gum in public. (That’s for you, Mom!)

Favorite guilty pleasure: The Real Housewives of Orange County and Coffee Haagen-Dazs.

Three things on my life list: Raise my children to be creative, compassionate and contented adults, meet Loretta Lynn, and get to the bottom of my laundry pile.

If I could have a superpower, it would be: A photographic memory. And the ability to subsist on little sleep. And the ability to get to the bottom of my laundry pile.

Ladies I admire: Oh, so many. I admire women who are quietly strong. I admire women who are supportive of other women. I admire women who are content, whether it’s on a tiny homestead in Kansas or in a high political office.