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This show is the only show on television that I religiously love to hate watch. I'm sure she and her family are very nice people but every time I'm watching this show I just start ranting at the television. Whether it's about the food or the way I feel her family is coming across (which more often than not reads as acting to me) I always have something to say.

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This show is the only show on television that I religiously love to hate to watch.

Me, too.  At the risk of sounding repetitive, Ree is pretty much a cooking show hack.  Her lack of originality is epic, and in fact I'm kind of surprised that groups like Taste of Home and the Pawhuska Church Cookbook Committee of 1975 haven't come after her with pitchforks.  "Hey bitchcakes, that's our top secret recipe for garlic bread made with butter and garlic salt.  Back off."

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At the risk of sounding repetitive, Ree is pretty much a cooking show hack.

Yes, she really is. My personal favorite moment was when she made home-made spaghetti sauce, and the secret ingredient was a jar of store-bought spaghetti sauce. WTF? And I think she did that twice in 3 or 4 weeks.

And hi, grisgris! Nice to see you here. Loved reading your posts on TWOP. I was LadySadie there.

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This has been bugging me for the longest time: Does anyone else think her older son, Bryce, I think, looks like Michael Anthony Hall? I swear he could be his son!

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Today's last show (the 1:30 16 minute meal edition) perfectly illustrates the hilarity of calling this a cooking show for me. Spending two segments on French bread pizza? Really? "You take the baguettes and the marinara and then you assemble it". The funniest thing about that for me was when they went to commercial between the segments and the first one that came up is Giada's Kohler commercial where she makes the meatballs AND the sauce from scratch in 60 seconds.

French Bread pizza was only slightly more cooking than the assembling the sammiches for the football camp episode.

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I've watched only once and was totally confused by the "kitchen" and the setup.  It reminded me of a cooking show for young women who have never cooked.  Sure was basic.  The one I saw  was her making cupcakes - then rolling in butter and sugar.  I almost gagged when I realized that it was suppose to be the entire breakfast for the family.  Sure not a health show.

The favorite dishes  for her kids was another cannotbelieve moment - wow - carrots and frozen peas.

I'm thinking it looks like a lot of hype and a busy blogger

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I'm thinking it looks like a lot of hype and a busy blogger

A blog with a lot of readers who follow her onto TV & instantly increase FN's ratings -- they loved the blog so they love the show, despite its pisspoor content.

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Ree is consistantly a ratings winner.  I enjoy watching her show, even when it is an episode that I have seen before,  She just comes across as down to earth and friendly.

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Oh, give me a home, where the wild (subsidized) mustangs roam...

And where no one can find us all day (because we live in the middle of nowhere)

Where often is heard a discouraging word (about the crappy recipes)

And the fierce wind is whipping all of the way (that's why we like to entertain guests outdoors and better yet, have dangerous bonfires)

Sorry, that's been swirling in my mind since the new site launched this thread.

I watched the "Family Favorites" episode the other day (seen it before) and poor Paigey really got the raw deal. Carrots and frozen peas. If you're going to replicate frozen TV dinners, then do it right. Have mashed potatoes and a brownie in the corner. I'm surprised that Ree didn't rummage up those replicas of frozen dinner trays to serve that meal. Gosh, Aunt Sandy and even Trisha has them. Ree is slipping. 

 

 

 

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Today I saw the 16 minute meals. The French bread pizzas........please!! My kids made those 15 yrs ago! FOR A SNACK....

Can you say to your family......I care a bout you enough to spend 16 minutes on your supper. A few chunks of canned pineapple and ham on a slice of bread! This should be taken off FN and the tapes be played in 8th grade home ec classes...oh wait, do they still have those classes?

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Lisin, your comment about her chcocolate seet cake being commonly referred to as Texas sheet cake is exactly what bugs the shit out of me the most. That recipe is absolutely identical to the one I inherited from my aunt, who brought it to pretty much every party I can remenber attending since 1965. She presents it on her blog like it's hers. In a posting where she's bragging about some Italian person writing to her and praising her best ever lasagna, which I'm betting she lifted directly from somewhere else. She doesn't have the professional ethics or decency to attribute her material to other people. And yet, her people would probably be all over anyone who tried to rebrand her "best ever chocolate cake" to "super fantastic chocolate cake" on their blog. She's so much worse about stealing recipes and passing them off as her own than Paula Deen ever was.

It would almost be better to name this Ree's Plagiarism Zone (aka Test Kitchen), but I'm sure that wouldn't last for long.

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Pretty much all recipes have been made by someone else first.  I just like to see good food that I would want to eat.   I have never heard Ree say that she spent hours in a test kitchen developing a recipe.  

And at this point, anyone who makes lasagna is not the first, or chocolate cake for that matter.

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With all due respect, that's not the point. Ree passes these so-called recipes off as her own creations, when in fact, they are not. Other FN hosts will say that a recipe is from "so and so," and they may make some adaptation, but they don't profess them as their own original recipes.

I want to know the day when microwaving a tortilla with onions, cheese and hot sauce constitutes a dish fitting for a cooking show. Has Ree put her copyright on that one yet?  LOL!

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I don't think anyone was under the impression that Ree (or anyone) invented that chocolate cake recipe, and she fully gave credit to the frosting recipe (someone posted that to her blog) so I think that isn't really the point. I don't think Anne Burrell invented steak with mushroom sauce or whatever but it's nice to watch the technique or to get ideas. I don't think Ree is anywhere near as bad as Aunt Sandy, she's never scooped the innards out of a store bought cheesecake to make cheescake pops. I think it's fun to snark on some of her Semi Homemade "recipes" like the tortilla in the microwave but I don't think she's guilty of stealing recipes. Most of the things she makes are comfort food type things that have been in the lexicon forever.

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Right,grisgris. Lisin, if you google, she's pretty much laid claim to that cake. Her name is associated with it, and I think there are lots of people who believe it's hers. She's an unfortunate byproduct of the blogging culture who never learned proper attribution. People can nitpick about originality, like when demonstrating a classic fried chicken, but this stupid cake is ingredient for ingredient the same as the recipe in my box.

Thank goodness she wasn't stupid enough to rebrand Toll House cookies as her own. That would be fun to watch.

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I ultimately don't care that much who takes credit for what in this sense because I'm guessing it's a super old recipe that basically everyone's grandmother made. I don't even make it remotely the same way as she does, I use different ingredients (I use yogurt not buttermilk because I always have yogurt I never have buttermilk) and I use different cocoa powder and different amounts of it but I still tell everyone it's Texas Sheet cake if they ask (I also exclusively make it as cupcakes) because in my head that's what it is.

That frosting though? The one with the cooked milk and flour? Seriously, do yourself a favor and make it. It is a GIGANTIC pain in the ass, there's a better recipe here but you will not be sorry. It is amazing. 

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For some reason the Pioneer Folks remind me of the Duggar clan. I guess it's the religious, home school thing. This bunch will never win an Oscar for their acting abilities. "This is good, honey." Are those the only words that dumb ass husband can say?

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Trying to fit into the norms of my new land so I am creating an espisode thread.

I had to look up the season and episode number, and I am amazed.  This is the 7th season???

Anyway, I watched the Bryceeeee episode the other day.  Bryce is a cute kid and you can tell he does have animated expressions like Ree said in her voiceover.  Of course he was on camera and probably mugs it up more in real life - I'm sure he is quite funny.  I wonder if he likes being called either B-Man or Bryceeee.

Ree made an Italian meatloaf.  And she used FOUR eggs!  I usually use one.  Are four eggs typical?

I saw the recipe for the "salad" was called "B-Man Salad."  It should have been "B-Man Dressed Lettuce," because literally that's all it was.

I loved the scene of B-Man with the Bassett hound.  Those dogs are the best part of this show.

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I love those dogs so much! Such good names too, Charlie and Walter. They're too funny.

I've noticed that often she's making HUGE portions of whatever so maybe it was a really big batch of meatloaf? I don't remember specifically because I haven't seen the episode in a while but I'm betting she used quadruple the amount of everything and just didn't mention amounts of meat etc. and you just saw the eggs because they're obvious. Generally speaking she's feeding at least 6 people, 4 of whom are growing teens/pre-teens and all of whom spend their entire days riding horses and burning calories like no ones business so I get the portion size I just wish they'd mention it more often while filming because a lot of times it just looks like she's a crazy person.

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She did mention that she made a whole meatloaf although it was just B-Man and her for dinner.  She said something like meatloaf is the best ever leftover (I happen to agree it's good, but my vote for best is beef stew).  The loaf was on the larger side but not colossal.  I think two pounds of ground beef maybe and the typical amount of bread soaked in milk.  (Oh sorry, it was Ciabatta to make it Italian).  So I'm thinking it was not quadruple sized.

And thanks for reminding me of the second Bassett's name!  I could only remember Charlie.  They are the uncredited stars of the show.

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NewOrleansLady the other thing he says all the time to the kids is "are you hungry?" I do not like him. He has scary dead eyes. 

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I do see some favoritism as Charlie seems to be the no. 1 Basset.

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What I found strange about the "Bryceeee" episode was how Ree didn't know what position her son plays for the local football team.  She said he played defensive back, but his jersey had the No. 17 on it.  That's a quarterback number, not a defensive back.  And the fact her husband's the team coach, well her kid ain't playing defensive back.  Surely she's not that dim.

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I've created a General Discussion topic and have moved some posts from Small Talk over here. If you all have a clever title for this topic let me know and I'll edit it (it's fine to put the idea in your post). Thanks! 

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Damm, she used two pounds of beef and one pound of breakfast sausage and about two pounds of cheese in that lasagna seems way too much for me. Then she used almost five cups of cheese in the garlic cheese bread. And not to forget the canned pie filling in fried pies for dessert. Yuck.

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It's her schtick, Lillybee.  More butter, more cheese, more meat, more frosting, more candy.  Bleh.  No balance.  She's actually a lot like Guy Fieri in her cooking style.

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Brycee, Toddy, Paigey.....makes me crazy with those "cutesy" names! I watch the show but something about this family doesn't set right with me. Ladd has the personality of a rock. Ree seems a little too laid back and such a goody two shoes. And don't get me started on Cowboy Josh! He seems kind of sleazy and gives Paigey a come hither look. Eww....creepy!

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Yep. I think crowning Ree the female Guy Fie-ddy is fitting! 

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What I found strange about the "Bryceeee" episode was how Ree didn't know what position her son plays for the local football team.  She said he played defensive back, but his jersey had the No. 17 on it.  That's a quarterback number, not a defensive back.  And the fact her husband's the team coach, well her kid ain't playing defensive back.  Surely she's not that dim.

I would believe it. 

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Jumping in to the debate: My recipe, meaning Ree's recipe. Not to go all Bill Clinton, but for me, define my. When I watch I take it to be her recipe as in that is what she makes, not that she invented it. Lisin, what you call Texas Sheet Cake, here in my part of NC, we call Boiled Icing Cake. So imagine if Ree did call it Texas Sheet Cake? How much brouhaha would there be with No it's Boiled Icing Cake! No it's Gooder Than Sex Cake! Another example, when I googled the chocolate cake recipe I got to looking on her website. She has a cake on there called Pig Cake. She said in her blog she had no idea why it was called Pig Cake. Well we here in NC also have a cake exactly like the Pig Cake. Although she showed it as a sheet cake and we here usually, but not always do it as a layer cake. And we call it Pig Pickin' Cake. Because it is the cake of choice to have at our pig pickings.  And the case could even be made about that. I think calling it a pig picking is unique to our area, either here in NC or in the south in general. But I am positive that every region has their own word for it. And she does acknowledge when someone gives her a recipe. Hyacinth (I don't like that name, sorry if anyone here is named that) gave her the dipped beef with vinegary peppers recipe. And she says many times when her mother-in-law is the giver of the recipe. 

I don't know. I like this show. I like that she is somewhat self deprecating. She isn't claiming to be a chef's chef. She is a home cook. I like that she tries to get out of helping around the ranch and that she likes her alone time. And she is kind of endearing in one episode when she tries, like so many women do (not all), to go all, let's eat outside and pretend we do it all the time. And her hubby is complaining that the wind is blowing too hard and why can't they eat inside. Watching RHAtlanta totally let me know that he was throwing shade at her, in a good natured way. 

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While the kids and Ladd are outside working the bulls, Ree is making them a rib-sticking meal for when the school bell rings. There's Strawberry Lemonade to refresh them when they get to the lodge, and then Scalloped Potatoes and Ham with a side of Lemony Green Beans. To keep things sweet, Chocolate Pecan Crispy Treats before the kids get down to their studies

 

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I give her props in this episode.  She made the potatoes completely from scratch (no cream 'o gack soup!), and she cooked an actual green vegetable.  Her desserts rarely speak to me, but all in all it was a good show.  The thing about her show that is consistently interesting (to me) is "life on the ranch" and watching her kids grow up.  Her cooking is pretty rudimentary stuff.

I really liked the mandoline she used for the potatoes.  If anyone noticed it and knows the brand, please let me know. 

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Back in 2009 she linked to this one on her website, but I don't think it's the same one sadly. 

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Please let me know about the snark page! I have so much to say about this episode!!! Ham & potatoes that have been made for generations. Fresh green beans with added lemon TO MAKE THEM TASTE FRESH?? And Rice Krispy treats. I have a boat load of variations on those treats. I will ask again.....Why?

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Anneofcleves,

I have the exact mandolin , I really like it. It is made by Jaccard. It came with about 6 extra blades for different cuts. The only drawback is it is pretty big so you need space for storage.

Heads up, it gets not so great reviews on Amazon. I like mine!

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I know nothing about football numbers, why would 17 be a quarterback number only? But, for what it's worth, Bryce was a quarterback, at least at one point in time. If he switched positions wouldn't he have been able to keep his number? 

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!7 is not a "QB only #."   There is no such thing.  Not sure where that idea comes from.  That Bryce is a cute one for sure and I enjoy seeing him and his siblings.

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Anneofcleves,

I have the exact mandolin , I really like it. It is made by Jaccard. It came with about 6 extra blades for different cuts. The only drawback is it is pretty big so you need space for storage.

Heads up, it gets not so great reviews on Amazon. I like mine!

What do you like about it vs what is not liked at Amazon? I am thinking about getting one and want to know what criteria to use when buying one. Also, is it good for onions and tomatoes?

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I have not used it with tomatoes. I don't use it on a regular basis, it is kind of big so I have it stored in a weird area. I have an out of sight out of mind problem. I have used it for potatoes, onion, squash, peppers & other firm vegetables. I have not used all the attachments, but the 3-4 I tried worked fine. I saw some complaints about the guard, I have never had a problem with it. It is pretty big but holds things securely.

I hope that helps.

This one is way cheaper and gets better reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/Super-Slicer-Professional-Mandoline/dp/B001105FFS/ref=sr_1_21?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1397020751&sr=1-21&keywords=mandoline+slicer

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Yes it helps. I see that there are so many price ranges for basically the same product that I don't  know which way to go. I don't mind paying say $50 if it is greatly better than a $20 item. I cook a lot, but a home cook am I, but I do like gadgets. I don't have many but I have always wanted one of those mandolin things. I have a food processor but it isn't as precise as I think a mandolin would be, just for prettying something up. 

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The whole family is pitching in for a big party to celebrate Ree's father-in-law, Chuck's, birthday. Everyone is gathering at the lodge for a Cajun Surf and Turf feast, with rare beef tenderloin and juicy jumbo shrimp, and Cajun Mashed Potatoes and Garlic Butter Dinner Rolls on the side. The girls are helping Ree make a delicious Strawberry Shortcake Cake, while her sister-in-law makes Salad and her mother-in-law takes the boys shopping. It's one birthday Chuck will never forget.
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Didn't Ree make that same, or a similar cake, for Pa-Pa's birthday last time?  I thought the use of the cajun seasoning on the tenderloin (I cried), shrimp, vegetables and in the mashed potatoes was overkill. At least she didn't use it to coat the frozen dinner rolls.  I didn't follow the vegetables in the cream-wine sauce. It seemed more like a sauce for the shrimp than a side dish. I also wish we'd seen the prep for Missy's salad. It sounded interesting. 

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I agree the vegetable didn't seem to fit, maybe with tex mex. They also looked over cooked. I love tenderloin, but how many times has she made it? It seems quite frequent.

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During the airing of this episode there was a commercial for Popeyes cajun surf and turf. Just saying. Pa-Pa is a wee bit creepy. 

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Did she suggest another cut of meat you could use for this? Beef tenderloin is super expensive, isn't it? If memory serves, there were 2 tenderloins there, which I think would be at least $75 worth of meat.

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I don't find her as annoying as I did when her show first started airing on Food Network. There was a very early episode, which I think revolved around a birthday party for one of her sons. 

So in this episode, she kind of pontificated that she and her family don't make big deals out of kids' birthdays like other people do, and that they prefer a just a quiet celebration with family. The whole speech had kind of a "Aw shucks I'm just a bumpkin farm girl" schtick to it, like she was trying to sell a simpler, slower-paced way of life. Then she proceeded to get into her late-model pickup truck and drive for 15 MINUTES to the lodge, which she said is what they use for family celebrations.

Lady, who the hell do you think you were fooling? It's obvious to anyone with eyes that your husband's family owns a significant chunk of Oklahoma, and is quite wealthy. Not rich, but wealthy. My parents both grew up in Iowa, on farms, and I have quite a few family members that make all or part of their living farming. I can assure you that none of them live like that, nor have they ever. 

It was just so phony and fake that it turned me off right away, and I didn't watch for awhile. Then I started watching episodes here and there again, and she seems to have toned that down. Now it's just her recipes that make me roll my eyes. And what gets me is that I've heard that some of the recipes on her blog are pretty creative, unique, and sophisticated. So I don't get why she dumbs things down so much for her Food Network show. 

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I don't think there is a substitute for tenderloin. Each one of those cost over $100 at my costco.

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Yeah, I figured. I've made beef tenderloin exactly once, for an anniversary dinner. It was a smaller one, but it was still $50. 

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I always kind of assumed that because they owned a cattle ranch they got meat cheaper than most? I mean there is literally no evidence of that fact and they do show her buying meat at the store but I still think that in real life (not for the show) they probably have a whole cow or two broken down in some freezer because they own a cattle ranch. 

You can make pork tenderloin in pretty much the same way though and it's much cheaper. Also not as gigantic. 

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