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Ready for a bit of grilling? (Ha! See what we did there?) We’re serving up the Big, Delicious Cooking Quiz, and it starts now! Put your thinking caps and aprons on, friends—this’ll be fun with lots of tasty tidbits of information. And it’ll be a wild race tonight, because first prize goes to the first person to get a perfect score! See more details on the prizes below.

Now let’s get cracking!

 
TO ENTER

To enter, answer the questions below and submit your answers.

***IMPORTANT: SELECT THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER.***

Winners will be selected and announced this weekend.

 
 

 
THE PRIZES

The race is on tonight! We’re doing a throwback to the days when the first person to correctly answer all questions won first place! Here’s how it will play out:

First place prize goes to the first person to get a perfect score. The prize is a KitchenAid Artisan 5-quart mixer in this gorgeous pistachio color!

Second place prize goes to a randomly selected person in the first 50 perfect scores. The prize is a Cuisinart 14-cup food processor!

And finally, third place goes to a randomly selected person who correctly answers all questions. The prize is a Wusthof Nakiri knife!

Okay! Ready…set…GO!

(Feel free to shout out your score in the comments!)

 
Here’s the direct link if the questions below don’t show up: Big, Delicious Cooking Quiz

I love ordering scallops at restaurants, don’t you? But did you know how easy they are to make in your own kitchen?

So many people don’t make scallops at home because they think they are too difficult to prepare. It’s so not true! It’s super simple and they cook really fast, too.

Let me show you how!

 
 

I like to buy dry-packed scallops. There’s nothing added to them and they work great in many recipes. If you can only find wet-packed scallops, those will work fine too. And if you can buy fresh sea scallops, that’s awesome! And you can skip the first step of defrosting them.

I like to keep a bag of frozen scallops in my freezer just in case I crave them. (I even like to add them to this fried rice recipe!)

I never make the entire bag so I remove just what I need to cook and place those in a resealable plastic bag.

 
 

Place the bag...

The winners of the Jetsetter bags are…

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Congratulations, winners! Contact prizes@thepioneerwoman.com to claim your bags!

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Today, because I love ya, I’m giving away three of these Jetsetter bags, which I have loved since 2015.

The Jetsetter makes a perfect purse! It can also be converted to a backpack, which makes it handy for traveling. (The backpack straps come right off and you’d never know they had been there.)

Have I mentioned I love this purse?!?

TO ENTER

To enter, just fill out the giveaway box below and submit it!

Three winners will be randomly selected and announced Friday!

Good luck!

 
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Giveaway sponsored by Pioneer Woman.


I went to The Boarding House yesterday, and my initial thought was “Oh. It doesn’t look like it’s much further along.” Because to me, “further along” is a term I became familiar with when I was pregnant, and from one day to the next, especially in the third trimester, I looked so much “further along” that there was no denying the progress.

Example: “Oh my gosh, Ree! You are so much “further along” than you were the last time I saw you…an hour ago.”

(Disclaimer: I am not pregnant. Hahahaha. Hohohoho. Hahaha. Heehee. Hee. Ha?)

But “further along” in old building projects can often be a little bit harder to discern on the surface, and once I dug a little deeper, I learned that all we really lack to complete the project is finish work! Now granted, “finish work” means cabinets, tubs, sinks, trim, painting, tiling, and furnishing…but that’s the fun part!

 
 
I am loving these pine sheets on the walls in the room we’re calling The Tack Room! They’ll be trimmed and stained and I can’t wait to see the results.

 
 

Have I ever told you that mushrooms are one of my most favorite foods of all time? Well, if I haven’t…they are. In fact, as much as I hate and loathe bananas, that’s how much I love and adore mushrooms. Or, to put a finer point on it: If bananas are my death, mushrooms are my life. Or I’ll lay myself even more bare: Bananas make me want to run and hide; Mushrooms make me want to dance and sing.

And this soup? Well, it not only makes me want to dance and sing, but it also makes me want to sculpt, write, create, and shout from the rooftops everything that is mysterious and wonderful about fungi. It is creamy and magical, enchanting and romantic, and just the antidote for this cold snap we’ve been in!

(Sorry for all the excessive language. Maybe someday I’ll just start a cooking post with something like “I like mushrooms. Here’s a tasty soup.”)

(Then again, maybe I won’t…)

 
The Cast of Characters!

 
 
First, slice the mushrooms. Most of them are going to wind up pureed later, so no need to be neat or symmetrical! Just slice.

 
 

Ever since I was a teen, I’ve loved Thai cuisine. I remember going to a missionary theater dinner where I had pad Thai for the first time. I’m pretty sure I was skeptical about all the strange ingredients featured in Thai cuisine (baby corn and coconut milk seemed an odd pairing), but it turned out to be delicious! After that, I was hooked on eating and cooking Thai-inspired meals.

The inspiration for this particular recipe came from my sister. One of her signature dishes is coconut rice with chicken and mushrooms. I loved the flavor combo, so of course I wanted to put my own spin on it.

 
 

Man, just seeing these ingredients laid out gets me excited!

This one-pot meal contains more ingredients than some of my previous easy weeknight meals. But trust me: they’re so worth it! They each play an important flavor or texture role. The lime, bell pepper, jalapeño, and cilantro lend a freshness to this dish. The shrimp and mushrooms give that savory umami flavor. Fish sauce helps to season the rice, and it also adds that great funky fermented flavor. The rice provides the starch, and the maple syrup (which I forgot to add to this photo) sweetens up the whole dish a bit.

Let’s get into the (simple) cooking process.

 
 

Outstanding effort, everyone! That was a lot of fun—and it made us hungry!

 
Here are the stats, answers, and winners.

 
STATS

34,702 people took the quiz.
6,298 people scored 100%!
The question most people (97%) got right was…#6!
The question most people missed (only 60% got it right) was…#5.

 
ANSWERS
Q.3
In sous-vide cooking, food is placed in what?

  • a paper bag
  • a parchment parcel
  • ***a vacuum-sealed bag
  • aluminum foil

Q.4
A mezzaluna is used to do what?

  • baste
  • stir
  • sift
  • ***chop

Q.5
Shirred eggs have been __________.

  • boiled
  • ***roasted
  • fried
  • whipped

Q.6
Which of the following ingredients would you most likely use to dredge?

  • ***flour
  • broth
  • cream cheese
  • garlic

Q.7
A courgette is a/an:

  • eggplant
  • onion
  • ***zucchini
  • tomato

Q.8
What is rocket?

  • spinach
  • ***arugula
  • kale
  • mustard greens

Q.9
True or false: To scald means to bring something just over a boil.

  • True
  • ***False

Q.10
Ditalini, orecchiette, pappardelle, and acini de pepe are types of what?

  • wine
  • cheese
  • ***pasta
  • bread

Q.11
6 pints equals how many gallons?

  • .50
  • ***.75
  • 1
  • 2

Q.12
Which of the following ingredients would NOT be used to deglaze a pan?

  • whiskey
  • stock
  • water
  • ***flour

Q.13
What do sweetbreads come from?

  • ***the thymus gland of an animal
  • the hoof of an animal
  • the tail of an animal
  • your grandma’s oven

Q.14
What are the two main ingredients in Coq a Vin?

  • beef and wine
  • wine and cheese
  • ***chicken and wine
  • cheese and chicken

Q.15
What is poutine?

  • tater tots topped with chili and ranch dressing
  • ***french fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy
  • mashed potatoes topped with mac and cheese and bacon bits
  • chicken strips topped with blue cheese dressing and french fries

Q.16
Which of the following is probably NOT a factor in the outcome of meringue?

  • humidity/weather
  • temperature of eggs
  • rate at which the sugar is added
  • ***color of the cook’s hair

Q.17
Which of the following kinds of cuts or...

Tonight is the Big, Bad Animal Quiz, friends. Just a little while longer before it begins!

***We’ll be doing things a little differently this time and showing you the answers immediately after you take the quiz. So please, to keep things on the up and up, only ONE entry per person!

 
TO ENTER

At 8:00 Eastern/5:00 Pacific, the quiz will appear below. Answer the questions as quickly as you can and submit your answers.

***IMPORTANT: SELECT THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER.***

Winners will be selected and announced tomorrow!

 
THE PRIZES

First place prize will go to the first person to get a perfect score. The prize is a $300 Walmart gift card!

Second place prize will go to a randomly selected person from the first 20 perfect scores. The prize is a $200 Walmart gift card!

And finally, third place will go to a randomly selected person from all perfect scores within the first hour. The prize is a $100 Walmart gift card!

 
The quiz will go live at 8:00 pm Eastern Time/5:00 pm Pacific Time. Check back here at that time!

See you then!

 


Time for another quiz, friends! This will be a fun one about animals, and we’re covering them all: fuzzy, tiny, burly, on land, in the sea or airborne … How much do you know about our fellow residents on this beautiful planet of ours? Take the quiz and find out! It’ll be wild in more ways than one, and prizes will be shiny and new—and definitely not furry.

 
Here are the details:

WHAT: Big, Bad Animal Quiz!
WHEN: Wednesday, January 10, 8:00 pm Eastern Time/5:00 pm Pacific Time
WHERE: Here! (The Fun & Learning section.)
WHY: Because man, we really want to know what the fox says.

 
Heads up! We’ll be doing things a little differently and revealing the answers IMMEDIATELY after you submit your questions! So you’ll be able to see right away which questions (if any) you missed. We’ll see how everyone likes it!

See you Wednesday!

 


I posted these photos on Instagram over the weekend, but love them so much I wanted to share them here too. This is our newest addition, Henry, as I was squawking and cawing and meowing and woof-ing, and otherwise trying everything I could think of to get him to tilt his head.

Nothing. Not a thing.

 
 
Guess what made him tilt his head? “Moooooooooooo.” Yep, a cow. Even as a pup, he’s showing signs that he’s a ranch dog through and through!

Which brings me to the bittersweet part. Even as I was preparing this post about sweet little Henry, I was reminded that Charlie died one year ago today. I wrote about it here. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year, as I still feel those doggie-related tears of loss so acutely. But then I’m taken to an even harder place as I realize that we lost my nephew last year just after Charlie died, and that date will be coming up very soon. (You can read that post here. I can’t bring myself to read that one again, at least not right now.) And while one can’t even begin to...

Good day, everyone! Welcome to 2018! Did you sleep in today? Or did you get up early and start working off all that holiday indulging? (We hear ya.)

Most folks try to eat healthier the first weeks of a new year, which is understandable considering all the feasting we’ve been doing since November. There are only so many roasts, casseroles, whole birds, cookies, pies, cake, and cocktails one can have! If you’re looking for ideas on eating healthier without depriving yourself of delicious, comforting food, look no further. We’re sharing 10 healthy recipes to get you started!

 
 

Baked Oatmeal. Dara shows us the basic components that go into a hearty dish of baked oatmeal, then gives us 5 different variations to try. Try them all, then make your own!

 
 

Magnificent Granola. Fact: Homemade granola just tastes so much better than store-bought. It’s super easy and costs less to make, much fresher, and you get to put whatever you want in it. Make extra, then transform some of it into granola bars!

 
 

Good job on the 2017 U. S. Events Quiz, everyone!

 
Here are the stats, answers, and winners.

 
STATS

4,912 people took the quiz.
915 people scored 100%!
The question everyone (100%) got right was…#11!
The question most people missed (only 66% got it right) was…#17.

 
ANSWERS

Q.3
True or false: Donald Trump was sworn in as the 47th president of the United States.

  • True
  • ***False

Q.4
Which social media hashtag was widely used in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal?

  • #WeAreOne
  • #IAgree
  • ***#MeToo
  • #NoMore

Q.5
Which of the following celebrity couples did NOT have twins in 2017?

  • George and Amal Clooney
  • ***Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott
  • Jay-Z and Beyonce

Q.6
True or false: The Dow reached an all-time high in 2017.

  • ***True
  • False

Q.7
James Comey was fired from his position of director of what agency?

  • CIA
  • National Security Council
  • FCC
  • ***FBI

Q.8
Which team won the Super Bowl in 2017?

  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Green Bay Packers
  • ***New England Patriots
  • Dallas Cowboys

Q.9
True or false: The Thomas California wildfire (which began December 4, 2017) is the largest wildfire in California history.

  • ***True
  • False

Q.10
Who is the current White House Press Secretary?

  • Sean Spicer
  • Jay Carney
  • ***Sarah Huckabee Sanders
  • Ari Fleischer

Q.11
Which country did President Trump threaten with “fire and fury” if it showed nuclear aggression toward the U.S.?

  • ***North Korea
  • Russia
  • Iran
  • Syria

Q.12
True or false: The winner of the Best Picture Oscar was “La La Land”

  • True
  • ***False

Q.13
Which of the following actors did NOT pass away in 2017?

  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • Bill Paxton
  • ***Leonard Nimoy
  • Robert Guillame

Q.14
True or false: The Las Vegas massacre in October was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

  • ***True
  • False

Q.15
Which team won the World Series in 2017?

  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • ***Houston Astros
  • New York Yankees
  • Chicago Cubs

Q.16

Today, because I love ya, and because I love all the fun products at The Merc, I’m giving away three (3) $500 gift cards to The Merc’s online store!

 
We’ve got PW plastic wrap dispensers (the best plastic wrap ever!)…

 
Sweet little polka dot bowls

 
Our much-loved turquoise beads

 
And our classic PW Leather Tote.

And there’s so much more to fall in love with! Here’s where to browse:

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile Online Store

 
TO ENTER

To enter, just fill out and submit the giveaway box below.

Three winners will be randomly selected and announced the morning of New Year’s Eve!

Good luck!

 
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This is Henry!

 
 
He has taken over everything.

 
 
We take photos of all angles, because every angle of a Basset Hound puppy is cute.

I realize some of you might cringe a little at the sight of a puppy tummy on a kitchen countertop. I completely understand, but all I can say in my defense is that I live on a cattle ranch. This is the least of my worries.

 
 
I didn’t plan this timing, but it occurred to all of us that Charlie came into our lives exactly ten years ago.

 
 
Nothing can ever replace ol’ Charles…but this little guy sure is going a long way to fill the hole Charlie left.

Even Walter is happy...

If there’s ever an occasion for a cocktail, it has to be New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Champagne is nice, but a cocktail makes a statement. I think the statement is, “Ooh-la-la.”

 
 

Break out the party hats and noisemakers—we’re making a cocktail!

 
 

This beautiful drink starts with St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur. The bottle is so, so gorgeous. I feel like it should be on display in my house. Would that be weird? St. Germain is a lovely, lightly sweet liqueur that tastes floral and a little fruity. I get a definite pear vibe here. It’s not heavy or overly sweet.

 
 

Paired with orange juice and Cointreau, this cocktail is both sunny and cheerful in color and...

This has certainly been an eventful year, hasn’t it? So much happened in such a short period of time. Wow. With just a few days left before 2018, let’s take a moment to revisit some of the biggest stories of this year. The 2017 U.S. Events Quiz starts now!

 
TO ENTER

To enter, answer the questions below and submit your answers. All questions pertain to events that happened in 2017.

***IMPORTANT: SELECT THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER.***

Winners will be selected and announced this weekend.

 
THE PRIZES

First place, randomly chosen from the first 50 perfect scores, wins…a Kitchen Aid mixer!

Second place, randomly chosen from all perfect scores within the first hour, wins…a Cuisinart food processor!

And finally, one randomly selected person who correctly answers all questions wins…a Wusthof knife!

Okay! Ready…set…GO!

(Feel free to shout out your score in the comments!)

 
Here’s the direct link if the questions below don’t show up: 2017 U.S. Events Quiz

 


Can you believe we’re only days away from another new year? We could’ve sworn it was 2008 only a few years ago! Yet here we are, in the last week of 2017 and racing toward 2018. Let’s bid this year farewell with a bang, shall we? Join us Thursday for a big 2017 U.S. Events Quiz! Brush up on your current events because all questions will be about things that happened this year. It’ll be loads of fun and prizes will be shiny and new—just like 2018!

Here are the details:

WHAT: 2017 U.S. Events Quiz
WHEN: Thursday, December 28, 9:00 pm Eastern Time/6:00 pm Pacific Time
WHERE: Here! (The Fun & Learning section.)
WHY: Because so much happened this year, man!

See you Thursday!

 


Is it strange to be more excited about repurposing holiday leftovers than to eat them the day of? Honey ham is one of my favorite leftovers. It adds so much tasty flavor to a dish without any extra work.

I’ve got a great idea for you to use up that extra ham after Christmas dinner: a hash. Not just any hash, though. A shredded vegetable hash that you roast in the oven for maximum caramelized crispy bits. Caramelized crispy bits are the best part of a hash, no? Why not make a whole hash full of them?

 
 

OK, round up a few ingredients. You don’t need many: leftover ham, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, garlic, salt, and some oil. I like using avocado oil because it’s flavorless and has a high smoke point.

 
 

I’m giving you a REALLY good reason to buy a food processor if you don’t already have one. Or maybe a shredding...

You know that feeling when you arrive at a dinner party and the host/hostess hands you a beautiful, handcrafted cocktail when you walk through the door? Isn’t that just the best?

It’s the little details that I especially appreciate—the things that people do to make a gathering feel extra special. Like a hand-lettered menu, a personalized music play list … or a special cocktail, like this Cranberry Thyme Gin and Tonic.

 
 

This cranberry thyme gin and tonic is quickly becoming an annual tradition at our house. I first started serving these pretty beverages last year at a Friendsgiving gathering we hosted, and continued to serve them for the next couple months.

The cranberries make a perfect holiday statement (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s) but also easily extend themselves through the remaining months of winter. I like to use cranberries until spring arrives!

 
 

Besides the fresh cranberries available this time of year, there’s also an incredible variety of citrus to enjoy. Squeezing that...

The Spelling Showdown starts now! Put on those thinking caps, everyone—this is going to be a fun and tricky ride!

 
***IMPORTANT:

  • Choose the best possible answer
  • Choose the common American English spelling
  • All answers should be common words—no proper nouns (company names, etc.)—with the exception of #18

Note: We accidentally posted the quiz a little early. Oops! But don’t worry, we’ll make up for that by increasing the random prizes. It’ll all be good, we promise!

 
TO ENTER

To enter, answer the questions below and submit your answers.

Winners will be selected and announced on Friday.

 
THE PRIZES

First place, randomly chosen from the first 50 perfect scores, wins…a Kitchen Aid mixer!

Second place, randomly chosen from all perfect scores within the first hour, wins…a Cuisinart food processor!

And finally, one randomly selected person who correctly answers all questions wins…a Wusthof knife!

 
Okay! Ready…set…GO!

(Feel free to shout out your score in the comments!)

 
Here’s the direct link if the questions below don’t show up: Spelling Showdown