Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays Cookbook Review


Update! Congratulations to Mary Louise who said...

Love this site! Thanks for giving your readers an opportunity to win Ree's cookbook.

Mary Louise please contact me by email at mary@deepsouthdish.com as soon as possible and provide your full name and mailing address so I can get Ree's new book out to you. I know that you will love it!
By now, surely everybody has heard of Ree Drummond, self-proclaimed accidental country girl, award-winning blogger at www.thepioneerwoman.com, Food Network personality, and bestselling author of cookbooks, children's books and even her memoir, a romance novel of her courtship with Marlboro Man. I have all of Ree's cookbooks, but hands down, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, available today on Amazon and store shelves everywhere, is my favorite one yet.
"There's food, glorious food in this cookbook,
and you won't run out of yummy things to make."

A large and hefty hardback cookbook, weighing in over 3 pounds and with nearly 400 pages, A Year of Holidays contains 140 of Ree's recipes presented in her signature, step-by-step style and using the same beautiful photography that you're accustomed to seeing on her blog.

Filled with simple, scrumptious food celebrations covering Ree's 12 favorite holidays from January 1 to December 31... but, don't think that it's only a cookbook intended for the holidays, because most of these recipes are easily translated to other times of the year, and many may be shared across the aisle of holidays.

Arranged in chapters by holidays beginning with New Year's Day, Ree takes us through The Big Game day, Valentine's Day, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and ending with New Year's Eve. Every holiday section is color-coded so that you can flip right along the page edges to find the right section easily anytime.

You may have seen this new cookbook debut on QVC a few weeks ago, where it promptly sold out in nano-seconds without us getting to really even see the table of recipes they had prepared. I always enjoy that part and especially seeing the host David do the happy dance when he tastes something he really enjoys - especially anything mac and cheese!

So this past Sunday, Ree was on In the Kitchen with David for a second time, and we got a better look at some of the dishes from the cookbook. Here's a little sneak peek at some of what's inside Holidays.

In New Year's Day you'll find Resolution Smoothies along with three different French toast casseroles, including a Bagel and Cream Cheese version, Hoppin' John, Black-eyed Pea Salsa, Collards and Loaded Cornbread, among others.


The Big Game chapter provides a full menu spread that includes Buffalo Chicken Bites, Grilled Corn Dip, four different Potato Skins, Whiskey BBQ Sliders and Dr Pepper Cupcakes plus there's a do ahead game plan, so you can get a jump start on the prep.


Valentine's Day brings recipes for Red Velvet Pancakes, Candy-Dipped S'mores, Layered Jiggly Hearts, Chocolate-Covered Strawberries, Homemade Chocolate Truffles and Valentine Cookies and a romantic dinner for two menu that also includes a do ahead plan.


In the Easter chapter, Ree shares her favorite treats, including Hot Cross Buns, Easter Cookies and Krispies Eggs, and gives us an Easter brunch menu centered around her Glazed Easter Ham and ending with Sigrid's Carrot Cake. There are even recipes for using up those Easter leftovers, including four different deviled egg ideas.


For Cinco de Mayo, you'll find a great party menu starting with Blackberry Margaritas, three different recipes for Pico de Gallo, Homemade Tortillas, Beef and Chicken Fajitas, Chimichurri Shrimp, Black Beans and Lime Rice along with some make ahead tips. Don't miss the Dulce de Leche Brownies or Cinnamon Ice Cream with Cinnamon Crisps.


A breakfast in bed menu for Mom is featured in the Mother's Day chapter, beginning with Coffee Granita and a variety of scones, including Perfect Cream Scones, Lemon-Rosemary or Maple-Bacon Scones, Yogurt and Berry Parfaits and Salmon Scrambled Eggs.


Father's Day features a Dinner for Dear Ol' Dad menu of Arnold Palmers, Three Meat Lasagna and Caesar Salad, finished with a Chocolate Strawberry Cake.


In the Fourth of July chapter, you'll find a great summertime cookout menu beginning with Homemade Lemonade and Watermelon Sangria, and featuring all the great summer sides - Grilled Corn, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad and a Big Bad Burger Bar. This holiday finishes with Peach Cobbler, Strawberry Ice Cream and Key Lime Pie.


Halloween gives us a grouping of terrifying treats the kids will love - Petrifying Pumpkin Pancakes, Mummy Dogs, Homemade Caramel Apples, Candy Corn Popcorn Balls made with a homemade kettle corn, a Cheese Ball of Death and Eyeball Cake Balls.


Ree says it's her favorite holiday of them all and the Thanksgiving chapter doesn't disappoint, bringing 19 recipes, including how to brine and roast the turkey and tips on carving your bird. You'll find the most decadent mashed potatoes that can be made ahead, four different recipes for dressing, how to make a giblet gravy and recipes for all the classic sides. This chapter also includes a do-ahead game plan. Multiple pie recipes are included and there are even some recipes for using up all those leftovers.


The Christmas chapter is loaded with sweet treats and favorites including Brandy Snaps, Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies, Marshmallow Pops, Gingerbread House Cookies and Ree's favorite Christmas cookies. There's Christmas Rum Pudding Cake, Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls and Mulled Apple Cider.

Check out the Christmas Eve Dinner menu too where you'll find recipes for Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding, Rosemary Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Brussels, Burgundy Mushrooms and Boozy Bread Pudding. Ree even shares the Drummond family's traditional Christmas morning brunch menu, consisting of Fried Quail, Drop Biscuits and Quail Gravy.


New Year's Eve winds down the book with party menu ideas beginning with Champagne Cocktails, Skewers, Dips, Cocktail Wieners and sweet dessert shooters of Lemon Creme Pie, Cherry Cheesecake and Chocolate Mint.


Besides the helpful make ahead plans on many menus, several individual recipes, like the Homemade Tortillas,are marked with a butterfly icon indicating they have bonus content available with helpful videos from Harper Collins Unbound via your smartphone.

Ree also provides a multitude of cook's notes, helpful hits and variations for many of the recipes, and you'll find cross references in each holiday for recipes from other chapters that will also work for other holidays.

Of course, the family is there, the kids (hard to believe how much they've grown from the early blogging days) and Charlie, plenty of beautiful pictures from the ranch, including, as always the cowboys in action and the number one cowboy, Marlboro Man, and there are even some precious childhood shots included of Ree.

I love Ree's cookbooks because they contain real, uncomplicated recipes we love, with ingredients we all mostly have on hand. The books are always fun, playful, colorful and just downright uplifting and this newest one is no exception. If you enjoy collecting a wide range of cookbooks you'll enjoy having this one to add to your collection - if you're already a fan of The Pioneer Woman, you will absolutely love it.

It's the perfect resource for holiday cooking throughout the year or for anytime. Purchase your copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Holidays! right now on Amazon.com or at a local retailer or bookstore near you.

UPDATE: GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Check back soon here on this post for the winner announcement.


The publisher has offered me ONE free copy to give to ONE lucky Deep South Dish reader!


TO ENTER: Simply comment below to enter for a chance to win, telling me what your favorite holiday is and what you like to cook for it. That's it!

You may post with the NAME/URL or ANONYMOUS options, but be sure to fill in your name or leave your name along with your comment so I'll know who you are if your name comes up in the random draw.

This giveaway closes at MIDNIGHT CST Friday, November 1, 2013. One winner will be selected at random from the comments and will be announced here at the site on this same post.

Readers are responsible for checking back to see if they were selected and the winner will need to provide name and complete mailing address to me via email at mary@deepsouthdish.com as soon as possible after the announcement, so that I can get your new cookbook out to you. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only please.

Thanks for reading and good luck!

Disclosure: I received one free review copy plus another copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Holidays! to host this giveaway.


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370 comments:

  1. My favorite holiday is Easter. I usually make a glazed spiral ham in the oven and a turkey in the roaster oven that bakes on the counter top.

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  2. I don't know if birthdays are a holiday but in my family you get to pick whatever you want for dinner. One of our family favorites is dumplings and sauerkraut with roast pork roast and applesauce. Would love that cookbook. thanks as always for sharing.

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  3. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. It has not been totally commercialized like others. I am a fan or Pioneer Woman, and would love to have her cookbook. Thanks for the contest!
    Barbara Hall @ davidh99@tx.rr.com

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  4. My favorite time of the year is Thanksgiving. I love getting in the kitchen and making the turkey and stuffing and don't forget the sweet potato pie. My heart fills with joy when I see people eating what I prepared.

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  5. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving....I love the smell of a roasting turkey plus the trimmings and who can resist pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream. bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  6. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving and I enjoy making dressing and pumpkin cheesecake.

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  7. My favorite is Christmas where we have a non traditional dinner. Everyone in the family gets in on the cooking. We have seafood gumbo, rice, muffalottas & banana pudding. I checked back everyday for a week to see who won the last cook book giveaway and never found where you announced it.

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  8. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I love making pies of all kinds! My favorite is pecan....
    mom22buggs (at) yahoo(dot)com

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  9. Heather King westtennmods@bellsouth.netOctober 29, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    Cookbook fanatic love to win!!! Love to cook for Thanksgiving. Love to deep fry a turkey. Plus don't forget all the sides and desserts. Yummy!

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  10. Christmas is my favorite holiday and I bake cookies by the dozens. For the family meal( and I mean 30 or so people) we all make a dish and bring it and share. Something not too fussy, but the desserts are always soooo good! That's what we are all waiting for!

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  11. My favorite holiday is Christmas. Our family has a favorite menu that includes cajun dishes like rice dressing & crawfish fettuccini. We like to include new recipes each year as well----so the great PW cookbook would be a treasure.

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  12. My favorite holiday is Christmas and my favorite dish is roasted chesnuts with creamed pearl onions.

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  13. Its hard to pick a favorite but I guess it would be Thanksgiving...just because I love to cook so much....We usually have family and friends over...if you don't have a place to go...you do now...the more the merrier...everyone thinks I am nice to welcome so many people for dinner but the truth really is....I just love to cook...

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  14. Joanne Scherer-

    I like Thanksgiving since it's a no guess menu and it's all really rich foods you don't eat too often.

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  15. My favorite holiday is Christmas and I cook tamales!

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  16. My favorite holiday is when my family from Texas comes home for a visit, usually Thanksgiving. I love to cook and the more people thr happier I am.

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  17. I'd love to win the book. My favorite Holiday is Thanksgiving and cooking that big pan of dressing. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I still make my mom's sausage & bread stuffing. Mom's recipes are always the best recipes!

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  19. CHRISTMAS! I love cooking all the candies and chocolate covering everything in the kitchen! Just thinking about it gets me excited for this time of year!

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  20. My favorite " Holiday" is any family members Birthday! I always make their favorite food whatever they ask for and their favorite cake, for my birthday I take it easy on them...DQ Ice cream cake ;) <3

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  21. I love Christmas because it is my birthday and the whole family gets together and celebrates

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  22. Love this site! Thanks for giving your readers an opportunity to win Ree's cookbook.

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  23. Latnma13: I love love this time of the year, when you get to do so much decorating from Halloween all thru Christmas. We do a lot of cooking, baking and decorating, especially go all out for Christmas. I can't wait to see her book, since this year we are going for a Italian-Country theme. Yes we also, change theme for our holiday season.

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  24. I love Ree Drummond and all her recipes. Would love to have this cookbook. hanks So much

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  25. Thanksgiving is my favorite. I make the turkey and a few sides plus a desset and everyone else brings the rest.

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  26. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I make the traditional meal of turkey, dressing with all the trimmings. Of course the meal would not be complete without the desserts, pumpkin and pecan pie.

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  27. I love all holiday meals, but I think Christmas is my favorite, Christmas Eve is an assortment of finger foods and then Christmas Day is the big meal.

    Jeanie Graves

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  28. Omg- I love her blog and would love her cookbook! Now if only she would make "the pioneer woman cooks light"!

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  29. I like both Thanksgiving and Christmas... but I guess since it can only be one .... I'll have to choose Christmas. It's Christ's Birthday, and we also get to see more of our family!! I make a really good corn dish, it's called "Smoke Stack Cheesy Corn Bake" with ham.

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  30. Its a toss up between Thanksgiving and Easter, both are just great times with family! No pressure of gifts and commercialization! Turkey and the trimmings for Thanksgiving and Ham and potato salad and deviled eggs for Easter! Yum! I love Ree!!
    Shari~ shari2keywest@yahoo.com

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  31. My favorite holiday is Christmas. It's a time when we focus on the birth of Jesus and all the family is together. It just gives a warm and cozy feeling for all the family to be together all at the same time. (Also my youngest daughter was born on Christmas day!). I always love to fix deserts for the holiday meal. I love cooking any kind of sweets but baking is my favorite. plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  32. I love Christmas. My favorite thing is to cook our secret recipe special Christmas (crack) cookies with my mom. These small pecan cookies are impossible to put down once you start eating them.

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  33. My favorite Holiday is Thanksgiving. Love the traditional food, with our own variations.

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  34. It has to be Christmas. My family has so many traditions that we carry on each year. Since my mom makes an early dinner on Christmas Day, I make breakfast to hold us over. We always have an easy overnight breakfast casserole that bakes in the oven while we have coffee and open gifts. I also serve warm monkey bread so we can have a little sweet treat.

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  35. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No matter your faith, background, etc. it's all about people coming together. I usually do a traditional turkey dinner.

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  36. I love Christmas, but when it comes to cooking meals, my favorite holiday would be Thanksgiving. I absolutely love cooking a big turkey and all of the traditional Thanksgiving sides!!

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  37. My absolute favorite holiday is Christmas. There's just something about the sights and sounds of Christmas, even the spirit of people seems different at Christmas. I love to cook ham. My mom's recipie to making it just right.

    Thanks for always sharing your deliciousness.

    Susie

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  38. My fave holiday has always been Xmas since I was a kid. Even more fun now that I am expecting baby number 7 around this special holiday. I always cook a lot each holiday with this big crew. My crew loves the ooey gooey pumpkin butter cake. A few even request for birthdays! Would be super to win a copy of this cookbook. Love to cook new stuff!

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  39. I love Thanksgiving as well as Christmas. Both have family favorites that must be prepared. Thanksgiving - Turkey, dressing, gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, sweet potato souffle. Christmas brunch - sausage/egg breakfast casserole, biscuits and gravy, brown sugar bacon, cinnamon rolls, cream cheese danish. Can't wait. I love the Pioneer Woman. One of the best things about Saturday mornings is watching her program on TV.

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  40. My favorite holiday is Christmas. It is tradition for all and any family members to spend the night at my sister's house. We load up the car on Christmas Eve with gifts, sleeping bags, pillows and food. Upon entering my sister's house, Christmas music is playing and family members are socializing. Table stocked with nuts, cookies, candy and the young ones are already starting to assemble the ginger bread house. The gals gather in the kitchen to fix dinner, breakfast the next morning and a big Christmas dinner the next day. Generations of bonding and the feeling is incredible. We all sit around, play games, watch Christmas Story and laugh until we exhaust ourselves. My uncle dresses as Santa Claus and we hid the little ones under the dining room table, turn down the lights and watch as Santa creeps in, puts a few gifts under the tree and slips back out the side door. The little ones are in awe!! It's the best time and the family bonding is beyond words. My children are 18, 22 and 24 but still burst with excitment right before Christmas. These memories of family, cooking and bonding, I hold so dear to my heart. I don't own any of Ree's cookbooks yet but would so love one.
    sleemendezortiz@gmail.com

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  41. I love Christmas! I love baking and I host Christmas day dinner at my house. I'm all about new side dishes to try!

    Andrea Johnson

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  42. Hands down - Thanksgiving. It is about being thankful and the food. Turkey, dressing, Mom's cranberry relish, Senator Russell's sweet potato casserole, mash potatoes, mac &cheese, collards and I have added a new veg.: roasted brussel sprouts! Have only one of her cookbooks but this one speaks to me!!!!

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  43. My favorite holiday was always Thanksgiving. We would go to my Grandma’s house and she would have the traditional Thanksgiving meal prepared. I looked forward to my Grandma’s cornbread dressing all year long!! It was the best stuff I had ever eaten. She passed away 18 years ago and I have not had GOOD dressing since. God Bless you Grandma and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

    Kelly Bozeman

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  44. Christmas...nothing smells quite like Grandma's sausage and apple stuffing!

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  45. Thanksgiving is my all time favorite holiday. Good times, good food, great family and friends. So my all time favorite thing to make is the dressing. My husband's aunt makes the most wonderful dressing. It only took me being in the family for 14 years to finally persuade her to give me the recipe! It is so wonderful, I know why she wanted to keep it a "family secret recipe"!

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  46. Christmas - I love making homemade candy to share with family & friends.

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  47. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving...a time of family gathering around the table to enjoy the bounty of the season with one another. I make a traditional Southern meal...turkey and dressing, baked ham, candied yams, green beans, etc, etc.....lots of delicious desserts (pumpkin pie, pecan pie, coconut cake, spice cake with caramel icing, etc, etc)...the list goes on. I was raised in the South and have always cooked oodles of things for a family gathering (guess I just want everybody to have something special that they like available to them)...
    Love Ree and her delicious recipes. She is simply wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of her cookbooks.
    Have a wonderful week Mary...........Luv your recipes too!

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  48. Thanksgiving dinner with roasted chicken (no turkey), dressing, gravy (made with turkey parts) mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts made with pancetta.

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  49. Christmas!! I love making lots of finger foods and desserts!! Hope I win! Mamie Ratliff

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  50. THANKSGIVING! because it's all about the F-O-O-D!! Roasted turkey breast with homemade ciabatta-bread hot Italian sausage stuffing, and all of the other wonderful side dishes that go with this simple family holiday.

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  51. My favorite holiday is Christmas. We always have lox and bagels Christmas morning for breakfast. Make a rib roast for dinner with a lot of sides to go with it. Thanks for the giveaway. Kat
    k(dot)Larsen(at)Comcast(dot)net

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  52. I love Thanksgiving, and I put on the feed bag with all of my family's favorites that I only cook on Thanksgiving. Turkey, cornbread dressing, and all the trimmings.

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  53. My all time favorite is Christmas! We make everything from fudge to fruit cakes, but the favorite is my German Chocolate Cake hands down!!

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  54. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I have to have cornbread stuffing!

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  55. I love Christmas! I love that everyone is together and there is never ending food! Our family tradition is homemade caramel rolls, egg bake, and a slushy fruit mix for breakfast! Always look forward to breakfast morning and then opening presents :) Meaghan Lewis

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  56. My favorite is Father's Day. I love letting my dad and my husband know how much I appreciate all they do and have done for me. My dad raised me, so we have always been very close, and of course, my husband is the best! I love making them all kinds of sweet treats, usually brownies for my husband and banana bread for my dad. I also make guy food, potato skins, nachos, and wings.

    Sherri
    reeree821@aol.com

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  57. Thanksgiving...we have homemade pumpkin lattes in the morning with caramel rolls and then the "bird" a glorious olive oil rubbed, salt/peppered, and cooked on the grill till done and divinely crispy skin! A must is cornbread dressing with our families famous broccoli sprouts gratin...we never make Black Friday...too full! ;)

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  58. Kateurban316@aol.com
    My favorite holiday is "ANYDAY". By that I mean any day that I can share good times and meals with family and friends makes it memorable and a holiday. Love and support from family makes each meal special :)) Kate

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  59. I love Thanksgiving because it is a day to be thankful for your family, friends, and life in general. I love roasting the turkey, making the dressing and then adding some healthy but delicious sides! I am already thinking about this year's menu!

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  60. Thanksgiving! Love making the turkey and pecan pie! :)

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  61. I am a firm believer in cookies, any kind of cookies. So Christmas has to be my favorite holiday. I have always wanted to attend one of those cookie swap parties, but haven't had the opportunity yet. Looking forward to all the virtual cookie swaps !!

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  62. My favorite holiday to cook for is Thanksgiving!

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  63. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because there isn't stress or pressure to buy gifts, it's just family getting together for a good meal and enjoying each other's company.

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  64. My favorite holiday is Halloween. Makes me feel like a kid again. I'm not a big fan of cooking shows, but I love Ree's show because she makes food that normal people eat. My sister, Donna, is a big fan of hers, and it would be a real treat if she could get a copy of this book. She's been experimenting on me with Ree's recipes and, so far, everything is great.

    Ann
    annie_carlson@yahoo.com

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  65. We love to gather at Christmas...Everybody brings a dish and we just enjoy each others company. My favorite is when we have a breakfast theme. LOVE the Pioneer Woman's cinnamn rolls!

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  66. Christmas! All the kids are home and with 3 grandchildren, it is always fun on Christmas morning. We have a traditional breakfast, open gifts and then the girls and I get started on lunch. Always fun!!
    ballard@athletics.msstate.edu

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  67. I would love to win this cookbook!

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  68. My favorite holiday is Christmas! I love to cook my Grandma's oyster stew that was a tradition on Christmas Eve and her quiche that was a tradition Christmas morning when she was alive!

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  69. My favorite holiday is Christmas. I like the baking and giving of goodies. All the Christmas lights. Watching the christmas movies.

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  70. My favorite Holiday is Greek Orthodox Easter. I love all of our family traditions. We make Greek koulourakia every year!

    mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

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  71. The best holiday to cook for is Thanksgiving. Forget the turkey (or ham), the sides are among my favorite foods, ever!

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  72. I love Thanksgiving! And I make a mean pan of Baked Macaroni & Cheese! Yum :-)

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  73. I love Thanksgiving -- family, food and fun. My contributions to the huge spread are usually desserts. Thanks for the opportunity to win Ree's new cookbook.

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  74. I love cooking and trying new recipes. I have your first cookbook and have tried numerous recipes out of it and hopefully will get your 2nd one soon and when I saw this giveaway I just had to enter a chance to win this one. I love holiday cooking. My favorite type of cooking. Something so special about it.

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  75. My favorite is Christmas and I love making cookies with my kids!

    vklmarie78@gmail.com

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  76. My favorite holiday (to cook for) is Christmas Eve. We always do an Italian dinner...usually lasagna. As a matter of fact, I use Pioneer Woman's lasagna recipe for last year's dinner. It was delicious! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!!!

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  77. My favorite is Thanksgiving because there are so many dishes that only make appearance that time of the year!

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  78. My favorite holiday is Chirstmas. I love to bake and share my baked goods with many people.

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  79. arkinjulie@bellsouth.netOctober 29, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Christmas is a special holiday for my family. Love The Pioneer Woman.

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  80. My favorite holidays are Thanksgiving and Christmas!!! I have cooked several recipes from your other cookbooks; my kids and I love your Chicken Fried Steak, which I cooked last night and have done the baked mac and cheese, too!!! Geraldyne Dickerson Geraldyne85@aol.com

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  81. This year I'm going to pick Thanksgiving as my favorite holiday because I get to spend it with my parents and sisters (and their families). They live in GA and I'm in WI and it's been forever since we spent the holiday together. Can't wait to help my Mom with the dinner and find out her secrets to the BEST stuffing ever.

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  82. I love Thanksgiving and green bean casserole!

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  83. I love Thanksgiving because we have a family reunion each year.

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  84. My favorite is Christmas, the house smells amazing for days and no none seems to be grumpy.

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  85. Thanksgiving. Stuffing and pumpkin pie are the best!!

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  86. Favorite holiday is Christmas. All the family is together
    phyllisphipps_at_hotmail_dot_com

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  87. Hi, Mary! I love Thanksgiving, and all of the special family times that accompany it! My best memories as a child are of Thanksgiving day at Grandma's. My family requires my Baked Mac&Cheese on every holiday, but I also do the Dressing/Stuffing, cause my mother in law doesn't know how to make 'Southern Style' dressing, which is the BEST part of the meal in my southern opninion! Blessings to you & yours, Mary!! Bobbie Todd @mom2l1h2

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  88. My favorite is Thanksgiving. I have childhood memories of helping my mother in the kitchen the night before and all the wonderful smells of turkey, dressing, and sweet potatoes. I miss my mother and she passed away November 7, 1989. The first Thanksgiving without her was the hardest. I cook for my family and I usually make turkey, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, macaroni and cheese, chicken spaghetti, turnip greens, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, deviled eggs, rolls, caramel cake, lemon ice box pies, and sweet tea. As you can see I love to cook and would love this cookbook.

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  89. Christmas is my favorite time of year and I always make my mama's dressin'.......(stuffing)

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  90. Christmas would have to be my favorite. I love red velvet anything!! I really want to try those red velvet pancakes!!
    Thank you for this chance! Brooke Land

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  91. Easter is my favorite holiday. Nothing is better than grillades and garlic cheese grits!

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  92. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving! I love to cook the turkey. I try to make it interesting by experimenting with different flavors!

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  93. My favorite "holiday" is my Wedding Anniversary (aka hubby's birthday)! I make my husband favorite, Red Velvet Cake.

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  94. Thanksgiving! It's all about family & food.

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  95. I don't think I can choose between Christmas and Thanksgiving. Turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, pie, . . . what's not to love.

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  96. New Years Day a Prime Rib is what's on out menu.

    Michelle Wright
    dn91191@yahoo.com

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  97. Christmas is my favorite holiday! I really enjoy making all types of yummy goodies and giving them to friends and family. My favorite candy to make is Riz crackers, with peanut butter in between (like a sandwich) then dipped in white chocolate, with red and green sprinkles on top! Yummy! I look forward to making those all year, I always think back to when I was little, and watched my grandma make them. :) April theruppes@yahoo.com

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  98. My favorite holiday is Christmas. My favorite dish to fix for Chirstmas is a baked ham, green bean casserole, pie for dessert.

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  99. Christmas is my favorite since I spend it with a lot of family and friends here in California. I order a Turducken from Louisiana to surprise my friends since most have never heard of it. Dennis

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  100. Hands down my absolute favorite holiday is Christmas!!! I pull out all the stops and cook up a storm...but, my price of admission is my Deviled Eggs. Can't go to any party unless I've got a tray of those little devils (pun intended).

    http://www.calamityanne.com/2008/02/deviled-eggs.html

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  101. Thanksgiving--Turkey and dressing is the best. What a great giveaway for the holidays.

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  102. I love to make thanksgiving all year long, since it is a holiday that seems to get overlooked a lot! I fix a huge bird, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce two ways, plates of fresh veggies and always a great soup..I honor my friends who are true vegans by doing a squash soup and a noodle meal to boot...I love love Thanksgiving dinner all year long...I adore Ree and her many recipe books, don't have a one of them though, I am mjs from momanddad00@clear.net and would love to WIN! I adore your blog, I think you are the consummate southern lady and cook, love your recipes and what your take is on life, if more people could be kind and loving like you are what a wonderful world we would have, happy holidays, thanksgiving day also falls on Hanukkah we will celebrate both just my hubs of nearly 40 years and myself, our only is far away but we talk each day, she is an excellent chef and loves to make wonderful meals, learning from the time she was a wee one.ciao and happy holidays!

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  103. Jeannie
    I love Ree! I have made many of her recipes! Recently making her Sour Cream noodle bake. One for a sick friend and one for my family. I love Christmas! I like to do a filet with a blue cheese compound butter! Yum Yum!

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  104. I love Thanksgiving: Turkey, dressing and the works to go with! Thank you!!

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  105. This year it will be Christmas because we've got family coming to visit! We haven't been able to spend Christmas with any family member for a number of years now so I'm extremely excited to cook with my mom, have a big feast and enjoy time spent together. I'm originally from GA so a big southern feast will be had!

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  106. Wanda E.
    I love Thanksgiving food, however, Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love all the baking and making goodies for family, friends and co-workers. What better way to show how much you appreciate someone.

    I have all of the Pioneer Woman cookbooks except this one. I would love to add it to my collection!

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  107. I love Thanksgiving because it seems more relaxed. However, Christmas is always so exciting with all the little children, etc., new toys, yummy food, and family.

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  108. Thanksgiving! Love to make mac n cheese for my nephew!

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  109. My favorite cooking holiday is Thanksgiving. We invite friends over, and I make all of my mom's recipes. I feel like she is right there with me in the kitchen.

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  110. Pamela Bunch
    I love 4th of July. Family and friends get together to swim, cookout and fantastic fire work display. While watching the fireworks I make some appetizers fresh from my garden for everyone. Their favorite is my jalapeno firecracker poppers. I love to cook and love deep south dish. I would love to add this to my recipe collection!

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  111. My favorite food holiday has to be Thanksgiving! We have started branching out lately and trying some different stuff... like seafood, goose and fondue! But if I'm armed with Ree's favorites, we may try the traditional again! Great blog - thanks for all your great recipes!!

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  112. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I always make desserts, but side dishes are a favorite thing for me to bring too. My mother in-law goes all out and cooks up a storm, and we help out with the rest of the meal.

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  113. I love thanksgiving, cooking the turkey with sausage and cornbreand stuffing.

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  114. I enjoy Thanksgiving as it seems more focused on family and sharing (without the commercialization). I fix all the usual items, plus some that have a special place in our memories. The one dish that everyone requests is a Hummingbird Cake.

    Karen Johnson (Annie Oakley)

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  115. I love ANY fall holiday, or simply everyday of fall. The pumpkin recipes, like pumpkin nut bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, roasted pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, well you get my drift! I also love the changing of the leaves, what a great time of year!
    I love watching Ree cook, she seems so relaxed and love her great recipes! Thanks for the offer of the giveaway, that's GREAT!!!

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  116. Everyone is so positive and so excited about their favorite holiday. I'm embarrassed to put on my comment but sometimes life sends you struggles and I have one right now. I am a 74 year old woman who thought that at this time of my life, I would be able to move close to one of my children and enjoy my family, meet friends for lunch so I would only have to cook something light for myself for dinner. Instead I have become a caregiver to my 83 year old husband who has Parkinson's. I have always heard how hard it is to be a caregiver but one has no idea how hard it really is emotionally and physically until they are in that position. I was fortunate to have a husband who shared in all the jobs around the house, including cooking. Now I do it all at a time when I had thought that maybe I was through with daily cooking. So....my favorite holiday would probably be one where I could rest while someone else took over. In lieu of that, a new cookbook for Thanksgiving would possibly serve as an inspiration for me to serve a great meal for all the relative who come...or, better yet, pass out some of the recipes for them to make and bring!

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  117. Follow her recipes on Pinterest . Like to try new dishes for my family, would love this cookbook,

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  118. My favorite holiday is Christmas with so many great traditions but my favorite holiday to cook for is Thanksgiving. Nothing can beat the smells coming from the kitchen on that day.

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  119. Oh, Christmas for certain is my favorite holiday! We usually have ham at Christmas and turkey at Thanksgiving. My favorite thing to cook is probably apple pie. I love apple pie, vanilla ice cream and coffee. So good!

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  120. My favorite holiday is Christmas, but I like cooking for Thanksgiving more! I love Christmas cookies and bread puddings for Christmas and pumpkin bread and apple pie for Thanksgiving!

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  121. Thanksgiving is my favorite. I make sausage & cornbread stuffing and my daughter always asks me if I'll make it again. It is gobbled up pretty quick! :)

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  122. I love Thanksgiving! There is just something so special about gathering around a big table full of family recipes with all of your loved ones! My favorite Thanksgiving dish is pineapple casserole - my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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  123. Love all holidays. I'm always ready to bake a pound cake with two toppings: hot fudge sauce or lemon curd.

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  124. My favorite Holiday is Thanksgiving. I cook a turkey, of course, but my favorite thing to cook is my mamas homemade stuffing, or dressing! Me and my brother make it and everyone has to taste it to see who comes closest to making it like my mama! I usually win but he thinks his is better!

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  125. I love Christmas because I am a mom now and love baking sweets with my little girl
    Amanda Thornton
    athornoton@rocketmail.com

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  126. Wife's grandmother was true pioneer. She traveled by wagon,
    and shared her love of cooking. Please sign us up !

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  127. Christmas has to be my favorite... all the kids are home and it just feels "right".... :) I usually bake the ham!
    ~Gail/Oklahoma

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  128. My favorite holiday is Christmas! In my Italian family it is a two+ day event with more food than you can imagine! :)

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  129. Thanksgiving......we share our delicious food with a neighbor that lives alone.

    Leia
    birdsnest10000@yahoo.com

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  130. My favorite holiday is 'HalloThanksMas' because this is the time of year I really crank up my baking and cooking! The kids are spread out all over the country and I love baking new desserts and cookies to send to them. I would love to add this book to my collection,it would get very well used. I love Rees recipes and have made a few family favorites already!

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  131. Hi I like any time I have company over to friendship and enjoy. The food, the friends, the family, it's all wonderful and every time we have people over, it's a 'holiday' to me ! Denise

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  132. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. The holiday is about family...saying a prayer for all the blessings we have received over the past year. I adore preparing Pumpkin bread, Tea Time Tessies and Cranberry Orange bread the night before Thanksgiving day. Then on to the fried turkey and cornbread dressing....oh yes..Oyster dressing too in honor of my Daddy! An array of southern sides from past generations....and the pies...lawd don't forget the pies! Heavenly day!

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  133. Thanksgiving. Just to be thankful for everything, everyday. That's my reasoning to celebrate.

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  134. Hi Mary! Wow - that looks fantastic! My favorite holiday to cook for would be Christmas! We have a huge family gathering, and food is abundant! We all make several different things and eat all day!! My favorite thing to make is prime rib, although we haven't had it for a couple years. It seems with all the other food all day long, we don't really appreciate the fabulous flavor of it. A very good friend of mine passed along the recipe, and it never fails to be perfect!! Happy Halloween to you! Julie T

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  135. Nancy P
    It is hard to choose between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love the family time and deciding the menu.

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  136. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving! I love to cook all the dishes & baked goodies! I guess my Mom's cornbread dressing would be my favorite thing to fix!

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  137. I like another reader, am not sure if a birthday can be a holiday, but for my daughters birthday for the past 8 years is a chocolate velvet torte (Southern Living) and it is her favorite. Now that I think of it, I did make it for Thanksgiving even before she was born (my memory kicked in) and it is the best and so easy!!

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  138. Hands down, Thanksgiving!! Always make enough, "Dressing", as we say in the south, to feed an army.!

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  139. My favorite holiday is either Halloween or Thanksgiving.

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  140. My favorite holiday to cook for is Birthdays. I love celebrating someone's life and at the same time finding out what their favorite dish is and making it special. There's nothing like that sweet look on a loved one's face when you've made something that they truly enjoy.

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  141. Thanksgiving - without a doubt. We're hosting it in our new house this year and I can.not.wait. Coming in a close second though would be our Christmas Eve gumbo. Decisions, decisions!

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  142. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love to cook the old casserole dishes that my children request year after year.

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  143. I love Christmas because I can Make a Honey glazed ham & a turkey with my homemade stuffing

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  144. I think Christmas would have to be mine now that I have kids. My 3 year old is on a Santa kick right now, asking all kinds of questions. I love Honey Baked Ham. I haven't had any in about 2 years and I am dying for some this year since I am with family. I also love to make sweet potato casserole, my Granny's dressing, and deviled eggs. My mom wants a PW cookbook for Christmas so this would be perfect! Then she can cook some awesome food for my pregnant self :)

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  145. Thanksgiving for the cornbread dressing!

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  146. Christmas and pumpkins cookies :) mintagrace@yahoo.com

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  147. My favorite holiday has always been Easter. It is more special this year because I have moved back to the Coast from Seattle after 12 years! We simplify the "traditional ham Easter dinner" to ham hoagies and home made potatoe salad to use up all of our dyed eggs!

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  148. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love making turkey and stuffing with giblets as well as homemade apple kuchen just like mama used to make. Oh getting hungry just thinking about it.

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  149. Boy O Boy, I can't decide. I love to cook for any special occasion and make it special for the special people in my life. But if I had to chose it would be Christmas Eve. I always try and make it elegant with heirloom china, etc, loads of candle light. Seafood appetizers, prime rib and a great dessert.

    Would love Ree's help in helping me to make all holidays even more special and easy with her common sense way of preparing.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  150. Thanksgiving is my favorite!! Food,family and being grateful!

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  151. Christmas is ALWAYS my favorite Holiday. My 3 most favorite requested dishes are My Chicken dressing, Sweet Potato Pie and my Black Walnut Cake. It's not Christmas without any of the three!

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  152. Thanksgiving! Great food, football, parades ... and a Nap!

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  153. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love pouring over my Grandma and Mommas receipes and cooking goodies I remember them making for the holiday..Orange Slice Cake and Divinity were Momma's specialties and I hope I make her proud when I make them!
    Barbara King

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  154. Thanksgiving is my favorite. This year Thanksgiving falls on my daughters birthday. Extra special day to celebrate with family.

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  155. Christmas is my favorite holiday and I love all the baking during the month of December - cookies, pies, cakes, fudge and then on Christmas day I have traditional meal, turkey, country ham, dressing, gravy, deviled eggs, mac 'n cheese, string beans, cranberry sauce, pototoe salad, and homemade rolls.

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  156. I loved her book and I would really love to win her cookbook.

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  157. Love Ree and that cookbook looks great also. My favorite holiday is New Years! A new start, my birthday and my daughters birthday all rolled into one. Almost always have pork roast, cabbage, blackeyed peas and cornbread. Followed by birthday cake of course!

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  158. I Would Love To Win This Cookbook I follow Her On The Food Network,Love Her Recipes,and There So Simple To Make.

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  159. i simply must win this book i love Bree Drummond and i love Deep South Dish Teresa linda McKay-horsey 6401 loch raven blvd apt 525 Baltimore md 21239 410-433-3975 tmckayhorsey@yahoo.com

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  160. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday....Because there are five generations in the kitchen cooking, laughing and sharing recipes from today and years gone by!!

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  161. I like to cook for all holidays. But I have to say Thanksgiving is a favorite. I cook turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and a pumpkin pie. Would love to win this book.

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  162. I love Ree's books and I give them to my daughter every Christmas because they are easy for her to follow and extra yummy!!! We always watch her show every week. My favorite holiday is Christmas because I make my grandmother's coffee cake for breakfast! This has been passed down through the family and although it is filled with lots of sugar, it gives me a feeling of being home for the holidays!!!

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  163. I love Christmas. I cook my Brown sugar pineapple glazed ham and my sweet potato casserole!

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  164. I love Thanksgiving! I cook it all turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli casserolepumpkin pie.

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  165. Oh, I just LOVE Ree!!! She is one of our favorites, and we all love to sit down and watch The Pioneer Woman! My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, and I always cook the southern standards...dressing, chicken and dumplings, turkey, ham, butter beans, pecan pie, sweet potato pie...the list is endless!!

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  166. My favorite is Christmas! ..I always cook having turkey, dressing, gravy, baked country ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, mac/cheese, kidney bean salad, banana croquettes, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, (sometimes have broccoli casserole, baked apples)…one or 2 of the following desserts..chocolate pie, coconut pie, lemon pie or jam cake..but usually no one hardly eats dessert except my husband…loves desserts…We've been married for 56 years and have done a lot of cooking! But would love to have the cookbook! to see if i can come up with something new to add to this delicious meal! LOL

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  167. Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday. Everyone asks for me to bring my devilled egg casserole. I hope I win!

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  168. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite Holiday because that's the time I got to spend with my Grandmothers teaching me how to cook my favorite dishes like Sour Dough Biscuits, Chicken and Dressing, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Sock it to me Cake, and Deviled Eggs. I could feel and taste the love in the dishes we made then and I want to pass them on to my family. Annette Lambert, email mccurtainnra@yahoo.com

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  169. My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love all the baking - cookies, breads, pies, cakes and candy. I love setting the table for a feast with my family all around! I would very much like to add Ree's new cookbook to my collection!

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  170. My name is Leah Moore!! My favorite holiday is Thanksgiiving. I am not a "traditional" cooker. I like to make out-of-the-box meals when it comes to holidays. But my favorite to make so far has been Salisbury Steak and gravy in the crockpot(made with lean ground turkey) and a no fail recipe for mashed potatoes in the crockpot along with green beans, corn, dinner rolls, ect. For dessert its usually a very thick and rich peanut butter pie and a chocolate eclair! I love pioneer woman! She cooks meals that my whole family loves! Her cooking style is my cooking style. My family is very down to earth, country, and simple. She is honestly my favorite cook to watch!

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  171. I love Thanksgiving because of several things: the family is together, the wonderful and delicious food traditions and we pause to remember how thankful we are for what we have and that we are American. I also love Ree and watch her all the time on the Food Network and would enjoy her cookbook very much. Sandy Brown

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  172. Thanksgiving - can anything beat dressing?? Love it!

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  173. My favorite holiday is Christmas when the whole family is together. This cookbook looks great. Thanks!

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  174. I love Thanksgiving &Christmas. Love baking pumpkin bread, pumpkin pies, fudge & cookies. Would love to win this cookbook.

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  175. I love to cook, but live in a small town thirty miles from the city. I really like that I can usually make the Pioneer Woman's recipes with items from my pantry and freezer. This cookbook would be put to very good use.

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  176. christmas is my favorite holiday.
    the music,baking and snow.
    kayleefaith1228@aol.com

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  177. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas, if I have to pick my favorite holiday it's Thanksgiving.
    I love cooking for my family, smelling all the flavors, turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, apple crisp, pumpkin pie, yeast rolls baking.
    I love seeing their smiling faces, picking out their favorite smells, giving thanks not only for the wonderful meal we're going to have, but that we are all together, sharing and making memories for the next generation to pass on to their children and grandchildren. Diana Harmon, email: mothersunshine17@yahoo.com

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  178. I love Christmas and always have. I have a collection of Christmas cookbooks that I enjoy reading on cold winter evenings leading up to actual day. It's hard to choose a favorite recipe for Christmas, but I am always asked to take pineapple casserole to the family dinner. It's kind of like a bread pudding... made with bread cut into cubes, pineapple, butter, sugar, and eggs. My family loves to eat it with ham.

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  179. I love cooking and I love cookbooks even more. When we were on vacation once we saw the outlet store for the publisher's of all the church made cookbooks and I loaded up! The deal was I would have to go to Bass Pro with my husband if he stopped. It was so worth it! I love the Pioneer Woman's cooking. It is so real and delicious. I'd love her new book. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  180. My favorite holiday is Easter....Honey glazed spiral ham, cheese grits, asparagus or green bean bundles, yeast rolls, strawberry (or cherry jello) salad. I gave away most of my cookbooks when I downsized a few years ago. I would LOVE to have this cookbook.

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  181. I love how good and simple her recipes are.Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

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  182. I love PW.. plain and simple :)

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  183. Favorite holiday - Christmas
    Favorite food - the traditional Thanksgiving food: turkey, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes with turkey gravy, dressing, and pumpkin pie
    I'd love to win this cookbook!

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  184. Halloween - candy and cookies!

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  185. My favorite holiday to cook is Christmas... I love baking and making candy to give to friends... Would love to win this cookbook to add to my collection... Thank you!

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  186. my family and I have tried some of these recipes and they want me to get some more to try on them thank you Bonnie Cassibo

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  187. I love Christmas bread--homemade yeast doughnuts for Christmas Eve, and "Christmas Bread" for whenever!

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  188. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving and I love making my Strawberry Pretzel Salad (always requested by family and friends.)
    Vonda B.

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  189. Cinco de Mayo is when I get to make my family's favorite homemade Spanish Chicken (with a twist). Barbara Everson

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  190. I love to prepare great meals for family from Christmas to New Years Day! There are so many opportunities to enjoy meals together with people during this time. More visiting, more days off from work, more thoughts about the importance of family and friends, and a great time to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

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  191. It's a toss-up between Christmas and Thanksgiving! My family expects basically the same menu!

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  192. Teresa Viebrock "I love to make sour cream sugar cookies for Christmas. I bake up at least 2 batches (approx 200 cookes) and have a cookie decorating party with my great nieces and nephews. It may take me a couple of hours to bake the cookies, but they are usually all iced and decorated in about 45 minutes. I also make these cookies at other holidays and have made them for two weddings. I always tel the kiddos that I put the love in while rolling the cookies for cutting.

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  193. I love all the Holidays for different reasons, though I think our non traditional Easter has to be my favorite! We have done an Italian Easter, Pasta with 3 different sauces to choose, lemon chicken, salad, sausage and peppers and many desserts!

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  194. I love Valentine's Day!! I love making a wonderful meal for my husband and spending time with JUST him! I love Dree's quick and easy recipes! Always a fan of hers!!

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  195. Christmas and I love making sugar cookies!

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  196. I love to cook for Thanksgiving. Favorite thing is, well how can you just pick one.
    carder-shari@lycos.com

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  197. I like making cheesy potatoes for Boxing Day!

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