The Pioneer Woman: From the Ranch to Food Network

Ree Drummond, the woman behind popular blog The Pioneer Woman, will bring her down-home recipes and charm to a new Food Network show

City girl meets country boy, the happy couple marries, moves to a vast ranch in the middle of nowhere and raises a family along with herds of cattle. If that sounds like the makings of a romance novel to you, chances are you aren't acquainted with Ree Drummond, A.K.A. The Pioneer Woman. This fairy tale story is exactly what happened when Drummond met her cowboy husband and since 2006, she's documented it all on her wildly popular blog.

Drummond's busy and colorful life includes everything from helping out on the ranch to homeschooling her four kids to cooking hearty meals for her family. After writing a bestselling cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks and a memoir, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, she's now tackling food television with a new show, The Pioneer Woman, debuting on the Food Network August 27.

We got a sneak peek at The Pioneer Woman and found Drummond to be as sweet, funny and likable as she is on her blog. Shot on location at the Oklahoma ranch she calls home, The Pioneer Woman gives us a further look into her everyday life: kids, cattle and all.

Drummond makes kid- and cowboy-approved stick-to-your-ribs fare like chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes as well as fresh dishes like a marinated tomato salad from her garden. Her recipes aren't highbrow but they sure look satisfying.

Her cooking demos are broken up with cute scenes involving ATV rides, shots of her adorable Basset hounds and lots of farm action.

If you're already a fan of Drummond's work, this show is a must-watch. But it will also appeal to the meat-and-potatoes crowd or anyone captivated by the idea of a down-home life on a ranch.

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