Well that was fun! Alex and I arrived at the ranch Friday afternoon after a shockingly non-grueling travel experience (save the 10-minute pat down I received at La Guardia because of this newfangled thing called underwire. Really!) and at least an hour and a half in the car of me going “ooh horsies!” “and cows!” “neeeigh! mooo!” “ooh dirt roads!” and Alex mumbling something like “my god this is going to be a long drive.”
We let ourselves into The Lodge and hot damn, people — I don’t want to say that the photos don’t do it justice as the photos are just the loveliest, but it does not compare to walking into a kitchen the size of Manhattan (seriously, you could fit our bedroom in just the pantry). We spent a good part of last week marveling over how much bigger our new apartment feels (having a whole 30 percent more space than our old one, I think) and I’m pretty sure The Lodge is mocking us.
We immediately made ourselves at home, trying on the cowboy gear and testing out each and every one of the sofa’s sit-abilities (verdict: all plush and delicious). We then fastened our belongings to the end of a stick, hitched up our hiking boots and started on our way to our room at the end of the house, arriving just as the sun went down. Okay, I exaggerate slightly but I sure do like Oklahoma’s idea of “personal space” (and also “unpacked boxes” but let’s not go there, all right?).
Once the groceries arrived — I bet you didn’t know that in PioneerWoman-ese that “we’ll need three eggs and eight cups of flour” translates to the daily output of a chicken farm and enough flour to blizzard the entire ranch, but I’m not mocking. As a person who ran out of cinnamon while making cinnamon buns two weeks ago, I could learn a lot from her shopping list math! — we got to figuring out the logistics of the demonstration I did on Saturday. I’d been up since 5:45 a.m. Eastern and was wearing a maternity tent from Old Navy when Ree starting snapping my picture, promising it she wasn’t going to use it for anything. I think you can guess how that worked out!
Saturday was a blur of demonstrating three of my favorite New Yorkish recipes for the loveliest group of people (and a baby! with red hair and rubberband wrists! gah.). Now, I have no experience doing demonstrations but I do know this: I am incapable of following a recipe or measuring ingredients correctly while talking to other people. So I premeasured everything and laid them out in Ree’s endless supply of nested bowls and do you know what I figured out? Cooking is so much easier this way — I knew those people on the food tv shows were onto something! I learn something every day.
I demonstrated three of my favorite New Yorkish recipes from the archives, my Big Crumb Coffee Cake with a Rhubarb Filling…
Soft Pretzels, of course…
… and a very, very overdue recipe for one of my favorite breads on earth. But more about that next time. Ree’s Cinnamon Rolls (and my Yankee bastardization of them, which you’ll also hear about soon) just came out of the oven and the cinnamon, it calls to me. I am sure you understand.
One year ago: Jim Lahey’s Pizza Bianca
Two years ago: Margarita Cookies
127 comments on big crumbs + small pretzels in oklahoma
This is so exciting! I have been reading your blog for over a year and I always hoped you would come to Oklahoma! I guess I thought I might run into you and rave over everything I have made from your blog. As you can guess, I am a total Oklahoma Girl. Yes, I do love all the “personal space.”
Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!!! I’m definitely trying the coffee cake ASAP
Hahaha you’ve got quite the assembly line! Everything looks terrific and I’m sure you guys are enjoying yourselves a lot! Enjoy and come back with lots of stories and recipes :)
It looks like it was a great day :)
I feel reassured that I am not the only one not able to cook and chat at the same time :)
You can take the girl out of the country but not the country out of the girl … that’s me. I’m glad you experienced all that I love and miss.
I’ve been waiting for this Oklahoma trip re-cap/post… Looks like everybody was enjoying themselves.
It was your blog that I found the Pioneer Woman through. Both of your blogs are my favorite reads these days. :)
Everything looks so good and it sounds like a fun weekend!
Manhattan vs. Oklahoma. Looks like fun.
i have been drooling over the lodge for months now. will you guys go horseback riding? are the pw’s punks as gorgeous as in the photos? wish i was there… everything looks delicious.
Those pretzels look amazing, and I love all things rhubarb. I’m sure your demonstrations were wonderful!
I had to set up my phone to get all of PW’s tweets so I wouldn’t miss anything. I just found this whole deal so much fun and entertaining. Great recipes too! Did you and Alex get to ride horsies? For some stupid reason, I am uncontrollably lusting for those SK handouts you brought with you (how adorable!) for your demos. I don’t suppose you would consider reproducing them on your site? Just this one time? I promise I will not be a pest about this.
Every day I check my rhubarb to see if it is big enough to harvest and make that coffee cake. Not yet. I can’t wait!
My house still have the lingering scent of the “homemade Oreos” on your site (deelish, and sooo good dunked in moo juice). And now I get to relax and read up on 2 of my fav food blog worlds. Together. Sooooo cool. Love Deb and PDub! Wish I could have been there, and glad you had fun. I don’t think it gets any better than this!! Btw, is Marlboro Man as handsome in those chaps in person as he looks on the site? ;)
I’ve been reading both your blogs for about two years and am SO EXCITED to finally witness a collaboration!
Oh stop you looked adorable in the picture-such a cute baby bump! I am loving this smitten kitchen and pioneer woman gtg! It looks like a lot of fun!
The thought that two of my most favorite food bloggers converged upon one amazing kitchen and guests were invited and I wasn’t able to be one of them is bringing a tear to my eye. *snif*
ummm… I was so disappointed to the only picture you posted of your self was from the shoulders up. Thank god Ree got some baby bump pictures.
10 minute pat down? That’s twice as long as I normally get out of my boyfriend!
I kid. One of these days, I’m actually going to get around to making those pretzels. And since that aforementioned boy done did good and got me a KitchenAid yesterday for my birthday, I have a feeling that day is coming sooner and sooner.
Deb, you are so cute. Your manicure looks great, too. We’re patiently waiting for pictures of Alex hanging with MM and the cows. So glad you had fun with Ree!
Sigh, I love your big crumb rhubarb coffee cake. I literally buy out our farmer’s market supply of rhubarb so I can freeze it and have it throughout the winter. I’m jealous of all the people who got to be there to witness the coming together of 2 of my favorite blogs.
I ran out of cinnamon making cinnamon rolls also! Thanks to my husband and his buddies doing a “cinnamon challenge.”
I just found PW’s website! Made the cinnamon rolls yesteday while you were there having fun! Love your site!!
I have been following all the weekend’s excitement and am so glad to see an update on your site!
ohhhhh, that looks like soooo much fun!
I’ve been reading your blog ever since Ree mentioned it on PW. I love the things you do in NYC. I’m so glad you came to our state to visit, although sorry for the tornadic weather this weekend…but that’s our home in the spring.
Would you like to come to Tucson:)!
How fun! And you got some great pictures too :)
I’m so glad that you got to go do this, because you have introduced me to the world of Pioneer Woman. How have I been missing out on this for so long? I’m a year into the archives now… Is her husband really that hot in person? :-)
Oh, my gosh, how fun! I’m also glad to hear you’re coming around to the beauty of dirtying dishes. I totally understand, when you’re lacking a dishwasher, that you want to do everything all-in-one, but, I couldn’t live without my stainless nested set, and using extra bowls for pre-measuring everything, and the clean-up thereafter, does not upset me one little bit. (Wow, I’m so emotional about my bowls, I produced that awful of a run-on sentence….)
You look like a natural in that hat – perhaps you should wear one in the city?
In other news: don’t feel bad. Last week I started laying out ingredients for an apple cake and remembered that I had no apples.
Looks like you all had a wonderful time. And now I get to go check out what an Old Navy tent looks like…
Wow! Wish I could have been there! The two of you together must have been something! :)
Wow, this looks like so much fun! Thanks for the reminder that I want to make that Big Crumb Coffee Cake as soon as the Rhubarb comes up in my garden. I can’t wait, it looks delicious.
I wish I had been there!
oh my gosh! that place looks amazing. you are a serious cowgirl now. the coffee cake looks so good. i love rhubarb but i have never baked or cooked with it.
What a cooking extravaganza! Uh, that baby? Adorable.
What fun. Everything looks great!
Oh wow! This is exactly why I want to be part of the bakers blogging community. I need me some more baker-buddies! BTW- I just learned today that rhubarb has its origins in China. And horsies too! Look at that!
Oooooooooh. Those pretzels look divine. I’ve always been a little … hesitant to make them myself. But seeing all those women rolling them out sure makes them look easy and accessible.
Alright Deb, you need to come home and hold a demo here!
Looks like such a fabulous visit!! So glad your demonstrations went well. Everything looks super yummy.
Everything looks amazing I’m so jealous that you get to be at the lodge.
Enough about the food. What I want to know is — what was Ree really like in person. Sardonic, self-depracating, funny? Why is Marlboro Man called Marlboro Man? Does he smoke? Does he have a real name? What does Ree call him? Is he as devastatingly handsome in person. (Oh, those blue blue eyes. Sigh.) What about the punks? Did you meet them? The horses — did you go riding? More details please.
You look adorable in a cowboy hat with your heart-shaped face. First time I’ve seen a picture of what you look like!
Sooo cool. Can’t tell you how much I would have loved to have been at the ranch with two of my ultimate favs, you and the Pioneer Woman. Looks like a great time was had by all.
That baby is gorgeous! I can’t imagine how gooey you are over babies now you’re pregnant.
And I’m jealous of your trip!
can i just say i wish i were there? two of my fav bloggers in one place! i need to make those pretzels soon. they are one of my many weaknesses.
So jealous right now. You’ve reminded me how much fun it is to cook with others, and cook lots!
You’re cute! I prefer your writing and photography, and I’ve followed your blog longer, but I didn’t know what you looked like, so I must thank PW for that revelation.
Did the TSA people tell you that your underwire couldn’t possibly set off the gate? That’s what the jerky guys always tell me here in Boston, but when I don’t wear the underwire, the gate doesn’t go off. A female agent in Charleston, SC, told me she knows it IS the underwire!
So envious of you, but so happy for you that you had such a wonderful time breathing fresh air, and enjoying horsies and cows.
The Stetson is fetching on you, Deb. BTW, hats are supposed to be making a comeback this year but don’t think the citizens of NY are ready for western gear. Such a shame. You did, however, manage to made me homesick for my childhood home in New Mexico and that that entails. Gorgeous baby and fantastic pics!!
Though I don’t comment often here, I do so love your site, and more importantly, your recipes! I’ve tried numerous recipes here and have always been delighted with the way they turn out.
Anyway, I left a comment on Ree’s site when I heard you were going to be there. I just mentioned that my two most favorite cooks were going to be cooking together and I couldn’t wait to see how it all turned out! Waiting on the recipes and all the pics from Ree. What did you do to those cinnamon rolls?????
Also, congratulations again on the new house and pregnancy!
I wish I could have been there. The two of you would be more than I could stand! It sure sounds like you had a great time in the country. I know that it was a culture shock. I know that New York City would feel like that to me. Everything looked deicious. I followed ya’ll all weekend. It was fun.
Sounds like a wonderful weekend – and I wish I could’ve been there! I’ve enjoyed Ree’s updates and now, yours!
I think you look adorable in the pictures Ree took of you. Also, you and she are my two favorite bloggers so I have very much enjoyed following the events of the weekend!
It looks like you guys had SO MUCH FUN! I wish I lived closer so that I could join in the fun. I love to cook and bake!
I can’t wait to try your bagels…and pretzels…and…and…and…
By the way – you look lovely!
…My goodness, you and Ree are a match made in heaven! And girl you look absolutely glowing – love the “bump”! ;o)
…This has been so much fun following this get-together, it’s a shame there isn’t an audio of it all, I can just imagine the laughter! lol…
…Thanks for sharing! Blessings too… :o)
It looks like the cook-together was so much fun…I’m envious but so glad you had a great time.
As a reader, the two of you coming together for the weekend is just fantastic. I have been reading your site for more than a couple of years now and have been a fan of Ree’s for quite a while too. The blending of the two different aesthetics has made great fodder for your fans, for sure! I admire you for taking a trip merely a week after moving into the new apartment, while pregnant nonetheless…that takes some major courage!
I am planning on making the Big Crumb Rhurbarb Coffee Cake this coming weekend, as rhubarb season is finally coming around again. I made it right after you posted the recipe the last time, and it is simply delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your trip and can’t wait to see how your cinnamon roll collaboration turned out!
Oh my goodness- it looks like you two ha SO much fun! I’m such a fan of you both, which makes your get together even more exciting… can’t wait to make those pretzels!
what a great post! i was so looking forward to it going back and forth to yours and Ree’s site. Can i say that you and hubby look awfully cute in those cowboy hats?! very exciting :)
I want to stay at the Lodge!! Thanks for this post. Can’t wait to read more. Thought about you girls in the kitchen this weekend. My husband is like, who?What? Never mind him. What fun!
Looks like an awesome trip!! I wish I could have been there for the demonstrations!
what a fun trip. congrats to you :)
You are just the cutest thing ever! Going to cook something now. I always get hungry after visiting this site. Hmmm, maybe some bastardized cinnamon rolls… :-)
Well that was fun…welcome to the Southwest, well greetings from Texas at least.
I recently made homemade soft pretzels and they tasted like the real thing I was so proud of myself. :)
I try to premeasure whenever a recipe gives me the weight, but I feel like I never have enough containers for all of the premeasuring (I try to always premeasure for making candies, because I don’t want to have to abandon the stove for more than 30 seconds at a time).
yum! can’t wait to hear about the bastardized cinnamon rolls…
Deb, just think: If you and Alex moved to live near Ree and family just how thrilled Ree would be, since she has little contact with anyone outside the ranch. I know, you can’t move there and love NYC….but, when I saw your photo of the open spaces, I thought “Wow, *I’D* move there…and I don’t even LIKE the country”.
I often pre-measure ingredients and like it much better than stopping every few seconds to measure something then stop and hunt for a box or baggie.
oh wow! Look at all that food! Can’t wait to hear more. :)
What a fun experience! The recipes look yummy!
What an amazing trip!! I need to plan a trip to visit and cook with people LOVE IT!
So envious of your trip to the country – the lodge looks and sounds fantastic. I am going to try your rhubarb coffee crumb cake, it looks so good.
Sounds like a great trip.
As a New Yorker, I am SO envious of that kitchen and that view. Everything on the table looked amazing…
This post makes me so homesick for my beloved Oklahoma. I’m glad you enjoyed your time there. Now you can tell all your New York buddies that it isn’t no man’s land–it’s actually a wonderful, beautiful, friendly place!
how fun! i just checked out those pics of the squishy baby…i could just die from adorable-ness!
Thanks again for such a wonderful visit to the Ranch. You and A*** were lovely and talented, a great combo with a baby on the way! Wonderful food, silly stories, and great hints and tips. I’ll be keeping an eye on you ;) Thanks again!
I watched your visit all weekend long on Ree’s blog. It looks as though you had a ball, and made and ate some glorious food.
I woke up this morning at 6am and started making your pretzels and I have to say they were fabulous. I have eaten nothing but pretzels all day. Very easy recipe it is going in my favorite file.
I hope you had a great time visiting PW. All recipes look wonderful and I will definitely have to give them a try. The Lodge looks so fantastic too hope you enjoy the rest of your stay there.
I’m so glad I’m not the only one that “moo”s and “bah”s at farm animals! I wish I could have been there; you’re amazing Deb! I can’t wait to make those pretzels.
Wow, I just think it is the coolest thing ever that you guys did this visit. Two of my favorite food bloggers ever, combining their forces for maximum deliciousness… amazing.
Funny, I’ve made both of those recipes! Looks like tons of fun!
I’m so glad you came to Oklahoma!! Where in Oklahoma did you go exactly? I live in Tulsa. And the Pioneer woman is so cool!
Wowsa, what a weekend! Loved following it, and the food was amazing! Love your site, and have learned many new recipes and tips. Thanks!!
Awesome food, awesome pics, awesome commentary… you know what I think Deb? I think Australia needs the two of you – Smitten Kitchen and Pioneer Woman Down Under… has a certain ring to it, doncha think?
My kitchen is somewhat smaller than PDubs – you would feel more at home!!! Although the supermarket IS a little further away… can you cook crocodile?? (Kidding.) Not kidding about the invite though!!!
You guys look like you’re having so much fun. Thank you for introducing me to Pioneer Woman. I always learn something new from your postings. Can’t wait to try the coffee cake.
I was keeping up reading the PW posts all weekend and dreaming of food at night! I can’t wait to try the pretzels. I know my husband has vowed to love me forever, but he will REALLY love me forever if I can do the pretzels. In fact, I’ll love MYSELF forever if I can pull them off. And my son will enjoy them too. I’ll give it my best shot.
livin’ the dream Deb…. you’re livin’ the dream.
I’ve been following both your blogs for two years, and visit them each day. I’m so glad you’ve gotten together.
Deb, congratulations on the baby!
Looking forward to more collaborations between the two of you.
What a pleasure it was to meet you. I am excited to make bread again! You taught so well. I bet you were exhausted by the end of the day!
You have no idea how kind your comments were. Really.
Hope you made it home safe- did you get caught in the storms?
oops not sure what address I typed in before-Had to update it-
I finally wrote up my recap of the day-
Loved the photo that you took of everyone where Hyacinth is looking at me- that look makes me laugh! What was I saying?
If you’re worried about the photos of you in the “Old Navy maternity tent”, I would stop soon. My exact words to my boyfriend were: “Isn’t the Smitten Kitchen lady about the cutest cute that ever cuted in the whole world?”
What a cool experience! I follow both of your blogs and I was thrilled to hear that my bloggy worlds were colliding. So glad you two met and that we got to see pics and hear about it.
Looks beautiful there!
Hah — the 10-minute pat-down. I ended up buying wireless bras just to fly with, because I got the pat-down Every. Single. Time. Good god. I had almost forgotten what it’s like to walk through security on my first try.
And you look gorgeous in the photos!
Ooh..wide open spaces! It looks like a lot of fun!
How much fun does this look!?!? Not only fun, but super delicious! Color me envious! :-)
Ha! I’m an Okie, born and raised! (Living in Cleveland for the last 5 + years and soon to be ATL…ahem) Gotta love this post! ;)
Just made the rhubarb crumb cake and its AMAZING. Trip looks great and many congratulations on Bun In Oven!!
Oh the pretzels! I made the mistake of showing my boyfriend the original post, and if he sees these pictures….I better fire up the range now..
Beautiful pics, as always!
Back reading your blog after a few days off for maternity leave . . . . thank you for making me laugh out loud. And thank you for the cinnamon roll recipe that my friend Molly made for us post baby. You’re the best!
Ooooooo so envious you got to go….and aren’t you just a cutie, nice looking hubby too! Bet it was so much fun. COngrats on it all
man alive, premeasuring will be your best friend once you start baking with a toddler around.
Deb, it’s about time you showed your father some respect and made the PRETZELS for me! Enough of the empty promises. 143
Looks like you had a lot of fun! I’m a bit new to your blog so I hadn’t seen the coffee cake until now. Yup, totally bookmarked it! I’m makin’ it REALLY soon! :)
I am so happy ya’ll had such a wonderful weekend!! I hope it happens more often, my two favorite bloggers cooking together- what fun!
You are forgiven! Who can deny the call of cinnamon?
All of these pictures are making my mouth water, despite just having eaten an ungodly amount of yogurt and granola!
I’m so glad you had a great weekend – but I’m sure it paled in comparison to the time your guests had! What a treat! I loved the pictures of the baby – and the lodge and the one from the ranch that looks like it’s at the end of the Earth! Now I’m serious about the baby quilt…but you’ll have to ledt me know what colors!! I’ll keep it a secret – I promise! And if you have any favorite fabrics in mind that you’d like me to use, send me a swatch or a sample – I’m sure I could find the same out here.
You look adorable in that cowboy hat! I have a bunch of different sizes of nesting bowls that I sometimes measure ingredients into ahead of time. It really does help you do it right, especially if someones “helping” you cook.
It was so great to meet you and Alex (you two are so sweet together). I know you’ll love motherhood and you’ll fly through the pregnancy with the greatest of ease! The pretzel/sausage combo has haunted my dreams… do you think it would work to roll out the dough as if you were going to pretzelize it, but then instead, wrap it around a sausage, boil the whole works and then lay them on a baking sheet and bake like the original pretzel recipe indicates? I know they’d be the hit of any upcoming soirees.
ps. Happy nesting!
What a fun time! It must have been a great experience seeing both you and PW together in action!
I had recently discovered PW thru your blog and was all giddy and then the two of you collaborating…whoa nelly! Too good to be true…love the pics, the ranch looks divine…born in CO. love the west in general. Chocolate wafers, and potato gratin my most recent recipes tried of yours and were both delicious and PW’s onion strings must have been good because I blinked and they were gone! You are living the good life and are abundantly blessed! Thanks for sharing!
Maesa — Lovely to meet you too! I definitely think that could work and that you should definitely let us know how it goes. You could even use mini or thinner sausages! And then invite us over.
I made the pretzels and they turned out just like they did on Saturday. I don’t know why I was surprised after having learned from you! I think it had something to do with the fact that I made something with yeast and it worked out.
I took yours and Maesa’s suggestion. But had to use hot dogs, for the kids. It turned out wonderfully! A big hit with our family. Can’t wait to try it with sausage.
What a DREAM! Did you think about designing your bedroom after her pantry, you know, since it’s the same size, and all. Then you wouldn’t have to get up in the night for a snack, just reach over. . .
Now I’m in need of some of your big crumb coffee cake!
The views are impressive (both inside and outside) — what a wonderful time you must be having. I love bagel dogs and pretzel dogs, so I certainly hope Maesa gives it a go!
It looks like you made a large batch of the rhubarb crumb cake and put it in a large roasting pan. Did you double or triple the recipe?? I would love to be able to do this for an even this evening! Thanks!
The recipe was doubled and put in a 9×13 cake pan for the demo.
Perfect! Thank you.
I made that Big Crumb Coffee Cake a year ago and I am patiently waiting for the rhubarb to finish growing so I can make some more. Stellar recipe! Glad you had fun in Oklahoma sure looks purdy.
Ok, so I’m new here and catching up. .but how did all you lucky folks get to go to such a beautiful ranch and have Deb do a cooking demonstration?
Hi Rebecca — Are you speaking of Ree? Or to the people she invited out to the ranch that day? (I believe she had a contest and they won the drawing.)
Hi Deb ~ yes, that’s exactly it. I will have to visit the Pioneer Woman website more often if that’s a prize! I just have to tell you Deb, I came across your site quite by accident (the February2011 Bon Appetite recipe) and I’m so glad I did. I have visited every day since February and I keep hitting “surprise me” and making plans for the next thing I’m going to cook! Not to gush (although, yeah, I’ve already BEEN gushing), you, your stories, your site, your kid and husband are GREAT.
Aw, thank you. Sorry if I misunderstood what you were asking. Crossing fingers, hopefully once I finish my book, there will be a book tour and seriously, I am chomping at the bit to travel and meet people. So maybe I can come where you are?
You are entirely welcome and . .no sweat ~ Im not sure my question was very clear. Definitely getting your book (I read cookbooks like novels) and will absolutely come out to meet you. I’m in CA ~ Sacramento to be exact, but I can travel a bit. YAY! So looking forward to the book!