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A Pet Peeve About New Recipes

My wonderful husband bought me The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime for Christmas. Have I mentioned how much I love that man? Yes, this was #1 on my Christmas list, because I just love Ree Drummond’s Food Network show, The Pioneer Woman.


The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime


Her cookbooks are much more than recipe collections. They’re full of stunning pictures, step-by-step instructions with photos and personal tidbits. Plus, her food is scrumptious!

My husband went through the book at my request to let me know which recipes looked good. I laughed when he finished. He basically told me to start at page one and work my way through. I’m on board with that!

This January I’ve tried six recipes, and they’ve all been hits. Monday I decided to attempt a Chinese dish. The only problem? I didn’t have over half the ingredients on the list. Some of them sounded quite foreign. This fact alone is a big enough pet peeve of mine that I considered skipping the recipe. However, I powered ahead and scoured the grocery store for:

  • Rice vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Fresh ginger
  • Sherry
  • Oyster sauce

I had no problem finding most of the items, but the last one–the oyster sauce–was nowhere to be found. Tired, I headed home and put everything away, but about an hour before I was set to start cooking, I decided to go back to the grocery store for another look.

Nope. No oyster sauce. They were all out.

Naturally, I Googled a suitable replacement. I decided to substitute the oyster sauce with hoisin sauce, but I halved it after reading that the flavor can be overpowering.

The dish, Cashew Chicken, was a big hit! I would link the recipe, but it isn’t listed on her website. I’ll definitely be making it again. And this time, I’ll already have most of the ingredients. Score!


What pet peeve keeps you from doing something?

Have a terrific weekend!!


Jill Kemerer writes contemporary romance novels with love, humor and faith. Besides spoiling her mini-dachshund and keeping up with her busy kids, Jill enjoys magazines, M&MS, fluffy animals and nature walks. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.  Jill loves connecting with readers, so please visit her website,

This Post Has 8 Comments
  1. I don’t have this book, but did check it out of the library, I wrote down quite a few recipes to try. Looking forward to doing that.

  2. Ooo.. Sounds yummy and sounds like something I’ll have to grab a copy of. The Pioneer Women is fun! I love experimenting – and like all experiments, results can be unexpected. *wink wink. Have fun!

  3. I really appreciate this post. I’ve had similar experiences many times. I love to cook and try new recipes often. Yes, the ingredients list will cause me to shy away sometimes. But sometimes I go for it and usually with good results. Thanks for sharing.

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