In a move that surprises absolutely no one in the blogosphere, the Food Network has watched the successful rise of blogger Ree Drummond and smartly packaged her into what looks like a fun cooking show.
But the show goes beyond the kitchen, just like Ree’s blog, and highlights life on the ranch as well. Even though I’m not much of a cook, I’m looking forward to cheering on a fellow mom blogger when her show debuts this Saturday.
Ree was nice enough to agree to a quick interview with me about the show.
So, tell us. Nervous?
No, not nervous. Tired!
But seriously, while I do get a little squeamish watching myself on camera, I do think the show will be a fun, six-episode peek into our life on the ranch. Mostly, I just want people to enjoy the thirty minutes, whether they get a kick out of the ranching aspect or are inspired to cook for their family that night…or look at the scenery (see: chaps.)
What’s your dream when it comes to this show? Are you hoping to get exported out to talk shows like Rachel Ray?
I think part of why I’ve enjoyed doing the show is that I don’t have a big-picture plan about where it’ll go next; I’ve just concentrated on the present tense. The rest will take care of itself!
As for a talk show a la Rachael Ray, something like that probably wouldn’t be possible for me since my home is forever on the ranch. You may not know this about me, but I’m a hermit. A yoga pants-wearing hermit.
Did you film all the episodes at once?
Yes, we filmed six episodes over fifteen days. And then I died.
How much weight did the film crew gain during the taping?
I won’t speak for the crew, but I did gain weight. Not from my cooking, though—from my friend Meseidy’s cooking. She singlehandedly catered the whole shoot–fed the crew lunch and dinner every day by herself–and her food was so, so yummy.
What was your favorite part of filming the show?
I really enjoyed the filming of the cooking segments. Creatively, it was very interesting to see how the food became the story, and how the (British!) director and cameraman used different angles to show the food in all its glory. And it was challenging–and initially, slightly terrifying–to cook and just shoot from the hip and talk to the camera. At first, I had a hard time talking to the camera; I wanted my daughters or friend to come cook with me so I’d have a human to interact with. But once I began to visualize that I wasn’t talking to the camera, but to the people who would one day watch the show, it helped make it more comfortable.
What was your least favorite part of filming?
Well, ironically, it was probably just coordinating the involvement of the family in the shooting schedule, and balancing being a wife/mother with this huge thing that was happening on the ranch. Hilariously, we didn’t have a lot of options in terms of when to shoot, and the shoot happened to fall on one of the busiest two-week periods on the ranch in terms of working cattle, etc. So it was fifteen days of 18-hour days. Very difficult, very exhausting…but in the end, we were so happy we did it.
It was not unlike childbirth in that regard.
I know you had a contest on your blog about this, but how many pounds of butter did you use during the filming?
121 pounds of butter! Okay, fine: 121.5 pounds.
The show premiers Saturday, August 27 at 11:30am/10:30c on the Food Network.
Disclosure: I consider Ree Drummond to be a friend, so this post was totally biased in every possible way. I did not receive any compensation for this post, however, I will take a plate of Ree’s Chicken Fried Steak as a bribe any day of the week.