Did Pioneer Woman lift your blog post too?

by PWSux on May 24, 2011

You know that whole copying-other-people’s-recipes-and-not-giving-them-credit that Ree Drummond USED to do before some of us pointed it out?

Remember that?

Well through Googling, emailing, and wizardry I’ve stumbled on something else….. blog ideas.  You know how when you’re surfing around blogs and think to yourself, “Self.  This subject on this here not-as-well-known-as-my-blog would make a fine blog post for my own damn blog!”

Now I’m accusing………

Aint saying I got any PROOF of any wrongdoings…….

But…….  well you just take a look at these two situations and make up your own mind —

Modern Wench on 5/19/10

Ree’s post 5/31/10

And then there’s —

Old well-loved cookbooks on 12/18/08 by Bluebonnets & Brownies

Amazingly similar post just a few weeks later by Ree called Throwback.

I mean just LOOK at what BB&B posted:

Each recipe has been handwritten by the woman that submitted it. Many of them identify themselves both by their given names, and their married names – Mrs. Smith, etc. These are women who defined themselves in the pride they have for their husband, and the service they as a family were doing for the country. I found so much honor and love as I poured through the pages looking for ideas for this blog.

Then Ree:

But what I love most about the cookbook is this. All the ladies who submitted recipes usedtheir husband’s names. Honestly, there’s hardly a first name in the whole book. It’s just so retro. And the ladies weren’t ashamed.

{who knew looking through the sites of Twitter followers could be so informative!}

Edited to add: A resourceful reader (I LOVE you guys!!) immediately sent me another example from one of my favorite blogs, Chickens in the Road.

There’s this post from Suzanne on 5/23/10

Then, in an AMAZING COINCIDENCE, Ree posts this just five days later on 5/28/10.




{ 135 comments… read them below or add one }

Yvonne May 25, 2011 at 3:36 am

The more I read about all the stuff she does, the more I get a feeling that there is indeed a company behind her posts.


Devorah May 25, 2011 at 5:12 am

The best part is that BB&B’s entry is still better written and more intelligent. She actually writes about why these women chose to submit recipes under their husbands’ names, whereas Ree just says, “It’s like, so retro, you guys! Like Milky Way cakes, oleo, and harvest gold!”


Bridget May 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I was thinking the same thing. Ree also loves to pander to her fundie fan base, so she had to through in the bit about the women not being ashamed to be listed by their husband’s names. Our society was so much better back in the good old days when women proudly took on their husband’s names and were willing to trade their personhood and their identity, and just become the shadow being their husband. It’s so retro.

Also I am pretty sure that most women now aren’t ashamed to take their husband’s last name and even on occasion have been listed by their husband’s name without it being a HUGE deal. As per usual Ree completely missed the point.

Also just wanted to point out that Bluebonnets & Brownies (original cookbook poster) used the word retro in her post to describe the cookbooks. I bet Ree or whoever write’s her blog- It was probably Ree this time because it seems she only has an original idea when stealing those ideas from others.

But I am sure that Ree got stumped on how slightly change the explain for why the women in the cookbook used their husband’s name and she is was like well the blogger used retro to describe the cookbooks, so I can use that to describe the why the women used their husband’s names. Also she LOVEs to throw that word around, so she probably thought that it would make it sound like she was actually writing the post and she didn’t just steal it from another blogger.


Bridget May 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Actually now that I think about it. I bet Ree has all those catch phrases as a way to make her writing sound distinctive as if it is written with Ree’s voice.

The catch phrases allow her to pillage from other bloggers & other cookbook. All she needs to do is make a minimal change in wordage, throw in a catch phrase and now the writing is all Ree. It also makes it easier for another person(s) to write her blog posts.

All they have to do is plug in a few amens, a vintage or retro, mention butter and jiggly somethings, repeat the same word once, twice, or million times, ramble incoherently and there you have it another PW post is in the bag.

One day it is going to be revealed that all along her blog is being written by a group of homeschooled kids. After all writing the blog is such an amazing educational opportunity- the kids get to learn about cattle, ranching, how to cook food that eventually will lead to obesity, TYPE 2 diabetes, heart disease, exploiting people, not to mention a chance to broaden their vocabulary

Sometimes I think that whoever is writing the blog either uses a random word generator or fills in a mad lib sheet to come up with the content for the post. Also there are few posts were it is easy to see that she has pissed off the person that writes her blog (these are the posts that are even more nonsensical, incoherent and full of errors than other posts) or Ree is just a fucking idiot. .


BA May 25, 2011 at 8:40 am

Great detective work! I’m just…speechless!


Kim May 25, 2011 at 8:46 am

Hell-to-the yes! A few years ago when she was peddling Stacy’s pita chips, I sent her an idea for an apple cobbler/crumble recipe using the cinnamon-sugar chips. A week later, she posted my recipe, word for word. SNEAKY!!! She is shady, period.

But YOU, you are awesome.


Skattebol May 25, 2011 at 8:55 am

Did she email you back or somehow acknowledge that you submitted the recipe? If not, what a bitchy thing to do to someone.


Kim May 31, 2011 at 10:09 am

No Skattebol, she did not respond, nor did she acknowledge the email. I’m a pretty great cook, if I do say so myself, and granted, apple cobbler is no great culinary feat. However, she printed the recipe down to the exact measurements and even the substitutions that I offered (peaches, rhubarb, blueberries!) etc.


anon. May 25, 2011 at 9:18 am

Wow, Kim! Did you call her out on it?

I’m not surprised she has taken readers’ recipes, though.


Kim May 31, 2011 at 10:12 am

Yes, I did call her out on it in the comments. Miraculously, it was deleted. I also emailed her to tell her what she did, and never received a response.

Oh, and get this, just a few days later I won something from her site – whatever tchotchky was being peddled that week – and when I contacted her to claim it, she said that I was the wrong “Kim” and that it wasn’t me who won. Really? How many other “Kimberje” people troll her site? She knew she stole my recipe so she wouldn’t have anything else to do with me. Sneaky bugger!


Karen May 25, 2011 at 9:21 am

Oh, wow. That takes some balls on her part. (Or calf nuts.) I’m pretty sure that’s why she started Tasty Kitchen in the first place…to have a huge gold mine of recipes to use.


Jo May 25, 2011 at 9:27 am

That is more than just coincidence. Once, perhaps, but several times, and almost identical posts and photos? Ree Drummond has learned how to take the hobby of blogging and make tons of $$$$ from it. She has singularly the most boring blog on the internet, and yet there is going to be a movie made about her (starring Reese Witherspoon!) and there was an article in the New Yorker (albeit not particularly flattering — damned by faint praise…). I can only think she has a public relations company behind her, that she hired in order to hijack the blogging world and turn a profit from it. “Black Heels to Tractor Wheels” my Aunt Fannie’s *ss. Ree Drummond is a businesswoman, and she took an opportunity and ran with it, all the while stealing from other people. It’s interesting how her stuff is copywrighted material, but she has no compunction about copying other folks’ stuff.

I have read parts of “Black Heels to Tractor Wheels” online, and it is the worst piece of narcisstic crap I have ever read. Usually I am not so mean-spirited, but I really don’t like to see someone making millions of dollars fraudulently.

As you can see, I am not a fan of Ree Drummond, nor her cows, her husband, or her rather unattractive, average children. There are so many blogs out there that are far, far, far superior to hers.

Bah, humbug…! 🙂


Debbie May 25, 2011 at 10:00 am

She does. The company is called Voce Communications. I won’t be surprised if she has en antire staff writing postings for her now as well.



Debbie May 25, 2011 at 10:07 am

That should have been entire.


seanosh May 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm

umm… i work for that agency you so blatantly just toss out a fake accusation about and can assure you, thats absolutely not the case.


EJS May 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm

You come here often? Well no accusation from me…..the company you work for sucks because they promote a blogger who is nothing more than a fake, a phony, a sham!! Your loyalty is noted, but we always knew that “you” were reading this site to know what damage control to employ for the Queen of Fake! Ree-diculous – go defend Ree and her other paid Sheeple somewhere else on the web since you are indirectly on her payroll too!!! TROLL!!


Penny May 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Thanks for confirming that Ree’s PR machine is alive and well.


M May 25, 2011 at 9:36 am

Jo you sure got thatright-most boring, juvenile, insipid blog on the web.

And I am not putting her kids down when I say they are indeed very average looking and no more special than anyone elses kids. (But Ree spawned them so of course they are a gift to the world).

Anyone can open an old cookbook, make something, and post it. I don’t get her popularity and never will.
Like I have said before there are many wonderful, original blogs with great care and thought…..sad really.


REEhabilitated May 25, 2011 at 9:43 am

Oh my gah… Somebody call the Bokeh Police. Those cookbook shots are *terrible.*


Karen May 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

I’m sure she did that on purpose so nobody could read the text, or the titles, of the cookbooks. Seriously, she is a horrible, horrible photographer. Bokeh? Fancy word for “artsy out-of-focus picture.”


JennNY May 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

You do know that I get so excited when I see a new post from you, right? 🙂
I don’t really read any other blogs, but WOW.. how ridiculous that she would steal others ideas. Just goes with what I have been saying… she lives a VERY boring life, same thing day in and day out.. you can only post so many… “burning the pasture” “working calves” “calf nuts” “mustangs” “up before the sun” posts.. *yawn* I see why she wants to be away from there, she is MISERABLE! She hasn’t adapted to her life at all. I always wondered how she can be a “ranch wife” and not do ANYTHING at all related to ranch work? I mean, how many wives of farmers/ranchers are out there with their man working side by side.. The few I know are.. and they are miserable! LOL
It is a hard life, but she seems to have “Hollywooded” it, to spare her the drudgery. I think she is lonely, bitter and looking for a way out.. if not for good, for bits at a time.
It is sad really… I don’t think she is truly happy.


Mel May 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

I hate to tell you guys but most companies/people that are successful do not write their own blogs. *gasp* I know it’s hard for you to comprehend but they typically don’t have time. Even though I think Ree does write her own blogs because they are usually about her dog, kids, etc. but I know you are just wanting to hate on Ree so whatever blows your skirt up.

And really you think you are qualified to know if she is truly happy or not? It sounds like to me that she has quite the life set-up for herself. She has taken everything that she loves and made it happen/successful on a ranch setting. How many people can do that? I can tell you — not many!


Debbie May 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

If she doesn’t write her own blog, who are you here for to defend? Who are you doting on?


Mel May 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Your sentence made zero sense. Who are you here for to defend?

I’m not defending anyone. Just saying you guys are making a big deal out of the fact that you think someone else writes her blogs. Who cares who writes them? I’m saying most companies do not write their own blogs. Just trying to bring some common sense to your complaints.

You can research anything in the world and find someone else that did it first or did it in a similar fashion.


Paula S. May 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Mel, that is part of the point here. She is a company, but does not honestly portray herself as a company. She tries to present herself as an ordinary homemaker and blogger, and steals recipes and makes things up to boot.

Homschlr4ever May 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

Hey Mel,
People that write books with their names on it as authors, write their own books unless they credit a ghost author. Artists paint their own paintings unless otherwise noted as prints and certainly homeschoolers, homeschool their own children unless, well I’ve actually never met someone who called themselves a homeschooler that didn’t actually homeschool. And, honestly, every blogger I’ve ever met writes their own blog unless they credit a guest blogger to do otherwise would be to perpetrate a lie and god forbid Christian PW would lie, isn’t that a sin? no matter how much money you make at it. In fact isn’t having a lot of money (made on the backs of believers who worship false idols) and not giving all to the poor a sin and in direct contradiction to Jesus’s calling?


poppy May 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

Great sleuthin’, PWS. I wonder how many more there are out there…

Totally off topic, but I discovered this little gem a few weeks ago: http://thepioneerwoman.com/blog/2008/09/toga/ .
I seemed to remember that she wrote about mowing the lawn in her bra and panties in the BHTTW book. I don’t have a copy (read it at the bookstore). I think she writes about it in the new addition to her masterpiece so I can’t look it up myself. Does anyone know? If she did, then obviously we’ve caught her in another lie.

Kim, I’d also like to know if you called her out or if she had any more contact with you after the Stacy’s Chips fiasco. What a horrible woman!


Kim June 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

Nope. Zilch. Classy.


midge May 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

That. Thieving. Ho.

This blog cracks me up. I was told about PW and this blog in the same sentence. I decided to come here. As funny as it is, I have to say I love some of the other blogs people have recommended on here. You people find some real gems!


EJS May 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm

“That. Thieving. Ho.”

I am so stealing this from you….guess that makes me a Theiving Ho too!! 🙂 Bawahahahaha


PWP May 25, 2011 at 11:38 am

Well, here’s the thing: I’ve worked at a newspaper and I do know how the “editorial staff” have a slant to write Lifestyle positive stuff. Ree no longer owns her blog; she’s just owned by the PR and media. End of story.


Penny May 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I didn’t think anything she could so would shock me but I am amazed at her nerve. There have been lots of times I’ve looked at someone else’s blog and thought…”what a great post…wish I’d thought of that.” But NEVER…EVER would I do what Ree has done. There are simply no words….


EJS May 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I so respect that and can relate to you 100%!!


Mary Beth May 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

It’s hard to tell who is poaching from whom. On May 17, 2010 Ree posted about how much her middle child didn’t like to be photographed. On May 23, 2010 BB&B posted how much her middle child didn’t like to pose for photographs in the post about her family. Then Ree follows up with a post about her family.

I think the most telling is how much she takes from this blog. Some comments about how some memers of her family are never talked about on her blog and a few days later she is posting about her brother’s visit and her word game with her father. Other comments about her use of retarded about her brother and she scrubs her blog of as many references using retarded she can find.

I find not giving credit for the recipe appalling. Even Mrs. Butterworth (Paula Deen) gives credit for the recipes she uses. She even makes it part of her sthick, such as my dear Aunt Bee gave me this recipe for this ooey gooey butter cake, etc., etc.


Anon May 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Mary Beth, I think you mean Chickens in the Road. I went to the BB&B site, and she doesn’t even have any entries for May 23rd, 2010.


Anon May 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Mary Beth, I think you mean Chickens in the Road. I went to look at BB&B, but can’t even find an entry for May 23rd, 2010, and no evidence of children either.


Mary Beth May 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm

You are right. Thanks for the correction.


Emily May 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm

So after reading some of the comments on a different post about how terrible she would be on TV, I decided to do a search on YouTube to see how bad it really was. Does anyone else find it strange that at the very end of this clip (roughly at 2:05) she states “it was actually the first time I sat down and read the whole book all the way through…” ?? Correct me if I’m wrong, but if you’re going to be an author for a book, wouldn’t you at least want to claim you read it once before it went to press?



Indy Gal May 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm

One thing I noticed, she admits to not doing anything on the ranch except “looking purty and taking pictures.”


Jessica May 26, 2011 at 1:29 am

Oh good lord, who would want to listen to an audio book of her???!! Her voice makes my toes curl in a bad way.


Indy Gal May 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm

You’ve made me suspicious!

Today PW has a recipe for Big Fat Bacon Sliders: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/05/big-fat-bacon-sliders/

And look what I found from The Phantom Gourmet:


PWSux May 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Interesting. Do you know the date the PG one was posted? Was it pretty recent?


Indy Gal May 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I couldn’t find a date on the post.


Lady Callahan May 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm

What the FUCK is up with that little chip of fingernail polish on her thumb? Way to keep it classy, you stupid bitch. No ‘country club’ girl I know would ever be caught dead like that. Get some of that damn acetone and wipe that shit off.


PWSux May 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I think that’s her idea of “keeping it real”. You know, so someone can say “OMG she is SO down to earth and REAL!! Hells bells she even has chipped nail polish just like me!”


Indy Gal May 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Look at the pictures where she’s patting the meatballs into patties and where she’s putting the jalapeños on the meat. All of her fingernails look like that. I’m wondering if they’re supposed to be like that, since none of them have the ragged edges my nail polish gets when it’s chipped off. I think it’s worse if they’re supposed to be like that!


dezreen May 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Wait for it – surely she’ll have a post on her nail polish any day now…


Mary Beth May 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Back in February she did a couple of posts about the shellac manicure she got in Dallas. This looks like what her hands looked like after it started to wear off. If so, she is working at least 2 months ahead on her blog. Wonder if that is to leave time to film her cooking show?


Jessica May 26, 2011 at 1:32 am

Her nails in this post are a greeny blue and black stripe, so not the same as the shellac. But it does look like they are ‘chipped’ on purpose. Why???

cath May 26, 2011 at 4:47 am

Hope they’re not chipping off into those meatballs! Yewwwwwww

Kharn May 26, 2011 at 7:49 am

I bet she hired pink-alien-hand models, and this poor, underpaid girl can’t afford to get weekly manicures.


Kait June 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Snort! OMG you made snort! “pink alien hand models”. LMAO. Can’t afford manicures. ROFL.

Penny May 26, 2011 at 8:38 am

For what it’s worth, I just posted this comment on the Bacon Slider’s post. It actually showed up but we’ll see how long it stays there.

Penny On Thursday, May 26 at 8:36 am
Even though I know this comment will never see the light of day I have to ask….have you ever heard of The Phantom Gourmet? I bet you have!


Sheryl May 26, 2011 at 9:14 am

Cannot find a post with the words “Phantom Gourmet” there now! Hmmmm….


Indy Gal May 26, 2011 at 9:24 am

It’s currently #123.


AnneMaReeDee May 26, 2011 at 11:42 am

Penny, your comment is still there at #123. Check out Josie at #117:

Josie On Thursday, May 26 at 12:37 am
Bacon sliders, direct to you from Ree Drummond, stolen from the Phantom Gourmet.


Penny May 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Holy crap!


Kharn May 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm

And, to add insult to injury, she didn’t even include the recipe in the post. Instead, she makes you do another click over to Tasty Kitchen, so BOTH of her web properties make money off your visit. Insipid ho.

EJS May 26, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Josie ROCKS!!


AnneMaReeDee May 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Someone replied to Josie:

LeapinLiz On Thursday, May 26 at 8:48 pm
Hater….she never claimed it was HER recipe….she just posted and took pictures of a recipe that she happened to follow and served it up to her family! If you can’t say something nice don’t say nothin at all.

So according to LeapingLiz it is perfectly OK to steal someone else’s recipe and *present* it as your own as long as you don’t claim it is yours.
Stupid REE-der logic.

Kharn May 27, 2011 at 11:20 am

I left — or attempted to leave — this reply to LeapinLiz (under Josie’s comment #117):

“LeapinLiz: it is unethical (and in some cases, illegal) to post a recipe and not give credit to the recipe’s real author. And changing one or two ingredients does not make the recipe “new” and therefore your own. This is basic recipe-writing 101 — there was a seminar devoted to this very topic at the recent BlogHer conference (transcript is available online).

When a blogger does not give attribution on a posted recipe, s/he is claiming it as her own, even without saying so outright.”

Hasn’t show up yet, though. Shocking!

Kharn May 27, 2011 at 11:24 am

BTW, I intentionally made mention of PDud’s cash-cow, BlogHer, because I just find it so terribly ironic that the very entity that rakes in big bucks for her unethical practices had a seminar at its own conference about recipe-writing etiquette.

Penny May 26, 2011 at 9:08 am

It would be too bad if “someone” e-mailed Phantom Gourmet and Tod Dimmick (author of that recipe) and told them they’ve been “Drummond-ized”. Wait….somebody did! (And I enjoyed it very much too).


poppy May 26, 2011 at 10:02 am

Oh, snap. Could that be why she put up an All-Clad giveaway today?


Mary Beth May 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

You made me look. There are already over 30,000 comments. Cha-ching!


Hannah May 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm

The picture is from 2009 as far as I was able to read the code…


Hannah May 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm

sorry, this is the picture title… but have no idea when the recipe was posted.



Paula S. May 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I absolutely think you’re on to something. Once is a coincidence; over and over is not, especially when the dates are close together. Gee, why didn’t she show the “Heavenly Fodder” cookbook when displaying old cookbooks?


NMB May 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm

VERY interesting! (I’m still in shock that she has not posted on the tornado devastation – it’s all anyone else is thinking about in Oklahoma). *A wee correction, PWSux, the date on the “Old, Well-loved Cookbooks” link, the date should say 12/18/08 (you have it as 2010) – I had to click the dates to make sure Ree’s came after!!!


PWSux May 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Yes, I just got an email about that and corrected it. Thanks!


Skattebol May 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Well she did mention it today in her post, 2 things, however, all she really said was that she would pray. What the fuck? The city of Joplin needs a hell of a lot more than prayers right now. She certainly does not have to, as it is her blog, her money… But, given that she wrote a post about donating money to the communities in Alabama, one would think she might do something for Joplin, given its close proximity to her, rather than making an off the cuff remark about praying for this community. At least encourage her readers to take some type of action. Maybe she and they are doing something behind the scenes and kudos to them if they are. But holy, fucking shit. People are commenting to her post that they are so thankful she, her family, and farm are okay, without any regard to the Joplin community. Are they so far up Ree Drummond’s ass that they do not care what is going on in the world outside of her fucking life??? OMG, this makes me so angry that she has encouraged individuals to become so wrapped up in her life that everything else has such little importance.
I think I need to go fix a drink now…. Sorry for the rant,


NMB May 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Skattebol, I live in Oklahoma and it’s all anyone is talking about (Joplin and other affected areas from this week’s storms). I gave her the benefit of the doubt until today that maybe her place got hit, maybe it was too much to process and she needed time to write something good, but no…..she can’t so she won’t, but by the way, here are my ultra cute, breeder-bought bassett hounds….and buy the book, please. Ugh. Really had hoped she’d use her fame for good this time. I’ve wrestled with myself that I’m judging her, but this was not the week to post on bassetts and butterflies. Am really surprised her readers were ok with that.


anon. May 25, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I think the blog is taking a back seat to everything else she has going on. Her posts have been pretty detached, and they don’t seem to be a priority.

It was extremely odd today to see a bucolic scene of grazing cattle under blue skies, when she could have showed shots of threatening weather and talked about the tornadoes. I think the reason she didn’t is because she has a bunch of posts already written, and she just throws them up when she gets a chance, whether or not they’re relevant. It doesn’t matter to her sheeple, who will continue to fall over themselves to be first.


Jessica May 26, 2011 at 1:36 am

If she were to post pictures of the oncoming storm and talk properly about the disasters, it would bring down the ‘happy-clappy-rainbow’ theme of her blog. She’s already had posts about Alabama and her friend who passed away, so now she needs to bring the tone back up with some innane rambling. It’s sad that she is so incapable of facing reality!

Debbie May 26, 2011 at 1:46 am

That’s why I think she has someone write them for her now. I’m pretty sure her PR company has skilled writers at their disposable.

EJS May 26, 2011 at 8:11 pm

She is a brand and the script will not be deviated from. I don’t care who is writing her posts – her blog is no longer a blog to me!! It’s all business!!

Skattebol May 26, 2011 at 11:00 am

I absolutely agree and am actually surprised that she is having a pot/pan giveaway today. Dumbfounded would be a better word. She is actually having a giveaway this week and it has NOTHING to do with the aftermath of the tornadoes that have destroyed parts of Missouri and Arkansas, two neighboring states? And her sheeples are vying to win; already there were over 4000 comments. WOW. That is all I have to say….


Courtney May 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Someone should and I think likely will do an expose on her-especially if the Food Network show pans out along with the movie. The movie still has to be put into production-just because the rights have been sold and someone’s signed on to star in it, doesn’t necessarily mean it WILL happen. I’m hoping it doesn’t. But frankly, there’s way too many skeletons in her closet for it NOT to happen, God willing.


The Marlboro Woman May 25, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Great work PWSux. She’s so busted. Damn the evidence keeps mounting. Ree’s the Pete Rose of cyberspace and her little ol’ ranch wife schtick is nothing but a hoax.


EJS May 25, 2011 at 9:28 pm

OMFG who knew this was an all the time occurrence….the first time I noticed this was back in February so here is another one for the record:

2/14/2011 – I’m not Super Woman – posted by a blog by Jessica:

then ***drum roll*** please….

2/21/2011 – Waiting for Superwoman – posted by Pdumb


Mary Beth May 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Good find EJS. Maybe it’s just me, but did that post strike you as not her usual style of writing? Suspicious minds want to know.


EJS May 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Thx Mary Beth as soon as I read PWSux post about her copying other posts I just remembered coming across it many months ago. But to me, it just doesn’t matter who is doing the writing her blog is boring and no longer a blog to me….the Queen of Fake is nothing more than a brand, a money making machine, a business that never deviates from the PW script!!


Nutmeg May 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Post something about her “webdelicioiusness” or whatever the hell she calls it. That is super annoying…and repetitive. SHE CAN’T COME UP WITH ANYTHING NEW!!! I think she’s trying to gain new readers by stealing the readers of other, small blogs. Just an idea. Or she’s so dried up with ideas because she isn’t that creative to begin with that she has to scan the web for ideas. And her sliders today…wtf!!! That was the best she could do? wrap bacon around a piece of meat. Clearly there are way more creative minds and better food bloggers than her.


Debbie May 26, 2011 at 1:43 am

Think about it from her point of view. This is a really easy way to keep your readership up and keep the money coming in.

She probably visits tastespotting and foodgawker and takes her pick there. Easy posting opportunities. No blogger will bitch because she sends an awful lot of traffic their way, she doesn’t have to spend hours on photographing a recipe, the money rolls in and her sheeple are happy.


NMB May 26, 2011 at 9:34 am

Yeah, I think you have probably nailed it that it is a formula. I really did enjoy her blog in the early days. I am sure now that she has advertisers on the site she is under pressure to post every day and that must be hard, BUT nothing justifies plagurizing someone else’s work. Far better to just say “I’d rather post something worth posting once or twice a week” than just post inane stuff or “filler” on days that it is oddly incongruous with world events (like this week). It has just evolved into this monster money-making machine. I don’t begrudge people making money, but it’s different than reading a blog that has soul and integrity because you are not writing to PLEASE Big Business. I did like following her a few years ago and am not ashamed of that, but it does not feel authentic any more. I felt really angry when I read the stuff on here and elsewhere about the BLM contracts (won’t repeat, as I’ve digressed enough). K, my rant is over. Am glad that people do “keep it real” here, though. Taking other peoples ideas, if that is what she is doing (and if the above is not evidence, it’s a darn close coincidence), is wrong. I’d have more respect if she just posted that she was taking a break, enjoy the archives, will be back in a week, etc. That would at least be honest.


REEhabilitated May 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I think her webdeliciousness is more of a lazy attempt at improving her image within the food blogging community than filler… but it’s definitely still filler.

Food bloggers are an extremely giving and supportive bunch. For a long time, she has been seen as less than “giving and supportive” within the ranks. Her food (shudder) and unnatural, over-processed photography isn’t going to support her career for long. If she wants staying power, she has to make nice, build bridges, and show a real effort towards and within the community.

Most bloggers aren’t completely out for themselves, they understand the importance of mentoring, teaching, and sharing. And that’s why Ree isn’t a real food blogger, she’s a woman with a blog about semi-edible food stuffs. She’ll pass out free links to decently popular blogs and check the weekly “community” box on her to-do list. And I don’t think it’s fooling anyone.


Jo May 26, 2011 at 12:44 am

I love reading the comments here. I feel as if I have found a whole bunch of kindred spirits. From day one I thought the Pioneer Woman was a fraud, and now there is proof. She has been stealing borrowing from other bloggers, and getting credit for it, AND getting paid for it. But the really pathetic joke is how many bloggers have copied her blog. It’s a hoot…!

Her bacon sliders today are a direct steal from the Phantom Gourmet. Someone should inform him of this.


Kharn May 26, 2011 at 8:09 am

I wish that I had seen it first off. When I first visited the blog, a couple of years ago, when it was up for a webby award, I didn’t “get” it. I thought it was disjointed and nonsensical (note to self: trust your first instincts). Then some time later I went back, and found her quirkiness amusing. Definitely not the cooking – 1950’s OLEEEO and fat and sugar aren’t my thang – but, the other stuff was okay. Of course, this was when I also thought she was actually participating in her own life, working the ranch, homeschooling the children. And also when her written voice sounded authentic and original to my ears (eyes?) (until the insipid repetition sank in – geez, that woman can drive things into the ground). I’m ashamed to admit it took a while to see the light, and even then, I thought *I* was crazy because soooo many sheeple just love her.

Of course, if I had figured it out right away, I probably wouldn’t have found this site, which I love, so it all worked out.


anon. May 26, 2011 at 8:15 am

I love the phrase “participating in her own life”. It does seem like she has checked out of the ranch, doesn’t it?


Indy Gal May 26, 2011 at 8:50 am

I’m not sure she ever checked into the ranch!


anon. May 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Good point.

Reehash May 26, 2011 at 1:00 am

Ok, in the cast of characters post. Ree features both of her girls, yer youngest son, 2 young college boys, her brother in law and his 2 kids, a ranch hand. What about her oldest son? He’s there in the last photo so he must have been in the area. Tisk tisk.
Talk about your middle child syndrome in the making.


Karen May 26, 2011 at 7:00 am

He was showcased in the “Boy of a Thousand Faces” post–I guess she figures he’s gotten his time in the spotlight for now.


Elizabeth May 26, 2011 at 8:09 am

She’s alluded that her older son is her favorite child.


Reehash May 26, 2011 at 10:52 am

I missed the “Boy of a thousand faces post”. Thank goodness. I got the creeps from the start of her photo shop kid picks. I don’t think they look bad,necessarily (Except for the baggy eyes), but it just made me sad that she thinks she needs to improve her children’s faces.


Jo May 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Oh, goodness, her children are ghastly. You could land a 747 on their foreheads. There is nothing special about them in any way shape or form. And yes, it is sad that she Photoshops them so much. That was mentioned in the New Yorker article, and not in a positive way.

I think some people go through life thinking that they and theirs are more special than anyone else. In Ree Drummond’s case, she is so mediocre in every way, it just boggles the mind.

I love this blog, by the way. It gives me a forum to vent. *heh* I hope everyone will be patient with me. I detest phonies.
PWSux here….. Jo regrets making this comment. She’s apologized and even emailed me asking to have it deleted. Since there are already responses to it, I don’t plan to delete it at this time. That said, she’s apologized so let’s leave it at that ok? Thank you. 🙂


REEhabilitated May 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Ghastly? Come on.


Jo May 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm


Suz May 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Well, they are so over-exposed in every which way. I, too, am very tired of those kids faces and their baggy eyes. Ree needs to think about over-exposure and its consequences.

kellie May 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I understand if you want to trash talk Ree, but I think you are taking it too far when you start on her kids.


Suz May 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I agree with you.

But Ree just shouldn’t put those kids out there to begin with. They do not belong on the www. Because if they are out there, there will be comments. That’s the nature of the internet!

Jo May 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

As I said, “Oops” and I do apologize. If I could delete my comment, I would. So sorry. Maybe someone could delete it for me. I won’t post again. My apologies. 🙂

Penny May 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I applaud Jo for her apology…it takes a big person to admit an error in judgement. I hope she won’t let this stop her from posting here either…..so Jo? Please come back (hugs).


EJS May 28, 2011 at 5:44 am

Jo…Jo….you there? Don’t leave us! It’s going to be alright don’t be so hard on yourself – I have said somethings in my life that I wasn’t too proud of but I learned from it. Please keep hanging out with us – k?

Love ya more n’ my backpack!! 🙂


Super Jen June 5, 2011 at 2:21 am

I just can’t wait until those kids are about 20, and (hopefully) out in the real world, and hating their mom for putting so much shit about them on the Internet. Can you imagine her sons college friends playing the ‘juice bag’ clips, I’m mean I would just lose my shit…


NWGirl May 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

After reading this, I looked through the comments on “Ree’s” tortilla post, and saw this comment (pasted below) from one of her fans. I’m wondering how long it took her to build up the courage to actually DARE post anything other than praise and worship for PW. It’s just…..sad.

Sorry, PW, but I have to put a negative comment. I made these babies tonight and was disappointed. I didn’t think they were any better than store-bought. They weren’t too hard to make because I was armed with your great directions and tips. However, taste-wise, they were mediocre. I think I like the taste of the store-bought ones better. If I didn’t live a block away from the grocery store, I might make these in a pinch, but otherwise, they were a waste of time.

PS – I’m sorry for posting this!! I love you and I love your website!! I got your cookbook for my birthday and read the whole thing in one night!! Please don’t disqualify me from any of your giveaways!!!


Elizabeth May 26, 2011 at 7:18 pm



Indy Gal May 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

It could be that her readers are better off because she takes recipes from other cookbooks, other blogs, her mother, Wetsy, Hyacinth and other cooks. I’ve googled “sour cream enchiladas” and the only one that comes up that is all sour cream is PW’s. That might actually have been her own invention — and it was really, really bad.


J-anonymous May 27, 2011 at 4:15 am

You are assuming that it is Ree behind her posts and seriously I don’t think she does anything without an entire editorial team, picking topics, recipes (does she cook any of it?), writing and photographing it. Possibly they then pass through her pale, delicate hands just so she can make them sound like her… then someone else on the editorial team posts them. So who stole what? Anyway, I don’t think she has any scruples nor does she have any original ideas. Just plain blech.


Liz May 27, 2011 at 9:10 am

Have any of you heard of the “Cooks Source” drama that took place a few months ago? This is slightly reminiscent of it….

If only Ree’s thievery could get that kind of attention. Sigh.


Indy Gal May 27, 2011 at 9:48 am

Here’s a story about the Cooks Source thing: http://howpublishingreallyworks.com/?p=3450


Indy Gal May 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

There’s also this about a blogger who adapted a recipe from Cook’s Country (and gave them credit): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/748940

The original article about this from the blogger is very interesting. In this case, Cook’s Country was wrong.


Mary Beth May 27, 2011 at 10:32 am

Thanks for the link. Had to laugh that Martha Stewart’s website was copied. Karma.


Suz May 27, 2011 at 9:28 am

This link is a blog post on allrecipes.com. It has nothing to do with Ree. But it does have to do with copying (or stealing) recipes.



Mary Beth May 27, 2011 at 9:58 am

Did you notice the date of the post – May 24, 2011. Same date as PW Sux posted her research. Ree probably thought it was okay to copy recipes. That is the way Martha Stewart got started when she ran her catering company. She copied hers directly from The Joy of Cooking until someone called her hand on it.


Indy Gal May 27, 2011 at 10:03 am

Martha also lifted one from Ina Garten. It caused quite a rift between them for some period of time.


FiveO May 27, 2011 at 9:56 am

Did you know that you can trade in your copy of “Pioneer Woman Cooks” for a $5.25 gift card. Boy oh Boy!! Are those babies increasing in value or what??


Penny May 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

In today’s edition of “Let’s make money off someone else’s recipes” we bring you Ree Drummond’s “very own” version of California Pizza Kitchen’s BBQ Chicken Pizza (older post that she references in today’s CPK Taco Pizza Post. Anywho…..exhibit A is Ree’s post from March 15, 2010. Observe:

Exhibit B is CopyKat recipes version of exact same pizza posted on Feb. 3, 2009 Observe once more:

Notice anything??? Hmmmmmm????? Please note in Ree’s post she claims this recipe as her own…so all you Reebots out there who want to jump on this and defend her….save your breath! This is not an original recipe and she certainly didn’t create it from a 15-year-old memory…if you believe that I have some swamp land I’d love to sell ya!


Penny May 27, 2011 at 11:18 am

After reading some of the links posted that had to do with recipe stealing etc., I am prepared to say this: While PW may not be out-and-out stealing recipes, she is certainly not practicing basic good manners when she fails to credit the source or inspiration for many of her recipes. Leading people to believe that you have come up with something out of your own little head, when in fact you saw another recipe and used it or adapted it as the foundation for something of your own is, at the very least, shady. I could (and would) respect her if she would just say….”I saw this recipe on awesomerecipes.com a while back and adapted it to come up with my own version of xxxxxx.” Is that so hard? I found this quote on one of the links ya’ll posted and I think it sums things up fairly nicely:
“Even the very nature of recipes is based on taking others’ ideas and making slight changes to them to suit individual tastes. Katherine Bell, online managing editor for America’s Test Kitchen, acknowledges that recipes are a unique case when it comes to copyright infringement because just about every recipe is based, at least in part, on a previous one.”
Also this one makes sense to me as well:
“I didn’t learn to cook on my own – I certain have never actually “invented” an ingredient or a recipe without inspiration from some other source. I am eternally thankful to all the excellent chefs who have inspired me and taught me.”
I don’t have a problem admitting any of this…..why does Ree?


REEhabilitated May 27, 2011 at 11:39 am

I don’t understand why it’s so hard, either. There’s no shame in admitting you drew inspiration from another dish. Creativity isn’t a character flaw, but dishonesty is. A great deal of Smitten Kitchen’s posts were adaptations from other recipes and she’s still very successful (and far more talented than TPW).

She’s not the only one out there doing it, either. She’s just the biggest one. There are several bloggers who have swiped recipes from other bloggers/authors or failed to cite appropriately. It’s disappointing, really.


Jennifer May 27, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I’m not really a Ree “hater”, not an adoring fan who thinks she’s a gift from God either. I get that her website is just a marketing tool and I’m ok with that. Her blog was interesting to me for a few months, but like most of you have pointed out, it’s repetitive and becomes mind numbing after a while. Really, the basset hound wrapped in a blanket speaks to you……that much? But, I actually like some of “her” recipes and I use a lot of recipes from Tasty Kitchen. Hey, I never claimed to be a great cook or a healthy eater! But I have noticed that a lot of the people she features on Tasty Kitchen have very similiar posting styles to her. Or is it the other way around? What came first, the chicken or the egg? It’s kind of sad on the part of the other bloggers if you think about it. Either they are so thrilled that lil ole them gets to be featured on such a huge, popular blog that they don’t care if she’s ripping them off. Or they have no personal writing style of their own so they rip off Ree. And recognizing it as a further marketing tool, she features them on her blog like Paris Hilton posing with homeless children dressed in her clothing, patting them on the head and then wiping her hands on her assistant’s shirt when no one is looking.


Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple May 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm

So wait, are you accusing her of stealing actual posts or just ideas for posts? Because I looked through the tortilla ones, and to me, they didn’t look alike at all. Except that they were both for tortillas.


missy June 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Seriously? They’re practically the same post! The ingredients are basically the same, they both describe the dough using the word “cohesive,” they both talk about browning the same way, they even both say that the first ones won’t be good, and that the pan wasn’t hot enough on the first try!


Lily May 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm

OMG!!! It is amazing that this woman has been exposedfor the deceiving cheat that she is , time and again, for her shenanigans, and she gets aways with it. A few weeks ago I randomly came across a blog with Ree original cowgirl graphic and i wondered about that too (because sometime in the last few months she changed that ). Now I am going to try and find that blog.


Kait June 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Somehow I totally missed this post. I could say I am shocked, but really, nothing she does shocks me anymore. Thieving hag.


NCme June 10, 2011 at 11:11 am

I don’t have a blog, but it sure looks like she lifted the Mac & cheese bar recipe from this one:


Britt June 16, 2011 at 9:30 am

I just stumbled across this post while looking for something completely different!

I just wanted to say that I started reading Ree’s blog about a year ago, going all the way back in the archives to the beginning. It was there I noticed many of her posts sounded very similar to posts written by Heather Armstrong (Dooce.com) in the early stages of HER blog.

References to growing up in a small town, moving to LA, meeting/dating famous people, eating at famous restaurants, working at an amazing job, blah, blah, blah were so similar in Ree’s blog to Heather’s, I thought at first maybe it was the same person. So it would appear Ree’s been “stealing” blog post ideas for awhile now. and not just for recipes.


Alexandra Cherry July 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Nice piece, A link to this blog page was at Christian Dillstrom’s list of recommended websites, you are doing a wonderful job as mobile + social media marketing god is pointing towards you?


AntiRee October 15, 2011 at 8:55 am

The woman is a total air head who has chosen to live vicariousley through her husband, ranch hand employees, livestock, pets and kids.Take all of that away and place Ree in the limelight as an individual, what is left?
Nothing more than a woman who can take a picture, pirate recipies and maybe, possibly cook at best.


marinhomestead January 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I have a small food/gardening blog that doesn’t make 1 cent so I was surprised to see she copied a blog post of mine a year after i posted it.

mine posted July 16, 2010: http://www.marinhomestead.com/recipes/drinks/ca-phe-s%E1%BB%AFa-da-with-cold-brewed-coffee/

hers posted June 13, 2011: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/06/perfect-iced-coffee/


Annie March 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Love your site! I thought I was the only woman in America that couldn’t stomach this okie fantasy land woman’s cooking, blog, and phoney baloney okie-orange county BS. Native Oklahomans are not like the Drummonds. ( not even the rich ones) I used to blog about my farm life several years ago, posted a few favorite recipies and noticed on my sitemeter someone from OK spending a lot of time reading my blog posts in 2006-2007. When looking through her first cookbook I noticed a recipe I posted that was a very obsure, but a family fav of mine, show up in her first cook book with the biggest line of horse shit on how she came to find it…some kind of dribble about how her 8th grade French teacher made them in French class. In reality, I found the recipe over 20 yrs ago in an ordinary, no flash cookbook called Old Fashioned Recipe Favorites, and the original recipe hails from a woman from Florida, in the 1920’s. Being a lifer midwesterner, her plagerism of other’s blogs, her affected, y’all, dad gummit, okie down home “keepin’ it real” persona…. lifting other’s recipes, ideas, and basically making light and fun of what is a very hard, sometimes heartbreaking and backbreaking unglamorous life that midwestern farmers and ranchers live shows NO class, originality, or intelligence. She is just a flash in her own cast iron pan. ( heavy on the butter)


Amy May 21, 2012 at 9:40 am

Is anyone having trouble accessing Marlboro Woman’s site?


Mod Mom Beyond IndieDom June 30, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Yes! That’s one reason why I stopped by this site, to see if anyone else got the “access denied” prompt too, when trying to view MW’s site. It’s been like that for awhile.


lexie roberts July 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I am so glad to see the last time you posted was in 2011…when I just recently came across your blog and another blog (marlboro woman) I can’t tell you how disappointing it is to see grown women (i am assuming you are women) publicly attack another woman’s success. So my question is why? Are you bored in life…you don’t have anything talents of your own to work on? you don’t have a job? a family? It’s confusing to me at why you would waste your time tearing someone down…you ARE what’s wrong with the world. It reminds me of bitchy back biting high school girls…and honestly it makes me feel sad!! You don’t like her…don’t visit her blog or watch her show!! But don’t make a blog to rip her down. YOUR BLOGS SPEAK WAY MORE ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER THAN THE LACK OF REE’S ORIGINALITY IN HER RECIPES!! I am sure you will erase this as I have seen you only have people’s comments up who support you… I am someone who doesn’t!!


Amy Garner November 1, 2017 at 9:02 pm

I fell off the Ree bandwagon when reading a retro Betty Crocker cookbook, and there it was, “Ree’s” recipe for French Breakfast Puffs. She’d doubled the recipe and added a nostalgic story of her high school french teacher, Madame Smith, sharing the recipe during class. We made crepes in my french class.


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