I have a new friend named Hazel who came to the ranch recently. When she arrived at the Lodge, I got to show her the kitchen. Since she watches The Pioneer Woman on TV, she was familiar with the layout.
Then I took her on a top secret tour of the Lodge! Just kidding, it isn’t top secret. But we pretended like it was!
I took her all the way to the back of The Lodge, where we have a prep kitchen. Ladd and I built this on a few years ago when we realized that food trucks and food trailers were not exactly going to work over the long term here in the country. They’d get stuck in the mud, struck by lightning, and get flat tires. It was kind of a funny era in the history of my cooking show!
I’m talking about the chicken tacos and mac and cheese…not me and Hazel. 🙂
After lunch Hazel wanted to find the rubber snake she knew had to be in one of the kitchen drawers (as she has seen on the show). We found it, alright! I actually scared myself with it (I always do), but it didn’t faze Hazel at all.
Thank you to The Mack Impact (small but wonderful organization right here in Oklahoma) for connecting me with Hazel, and to Erin Coats for the photos that captured our fun time together. Thank you also to the staff at The Merc, Charlie’s, and P-Town for showing Hazel a great time!
And thank you, friends, for letting me share. If you happen to leave a comment, please direct it to Hazel herself–high five, thumbs up, prayer hands…the works! 🙂 She’s a seriously awesome young lady.