Plus, The Pioneer Woman cooks up shortcut homemade ravioli and blackberry icebox cake on the TODAY show.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
August 24, 2020
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Ree Drummond TODAY Show
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Last week, Ree Drummond virtually checked in from her Pawhuska, Oklahoma, ranch with Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie on the TODAY show—and we sure are hungry now. During the segment, Drummond walked viewers through her shortcut ravioli dinner and the glorious dessert that is blackberry icebox cake.

But even more than the tantalizing recipes, we were intrigued by what Drummond had to share about how filming of her hit Food Network show, The Pioneer Woman, has continued during the coronavirus pandemic.

"My kids have always come in handy on the ranch. My husband [Ladd] loves having all these extra ranch hands. But this is the first time that I've gotten to use them as my own special kind of ranch hands," she explains. "So, yes, my TV crew is actually in the U.K. and so we knew it would be a while before they were able to come back. So we just jumped in, used our cell phones, and started filming our shows and we've done probably 25 episodes and we're getting ready to film one later today with my older Daughter Alex [who recently started working full-time for Drummond] Just like everybody else, we're taking the most from this situation and doing what we can." Based on regular glimpses Drummond has given into her family's household on Instagram, it sure seems like they're having a ball—and plenty of laughs—while filming.

After Drummond shares her filming updates, Guthrie then jokes to The Pioneer Woman that she hears "like us, you have 'pandemic pants.'"

"My pandemic pants are so friendly. They're my best friend, they don't judge me, they try their best to make me look good. It doesn't really matter what I look like 'cuz it's all below the counter anyway. But I saw weeks ago on Twitter somebody called jeans 'hard pants,' and I've been avoiding my 'hard pants' ever since," Drummond quips. Us too, Ree, us too.

Next, Drummond shows viewers how to make shortcut homemade ravioli using wonton wrappers as an alternative to homemade pasta dough, which can be quite the time-consuming process. Then, for her icebox cake, Drummond uses a frozen pound cake with the top sliced off, breaking this portion of the cake into crumbs and throwing them in a skillet with butter. The remaining cake slices get covered with a mixture of blackberries, blackberry jam, lemon zest, and lemon juice and layers of whipped cream for a semi-homemade delight. Ready to cook? Get the recipes for Shortcut 'Homemade' Ravioli and Blackberry Icebox Cake.

Watch the full TODAY show segment below.

It's safe to say our "pandemic pants" have been our go-to for months, but after making these two filling dishes, we may need another few months until we see our "hard pants" again. Happy cooking, everyone.