Surprising Facts About The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond

May 21, 2021Sonali Pandey

When Ree Drummond first became famous for being “The Pioneer Woman!” she never expected her life would become so challenging. On-screen, The Pioneer Woman, is an ever-smiling whiz in the kitchen and her fans adore her. But off-screen things aren’t what they seem. And recently, Ree Drummond has come out and opened up about some of the troubles her family has suffered. It turns out there's more to the Drummond family than meets the eye...

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REE DRUMMOND KEPT HER "BONUS SON" HIDDEN FROM THE WORLD UNTIL 2020

Ree Drummond has a foster son, Jamar, and most of us had no clue about it until 2020. She took to her website, The Pioneer Woman, to announce that she’d been hesitant to write or speak much about her "bonus son" because the foster agency has some strict rules against posting about foster children on social media. But in the end, Ree admitted that she did it because she felt protective of her foster son.

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HER NEPHEW WAS ARRESTED FOR DUI

Ree's 21-year-old nephew, Caleb Drummond, was temporarily arrested for driving under the influence less than a month after being involved in a collision between two fire trucks on her family's farm. As of now, the investigation is pending, and it will be the district attorney’s decision whether to charge him or not. 

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HER PARENTS HAD AN UGLY SPLIT

Some things that Ree witnessed while growing up weren't really wholesome. Especially her parents’ split. Ree’s parents, William Dale Smith and Gerre Schwert, divorced for an unpleasant reason. According to In Touch magazine, the two divorced after Ree's father discovered her mother's affair. But it wasn’t just any affair. Gerre was in a relationship with the family pastor!

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DRUMMOND HAS A LOT OF SPEEDING TICKETS 

Ree Drummond isn’t just amazing at creating engaging and good content. She also has a knack for collecting speeding tickets. According to Drummond’s lawyer, “Maybe [she has] a little bit of a heavy foot. But [Ree’s] always been a law-abiding citizen.” Well, a speeding ticket is perhaps the least worrying offense when it comes to breaking the law!

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REE ISN’T HER REAL NAME

According to Ree’s birth certificate, her first name is Ann Marie. And Ree is just her nickname! Well, we have to admit that as far as nicknames go, “Ree” is pretty cute—and there's certainly something catchier about Ree Drummond than Ann Marie Drummond.

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SHE WASN’T ALWAYS A COUNTRY GAL

Drummond, who launched her blog, The Pioneer Woman, in 2006, didn't always want to live on a ranch. She attended the University of Southern California, although she spent most of her life in suburban Oklahoma. And she was planning to attend law school in Chicago until she met her future husband, cattle rancher Ladd Drummond, and decided to return to Oklahoma.

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THE SECRET TO HER BLOG’S SUCCESS IS STEAK

Ree Drummond was just a normal lady struggling to get her blog off the ground before she found success on The Food Network and The New York Times Best-Seller list. In fact, she’d created her blog only for her friends and family. All it took was one step-by-step tutorial on how to cook the perfect steak, and Ree's blog, The Pioneer Woman, was off and running, with a growing fan base!

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THERE’S A PIONEER WOMAN RESTAURANT AND SHOP

Fans who’d like to have a taste of Drummond’s country style can head over to "The Pioneer Woman Mercantile" in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The restaurant and shop are located on the small town's main street in a 2,500 square foot historic building. On the deli menu, you’ll find delicious treats like pancakes, egg scrambles, and waffles for breakfast and "hearty" meals for lunch and dinner. Oh, there’s a bakery with freshly baked goods and coffee too!

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SHE BEAT BOBBY FLAY

In 2010, Ree Drummond battled it out on Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Bobby went to her Oklahoma ranch and challenged her to a five-course Thanksgiving dinner—which included cornbread dressing with pancetta, apples, and mushrooms, as well as creamy mashed potatoes and pecan pie. With over 50 people packed into her house, Drummond’s effort was valiant when judges Trisha Yearwood and Jeff Castleberry, a Tulsa restaurateur, declared her the winner.

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SHE HATES BANANAS

It may be hard to believe, but Drummond really hates bananas! According to a blog post she published in 2011, she’s hated them since she was a baby, and she shares this hatred with her father and brother. In fact, you’ll find only two banana recipes on her website: bananas foster and her mother's banana bread.

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SHE HAS NAMED AN ICE-CREAM SHOP AFTER HER DOG

Drummond’s fans adored her family dog, Charlie the Basset Hound, as much as they adore her recipes. In 2019, she opened Charlie's Sweet Shop in Pawhuska as a sweet tribute to him. A large painting of Charlie hangs on the wall of the ice cream shop, which sells handmade waffle cones, a variety of sundaes, and Tillamook ice cream.

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DRUMMOND WAS ONCE A VEGETARIAN

Yep, that’s true! According to her 2007 blog post, it began when she was a freshman at USC. She went three years without eating meat before sneaking a burger and then didn’t have meat for another three years! Her diet as a collegiate vegetarian typically consisted of “vegetables, cheese, tofu, and noodles.” Thankfully, her vegetarian recipes are a bit more creative today!

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DON’T YOU DARE TOUCH HER NUTELLA JAR!

Drummond has a secret stash of Nutella, and she keeps it hidden from her family. In fact, she doesn’t leave it on the counter because she thinks her sons will see it and eat it all. So she keeps it “safe” in pickling pots where they won't find it. Do you need any more proof that Drummond is just like us?

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REE LOVES CAFFEINE

Drummond loves coffee so much that she wrote a blog post titled "Coffee is My Life," where she mentioned that she drinks an iced coffee every morning. She even has several java-based recipes, such as dulce de leche coffee and chocolate chunk cookies. Well, this wasn’t so surprising. After all, who doesn’t love coffee?

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SHE OPENED A HOTEL IN 2018

Not only can you eat at the Pioneer Woman's restaurants in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, but you can also stay at her hotel. The Pioneer Woman Boarding House, which was opened in 2018, is a self-described "cowboy luxury" boutique hotel. Each of its eight rooms has a theme—for example, the Photograph Room is decorated with black and white photographs and a monochrome color palette, the Emerald Room has a beautiful green subway tiled bathroom, and the Tack Room is horse-themed.

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DRUMMOND LOVES MIGAS 

Migas is one of Drummond's favorite breakfast foods. For those of you who don’t know what Migas is, it’s a Tex-Mex scramble made with tortillas, eggs, cheese, salsa, and other mix-ins like chorizo. Apparently, Drummond fell in love with Migas while she was visiting her sister in Austin.

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POSSUMS MIGHT BE DRUMMOND’S LEAST FAVORITE ANIMAL

In a 2012 blog post titled “Seventeen Very Separate Things,” Drummond wrote that “Possums are demonic and everywhere.” It’s due to this reason that she doesn’t want to see them in her backyard. But come on, don’t you think that’s a little mean? After all, look at its cute eyes. They can’t be so bad (well, that's what we’re hoping!)

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SHE CRAVED MCDONALD’S DURING HER FIRST PREGNANCY

In her book titled Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, Drummond wrote that she had major McDonald’s cravings during her first pregnancy. She would skip breakfast before her doctor’s appointment to stay within the prescribed weight range. And after the checkup, she’d order a large McDonald's meal. She'd also make sure to arrange her appointments as the first thing in the morning so that she could reward herself with McDonald's and eat as much as she wanted afterward. 

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SHE HAS A CRUSH ON KEVIN COSTNER AND FIVE OTHER CELEBS

Just like most of us, even Ree Drummond has a list of celebrity crushes. She shared the list on her website, according to which Benicio del Toro tops her list. After that comes Javier Bardem. And her final three celebrity crushes are Hugh Grant, Dermot Mulroney, and Kevin Costner.

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SHE DOESN’T FILM “THE PIONEER WOMAN” AT HOME

It looks like Drummond films her cooking show in her house, but that’s not the case. Rather, the episodes of The Pioneer Woman are filmed at the Lodge on her ranch. According to her website, the location was originally intended to be used as a guest house, but it became the set for The Pioneer Woman. The Lodge has a test kitchen, office, prep area, and prop room.

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IT TOOK HER HUSBAND FOUR MONTHS TO ASK HER OUT

Ladd Drummond took four months to summon the confidence to approach Ree for a date after their first encounter in a pub. He eventually invited her out to dinner, but even after asking her out for a date, he was scared to confess his feelings for her. As a result, it took him another two weeks to tell Ree that he really liked her and wanted to get married to her.

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DRUMMOND HAS A HUGE NET WORTH

Ree Drummond's net worth is estimated to be $50 million! Well, that shouldn’t be surprising because Ree isn’t just limited to her food blog and her cooking show. She's a celebrity chef, an author, and a well-known TV personality. And although her Food Network salary isn’t disclosed, most likely she makes something between $8 to $25 million per year just from her show!

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SHE PREFERS WATCHING MOVIES IN THE KITCHEN

Well, if that snake prank thing wasn’t strange enough for you, here’s another unusual fact about "The Pioneer Woman." Cooking to music gets a lot of people into a certain kind of groove in the kitchen. But celebrity chef Ree Drummond isn’t one of them. When the Food Network asked her what kind of music she enjoys in the kitchen, her response was unexpected—instead of listening to the latest songs, she likes to watch movies. Some of her favorites include The Godfather and Napoleon Dynamite.

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DRUMMOND PRIORITIZES SPENDING TIME WITH HER HUSBAND

Despite her hectic schedule, Ree prioritizes spending time with her husband. And that’s pretty much the secret behind their 23-year-long successful marriage. In fact, the couple claims that they make it a point to spend time together, whether it's watching old western movies or The Godfather series, snacking, or just relaxing around the house.

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SHE HOMESCHOOLED HER CHILDREN

Ever since Ree’s oldest son, Axel, finished kindergarten, she’s been homeschooling her kids. There are now four younger Drummonds, each of whom studied on the family ranch from their mother. Ree’s reason for homeschooling is straightforward. The drive to a formal school was very long, and she was used to having her kids on the ranch. So she preferred homeschooling her children.

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YOU’LL FIND SEVERAL TYPES OF PEPPERS IN HER FRIDGE

Most people store things like olives, ketchup, and pickled garlic in their fridge, but celebrity chef Ree Drummond stores peppers in her refrigerator, and not just one kind of pepper. According to her interview with the Food Network, she doesn't know what her kitchen would be like unless she had at least six to seven different jars of fiery hot peppers in her refrigerator.

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“THE PIONEER WOMAN” ISN’T HER ONLY BLOG

Ree Drummond is best known for her personal blog, The Pioneer Woman, which served as a forum and name for her to land her own cooking show on The Food Network. But that isn’t her only blog. She has another website called "Tasty Kitchen," which was created as a way for her fans to upload, share, and enjoy each other's delicious recipes, ranging from bread and cranberry butter to cakes and special dietary need recipes.

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SHE’S IN THE OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME

Ree Drummond was inducted into the 91st Oklahoma Hall of Fame class in 2018. It was a big day for Drummond, particularly because her husband, Ladd, was the one who introduced her to the rest of the audience. “He spoke in front of 1,400 people, and I got a lump in my throat watching him backstage because I was so darn proud of him,” she wrote of her husband in an Instagram post.

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SHE HAS NICKNAMED HER HUSBAND “MARLBORO MAN”

The term "Marlboro Man" conjures up images of a rugged, strong-jawed gentleman who appeared in ads. But for Ree, there’s only one Marlboro man in her life, and it’s not some hunky model; it’s her (even hunkier! ) husband, Ladd Drummond.  

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SHE LOVES PHOTOGRAPHY

Ree Drummond loves spending time behind the lens when she isn't in front of the camera. She’s a huge photography lover and has devoted a section of her personal website—The Pioneer Woman—to helpful photography tips and tricks for beginners just getting into the craft. Her blog also hosts several photography competitions. And Drummond enjoys judging, posting, and discussing the work of her finalists and winners.

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ANOTHER REASON WHY DRUMMOND WASN’T FOR THE COUNTRY LIFESTYLE  

Cattle ranches are the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Oklahomans. Well, if you're one of them, you might change your mind after reading this! Ree's mom was a housewife, and her dad was a doctor.  So no ranches to be seen there! Moreover, she spent her childhood attending ballet classes and hanging out at her parent's country club. Again, no connection with ranches whatsoever!

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SHE LOVES COOKING FOR HER HUSBAND

Everyone knows that Ree Drummond is a fantastic chef! Simply visit her website or tune in to an episode of The Pioneer Woman on The Food Network. But some people might not know that she enjoys cooking for her husband, Lee. In fact, she likes it so much that she’s named a sandwich after him: The Marlboro Man Sandwich. Is this what we call true love?

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SHE WAS IN ANOTHER SHOW BEFORE “THE PIONEER WOMAN”

Ree Drummond worked on another famous cooking show before becoming “The Pioneer Woman” and having her own cooking show on The Food Network. Well, guessing the show won’t be hard for you! Okay, let’s give you a hint. Remember we told you about her face-off with Bobby Flay? Yep, exactly there! She appeared with him on a special Thanksgiving episode of Throwdown.

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BUTTER IS MOST PROBABLY REE’S FAVORITE INGREDIENT

When it comes to the age-old debate about butter and cream cheese, Ree Drummond will always choose butter. This won't be surprising for those who're already familiar with her recipes. Because one ingredient that always has a prominent position in the mixture, particularly when reading the ingredients of some of her desserts, is a stick or more of butter! Take the bread recipe, for example, where she adds one stick of butter every half a loaf!

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THERE’S A POT NAMED AFTER HER

Yep, you read that right! She has her own branded instant pot called “The Pioneer Woman Instant Pot.” It’s only available at Walmart stores and sells out pretty fast because fans are always eager to try Drummond’s pot roast in the famous pot! And mind you, they aren’t like your regular black, grey, or silver vessels. They come in two floral patterns and are far more attractive than any regular pot!

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SHE ALMOST INJURED HER THUMB DURING THE FILMING OF “THE PIONEER WOMAN”

Although Ree tried to be careful, she almost had an accident during the taping of The Pioneer Woman. She revealed in her blog that she almost cut off her thumb during an episode due to a knife miscalculation. But this happened long back. By now, Ree’s a pro, so we hope such accidents don’t happen.

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HER SISTER-IN-LAW OWNS A BED AND BREAKFAST IN OKLAHOMA

It's known as "The Oilman's Daughter" and is located just a few blocks away from "The Pioneer Woman Mercantile." The mercantile's Instagram account announced its opening and captioned the post as: “There are some really great B&B’s in Pawhuska, and we want to share the newest one! Oilman’s Daughter was recently renovated by two sisters (one of whom happens to be Ree’s sister-in-law).”

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REE ONCE SNUCK A CAT ONTO AN AIRPLANE

Ree admitted to her followers on Instagram that she once snuck a cat into an airplane. She began her confession by revealing that she had a dream in which she snuck a cat onto a plane, but then she finally said that this had also happened to her in real life. Ree seems to have a strong affinity for animals (except possums, obviously!)

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SHE HAS BANNED SOME WORDS FROM “THE PIONEER WOMAN”

Ree doesn’t mind sharing her life with her viewers, but there are some things she refuses to say. The Food Network star told Delish that she avoids saying those phrases because, as a viewer, she used to get annoyed when she heard chefs say the same things over and over again. Later, she found they were completely oblivious to the fact that they were constantly repeating themselves.

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SHE’LL DO ANYTHING FOR FRESH SEAFOOD

Drummond is well-known for being landlocked, but she'll go the extra mile for fresh seafood. She had the opportunity to taste some of the finest seafood in the region after attending college in Southern California, and that’s when she became fond of seafood. Every once in a while, she employs a sushi chef to cook a meal for her and her friends at the ranch.

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SHE’S OBNOXIOUS, AND SHE KNOWS IT

Drummond once dressed up as a cat for a costume party in college. She declined to speak English and spent the whole night meowing, much to the annoyance of a friend. She writes, "I will fully commit to being absolutely irritating, even to the point that it affects relationships."

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HER WEEKEND GO-TO MEAL IS ROASTED CHICKEN LEGS

During an interview with the Food Network, Ree revealed that her go-to weeknight meal is roasted chicken legs with whatever seasonal vegetables she has on hand. Well, many people go straight for the white meat when cooking chicken, but the legs can be much more flavourful—we totally approve of Ree's weeknight go-to.

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THERE’S A BARBIE DOLL MODELLED AFTER HER

In 2018, Mattel released the Pioneer Woman Barbie Doll, replete with its own kitchen set. The beautiful doll dons a floral-patterned top and cowboy boots, while the kitchen set includes a stand mixer, a floral fridge with ingredients, a toast-popping toaster, and other accessories. 

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HER HUSBAND IS A PICKY EATER

Although Ree Drummond cooks really amazing and delicious dishes like chicken-fried steak with ziti regularly, her husband has a small palate. “Consider a cowboy who believes the sun rises and sets on a grilled steak and baked potato,” Drummond writes about her husband. Good thing they live on a cattle ranch! 

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