ALICE DAHLGREN | Great road trip

Alice Dahlgren celebrates Oklahoma roadtrips.

Oklahoma road trips are a gas

Now see this! Alice explores Pawhuska and the wonders that Ree Drummond has going on there.

"Mother used to take us on day trips when I was little. We'd motor along and maybe even enjoy getting a bit lost. We always discovered something new to study and discuss. I love Oklahoma and still love exploring it," says Alice.

You'll find the video transcription available below this delicious recipe.

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Hummus and Whole Wheat Crackers

Alice shares this fare by Executive Chef Joseph Royer of The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro. She discovered Chef Royer’s talents during fundraising events for the Alzheimers Association where she is a state board member.

The recipes are inspired by the Mediterranean “Mind” diet. Research has shown following that diet may be a key to preventing Alzheimer’s.




2 C - Boiled Chickpeas

1/2 C - Tahini Paste

1/4 C - Lemon Juice

1/4 C - Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Tbsp - Minced Garlic

Kosher Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper


Place all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.


Whole Wheat Crackers



2 C - Whole Wheat Flour

3/4 C - Wheat Bran

1/2 C - All Purpose Flour

1 tsp - Kosher Salt

1/3 C - Olive Oil

1 C - Water

Kosher Salt for sprinkling



  1. Preheat the oven to 350º.
  2. Put the flours, wheat bran, and salt in a bowl. Mix.
  3. Pour in the olive oil and water.
  4. Mix until just blended.
  5. Divide dough into two pieces for thinner crackers or leave it in one piece for thicker crackers.
  6. Roll the dough directly onto a cookie sheet.
  7. Cut squares out with a knife.
  8. Prick each cracker with a fork a few times.
  9. Bake until browned and crisp.


Great Road Trip

I can’t wait to tell you about a road trip to Pawhuska! . . .

It’s great Oklahoma City is centrally located. It’s easy to visit other areas in the state.  

I recently went to Pawhuska where the Pioneer Woman lives. Her real name is Ree Drummond.

She started blogging years ago when she married a rancher.  She did it because she lived on a big ranch without many people around.  It was her socialization.  

She says she had people contact her from all over the world asking her about recipes.  Her blogging has evolved into a well-watched cooking show on the Food Network.

From there she opened a big store and restaurant in one of the beautiful historic buildings in Pawhuska. It’s called The Mercantile.  

The waiting line to eat there is usually over two hours!  It’s fun visiting with other people who have traveled there.  

They entertain their guests with warm cookie pieces or other things from the pastry shop which is located on the second floor.

The restaurant looks like it easily seats 150-175 people. The store is full of cooking items and really fun dishes.  

We noticed across the street another beautiful historic building is being renovated for a hotel.  Behind that is a wonderful Western outfitter. Beautiful western boots, hats, and clothes for any Western event.  

If you have never seen Ree’s cooking show, The Pioneer Woman is on Saturday mornings.  

Just to set things straight. The Pioneer Woman statue is in Ponca City.