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Nov 28

The Best Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Never underestimate the power, taste and versatility of Thanksgiving leftovers. From soups and sandwiches to frittata and muffins, we’ve got the best recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers. Whip up some of these dishes on Sunday and eat them through the rest of the week.

The Pioneer Woman’s Leftover Thanksgiving Panini

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Nov 27

Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert and Tim McGraw Give Thanks

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Florida Georgia Line has a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, including six consecutive No. 1 hits and their new album, Anything Goes. But giving thanks – and giving back – is something the duo tries to be mindful of all year long, not just on Thanksgiving.

“Giving back is something that’s very important to us,” Brian Kelley said. “We were raised watching both of our fathers work very hard and give back at the same time. That’s something that’s close to us and close to our hearts and our voices through success, and everything has gotten a little bit bigger over the past couple years and there’s no better time than now, and we feel like we’d be doing the wrong thing if we weren’t giving back.”

Tim McGraw also has a lot to be thankful for this year, including a successful tour and the release of his latest album, Sundown Heaven Town. He plans to spend the holiday somewhere warm with his wife, Faith Hill, and their three daughters, all of whom top his list of blessings. Continue Reading

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Nov 27

Country Stars Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

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Food takes center stage on Thanksgiving, and like us, country stars have their favorite dishes. For Dierks Bentley, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without turkey. For years, turkey duty fell to his father. Now that he has passed on, Bentley has stepped up to the carving plate.

“Thanksgiving is not possible without a turkey,” he said. “My dad’s always been the one to cook and carve it, but in years here recently, I’ve been taking over those duties. Big responsibility.”

Dierks and his family go the traditional route of roasting the turkey in the oven but a few years ago, they decided to drop the bird into a deep fryer. Deep-fried turkey earned the Dierks Bentley stamp of approval, but he’s happy to eat turkey any way it’s served.

“You really can’t cook a turkey wrong,” he said. “I’m gonna eat it any way, and I have over the years. Trust me, I’ve played a lot of county and state fairs, where I’ve seen gigantic turkey legs. I’ve had the flat meat. I’ve done turkey every way you could do it. I’m pretty good any way you want to cook it up, but you’ve got to have a turkey for Thanksgiving.”

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Nov 27

Sam Hunt is Bringing His Band to Thanksgiving Dinner

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Sam Hunt is a busy guy these days. He just released his debut album, Montevallo, topped the charts with his debut single, “Leave the Night On,” and announced his first headlining tour. For Thanksgiving this year, he and his band will be on the way to Florida for a show, but they will still have time to make a pit stop for dinner.

“I believe we have the day of Thanksgiving off, and we are playing in Florida the next day for the Florida-Florida State game,” he said. “I’m from Georgia, so that’s pretty much en route. I think the guys are gonna load up on the bus, and we’re just gonna drive down, and I invited them all to have Thanksgiving with myself and my family down in Georgia. I believe that’s what we’re gonna do. We get together with my Dad’s folks for lunch and then my mom’s folks for dinner, so I’m gonna bring the guys down, and they’re just gonna be part of the family.”

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Nov 26

Favorite Thanksgiving Casseroles: The Band Perry, Thomas Rhett and More

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The Band Perry consider themselves to be fairly health-conscious by choosing healthy foods and sticking to a workout routine, but at Thanksgiving, all bets are off, thanks to Kimberly Perry’s sweet potato casserole.

“Here is the trick,” Perry says. “You know how most sweet potato casseroles either have marshmallows or the sugar little nutty mix on top? Well, I put both of those on there, so we have marshmallows and the sugary, nutty topping.”

Brother Neil Perry tries to trick himself into believing the casserole is healthier than it actually is since it has no butter, but big sister Kimberly has to disagree. “Oh no, it’s like 1,000 calories per spoonful,” she said.

Maddie Marlow of Maddie & Tae also has a favorite casserole for the holiday season. “My mom and I make this delicious broccoli cheese casserole, and it is the bomb.com,” she said. “I cannot go to Thanksgiving or Christmas without that casserole. And then my mom makes this amazing chocolate pecan pie. I wish you could have Thanksgiving food year-round.”

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Nov 26

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Homemade Green Bean Casserole

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We all know that Green Bean Casserole is a classic dish for a Thanksgiving feast. Our mothers and grandmothers have been making it from the back of a Campbell’s Soup can for years and years. It is one of the dishes I most look forward to because it brings back so many sweet memories.

Being someone who loves to cook, I hate pouring things out of cans that I can just as easily make myself, so I like to take those old-school favorites and put a little homemade spin on them. In this recipe, I make my own cream of chicken instead of using the canned version. Everything is better homemade, and you can taste the difference.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and we all take a minute to make a mental note of all that we are thankful for this year. Enjoy!

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Nov 25

Kip Moore and Josh Turner Share Why They Love Thanksgiving

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Kip Moore photo by Stephen Shepherd, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Country stars spend a lot of time on the road, crisscrossing the country playing their music for fans. When the holidays roll around, many of them have the opportunity to take a few days off and enjoy downtime with family and friends. For Kip Moore, it’s the one time of the year he gets to head home to Georgia to be with his family.

“Thanksgiving is huge for me, because I never get to see my family — period,” he said. “All of my nieces and nephews are growing up and my brothers and sisters; I’ve been gone from home since right when I turned 18. I’ve been a long ways away from home. That’s the one bad part about it is knowing my family is growing up, and they’re all experiencing things together, and I don’t get to be included on it, because I’m off doing this.

“So, when I get together with them, it means a whole lot to me,” he continued. “Usually, we’ll try to go fishing together — me and my brothers, or my dad, we used to always go when we would go back home for Thanksgiving. So, yeah, just time to get to hang out with them is huge for me, and I hate that I don’t get to do it more.”

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Nov 25

Eric Church, Keith Urban and More Give Thanks

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Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the people and things that matter most. Several of your favorite country stars are sharing what they’re most thankful for this year and their answers have a common theme: family. Eric Church might come across as a tough guy on stage, but he’s a family man at the end of the day, grateful for the people who surround him.

“I’m thankful for my family, my son, my wife and great health,” he said. “From a career standpoint, I’m very thankful for the success we’ve had lately. I’m thankful for what the fans have done. I’m thankful that we’re starting to have some hit songs on the radio. There’s a lot of stuff to be thankful for in that regard.”

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Nov 23

Quick and Easy Last-Minute Thanksgiving Table Decorations

There’s only a few hours before guests arrive for Thanksgiving dinner, and your table is bare. But it’s not the food that’s missing, it’s the festive Thanksgiving decorations. Don’t find yourself in this situation next Thursday. Take some inspiration from these four table decoration ideas that you can create in a snap!

Autumnal Floral Arrangement

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Nov 21

One Pan Nan: Baked Cranberries with Brandy

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Every week on Top 20 Country Countdown our host, Nan Kelley, counts down your favorite videos — but when she’s away from the studio, she’s likely to be found in her kitchen, creating healthy, delicious meals. Nan likes to keep it simple, cooking entire meals using only one pan. Her husband, Charlie, lovingly gave her the nickname “One Pan Nan,” and now that’s also the name of her new cookbook [get it HERE!]. We asked Nan to share some of her recipes with us, and this week, it’s Baked Cranberries with Brandy. Check back every other week for a new recipe.

“Baked cranberries are so delicious — the chewy caramel adds a wonderful texture to the cranberries, and the brandy is the perfect finishing touch.  Make this the day before your Thanksgiving/holiday meal, pop it in the fridge and that’s one less thing you need to worry about.”

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