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Oct 27

One Pan Nan: Creamy Pumpkin Dip

nan-kelley-cream-cheese-pumpkin-dipEvery 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 Creamy Pumpkin Dip. Check back every other week for a new recipe.

“Pumpkin is not just for pie. This is the perfect dip for this time of year. Plus, it’s an easy dessert, and it passed the Charlie test. That’s important at my house. If you want to get creative, you could serve this in a carved out small pumpkin with a variety of dipping options: cinnamon sugar graham crackers, gingersnaps, Biscoff cookies, pears or apples. Or spread it on banana nut or zucchini bread as a topping.”

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Cream Cheese Pumpkin Dip

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Oct 24

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Caramel Chunk No-Bake Cookies

One of the first recipes I remember making with my mom is no-bake cookies. They were always my favorite. I have known and used my Great-Great-Grandmother’s recipe all my life and have so many memories of standing at the kitchen cabinet on a bar-stool where my chin just barely came over the edge. I must have been 3- or 4-years-old, but I was doing my part and trying to be a good helper. Those cookies were my sister Shelley’s favorite. I wanted to share the recipe with you, but I kicked it up a notch! I found these great little caramel bits at the grocery store and thought about how many recipes I could come up with that would be great with them. In my opinion, caramel makes everything better. That holds true with this revamped recipe as well! When you bite into these sweet chocolatey bites of perfection, you will find little chewy chunks of caramel. What more could a girl ask for?

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Caramel Chunk No-Bake Cookies

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Oct 18

The Best Pumpkin Desserts for Fall

There are tons of pumpkin dessert recipes out there. We understand it can be hard to narrow down a few (or even just one) to try. So, we’ve done the hard part for you — choosing. Below, we’ve rounded up our five favorite pumpkin treats that put us in the holiday state of mind. Is it too early for that? (Answer: Never.)

Pumpkin Cookies with Mulled Cider Cream Cheese Frosting

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Oct 17

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Homemade Miso Soup

On the first cool day of the fall season, as I contemplate dragging the stored boxes of my boots and sweaters back into my bedroom, I have to carefully consider the best course of action. I know that I am about to turn our bedroom into a disaster zone as I bid farewell to my summer wardrobe and eagerly wade through cashmere and Ugg® boots. I know that it is gonna drive my hubby crazy, and there is a good chance we may be forced to sleep in the spare bedroom tonight, because let’s get real, it might take me two days (maybe three) to finish my transitioning project. My bribery cap goes on, and I try to get ahead of the game.

I took off toward my favorite Asian market first thing in the morning and grabbed the goods needed to surprise him with his favorite soup, Miso. This takes 20 minutes to whip up, tastes even better than the soup at those hibachi spots and is my prepaid guarantee that I’ll get a hall pass on my latest project. Any ideas on what I should make him when I ask him to build me that wall unit I’ve got my eye on?

Krystal Keith's Homemade Miso Soup

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Oct 15

Toby Keith Announces New Album, Releases New Single

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Toby Keith has new music in the works. He announced his new album, 35 MPH Town concurrent with the release of his lead single, “Drunk Americans.” Keith has yet to set a release date for the album.

“I just wanted to go kind of retro,” he said of the song. “It sounds like ‘I Love This Bar’ and ‘American Ride’ had a child, and ‘Beers Ago’ is their drunk uncle.” Continue Reading

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Oct 10

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Ultimate BBQ Nachos

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Ultimate BBQ Nachos

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This time of year my life revolves around football. Every single person in my life plans his and her weekend around watch parties and tailgates, so I wanted to share one of my absolute favorite watch-party recipes. This is not an everyday pile of nachos. In fact, these are actually “potachos,” if you really want to get into it. This is eveyone’s top pick for a BBQ dinner platter piled onto a stack of crispy potato chips. I’m telling you, you’re going to freak. Try them out this weekend when my Oklahoma Sooners take on our rival Texas Longhorns, or my Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Cleveland Browns and I assure you, regardless of the score, everyone will be a super fan of these Ultimate BBQ Nachos. Continue Reading

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Oct 3

One Pan Nan: German Apple Cake

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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 German Apple Cake. Check back every other week for a new recipe.

“My mom had this recipe in her collection— handwritten on a piece of paper and begging for me to give it a try. It’s a little Fried Apple Pie meets Apple Cobbler and a lot of good!  Perfect for the season and a dessert that keeps for several days.  You can make this up a day ahead of company or a big family meal, pop each individual serving in the microwave for a few seconds and add some vanilla ice cream — addictive and delicious.  I shared a few pieces with my neighbor, and Charlie had a couple of servings, and the rest? Well, yours truly loves this! Fresh apples, pecans and a flaky, light crust — so good!”
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German Apple Cake

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Sep 30

Krystal Keith Wraps Nationwide Tour

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Krystal Keith wrapped her North American tour on September 27 at the Susquehanna Bank Center outside Philadelphia. She was also a special guest on proud papa Toby Keith’s Shut Up And Hold On Tour. While her father might be famous, it’s her own talent that is winning her critical praise and fans across the country.

Keith was recently the subject of USA Today’s “Eight Fun Facts,” in which she revealed that she doesn’t like foods that start with the letter “M,” she’s a licensed cosmetologist and she hasn’t had a soda since she was nine years old. Continue Reading

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Sep 26

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

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Pumpkin — it’s the word on everyone’s tongue and the flavor in everyone’s bellies. If you’re late to jump on the pumpkin train, shame on you! Just kidding. (But really, the first day of fall was two days ago. What are you waiting for?) Whether you’ve been drinking pumpkin lattes for weeks or just bought your first slice of pumpkin bread yesterday, make it a priority to try this pumpkin cookie recipe.

My mom gave me this recipe that she’s been making for years, but we have no idea where it originated. No matter though, these pumpkin cookies are absolutely delightful, especially when eaten alongside a warm cup of coffee or tea. The recipe makes about 48 cookies, so feel free to share with coworkers, friends, family, or neighbors.
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Sep 26

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Dirty Rice with Shrimp and Turkey

Krystal Keith's Dirty Rice With Shrimp and Turkey

Each time I visit Louisiana, I leave, filled to the brim, with inspiration. The last time I was down in that part of the country, my beloved Oklahoma Sooners played Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. (And won, but who’s bragging?)

The second I got home, I got to work creating a version of dirty rice that my trainer would approve of so that I could enjoy a little taste of Louisiana any time I wanted. I swapped the sausage and livers for ground turkey and used a hearty wild rice blend instead of white rice. I also doubled up on protein by topping it with shrimp! So, it is healthy and it’s like Mardi Gras in your mouth. I love a good double threat.
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