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Apr 17

Spring Travel: 7 Savory Festivals

Music festivals aren’t the only noteworthy events to add to your travel itinerary this spring. All across the U.S., you can find celebrations that highlight local cuisine and will satisfy any foodie’s palate. From fresh strawberries in Virginia Beach to buttery biscuits in Knoxville, Tenn., we’ve rounded up the best (and most outrageous) spring food festivals to add to your road-trip bucket list.

International Biscuit Festival

Crawfish Music Festival
Biloxi, Mississippi
April 16-19, April 23-26
Spanning two weekends, this event brings nearly 40,000 guests to the Magnolia State to enjoy live music and a whole lot of crawfish — or mudbugs, as locals would call them. If you can, try to make it for the festival’s second weekend to watch the Crawfish Cook-Off and taste all of the delicious creations.
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Apr 16

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Italian Breakfast Pasta

Italian Breakfast Pasta Recipe

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

Who doesn’t love a fancy brunch? This dish is one of my favorites. OK, I say that about a lot of my dishes…so, I guess I have a lot of favorites…but this one ranks pretty high on the list. I love to serve this to overnight guests because it is always so unexpected.

The rich, flavorful yolk creates the perfect sauce for the fettuccini, and the spinach, pancetta and roasted peppers are the perfect complement to the dish. This is the ultimate comfort food brunch, so I highly recommend you host one and serve this dish. You and your guests will definitely not be disappointed. Continue Reading

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Mar 30

Hunt for Americana Photo Contest: Winners Announced!

At Great American Country, we are total suckers for vintage Americana. Whether it’s a roadside motel from years past, a cross-country trip in a retro RV or an old Patsy Cline album, it just doesn’t get any better than the classic pieces of American culture that take us back to the good ol’ days.

Inspired by this fascination with historical America, we started the Hunt for Americana photo contest with Popular Photography magazine a few months back to find out what American nostalgia looks like to all of you.

Hunt for Americana Photo Contest Winners

We asked our fans to submit their own images of iconic Americana and had a panel of judges evaluate the submissions based on skill, adherence to theme, composition, color and nostalgia factor. And… the results are in!

Below are the four regional Grand Prize winners that we selected to receive a 1-year freelance, $5,000 contract and a 5-year subscription to Popular Photography magazine, but you can see all of the finalists HERE »

Grand Prize Winner – Northeast Region

Red Barn by Bruce Martin

“Red Barn” by Bruce Martin, New York

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Mar 27

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Bananas Foster Pancakes

Krystal Keith's Bananas Foster Pancakes

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

This is one of my favorite indulgent breakfasts. It combines one of my favorite breakfast foods, pancakes, with one of my all-time favorite desserts, Bananas Foster. If you haven’t ordered Bananas Foster at a restaurant, go ahead and put it on your foodie bucket list because it is a must! Bananas sautéed in brown sugar, butter and rum. They light the mixture on fire, which is always fun, and serve it over vanilla ice cream. Sounds like the perfect topping for pancakes, too, huh? I also thought so. 

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Mar 25

It’s International Waffle Day!

International Waffle Day
As the wise, inspirational Leslie Knope once said, “We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles and work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter but work is third.” Since today is International Waffle Day, it only seems appropriate to remember and repeat her words. Wherever you are and whatever you do today, at least make sure to eat a fluffy, warm waffle.

Waffle Day originated in Sweden due to confusion over similarly pronounced words Våffeldagen, meaning “waffle,” and vårfrudagen meaning “Our Lady’s Day.” March 25 traditionally celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation, a Christian holiday when Mary the mother of Jesus learned she would bear a son. Swedes also celebrate the beginning of spring on March 25. So, the Swedish people simply combined the holidays, celebrating Our Lady’s Day and the start of spring by eating waffles.

Parks and Recreation - More Waffles

Now, who’s thinking breakfast for dinner featuring waffles? Check out Ree Drummond’s homemade waffle recipe from the Pioneer Woman.

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Mar 17

Traditional Irish Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Holidays provide the perfect excuse to try (and perfect) new recipes. This St. Patrick’s Day, experiment with Irish cuisine by making these traditional, and not-so-traditional recipes. From shepherd’s pie to colcannon to Guinness-inspired desserts, we’ve rounded up the best treats, sides and hearty main dishes from the Emerald Isle.

Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day

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Soda Bread – If you go to Ireland wanting authentic Irish soda bread, don’t be surprised when the baker hands you a loaf without caraway seeds, butter or raisins. Only the American-Irish versions include those add-ins. Serve as a side or an appetizer with Irish butter. Get the recipe here »
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Mar 4

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Green Chile Refried Beans

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Green Chile Refried Beans

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

Y’all that know me, know that I love, love, love Hatch Valley green chiles. My family puts them in everything including eggs, mashed potatoes, soups…. Don’t be surprised if I bring out a Hatch green chile ice cream at some point! But one of the most classic Mexican side dishes is the perfect place for these flavorful chiles.

This is my absolute favorite side dish when I’m serving Mexican food. Forget plain-old canned refried beans. Ten minutes of prep time and a few hours in a Crock-Pot and you have a healthy, homemade side of refried beans that will knock your socks off. And, as a bonus, you get to bag it up and store it in the freezer for the next few times you need refried beans as a side dish.

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Mar 3

7 Recipes for Outdoorsmen

Knowing where your food came from is rare these days. We often purchase groceries without giving a second thought to the process that went into getting the food. Sourcing your own meat and fish can be a healthier, more sustainable option, and it’s easy to do if you already love to hunt and fish. Whether you have a freezer full of meat you haven’t decided how to prepare, or you have a hunting trip coming up, we’ve shared some delicious recipes for you to prepare with your wild game and fish.

Wild Game Chili

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Wild Game Chili
Use ground moose to give this classic dish a unique twist. Whip up a pan of cornbread, and you have a hearty, delicious meal. Get the recipe here »

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Feb 12

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Spinach and Herb Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Krystal Keith's Spinach and Herb Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing my Spinach and Herb Stuffed Pork Tenderloin to really knock the socks off of your Valentine. This is such an easy, yet fancy dish to throw together for a special dinner for two. It doesn’t require much work but the presentation and flavor will have him (or her) thinking you slaved all day in the kitchen. The bacon, spinach and herbs are the perfect complement to the tender white pork, and the caramel searing on the outside takes it over the top!

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Jan 29

6 MVP-Worthy Super Bowl Party Recipes

Krystal Keith

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Millions of people across the country will have their televisions tuned to the NFL Super Bowl on Sunday night to cheer on the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks, to watch the commercials or to see Katy Perry’s sure to be over-the-top halftime performance.

One of the best parts of watching the Super Bowl is the party food and drink. Here are six recipes that will help you be the food MVP of Super Bowl Sunday.

Mini Corn Dogs. As the pre-game crowd starts to gather, set out a few appetizers to tide them over to kickoff. LBT‘s Kimberly Schlapman’s Mini Corn Dogs with Cilantro Dip recipe yields 20 crowd-pleasing dogs-on-a-stick.

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Guacamole. Chips and dips are a sports party staple so put Krystal Keith’s Guacamole from Cabo San Lucas alongside the salsa and spinach dip. With salt, pepper and only three other ingredients, this guacamole is quick and easy to make.

Zac Brown’s Chili. Campfire Filet Tip Chili from Zac Brown and friends calls for beef tenderloin, pork and bison, making it the perfect chili for the meat lovers in the group. Serve it with cornbread or corn chips, and top it off with sour cream and cheese, just in time for kickoff.
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