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Jan 30

One Pan Nan: Blue Cheese Tomato Soup

Nan Kelley's Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

It is still very cold in certain parts of the country — I’m in Boston right now with 30 inches of snow on the ground and more coming down at this minute! My favorite cold weather lunch that takes away the chill every time is tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. Here’s an easy homemade tomato soup recipe that just might have you taking a break from the canned, condensed soup that we all love.

I found this recipe in a magazine about 10 years ago, tore it out and tucked it away with intentions of making it one day.  I finally made it, with a couple of tweaks, and I’m wishing I had done it years ago. This is restaurant quality and features tangy blue cheese and rich half-and-half, with a little red wine for added depth.  As a matter of fact, the original version IS from a restaurant in Wilmington, North Carolina — Front Street Brewery.
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Jan 29

6 MVP-Worthy Super Bowl Party Recipes

Krystal Keith

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

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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Jan 28

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Roasted Vegetable Trio

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Roasted Vegetable Trio Recipe

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

I’m always trying to create side dishes that have a unique twist on a boring old favorite and this is one of my go-to creations. It is colorful, flavorful, tangy, tasty, and it’s just plain pretty to look at. For you health nuts, it hits the spetrum of veggies you need for a “balanced” meal, too. You have your super-greens, your nutrient-rich butternut squash and just the right amount of starchy potatoes. Tonight, skip the dull one-veggie-at-a-time side dish tradition, whip up some roasted chicken or pan-seared fish, and load up on this triple threat of a side dish that will blow your dinner guests away.

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Jan 25

HGTV Dream Home 2015 Sweepstakes

Enter the HGTV Dream Home 2015 Sweepstakes

Enter the HGTV Dream Home 2015 Sweepstakes for your chance to win a Grand Prize valued at over $2 million, including a Cape Cod-style home located on Martha’s Vineyard, luxurious furnishings from Ethan Allen, a 2015 GMC® Acadia Denali and $250,000 cash prize. Enter daily through February 17.

This year’s  HGTV Dream Home offers an elegant twist on the traditional, coastal vacation house. Take a video tour of the indoor spaces and get room details and photos below.
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Jan 23

Carrie Underwood Keeps No. 1 Streak Alive on Top 20

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Carrie Underwood remained at No. 1with “Something In The Water” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton with Ashley Monroe rounded out the Top 3. Katie Armiger had the lone countdown debut this week, coming in at No. 19 with her latest, “One Night Between Friends.”

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  2. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  3. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  4. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  5. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  6. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  7. Sara Evans – “Put My Heart Down”
  8. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  9. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
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Jan 18

6 Cideries On Tap

Hard cider was once America’s favorite drink, but as beer and wine grew in popularity, cider fell to the edges of the radar. With cideries springing up across the country, hard cider is making a comeback. Here are six that offer great product and atmosphere.

2 Towns Ciderhouse

2 Towns Ciderhouse – Corvallis, Oregon
The Tap Room at 2 Towns Ciderhouse offers to-go cans and bottles, taster trays, pints, glasses and growlers of their flagship, seasonal and limited-release ciders, along with cheese plates, hummus and other small plates. The Tap Room also carries cider from Tradition Ciderworks, its sister company, and Nectar Creek Honeywine. Make sure you have a babysitter before visiting since minors are not allowed in the Tap Room.

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Bold Rock – Nellysford, Virginia
Virginia is a hotbed for wineries and breweries, but in recent years, cideries have sprung up all over the state. Bold Rock, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is Virginia’s largest. Visitors can enjoy cider tastings, scenic views and a menu of light appetizers, or bring their own picnic to enjoy on the terrace. They can make a day of it at Bold Rock, hop on the Brew Ridge Trail to visit six local breweries or travel along one of Virginia’s wine trails.

Farnum Hill Ciders – Lebanon, New Hampshire
With a deep appreciation for the art of cider making, Farnum Hill Ciders offers ‘Growler Day’ on Thursdays. Visitors can come to the cider room, taste the kegged ciders on offer, buy a half-gallon growler, fill it and then refill in the future, as needed. During apple season, visitors can also pick their own apples at Poverty Lane Orchards.

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Jan 16

Carrie Underwood Continues Run at No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood's Something in the Water at No. 1

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Carrie Underwood continued her reign at No. 1 on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown, topping the charts once more with “Something In The Water.” Tim McGraw and Chris Young took the next two spots, while Florida Georgia Line returned to the countdown with “Sun Daze.” Thomas Rhett and Eric Church made their countdown debuts as well, coming in at No. 18 and No. 20, respectively.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  2. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  3. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  4. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  5. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  6. Sara Evans – “Put My Heart Down”
  7. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  8. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  9. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  10. Brett Eldredge – “Mean to Me” Continue Reading

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Jan 16

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Baked Spaghetti Squash

Krystal Keith's Baked Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith

Happy New Year!! I hope that y’all had a cozy and festive Christmas and kicked off 2015 in style. I enjoyed some much-needed downtime at the beach with the family, but I’m glad to be back to making music and sharing dishes with you. I’m not usually a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but this year mine was to challenge myself in the kitchen, to introduce new ingredients and make delicious healthy swaps, and just try new things.

So, I’m starting the new year with spaghetti squash, one of my favorite underused vegetables. Ditch the regular pasta for this healthy substitute and you won’t be sorry. Once cooked, this squash turns into strings of “spaghetti,” which you can toss with your favorite pasta dish ingredients, and Voilà!  This is a low-carb lover’s best friend, but if you aren’t dieting or watching what you eat, you’ll still love it…. Yes! It is THAT good.
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Jan 12

One Pan Nan: Taco Soup

Nan Kelley's Taco Soup Recipe

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

Nan Kelley’s Taco Soup

“I’m not sure about your neck of the woods, but here in Nashville, it’s nothin’ but cold. And on these chilly days, you’ve got to have a big pot of homemade soup on the stove. Here’s my recipe for a south-of-the-border meal to help fight off the freeze: Taco Soup.

I’ve made it several times since the fall and we love it!  A little bit of spice, a lot of flavor and something you can personalize — add more jalapeños to turn up the heat, substitute black beans for the pintos or throw some sliced avocado in the bowl when you’re ready to eat. A lot of families do taco night, so this is a perfect cold-weather substitute. Sure to warm you up and fill you up!”
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Jan 9

Carrie Underwood Tops First Top 20 of 2015

Carrie Underwood's Something in the Water Tops the Chart

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The first Top 20 Country Countdown of 2015 is in the books! Carrie Underwood continued her run at No. 1 into the new year, topping the charts with “Something In The Water.” Chris Young kicked off the year strong, debuting at No. 2 on the countdown with “Lonely Eyes.” Blake Shelton, featuring Ashley Monroe, rounded out the Top 2 with “Lonely Tonight.” Plus, host Nan Kelley sat down with Lee Ann Womackto discuss her new album.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  2. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  3. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  4. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  5. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  6. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  7. Sara Evans – “Put My Heart Down”
  8. Lady Antebellum – “Freestyle”
  9. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do”
  10. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light” Continue Reading

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