Trisha Yearwood might be spending Thanksgiving in her new home state of Oklahoma with husband Garth Brooks and their children, but she plans to keep her Georgia family traditions alive and well, she told Tulsa Today. “I would say, I feel like an adopted daughter of Oklahoma,” she said. “Everybody has been so incredibly nice to me. I am always going to be a Georgia girl, but I feel like an honorary Oklahoman.”
The fourth season of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Trisha’s Food Network cooking show, premiered this fall. For her Thanksgiving episode, she featured a recipe of her cousin’s that is a variation on turkey and dressing and served as a casserole. Her sister came to Trisha’s home to film the episode, allowing them to have an early Thanksgiving celebration.
Another of her favorite holiday recipes is her grandmother’s cornbread dressing. She also swears by “No Baste, No Bother Turkey,” she told the paper. She cooks the turkey at 500 degrees for one hour and then turns the oven off for four to six hours, leaving the turkey in the oven, resulting in a fully cooked turkey overnight. But as talented as Trisha is in the kitchen, she’s also had her share of mishaps.
“Pecan pie could not be easier to make,” she said. “It has a stick of butter, and I melted it in the microwave one year. With everything else that was going on, I made the pies and when they came out, they were actually pretty, but they looked different, and I could not figure out why it was different. When I sliced into them, it was more like praline candy. It actually tasted pretty good, but it didn’t taste like pecan pie. Then I opened up the door to microwave, and there was that bowl of butter in there.”
While Trisha loves Thanksgiving, Christmas is her favorite holiday. Over the years, Garth has embraced her love of the holiday by honoring her late mother’s birthday in early November.
“One of the traditions that Garth started for me, because I do love Christmas, on her birthday, which is November 8, he goes out and he puts up all these outdoor lights,” she said. “For us it is special, and it kind of starts things off. So, right now for instance, we don’t have a tree up or anything but those twinkling lights outside so it keeps me happy.”
Trisha is hard at work on her third cookbook, which will feature more of her family’s recipes. About half of the book will feature slimmed-down version of favorite recipes while the other half will focus on the original recipes passed down through her family. The book is expected to be released in spring 2015.