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Apr 17

One Pan Nan: Get Nan Kelley’s Recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine Muffins

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley Shares Her Recipes with Great American Country

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

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. This week, Nan shares her recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine Muffins. Check back every other week for a new one!

“Charlie and I stopped to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner and I saw something that got my culinary wheels to turning– apple pie moonshine,” says Nan. “Not a likely pairing, but one that intrigued me. I’ve don’t know much about white lightening, but I love apple anything so I grabbed up the jar & put my thinking cap on. My friend Clara gave me a recipe for apple muffins made with ricotta cheese, granny smith apples & walnuts. And while that sounds great by itself, what if I soaked the apples in moonshine first and made a brown sugar glaze with it as well? I now completely understand the pairing. A little bit of apple pie spirits adds a sweet delicious kick to an already great muffin.”

One Pan Nan: Get Nan Kelley's Recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine Muffins

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

Muffin Ingredients:
2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 finely chopped, peeled granny smith apples
3/4 cup of buttermilk
1/3 cup of milk
1/3 cup ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

Glaze Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

One Pan Nan: Get Nan Kelley's Recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine Muffins

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

Directions:
Soak apples in moonshine overnight. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine the first 6 ingredients in bowl. Drain apples & set aside remaining liquid. Stir in apples into dry ingredients and make a well Continue Reading

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Apr 16

Exclusive: Sarah Darling’s Wedding Diary — The Wedding Registry

Exclusive: Sarah Darling's Wedding Diary -- Bachelorette Bliss

Sarah Darling tries on a beautiful wedding dress. Is it “the one”? Follow this Great American Country blog series to find out which one she chose for the big day! Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

Sarah Darling and James Muriel tied the knot in a secret spur-of-the-moment ceremony back in April 2013 — but they’re still planning a big Nashville wedding in May 2014 to celebrate with family and friends! Sarah’s sharing her personal wedding diary exclusively with Great American Country. She’ll take us along on the whole journey, from the dress to the flowers to the big day. Check back every other Wednesday for a new post from Sarah!

The Wedding Registry:
This your chance to create the dream wish list for your home and new life together. What could easily be considered one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding sometimes ends up becoming stressful and overwhelming. It’s also extremely hard in the moment to pick things you actually like as a couple! Imagine yourself in a busy department store thinking of what you’ve always dreamed of. I find myself asking, ‘Do I really need a cake pop machine?’ I don’t know about you but I get hot flashes in those situations, and immediately want to beeline to the nearest Starbucks!

That’s when online shopping comes in. In fact, James and I chose a lot of our registry online. To avoid ending up with dozens of serving dishes, mismatched plates and no flatware at all, really take the time to register things that you both will like — and will want — in your new place together.

There are also questions to ask yourself: What type of couple are you? Do you both like cooking? Entertaining? Are you adventure seekers? Do you enjoy wine, cocktails, or beer? All of the above, none of the above? How you answer these questions will determine what you should be registering for. When you get down to it, James and I are all of the above.

We both definitely love cooking. I think if we had our way, we would have every kitchen gadget imaginable. Before James moved to Nashville, we would do Skype cooking together! We also love to travel and enjoy nice bottles of vino. Now it’s getting fun! This is the perfect way to start your registering. Continue Reading

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Apr 15

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: How to Make Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: How to Make Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs

Krystal Keith photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal.

You may know Krystal Keith as the singer of the sweet father/daughter wedding dance song, “Daddy Dance With Me,” which she wrote for her own wedding as a surprise for dad Toby Keith. Or maybe you know her from her official debut single, “Get Your Redneck On.” [Get it here!] But did you know she’s also super talented in the kitchen? Krystal’s been creating delicious meals from family recipes for years and featuring them in her blog, The Barnyard Bistro. But now she’s sharing some of them exclusively with Great American Country! Check back with us every Tuesday for a new recipe from Krystal.

“Occasionally I find some great cuts of chicken that aren’t your everyday chicken breast,” says Krystal. “One of my favorite finds is boneless-skinless chicken thighs. They have so much flavor and the fact that they are boneless and skinless make them easy to cook, easy to eat and without the skin, they are also much healthier – bonus! I made honey mustard chicken bites years ago for a class on Spanish Tapas and decided to try that recipe out on these chicken thighs. It was delicious. The little blackened bits of honey on the edges combined with the subtle sharp flavor of the mustard makes this dish one that you will definitely want seconds of.”

Ingredients:
1.5lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 Tbsp honey (plus extra for finishing drizzle)
1/2 Tbsp dijon mustard
2 tsp olive oil (plus extra for drizzling in pan)
1/4 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: How To Make Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, combine honey, mustard, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper; mix well. Rub the mixture generously over each thigh rolling the thighs back up to original shape. In an oven-safe skillet, drizzle oil and heat over medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated, Continue Reading

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Apr 14

Great American Country Announces Original Series Highway Cowboys and Junk Gypsies

Great American Country Announces Original Series Highway Cowboys and Junk Gypsies

Junk Gypsies

Great American Country, with its fresh all-American lifestyle positioning, has seen ratings growth of 23 percent among P25-54 viewers versus first quarter last year. Capitalizing on its viewership gains, the network will debut 150 hours of new, original programming in 2014, including the premieres of Highway Cowboys and Junk Gypsies coming in July.

Highway Cowboys, set deep in the wilds of Texas, follows a deadly epidemic sweeping through cattle country. Loose livestock become a lethal threat when they find themselves on the highways and byways of the Lone Star State. It’s life and death, and authorities are turning to the only experts who can handle the job: the Highway Cowboys. The 14 hour-long episodes focus on the brave men tasked with clearing the roads of wild animals. The stakes are high and this job is without question one of America’s dirtiest!

Highway Cowboys is a lively, exciting series that is beautifully shot and features heroic characters,” said Steven Lerner, senior vice president of programming and development for Great American Country, and its sister networks, HGTV and DIY Network. “It celebrates an American way of life that appeals to our viewers, who are hard workers themselves and have strong American values.” Continue Reading

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Apr 14

Read an Excerpt from Josh Turner’s New Book

Read an Excerpt from Josh Turner's New Book

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Josh Turner‘s book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood, will be released nationwide April 29. In the book, Josh shares what he’s learned over the years as a son, brother, friend, husband and father.

“I was raised in a strong Christian family in a tight-knit community in rural South Carolina,” Josh says in the book’s introduction. “I was taught why being thoughtful, respectful, and considerate of others makes life more fulfilling, and why trusting God with your life’s decisions is wise. If all that sounds a little old-fashioned, well, that’s because it is. And I’m okay with that.”

In the following excerpt from Man Stuff, Josh reveals what happened when he took those life lessons and applied them to his career in the form of bus rules:

In the early days of my career, we all traveled on the same bus. By ‘we all’ I mean my wife, Jennifer, the crew, the band, everybody. That’s just how it is when you’re starting out. But I felt convicted that we needed some rules, some bus rules. So I posted a list in the bus. There were actually quite a few, but here are four I remember:

1. No women on the bus unless they’re family.
2. No alcohol, drugs, or smoking.
3. Clean up after yourself.
4. We play country music and we dress the part.

I remember playing at the Grand Ole Opry several years ago, and a member of another band got on our bus and “took” the rules and hung them up in the men’s bathroom of the Opry. As you might guess, this got me and my list a lot of attention—negative attention.

Billboard magazine even included it in a story they were doing at the time on touring in the music industry. My reaction to the whole thing was “What’s the big deal? I’m not ashamed of the rules on my bus. I don’t care what anybody else thinks about it. It’s my bus.”

I don’t post my bus rules anymore. Everybody who works for me knows what I expect, and they abide by those expectations—or they don’t work for me. I believe this is the way it is with our heavenly Father. God has rules and expects us to abide by them. This is His world, and He knows how it works best. If we don’t want to follow His rules, we’re free to find another bus. But His is the only one that’ll get us to where we really need to be.

[Excerpted from Man Stuff, Josh Turner, Thomas Nelson, Releasing Nationwide April 29, 2014]

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If you happen to be in the Nashville area on April 22 you can meet Josh, who’ll be signing copies of the book at Lifeway Christian Store in Franklin, Tenn. from 6:15-7:15 p.m. The signing is free and open to the public.

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Apr 7

George Strait, Miranda Lambert & Keith Urban Big Winners at the 2014 ACM Awards

George Strait, Miranda Lambert & Keith Urban Big Winners at the 2014 ACM Awards

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 06: Singer/songwriter George Strait poses in the press room with the Entertainer of the Year award during the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Kempin/WireImage)

Winners have been announced for the 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded ceremony broadcast LIVE April 6 on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  Fans named George Strait the Entertainer of the Year, the evening’s biggest honor and the second win of his career in that category. This year marked another record-breaking year with 1.5 million fan votes cast for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year categories combined, and also marked the first time online fan voting for these categories were open to fans in Australia and Canada.

The king of country music and newly-crowned Entertainer of the Year, George Strait, also participated in a special moment with Owner, President and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones. During the telecast the two announced the 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS to be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS. It was also announced that Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host the show.

Merle Haggard was honored with the Crystal Milestone Award,which was presented by Garth Brooks and celebratedwith a tribute performance featuring Miranda Lambert and George Strait.

Jason Aldean won Male Vocalist of the Year,his second consecutive win in this category. He has won an overall total of 7 ACM Awards.

Miranda Lambert won for the fifth consecutive year as Female Vocalist of the Year, and is now the record holder for the most consecutive wins in that category. She is the leading female winner of the night, with a total of three trophies. Lambert also took the prize for Single Record of the Year for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and Vocal Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Keith Urban.

The Band Perry won their first Vocal Group of the Year award. This marks their third overall ACM win; they won the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year award and New Artist of the Year in 2010. Continue Reading

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Apr 4

Take a Tour of Kimberly Schlapman’s New Kitchen

Take a Tour of Kimberly Schlapman's New Kitchen

Kimberly’s Simply Southern host Kimberly Schlapman recently gave Great American Country a tour of her new kitchen. Photo by Joe Hardwick.

When season 3 of Kimberly’s Simply Southern premieres Monday, April 7 at 4/3c, you’ll notice something different about the set. Little Big Town member Kimberly Schlapman is still the host — but unlike the first two seasons, she’s now filming the show in her own kitchen. Kimberly and her husband Stephen recently more than doubled the size of their kitchen, turning a former guest bedroom and bathroom into a gorgeous, “rustic meets calm” space. She invited us over to check it out.

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“We’ve been in our house almost 8 years,” says Kimberly. “When we moved, we loved everything about it except for the kitchen. It was really, really small. We always knew we wanted to renovate and put a kitchen somewhere. Before, we called this area ‘Paw Paw’s Room’ because that’s where my parents stayed when they came to visit.

“My husband had the idea to put the kitchen there,” she continues. “He drew up the plans. We had to get an architect involved because we took out a load-bearing wall. We had to put columns in behind the cabinets to support the weight of the upstairs. But we knew what we wanted and we got a cabinet maker to help us with the logistics. And then we brought the cooking show producer in to say, ‘This is what we want – but where should we put the oven? Where should we put the stove?’ to help us know the best angle to shoot from. And the head camera man came over too, to help us decide where to put things.”

Take a Tour of Kimberly Schlapman's New Kitchen

Kimberly’s window herb garden, designed by her husband Stephen. Photo by Joe Hardwick.

When it comes to Kimberly’s favorite things about her new kitchen, the list is long but includes the thriving herb garden sitting in a sun-filled kitchen window (Stephen’s idea); the coffee maker she found on eBay; her “splurge” — an ice maker; the farm sink she always wanted; and pull-out pantry shelves. One must-have — a refrigerator hidden behind cabinet doors — is loved by everyone except Kimberly’s 6 1/2-year-old daughter, Daisy.

“It’s not magnetic so she can’t put her art up on the refrigerator,” says Kimberly. “I would’ve done something about it, like had one panel magnetic or something. On our old refrigerator, she had her artwork all over it. But I didn’t think about it; I just wanted cabinet doors on the refrigerator.  So she’s mad at me about that,” she laughs. “But I do love the hidden refrigerator!”

Take a Tour of Kimberly Schlapman's New Kitchen

Throughout the kitchen you’ll find pieces of pottery made by Kimberly’s father. Photo by Joe Hardwick.

In addition to the new favorites, Kimberly’s kitchen is a home for her many family heirlooms and treasured flea market finds. She’s especially sentimental about several homemade pieces, including pottery made by her father and a dining room bench made by Stephen.

“I would so much rather have something that someone that I know and love made than go to the store,” says Kimberly.

Spilling out of every cabinet door are stories — tales of her vintage finds and dishes lovingly passed down by previous generations. For Kimberly, the new kitchen is a showcase not only for the new season of Kimberly’s Simply Southern, but for the many happy memories of growing up cooking with her family — and the perfect setting for the memories yet to be made.

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Apr 3

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley’s Recipe for Dutch Chicken

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley Shares Her Recipes with Great American Country

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

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. This week, Nan shares her recipe for Dutch Chicken. Check back every other week for a new one!

“This dish is one we have at our house at least once or twice a month,” says Nan. “It is the easiest, tastiest, one-pan wonder ever and chances are you have everything already in your pantry. If you have a slow cooker, this is going to become a family favorite. If you don’t, what are you waiting on? My slow cooker is the one appliance/gadget I can’t and won’t live without. Load it up in the morning and when you get home from work, dinner is ready and you only have one pan to clean. This recipe doesn’t even require that long of a cooking time. It’s really versatile too, because you can serve it several ways–over rice, with tortilla chips as a hearty dip or my favorite way–in tortilla bowls with lettuce as a south-of the-border salad with jalapenos on the side! Whatever way you serve it, you’re gonna love it–so simple, but so tasty!”

One Pan Nan: Get Nan Kelley's Recipe for Dutch Chicken

Photo by Karen Dearing.

Ingredients:
3 chicken breasts (you can use frozen; just allow for a bit longer cooking time)
1 jar of salsa
2 cans of black beans (drained & rinsed)
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 can of kernel corn (drained)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 can of diced green chilies
1 teaspoon salt
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese

 

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley's Recipe for Dutch Chicken

Photo by Karen Dearing.

Directions:
In a slow cooker, place the 3 chicken breasts, then pour all remaining ingredients (except the cream cheese) on top. Do not stir. Put the lid on; turn the slow cooker up to high and cook for Continue Reading

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Apr 2

Exclusive: Sarah Darling’s Wedding Diary — Food, Spirits & Fun

Exclusive: Sarah Darling's Wedding Diary -- Bachelorette Bliss

Sarah Darling tries on a beautiful wedding dress. Is it “the one”? Follow this Great American Country blog series to find out which one she chose for the big day! Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

Sarah Darling and James Muriel tied the knot in a secret spur-of-the-moment ceremony back in April 2013 — but they’re still planning a big Nashville wedding in May 2014 to celebrate with family and friends! Sarah’s sharing her personal wedding diary exclusively with Great American Country. She’ll take us along on the whole journey, from the dress to the flowers to the big day. Check back every other Wednesday for a new post from Sarah!

Food:
Only two months now until the wedding. I’m actually starting to feel like I’m ahead of everything. At this point it’s about reconnecting with all of my vendors. Let’s start with food! James and I both are foodies, so creating a fun menu for the
wedding that fits us both was important. For those who are reading this for the first time, James is British. With that, comes different traditions. When I think of Tennessee, I think of barbeque pulled pork. When I think of London, I think Yorkshire puddings. We’ve decided to incorporate traditional British fare with a twist of down-home southern. We’ve also chosen family style for serving, which is completely different! It’s also a good way to allow guests to meet one another.Choosing the dessert was one of my favorite parts. You will soon see what we chose!

Spirits:
As you know, weddings are a cause for celebrating — with all kinds of fun spirits! We’ve decided on two signature cocktails and beer and wine. Basically each cocktail represents our favorite drinks! James chose something called a Pimms Cup. It’s a traditional British drink that is refreshing in the summertime. I encourage you to Google it right now! It may be your new favorite. It will be served in a mason jar with the vintage striped straws that have become quite popular. It will be a hit.

My drink is on the more feminine side. It’s champagne with a spash of St. Germain and a twist of lemon. I always think it’s fun when you choose beer and wine that is local. For example, we have wonderful breweries here such as Yazoo and
Jackalope. Also, Kix Brooks has a beautiful winery outside of Nashville called Arrington Vineyards.

 

Exclusive: Sarah Darling's Wedding Diary -- Food, Spirits & Fun

Photo courtesy of Sarah Darling.

Accessories:
We are coming down to the wire on putting our bridal party together. James had a tough choice of going with a vintage style suit for his wardrobe or doing a traditional morning suit. You may have seen these on Downton Abbey. It’s the reason I fell in love with him in the first place. When I think of British men, it’s the sexy accent, top hats, and styled clothing. Need I say more?

I decided to incorporate some gorgeous belts from Anthropologie to my bridesmaid dresses. I’m into mismatching pieces! Every girl will have Continue Reading

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Apr 1

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Get Krystal’s Recipe for Orange Whipped Cream

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Get Krystal's Recipe for Candy Popcorn

Krystal Keith photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal.

You may know Krystal Keith as the singer of the sweet father/daughter wedding dance song, “Daddy Dance With Me,” which she wrote for her own wedding as a surprise for dad Toby Keith. Or maybe you know her from her official debut single, “Get Your Redneck On.” [Get it here!] But did you know she’s also super talented in the kitchen? Krystal’s been creating delicious meals from family recipes for years and featuring them in her blog, The Barnyard Bistro. But now she’s sharing some of them exclusively with Great American Country! Check back with us every Tuesday for a new recipe from Krystal.

“I am a freak for whipped cream,” says Krystal. “The subtle sweetness and light airy texture is the perfect compliment to the tart flavor of berries. I love taking something simple and kicking it up a notch. I have been experimenting with adding yummy flavors into my icings (like the Caramel Buttercream I shared a couple weeks back) and whipped cream, like this orange flavored whipped cream. It’s like Dreamsicle dip!

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Get Krystal's Recipe for Orange Whipped Cream

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Ingredients:
3/4c whipping cream
1/2 tsp orange flavor extract
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:
Keep your cream in the fridge until the very last second to ensure it is ice cold. Use your whip attachment on a stand or hand mixer and whip the heavy cream until it thickens and starts to hold its form when pulled to a peak. Add in Continue Reading

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