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Mar 20

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley’s Recipe for Greek Chicken & Rice

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 Greek Chicken and Rice. Check back every other week for a new one!

“I love every thing about this dish!” says Nan. “First and foremost, true one pan cooking for fast one pan clean up. Greek food is one of my favorites and anything with rice in it. Growing up so close to New Orleans with the creole/cajun influence, rice was our starch staple instead of potatoes. Feta cheese is always in my fridge and I didn’t even mind the black olives… and I actually don’t like olives. The feta and the olives add that perfect amount of saltiness. I served this with warmed pita bread (sprinkled with olive oil and salt) and hummus. This makes a lot of food so make sure you cook with a large enough pan/skillet (with a lid) and enjoy the leftovers the next day.”

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley's Recipe for Greek Chicken & Rice

Photo by Nan Kelley.

Ingredients:
8 skinless chicken thighs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup long-grain rice
1 cup chicken broth
1 28-ounce large can of chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (may use dried)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano (may use dried)
12 black premium olives, pitted & chopped
2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley's Recipe for Greek Chicken & Rice

Photo by Nan Kelley.

Directions:
Heat oil in a large skillet/sauce pan. Brown chicken thighs in oil for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from skillet when done. To the same skillet, add the onion, rice and 1/4 cup of the chicken broth. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes or until the onion is softened. Pour in the remaining broth, add the tomatoes (and the juice) and the herbs. Return the chicken thighs to the pans, pushing them down into the rice mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat. Cover and simmer for about 25 minutes or so or until the chicken has cooked completely. Stir in the olives to the pan and sprinkle feta cheese on each individual serving. Garnish with fresh oregano sprigs if available.

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Mar 20

New Season of Kimberly’s Simply Southern Premieres on Great American Country April 7

New Season of Kimberly's Simply Southern Premieres on Great American Country April 7

Kimberly Schlapman photo courtesy of Sandbox Entertainment.

Kimberly’s Simply Southern, the sizzling one-of-a-kind cooking show featuring TASTE Award-winning host Kimberly Schlapman–a founding member of Grammy-winning band Little Big Town–heats up this spring with a third season featuring 13 new episodes from Kimberly’s newly-renovated kitchen. Kimberly’s Simply Southern premieres Monday, April 7, 2014 at 4p ET/PT on Great American Country.

The new season spotlights Kimberly’s lifelong passion for making sumptuous yet simple homecooked recipes with her family and friends back home, using local culinary finds from all corners of the country. In each episode of the hit series, Kimberly hops off the tour bus while on the road with her platinum-selling, award-winning country band to discover America’s best local foods, ingredients, culinary customs and treasures.

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Once back in her Nashville kitchen, Kimberly is joined by family and celebrity guests to create authentic Southern cuisine combining her traditional family recipes with the ingredients and cooking techniques she has learned during her travels. Among Kimberly’s friends who stop by to chat, chop and chow down in season three are Amy Grant, Jewel, Wynonna Judd, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Billy Currington, Kix Brooks and Keifer and Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square. Kimberly’s closest family and friends return in season three, as well, including her husband, Steve, their daughter, Daisy Pearl, and her fellow bandmates from Little Big Town: Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet.

“It’s so hard to believe that this will be the third season of Kimberly’s Simply Southern,” exclaimed Schlapman. “It seems like just yesterday that we kicked it all off with some lobster fishing and a celebration with Little Big Town! I’ve had so much fun these last two years! Season three is even more exciting for me because I got to film it in my new kitchen, and I was able to cook with people I’ve admired for a long time. I learned a ton along the way and can’t wait to share my latest adventures and new recipes with everybody.”

“Kimberly’s passion for exploring and celebrating everything America has to offer makes her a natural fit for Great American Country,” said Suzanne Gordon, vice president of programming for Great American Country. “Our audiences love the opportunity to see her in the field hunting for ingredients, learning about regional foods, then cooking in the kitchen. This series combines the best of both worlds.”

In the new season premiering April 7, Kimberly gets hands on with some bees at a world-famous honey farm in Georgia; learns the secrets behind one of Nashville’s signature dishes, the spicy hot chicken, while also competing in a fiery eat-off; sets sail to fish Miami’s blue waters; goes shrimping in the Louisiana bayou; churns an apple cider in a Connecticut forest; learns the art of making sheep cheese, and much more.

Kimberly’s varied and authentic experiences inspire new twists and flavors in her dishes, including honey baked ham, Georgia caviar, blackened Mahi Mahi, cornbread muffins with Cajun butter, apple cider cake with apple cider caramel sauce, biscuit-topped beef stew, jerk chicken, homemade salted caramel ice cream, hot cheese bread, and fried green tomatoes with barbecue buttermilk.

Critics and fans alike adore the Great American Country series and its charming host. Following the successful second season of Kimberly’s Simply Southern, host Kimberly Schlapman was named “Best Home Chef in a Series” by the TASTE AWARDS (also known as the TASTY Awards), which recognizes excellence in culinary and lifestyle programs, series and films across platforms including television, mobile, theaters, radio and the internet.

Kimberly’s Simply Southern is produced by Al Roker Entertainment for Great American Country. For recipes and more information, log on to GACTV.com/simplysouthern.

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Mar 19

Exclusive: Sarah Darling’s Wedding Diary — It’s All in the Details

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!

Designer Wedding:
Welcome back to my blog series! I am getting really excited for the big day. I have come to the most exciting part of planning – designing all the fabulous details for my wedding! From the fabulous farm tables to sweet mason jars with wildflowers, you can’t leave anything out. So I decided to sit down with wedding designer Trina Chaney-Hoo from The Planning Company to get ideas. They are a successful company based out of Florida and do the most beautiful weddings you’ve ever seen. She met with me and my two BFFs and we talked ideas.

Exclusive: Sarah Darling's Wedding Diary -- It's All in the Details

Sarah Darling (center) and friend Jenn Bostic (right) meet with wedding designer Trina Chaney-Hoo (left). Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

A good designer knows his or her client. Trina had done her research before I arrived. I looked at an iPad full of amazing ideas that were totally me. One of my favorites involved mason jars with daises and lemons. Such a cute idea! Having a great designer will help bring your visions to life.

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Mar 18

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Get Krystal’s Recipe for Black Eyed Peas

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Krystal's Recipe for Caramel Buttercream

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 love this twist on black eyed peas,” says Krystal. “There is so much flavor packed into this dish and the hot sauce adds a subtle tangy kick that catches you pleasantly off-guard. If you are looking for a fresh take on the southern staple, this is definitely one to try.”

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Get Krystal's Recipe for Black Eyed Peas

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Ingredients:
1 cup dried black-eyed peas
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup finely diced onion
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp Tapatio hot sauce
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:
Soak the peas in water overnight (I soak my peas – some say it isn’t necessary); drain and rinse. In a medium saucepan, Continue Reading

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Mar 11

Sara Evans Finds Life’s “Sweet Spot” in Birmingham

Sara Evans Finds Life’s “Sweet Spot” in Birmingham

Sara Evans’ 2014 album, Slow Me Down. Photo courtesy of Paul Freundlich & Associates.

Most country album release parties are held in Nashville, closed to the public and attended by music industry folks who’ve likely received advance copies of the record. But Sara Evans decided to do something a little different this time. For the release of her seventh studio album, Slow Me Down, she took the party to her newly-adopted hometown of Birmingham, Ala. Not only was the event open to the public – all of the money from ticket sales went to charity. Held at the 1300-capacity venue Iron City, Sara’s party raised over $40,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, and Alabama Forever.

During her set, Sara and her band performed past hits including “Born to Fly” and “Suds In The Bucket,” as well as new songs from Slow Me Down. She also played cuts from the new record as radio personality Buzz Brainard interviewed her for a SIRIUS/XM special.

Sara Evans Finds Life’s “Sweet Spot” in Birmingham

Sara Evans is presented the key to the city by Birmingham’s Mayor, the honorable Mayor William Bell, during her March 6, 2014 album release party for Slow Me Down at Iron City. Photo by DSmith Images, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

In the middle of the show, Sara was surprised by Birmingham’s Mayor, the honorable Mayor William Bell. Bell presented her with a key to the city in recognition of her charity work. While her husband and children watched the concert from the balcony, Sara entertained her fans and friends and expressed her gratitude to the packed house. Judging from the audience response, she is now one of Birmingham’s favorite residents.

To quote Sara’s 2005 hit, the city has been “A Real Fine Place To Start” – or more accurately, a place to start over. After her divorce from Craig Schelske in 2007, Sara married former University of Alabama quarterback/current radio sportscaster Jay Barker in 2008. They blended their families – Jay has four children and Sara has three – and Sara moved from Nashville to Birmingham. Sitting in her dressing room before the show, Sara recalls the day she made the decision to leave Music City. Continue Reading

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Mar 11

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Krystal’s Recipe for Caramel Buttercream

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Krystal's Recipe for Caramel Buttercream

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 have always been a cook but only recently got into baking,” says Krystal. “I have a go-to buttercream recipe that is foolproof — if you don’t count the powdered sugar cloud that usually kicks off the fun of making buttercream from scratch! I always forget the part about SLOWLY adding in the powdered sugar so I usually get to wear more than I actually get in the icing for the first batch.

“I love experimenting and straying just a bit from my traditional vanilla buttercream to come up with delicious new flavors,” she says. “I came up with this Caramel Buttercream recipe for a friend’s baby shower over this past weekend and it was to die for! Pair it with your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe.”

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Krystal's Recipe for Caramel Buttercream

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Ingredients:
1 lb unsalted butter, softened
1 lb powdered sugar
1 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
1 -8oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 stick butter (on hand)

Directions:
Cream the butter in your stand mixer. With your mixer on the lowest setting, slowly add in the powdered sugar a little at a time. Add the milk and vanilla. Cover the icing in the bowl and place in fridge. Heat the sweetened condensed milk in a small sauce pan over low-medium heat, stirring constantly. Stir for 10-15 minutes until the mixture thickens to a caramel consistency. Remove from heat. If it gets too thick, add in some of the butter and stir until the butter is incorporated. Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Remove the icing from the fridge and place the bowl back on the stand mixer. Turn it on the lowest setting and pour 2/3 of the caramel into the icing.

Ice your cupcakes or cake and reheat the remaining caramel on low with the remaining butter, constantly stirring until it is thin enough to drizzle again. Drizzle the remaining half of the caramel over the cupcakes or cake.

XOXO
Krystal

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Mar 10

Mel Tillis Recovering After Heart Surgery

Mel Tillis Recovering After Heart Surgery

Mel Tillis photo courtesy of Absolute Publicity.

Great American Country sends “Get Well Soon” wishes to Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis, who is recovering in Nashville following heart surgery. Today, Tillis’ daughter Pam Tillis released the following statement on the health status of the music legend: Continue Reading

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Mar 6

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley’s Recipe for Chai Tea Cookies

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 Chai Tea Cookies. Check back every other week for a new one!

For there to be true harmony in the Kelley house, there must be cookies,” says Nan. “My husband Charlie is addicted to them–any kind. It’s a fact. One cold night not too long ago, he was digging through the pantry, looking for something to go with his hot tea & complaining that we had nothing. So again harmony=cookies. I jumped to the web to see what I could whip up and I found this little jewel. It met all the criteria: it’s a cookie, made with chai tea (he loves that too) & it’s a cookie. You’re no doubt getting the importance of them at my house, right?

“Thankfully, these were a hit!” she adds. “I’ve made 3 batches in the last several weeks! Part cookie, part shortbread, part biscuit — they’re special and perfect for your afternoon tea or coffee. It met all of my one pan criteria too. Heck, you don’t even need a pan/bowl at all — just a food processor and a cookie sheet! That’s it. And don’t worry if you don’t have a big food processor; I worked this one up in my little mini food processor. If there are chai tea drinkers in your family, then you’ve got the tea on hand and the rest of the ingredients are staples. You can also make up the dough — which literally takes about 10 minutes to do — and keep it in the freezer until warm, homemade, spiced cookies are what you’re craving. Enjoy!

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley's Recipe for Chai Tea Cookies

Photo by Nan Kelley.

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon chai tea mix (from 2 chai tea bags)
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup unsalted butter, sliced into pats

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley's Recipe for Chai Tea Cookies

Photo by Nan Kelley.

Directions:
In a food processor, put the flour, sugar, powdered sugar, chai tea mix, salt, cardamom & cinnamon and pulse to blend all together. To that, add vanilla and Continue Reading

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Mar 5

Exclusive: Sarah Darling’s Wedding Diary — Bachelorette Bliss

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!

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

Photo courtesy of Sarah Darling.

Bachelorette Bliss
Welcome back to my wedding blog! The days are flying by. The wedding will be here before you know it! I’m getting so excited to have our families together in Nashville.

One of the perks of getting married is enjoying all of the parties, especially the famous bachelorette party! There is always so much hype to really have some epic night. The movie “The Hangover” comes to mind already. Nobody wants any missing teeth and I’ve never been much of a club girl. My idea of a party is drinking a nice Sauvignon Blanc at a wine bar listening to music. When my best friends said they had the most perfect bachelorette party planned for me, I was thrilled!

See Sarah’s Wedding Diary Photo Gallery >>

It started three weeks ago today. My two best friends and I started a journey to an unknown place. They had kept it a secret and I was loving the intrigue of not knowing. I knew we were headed to the East Coast. One hundred selfies later, we arrived in the quaint town of Washington, Connecticut.

I couldn’t believe my eyes! Honestly, I felt like I was in a movie driving through this sweet place. The ground was snow-covered and the trees were magical. Soon we arrived at the destination. It was the Mayflower Grace! I do want to add that I absolutely loved the name from the start. My BFFs had taken me to spa! Not just any spa, but one of the most exquisite spas in the world. Continue Reading

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Mar 4

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Krystal’s Recipe for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Krystal's Recipe for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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.

“Happy Fat Tuesday! There are so many guilty pleasures me and my family have hidden in the gem of a city that is New Orleans,” says Krystal, “so for today’s recipe I thought I’d share one of my at-home guilty pleasures, Chocolate Chip Cookies. I like my cookies to feel almost under-done, soft and gooey. I keep a batch of these in my freezer and just cut 1-2 cookies off whenever I have a craving…which keeps me from staring at an entire batch of cookies that just taunt me all week!”

 

Krystal Keith's recipe for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup white sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

 

Krystal Keith's recipe for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Directions:
Combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer and use paddle blade to mix. Add eggs without mixing. In a separate bowl combine melted butter with sugars and vanilla. Turn stand mixer on the lowest setting and slowly pour the butter and sugar mixture in. Turn stand mixer up another notch and mix until all ingredients are combined well. Add in the chocolate chips and mix just until they are distributed well.

Krystal Keith's recipe for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Dump the cookie dough out onto parchment paper and divide it into 2 mounds, on 2 separate sheets of parchment. Use the parchment paper to roll the dough into a log (like the kind you buy at the store). Each log should be about 2 inches wide and 8-9 inches long. Roll them up in parchment paper and place both logs in a large ziplock bag and refrigerate for a minimum of one hour. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Remove one refrigerated log from ziplock and remove from parchment. Cut off (as many cookies as you want to make) into 3/4 inch rounds. Bake for 12-15 mins. Wrap the remaining portion of the log back up in the same parchment paper, stick back into ziplock and place the entire ziplock into the freezer for the next time you crave a cookie! If they are frozen you can let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes or add 1-2 minutes to the cook time.

XOXO
Krystal

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