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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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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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Feb 14

Little Big Town Shares Their Love Stories

Little Big Town Shares Their Love Stories

Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

The members of Little Big Town have had their share of love and loss over the years. Kimberly Schlapman’s first husband, Steven Roads, died from a heart attack in 2005. When she fell in love with her husband Stephen Schlapman, it was the last thing she expected. They were old friends who bonded over losing people close to them.

“We had both been through similar losses,” she said. “He hadn’t lost a mate but he had lost a close friend, so we kind of bonded over that. I grieved at him a lot. He took my grief, I had a lot of grief left, and he just took it and listened and accepted it and was so understanding and let me talk about my late husband all the time. We still talk about him a lot, and he’s totally fine with it. Continue Reading

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Jan 17

Kimberly’s Simply Southern Host Kimberly Schlapman Wins Taste Award

Kimberly's Simply Southern Host Kimberly Schlapman Wins Taste Award

Kimberly Schlapman photo courtesy of Sandbox Entertainment.

Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman took home the award for “Best Home Chef in a Series” last night at the 5th Annual Taste Awards in Los Angeles for her Great American Country cooking show Kimberly’s Simply Southern. The award show honors the year’s best in food, fashion and lifestyle programs on television, film, online and radio.

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“Looking back on the memories of me as a little girl standing at our kitchen counter pretending to have my own cooking show makes this award such an honor and privilege to receive,” said Kimberly.  ”Thank you so much to the Taste Awards and to the fans who took the time to vote for me and make this dream come true! I am so very grateful.”

Kimberly’s Simply Southern is currently filming season 3 and is expected to premiere this spring on Great American Country. Visit our show section for videos, photos and recipes >>

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Dec 5

Kimberly’s Simply Southern Renewed for Third Season

Kimberly's Simply Southern Renewed for Third Season

Kimberly Schlapman, host of Kimberly’s Simply Southern.

Kimberly’s Simply Southern, a one-of-a-kind cooking show featuring Little Big Town founding member Kimberly Schlapman, has been renewed for a third season with 13 new episodes on Great American Country. New episodes will premiere in early Spring 2014.

In each episode of the hit series, Kimberly hops off the tour bus while on the road with her Grammy Award-winning country band, Little Big Town, to discover America’s best local foods, ingredients, culinary customs and treasures. Once back in her Nashville kitchen, she is joined by family and celebrity guests to create authentic southern meals combining her traditional family recipes with the ingredients she learned more about during her travels, which in past seasons included citrus, chocolate, dairy, mushrooms, oysters, goat cheese and bacon and in 2014 will include Sourwood honey glazed ham, Louisiana shrimp, homemade biscuits, hot and spicy chicken and others.

“This series is a childhood dream of mine and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to get to share all the fun things I learn out there in my travels,” said Schlapman. “I love sharing my passion for cooking and hunting down treasures across the country with Great American Country’s viewers.”

Kimberly’s Simply Southern is a natural fit for Great American Country and embodies our renewed focus on exploring and celebrating everything America has to offer,” said Sarah Trahern, senior vice president and general manager of Great American Country. “It’s been among our highest-rated original series, and the audiences love the opportunity to visit fascinating places across our nation and learning about ingredients before Kimberly invites them into her kitchen to meet her friends and share a great meal.” Continue Reading

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Nov 25

Vote for Kimberly Schlapman in the 5th Annual Taste Awards

Vote for Kimberly Schlapman in the 5th Annual Taste Awards

Kimberly Schlapman, host of the Great American Country series, Kimberly’s Simply Southern.

Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman, star of Great American Country’s Kimberly’s Simply Southern, has been nominated for “Best Home Chef in a Series,” part of the Viewers Choice categories, at the 5th Annual Taste Awards, honoring the year’s best in food, fashion and lifestyle programs on television, in film, online and on radio. Show your support for Kimberly by voting for her!

Viewers Choice Voting ends on December 18 at 5 p.m. PST. Viewers Choice Category Winners will be announced on January 16, 2014.

Selected Category Winners of the TASTE AWARDS will be announced on December 3rd 2013, and all winners will receive their honors on January 16th, 2014 at a Red Carpet Hollywood Awards celebration at the Egyptian Theatre. To vote for Kimberly, visit tastetv.com/awards/vote. Kimberly’s category is No. 6 on the ballot. Continue Reading

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May 22

Country Stars Reflect on the Meaning of Memorial Day

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley in his video for “Home.” Image courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

As Memorial Day approaches, several country stars are taking time to reflect on what the holiday means and the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women. Dierks Bentley looks at the time he spends away from his family while touring and compares it to the time those deployed spend away from their loved ones to keep everything in perspective.

“I just think about being gone two, three days at a time, maybe a couple of weeks at a time,” he said. “That seems like a long time when you have kids and family, but these soldiers, they’re gone for months and years at a time and they have family back home. That, in itself, is such a huge sacrifice, and that’s just the beginning of it. That’s just scratching the surface of what these guys [and gals] are doing every day – preparing for battle, actually being in battle, being wounded in battle, sometimes dying in battle.” Continue Reading

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May 10

Motherhood Is A Dream Come True for Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman & Karen Fairchild

Little Big Town

Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild are part of one of country’s top bands, but their also proud mamas. Kimberly’s daughter Daisy and Karen’s son Elijah are dreams come true for the two women.

“Being a mother is a life-long dream for me,” Kimberly said. “When I was a kid, that’s what I wanted to be is a mama. It took a long time. I wasn’t ever sure that I would be, but I am now, and it’s the greatest gift of my life.” Continue Reading

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Mar 8

Kimberly Schlapman Cooks with Craig Morgan & Gets Kissed by a Cow

Craig Morgan & Kimberly Schlapman

Inspired by a visit to one of the largest citrus groves in Central Florida, Kimberly Schlapman and guest Craig Morgan get their citrus on with a menu that makes the most out of these zesty flavors. Photo courtesy of Sandbox Entertainment.

From monster machines to kissing cows to citrus groves, the premiere of Season 2 of Kimberly’s Simply Southern has it all! Tune in Saturday, March 9 at 1P/12C. To kick off the first episode, Little Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman traveled to Florida to visit The Showcase of Citrus, a farm with over 70 varieties of citrus. Then she returned to Nashville armed with lemon, lime and orange-inspired recipes and welcomed Craig Morgan into her kitchen.

In this Saturday’s show, Kimberly and Craig will make chicken cutlets with lemon-herb butter; citrus salad with poppyseed-lemon vinaigrette; and citrus cake with key-lime glaze — which requires quite a bit of zesting (scraping the skin of the fruit).

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Feb 22

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Thomas Rhett shares his “1994” shot in honor of Jason Aldean’s new singleKacey Musgraves is in the kitchen with Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman, Darius Rucker welcomes Robin Roberts back to Good Morning America, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill hang out with a Dallas Cowboy and Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys shares what it’s really like to be a musician. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week: [See more photos of country stars in 1994! >>]

Kimberly Schlapman & Kacey Musgraves

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/KaceyMusgraves.

Kacey Musgraves – KaceyMusgraves: 1st cooking show a success! Didn’t burn the house down! And Kimberly of @LBTmusic is so dern sweet! #SimplySouthern [Editor's note: The second season of Kimberly's Simply Southern premieres Saturday, March 9 at 1p|12c!]

Darius Rucker – DariusRucker:So excited and filled with joy to see Robin Roberts back on @gma. Love u Robin!!

Dolly PartonDolly_Parton: My weaknesses have always been food and men – in that order. :)

Thomas Rhett

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/ThomasRhett.

Thomas Rhett – ThomasRhett: X men Velcro shoes and a mullet…That was me in 1994 @Jason_Aldean @LukeBryanOnline

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