This small-town Georgia girl has stayed true to her roots throughout her very successful country music career, including 19 top-ten singles, three CMA honors, two ACM Awards, and three Grammy’s, but her talent doesn’t stop there – and neither does her Southern charm.
Opry member Trisha Yearwood has two New York Times #1 best-seller cookbooks to her name. Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen was released in 2008 followed by Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood in 2010. This time though, her favorite recipes will be showcased in a different form – straight from Trisha herself.
Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, a new Daytime series premiering Saturday, April 14, will broadcast on the Food Network. It’s six episodes of down-home cooking, Trisha’s family-favorites, and themed shows ranging from preparing traditional dishes from her childhood to planning a baby shower and a family reunion barbecue to offering tips on lightening up standard Southern recipes.
“For me, cooking is very connected to my family and friends,” Trisha says. “Every recipe on the show carries wonderful memories with my loved ones and I can’t wait to share my meals, stories, and family photos with Food Network viewers.”
The show was filmed in Nashville, but if it continues after the first six – and she hopes it does – she wants it to showcase her life in Oklahoma.
“Ultimately, if I end up doing more shows, I will do them [in Oklahoma] because I want to be home,” Trisha tells tulsaworld.com. “One of the things that people said when we did the book signings was that they loved the recipes, but they loved the stories as well… pictures of my family, my grandma, my granddaddy and all that stuff. The show was really an extension of that.”
We were surprised to learn that Trisha wasn’t a cook all her life. In fact, she didn’t learn until after she left home.
“I really didn’t learn to cook until I went off to college. My mom was an amazing cook. She was a schoolteacher, and so she would get home at 3:30 in the afternoon and always have a meal on the table at 6, which was amazing. I can’t even fathom,” she says. “We had a garden and everything, so when I went off to school and ate my first vegetable out of a can, I was in shock. I really wanted to learn how to make some of my mom’s recipes because I missed home, and I missed home-cooking because it was rewarding.”
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Watch Trisha on the Food Network THIS SATURDAY at 10:30 am ET for stories, recipes, and much more. She shares some recipes here.
While you’re waiting, here is Trisha on the Opry stage singing one of her top country hits: