Saturday, June 28, 2014

Southern Living's Greatest Eats--Presented by CMT: Showstopping Recipes and Riffs from Country's Biggest Stars

YC Media sent me a copy of Southern Living Country Music's Greatest Eats --Presented by CMT: Showstopping Recipes and Riffs from Country's Biggest Stars to review.

Title: Southern Living Country Music's Greatest Eats --Presented by CMT: Showstopping Recipes and Riffs from Country's Biggest Stars
publisher: Oxmoor House 
author: Tanner Latham

Greatest Eats includes recipes from some of your favorite stars! It ranges from big names like Randy Travis and Sara Evans to American Idol contestant Lauren Alaina and CMT host Katie Cook to recent chart toppers such as Florida-Georgia Line and The Zac Brown Band.

Not only does the cookbook contain recipes, but there is a page spread on each star as well. I find it interesting to know what their mothers cooked and what they like to cook on the road. Pretty cool!

Recipes vary from simple things like vidalia onion mashed potatoes to vegetarian dishes like vegan massaman curry with tofu to shepherd's pie to orange dreamsicle cake. Trust me, there's a recipe for everyone in this book! <----including a novice like me

One of my favorite recipes in the book was for Blackberry Cobbler [recipe below]. The recipe was provided by American Idol alum Lauren Alaina from her grandmother who owned a restaurant for several years. "As a little girl, I remember always wanting my grandmother to make blackberry cobbler for me."
It was delish by the way, and I can't wait to make it again for my father's birthday next month. Blackberry is his favorite fruit!

Blackberry Cobbler
makes 4 to 6 servings
hands-on time: 15 min.
total time 1 hour, 35 min.

2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries, thawed and drained
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. table salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
whipped cream or ice cream

1. Preheat oven to 375. Stir together blackberries and sugar in a medium bowl. Let stand about 20 minutes or until fruit syrup forms.
2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and milk in another medium bowl. Stir in melted butter until blended. Spread batter in an ungreased 8-inch square baking pan. Spoon blackberry mixture over batter. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
3. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes or until puffed and golden. Serve with warm whipped cream or ice cream. Sprinkle with additional ground cinnamon.

**Tip: If you are using frozen berries, thaw them in a sieve over a bowl to catch the juice.**

Also, another great feature is each recipe contains a high resolution picture which is nice because I like to know how my food should look. :)

I would definitely recommend this cookbook. Not only do the pictures make you drool, but it's a very interesting read in and of itself!

Be on the lookout! YC Media is partnering with me for a giveaway. So be reading within the next few days to win your very own copy.

**i was not financially compensated for this review. all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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