Home cooking with Trisha Yearwood

    Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks' wife, is a well-known star in her own right.  She also shines in her new cookbook, Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood.  Our copy is already marked with loving greasy finger marks!  And, sure enough, the recipes are some of the most beloved in every home, especially southern ones (this is from a girl raised in the south).  Along with those are some new or markedly changed recipes that are scrumptious--such as Georgia pate, aka redneck hummus.  (The hummus is made with boiled peanuts instead of garbanzo beans--a sure sign Yearwood is a Georgia native!)
    Some of the usual southern dishes are wonderfully spiced up, such as jalapeno hushpuppies, a perfect side to cajun-spiced catfish!  Or sour cream cornbread, served with her fancy chili. Most recipes come with comments from family members, such as Garth saying he likes to add cheese tortellini to the country quiche. There is a lot of fun in the book, with Yearwood reminiscing about family, friends and special meals.
    The desserts are truly tempting, too.  I'm having a hard time deciding if I want to start with Key lime cake, red velvet cake, or one of my all-time favorites, shortbread...There are lots of others, too, from easy to complicated--even a chocolate torte, with 12 or more layers.Chocolate Torte
    For a long time I used to turn up my nose at breads served with a meal, but then I began having some problems with heartburn.  I soon discovered that a nice roll or slice of bread can be very soothing or comforting, especially accompanied by a glass of milk. There are several recipes that look yummy, including spoon rolls, which look as divine as the sweet dinner rolls I grew up loving at nice restaurants.
    Lots of space is set aside for vegetables, even squash and zucchini.  If you hate squash, try these recipes. There are several that will woo you into changing your mind. And some of the fruit salads are simply gorgeous--a feast for both the eyes and the mouth. This book is a treat even before you eat!