Sunday, April 19, 2015

Country Cookin’

Oh Gussie! – Cooking and Visiting in Kimberly Southern Kitchen – Kimberly Schlapman with Martha Foose (William Morrow Cookbooks)

There must be something in the water down in the boondocks, cause the country ladies sure do know how to cook. Kimberly Schlapman, the blonde half of the ladies who make up half of the country quartet Little Big Town is out with her first ever collection of down home cookin’ recipes.

She divides Oh Gussie! – Cooking and Visiting in Kimberly Southern Kitchen into five sections; family, friends, music, home and away. Along the way she covers the gamut from soups/stews to deserts and snacks and dips to main meals.

You won’t be forced to search high and low to find some exotic ingredients, herbs or spices; what you’ve got here is simple down home cooking. Flavor takes the lead throughout with tons of fresh ingredients front and center.

Schlapman adds some interesting twists to the recipes offering up recipe post scripts that offer up simple steps, lower calorie alternatives, and kids tips that she labels with tags like, “Southern Simple,” “Southern Skinny,” and “Southern Mother.”

She had my mouth watering throughout, but she put me over the edge when slipped in the “Southern Simple” tip that here cheese laden Vidalia Onion Dip made a great filling for a grilled cheese sandwich…YUM! fire up the frying pan!

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