Trisha Yearwood Shares Thanksgiving Traditions And Recipes

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Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

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This year singer Trisha Yearwood began cooking up her favorite southern dishes on her show, “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.” For a gal who loves to sizzle up some grub, she hasn’t always been a cook.

The first time she planned to cook up a Thanksgiving dinner for now-husband Garth Brooks and 13 others, Brooks was a little concerned she wouldn’t be able to pull it off, so he came up with a suggestion.

“Garth had me cook a stunt turkey before the big day so he could taste-test it!” said Yearwood.

That turkey was a big success and Yearwood has made the recipe available for anyone else trying to cook a turkey feast for the first time. Click here for the turkey recipe.

Yearwood’s cooking journey didn’t officially begin until she was a young adult.

“It wasn’t until I was 20, moved to Nashville and got an apartment that I started to cook,” revealed Yearwood to USA Weekend. “I was homesick and missed mama’s cookin’, so I learned how to make a couple of things she made. I learned to make her cornbread dressing. It wasn’t hard and it tasted like home. That’s what made me love cooking — easy recipes that tasted like home.”

Just like on her show, Yearwood aims to show folks how to make simple country dishes, like her cornbread dressing that she eats every year at Thanksgiving.

Yearwood’s cornbress dressing is especially important to her. It was part of her childhood growing up and she ate it at every Thanksgiving meal with her family.

“Grandma Lizzie taught it to our mother Gwen,” said Yearwood, “and Beth and I had her write it down for our first cookbook…It’s important to preserve those family recipes. It’s our second Thanksgiving without Mom, but when I make that dressing, I feel connected to her. Food and memories are how we keep the people we have loved at the table with us.”

To learn Yearwood’s special family dish, click here for the recipe. If you’re interested in any other recipes by Yearwood, click here or check out her show every Saturday on the Food Network.

-Ashley Quadros, CBS Local

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