So if you know me at all, you know that I am not really a fan of country music. I know, I know, to many that is blasphemy. I was brought up on music from Kenny Rogers, the Oakridge Boys, Mac Davis, and Waylon Jennings, among others. My dad loved the stuff (still does!). As a result, it always felt a little forced upon me, so I rebelled by declaring my hatred for all of it. I went the way of 80’s big hair and hard rock instead (loved me some Def Leppard in the day!). Yeah, I had a rousing childhood.
Living here in Texas makes it tough, with everyone assuming I listen to George Strait 24/7 (Not that there is anything wrong with George Strait, mind you. My husband loves George). Others assume that I must always wear a cowboy hat and boots, and have all of my denim bedazzled to the hilt. Um, no. I still like my classic rock, minus the big hair now. No country music on the radio for this Yankee girl.
However, in this day and age “country music” is a whole different thing. While I have been known to say that much of it has in the past tended to make my ears bleed, the crossover artists have certainly grown on me. Carrie Underwood, anyone?
One of the artists that I admit I never had an opinion one way or the other about was Trisha Yearwood. She is lovely, she has a beautiful voice, but I never really paid much attention given that she IS a country music star. Enter the Food Network and her show “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen”. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth watching just for her sharp, dry, sarcastic sense of humor. And who knew she could cook up a storm like that? Well, now I know, and I love her and her easy way of making you feel right at home as she shares her recipes.
Shortly before the holidays, one of her shows showed her making stuffed pork chops. The pork chops looked so darned good that I ran right out and bought the ingredients to make for my family while they were in town. I served it with fresh green beans and homemade spaetzle (that’s for another post, for sure). Even my mother, who has a particularly picky palate, enjoyed the meal. The only drawback–the chops are HUGE and can serve many more than you think! On the flip side, leftovers for everyone!
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