How country music and food network star Trisha Yearwood entertains for the holidays – Orange County Register

Trisha Yearwood has a lot on her plate, even for a lady with her own cooking show. For the past three years, she’s been crisscrossing the U.S. and Canada on a concert tour with her country music superstar husband, Garth Brooks. On down weekends, she sneaks off to tape “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” for the Food Network. She just launched Christmas in a Cup, a holiday drink mix, part of her line of food and drink products for Williams-Sonoma. Garth and Trisha just celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary on Dec. 10. And, oh yeah, the holidays are here.

“We’re usually on tour until mid-December, and suddenly it will strike me that I haven’t bought one gift,” said Grammy and Emmy winner Yearwood, who laments that holiday shopping is always stressful for her, mostly because she’s not so good about shopping ahead. “Whenever I do start shopping early, I get too excited and can’t wait. I just go ahead and give it to them.”

But in general, Yearwood insists that the Yuletide season is her favorite time of year. “It’s probably why we got married in December,” Yearwood said. “I remember, it was so easy to decorate for our wedding because everything is already so festive! And now, we usually start our Christmas decorating as early as we can.”

So we asked Yearwood to let us in on what the Christmas season is like at her house — and pressed her to share a couple of her family’s most cherished holiday recipes found in her best-selling cookbooks. Here’s what warms her heart and her kitchen in December.

Q. What’s it like walking into your home during the holidays?

A. Usually, we want you to come inside the house and smell Christmas. If it’s not smells of food cooking from the kitchen, then it’s candles or something else that feels and smells like Christmas right away. And the more decorations the better. We do it all — lights on the house, big tree inside. I used to be that…

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