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Trisha Yearwood’s Learning to Smile in the Kitchen

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Trisha Yearwood’s new cooking show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, which airs Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. ET/9:30 a.m. CT  on Food Network, is bringing in great reviews. Despite her success with cookbooks in the past, Trisha tells NY Daily News she was unsure about doing a cooking show. “I was really apprehensive about it,” she said. “Standing behind a kitchen counter telling people about what ingredients to put in a pot didn’t feel right.”

The team at Food Network worked with Trisha to come up with a format she was more comfortable with. During her shows, she prepares home-style meals while visiting with family and friends. Even with her loved ones around, she still has a bit of trouble with one part of filming.  “I’ve been in front of the camera for 20 years,” she said. “They keep saying ‘smile.’ I don’t smile when I’m alone in the kitchen.”

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The six episode series was filmed in Nashville. On the show, Trisha makes comfort food dishes that aren’t necessarily low in calories. She does offer tips on how to lighten them up however. “You shouldn’t have to put a disclaimer on to say you shouldn’t eat fried chicken every day,” she said. “People should know that.”

Even with the stream of family and friends on her show, there is one family member who doesn’t make an appearance – her husband, superstar Garth Brooks. They make it a point to keep their work separate, but they do watch the show together. “It was cool, it was really cool to see him laugh, to see him tear up and enjoy it,” she said.

While Trisha loves to cook, music is still her top priority. While she awaits to hear if there will be a season two of Trisha’s Southern Cooking, she’s working on a new album. “Music is my No. 1 passion,” she said. “If you made me choose between music and food, it’s definitely music.”

At this point in Trisha’s career, the most important thing is doing what she loves. “It’s wonderful to be in a place where you and pick and choose the things that make you happy,” she said. “I’m 47, You learn life is short and it’s not worth doing something if you don’t enjoy it.”

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