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COOK'S COUNTRY: Dressing Up Meat And Potatoes

Host Cristopher Kimball and test cook Julia Collin Davison in the kitchen.
Courtesy of Daniel J. van Ackere
Host Cristopher Kimball and test cook Julia Collin Davison in the kitchen.

Airs Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV

COOK'S COUNTRY features the best regional home cooking — from potluck dinners and holiday favorites to simple suppers and lost recipes. The Daytime Emmy®- nominated series takes the same practical, no-nonsense and scientific approach as Cook’s Country magazine by providing home cooks with foolproof recipes and cooking techniques developed through rigorous investigation and careful testing.

In season seven, test kitchen chefs Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison cook a variety of family-friendly recipes with host Christopher Kimball. From the porch of the COOK'S COUNTRY farmhouse, Kimball introduces educational "Food History" segments about the origins of certain regional recipes.

Holiday Strip Roast
Courtesy of Daniel J. van Ackere
Holiday Strip Roast
Olive Oil Potato Gratin
Courtesy of Daniel J. van Ackere
Olive Oil Potato Gratin

Jack Bishop challenges Kimball to taste — and rank — blue cheese dressing, frozen French fries, egg noodles and other supermarket staples in front of a live studio audience. Adam Ried, the test kitchen’s resident equipment expert, takes Kimball through his unbiased equipment recommendations for the home cook — from cookie sheets to salad spinners and other household items.

Each episode includes a "Cooking Class" featuring Kimball and Lancaster sharing practical test kitchen tips and techniques. This season, they cover buying fish, cleaning a grill and hard-cooking eggs.

"Dressing Up Meat And Potatoes" - Test cook Julia Collin Davison revives a classic recipe, Holiday Strip Roast. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of country ham. Then, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make olive oil Potato Gratin. And finally, Chris teaches a cooking class all about olive oil.

COOK'S COUNTRY is on Facebook.

COOK'S COUNTRY Season 7 Trailer