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COOK'S COUNTRY: Break Out The Bourbon

Test cooks in the kitchen. COOK'S COUNTRY features the best regional home cooking — from potluck dinners and holiday favorites to simple suppers and lost recipes.
Courtesy of Daniel J. Van Ackere
Test cooks in the kitchen. COOK'S COUNTRY features the best regional home cooking — from potluck dinners and holiday favorites to simple suppers and lost recipes.

Airs Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV

COOK'S COUNTRY FROM AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN features the best regional home cooking in the country and relies on the same practical, no-nonsense food approach that has made Cook's Country magazine so successful. Filmed in a renovated 1806 farmhouse, COOK'S COUNTRY is where family-friendly recipes are scientifically reimagined for the modern home cook.

Filmed in a renovated 1806 farmhouse, COOK'S COUNTRY is where family-friendly recipes are scientifically reimagined for the modern home cook.
Courtesy of Steve Klise / WGBH
Filmed in a renovated 1806 farmhouse, COOK'S COUNTRY is where family-friendly recipes are scientifically reimagined for the modern home cook.
Smoked Bourbon Chicken
Courtesy of Joe Keller
Smoked Bourbon Chicken

In season eight, the series uncovers blue-ribbon regional specialties from across the country (barbecued burnt ends, Dakota peach kuchen and Charleston shrimp perloo), and tackles classic American fare in need of a makeover (whole-wheat blueberry muffins, skillet roast chicken and potatoes, grilled salmon steaks with lemon-caper sauce, and more). Jack Bishop continues to challenge host Chris Kimball to live tastings of kitchen staples such as frozen pizza, corn tortillas and bread crumbs, while Adam Ried reveals the test kitchen's top choices for equipment, including deep fry/candy thermometers, grill spatulas and kitchen towels.

The half-hour program also features short documentary segments on the history of American food with some of the favorites explored, including apple pie with cheddar cheese crust, muffin tin doughnuts, Tex-Mex cheese enchiladas and frosted meatloaf.

"Break Out The Bourbon" - Test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers secrets to perfect smoked bourbon chicken. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top picks for liquid dish soap. Finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate sweet potato pie at home.

COOK'S COUNTRY is on Facebook, and you can follow @TestKitchen on Twitter.

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