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Trisha Yearwood is a collard greens kind of gal, but her husband, Garth Brooks, is definitely not a collard greens kind of guy. So she had to be a little sly when it came time to perfect her Collard-Stuffed Wontons.

When the country star and her collaborator and sister, Beth, made them the first time at her Nashville home, they didn't tell Brooks and his buddy what was in them when the two men came into the kitchen after working on their farm.

"I said, ‘You try this.’ Didn’t tell them what it was. And they ate them all. They were like, ‘These are amazing!’" Yearwood recalls. "And then I told him he ate his collard greens for the day."

The quirky South-meets-Asia wontons are a feature of Yearwood's fourth cookbook, "Trisha’s Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family," which has 125 recipes that blend her knowledge of soulful Southern cooking with influences from China, Italy and Mexico.


This cover image released by Mariner Books shows 'Trisha’s Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family' by Trisha Yearwood. (Mariner Books via AP)

Yearwood says the last five years hosting her Emmy-winning Food Network series "Trisha’s Southern Kitchen" has helped boost her kitchen skills and expand her recipe development.

"I’ve entered into a really cool phase and I really attribute the show for just giving me confidence to try new things. And now they’ve become kind of family favorites and they feel like things that have been in the family forever," she says.

Yearwood is open to ideas, even asking at restaurants how the chefs make favored dishes. She walked away from a sushi restaurant in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with the origins of Garth's Teriyaki Bowl, which uses marinated chicken and steak.

That same restaurant inspired her Steak & Avocado Rolls, which use soy wrappers to mimic sushi rolls. Neither Yearwood nor Brooks are fans of raw fish — "we’re sort of roll-it-in-flour-and-fry-it people," she confesses — but their girls are, so the recipe is a compromise.


Yearwood also leaned on several family recipes for dishes in the new book, including some from her dad's mom. Her grandmother was a dessert specialist but none of her recipes seemed to have survived until the family recently found a little book with handwritten recipes, including one for Hundred Dollar Cupcakes. Trisha and Beth also recreated a dish that was never written down, Jack's Fried Pies, named after her father.

Jerky turns out to have a special place in her kitchen, and yet she has learned that she doesn't need fancy equipment or a dehumidifier to make her BBQ or teriyaki jerky. She just turns on her oven.

"It’s really a low and slow in the oven, like at 200 degrees for hours. It’s not expensive to do. You can get a really inexpensive cut of meat and slice it yourself, or you can have your butcher slice it in the strips for you and then you marinate it and then you just slow bake it. Then it can be as tender or as tough as you like," she says.

Other nifty recipes include one for Camo Cake she made for her nephew’s birthday that uses food coloring to mimic the look of camouflage, and Chicken Potpie Burger, which combines a classic chicken potpie with a bun.

"Everything that’s in the book is the way she really is and the way she really cooks. And it is a reflection of her life and her personality," says Deb Brody, vice president and publisher of adult trade at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. "It’s not just a celebrity putting her name on a cookbook. She actually cooks this way."


Though Yearwood includes plenty of vegetarian options, bacon plays a key role in "Trisha’s Kitchen," including a breakthrough in snack technology called Bacon Straws: twisted bacon strips brushed with maple syrup and red pepper flakes and sprinkled with cheder cheese.

"When I’m cooking, if there’s bacon going on a burger or something, anybody at my house walks by and they’re going to take a piece of bacon. We all just want the bacon, like, it doesn’t have to be on anything," she says. "So this was that idea of making it its own thing, making it an appetizer and it’s crunchy and crispy. You just walk by and grab one — or 10."

The pandemic accelerated the book's creation, with Yearwood's touring scheduled stilled and lockdown forcing her into her kitchen. Easy comfort food was a natural way for her to cook her way out of quarantine.

"I did a lot of sitting on the couch and drinking coffee and going down the rabbit hole of depression. But then — I think it was getting close to a few months in — I was like, ‘This would be a perfect time just to write a new book,’" she says.

"It kind of had been knocking on the door, almost like when you need to make a new album. In a way, it was really therapeutic and cathartic for me to be able to focus on something like that, because food really does bring us together."

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Hedge fund founder Anthony Scaramucci, who briefly served in the Trump administration, told CNBC on Friday he wants the SPAC linked to former President Donald Trump to succeed because it may stop him for running in the 2024 election.

Scaramucci's comments on "Squawk Box" came as shares of special purpose acquisition company Digital World Acquisition Corp., which plans to merge with the newly created Trump Media & Technology Group, soared again in Friday's premarket trading. Shortly after Wall Street's open, DWAC again surged higher, one day after shares jumped more than 350% to close at $35.54 apiece on the late Wednesday tie-up announcement.

"I want that thing to go up like another 10 times. The more it goes up, the less likelihood Donald Trump is running for president in 2024, so I'm rooting for that SPAC," said Scaramucci, who founded the hedge fund SkyBridge Capital and served as White House communications for a mere 10 days in July 2017.

Scaramucci said Trump is dangerous to American democracy.

"He was part of the insurrection," he added, referring to the deadly assault at U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. "You know, I personally think he's a domestic terrorist. I want the guy out, as far away from politics as possible."

Trump was kicked off Twitter and Facebook in the aftermath of Jan. 6, when thousands of his supporters violently stormed the Capitol as Congress sought to confirm Trump's Electoral College defeat to now-President Joe Biden. Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives for inciting the riot, although the Senate later acquitted him.

Before he was banned from the sites, Trump was a frequent poster on Twitter and Facebook, using his large followings to fuel his political ascent.

Trump, who still holds sway over many Republican voters, has hinted at the possibility of running for president again in 2024. Some members of the GOP, such as retiring Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, have urged their party not to nominate Trump, who has repeatedly lied about the outcome of the 2020 election.

News of Trump Media & Technology Group's planned merger with DWAC first surfaced Wednesday night. Trump also said then he intends to launch his own social media network called "TRUTH Social," suggesting the platform will "stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech."

DWAC is what's known as a blank check company, which raises capital through an IPO with the goal of using those proceeds to acquire a private firm and bring it to the public markets. While SPACs have been around for a while, they surged in popularity last year. After a record start to the 2021, the SPAC trend has lost its luster.

It's not entirely clear what's behind the explosive move in DWAC shares, but the stock has become incredibly popular on Reddit's WallStreetBets forum. The online message board gained notoriety earlier this year when its members flocked to GameStop, AMC Entertainment and other companies, establishing those securities as so-called meme stocks.

Despite wanting its price to go up, Scaramucci said he's not planning on investing in DWAC at all.

"I am not into media disinformation and garbage propaganda, so no, I would not buy it. I try to stay away from those things," said Scaramucci, who also encouraged any Wall Street firms that owned DWAC before it became linked to Trump to dump their holdings. Some already have reportedly done that.

Representatives for Trump did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment on Scaramucci's remarks.

Scaramucci started SkyBridge in 2005 and had a prior stop at Goldman Sachs, where he worked in the investment bank's private wealth management group.

He worked on Trump's presidential transition team in 2016, before leaving Wall Street to become White House communications director. He was dismissed from that role after only 10 days, when The New Yorker published a piece on an expletive-filled rant Scaramucci delivered to a reporter at the magazine.

Scaramucci has donated to Republicans recently, including in November to the campaigns of now-former Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, according to Federal Election Commission records. Perdue and Loeffler lost in runoff elections to Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, delivering their party control of the Senate.


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