(CMT Hot Dish is a weekly feature written by veteran columnist Hazel Smith. Author of the cookbook, Hazel's Hot Dish: Cookin' With Country Stars, she also hosts CMT's Southern Fried Flicks With Hazel Smith and shares her recipes at CMT.com.)
I'm back! After being under the weather for a few weeks, I've returned with a new CMT Hot Dish column.
Thanks to CMT, where all my friends work and play! You know who you are: Brian Philips, Lewis Bogach, Jimmy Corn, Shane Caldwell, Chet Flippo, Martin Clayton, Traci Todd and so many more. You all stood by me, and I'll never forget it. God bless you all. I'm glad to be well.
What a wonderful surprise came when superstar Reba McEntire called me!
Reba's honesty and hard work have been the key to her No. 1 singles, album sales and success in TV, movies and Broadway. You can always count on Reba to be dressed the best and have the most beautiful hair and makeup. Reba is big time in the TV world again with Malibu Country, so tune in to watch the top redhead. A Nashville native, Justin Prentice plays the role of Reba's son on the show and does a wonderful job as Cash.
While I was recuperating, the world of country music mourned the death of Mindy McCready. Through no fault of the country community, McCready followed the journey of someone who apparently wasn't destined to fulfill her elusive dream. I wish her two sons a love that is everlasting.
Looking for a new house? I see where Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus and his beautiful wife Allison have put their home on the market, and so have bandmate Joe Don Rooney and his lovely bride Tiffany Fallon. Joe Don and Tiffany's magnificent home prides itself with an elevator and a waterfall by the pool. Can you believe that? Ms. Fallon, a former Playboy playmate, didn't get those pretty legs from using an elevator.
Everybody's friend and all-around good guy Opry Dan Rogers was off to London to see the queen. No, not really. He went there with his hi's and howdy's to all of London where he's greeting country fans with some fine Opry news and invitations to visit us in Music City. This past weekend, Grand Ole Opry stars Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill and Darius Rucker were in London for the Country 2 Country Festival at the O2 Arena. Other performers included Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, LeAnn Rimes, Brantley Gilbert and Sugarland's Kristian Bush.
Condolences to the family and friends of Grand Ole Opry star Jack Greene, who passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday night (March 14) at his Nashville home. The 83-year-old singer had battled Alzheimer's disease for several years. A former member of Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours band, Greene made history at the inaugural CMA Awards in 1967 when he became the first winner of the male vocalist of the year award. The same year, he also captured the first CMA single of the year award with "There Goes My Everything."
See the Hot Dish recipe of the week: Chess Pie.