Picks and Pans Review: Cooking with Country Stars

updated 09/21/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/21/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Here are some good ole guys and gals amiably preparing good ole food. Brenda Lee serves as hostess. The casual mood is typified by Mel Tillis, who, when throwing stuff into the pot for his hamburger stew, answers Lee's question about cooking time by saying, "You can do it for as long as you want to." Tillis also kibitzes as Lee prepares Chinese pork with vegetables. When he suggests she light the stove ("you gotta get some fire under there, or it ain't never gonna get done"), Lee laughs and says, "Now, Melvin, be nice." The pace slows only with Ray Stevens, who halfheartedly reads his Mexican casserole recipe, hardly looking up. Otherwise, Charlie Daniels and his wife, Hazel, prepare a chocolate cake. Tom T. Hall makes his bizarre combination plate: wilted lettuce salad with bacon fat dressing and mashed potatoes. Minnie Pearl saut├ęs zucchini squash. Bobby Bare fixes a wild rice-shrimp-mushroom-cheese casserole. And Forester sisters Kathy and June do a pork roast and an artificial whipped cream dessert with canned fruit. The recipes all seem fast and appetizing and are flashed on the screen after each segment. And what other video cooks wouldn't mind having their dishes served up on paper plates? (IVE, 60 minutes, $19.95)

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