How Does PBS's "Cook's Country" Choose the Recipes It Shows?

"Cook's Country" chooses the recipes it shows by deciding if the recipes meet the show's theme and parameters. The recipes, which need to be based around country American cooking, should be easy and quick to prepare. The recipes also need to be better than the American classics on which they're based. Sample recipes include Texas potato salad, Colorado green chili, California fish tacos, muffin tin doughnuts and strawberry pretzel salad.

The recipes featured on "Cook's Country" are available at the show's website, as are video from the show. Recipes are also available at the WGBH website.

To make muffin tin doughnuts, sift together 2 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of salt, and flavor the mixture with 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg. In another bowl, beat together 1 cup of buttermilk, 8 tablespoons of unsalted melted butter, 2 eggs and 1 egg yolk. Gradually stir the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture, avoiding overmixing. Pour the batter into a greased 12-cup muffin tin, and bake the doughnuts at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 19 to 22 minutes.

While the doughnuts cool for five minutes, combine 1 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon for the topping. Brush the doughnuts with melted butter, roll them in the cinnamon sugar mixture, and allow them to finish cooling before serving.