Ok, so that is the total truth ... where did January go? Here it is halfway through February and I can't account for January. Well, during January I shot 13 more episodes of Cooking for Real. The cool thing about this run of shows is we were planning them in the dead of winter, but they aren't planned to air until spring and early summertime. It was some good, light eating for heavy weather times. Nothin' like grillin' inside when the snow is falling.
There's plenty of fish and I even made a classic dish with lamb and some homemade jelly, why buy? That's a show I can taste right now, boy am I going to have to revisit that meal soon. The best part about it is my girl Fiona actually joined me on the show and helped make the meal. That's what we added to the shows this time around ... guests! Not on all of them, but I had three of my best girlfriends come on a show alone with me and help make something on the menu. We had a great time cooking together and I hope you enjoy the recipes and the stories. Here's Fiona and I after taping her appearance.
We usually meet over a meal in the city and actually we only meet over a meal, so it was just a total no-brainer to have her come hang on the show.
This is a flick I took from a monitor off stage while my girl Natina was hanging out between acts.
She was getting fixed because something spilled on her and then it was back to action! I've talked about her before on a previous Cooking for Real episode and she is my gurrrrrrrrrl. Like, I can't even explain. I've known her for years and we have so much in common and can talk for hours. She doesn't live in NYC so to have her come in to tape a show was such a huge treat. We grilled and I also made a really yummy fruit salad. I actually like the dressing the best. Kinda like when you want to drink the juice of something when you shouldn't? Every time I throw the dressing together I made for her on the show, I want to drink it. It is really that yummy if I do say so ... and simple. Can't wait for you to catch that show. I also had a close friend from high school on the show and will post some of those pictures when the show airs.
Right now, I'm in the thick of recipe planning for another 13 episodes! Yaaaaay! So, that is really the reason I've been so busy, I can't fit everything in and on top of that I'm heading off to Miami for the 2009 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
If you have tickets, I can't wait to hopefully bump into you and say hi. If not, check here ... things are selling out fast!
Check back, if things don't overwhelm me this weekend I'll post some pics from the festivities.