This week's newest show is called TV Dinner Deluxe. I talk all the time about my mom cooking great meals growing up, but I remember very distinctly the day my dad brought home a big box the size of saaaay a modern day washing machine. Inside it was the newest thing on the market, a microwave!!! It was soooo big ad heavy, these days they are smaller and do much more than popcorn, leftovers and TV dinners. After the microwave came into the kitchen it was easy for my mom to take a night off from cooking with the simple zapping of a tray of food that had everything: the veggies, the starch, the entree and dessert.
A quick piece of Cooking for Real microwave trivia; In the first season when I was trying to get the show on the air regularly, I had only 6 episodes to make an impression. In the planning stages I had a little bit of input on what I wanted on the set as far as vibe, colors and equipment. I begged like crazy for a microwave and got it. Never used it, but I was just happy it was there. I seldom melt butter on the range at home as I do on set, I zap it! It's faster and uses a smaller dish. So anyway, months later after getting the good news that the show was picked up for another season, I returned to happily tape 13 episodes this time and I was so happy to be there it took me a few days of taping to even realize the microwave I begged for had mysteriously disappeared from the countertop. So if you ever see a microwave on my set, that's me chasing a dream in season one back in 2008, thank you so much for allowing me to get to season 9. Three years later, I'm still in awe and very appreciative of this path in my life. I'm working hard and having fun, hope it shows. Ok, back to the newest episode ...
On TV Dinner Deluxe I recreate one of my favorite combos starting with my Easy Chicken Pot Pie, a quick and easy side of corn named after my bestie called Natina Corn and for dessert a tasty and simple Apple Compote. In case you are wondering my second fave was the salisbury steak, mash and brownie that never really got done in the center teeheehee. Plus, with friends in the house I serve up a quick drink you can pull together on the fly, my Rosemary-Lemon Starter
Yes, I said guests! Along for the ride today are 3 of my friends! My bestie Natina, my best male friend Jeff and Natina's bestie and good friend of mine as well, Robin. If you are wondering how the heck I'm going to fit 3 people on the show with me at one time, read-up on my set change in a post I called Pull up a Chair. Then, tune in for the fun and food this Sunday morning at 11AM eastern and tomorrow, Monday at 4PM eastern.