Sunday, April 3, 2011

New Cooking for Real Sunday! TV Dinner Deluxe

Hey there! Another week and thanks to you another Cooking for Real airs today and tomorrow (Monday) on Food Network.
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.

9 comments:

Holly said...

I saw the episode this morning...it was awesome how you all just hung out and didn't seem like you were even worrying about the camera! I hate to admit it, but not only did I have TV dinners as a kid, but before I discovered my love of cooking, I used to eat them every now and then as an adult! Yours looks SO much better, though - I looked at hubby while we were watching the show, and said "you realize you will be eating that entire meal very soon, right?" and he was SO happy! :-)

Jen @ OneCurlyFry said...

I caught today's show and LOVED it! I am putting the Chicken Pot Pie on the menu for this week. It looks so good and so easy! I am going to make Natina Corn too (LOVE the name!) but I will have to keep the sour cream a secret from C. LOL! What he doesn't know won't hurt him! :)

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

I watched this episode & instantly wanted everything!! I love that your buds were there too - nice addition.

Anonymous said...

Caught the show this past weekend Sunny and as always I really enjoyed it. So nice to see you hang with a few of your pals.

Just a quick note about your path to this point in time - you are a living witness that faith and perseverance definitely pays off. By you being so very appreciative, it only opens up the doors for more blessings. So enjoy, you've earned it and the great thing about you is that you are constantly paying it forward. I'm truly proud of you. Love you much.

Linda (B'ham)

Diego said...

Sunny,

I see your birthday is coming up on this Saturday (April 9th). My birthday is April 6, this Wednesday. More of a reason I love watching you do your thing in the kitchen. Hope you have a great birthday and nine seasons later and seeing you live your dream is always awesome. Congrats, and I hope to meet you one day in DC

Maria said...

great post Sunny. We are busy with track, school play and basketball. I'll be taping your episodes and watching them soon!

ps..I don't have a microwave at all :)

Nicole said...

Thank you for saying you use your microwave! You hear chef's say they NEVER use their microwave, and I think "really??" But its so easy and quick with certain things. And like you said, you use smaller, and sometimes less, dishes. Less dishes is something I'm ALWAYS after.

Congratulations on being in your ninth season. I keep watching and loving it!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

I watched this episode and I LOVED it. It was really neat to get to see you and your friends just hanging out in the kitchen cooking delicious food :-)

Nicole said...

I'm watching this episode right now! Love it!