Saturday, April 30, 2011

New Show TOMORROW!! It Takes Two to Salsa!

Hey there! Real quick before I tell ya about the new show. A Special thank you to Comcast and the Boys and Girls Club, they let me get my hands dirty today and it was all for a good cause, these people really care!! Here I am about to drop some food in the earth... More on this later in the post ...

In the meantime ... Guess who is on Cooking for Real with me tomorrow?!?!? I titled this one "It Takes Two to Salsa". OK, a hint on my guest... she is a big ray of sunshine, she's a winner and she's always a paarti!! Yep, my girl Aarti is coming over to play in my kitchen tomorrow morning on the newest episode of Cooking for Real. Here we are the day we taped (I totally get now that you'll see the picture and know the answer to the question above, but I'm on a roll and too lazy to edit my free thoughts, leave that to twitter :-P)As a person that is mostly happy all the time, it's so nice to meet another person of the same breed, Aarti is my girrrrrrrl. Just a nice jolt of energy and I can't wait for you to feel it through the television tomorrow!! Here's our menu ...

Curry Coconut Chicken Breasts - from my kitchen ...
Mango and Peach Salsa - from my kitchen ... then
Black Eyed Peas Pulao - from Aarti's kitchen!! It was fun to say and to taste!!!

We had plenty of fun on the show and I don't even know how we got any cooking done, I remember many times between takes my director and producer trying to keep us on track because we were just talkin' and talkin' lol. Too funny when you meet your talking match!! Love it!! Her and I can talk up a storm!!! Ok, set your DVR and Tivos for Sunday @ 1100AM or Monday @4PM for the repeat on Food Network!

Btw, I'm doin my best to keep up with the youngin's so I'm tweeting now semi regularly, i can't do the whole day on my hip, minutiae at all times thing, but I check in, so check in with me. I prefer to do my drivel in long form, but it's fun over there sometimes. Check me out Sunny Anderson Twitter

BTW, I'm on the road a bit before I begin taping the next season of Cooking for Real next week (thank you for watching!!), so I have so much stuff to share, but not all the time. If you've commented, I promise I'm getting to it next after this!! I still have pics and stories to share from my guest role on Are We There Yet and I also did a segment on Dr. Oz that airs soon, it was plenty of fun and it was set up like the Family Feud, so you can imagine there were plenty of laughs. I'll compile the pics and blog em up shortly. Until then thanks to EVERYONE today in Houston at the Comcast Cares event!! I was there to help plant some seeds ... in the ground and in minds as well. Volunteerism is a good thing!! Take a look at some pics ...I posted that pic on my twitter page earlier. The reporter asked me if I spoke Spanish and I said ... "I speak Spanglish!", So I stuttered and "como di say"-ed through the interview. Finally, she was like just say it in English lol!!! I am so happy I tried! I actually watch Telemundo news so I can learn faster. Works well when I'm ordering food and having basic conversation, but in an interview, not so much teeheehee ... I'm gettin there!! Then, here's a pic of Brooke Johnson, she's the President of Food Network ...
She took this before we both got dirty and put some veggies in the earth. I planted some eggplants and fennel. I actually was more interested in the dirt than the interviews, but every minute or so, I chatted then got back to work! It's a tough balance to volunteer, but also know people want you to talk about it so you can get other's to do it. I'd prefer to just do it and be left alone, but I also know that watching others do good stuff inspires me, so I didn't truly mind any of the gardening interruptions. But gardeners know, you get in a zone that is so zen, you just wanna be left to dig in the dirt. I love to garden!! Click the "garden" link below this post to see all my exploits in my Brooklyn concrete jungle!!

Today was fun though, it was so cute to give the kids a snatch of the fennel fronds and have them smell it and then taste the light licorice flavor. I'm tellin you, these gardens in the right areas are the key to getting families in "food desserts" (places where there are more liquor stores and canned foods than fresh fruits and veggies) intelligent about smart food choices. Brooke gave a speech and she was right, fresh berries taste better than a twinkie. Well, unless you had a bad day and a twinkie can solve that problem teeheehee, but seriously. Fresh is where it's at!! Here is a bigger look at the garden and me steppin' in to get to work ...
Ok, have a good weekend and join Aarti and I for the Paarti tomorrow at 11 AM on Food Network!!

6 comments:

Skandies said...

Volunteering always leaves a special place in my heart! I hope you had a great time.
BTW, just got an email about the NYC Food and Wine festival. I'll be new at it so please let me know what I should do! Sounds like fun! Can't wait for the new episode tomorrow! :)

Charles said...

Wow you are all over the place Sunny: Vegas; Houston, and then I seen on Twitter you in the ATL! Sounds exhausting but exhilarating at the same time. Sooo looking forward to Sunday's "C4R"! After seeing how it all came together, I cannot wait to see the final product. Btw, any cool kitchen products that grabbed your attention when you were in Vegas for the kitchen show?

BerryBaby said...

How wonderful! It is always such a great feeling to help others.

I plant extra tomatoes and share them with the local food pantry. They absolutely love it when I bring in home grown produce.

If the weather would just warm up so I can get stated, it would be great! Think it is going to be a late season this year.

Maria said...

That was a great episode. You two really had great chemistry and seemed to genuinely have fun with each other. Not to mention the food choices were spectacular and looked really yummy. Theere should be more episodes with 2 food network stars working together on recipes. You and Guy Fieri would be so cool together. That would be a fun episode to watch.

The garden in Houston looks wonderful. Confratulations on all the hard work.

Jen @ OneCurlyFry said...

Hey girl! Hope you've been having some fun on the road! Totally jealous of the Vegas trip!!! I love that place. How neat that you were able to do something with Comcast Cares! I think Bobby Flay was in Philly for that this weekend.

I can't believe you tape next week! How crazy how time flies! We need to catch up soon! :)

I DVR'd the show - I still need to watch it!

Tekla Staley said...

Hey, Sunny, I tried your Coconut Crusted Chicken and Aarti's Black-eyed Peas Pulao, with a slight adaptation. I live 80 miles from the grocery store, so I have to substitute alot. I used Tilapia fish filets instead of chicken, and it turned out awesome. I also used black beans instead of black-eyed peas in the pulao. Yum, yum! I plan on trying the Coconut Crusted recipe with beef, since my husband and I raise beef cattle, something like a chicken-fried steak with more flavor. I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks for the recipes--very flavorful with just the right amount of heat!