Visited the Mr. Food Test Kitchen. Thank you for having me!

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When I was growing up my mom told me about Mr. Food.  When he died, mom I and I wrote an article about him for our local paper.  My grandpa’s were great fans and watched him everyday.  This week I had the honor to visit the test kitchen in Florida.  Our family spent an afternoon with Howard Rosenthal, who is the Chief Food Officer and star of the new show that airs daily.  In the kitchen was Ms. Patty Rosenthal who is the Test kitchen director.  What a talented chef.  She usually turns out about 14 recipes a day!!  Kelly Rusin, who is the food stylist and photographer was shooting photos for the book and then showed us around the kitchen.  They have so many fantastic dishes and props for the shows.  They should come to our house and see our collection.  One thing I learned about was their collection of Diabetic cookbooks….amazing!  They also have a product line which is on QVC.  When we were ready to leave, we got to meet Mr. Food’s son,  Steve Ginsburg.  I was so honored that he asked me to come and do a show with them.   My visit to the Mr. Food test kitchen would not have been possible without the help of  Ms. Jaime Gross:)  I would like to thank everyone for having me, my family and the cookbook you gave me.  While I was there I saw their new cook book in production all about crock pot and pressure cooking.  And yes, I got to taste the cake that might be on the cover….OOH…It was so good:)  Make sure you put it on the list of must haves.  All of their dishes are tested at least 3 times and made in dishes and ovens just like we have at all so that the recipes they give you are proven to be easy and always a winner!

Amazing day with Steve Daniels from our local ABC

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I spent the afternoon at our local ABC station with Steve Daniels for the 5 o’clock news.  Thank you for having me, showing me all of the behind the scenes things and all of your advice.  I cooked the crew curry chicken fruit salad with a variety of bread that La Farm Bakery gave me to compliment my meal.

Softball was a blast…thanks Dad for coaching…go Red Birds

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What a great team we had this year!  We were an expansion team and tied for second going into the final tournament.  Thanks to my dad and Coach Todd for coaching.  Also a big thanks to my awesome team mates and parents.  We had a great end of the year party at our house….and yes…the food was awsome

Volleyball was great this year…played for the “Spikers”

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Had a great year playing volleyball for Apex Park and Rec with the Spikers.  Thanks to all of our coaches, team members and parents for making it all possible.  1,2,3,4 never let it hit the floor…go Spikers!!

Fashion for Food benefited the Holly Springs Food Cupboard

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We had a great day at the 2nd annual Fashion for Food.  The room was packed and 100% if the proceeds went to the Holly Springs Food Cupboard.  Lilly Pulitzer provided the  clothes for many of the models.  The food was delicious!

A Toast to the Triangle 2014

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What a fantastic event!  I was a desert judge and got to try some the most amazing things!  After the judging was done, I had the opportunity to sample all of the other items from so many restaurants, meet many of the chefs and get some photos with my friend Ms. Van from the Angus Barn and Chef Dean from  Flights.  Then we all got to hear and see what the Tammy Lynn Center does on a daily basis for so many families and they difference that they make in their lives.  Please take the time to see what a wonderful place this is and  learn about the families.  I had the privilege to meet some of them last night.  Then it was time to give out the awards, raffles and even a car.  Steve Daniels from ABC 11, Holly Richard from the Tammy Lynn Center and I handed them out.  Thank you to all of the wonderful people who donated to the center last night.  It was amazing and touching to see how many people raised their hands to donate and also did that on their smart phones.  A special thank you to “G” Patel for his kind donations and having many of his restaurants participate in the event.  Don’t miss this event next year…it is one of a kind!!

Mom and my friend Alexis help to set up for A Toast to the Triangle to benefit the Tammy Lynn Center

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Thank you to all of the volunteers that came out this weekend to help with the set up for the A Toast to the Triangle.  This is the 28th year and my friend and owner of the Angus Barn, Ms. Van Eur has been involved with this event since it started.  It  involves top notch restaurants from around the Triangle who compete in three categories and also serve food samples to the guests with wine and beer pearings.  There will also be many silent auctions, raffles and a chance to win a new Mustang 2014!  Mark this event on your calendar for next year and come out and volunteer for this fantastic cause.  http://www.tammylynncenter.org/Home

I am the first ever…Miss Apex!

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So proud to be named the first ever Miss Apex along with Sean Kanters, from Apex High who was named Mr. Apex.  We were nominated by people in our community for our achievements, community service and school contributions.  Thank you to Janice Monaco of All Booked Up and the  Apex downtown business association for making this opportunity a reality.  I look forward to representing our great town for the next year.

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