My television cooking debut!

It all started just 5 days ago when my oldest son Paul, a junior in high school, who works on a show at school mentioned that he volunteered my cooking skillz for an upcoming show. I immediately said I would do it, but didn’t know it would be quite so soon!

The producer of “The Tyler Milsap Show” contacted me and asked if I could make 2 things teens could make and would like to eat, bring the ingredients, show how to make it, and show a final product! Phew – my mind started swimming. What should I make? What would be easy? I found out that we would tape the show in the high school studio so there would be no actual kitchen but that worked out just fine. The set is quite high tech!

There were 3 cameras – with teleprompters!

I thought I would make my homemade pizza and for the 2nd dish – I would make roasted chick peas.

I decided on what to make on Monday and the show taped today! Thanks to Jacky and Ally and Biz for brainstorming with me! I work during the day on Monday, and Monday night I couldn’t work on it because I was helping a client with her website. Then I had to work all day Tuesday and then ate dinner fast and met my friend Denise at Unity Temple to see Christopher Kimball do a lecture and book signing – it was awesome!

I got his new cookbook – it is hands down the best cook book I own right now!! I love it! And of course I waited in line for him to sign it 🙂

It says: Jennifer – great to meet you. WITH a stamp of a bow tie!

The picture I took with him was totally blurry – my friend is going to e-mail me one she took with her camera. BUT I got a picture of him signing someone else’s book!

so cool!

So by the time I left there last night it was past nine, ran home said goodnight to my youngest, sat down for 2 minutes, then had to run to the store to get the ingredients I needed for the show. To make the chick peas it takes about an hour. I put the stuff away from the store and it was almost 10 p.m. – part of me was like – just make them now! But I am not THAT crazy! However I did get up early to bake the chick peas before I left work.

My plan was to work until 2 – I had to be at the high school by 3:00. I wrote lists of what I needed to bring, utensils, bowls, ingredients. When I left work at 2 – (I live less than 2 miles from my office) I quickly made homemade pizza dough to make the pizza I was going to show as a final version. So I did that, popped it in the oven to pre-bake, chopped veggies to go on top, grated the cheese. So once the dough pre-baked for 5 minutes I put all the toppings on and put it back in the oven.

Meanwhile – I plugged in my hair straightener (I have to look cute – right?) – re-did my makeup and checked on the pizza. Since I had to bring the pizza to work and didn’t have anything to bring it in – the local pizza place by my office let me have a pizza box. THANKS GEPETTOS!

In less than an hour, I left work, made a pizza, finished cooking the roasted chick peas, made an extra dough, put all the stuff in boxes and was at the high school – PHEW! Luckily I texted my son and his friends came down to help bring everything up.

And that’s my son Paul – he does the sound editing for the show – great job Paul – so proud of you! 🙂

This is Sophie – one of the producers setting up the cooking table

And that’s me with Tyler – the host of the show!

It was a great time – the show will be edited by next week. It’s shown on our local cable channel BUT it will be on You Tube – so I’ll definitely post it when it airs.

Have you ever been on TV – and if so what were the circumstances?

I’m going to start living this motto more!!


  1. Shelley B says:

    You have so much energy and I love it! What a busy fun couple of days – looking forward to seeing the video.

    Neat to see a picture of Christopher Kimball like that…very cool that you got his cookbook signed!

  2. Whew! You had some crazy busy days! I’m glad it all went well….now if you are asked again next time will be much easier (at least that is how it was for me!)

  3. Lori says:

    How exciting for you – 1 step closer to a Cooking Channel show!!

  4. Helen says:

    That was a busy, but fun, fun day! Congrats on your TV debut.

  5. That’s awesome that you got to meet Christopher Kimball – I LOVE that guy! Congrats on your TV debut!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I can’t wait to see the video!
    What a crazy, but fun week you’re having.

  7. Looks like fun! Glad you got plenty of time to prepare. 🙂

  8. Jacky says:

    I can’t wait to see the show. Such a pro setup they get to work with, very cool. You are brave, I don’t think I could do it.

  9. Joanne says:

    Aww so much fun! What a great opportunity!!

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