So it’s 6:30 on Friday morning and I’m coming to you live with no coffee. That’s right, I’ve been up for over 20 minutes and I’m still coffee-less. I forgot to set the coffee pot last night and I can’t do it now because if I grind the beans I risk waking up my five year old which will destroy my opportunity for a couple more hours of peace and quiet. It was a tough call, but the peace and quiet won out over the coffee – for now anyway! Just be glad I’m not typing in the word “yawn” every time I actually do or this post would read (yawn) something like (yawn) this (YAWN).
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Ok, so most of you know that I had the privilege of interviewing Chef Alex Guarnaschelli recently about some of the projects she’s been working on. One of them you’re likely aware of (unless you’ve been living under a rock and/or don’t have cable) – that being her participation in The Next Iron Chef: Redemption, which will air on the Food Network starting November 4th. Chef Alex was 3rd runner up on her season, and now she’s back to go for the win. I, for one, will be glued to my couch to see what happens!
Another project Chef Alex has been working on is in partnership with Haagen Daz – it’s an E-book titled Ode to Summer. It’s a collection of short stories, visual essays, and photos celebrating summer through food & wine, travel & adventure, music, fashion, and art & photography. Chef Alex wrote the forward for the book, and you can download it for FREE from Amazon, Google Play, or itunes. Now I know what you’re thinking “But Mellissa, why do I want to download an e-book about Summer when I’m fully immersed in Fall and have embraced sweaters and scarves and pumpkin flavored everything – isn’t it time to let go and move on?” And I get it, I do, but here’s the thing – Haagen Daz is not only offering this e-book download for free, they are donating $5 for each book downloaded to honeybee research! That is incredibly generous of them – these people take their bees seriously! As we all should, because as Chef Alex mentioned in our conversation, honeybees are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of the world’s natural food supply. That’s a lot people. So if you like food, and I know you do, then please download this book so they can donate the $5 in your behalf! Also please pin it, and share it on Facebook and Twitter, so that as many people as possible will download this book and help save the honeybees, and our food supply!
Me: I loved your face in a recent episode when Aaron referred to a dish as a beautiful and well dressed woman you take on a date and she turns out to be a horrible kisser – priceless.
Chef Alex: (laughs) See what I mean? You never know what anyone is going to say!
Me: What’s the worst thing you ever ate on Chopped or have you blocked it out?
Me: Is it hard watching yourself on TV?
Chef Alex: Yes! I don’t like it, but I do watch Chopped when I’m not on it.
Me: What’s your favorite ingredient to cook with right now?
Me: Well you have to have your guilty pleasures! Speaking of which, what’s on your DVR, assuming you have any time at all to watch TV?
Me: I know them well! Those songs get stuck in your head at night which is why you’re awake when you should be sleeping. It’s a vicious cycle.
Chef Alex: So true!
Chef Alex: (laughs) Thank you! And you asked great questions!
Me: (passes out from relief)
So there you have it. It was 10 minutes long and felt like about two because it went by so fast! I was a big fan before, but after chatting with her in person I’m even more so. She’s very down to earth and seems like she’d be a fun person to hang out and have a glass of wine with. When I came out of the office my husband said “So are you guys BFF’s now?” To which I replied “Of course!” So Alex have your people call my people (OK, I don’t actually have any people, so just call me) and we’ll hang out – maybe make some Celeriac ice cream just for kicks! :)
A special thanks to Cari and Jillian from Taylor Strategy for contacting me with this opportunity, and for being so professional and great to work with!
Don’t forget to take a minute to download Ode to Summer and do your part for honeybee research!
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Now I’m off to make some coffee….yawn.