Sandra Lee | 2010-09-16 09:30:16
This past Sunday, September 12, was Grandparents' Day. It was especially fitting that the newest season of "Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee" premiered on the same day. After fourteen seasons of
"Semi-Homemade Cooking," my Grandma Lorraine is still the main inspiration for Semi-Homemade. She raised me on a very limited budget, but showed me how to make things beautiful while on a budget. Following her around the kitchen, I learned that personal touches and savvy shortcuts can make anything extraordinary.
In a surprise twist for the new season of "Semi-Homemade Cooking," I've adapted my Semi-Homemade philosophy so that I'll be cooking with 70% in-season, fresh ingredients and only 30% ready-made products. I'm excited that I will be able to provide alternatives - whether it's a healthier option or a more convenient shortcut. To make things even easier for you, I will be updating SandraLee.com every week with each new episode's recipes and tablescape tips for you. My Garden Fresh party's menu and tablescape is online for you now - it is perfect for putting together a fabulous, floral brunch to savor the last days of summer.
Many amazing episodes are ahead, with guests both old and new. My adorable nephew Bryce is returning. He helps me throw a colorful birthday bash in this Sunday's episode (check out the pictures - we had a blast). My sister Kimmie will be joining me for four episodes. Of course, there's my favorite Halloween special this season. I spent this past weekend shooting the Halloween episode at the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park, New York. I can't reveal what costumes I'll be wearing, but I promise it will be truly grand and medieval (hint hint!). I will be donning five elaborate costumes and whipping up five recipes in 30 minutes. It was loads of fun shooting, and I can't wait for you to see the episode.
This week, I'm in Birmingham, Alabama shooting photos for forthcoming issues of my magazine. Today, I'm headed to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and tomorrow, it'll be all about "in the kitchen."
I hope you are enjoying the new SandraLee.com, which is still in its testing stage. I would love to hear your feedback on the website or on Facebook, so that I can make it even better to become the go-to online kitchen helper for you, my fellow Semi-Homemakers. Until next time, remember to keep it simple, keep it smart, keep it sweet, and keep it Semi-Homemade!
Cheers to a happy, healthy home,