We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!

It was about this time last year that Maggy, Sharon, and I started producing videos for our weekly column in USA Weekend. That first day we shot four videos, enough for a full month’s worth of columns. To avoid wardrobe changes we wore black chef’s jackets in every segment, plus I had a horrible cold.

As I look back at that first month’s videos, I cringe now. We looked like we belonged in a convent, and I sounded like I should have been in the hospital. You may still be able to catch a few of those early videos at USA Weekend, but thankfully we never forced you to watch them!

Eventually we got better. We started wearing camera-friendly tops, developing our kitchen voices, and getting more comfortable in front of the camera. We demonstrated how to make fresh spring rolls, grill up tasty inexpensive steaks, bake a first-rate coconut cake.

But then we got busy. With Sharon in grad school and getting married and Maggy with a full-time job and launching her new non-profit Bloggers Without Borders, it became difficult for us to find a day to work together, so sometimes we were Three Many Cooks, and other times we were two many cooks in the kitchen!

And then I became food expert at AARP, and started making  videos for that column. It started to make more sense for husband David–also of AARP age and actually in Pam Anderson’s kitchen every single day!–to be part of the videos. So today, he makes his debut. Not only does David make a great sous chef, he also has his own blog and you can find him at findingyoursoul.com.

In the process of adding new players to our videos, we also decided to change it up a bit. While I’ll always continue to demonstrate the important stuff in my recipes, these new style videos are less step-by-step and more entertaining.

The recipes in this video–Super Bowl Sunday with Pam Anderson–are variations on one’s that we’ve already featured at Three Many Cooks. If you’re interested in making them, here’s how:

For Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting and Dried Cherries, follow the recipe for Pam’s Cranberry Bliss Brownies, substituting an equal amount of chopped dried cherries for the cranberries and substituting 1/4 teaspoon almond extract for the 2 teaspoons of orange zest in the cream cheese frosting, and adding 1/8 teaspoon almond extract in the glaze.

For the Roasted Lemon-Garlic Drumsticks, follow recipe for Lemon Chicken Wings, substituting 16 chicken legs (about 4 1/2 pounds) for the chicken wings

For the Greek 7-Layer Dip I took your advice and used 1 container (16 ounces) hummus for the refried beans flavored with garlic and oregano. Add the can of green chiles to the hummus if you like or not–it’s up to you.

These next few weeks, enjoy the big games!

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  1. Mary Beth Gonzalez says

    You both look fabulous and oh so natural in the kitchen. Now I’m going to try those drumsticks!

    Thanks for sharing and giving us your own special tips.

  2. Alice in LA says

    You two are so adorable. It’s great to see the man behind the beautiful posts at findingyoursoul.com in action. I’ve never been a fan of chicken wings, so I love the revamped drumstick version. Great job!

  3. judy says

    What a great video. You two work well together and both sounded very comfortable. Thanks again for great recipes for the game.

  4. Cathy H. says

    You DO make a great team! I enjoy both of your blogs…food and food for thought – perfect. I’ll look forward to the next installments.

  5. Sylvia says

    I really enjoyed seeing both of you in action, and also checking out the finding your soul blog, which I have added to my favorites. Thanks!

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