New York Adventure- Day Two

Wednesday morning began slowly. I managed to sleep til 8, and then had 3 hours before I had to leave. I went over the high points of what I wanted to say during the taping, checked email, finished a blog post, and got ready to go. I was trying to convince myself that I was calm, and that everything would be fine, regardless. But I was pretty keyed up, and could barely make myself walk out the door and GO. I got a cab, and headed over to the office on ‘Lex’, as they call Lexington Avenue. Chris, my PR guy, met me in front of the building and we walked in together.

The building houses a bunch of different magazines, and we had to stop at the main desk to get guest passes before we were allowed upstairs to the floor where Family Circle and Parents magazines are. We’d gotten there a little bit early so that we could meet with the food stylist, Marie. Chris says she’s one of the best in the business, and since Chris works almost exclusively with food clients, I guess he ought to know.

Marie had already prepared Chicken Broccoli Enchiladas, and Thai Wraps. Those dishes were to be set on either side of our work space, and then in the middle was where I would be demonstrating another recipe, Blueberry French Toast Strata. Marie and I walked through the prep, and she fine-tuned the table so that I could easily reach things to do part of the prep, with the idea that I would also be giving the show’s host, Anne, some cooking tasks.

We didn’t actually have a kitchen for the demo, just a tall table. Marie was kept busy running up and down elevators to a different floor, where she had ovens in which to cook the dishes. The plan was to set an already completed dish on the shelf under the table (my ‘oven’ — hehe), and then I would just pull it out at the end of the demo to show the final product.

After we’d gone through details with Marie, we sat around in a waiting room, watching a bit of taping going on for the show before mine, and nibbling on some deli food that was delivered for lunch. I was still fighting nerves, so the sandwich tasted rather like dust in my mouth, and I didn’t eat much. I’d brought two aprons to try, since at home I couldn’t decide which one was better. Chris and Marie both agreed that my beloved polka dot apron from Susannah’s Aprons was much more interesting, so that’s what we went with.

I went in the bathroom to primp a bit…I already had on more makeup than normal, but I added a dab more for good measure. When I came out, it turned out they’d found a makeup artist roaming around– a quiet guy with a trendy haircut, a Russian(?) accent, and skinny jeans– and assigned him to me. He said that the makeup I’d done was ‘very pretty’, but then proceeded to add quite a bit more, including flawless eyeliner that didn’t look dramatic, but that really made me eyes show up.

And then, suddenly, it was time to go into the taping room. I was focusing so intently as plans were being discussed that I barely noticed the gal attaching the mike to my belt and clipping it to my collar. Anne and I ran through the recipe so she would know what to expect. (I was very glad I’d cooked it twice over the weekend and it was fresh in my head.) And then we were given the go.

Anne had a teleprompter for her intro, and totally made me comfortable by flubbing her lines the first two times she attempted them. So when I immediately flubbed my first sentence, I knew it was no big deal that we had to start over AGAIN. Finally, she and I both settled down and managed the rest of the segment coherently. She asked me a bit about the book and about my family. We talked about the two already-made dishes. Then we made the blueberry strata. Somehow the words just flowed and I made it through.

I was glad to be done, and even more glad when Chris came in, grinning hugely and saying I’d done awesome and giving me high-fives.There were hugs and thank-you’s all around. I got to sign books for Tara and Anne, and then we were on our way. Mission accomplished.

The show is scheduled to air in late November or early December, so I’ll let you all know when I’ve got details. A bit later I’ll also blog about the shopping that took up the rest of the day– very fun — but I’ll wrap it up here so I can get this posted before my kids go to bed. Thanks to everyone who prayed for me today– it all went incredibly well!


  1. HOW exciting! Thank you so much for sharing. Love the pics.

  2. You look fabulous! And I’m so thankful it went smoothly. Everything looks and sounds so interesting.

  3. Beth aka Green Thumb Mama says:

    Totally amazing! What a fabulous experience!

  4. You look great Mare! I knew you could do it. Awesome job! We are all cheering and praying for you here. Love you tons.

  5. Oh Mary! You just look amazing! The sweater looks great, you totally compliment the host, you look relaxed, everything is just great! I’m so excited for you!

  6. Congratulations- the pictures look wonderful!

  7. Fun to follow your adventures!

  8. Yippee! I was praying and thinking about you! Sounds so very interesting! And the tousled hair in the post below this – fabulous!
    Glad you are enjoying yourself!

  9. mary! you look fantastic! excellent work. can’t wait to see the show!!

  10. An adventure indeed! Congratulations! Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  11. SO exciting, Mary! Thanks for taking us “behind the scenes”! Congratulations!

  12. Congratulations! What an adventure.

  13. multi-taskingmom says:

    Mary I am just in AWE. You look amazing in the photos.

  14. Awww, you look so great, Mary! I’m glad it went well for you.

  15. You look beautiful and comfortable – thanks for taking us along on your trip! Its nice to see someone “worthy” get their moments of fame – best of luck!

  16. Hooray, Mary! I’m glad it went well though it sounds soooo nerve wracking! I cant’ wait to see it when it airs. Cheers!

  17. you DO look amazing and relaxed and natural. and, i LOVE that your mom commented on this post. i don’t even know what she looks like, but can see her smiling and giddy through her words!

  18. This sounds like way too much fun!

  19. What a grand adventure in the Big Apple! Loved your story, Mary.

    Praying (under my apron) for your success with “Family Feasts.”

    And thanks for the linky love. :~D


    e-Mom (Marilyn Dean)

  20. So wonderful! Congratulations, Mary!!!

  21. Seven big cheers from D. Crew for the auntie we’re so proud of! Way to go!

  22. Oh you must have been exhausted! It sounds like an exhilarating day. Glad to hear things went well!

  23. Sounds like an awesome time

  24. Wow, Mary! How exciting! So happy for you. 🙂
    Love, Rachel

  25. Fun, fun, fun! Can’ wait to watch.

  26. Nicole's Mom Colette says:

    Wow, I am proud to know you, you have accomplished so much. Be sure to let us all know when the airing is and on what program.


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