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Does She Have the AllRecipes X Factor? 
Dec. 18, 2011 7:51 am 
Updated: Dec. 30, 2011 8:09 pm
Who da thunk!?! Lil’ ole me, minding my own business in the chilled air of the Midwest contemplating what to serve over the Christmas Holiday, getting and offering ideas on the Buzz, when “You’ve got mail!” (does that really happen anymore??).
 “We know you are new to the AllStar Program but would you be willing to do a spot on Fox News Detroit Morning Show?” This is a joke right? Okay, Mominator  & Redneck Grandma, that’s pretty funny! Ha-ha, you guys!!!  I love it when you mess with me, but I’m not fallin’ for it!!! Then I see CindyLepp mentioned referring Ivory at AllRecipes to me (Cindy, so sweet, but what were you thinking?!?!). Being that I don’t see her as much of a prankster, I read on…. Yup, it’s for real!
Sure, I’ll do it! It’ll be an experience! Wait till I tell my husband! Wait till I tell my daughter! Wait till I tell my friends and Peeps! This is so exciting!!! ...............Then it sets in! What the heck did I just do!!???!!! I can’t do this! I’ll make a fool of myself! I’ll never be able to show "face" on the Buzz again.  It’ll be so humiliating!!
Okay, where did I put those “Big Girl Panties”? I’m gonna need an even bigger pair than the pair I wore for Thanksgiving and they are gonna be thread-barren at the end of this one!!
Here we go! A few ideas from Ivory as to what they will want to see. We are going to do simple kid friendly treats popular on a Michigander’s cookie plate at Christmas!! You will make two recipes on camera (are you kidding me?). Now, I’m panicking in the kitchen, flour already billowing about, as most of you know, I’m not much of a baker (ironic don’t you think!).
We have a conference call, the script is decided, the recipes assigned (I would love to claim credit for a nod to my wonderful friends in the Buckeye State, but apparently it was decided those of us in Michigan also like your tasty treat of peanut butter and chocolate! Thank you, thank you! They were fun to make! :D ). Back to the kitchen and scrap what I’ve already made (though I will include them).
Three days of “baking” and organizing (more organizing than baking!! :0). Too busy to really think much about what is to come. Then it is Showtime!!!!
The arrival!! Doe/headlights…Doe/headlights!!

The prep! God, I hope this chocolate melts before the cameras roll!!

I go for my “mike” and when I come back, Deena is doing the teaser. We are going on 20 minutes early!! Yikes! I’m not organized yet!!

Showtime!! I can’t believe I am doing this!! Deena Centofanti is a sweetheart! She takes over in such a friendly and professional manner, puts me (somewhat) at ease and keeps the ball rolling.

Deena steps right in to help with the Puppy Chow! Dana, keep breathing and smile!!

What a good sport! She makes time for dipping a Cake Ball! I’m still standing, apparently breathing helps!!!

Ben Bailey is kind enough to risk a taste test. He likes it!!

It’s over!!! I made it!!! Notice the look of relief as I make up boxes of the goodies to leave for the crew!

Ya think she’s got the X Factor???  I think not, but it sure was fun! I would do it again and if you ever have the opportunity to do it, grab those Big Girl Panties or Big Boy Boxers and go for it!!!

Here is the link to the spot:

Here are the recipes.

Those I added:

Footnote: For anyone interested in the quintessential Dutch Christmas treat of Banket (Bahn-KET), it is wonderful! Here in MI, there are many Dutch across the state, so the almond paste is readily available at Meijer (small cans) (thank you, “Lisa”, for pointing me to it!) and Gordon’s Foods (7lb tub). I understand puff pastry can be used. You can probably find it at your market as well next to the pie fillings or order it online.

Dec. 18, 2011 8:06 am
LMAO!!!! I'm so sorry I didn't think about pranking you! That woulda been funny. It's also funny that you mention RNG. I DID prank her before :) nyuck, nyuck, nyuck...
Dec. 18, 2011 8:07 am
You were awesome on TV!! Very cool and confident. Great job!!
Dec. 18, 2011 8:07 am
We are so proud of you, you did awesome! I'd have a brain fart & not remember my name!!
Dec. 18, 2011 8:08 am
I think I would have melted before the chocolate did. You did so well and acted as if you have done this before. Now we have a face to go with those legs under the tree.
Dec. 18, 2011 8:09 am
Lol! Mom, I kinda thought you would be the one to prank!! hanks! I'm glad you got to see it! It was scary fun!
Dec. 18, 2011 8:10 am
Sctodog, I was hoping that wouldn't happen. Hence the importance of breathing! Lol! Thank you!
Dec. 18, 2011 8:13 am
Thanks, bd! Maybe I could act, 'cause I sure was terrified!! P.S. I wish those were my legs!! :)
Dec. 18, 2011 8:29 am
You were amazing! You did yourself and AR soooo proud!! Congrats.....
Dec. 18, 2011 8:30 am
Thank you, Chris! That means a lot. A tad nervous but stayed on my feet!
Dec. 18, 2011 8:31 am
You did great! I think you have the 'X' factor. :) Well done and congratulations!
Dec. 18, 2011 8:50 am
Thanks, BN! I know you know how it feels!!! You did a great job, too!
Dec. 18, 2011 8:50 am
Great job! I would have been dropping and fumbling everything. You've got it!!
Dec. 18, 2011 8:58 am
Great job mickdee......A star is born!!!! Can I have your autograph?
Dec. 18, 2011 9:02 am
Yes! You do have the X-Factor! Very nice! You are beautiful! Oh, and the food looked good, too!
Dec. 18, 2011 9:06 am
Shorecook! Hard Rock Candy was discussed but couldn't see nervously fumbling a molton hot sugar concoction next to the Host! Yikes! Glad they made it simple!!
Dec. 18, 2011 9:07 am
Mauigirl! I am practicing! Lol!
Dec. 18, 2011 9:09 am
Marianne! You are too kind! I was just grateful to be able to put together something respectable! There is so much talent here and it was a tad intimidating to have to represent the group here!!
Dec. 18, 2011 9:41 am
How pretty you looked!! I'm with Scotdog, brain fart and meltdown come to mind. I didn't get to see you live but I was certainly cheering you on when I saw you got to go on TV! Oh yeah, and the food looked great too! :)
Dec. 18, 2011 10:42 am
Congratulations! How exciting and you did an excellent job!
Dec. 18, 2011 11:58 am
Well, we have a celebrity in our midst! Way to go mickdee! We are all so proud of you! You pulled it off like a pro! Hubby took the photos, right? And I'm sure provided some moral support? Of course he did! So happy for you, but does this mean we don't get our three martini cyber lunch?
Dec. 18, 2011 1:08 pm
Going in front of the camera is fun! It's amazing how many of your friends see you on the news channels! I'm glad you shared with us the fun you had!
Dec. 18, 2011 1:41 pm
Wow mickdee!! I agree with the others, you did a great job!! But let me warn you - I think the station is buttering you up in preparation for next year's Thanksgiving show - I think you will be the "turkey" prep expert. Ha!! The joke will be on them - you've already tackled that bird of prey and conquered him! Good Job on all counts - - Martha move over!!
Dec. 18, 2011 1:58 pm
You did a great job! I'm with Scotdog, my brain would stop dead, I wouldn't be able to breath and my hands would turn to blocks of wood. You got past that AND produced fun food - great job!
Dec. 18, 2011 3:37 pm
Cat Hill! You could do it if you had to! The hosts are so kind in keeping it moving! They make you look good!
Dec. 18, 2011 3:38 pm
Thank you, SLN! I think you should do a spot on your wonderful soups! You would be great!
Dec. 18, 2011 3:42 pm
Oh, Belle! You are a wonderful cheerleader! Yup, Bill was there providing pix and support! We can have few "tinies" any time you like! It's a date!
Dec. 18, 2011 3:45 pm
Sueb, sounds like you've had experience! Stage fright is a wonderful thing! Just wanna do well for all of you!
Dec. 18, 2011 3:48 pm
Lol, Luv! Just see it now, " Not without my turkey!" I'm sure they have the pros available for that! I'm a one time novice!
Dec. 18, 2011 3:50 pm
BigShot, I am confident you could pull through for us. Can't let the Peeps down! You and Scotdog would figure it out!
Dec. 18, 2011 5:37 pm
here is the video
Dec. 18, 2011 5:39 pm
oops, did not see the link above
Deb C 
Dec. 19, 2011 6:25 am
You did a fantastic job! What a great representative of the AR community!
Dec. 19, 2011 6:35 am
awesolme gal! we got a celebrity! love it! congrats gal...and NO you don't need big girl pantys, you did great!
Dec. 19, 2011 6:37 am
WOWSERS!!!! Gal, you hiked up your big girl panties and did a fantabulous job. LOVE IT!!!!! I would never prank a person, evil grin. (I am thinking of forwarding your bird pictures to my local TV station. Part of the contract would be to take me along to Michigan-don't care where they drop me off, just central location, I will find my way to your house via the wonderful smells and follow the fire trucks to Mominator's). When Oprah sponsors your, I will be able to say "I remember her when....." :D Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, all the bery bet in 2012 xoxox
Dec. 19, 2011 6:39 am
Thanks, Deb and Gary! It was scary fun!! I didn't want to let you guys down!
Dec. 19, 2011 6:42 am
RALMAO, RNG! We'll ride together up to Mom's house! Wouldn't that be a fun "ride"!! MI would never be the same!! Come on down!! We'd love to have ya!! Thanks so much!!
Dec. 19, 2011 7:22 am
Mickdee-what a wonderful opportunity and you looked so confident in your presentation. Way to Go! Happy Holidays!
Dec. 19, 2011 7:27 am
LOL, you understood that? How about all the very best in 2012! We could turn the Michigan mitten into a a catcher's glove in one afternoon:D
Dec. 19, 2011 8:19 am
Awwww, mickdee. you absolutely have the x factor! very nicely done. you made AR very proud :)
Dec. 19, 2011 8:19 am
How fun for you! You were wonderful.
Dec. 19, 2011 9:27 am
Awesome job!! You were great!
Dec. 19, 2011 10:59 am
Great job Mickdee! You looked beautiful and so did all the food! :) I bet they ask you to be the next co-anchor! Happy Holidays!
Dec. 19, 2011 12:20 pm
Thank you, Lela!! Happy Holidays to you, too!!
Dec. 19, 2011 12:22 pm
RNG, I think I did. Back 'atcha! May this year bring you the best!! Would that be fun! I would like for more than an afternoon!!! ;)
Dec. 19, 2011 12:23 pm
Hi, Weeble! You are too kind!! My goal was to get through it without humilating myself and and all of us!! :)
Dec. 19, 2011 12:24 pm
Thank you, Tahoegirl and CliffG! appreciate it!!
Dec. 19, 2011 12:29 pm
Thank you, K-Dub!!I don't think Deena is too worried about me gunning for her job. I would hope anyone else that does this gets someone as sweet as her!
Dec. 19, 2011 4:55 pm
You are one classy lady Mickdee! Great job, I watched it when someone first posted the link. I would be stammering all over myself. I don't do well at oral presentations.
Dec. 19, 2011 6:18 pm
Great job! You did yourself proud.
Dec. 19, 2011 7:53 pm
I saw the clip the other day when it was posted by Gitano. LOVED it! You did a great job and came off as very natural, which is exactly what you need to do on TV. And you were right to assume that ma and RNG might be behind pranking you! I probably would have thought the same thing also!
Dec. 20, 2011 1:15 am
Oh, Goodness! I was such a cheerleader of you! You did wonderful! So glad it wasn't ME! (I thought you'd kill me!) You did a wonderful job and we are all so proud of you, you are a natural! XOXOXO
Dec. 20, 2011 2:32 am
Great job and like Cindy says -just glad it wasn't me!!!
Dec. 20, 2011 4:35 am
Three cheers for you Mickdee! Very well done! And nope you didn't seem the teeniest bit nervous infact you seemed so much at ease that I'd have thought you've been doing this all your life! :D So seems like 2011 had you facing lots of new stuff and accomplishing each of those not just successfully but with oodles of flair and style too! Hope 2012 is even fab-ber (that's a word I just created!) !! Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a lovely New Year! :)
Dec. 20, 2011 4:35 am
Hi Sassy! Thank you! You are too kind!! The trick is not to look at the camera! Have a wonderful Christams!
Dec. 20, 2011 4:38 am
Thanks, Avon! The host realy did help me feel welcomed and moved it all along. Yup, Mom is close enough to me to know the right info to put in a note like that!
Dec. 20, 2011 4:40 am
Sweet Cindy, thank you so much for getting me into this!! Scared to death but a really fun experience. Thank you for your encouragement!!
Dec. 20, 2011 4:40 am
Come on, Mags! Next time we'll do it together!!! :)
Dec. 20, 2011 4:44 am
ri2, thank you very much! I guess I did venture out on few new projects this year! Couldn't have done it without all of you! That's the wonderful thing about this community! It gives you courage even when you don't think you have any!! Merry Christmas!
Dec. 20, 2011 5:30 am
I said it before and will say it again...You hit the ball out of the park, Gal! You are a Natural! Watch out they might give you a permanent spot...and now.."Cooking with Mickdee!" ;-)
Dec. 20, 2011 5:43 am
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a star is born. Well done!
Dec. 20, 2011 5:47 am
Wow, Sherri! Wouldn't that be fun!! We could feature a different AR member each day!!! Lol! I doubt anyone at the station is worried about my becoming a permanent fixture, but fun idea!
Dec. 20, 2011 7:22 am
I agree with all the above. You did beautiful! Comfort & confidence seemed to radiate through you. How exciting! Very well done :)
Dec. 20, 2011 1:25 pm
Thank you, KIMMEAM! That is very sweet. I did my best not to embarrass myself or "us"! Merry Christmas!!
Dec. 20, 2011 4:54 pm
That is FANATSTIC! Congratulations!
Dec. 20, 2011 6:41 pm
I thought you did pretty durn good! The time switch made me miss your live appearance but (thanks to Cindy Lepp) I was able to watch the recorded event. Well done, mickdee!
Dec. 21, 2011 3:24 am
Boom-chica-wow-wow... :D! You are one hot looking mama-cita!!! As I mentioned to you before, you did an AMAZING JOB!!! and please, toss those BIG-GIRL panties and get back into your regular skivvies... :P Merry Christmas Mickdee! love and hugs from Ontario! xoxox
Dec. 21, 2011 4:37 am
Lol!! Oh, Miss G, it gets more work every year!!! Those big girl panties itch!! I am happy to get back into my skivvies; hubs prefers them!!! ;) Have a wonderful Christmas!!! Love and hugs back 'atcha!!
Dec. 21, 2011 4:38 am
Thank you, Mike! I'm glad you found it. So many friends here missed it, so technology is a wonderful thang!! Merry Christmas!!
Dec. 21, 2011 4:39 am
MySweetCreations, thank you. I would love to see you do a show with all your wonderful desserts!!
Dec. 21, 2011 7:36 am
Oh my goodness ~ congratulations.
Dec. 21, 2011 7:40 am
mickdee, I just watched the Fox segment. You did such a fantastic job. Everything looked scrumptious! And, oh my... you are beautiful!!! Congratulations and Merry Christmas.
Dec. 21, 2011 2:58 pm
Thank you, apple.strudel! You would be good at this, too! You are always so helpful and kind!!
Dec. 21, 2011 2:59 pm
Hi Candice! You are very sweet, thank you! I did the best I could! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!
Dec. 21, 2011 4:26 pm
You did great!!!
Dec. 22, 2011 7:26 am
Thank you, Hezzy!!
Dec. 22, 2011 7:36 pm
Beyond the x-factor you have the WOW factor! Great job.
Dec. 23, 2011 6:14 am
Aaaawe, Rohnda! I'm blushing!! Thank you!
Dec. 24, 2011 7:25 pm
Kinda what Rohnda said, Wow to the wow of the WOW. Isn't there an algebra equation in there somewhere? (never took it) Still, the equation would go something like--if capable one (1 or McD) is confronted with something (x) and the x divided by A (apprehension) then + E (excited) + B (bold enough to do it) What does it equal? W=S! (Wow+smiles).
Dec. 25, 2011 12:54 am
:-D Merry Christmas,my friend! XOXOXOXO
Dec. 30, 2011 8:08 pm
Sorry, Redly, got busy with Christmas! What a great equation! Well thought out! Just glad I passed! Lol! Happy New Year!
Dec. 30, 2011 8:09 pm
Cindy, hope you had a memorable celebration! Thought of you! Xoxoxo!
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We spend part of the year in Naples, FL enjoying the sun, so I feel blessed to be able to do two of my favorite loves all year; golfing & grilling. I love entertaining and planning get-togethers for friends. It's fun to come up with a theme for the evening and develop a menu around it.
My favorite things to cook
Since grilling is my favorite way to cook, I enjoy finding different marinades & sauces and interesting side dishes to keep things interesting. In the fall I enjoy spending a Sunday in the kitchen making a pot of something hearty and comforting. I don't bake much but enjoy a flour-fest in the kitchen once in a while!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Traditions have changed over the years with the "kids" and with all the juggling of family visits and big meals, I would have to say brunch is now my favorite meal to make. It makes for a relaxed morning/afternoon and no one has to rush to split their time with other family members! A full tummy and a Bloody Mary makes for a nice nap before more festivities begin!
My cooking triumphs
Any meal the family says out loud they like is a triumph in my book! Recently, I have enjoyed mastering different kinds of cheesecakes. It's an elegant and rich dessert that can be made into any imaginable flavor!!!
My cooking tragedies
I'm famous for leaving something in the oven or grill. Mashed Potatoes or grilled corn for dessert anyone?!? ;)
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