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Valerie's Kitchen

4.49 Minutes of Fame 
Jan. 26, 2011 8:47 pm 
Updated: Feb. 14, 2011 4:44 am
An interesting thing happened to me a couple of months ago.  I got a call from the producer of a web tv show called What’s Cooking on Allrecipes.tv.  She was calling to see if I might be interested in allowing their crew to come out to our home to film a webisode featuring one of my recipes.   Even though I had received an invitation to fill out a questionnaire previously by email, I was floored to actually be speaking to the producer on the phone.  Of course I was super excited and of course, yes, I told her, I’d love to do it! When?  Next week?  Holy cow!!!  No problem.  I’ve just got a high school sports banquet for about 75 people that I'm organizing on Friday night, a gathering at our home on Saturday for about 30 folks and then I’ll welcome the Allrecipes.tv crew on Monday.  Let’s not forget that Thanksgiving is the following Thursday!  Sure, what the heck.  Let’s do it!  No guts no glory.  That’s our motto here.
I’m so glad that I did.  What a great experience!  I was thankful for my insane schedule leading up to the big day because I had no choice but to put it out of my mind.  Otherwise I'm sure my nerves would have been completely out of control.  That morning was like any other, the kids went off to school, my husband left for work and I sat down in my home office to begin my work day.  I wanted to keep myself busy instead of biting my nails and waiting for the doorbell to ring, but once it did, my normal, average day was over!  It’s not every day a film crew from Seattle shows up at my door. 
Michael and David from Allrecipes were fantastic and they really know their stuff.   I felt at ease with them right away and just went with it!  I’m happy they were able to get three of my four boys in the shot a couple of times.  My 2nd oldest had a college class he couldn’t miss (so darn responsible!).  Click on the link below and watch the webisode to see how it all turned out. 
Just a note about the recipe I chose.  This turkey chili is on the regular rotation here at our house.  It is a real family meal, suitable for any night of the week.  This is the type of cooking that I am doing right now.  I’m responsible for satisfying the appetites of the athletes in my house but at the same time making sure my husband and I aren’t eating a ridiculous amount of calories and fat.  I feel this meal is the perfect answer for this.  I hope that if you try it, you and your family like it as much as we do.  Happy cooking!
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Jan. 26, 2011 8:58 pm
whayyyyy to go Valerie who that whould be so unnerving but sounds like you did it kudo's and good cooking
Jan. 26, 2011 9:32 pm
I just watched it, and you did great! I would have been a nervous wreck.. but you didn't seem a bit nervous. The chili looks delicious.. it's about to be saved to my recipe box! Wonderful job :)
Jan. 27, 2011 5:01 am
It was fun taking a trip to your kitchen, Valerie. Thanks for sharing the video site as well. You did a great job and I wanted to say I enjoy your blogs as well.
Jan. 27, 2011 5:22 am
fun! love your point about feeding athletes but still keeping calories under control for the adults. I remember hard it was to keep my teen boys fed w/out tasting some of everything I made for them!
Jan. 27, 2011 3:44 pm
Thanks for the positive feedback ladies!
Jan. 27, 2011 4:36 pm
That is awesome. You did great, and that chili looks amazing. So glad you were selected to be part of the show.
Jan. 27, 2011 4:40 pm
You did a great job and the chili sounded great even if it didn't have alligator in it.
Jan. 28, 2011 8:45 am
That is so cool! You did great and didn't seem at all nervous.
Jan. 28, 2011 6:12 pm
Hey Doug, loved your video! When you mentioned the alligator chili I knew it had to be you!
Feb. 14, 2011 4:44 am
This video turned out fantastic! I always watch all "What`s cooking" videos. I don`t eat meat, but maybe I`ll try your chili for my parents.
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Valerie's Kitchen

Home Town
Sunnyvale, California, USA
Living In
San Jose, California, USA

Member Since
May 2004

Cooking Level
Not Rated

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet


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About Me
I've been married for 28 years and cooking even longer. I am the mother of 4 boys ages 25, 23, 19, and 17. I am always looking for inspiration and have been VERY inspired by this site. I have found so many great recipes here and the reviews are so helpful. I try to review every recipe I make so I've compiled a pretty good list of reviews to date. From day to day I'm not sure whether I'll be serving 4 or 12 so I always try to be prepared for anything! I had the pleasure of working with the crew from Allrecipes.tv when they came to San Jose to film a webisode of "What's Cooking" from my kitchen in November 2010. You can see my webisode here http://allrecipes.tv/whatscooking/sanjose_ca.aspx Currently I'm enjoying my time as an Allrecipes Allstar and Brand Ambassador. I look forward to seeing what is yet to come from this great site! Please stop by my blog www.fromvalerieskitchen.com for more.
My favorite things to cook
I'm a very seasonal cook and love to cook and bake things that suit the time of year so we do a lot of grilling in the summer and there are lots of good, hearty dishes in the fall and winter. I enjoy making use of my garden tomatoes at the end of summer and into the fall. I love to bake and have been making pies and cakes for many years.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I know everyone thinks that their Mom was the absolute best cook in the world but actually it was mine! I am sixth out of a family of 5 girls and 1 boy and the action was always in the kitchen. I watched and learned how to be a good cook from her. My best memories are of our large family gathering spontaneously on Sundays for a pizza party where my Mom would throw together delicious home made pizzas. Her Thanksgiving dinners were to die for with every dish made from scratch. She could throw a pie together so effortlessly without ever touching a measuring cup! She was at her best when we had crowds of people in our house waiting for anything from a pancake breakfast to a wonderfully prepared sit down dinner. She will always be my biggest inspiration.
My cooking triumphs
I think the most memorable things I make are my baked goods. I've got a husband and 2 boys who ask for a home baked pie on their birthdays instead of cake.
My cooking tragedies
We used to host a family party each Christmas season at our house. I have a very large family and had 30+ people in my house. I had spent the day preparing all the dishes that I would serve and had several things in my double oven when all of the sudden the power went off! I heard my sister shout "somebody call Dominos" and my heart sunk. Luckily, within just a couple of minutes (very long minutes) the power came back and I was able to finish cooking everything. I guess this counts as a near tragedy but it was memorable.
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