Sunny's Blog

Jul 25

Don’t miss the Staycation episode of The Kitchen this Saturday at 11am on Food Network!

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This weekend’s episode of The Kitchen is nothing but net!!  Learn more here and join us Saturdays at 11am on Food Network.

 

Jul 18

Sunny shared 15 Burger Toppings on The Rachael Ray Show!

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Sunny stopped by the Rachael Ray Show to give ketchup, mayo, and mustard an upgrade with not five, not ten, but FIFTEEN new toppings, including Tex-Mex Ketchup and Sundried Mayo!  Check them out here.

Jul 7

Sunny Grilled up Brie Lemonade & Bloody Marys on The Rachael Ray Show!

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Just in time for summer grilling season, Sunny stopped by The Rachael Ray Show today to show you that you can grill just about ANYTHING!  Lemonade?  YES!  Grilled lemons are delicious and flavorful.  Then, Sunny took it up a notch by grilling the ingredients for a Green Tomato Bloody Mary.   But Sunny didn’t stop there, she showed how you can grill a wheel of brie to add even more flavor to your cheese plate.  Head over to the videos page or the Rachael Ray Show site to watch.  Get all the recipes here.

Jul 1

Sunny shared 4th of July recipes and grilling tips on the Wendy Williams Show!

Sunny stopped by the Wendy Williams Show to help get you prepared for the 4th of July weekend. She shared three recipes that are sure to delight your guests: Summer Corn Salad, Flank Steak Fajitas with Chimichurri & Drunken Peppers, and Southwestern Carne Asada Wraps.  Grab the recipes here and watch the clip below!  Sunny’s also serious about safety, so check out these safe grilling tips from the Propane Education & Research Council.

Learn more about the Grilling For Heroes campaign here.

Jul 1

Sunny Helps Launch ‘Grilling For Heroes’ to Collect Recipes and Raise Money for Veterans!

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Sunny is proud to be teaming up with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) to launch Grilling for Heroes, a campaign to collect grilling recipes and donations supporting veterans while raising awareness of safe grilling practices.

Send in your favorite grilling recipe for possible inclusion in my crowd-sourced e-cookbook PLUS get educated about grill safety. Get grilling with some of my favorite recipes and follow top grill safety tips.

From July 4 through September 30, 2014, grilling enthusiasts can submit their best recipes online at GrillingForHeroes.com along with a short anecdote about what the military means to them. After the submission period closes on September 30, the top 100 entries will be compiled into an online cookbook, which will be available for download Memorial Day 2015. Sunny will also choose her favorite recipe and story submission, and the winner will receive a free trip to Washington, D.C.!

“Grilling is not only an American pastime but also one of my favorite ways to prepare delicious food,” Sunny says. “The opportunity to educate my fans and grillers about basic propane grill safety while also honoring fellow military personnel and veterans is deeply important to me.”

Goodwill donations from participating propane retailers and the public will be accepted in exchange for free downloads of the e-cookbook next summer. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit veterans through Hope For The Warriors, a nonprofit whose programs enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members and their families.

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More info:

According to Weber’s annual GrillWatch survey, more than 60 percent of American home grillers use a propane gas grill. As July Fourth — the top grilling holiday of the year — approaches, PERC reminds grillers to follow important safety tips:

  1. Follow instructions. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembling, using, and maintaining your grill.
  2. Keep it outdoors. Outdoor propane grills should be located on a level surface at least five feet from the house, siding, outdoor furniture, and anything else that could be a fire hazard.
  3. Be smart when lighting and relighting. Keep the lid open and don’t lean over the grill when lighting it. If the flame goes out, turn off the gas and refer to the owner’s manual. At a minimum, the National Fire Protection Association advises grillers to turn off the gas, keep the lid open, and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.
  4. Be present. A true grill master never leaves a grill unattended.
  5. Check for leaks. Use a soapy water solution to check connections for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. Follow this procedure when replacing a cylinder.

For more information about the campaign, for safe grilling tips, or to submit a grilling recipe and military story, visit GrillingForHeroes.com.

About PERC: The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs and invests in the research and development of new propane-powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry. For more information, visit propanecouncil.org.

About Hope For The Warriors: The mission of Hope For The Warriors (hopeforthewarriors.org) is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families. 

Jun 24

Sunny cooked up 3 recipes from Sunny’s Kitchen on The Talk!

Sunny guested on The Talk today, cooking up 3 recipes from Sunny’s KitchenEasy Grilled Chicken with Apple-Orange Sauce, Spicy Spinach Panzanella and Mini Espresso Cakes with Peanut Butter Frosting!  View the recipes here and watch the clips below.

Also, Sunny and Extended Stay America teamed up to offer a giveaway of a 3 night stay at any of Extended Stay America’s 632 locations across the USA!  For your chance, enter here!

Jun 7

Watch Rachael Ray’s New Special “The Big Tip: Serving Up Big Tips” this Sunday!

Rachael Ray has a new special on Food Network this Sunday at 10pm|9c.  In The Big Tip: Serving Up Big Tips, Rachael’s paying back her roots and celebrating under appreciated overachiever food professionals.  Support a hard working woman that never forgets where she started and watch the special this Sunday.  Learn more here.

May 28

Throwback Thursday: I’m Seeing Red! (2009)

In this Throwback Thursday, Sunny talks gardening in 2009.  For more garden tips, check out her edible gardening tips on Miraclo-Gro and watch videos here.

Well, I’ve picked a few green tomatoes this week and totally enjoyed every last bit and bite of them. So, after a few great days of green, I’ve got a couple of red tomatoes to look at!
Look at my babies! Gardeners know the feeling, I hope. :-). I mean, I talk about my garden every day and think about the weather and watch many different channels for it. I get mad when bugs pick on it. I want the plants to all just get along. My babies, teeheehee. Ok, just some more quick photos of my torrential-rain-ravaged garden. The weather has been brutal, but the strong are surviving.

These are my highest collard leaves. The low ones are being devoured by the herbivores. I don’t want to spray chemicals, so let them eat … there’s still some left for me! Look at how big they are!
Like my hand is a ruler, but you get the picture. I’m going to make a recipe when I pick these and feature it on a future show. Hope you like it! Next, I’m gettin’ frawny with it!
These are the tops of my fennel. If the bottoms don’t bulb, I’ll just make afrawny salad! Take a look at this …
Looks like a collard plant right? It’s not though, it’s my broccoli! I’m just waiting on the florets. I met a nice woman at the Edible Garden and she told me they would appear soon. Can’t wait! Well, that’s it for now. Enjoy the weekend and if you garden, hope you have fun and get a little dirty in it.


Get more garden tips at Miracle-Gro, and be sure to check out Sunny’s Miracle-Gro videos!

May 23

Enter Extended Stay America’s Away from Home Cooking Recipe Contest!

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Enter Extended Stay America’s Away From Home Cooking Recipe Contest for your chance to win $5000, a trip to New York City and meet Sunny! For more info, watch the video below:

May 22

Throwback Thursday: Mi Lechuga and My Laziness… (2009)

In this Throwback Thursday, Sunny talks gardening in 2009.  For more garden tips, check out her edible gardening tips on Miraclo-Gro and watch videos here.

Hey there! I’m about to head into the city to get my nails done for a huge shoot I have tomorrow and Friday, but I thought I’d write up a quickie.

BTW, that first sentence can sub for what I would tweet, if I gave a twit teeheehee. I remember my blog buddy Jacob trying to convince me I should tweet and at the time of the text conversation we were having, I was getting my nails done. I told him, ‘What would I tweet? That I’m getting my nails done and then I’m on the way to one of my favorite restaurants?” … he said “yes”. I have still yet to tweet away. I still don’t know if I have an interesting life. I currently am truly enjoying the Wendy Williams Show and she constantly talks about what she likes to do most is pretty much nothing. Same here, I enjoy staying at home and cooking and playing video games and watching television. I do love going places, but I just don’t think it’s exciting or note-worthy enough.

Ok, so anyway … i digress … here’s a shot of my lechuga, aka lettuce in my garden!

It grows like crazy when I clip it and because it’s mixed, it makes a real pretty salad. My radishes didn’t make it and it was totally my fault, I kept saying I needed to thin them out and never did :-(. I am so not letting that happen to my fennel! I’m a bit worried about the tomatoes even though they are looking great, the weather and other reports from gardeners makes me feel like they may not taste as tomatoey as they should. I am thisclose to pruning them while they are green and frying away. In the top left of the pic is a look at one leaf of my collards, they are big and feeding little herbavores, not me … not yet. Other than that I’m, a lady in waiting for my onions and can’t wait to see if they are big and juicy.

Alright now for another picture. I was in recipe development a couple of weeks and back I’m still wrapping up all my recipes for the next episodes I begin taping in August. I always try to bring you the flavors of my kitchen with an emphasis on easy and accessible recipes. I really want you to watch and see that it’s possible to do and there are no real tricks involved in getting good food on the table everyday. Well, on a future show I’m planning I wanted to demo a dish that I love to eat in my new neighborhood in Brooklyn. They are called pastelillos de carne and basically it’s seasoned ground meat wrapped with pastry and fried, yummy. There are many variations and really a great comparison is an empanada, if you are familiar. So, I was working on developing the pastry dough part and came up with something great, but for such a yummy treat, the steps involved would be lengthy on television. I don’t mind showing long steps because sometimes we alllll know good things come to those that wait. But, shortcuts are fun too, when they don’t mess with the integrity of the recipe. Look, when I make pot-stickers, I’m not making the wonton papers, I’m buying them. Although I know how to make them, and have a great recipe from my days making their cousin yakimandu in South Korea … laziness is what will keep me from cooking, so wonton papers are a miracle in my freezer. Now … on what I call a “spelunking grocery store trip” just yesterday I found the way to faster empanadas and the aforementioned pastelillos de carne I have planned for a future show. Take a look!

Who knew? Not me, so I thought I’d share for a few reasons;

1) If you don’t have these at your local grocer, you can get them. All you have to do is take the name of the product to the customer service window where you get the membership cards and stuff and ask for it. Enough people asking, and they are sure to stock them. I’ve gotten stuff stocked after only asking once … and don’t think they know I work in the food industry, they don’t. I just put on a smile and ask. Goya is a national brand, but I find sometimes they are mostly in ethnic areas. So, if you don’t have these or any other thing you see being used on Food Network, empower yourself and ask for it at your local grocer.
2) I just want to inspire you to do some of your own grocery store spelunking. You never know what you are going to find when you open your eyes. I know it’s economically safe to walk in with a list and a full belly, but try to look at your grocery store in a different way. New items are constantly arriving and you never know what you’ll find if you just do a stroll instead of a marathon. I usually take forever when I’m in the mood and it’s as if I look at every single row, high and low, very slowly. Like it’s a museum.
3) After I took the picture of the empanada wraps in my freezer, I realized the borders reveal a few of my freezer items … can you tell what they are? Just a fun game to play if you happen to be working when you catch this post and need a little 5 minute distraction. Ok, enjoy the day! I’m headed off to get my nails all pretty for tomorrow’s big shoot … details to come.
p.s. this isn’t an advertisement for Goya or it’s products, just a friend telling a friend :-).


Get more garden tips at Miracle-Gro, and be sure to check out Sunny’s Miracle-Gro videos!