Sunny's Blog

Oct 31

Sunny guested on The Talk’s Halloween Episode!

Sunny stopped by The Talk today for their deliciously spooky Halloween episode!  She dressed up as Lon Chaney’s character in The Wolfman and shared some spooky recipes (which you can find here)! Head over to the videos page to watch. The makeup & costume transformation took over 4 hours!  Check out this video she put together of the process:

Oct 24

Sunny Guested on The Doctors Today!


Today, Sunny was a guest on The Doctors and opened up about her 20-year struggle with an inflammatory bowel disease known as ulcerative colitis. See which foods have helped her prevent painful flare-ups triggered by the chronic condition in this video posted on The Doctors site.

A message from Sunny:

Today, I want to share something personal with my fans and friends:  I have ulcerative colitis (UC).  This chronic, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is something I’ve battled for nearly 20 years, and I want people living with either UC or Crohn’s disease to know they’re not alone!  This is why I’m excited to announce the launch of Get Your Full Course, a new educational program on which I’ve teamed-up with Janssen Biotech, Inc., and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America to help address the role of nutrition and appropriate therapy in managing IBD.  Check out for more information about the program and my personal story with UC!

Oct 1

Sunny Shared 6 New Pancake Recipes on The Rachael Ray Show!


Sunny Anderson co-hosted the full hour of today’s Rachael Ray Show and kicked things off by whipping up six delicious twists on pancakes!  To watch, head to the videos page or view the clips below:


Check out the recipes below!

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Caramel Apple Pancakes

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes

Cookies n’ Cream Pancakes

Perfect Pancake Batter

Sep 26

Sunny shared 5 Microwavable Mug Breakfasts on the Rachael Ray Show!


Sunny stopped by The Rachael Ray Show to co-host with Rach, and they uncovered 15 easy shortcuts that will change your life. Then, Sunny’s whipping up five microwavable breakfasts … in a coffee mug!  View a clip here!

Check out more videos on the videos page!

Here are the all the recipes:

Sausage Corn Mug Muffins

Coffee Cup Quiche

Denver Mug Omelet

Apple Dutch Baby Mug Pancake

Chilaquiles in a Taza

Sep 23

“America’s Top Away From Home Cook” Announced By Sunny & Extended Stay America!

Extended Stay America, the largest owned and operated hotel chain with kitchens in every room, names Lauren Wyler “America’s Top Away From Home Cook,” winner of the brand’s national recipe contest with judging hosted by Sunny. To see highlights from the contest view the video below or watch the complete version on Extended Stay America’s YouTube channel at

America’s Top Away From Home Cook receives $5,000, inclusion in Extended Stay America’s “Away From Home Cooking” cookbook and the opportunity to share her winning recipe alongside Sunny Anderson at the Extended Stay America traveling hotel room featured at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE, Oct. 16-19. To be a part of the festival action, foodies, travelers and fans of Sunny Anderson can follow Lauren’s complete journey and receive expert tips and recipes by connecting with Extended Stay America on Facebook and Twitter using #cookwithESA.

“I’m beyond excited to be chosen as the winner of Extended Stay America’s Away From Home Cooking Recipe Contest,” says Lauren. “As a stay-at-home mom, winning the contest validates that what I do is important — cooking delicious meals for my kids that introduce them to different flavors and cultures from around the country. I’m excited to stay with Extended Stay America on family trips and use the kitchens to cook for my kids.”

Designed as an outlet for everyday cooks to showcase travel-friendly recipes that can be whipped-up in an Extended Stay America kitchen, the Away From Home Cooking Recipe Contest received entries from across the nation. The four finalists competed in a high-energy hotel room cook-off at Extended Stay America in the New York City area; critiqued by an expert panel of judges including Lodging Magazine Editor Megan Sullivan, the voice behind popular NYC based food blog Big Girls Small Kitchen, Cara Eisenpress and Extended Stay America’s own Chef Kay Carreon and Chief Marketing Officer Tom Seddon.

“Creating recipes for Extended Stay America’s cookbook is one of my favorite projects because it allows me to do what I love – share simple, affordable meals that can be made by everyday cooks,” says Sunny. “I loved all the entries submitted by the four finalists and hanging out with them as they prepared their dishes for the cook-off. This contest proves simple delicious dishes can be made while away from home.”

From business travelers to families on the go, Extended Stay America encourages cooks of all kinds to for recipe inspiration and tips.

About Extended Stay America
Extended Stay America, Inc., the largest owner/operator of company-branded hotels in North America, owns and operates 682 hotels in the U.S. and Canada comprising approximately 76,000 rooms and employs approximately 10,000 employees in its hotel properties and headquarters. The Company owns and operates hotels under the core brand Extended Stay America®,  which serves the mid-priced extended stay segment, and other brands. Visit for more information about the Company and its services.

About the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE
The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is hosted by and benefits the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign, 100% of the Festival’s net proceeds go toward helping these community based organizations fight hunger. Southern Wine & Spirits of New York is the exclusive provider of wine and spirits at the Festival. More information about the Festival can be found at


Sep 12

Sunny Shared What’s in Her Pantry on The Rachael Ray Show!


Sunny stopped by The Rachael Ray Show today to show viewers what her go-to items are in her pantry. The most surprising item she always has on hand? Chocolate tequila! Watch the video on the videos page or on the Rachael Ray Show site to see what she uses it for. 

Sep 11

Meet the Four Extended Stay America Away From Home Cooking Recipe Contest Finalists!



Meet the Four Extended Stay America Away From Home Cooking Recipe Contest Finalists! The contest began back in May, when we opened the submissions process for recipes on May 19th. The submission phase was open until July 7th, and we received hundreds of recipe submissions. These recipes were narrowed down to the top 50 recipes. These recipes were then put up on where people could vote (one vote a day) from July 28th through August 22nd.

Four finalists were then chosen. 2 of the finalists were chosen based on which recipes received the most votes on The other 2 finalists were chosen by a panel of judges. All 50 recipes were scored by the judge panel and the 2 recipes with the highest scores became the other 2 finalists.

Here are the finalists:
· Beth “Biz” V. from Cary, Illinois
· Lauren W. from Dripping Springs, Texas
· Megan H. from Greer, South Carolina
· Shauna H. from Roy, Utah

All four finalists will be flown to NYC where we will be hosting a final cook-off in Extended Stay America’s Secaucus hotel! The finalists will cook their dishes in one of our full in-room kitchens and then will have their dishes tasted and judged by our five judges:
- Sunny Anderson
- Tom Seddon – Extended Stay America CMO
- Kay Carreon – Extended Stay America Carry-On Chef
- Cara Eisenpress – Big Girls Small Kitchen Blogger
- Megan Sullivan – Lodging Magazine Editor

The winner will receive $5,000, a trip for two to the NYC Wine and Food Festival (October 16 – 19th) and their winning recipe will be featured in Extended Stay America’s next Away From Home Cooking Cookbook.

See their videos below!


Sep 9

Sunny shared “Cakeover” tips on the Rachael Ray Show!


Sunny stopped by The Rachael Ray Show today to share tips to make boxed cake mix better!  Whether chocolate or white cake mix, Sunny’s got tips for you!  Get all the tips on the Rachael Ray Show site and view clips on the video page or below!

Aug 15

Send Sunny Your Extended Stay America “Kitchen Kitchen” Videos!

Sunny wants to see you on video saying “A Kitchen Kitchen!” and uploaded it to her using hashtag #KitchenKitchen… you never know what might come your way from Extended Stay America! :-)

Jul 25

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


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