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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.


Jul 18

Sunny shared 15 Burger Toppings on The Rachael Ray Show!


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!


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!


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 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

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

About Hope For The Warriors: The mission of Hope For The Warriors ( 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!