You don't need to be born with a silver spoon to reach for the brass ring
Baking cookies is comforting, and cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food. They are very bite-sized and personal.
Seventy percent store-bought, ready-made plus 30 percent fresh allows you to take 100 percent of the credit.
It's really easy to figure out why I love what I love, the holidays and food. I know the difference between having them and not having them.
My secret to survival has been embracing life's challenges and not letting them dictate my frame of mind or determine my fate... Learning to stand strong in the face of challenge and adversity is the only way to get through the tough times.
If we want to truly live, at some point, we find the dark facts of psychic life demand our full attention.
Sure, you can mix the flour, baking soda, salt, shortening, and the whole nine yards, but why wouldn't you just pull out a box of Bisquick?
How do I cope with stress? I clean and organize.
Baking is how you start kids at cooking in the kitchen. It's fun whether it's baking bread or cookies. With baking, you have to be exact when it comes to ingredients.
If you've attended the Cordon Bleu, you would know that no woman is supposed to be a chef - only men.
Instead of doing cinnamon, nutmeg, and all those baking spices I'll have one spice that's for sweets, and that's pumpkin pie spice.
I'm not sure that some of the food purists are in touch with what really goes on in American households.
Lack of sleep makes me less productive. I need a good seven or eight hours a night.
My audience knows me, and I wear beautiful clothes as a badge of honor. They remember where I came from.
My brand is a demography-breaker. It speaks to all homemakers and women from all walks of life and all across society.
My most cherished possessions are my grandma's letters and my vintage Martha Washington cookbook.
One of the things I do in my cookbooks is I will do a conversion from outdoor to indoor grilling so you can do it year-round.
The issue I have always felt most strongly about is hunger in America, in particular the children.
Why I have had such a huge career and why I have sold over four million books, is that people can do what I share with them to do.
I'm the only girl on The Food Network who grills - I have two bestselling grilling books. I try to really focus on what men and women can do outside together out on the grill. I think it's really fun to have men and women out there together, having fun, working and enjoying themselves.
I think women today are so overwhelmed and overtaxed.
I like to create what I call 'tablescapes.' It's so much more fun when you organize your table around a theme, don't you think?
Christmas is more stressful with present buying and making sure everyone gets included, but Thanksgiving is really not that. I don't ever really get stressed out about the food.
When I'm really stressed out, I go to church. I light candles and sit and pray. And I'll ask myself, What's the lesson? Why am I going through this? There's got to be a reason I'm here. What am I supposed to learn?
I'm an activist for gay marriage equality and children's rights. I'm the face of Share Our Strength.
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