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?
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.
How do I cope with stress? I clean and organize.
Give yourself permission to get the most out of your life. If you're spending all your time scrubbing corners with a toothbrush, you're kind of missing the point. Taking shortcuts doesn't mean shortcutting the end result.
Different types of chicken come at different price points. Filets are going to be more expensive. If it's bone-in and skin-on it's going to be less expensive.
I like doing food as a focal point on my table. It is not like going out and buying flowers or candles, which are expensive.
As a kid, I thought John Denver was the perfect Prince Charming.
The issue I have always felt most strongly about is hunger in America, in particular the children.
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.
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.
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.
Life can turn on a dime.
When I came to the Food Network, I didn't want to do a cooking show. I told Kathleen Finch for nine months I didn't want to do a cooking show, I wanted to do a home-and-garden show.
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.
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.
If you've attended the Cordon Bleu, you would know that no woman is supposed to be a chef - only men.
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