In fact, I remember being five years old and standing at our kitchen sink, filling the bowl and glasses with bubbles and water and pretending to host my own cooking show.
Can you guess who's cooking show I loved?
In college I found a new cooking show that captured my imagination. The chef's name was Graham Kerr and he was formerly known as the decadent Galloping Gourmet. By the time I caught on to him it was the 1980s and the fat free craze was in full swing. He was working his way through all of the classics, eliminating lots of fat from the recipes and with it tons of the calories.
I watched every episode I could.
By the time I was in law school, Martha Stewart was just getting really popular. I adored her show and she inspired me in my life in so many ways (hey, don't judge).
At about the same time, The Food Network was emerging as something that had real potential. By the time I had graduated from law school, watching chefs on t.v. was consuming at least a few hours a day of my time.
I simply found it so relaxing and I enjoyed learning everything I could about cooking. It didn't hurt that I was a food addict and watching people cook delicious recipes on television was just something that I naturally gravitated toward.
Fast forward over twenty years. Everything about the way that I eat and the way that I view food has dramatically changed.
I can hardly stand to watch a single show on The Food Network these days. I'm simply disgusted by most of what the chefs are promoting as good food choices.
And hell, I don't need any more temptations in my life, getting in the way of my personal goals.
Yes, there's YouTube where tons of people post videos of themselves preparing healthy recipes. And that is so cool. But for me, it's just not the same as that half hour cooking show that I can really relax into.
That's why I'm so excited to share with those of you who haven't already heard that last November our very own Chef AJ traveled to New York to film the first 6 episodes of her name TV show Healthy Living with Chef AJ. Her first 2 esteemed gusts were Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. and Dr. T. Colin Campbell, two of the rock starts of the plant based world. She also had a real rock star on the show, John Joseph, lead singer of the Cro-Mages.
At first, the only way you could see these wonderful episodes was on Foody TV through either Roku or Apple TV. Now the network has put all 6 delicious episodes on their website:
You can also get ll of the recipes there and now view the episodes on You Tube:
Dr Essletyn : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3s40zOlmO8
Dr. Campbell : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxIo2gGKS9E
Dr. Campbell and Dr, Essletyn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ixdhANu9YA
Rebecca Martinez lost almost 200 pounds! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU7hZiLGRVM
John Joseph: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2auDMVrZVg
Classic Diner Food : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU7hZiLGRVM
Chef AJ used her own savings to produce these 6 quality episodes and has been asked to shoot some more but she needs our help. She needs $30,000 in order to be able yo complete this worthwhile project so is running an Indie Go Go campaign:
With less than 2 weeks left in the campaign she is more than 50% funded. If everyone who subscribes to my blog contributes at the lowest level, just $2, she will reach her goal and we can see more of these episodes.
If you contribute a bit more, however you will get some AH-MAZIING perks, like exclusive recipes that have never been available anywhere before! Like this glue free, date sweetened SOS free Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake. Of her world famous German Chocolate Cake which I blogged about here:
The more we have shows like this on TV, the more we will have shows like this on TV.
If you haven't already, I sincerely hope that you will contribute to Chef AJ's campaign. Any amount that you can give will certainly be something that you can be proud that you have contributed to.
If you've already contributed, thank you from the bottom of my heart because I really want to see more episodes of Healthy Living with Chef AJ!