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Thursday, January 28, 2016

YUMMY: I'm writing my first cookbook

( - My mom was the ultimate cook, baker and candlestick maker. Ok, so I just threw the candlestick maker in but man could my mom cook and bake. Because I was always home with her, she taught me just about everything she knows.

As I want to share that love with my own little one, I started teaching her recipes that my mom taught me. Lil Mama is quick the little chef, especially when it comes to bread pudding. Ironically, I didn't teach her that one. She just kinda came up with it on her own.

When tragedy forced us from New York City to the middle of nowhere Indiana, we had little else to do but watch corn grow, swim in the pool and bake. When we're together, it's like a giggly, fun slumber party. I still work in New York City so I have to commute back and forth - plus fight a nasty custody battle - so when we're apart, I bake, cook and write down recipes.

That's why the cookbook is so important to me. I want to make sure Lil Mama knows her heritage and there's no more delicious way to teach her than through food.

You can pre-order my cookbook beginning February 2, 2016, which is also Lil Mama's birthday. I'll also be selling some of the things in my cookbook, but mostly cakes, about once a month or so. I don't want to get baker's burnout because I bake from scratch using butter, flour, sugar and eggs.

Can't wait for us to get together and bake something delicious!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

CLASSIC: I was an invited guest at the O'Jays/Gladys Knight concert

( - You know you've arrived when you get a private invitation to attend the O'Jays/Gladys Knight concert in New York City. It was certainly a rare treat.

I was invited to bring a guest to attend the O'Jays/Gladys Knight concert at the famous Beacon Theater. Although it was sold out, I was excited to be escorted into a private entrance and given an All Access pass.

The O'Jays should be called "The Hitmakers" because their concert was hit after hit after hit.

Friday, January 8, 2016

HANGING with HODA (again): Private book lunch with Hoda Kotb

( - I love being around Hoda. Each time we're at the same event it's always a blast...and there's always great food and bubbly.

Today, I hung out with Hoda at her private luncheon to talk about her book, "Where We Belong." She shared details about her illness, how she was shocked to find herself in love and getting "butterflies" and even a few more things that I'll leave out of this post.

If you get the chance to spend time with her, you won't regret it. She makes you feel like being with her is where you belong.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

FIGHT SONG: I met Rachel Platten and it was awesome!

( - It was an honor to meet Rachel. Her heart is so pure and she's so full of life and gratitude. It was really contagious. Hearing her sing at Hard Rock in NYC was awesome. She sang three tracks LIVE then signed autographs of her new CD. You are going to definitely want to you buy this one.

Even though her event was at Hard Rock, food was not served. You know how much food means to me but after hearing Rachel sing, I forgot all about their delicious burgers. Who needs red meat when you have a singer like Rachel burning down the house!