This is the final part of a three part interview with Stephanie O'Dea of A Year of CrockPotting. Be sure to start reading with part 1. In this part, Stephanie talks all about what it was like to be on the Rachael Ray Show and what she will do when her year is over.
I made crème brulee for Valentine’s Day and after it worked just perfectly, I emailed them and said, “Hey, I should be on your show. I made crème brulee in the CrockPot."
A few weeks later, a producer called and I thought it was a sales person. My three year old was freaking out – crying, crying, crying. I was a bit abrasive at first and her name was Stefanie and she said, “This is Stefanie Javorsky, do you have time to talk?” I was all ready to cut her off and she said, “I’m calling with the Rachael Ray show.” I’m like, “Oh.. well, yes. What can I help with you with?” My three year old was crying in the background quite a bit, and she kept saying I’ll let you go and I was like, “No. No.” I think I handed the 3 year old a tub of frosting.
They asked a bunch of questions very similar to the questions you are asking. They weren’t interested really in the blogging angle. It was more, "How are you really going to keep up with the CrockPot cooking?" That makes sense. It’s more of a cooking show.
They came here in mid-March and they filmed in our house for a day and Adam and the kids were home. I made buffalo chicken wing dip and the crème brulee and baked potatoes and an enchilada casserole. They were here for six hours and they did a good job. It was fun. I was incredibly nervous. About an hour into it, I kinda relaxed. These are just normal guys. It’s fun. When we were done, we ate the buffalo chicken wings and dip and had a margarita.
The next week, they flew me to New York and my mom had frequent flier miles so she came too and stayed with me in the room. I didn’t get to meet her until I walked out on stage. That was a little nerve-racking. I didn’t know that was what was going to happen. I thought perhaps she’d come backstage first. The producers try to keep it fresh, I guess.
I had the flu. I wasn’t feeling right. We flew out on a Wednesday afternoon and the filming was a Thursday. That Tuesday, I was in bed all day and it ran through my mind that I would need to cancel, but somehow the drugs kicked in and I was OK.
When I walked out on stage, they were running a little film clip of what they had taken that day at my house and she was there at the kitchen counter. I walked over to her and she grabbed my hand and she whispered, “Are you OK?” and I said, “I think I’m going to puke.” She said, “Oh no, honey, no puking.” The lights went on and we just did it and there were no cuts.
We filmed straight through, but it was really only about five minutes. I had a crème brulee that I had already prepared in their test kitchen, so we just talked about what went in it and then we tried to caramelize the sugar on top and it just didn’t really work. I had a little hand blowtorch thing and I usually caramelize it just under the broiler. I had never used one of those little things. I made some sort of joke (that I’m interested to see if they keep in), that Alton Brown uses a blowtorch. She paused and said, “Yes, Alton does use a blow torch,” and then I’m kicking myself that I mentioned some other cooking person on her show. We’ll see if they keep that. I think I didn’t even say Alton Brown. I said Alton like we’re best friends or something.
I’d love to do it again. I’d love to go back for a recap when the year is over. It was a huge blur and I don’t remember much about it at all.
Barack Obama was in our hotel, so that was really neat. We didn’t get to see him. We saw his entourage when we were leaving. We didn’t know who it was. The doorman said to us, “Did you see him? He looks great, doesn’t he?” My mom said, “Who?” He said, “Barack,” and I swear she almost fainted. “What? He was here?”
What will you do at the end of your year?
I don’t know. The blog will stay alive on the Internet no matter what. I haven’t gotten that far yet. I don’t plan on doing another year of only CrockPot recipes. I don’t know if I should turn the comments off, but I do know that the book will be out and I’ll have a blog about that. Also, in order to keep the ads on, I need to post somewhat regularly. I’ll need to figure that out. I’m not there yet.
If you could interview one person about food, who would it be?
I just found this blog, Dinner with Julie. I think she’s famous in Canada. She is posting 365 dinners. She is a Canadian food stylist/food journalist and I think she also has a radio show. She uses a lot of spices.
I like Elise Bauer from Simply Recipes and I like Kalyn from Kalyn’s Kitchen and Alanna from Kitchen Parade and A Veggie Venture and Karina from Gluten Free Goddess. I like the Cookie Madness lady. She won a Pillsbury Bake-Off. She was the 2006 winner or something. City Mamma (Stefania Butler) is mostly a mommy blogger, but she posts a lot of recipes. She used to have a cooking blog (that’s who I got the Korean ribs recipe from), and she has another blog called Kimchi Mammas and they post a lot of Korean.