For the past 10 years, I've been making an appearance Thanksgiving morning on a local television talk show here in Los Angeles. It's on the Fox channel, and the show is Good Day L.A. Steve Edwards is the host of the show along with Jillian Barberie and Dorothy Lucey. I love these women, and we give poor Steve a hard time! Steve and I used to host a show together for eight years called A.M. Los Angeles. That's where we launched my now "famous" marinade that Oprah had me do live on her show last year!
The appearance on Good Day L.A. Thanksgiving morning has become a tradition. We call the segments, "Turkey 411." People from all over Los Angeles call with their turkey questions. Questions like:
Q. At what temperature do you roast a turkey?
A. At 350°.
Q. How long do you roast a turkey for?
A. Fifteen minutes per pound or until the meat thermometer reads 165°.
Q. I forgot to take the turkey out of the freezer, now what?
A. Put your coat on, grab your keys to your car and go to the market and buy a turkey.
Q. (My personal favorite) Can I use my garlic press to mash potatoes?
It goes on like this for an hour along with people calling in with funny holiday stories!
I just love doing the show, although every year I when I get up and 5:00 a.m. I ask myself, "Why in the world am I doing this?" I should be staying home because I have 60 people coming over for Thanksgiving dinner in a few hours, plus it's so early!
This year, I'm particularly excited to do the show because my daughters—Alexandra, who will turn 23 on Thanksgiving Day, and Arianna who is 20—will join me! Each of them will have their own segments on leftovers and will most likely argue over who makes the best cranberry sauce! (I think I do.)
I was working with Steve when I gave birth to both my girls. He hasn't seen them in a while, and I'm going to surprise him by bringing them. It will make him happy!
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