Filming A TV Segment In My Kitchen

FOX26 in Houston stopped by to film a cooking segment in my kitchen and today I’m sharing two of the recipes featured on the program…

Filming in my kitchen - zagleft

I had a fabulous pumpkin recipe scheduled to share yesterday but I had a little change of plans.  It wasn’t going to be a sweet pumpkin recipe either, those seem to be everywhere (I’m certainly NOT complaining – I love pumpkin sweets!).  Nope, this recipe is a savory pumpkin entree that you are going to love.  I absolutely know it!  Look for it next week, it’ll be so worth the wait!

I had an unexpected email from Sally at the FOX studios here in Houston on Monday.  She wanted to come by on Wednesday with a cameraman to film a new segment which would air on their weekday show.  The segment will appeal to the busy mom who needs something quick to make each night.  I completely love this idea and believe that everyone needs a few really great go-to recipes to pull from on busy nights.

Filming A TV Segment In My Kitchen - ZagLeft
The calm in my kitchen before the film crew arrives.

Although my pumpkin post has been written, I’m still editing pictures and didn’t want to be rushed through the process.   Also, I wanted to do a really great job for FOX and I wanted to spend some time making sure the recipes I would be sharing on TV were perfect.  I confess, I also wanted my kitchen to be spotless, so much of yesterday was spent cleaning.

So today, I’m sharing two of the recipes that will be featured on the FOX segment.  First, I have a great recipe for Baked Italian Chicken Tenders that can be made in under 30 minutes.  They’re chicken strips lightly dipped in butter and dredged in a mixture of Italian spices and bread crumbs then baked to a crispy perfection.

Baked Italian Chicken Tenders from ZagLeft

Next, I’ve got a gorgeous Mediterranean Orzo Salad made with fresh spinach, sundried tomatoes, salty kalamata olives, savory feta cheese, crunchy cucumbers and toasted pine nuts tossed in a simple balsamic vinaigrette.  Both recipes are favorites of mine and I kid you not, I make them often.

Flavorful Mediterranean Orzo Salad from Zagleft

Sally and Ray, the cameraman arrived at my house on Wednesday morning.  Although I knew Sally from doing several TV spots at the studio, I had never met Ray before.  He was so funny.  He had us both laughing and joking.  It was a lot of fun.  He couldn’t believe that the Chicken Tenders could be made in under 30 minutes.  In fact, I don’t think he believed me at all when I told him.  He watched, and saw, and filmed and was so surprised.  Although he loves his Chicken Tenders from Cane’s, he said he could definitely make these chicken tenders at home.

Filming in Kitchen - Zagleft

Ray told us about the time he filmed someone making a smoothie with all of his favorite flavors.  The smoothie was made with peanut butter and chocolate and he was really looking forward to sampling it but then they added Kale.  Kale!  Although I know you can add kale and spinach to smoothies and disguise it so it’s not noticeable, Ray couldn’t believe someone would do that.  Kale! Why did they have to add Kale!  So funny!

TV Segment filmed in my kitchen -ZagLeft

He said something similar when I told him there were sun-dried tomatoes in the Orzo Salad.  I laughed and told him I wasn’t worried that he might not like it, then I gave him a sample to take home and I have full confidence that he’s going to love it!

Sally, as always made me feel so comfortable.  She’s so professional and I always feel like I’m talking to one of my girlfriends over coffee when we get together.

TV Segment ZagLeft

Although I felt calm before Sally and Ray arrived, about 30 minutes before, panic mode set in.  I still had to put makeup on, fix my hair and double check what I was wearing.  Still not sure the outfit was a good choice and for some reason my hair was super curly but it is what it is, what can I say…

It was a fun morning and I can’t wait until the segment airs, I’ll be sure to share it with you when it does.  Meanwhile, enjoy the two recipes and I’ll have my pumpkin recipe for you next week!

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9 thoughts on “Filming A TV Segment In My Kitchen”

  1. How fabulous is this??? I do the same thing for Good Morning Texas, but we film in their studios here in Dallas. I would be a complete wreck if they came to my home! You look like a pro and everything looked so delicious. You’re from the Houston area, were you at Blog Elevated? There were many women from Houston. Would loved to have met you!

    1. Thanks Ronda! Yes, I was at Blog Elevated and it was such a fantastic conference. So sorry we didn’t get the chance to meet in person, I would have loved to have met you too.

  2. I cannot imagine how much cleaning I’d have to do, to let anyone film in my kitchen! Congrats on the feature! I’m off to pin your pesto and scone recipes now, they look great.

    1. Thank you so much Skye! Cleaning my kitching to be almost spotless was quite a task, but now it looks so nice – if only I could keep it that way 😉

    1. Thanks, Kat. It was so much fun! I’m not exactly sure when the spot will air. It’s a new segment and this filming was the first one. I’ll be sure to post a link to the segment when it airs.

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