So, the other day, I wrote a post about my mixed feelings on Sandra Lee. I feel (for a chef) she's too blonde, too thin, yadda yadda yadda. I think, as of last night, I may have turned a corner with her, though. You guys. I think I like Sandra Lee.
When I heard she was holding the World's Largest Bake Sale yesterday, I cringed a little. I imagined table after table filled with semi-homemade treats. Cupcakes from a box, pies with Pillsbury crust, cobblers with store-bought filling. I don't want that crap from my chef. I can do that. I want the good stuff. I want to see my chef with her hair a mess and flour on her nose.
Then, when I heard she was trying to get the Guinness Record for the bake sale, I thought, "Ick. Can't you just do this for the Food Bank of New York City? Do you need to get all these accolades?"
But then, when I heard that she raised $50,000 and that she snubbed a reporter who asked her an inappropriate question, I thought, "Sandra Lee's alright."
With her Food Network buddy Emeril Lagasse right by her side, Lee kicked off the bake sale with a generous check of $25,000 made out to the Food Bank of New York City. Nice. She also -- and I didn't know this -- is donating half of the proceeds from her new book, Bake Sale Cookbook, to Feeding America and Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry, both hunger-relief charities. Wow.
Not only is Sandra -- once a victim of childhood hunger herself -- really passionate about this stuff, she actually is making a difference. That's why it was so rude and inappropriate for a reporter to ask her questions about her boyfriend, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and how his new budget will affect the food banks in New York. Um, can someone say "trying to start trouble"?
“I am not here to talk about the governor’s budget. Thank you,” Sandra smiled, as she cut off a reporter’s question.
Then, the reporter asked her about Cuomo's budget again!
“I am not here to talk about politics, but thank you for asking,” she replied sweetly. Good girl, Sandra. Don't let 'em see you sweat.
Reporter person, why would you go to a perfectly nice event -- one that is meant to do nothing but good things for people -- and try to start some stuff? I get it, you were doing your job, but have a little tact.
As for you, Sandra, good news. I really like you now. If for some reason, though, we ever wind up eating dinner together, would it be alright if we got Mario Batali to cook?
What do you think of the reporter asking Sandra Lee about her boyfriend's policies?
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