Dear everyone who has ever been nice to me. Last week I found out that Daphne Dishes is NOT getting a 3rd season on Food Network. I am, of course, super bummed. The ratings were good, but the daytime programming is very competitive, tight on their schedule. They have been very kind and say they would like to find another place for me, but it won’t be this show.
Setting up a shot
I loved working with everyone on the show. I can’t say it was a dream come true because I never would have that that 1) Food Network would ask me to do my own show 2) it was my own show 3) I could do it from my OWN home with with my Own kids. I’m very grateful for the opportunity.
working with my kids was the best
I worked really hard on the recipes and tried to give it my best even though I shot most of the episodes when I was either reeling from my brother’s suicide ( season 1) or done in by C diff ( season 2). Craig Anderson at Concentric was more than a producer, but a dear family friend. The whole crew was.
Craig directs the kids
David, food stylist, a sweetie and also works on Pioneer Woman’s show.
My first priority was making sure my kids were well taken care of and they were. Even when I was in NYC last year and met with the heads of the network and Harriet Siew who found me ( Thanks Harriet). Rex and Vivien were with me and they were giving them things to take and play with. Everyone should feel so welcome with their kids in a workplace!
I would have loved to tell more funny stories, to make more food,
my pea soup
to impart more things I’ve learned as a home chef with some professional experience and influence, and a very supportive chef husband!
I hope you got to watch the Season Finale of Daphne Dishes. Backyard Camping. Check out recipes here. It was great to make the 13 episodes for season 2 and I worked with such lovely people. Everyone was super kind and supportive of my kids which is was my first priority.
shooting Daphne Dishes
friend and Production assistant takes my kids to school
My kids are good sports about having a wacky mom who has a camera enter their home at regular intervals. First for Coolmom and Momversation and now Daphne Dishes. They are use to people being in our home and are happy to see them when they return.
kitchen crew Daphne Dishes
You can’t do this alone! Food Producer Tim Macklin, Food stylist David Domedion ( who also works with Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond), Food stylist Sarah Blair. They make the food look pretty for beauties and help me figure out how to make things look better, taste better from my original idea. For example: I make something and it’s not quite right to me. We all stick our spoons in it, “needs more honey, needs a bit of lime juice, no, I think it’s fine, etc” While the camera folk are standing around waiting for us to make up our mind. We had a tight schedule for season 2 and Mark was busy with Bombo opening so Sarah and I worked form 10 to 8 every day a for a week before shooting testing recipes. Some were not finalized till we were on set. Tim always let Rex play a game on his phone when he asked. Sarah was very motherly to the kids. Nice people.
I like to work with people I’ve worked with before. So our second camera was Chung Ming Huang, who shot some of my best Cool mom Vids and even made a cameo once
Make up and hair artist Crystal Bernal ( oh I wish I could the braids she can do) and Brittany Merideth, stylist Lauren Francis. I worked with them all at TV Guide Channel. Lauren has dressed me, skinny, fat, pregnant, not pregnant, crying after my dad’s death, inbetween nursing. She is unflappable and always sees me prettier than I see myself. Which is nice when you are getting naked in front of people! Lauren always let Vivien be her assistant when she came home from school. Viv has an eye! Vivien hates getting her hair cut, but one day she allowed Crystal to give her a trim.
with stylist Lauren Francis..I’m doing my mean look
Our super sweet producer Craig Anderson of Concentric. He took us out to dinner the day we shot our last shot for Season 2. Food Network had me meet a few producers when we were figuring out this show and I picked Craig. He has a very warm vibe, he is a dad and was gentle with all of us as he helped me loosen up and be myself doing the hardest hosting I’ve ever done. Cooking and talk to camera is more difficult than it looks!
typical exchange when we worked on the pilot
“what are you doing?”
“so it blends, so it doesn’t burn”
“Say that to camera”
“smile when you talk”
“does this make you think of something.”
“um.. um ”
“did your mom make you this?”
“Oh, no she never made she would make..”
“Okay, tell us that story.”
I do my thing
Craig, “That was great!”
Me: “it was?”
impossible to get a screen grab where I don’t look crazy. Hazards of an expressive nature
So, obviously I hope we are back for more. I have lot’s of recipes riffing off stuff I tasted in Europe and just fooling around as I slowly got my colon back in order. Thanks to all the folks who watch and gave us nice tweets and such. Keep going back and look up recipes. I know I do! If you missed any the shows are on itunes.
For those of you who are just finding my site through the show here is one of my more successful and madcap videos. It’s sort of food.. muffin.. except, not. Happy cooking.
That’s right, I’m back!! More recipes, more kid hi jinx, more tips and tricks from the kitchen. I’m super chuffed that Daphne Dishes
selfie on set
is returning to the Food Network this Sunday at 11:30am. I will be live tweeting PST from my screening party. @daphbrog
First Episode is fun. We do a back yard movie night. Culver Crest Chicken! Oh, yeah. Find out the secret (ground fennel seeds), why I named it that, oh so much. I’ve long wanted to have a movie night in my backyard and finally get to. It’s so much easier when PA goes to pick up the equipment. If only life was always like that. Although I don’t miss the bender board that blanketed the floors of my house while we shot. Note cardboard and blue tape below. Little known fact, cardboard floors don’t feel great on bare feet.
producer Craig attempts to direct Rex and Vivien. Good luck
Some sweet friends came on the show and Vivien and two of her best friends make their own movie. All their own idea. Watch out Sundance. These first 3 shows my gut hadn’t turned on me yet, so I’m happy but chubbier cheeked. I’ll be interested to see if we can detect changes throughout the season. I hope you like it.