Monday, November 30, 2015

Sweet Envy on TODAY!

Photo: Devorah Backman
Last Tuesday, I got to have my hair done all fancy, and it lasted, like, the entire day. But that's not even the best part–I also got to pimp out my cookbook Sweet Envy on the TODAY show! (I don't get out much so the hair thing was really exciting.) And if the saying "the camera adds ten pounds" holds true, then my desserts must have looked really big because they got some major screen time. (In TODAY show time, that's like, three minutes.) The segment was all about Holiday desserts, so I was lucky enough to share the Mint Chocolate Trifle, Wayne Thiebaud Whoopie Pies and the Coconut Bliss Cake with the incredibly smart and gorgeous Tamron Hall. Here's a sneak peek of the segment, followed by some un-eventful "behind-the-scenes" pics. I wish I could tell you that I spent the whole day catching up with Al Roker and crew, but they run a pretty tight ship over there. So basically, I was in-and-out. Once I left the studio I treated myself to a gargantuan platter of bacon and eggs and waited for people to recognize me. Guess my celebrity status isn't official as no one seemed to give me any special treatment. But it's all good, my parents were proud of me. (Isn't that really why we all aim to go on the TODAY show?) 

Photo: Devorah Backman

The left is a close up of the whoopie pies, and the right image captures 
the exact moment I realized I wanted to eat every single one of them. 

Photo: Devorah Backman

Here's what the recipes look like in the book. 

Photo: @AliciaYbarbo
So that was my Tuesday. I am so eternally grateful for the opportunity! (Along with the chance to spend the day sans kid in NYC.) And as we are now in the midst of the holiday season, I urge you to try one of these recipes. They're not only really tasty, they're great for entertaining! I hate to choose favorites, but the mint chocolate trifle is ridiculous. 


  1. I don't know how I missed this! You're right, 3 minutes is a really long segment for the Today show! Congrats!! Brandy was on last week and I swear they only gave her 30-60 seconds. Imagine getting all dolled up and traveling to the show for only 60 seconds of screentime? Yeesh!