Sunny Anderson is not a new face on the Food Network. She has been host to several shows, including Gotta Have It, and has served as co-host with some of the greats like Emeril Lagasse on Emeril Live. Her philosophy is simple – she believes that real people want to be able to make delicious meals with easy to obtain ingredients, and that the recipes will not be overwhelming to the at-home cook. On Cooking for Real she takes meals that most of us have in our homes and infuses them flavors that are rich and diverse. She gives our old comfort foods a new twist that make them not only more delicious, but healthier, too.
She takes our traditional dishes and perfects them, but she also offers us some advice for other times. For instance, Sunny shows us how to make her “First Date Spaghetti”, which is super simple to make and quick and easy for a first date dinner. She also shows us how to properly grill different meats and vegetables for the perfect cookout along with the perfect sides. Speaking of sides, she will teach us to make some easy, yet elegant sides, like Minted Couscous, Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, and Upside Down Cornbread Cake. She also offers deliciously simple desserts, like Double Chocolate Pudding with Bourbon Whipped Cream, and a Campari Cola.
Her dishes are down-home delicious, and every episode has a theme. The show airs every Tuesday morning at 10:30 am/9:30 c. You can also find past episodes on the Food Network’s video library online, as well as a listing of her top 100 recipes, which are all easy to prepare. This is a great show if you find yourself in a rut cooking the same old classics and always wondering what you can fix for dinner to jazz up your meals. Sunny has a delightful personality, and she also takes the time to make sure you see what she is doing at all times, and goes slow enough that you can jot down the recipe so you can cook it for your family tonight.