Today was a pretty incredible day. The anticipation of Viva Daisy! on the Food Network was enough to keep me with butterflies in my stomach for days, but then I was flooded by phone calls, mail from well wishers, family and friends. I was finally able to quiet down in the latter afternoon, when I opened this email:
subject2: Roasted Chicken/Viva Daisy premiere
name: Amy Tilley
comments: Dear Daisy,
I just wanted to let you know that I have cooked two more of your recipes from “Daisy Cooks! Latin Flavors That Will Rock Your World”. Thursday night I made the porkchops with the dry rub (wonderful on everything I’ve ever used it for!) and the citrus marinade, and Friday night I made roasted chicken. I have three children (10, 5, & 2) and a husband who pretty much hates any chicken with skin or bone. I have to tell you their reaction to the food. My oldest has started branching out with foods he’ll try without complaining, so he was fine, he loved the chops and the chicken from the first bite. My 5 year old, on the other hand, is a VERY picky eater. If he doesn’t recognize the food it’s very difficult to get him to try it, and he usually drowns it in ketchup. Well, let me tell you, when he tasted the chops Thursday night, he said “Mom! This is the best meat I’ve ever tasted!” He had two helpings of meat before he even touched his mashed potatoes. What a joy it was to watch him devour the porkchops! Then last night, when I made the roast chicken, he tasted it and said, “Mom! THIS is the best meat you’ve ever made!” He had a leg and half a thigh! And my husband, who as I said hates chicken, especially if it has bones or skin on it, grunted in disappointment when he saw what we were having for supper last night. I told him to try it first! After he ate an entire breast – skin and all – he told me that was the absolute best chicken he had EVER had, and that he would eat that any day over any other chicken dish. I don’t know if you can understand how happy I was. The food was delicious, everyone loved it, and we ate THE WHOLE CHICKEN!
Before I go, I just wanted to tell you I caught your show on Food Network this morning. How wonderful it was to see you on TV again! I sat and drooled through the whole thing. I pray you enjoy much success with this venture – I’d love to see you become a regular, with a show every night! Thank you for sharing your love of food and these wonderful recipes with us.
Now, I don’t know if it’s because I was pretty emotionally spent after this morning, or because I am the girl who cries at Pampers commercials, but I found my eyes well up when I read this email. I wrote back to Amy and she sent me a picture of her beautiful family.
Emma, Jacob, and Zacharia Tilly
It has certainly been quite a day, a day when it feels really, really great to be in my shoes! Thank you Amy, and everyone else who took a moment to email, or text, or call and send their well wishes and love. I am grateful beyond words. You rock!