Telvision host and cookbook author Sunny Anderson talks about how she's spending the holidays this year, why she supports Get Your Full Course, and where she loves to hang out when she's visiting the City of Brotherly Love.
It's an understatement to say that Sunny Anderson is a busy woman. The multihyphenate hosts her Food Network cookingshow, The Kitchen, authored Sunny’s Kitchen: Easy Food for Real Life, and raises awareness for Get Your Full Course, where Anderson uses her celebrity and culinary skills to help those struggling with inflammatory bowel diseases through healthy eating and nutritional tips.
With holiday season upon us, we chatted with Anderson to discuss her festive plans this year, why Get Your Full Course has personal significance to her, and what she's looking forward to in the New Year.
Hosting a holiday event can be overwhelming. How do you stay stress-free this time of year? SUNNY ANDERSON: Holiday hosting doesn’t have to be as stressful as people make it out to be. If something goes wrong in my kitchen, I try to make it work and go with the flow. Remember to have fun and laugh! If you’re attending a holiday party, offer to bring a dish. I’m sure the host will love the help.
What are some of your favorite dishes to serve? SA: My coconut sweet potatoes and pumpkin bundt cake are always a hit. These two recipes can be found at GetYourFullCourse.com.
Get Your Full Course is a partnership that’s deeply personal for you. Tell us about that. SA: It’s an educational campaign about the paired role of nutrition and therapy in managing inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), developed by Janssen Biotech and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. This campaign is meaningful for me since I’ve lived with ulcerative colitis for more than 20 years. Most people are familiar with diseases like cancer or diabetes, but not really when it comes to colitis or Crohn’s. Plus, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about these diseases. I was recently in Philly for an event with the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of CCFA.
It must be difficult to have this disease and be a chef. SA: It is important for people to know that while diet alone does not cause or cure IBD, making smart food choices can really help. As part of my involvement in Get Your Full Course, I’ve developed recipes that incorporate foods rich in the nutrients that people with IBD sometimes lack due to the way the disease affects their bodies. They’re also easy to make!
You mentioned you were recently in Philly. Any favorite places? SA: Yes, I visit Philly often for leisure and usually go to the same places: Max's Steaks on Germantown Avenue for a cheesesteak and a beer, and Joseph Fox Bookshop for a great selection of books—I always find something there!
How will you spend the holidays? SA: I travel quite a bit throughout most of the year—some trips are for work, some are for fun. I’m very excited to spend some quality down time with my family and friends, relaxing, laughing, and making memories.
What’s coming up for you in 2016 that we can look forward to? SA: I’m really looking forward to filming another season with my co-workers on The Kitchen. I am always working on new projects. Check out my website to find out more of what I have in store. It’s sure to be a great year.