My TV Appearance on Wake Up Wisconsin

Dear Giada, I will never make fun of you for slipping into a faux Italian accent again. Cooking on TV is so much harder than it looks. It’s also a ton of fun.
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On Monday morning, I had the unique opportunity to appear on “Wake Up Wisconsin,” Madison’s local ABC morning program. When the station’s anchor Dani contacted me to see if I would be interested in performing a televised cooking demonstration, I fell off my chair with excitement. From where I lay on floor, I managed to utter what I hope was a breezy, “Why yes, that would be lovely.” Did I mind that the taping would be live? “Oh no, not at all.” I was so cool, Dani must have thought I’d conducted dozens of live televised cooking demos, right up until the point I asked her the most essential question of our initial interview: “What do I wear?”


I arrived at the sunny (a.k.a. pitch black) hour of 6:15 a.m., just early enough to make myself incredibly nervous before my 6:45 a.m. appearance. I had consumed only three sips of coffee, salvaged from my 5:30 a.m. brewing disaster—apparently I need coffee to make coffee. My epic coffee fail turned out to be a blessing, since all of the blood in my veins was mysteriously replaced by adrenaline the moment I walked in the studio door. One more sip of caffeine would have given me the shakes.

Fortunately for my nerves, the little kid in me who wanted to grow up to be a meteorologist was happily distracted by the novelty of seeing a news station behind the scenes. I spy a green screen through the set window.



Five minutes before my segment began, I placed my prepped ingredients on the “kitchen counter” (a small table), wired my blouse with a microphone, and tried not to sneeze. Lights flash, 3-2-1, and…

Roll camera.


For the demo, I presented one of my favorite fall and winter side dishes: Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Kamut and Blue Cheese. Did I incite veggie cravings throughout southern Wisconsin at 6:45 a.m.? Maybe once I reached this part, where I add the bacon.


To watch the recording of my segment on Wake Up Wisconsin click on over to the WKOW website now

Other than my blue shirt blending into the background, looking like a behemoth (barely 5’4’’ and scared of looking short, I wore platforms, only to dwarf Dani, my adorable interviewer), and a few awkward glances at the camera, I’d say it went OK. What do you think?

NOTE: The video will only be posted for about a week, so if you’re itching to see what I look like as a giant, it’s now or never!


Thank you all so much for your kind words of encouragement leading up to this event! Your good vibes did the trick. I had a blast and “Wake Up Wisconsin” has asked me to come back for another demonstration in December.  I don’t yet know what I’ll make (suggestions of holiday dishes welcome), but I can say with complete confidence…

I’ll be wearing flats.

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…


  1. Well aren’t you a super star!!! Love this!!!

  2. Awesome! You did great…looked like a total natural. :) It’s hard for me to even stand up at 6 in the morning so I think you pulled this off fabulously!

  3. Wow, congrats! I would be so nervous going on tv though! You did great!

  4. Congrats Erin. You deserve it.

  5. I love hearing your voice for the first time!!! You look and sound like a total natural!!!!! Love this.

  6. Congratulations Erin!! You were just perfect!! Now someone get this woman a TV show!! :)

  7. How fun! And you totally rocked it. Seriously. And now I’m coming over so you can make me that brussels sprouts dish. ;)

  8. congrats congrats congrats :) i did once a live tv demo when i was an intern and it was nerve wrecking yet fun in a way. i hated my voice though.

  9. Congrats! I would have been so nervous! You did fabulous! Are you really only 5’4? You look fashionably tall:) And yes, bacon in the morning is the best way to go.

  10. Mad congrats my dear! Taking on TV appearances like a pro – so proud of you! xo from Boston!

  11. You are really only 5’4″?? How tall was she? Under 5′?? ha ha. You did GREAT!!

  12. Rachel Cota Hochstetler Reply

    Nice work, lady!!!! I’m you’ll have an offer for your own show in no time. (Make sure they broadcast to CA!)
    big hugs

  13. Oh wow! That is do exciting. Great job. I don’t think I would ever be able to do something like that. They must have thought you did an astounding job as well since they’ve already invited you back.


  15. Wow! I would have been a nervous, mumbling wreck. You did a great job!

  16. THIS IS SO AWESOME! Congratulations, I watched the video, and you were a star.

  17. Woo hoo! That is such a fun opportunity!!!

  18. You are *such* a natural, what a great segment!! I would have been a sweaty, stuttering mess but you nailed it. And the dish sounds amazing – great combo of flavors :)

  19. Erin, you did awesome! You are brilliant in front of the camera: Poised, calm, and your speech is slow, clear and understandable. That is no small accomplishment on live Tv! Watch out, Giada ;)

  20. Diane Siniscalchi Reply

    You were amazing, Erin! :-)
    You were very natural; it looked like you have been doing this all your life.

  21. Erin! This is fantastic! Congrats- You were soo great!

  22. AHHH!! YOU WERE AMAZING!!! Seriously. And only *kind of* a behemoth. I’m kidding. You weren’t a behemoth at all. You looked fantastic. Much better than I would, I’d have peed myself. It wouldn’t have been flattering at all. (Don’t you want me to drive up and be your special guest next time? Heh heh)

  23. Aw, yay – you did a great job!!! I would have been soooo nervous on live TV! Plus, I tend to do extremely awkward things when I get nervous : )

    It is so funny that you look tall at 5’4! That’s how tall I am and I am usually one of the shortest people in pictures, etc! My wedding photos are ridiculous – even with heels I was definitely the shortest out of our bridal party!

    • Isn’t it crazy how tall I look Ashley???? I’m used to being the shorty who squats in the front row of photos and was one of the shortest in our wedding party too. Thanks so much for your kind words. I was DEFINITELY nervous, but had a ton of fun!

  24. Congrats, Erin! You did absolutely amazing! You are a natural!

  25. You killed it! Seriously impressed. You did awesome! Congrats on getting the first one under your belt. I’m sure there are many more to come!

  26. consuelohoneyandfigs Reply

    You did it so well! Congrats, Erin! And I’m sure that everyone loved your warm brussel sprouts salad, that’s a fantastic recipe! :D

  27. Erin – You rocked it!. Look out Rachel, Giada and the Barefoot Contessa!! You made the recipe look really simple to make and you didn’t look nervous at all. You were a total natural!!

  28. Watch out!! Next Food Network TV Star!!! This is so awesome

  29. You did great! So calm and collected, you’re a natural. Oh, and now I know what to make for dinner too!

  30. That is so cool that you were on TV! Congratulations!! You look great :)

  31. Love it Erin. Congratulations. So proud of you girl and all you’ve accomplished with your blog. I SO can not wait to see your next tv appearance in December!!!!!! :-)

  32. Oh my gosh Erin! You did *so* great! I would have never guessed this was your first time on TV. how exciting for you!

    You’re basically famous now, *wink* : )

  33. woohoo! great job–you look fantastic!

  34. Katie from Katie's Cucina Reply

    OMG! Seriously you did AMAZING for your first tv segment! I’ve had the exact opposite problem on my tv segments I’m super short and everyone else is like 6 foot tall and they have me on gaff boxes plus high heals to get me taller!

  35. You look great, many congrats on your appearance! Here’s to seeing you on my television one day soon! ;)

  36. I love it! You did a great job on camera, I know I would have flipped out, or developed a stammer or something ridiculous. I was once handed a headset by a local radio host and put on the air for like, 30 seconds, and I don’t even know if real words came out of my mouth. You actual sounded really calm and put together, so well done! Also, the brussels sprout salad sounds amazing… they are the best roasted!

    • Thanks so much Willow! High five for roasted brussels sprouts. It’s my fave way to munch on them too. (PS. I would flip out if a radio host put me on the spot like that. Eeek! At least I had a few days to prep.)

  37. You killed it!! You were so natural and talked all the way through without stuttering. No way I could do that. I turn bright red when I start talking :) good job, girl!!!

  38. Oh my gosh, Erin! You killed it and looked so calm the whole time!! Seriously, I would have been a mess! I am in total awe of you right now. Amazing! Go Erin!

  39. Hi Erin! I’m not surprised that they want you back. You look so cute! I wish I could have watched the segment live! I would have been cheering you on! At least I can watch it now. You looked flawless!

  40. You are a superstar and did phenomenal!! I love your outfit and you looked so beautiful. Can’t wait to see more :)

  41. Congrats!!! You are seriously THEE CUTEST!! :)

  42. Woooop! Congrats beautiful!! You look like a natural in the photos/clip, even if you didn’t quite feel comfortable. Haha… behemoth. Dani must’ve been tiny :) Hope this is the first step to more similar appearances! xxx

  43. You did a fabulous job, Erin! Can’t wait to see the next one. :) [email protected]

  44. ERIN! Why am I just now seeing this! I was just about to ask you when you were going to share the video!! Love love love that you did this. It’s too late for me to see the video though :( Email me a copy? ;)

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