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Exciting News to Share!

The kitchen is definitely my Happy Place.  It’s where I can be creative and develop the recipes I love so much, it’s where I enjoy peace as I’m measuring and mixing, and it’s where I put together meals that we can enjoy as a family.  I’ve always, always enjoyed being in the kitchen with my family.  They’re usually hanging out at the counter or lounging on the couch nearby watching TV while I’m banging around pots and pans and asking them to taste this and that.  And I enjoy my job even more now that I can share it with my son, Brooks.  Brooks has been eager to learn how to cook (begged me to write his own blog!), has all kinds of new and (sometimes) crazy ideas, and he loves being a part of it all.  And so it goes that I have an exciting announcement to make…

…McCormick® spices has asked my son and me to be the spokespersons for a new project they are launching called, “Generation Fresh,”  inspiring people to make more healthful meals at home with the help of flavorful herbs and spices.  It’s not about creating all new recipes, but rather taking your everyday go-to meals and freshening them up to make them healthier.  Our task is to show you how we’re doing that in our own kitchen, along with creating a few recipes together using McCormick spices and fresh ingredients to lend flavor and excitement to the meal and reduce the use of salt, sugar and fat.

How this came to be is really a rather fun story.  Back in June, Brooks attended the BlogHer Food conference with me in Seattle.  He was quite the participant at the conference, raising his hand to ask many questions and share stories, sharing conversation with BlogHer founders and top food bloggers, and standing up to address the keynote speakers and PR reps at the closing breakfast.  Well, my outgoing, mature 11-year-old caught the attention of a representative from McCormick, who thought RecipeBoy and RecipeGirl might make a good team to represent their upcoming Generation Fresh movement.  When we discussed whether or not to take on the project, Brooks looked at me and said, “Mom– our spice cupboard is packed FULL of those little red containers of McCormick spices, so why WOULDN’T we do this?”  He’s right.  It’s definitely a product that we use each and every day, and I’m always looking for ways to make recipes more healthy too.  It was the perfect fit.

My son wasn’t kidding when he said that our spice cupboard is filled with McCormick products.  These are just a few that I found in there!  As a recipe developer, I find that having all kinds of flavors at-hand makes the creative process that much easier.  I use a combination of fresh and dried herbs and spices to create the flavors I’m looking for.  My all time favorite spices:  Smoked Paprika, Cumin Powder, and Nutmeg (the whole kind, since I like to grate it fresh!)

Brooks and I have already gotten started working on some healthy recipes in the kitchen, and we’ll be sharing those very soon with you!  The “ad” you see above will be running on websites such as, and  Let us know if you spot one of them!

This weekend, we are both headed to Baltimore (birthplace and current home of the McCormick company) to shoot a couple of recipe videos together!  I’m not nervous at all.  Not one bit (!!!)  We’ll be able to share those videos with you too.  I’m excited to be sharing this opportunity with my son- I think it will be a great experience for him.  And I’m thrilled that I can share some healthy meal ideas through Generation Fresh with my readers too.

Let me know what you think!

Disclosure:  I’m working with McCormick Sept/Oct. 2012 to create recipes and represent Generation Fresh. 

98 Responses to “Exciting News to Share!”

  1. postedSep 20, 2012 3:03 AM

    How fun that you get to work with your son, congrats!

  2. postedSep 20, 2012 3:26 AM

    Congratulations! What an exciting adventure you two will share. Have a good trip. Look forward to watching the video’s.

  3. postedSep 20, 2012 3:37 AM

    So exciting for both of you, what an awesome family you are!

  4. postedSep 20, 2012 3:44 AM

    Oh how exciting. What a memory this is going to create! You both are an inspiration, have a blast on your trip. Don’t be nervous 😉

  5. postedSep 20, 2012 4:26 AM

    Ohhh Congrats Lori and Brooks! That is wonderful news.

  6. postedSep 20, 2012 4:48 AM

    This is so fun — to be able to work together in the family — congrats, Lori & Brooks 🙂

  7. postedSep 20, 2012 5:20 AM
    Amy G. H.

    That’s amazing! Congrats to you and your son!

  8. postedSep 20, 2012 5:34 AM

    SO cool!!! Can’t wait to follow along! He’s going to have the coolest teenage years ever. 🙂 Congratulations, Lori and Brooks!

  9. postedSep 20, 2012 5:35 AM

    How fun! And what great memories to create with your son 🙂

  10. postedSep 20, 2012 5:35 AM

    Wow, how cool is that?! Congratulations to you and Brooks!

  11. postedSep 20, 2012 5:38 AM

    Congratulations to you and Brooks! What a fantastic opportunity for mom and son to work together. Enjoy it!

  12. postedSep 20, 2012 5:44 AM

    How fun! Congratulations!

  13. postedSep 20, 2012 5:55 AM

    VERY cool! What an awesome project to do together. Makes me wonder what Brooks will be doing, give him another 10 years. Exciting!

  14. postedSep 20, 2012 6:01 AM

    This is wonderful! I can’t wait to see more from this!

  15. postedSep 20, 2012 6:13 AM

    Congratulations to the both of you! This is going to be such an exciting adventure for you two.

  16. postedSep 20, 2012 6:22 AM

    What a fun concept. Congratulations! Have fun.

  17. postedSep 20, 2012 6:23 AM
    Joanie from CLBB

    How exciting for you both, and what an honor. Have a blast at McCormick. Will be eagerily looking forward to reading more/seeing what you guys come up with on your blogs. (My cabinet/refrigerator are filled with those red-topped bottles, too!)

  18. postedSep 20, 2012 6:23 AM

    You know I think this is so awesome!!

  19. postedSep 20, 2012 6:26 AM

    Congratulations to both of you, what a fun project!

  20. postedSep 20, 2012 6:27 AM

    Congratulations, that is so exciting! I can’t wait to see the videos!

  21. postedSep 20, 2012 6:27 AM
    Laura in Texas

    Congreatuklations to you both!! This is great. Good luck.

  22. postedSep 20, 2012 6:29 AM

    that is so exciting!!!! I can’t wait to see it all!!!

  23. postedSep 20, 2012 6:39 AM

    This is wonderful! Congratulations you guys on such an opportunity!!

  24. postedSep 20, 2012 6:51 AM

    I think it’s incredible! You must be so proud and so thrilled to have the opportunity to work with your son in this way. He seems wise beyond his years. Congratulations to you both.

  25. postedSep 20, 2012 6:53 AM
    beth g

    Congratulations!!!! such cool news! 🙂

  26. postedSep 20, 2012 6:55 AM

    How exciting for both of you! Congratulations…we look forward to seeing what RecipeBoy and RecipeGirl share with us as the new Generation Fresh!

  27. postedSep 20, 2012 6:57 AM
    deann jarrett

    That is great news,so happy for you both.

  28. postedSep 20, 2012 7:04 AM

    Congrats! That is such exciting news.

  29. postedSep 20, 2012 7:09 AM

    Lori that is so fun! What a great way to keep you two cooking in the kitchen. Can’t wait to see the campaign, it looks like a great start already!

  30. postedSep 20, 2012 7:15 AM

    That’s so awesome, congrats to Brooks and you, Lori!! 🙂

  31. postedSep 20, 2012 7:16 AM

    Congrats Lori and Brooks this is really exciting news, and what fun you will have doing it together. I show all the kids I know who are into cooking his site – they love it!! Hoping he makes a difference with kids in the kitchen by showing them they can make healthy meals at home. Have fun!

  32. postedSep 20, 2012 7:17 AM
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    How exciting to work on a project with your son! Congratulations!!

  33. postedSep 20, 2012 7:20 AM

    Very exciting! I can’t wait to see the videos, I bet they will be really fun! Congrats to you both.

  34. postedSep 20, 2012 7:30 AM

    That is such exciting news!! Congrats! And how great is it, that you get to do it all with your son, just that much more special!

  35. postedSep 20, 2012 7:30 AM
  36. postedSep 20, 2012 7:36 AM

    AMAAAAZING! Congrats!

    And I just want to pet his dimples.

  37. postedSep 20, 2012 7:53 AM

    This makes me SO happy Lori!! I love that your son shares a love for cooking with his mama!!! Congrats, and yay!!

  38. postedSep 20, 2012 8:05 AM

    Total congrats in order – it is a perfect fit for you guys!

  39. postedSep 20, 2012 8:24 AM

    Congratulations! What a great platform to start from at 11 yrs old – Recipe Boy is going to far!

  40. postedSep 20, 2012 8:26 AM

    That’s really awesome that your son is so proactive! I had to laugh at the allspice in the picture as my 3 year old decided to dump the whole container into my flour bin recently… seeing that picture totally reminded me of the incident!

  41. postedSep 20, 2012 8:29 AM
    Lori Ferrigno

    This is such fantastic news, Lori, and to be able to share this with Brooks must mean the world to you! We will have fun looking out for & spotting your ads! I love cooking with my boys as well, and they will get a kick out of this! Keep the updates coming! CONGRATS!

  42. postedSep 20, 2012 8:57 AM

    Wonderful news! Congratulations to you and Brooks! I know how excited both of you must be:) Looking forward to hearing more about your escapades!

  43. postedSep 20, 2012 9:04 AM

    Congratulations to both of you!

  44. postedSep 20, 2012 9:39 AM

    Congrats!!! This is awesome news~ I can’t wait to see the videos the two of you create!

  45. postedSep 20, 2012 9:59 AM

    How exciting! Brooks is quite a fine young man – this will be such an incredible experience for you both. 🙂

  46. postedSep 20, 2012 10:09 AM

    Such awesome news! So happy for you!!

  47. postedSep 20, 2012 10:09 AM

    What do I think? I’m OVERLY excited for both of you. I remember him raising his hand with questions. Smart boy! Smart mama! Love you guys! Proud of you!

  48. postedSep 20, 2012 10:14 AM

    Congratulations to you both! How cool and exciting! So excited for you both!

  49. postedSep 20, 2012 10:24 AM

    Congrats RecipeGirl & Boy! So happy for you both. I can’t imagine better spokespeople for the job.

  50. postedSep 20, 2012 11:09 AM

    What an accomplishment and congrats to Brooks and to mom for being such a positive influence and role model!

  51. postedSep 20, 2012 12:27 PM

    I love this Lori! How exciting!

  52. postedSep 20, 2012 1:19 PM

    How exciting! I’m so happy for you guys!

  53. postedSep 20, 2012 1:29 PM

    Lori! Congrats to you and RecipeBoy!!! I cannot wait to see your videos!!!

  54. postedSep 20, 2012 2:06 PM

    Lori! This is such fun and exciting news! You must be so proud of Brooks! He sounds like he is quite the entrepreneur! Enjoy and I look forward to seeing the campaign! – Laura

  55. postedSep 20, 2012 2:50 PM

    That’s awesome, Lori! Congratulations to both of you!

  56. postedSep 20, 2012 5:38 PM

    Wow Congrats to you and your son! That is pretty cool!

  57. postedSep 20, 2012 6:16 PM

    How fun is that! Congrats to both of you!!

  58. postedSep 20, 2012 9:24 PM
    Nancy L

    I thought I saw you on an ad for McCormick Spices!! That is so cool…you’re both naturals at it!

  59. postedSep 21, 2012 2:52 AM

    Congrats to both of you and have a fun and safe trip! It’s really nice when your child takes interest in what you do and wants to learn too!

  60. postedSep 21, 2012 3:57 AM

    Congratulations! How wonderful to be sharing such an experience with your son!! Precious time together for sure!

  61. postedSep 21, 2012 4:44 AM

    Congratulations to you both! I look forward to seeing the healthy recipes!

  62. postedSep 21, 2012 4:52 AM
    Tracey Alvernaz

    How fun and exciting….. B.T.W. you look great!

  63. postedSep 21, 2012 4:57 AM

    Congrats! What a fabulous project to work on together. I can’t wait to see what the two of you come up with!

  64. postedSep 21, 2012 4:58 AM

    Congratulations! That is so cool!! I am so happy for you both and so excited for your son!!!

  65. postedSep 21, 2012 5:03 AM

    That is so exciting! Y’all definitely deserve it 🙂 I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled!

  66. postedSep 21, 2012 5:20 AM

    What a great story! Congrats and best wishes! xoxox

  67. postedSep 21, 2012 5:46 AM

    Awesome, Lori and Brooks! Congrats! Can’t wait to see more.

  68. postedSep 21, 2012 6:01 AM
    Chloe Jeffreys


  69. postedSep 21, 2012 6:02 AM

    Congratulations! That is exciting news and I look forward to the new recipes.

  70. postedSep 21, 2012 6:16 AM

    So exciting!!! Can’t wait to see y’alls cute faces popping up all over the place. YAY! YAY! YAY!

  71. postedSep 21, 2012 6:16 AM

    This is great news Lori!! I can’t wait to see what you guys cook up. CONGRATS!

  72. postedSep 21, 2012 6:45 AM

    How fun and exciting for your family! I think they picked the perfect pair!
    Congrats you two! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  73. postedSep 21, 2012 6:49 AM

    How exciting!

  74. postedSep 21, 2012 6:52 AM

    Congrats!!! Hard work does pay off!

  75. postedSep 21, 2012 7:00 AM
    Sharon S.

    Sounds like you both have a great, fun future ahead of you. Give it your all, like I know you will!

  76. postedSep 21, 2012 7:11 AM

    Awesome news! Congrats, Brooks (and Lori)! What an entrepreneur you’ve got on your hands, there, Mom!

    I love the pics of you and him trimming artichokes, by the way. It’s obvious that you’re family, and not actors in those pics — see the love!

  77. postedSep 21, 2012 8:06 AM

    Wow!! What an opportunity for the two of you. I wish I could get my son active in the kitchen. He just wait for me to cook/bake and is always asking when I am going to make supper.

  78. postedSep 21, 2012 8:21 AM
    Julie L.

    What a fun experience to share with your son! You are going to do a fabulous job. Congrats!

  79. postedSep 21, 2012 9:10 AM

    What a wonderful opportunity and experience for your son! You must be a happy and proud Mom. Have fun together as you work together.

  80. postedSep 21, 2012 10:30 AM

    what a treat to have such a special bonding experience with your son through cooking. I am so looking forward to the videos. What a great son you have!

  81. postedSep 21, 2012 10:50 AM

    What a handsome young man! You must be so proud! It sounds like he truly has his head screwed on straight – a great accomplishment in these trying times! I’m looking forward to the videos!

  82. postedSep 21, 2012 12:09 PM
    RecipeGirl's Mom

    I’m so excited for both of you and “mom/grandma proud. Wow them!

  83. postedSep 21, 2012 1:44 PM

    Congrats to you both! Can’t wait to see the commercials.

  84. postedSep 21, 2012 1:58 PM

    Awesome~Awesome~Awesome! How exciting for y’all! I will be watching for the videos. 🙂

  85. postedSep 21, 2012 2:20 PM

    He’s getting SO tall!
    It sounds like the trip and the event will be great.

  86. postedSep 21, 2012 2:44 PM

    You two are adorable! Love this!

  87. postedSep 21, 2012 3:24 PM
    Maria in NJ

    Congrats Lori and Brooks…that is just wonderful news, by any chance did you run into any Fitbloggin folk…just curious…

  88. postedSep 21, 2012 7:05 PM
    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)

    The world needs more awesome kids like Brooks, congrats to both of you!

  89. postedSep 21, 2012 9:30 PM

    I wish you many continued successes – and may you always be happy in your kitchen!

  90. postedSep 21, 2012 9:46 PM
    Kathy Richardson

    Congratulations to the both of you, a great recognition and adventure that you can share with your son, what could be better? Enjoy enjoy moment, we will all be looking forward to hearing all about the journey.

  91. postedSep 22, 2012 10:48 AM

    What a fabulous opportunity for you and your son and something you both enjoy! Congratulations to both of you! Enjoy!

  92. postedSep 22, 2012 8:53 PM

    That is awesome. Good job and will look for the ads.

  93. postedSep 23, 2012 2:02 PM

    Yayyyyyy!! Congrats to you guys!!!!

  94. postedSep 23, 2012 9:16 PM
    Cindy ziliak

    From a mom whose boys are grown and living on their own, I envy you! You and your son are lucky to have this opportunity to spend such quality time together. Have fun!

  95. postedSep 25, 2012 4:48 PM

    SO awesome; so happy for you! This is so exciting. Can’t wait to hear more!

  96. postedSep 26, 2012 2:48 PM

    Congratulations to both of you!! So great to hear of another 11 year old boy who loves to cook. Mine enjoys being in the kitchen with me and is starting to get his own cookbook collection!

  97. postedOct 7, 2012 2:56 PM

    This is so exciting and sounds like you both will have so much fun and be awesome!!!!!

  98. postedOct 9, 2012 5:54 AM
    Tracey @ Cooking With Love

    That’s fantastic! Congratulations! Look forward to seeing the commercials. 🙂

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