Sunday, April 26, 2015

My QVC Experience


There's just a little somethin' somethin' I gotta say before we get back to our regularly scheduled program here of sharin' recipes and memories and talkin' about products I love and other stuff, and that's my still unbelievable journey with my first cookbook in a town called West Chester in the state of Pennsylvania on live television.

LIVE television y'all.

After getting up at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday to fly up to Pennsylvania, having a night in a hotel full of excited (and noisy) middle and high school basketball players in town for a tournament, being on QVC, losing my Kindle in Atlanta (and panicking), and finally making it home at 11:30 p.m. Sunday night, following hours in airports and in the air... I was so tired this past week, that I'm absolutely, positively, certain it still hasn't all sunk in yet. I'm floating somewhere up there on cloud number somethin' and thinking "don't pinch me, don't pinch me! I don't wanna wake up."


You see, along with many of my family members, I've been a fan of QVC a looooong time. I. LOVE. QVC. They have everything you need in life just about and well, it's worlds apart from going down to the mall, or a big box store, where you're often having to deal with a clerk who really doesn't want to be there to begin with, much less to deal with whatever it is that you want. QVC carries things for the yard, patio, garden, kitchen, bed and bath, cleaning supplies, home decor, furniture, beds, fashion, personal care, shoes, jewelry and makeup. Oh yeah, and food!


The thing that millions of customers, both men and women, love about QVC is this connection that happens with the hosts when you are a regular viewer. Even though I work from home, I don't sit down all day and watch QVC, but I promise you that in my house, there is almost always at least one television tuned to QVC, pretty much every waking hour. As I go about my day, I occasionally pass through the room, and something will catch my eye and I'll sit down and listen for a bit.

I watch pretty much all of the hosts at some point and though there's not a single one I don't enjoy, some of my favorites include David (of course!), Carolyn, Jayne, Dan Wheeler, Dan Hughes, Jane, Shawn, Kerstin, Jill, Antonella, Mary Beth, Rick, Sharon, Pat and Leah. What's unique about QVC is, as a viewer, you don't feel like you're with a salesman, but more like you're with a friend, hanging out in the backyard chattin' over the fence, about your kids or your husband, or that terrific new entree you made last night out of this brand new cookbook you discovered.

I. Love. QVC. My aunts and cousins and many of my family love QVC. My Mama loved QVC. I can still see her sitting there in the months before she passed, watching QVC with her notebook in hand, writing down the item numbers of the things she saw, so she could figure out what she could buy. I know those purchases brought her joy in the last moments of her life and as I was out the door and on my way up there I said "Mama, you coming?" I mean how could I dare go to QVC without my Mama, even if in spirit?


The facility itself is beautiful and enormous, and I don't mind telling you that as excited as I am about this cookbook, I was just as nervous about the thought of being on live TV. I come from a generation of folks that just didn't call attention to ourselves. We have a strong work ethic and we have worked hard all of our lives, but the "look at me and what I've done" just hasn't been a part of the fabric of our makeup, so it's uncomfortable for someone my age to put themselves out there. Literally everybody at QVC, from the front desk to training to production, behind the scenes, control room, green room staff and, of course, the hosts, made me feel at ease, comfortable and at home.

Because I've been watching David Venable faithfully, every Wednesday and Sunday for what seems forever (and just in case I'm not home for some reason I always record it), meeting him and being on Cookbook Corner myself was the biggest bonus and very surreal for me.


I teasingly say that the reason I bought a new house last year was because I needed a bigger kitchen and pantry for all the QVC stuff I have purchased. I'm only partly kidding, because the bigger kitchen, tons more cabinet and counter space, and a very nice, walk in pantry, as well as a kitchen pantry, were very big selling points for me with this house, and I promptly filled up every inch of the space!

Right now on my kitchen countertop sits my KitchenAid stand mixer, Keurig, FoodSaver, Ninja blender and the new Ninja 4-in-1 cooker, all in cinnamon, all from QVC. In the cabinet above, three colors of Temptations occupy three shelves, as well as a full shelf in the walk-in pantry, next to my cookware, pressure cookers and other small appliances I've purchased. The three drawers below are filled with Lock and Lock, with more in the pantry. Microwave cookware, all from QVC, occupy the cabinet right next to the microwave and there are odds and ends of kitchen gadgets and tools all scattered about in my new kitchen.

I am a fan for sure!

Another big bonus for me was I got to meet some of the folks that I've been buying all of the above from for years in the green room! Tara of Temp-tations fame, Chris of Lock and Lock, kitchen gadget guru MarkCharles, Meredith the Blue Jean Chef and Dawn who you've probably seen with the Rangemate microwave grill pan, were all on-air that day with me and super kind.

All of this to say, I'm first a QVC customer, and second a cookbook author who happened to be lucky enough to appear on QVC, in Cookbook Corner on In the Kitchen with David, with my first cookbook. David, knowing I was nervous from the get-go, made me feel completely comfortable and at ease. I truly felt like I was hanging out in the kitchen with a friend and our time on air literally flew by.

David is the sweetest, kindest person and exactly as he appears on television, and despite how easy he makes it look, you would not believe how hard he works. I honestly do not know how he does it all, what with educating himself so thoroughly about every single person and every single product on his show, as well as jumping from set to set in a flash, and all along having callers and updates and production in his ear,  He is the consummate professional in every way and I adore him. Although I didn't get to see her as much, Mary is every bit as kind and sweet as you think she is.

The entire experience was amazing, and really, made me fall in love with QVC even more. Thank you all for watching, for your kind remarks, for letting me know that you watched (and that you thought I did a great job despite my nerves), and thank you so much for making the cookbook a sell-out! I am truly grateful.



Photo Credits QVC and Mary Foreman
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34 comments:

  1. Everything you said about QVC I could have written myself! I have tons of plants from Robertas and Cottage Farms, Temp-Tations and Christmas is when they shine for me because I can order gifts for the entire family and not leave my living room. Boom...shopping is done. ( I even get me a few little Christmas Decorations because,well, it's BETHLEHEM LIGHTS!! :) You looked liked you were having tons of fun up there with David and I know, I just KNOW that your Mama was with you the whole time! It felt like you two were in the kitchen with ME the whole time!

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  2. You were so great on QVC, Mary, I called my husband in the room to watch too! I said she lives in Biloxi and has a new cookbook out!! She cooks food like we eat!! I can't wait for my book to get here! You did look like you were really having a good time, I'm so happy for you~

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    1. I was having a good time but David really does make it easy! What an experience!!

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  3. Awesome! I don't believe I've ever commmented on your blog, but I had to tell you how awesome it is to see someone's blog that read over the years, and to see doors beginning to open for them! Be bleesed!

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  4. darn it Mary. I completely forgot about your big day! I just got my computer Thursday, and I have been trying to find where everything is on it, and I totally forgot, and I so wanted to see you, but I am still getting your cookbook. I am just as big of a fan as you are of QVC. I just got the new Shark vacuum last week. Over the years with all I have bought from QVC, I probably helped pay for their building. Thanks again for all the hard work you put into those recipes!

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    1. You and me both! But I kinda figure I would be spending it elsewhere anyway so it all works out I suppose.

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  5. I was mad at myself because I had so looked forward to seeing you! I believe I caught a glimpse of you early on but for some reason I missed the entire segment! I did, however, order your cookbook early that morning so I at least didn't miss out on that. Which, by the way, I have received already! And it is WONDERFUL! Oh, and before I forget, all of my QVC gadgets are cinnamon as well, right down to the kitchen aid food processor that I recently bought after putting it off for so long. I hope you get to go back again for your cookbook. Hopefully I won't miss you next time! Congratulations on an awesome cookbook and selling out! I look forward to more! (((HUGS)))

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    1. Thank you SO much Arletta! David was great & I couldn't have done it without him I tell ya!!

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  6. I recorded all 3 hours so I would not miss you!!!! You were GREAT! If you were nervous it did not show. Love your book and your blog. All the best to you.

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    1. Thank you Mimi! I was SO nervous but glad it didn't show too bad!

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  7. Mary, you look younger on television than your blog photo. I figured you would sell out on the air, but it was even quicker than I thought.

    I wasn't expecting my cookbook to arrive on Monday, but it was delivered on Sunday!! Mary, whoever did the layout for your book did one of the best I have ever seen. It encourages you to look inside to see all goodies you've included.

    The first thing I'm going to make is "Shrimp Boat Spaghetti" This book is a wonderful gift to give someone who gets into a "cooking rut" every now and then. It happens to the best cooks.

    Thank you, Mary, for taking the time and effort to pull all of this together. I am so appreciative.

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    1. Oh my gosh thank you so much Toni! You never know I guess how folks will receive a cookbook once it's all said and done, so that is encouraging to hear and I really hope everybody enjoys it!

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  8. Hi Mary,
    Everything you say about QVC I totally agree with, my house and closet is full of QVC items! You did a great job and my cookbook will be deliverd today! I squeeled when I saw the mac & cheese and chicken & dumpling casserole, those are 2 my favs and David loved them as well. I've been reading your blog almost from the beginning & I'm so happy for you, I feel like you are an old friend!
    Debbie S

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    1. Thank you Debbie! You KNOW I had to include those two dishes and especially to suggest them to David for the menu. I'm sure glad he liked them both!

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  9. Mary, I had to record your QVC show and enjoyed watching so much when I could. You were great and the food looked so good as did the cookbook. Can't wait to get it. So, so proud of you and everything you have accomplished. Keep up the good work. Your native Mississippi friend who lives in Loxley, AL

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope that you love the cookbook too!!

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  10. I am absolutely tickled about this Cookbook. I have always loved Cookbooks anyway. I have followed this blog for years and come here just about every time I get ready to cook something. For the ones disappointed about missing the show QVC has posted a 9 minuted video on youtube. Here's the link so you will be able to see her. I love David too, he is one of my favorites. Congratulations Mary! (if you have trouble with link, search youtube for QVC Deep South Dish)

    https://youtu.be/6KOGpiV6Ps8?t=1m39s

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    1. Oh my goodness, thank you so much and thanks for sharing that video!! I had no idea it was up on YouTube!

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  11. I am one of those women who hate to go out and shop (my husband does the grocery shopping). My idea of shopping is to order online. I have better things to do, such as watching QVC--ha! Since finding QVC 12 years ago I have shopped with them. Sitting here with my computer and looking around the room almost everything I see has come from QVC. Even the computer. In appliances, I like the cinnamon color also and when my house sells I plan on replacing them with this color. I especially want one of those cinnamon-colored smokers I saw Sunday presented by David and John. I thought you did a fabulous job on the show, Mary. I don't know if I could do as well, I'd be so nervous I couldn't say a word. I shed some tears when your cookbook sold out. I was so happy for you. I received the cookbook and immediately sat down and read the entire book. One of the items I'm getting ready to make is the chicken and dumpling casserole. I'm already looking forward to your next cookbook and another appearance on tv. Also, I'm sure you will receive invitations to appears on other shows. I'm so thrilled for you, Mary. God bless.

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    1. Thank you Tricia! That face I was making at the end there was because I was about to cry too!!

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  12. Hi Mary just gave you a little plug for your cookbook
    http://pelletsmokercooking.blogspot.com/2015/05/marys-deep-south-dish-cookbook.html

    I don't think you need it, I just checked Amazon and they just have 15 copies left! Thanks again for all your great recipes!
    Smokin Don

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    1. Thank you so much Don! That was very sweet!!!

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  13. First time on your site (I googled "iron skillet cornbread, and loved your comments on how even Southerner disagree on that!) I"m originally from Missouri, which is a combination of the South and the Midwest, and get a hankering for the dishes I grew up on.
    Just want to say that this site is a delight, makes me very hungry, and eager to try all your recipes and tips.
    You deserve all your success (on QVC, etc.), so far and I wish you much more.

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  14. I'm really excited for you. You know what they say
    (who is "they" anyway) good things happen to good people! Im glad you got to meet some of your favorite hosts on QVC. Sounds exciting! I really liked when you talked about being a hard worker but not bragging about it. When one works hard people notice. And we all do! Love that!! Congratulations, I'm excited to see where else this exciting journey will take you. Your story is just beginning! Have a great day!!!!

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    1. Thanks Mellie! It's been quite a journey for sure!

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  15. Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver when available. (as of May 5)

    You snooze you lose, I guess I snost cause I lost.

    Any chance of a hard back printing for the next run?

    Emugg

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  16. No lose, they just sold out over the weekend, but no worries. Amazon ordered more early Monday morning and they should have some online any time now.

    No hard back printing is in the plan. Because my book is printed right here in the good ole U.S. of A. and not overseas, my Mississippi publisher leans more toward this style of book to help keep the costs down.

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  17. That is such a great experience for you, Mary! Glad your book is rocking along but to get to be on there live, that is something else!

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  18. When I left the south the first town I moved to was West Chester. I now live in NJ and miss living in West Chester.

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    1. It seems like such a nice town, though admittedly I didn't get to see too much of it really!

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