Fruit-tastic Appetizers: Recipes from ABC 7 Chicago

strawberry sangria recipe


It’s been over a week since I last posted here and I’m pretty sure the last time that happened I didn’t have a blog yet. Nevertheless, I do have recipes to give you and words of wisdom to share.

Well, maybe not wisdom, per se, but I do have words to share. Oh, I’ve got lots of them.

Except I’m going to make you wait until later this week for new content and if you’re already following me on one of my bazillion social networks, I’m also going to make you sit through a post in which I talk about what I did yesterday.

Sit tight. It’s shameless self-promotion time!

If you’re not following me on one of my bazillion social networks, then it’s news to you that yesterday I had the honor of being a guest on a cooking segment on ABC 7 Chicago’s 11a.m. newscast with Jose Sanders and Sylvia Perez.

We chatted about ways to use all of the fabulous farmers market produce you can take home this year, with an emphasis on fruit.

The whole time, all I could think was I wish this was my kitchen.

That’s actually not true. I was also thinking I hope I don’t cut myself on live TV and I hope my bra isn’t showing.


For the inquiring minds that want to know, here are the recipes that I talked about:


Bruschetta with Brie & Michigan Peach Salsa

strawberry sangria recipe

Photo: Leigh Loftus

White Strawberry Sangria

watermelon basil feta salad

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Watermelon, Feta & Basil Salad

And if you’d like to watch me in all my morning show debut glory, please do.

Just remember, the camera adds ten pounds.

Or maybe it’s twenty.

Fruit-tastic Appetizers: Fruit Recipe Ideas on ABC7 Chicago

Thanks to all my friends, family, readers and Facebook/Twitter pals for your great feedback and  wonderful, encouraging comments. Thanks to you, I was that much less humiliated when I watched myself on DVR.

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  • Reply
    August 17, 2010 at 10:45 am

    You should be so proud of yourself! What a great job you did and you looked totally fantastic. I want to know how many date offers you got after this aired. 🙂 Bravo!

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    August 16, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Can’t wait to try some of these recipes! Just wish I liked to cook. Your Mom didn’t tell me you were a t.v. celeb. Congrats!! Keep up the great work.

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    August 12, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Maris, I loved seeing you on ABC 7
    Chicago. You were a pro on there and hope to see you again on the air soon! I’ve already tried the peach salsa brie bruschetta and as I thought, it was wonderful.

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    August 11, 2010 at 1:58 am

    The sangria is a hit maris! Easy to make

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    Duchess of Fork
    August 7, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    How cool, Maris!!! Congrats. You look like a natural on TV. 🙂

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    August 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Congrats Maris, what a fabulous experience!!

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    August 5, 2010 at 11:52 am

    So jealous. That seems like quite the fun opportunity.

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    August 4, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Wow, that’s awesome!! Congratulations 🙂 🙂

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    August 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Oh my gosh how cool is THIS! Awesome. You look amazing. You sound amazing. You are just amazing.

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    Heidi Renée
    August 4, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    That is so cool!

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    August 4, 2010 at 10:42 am

    That is so awesome! Congratulations on something so huge! 🙂

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    August 4, 2010 at 9:29 am

    LOL! You looked beautiful and did a great job. Made a mama proud!!!

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    August 4, 2010 at 9:06 am

    You did awesome, Maris! Way to go. I’m so proud of you 🙂

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