I was thrilled when Food Network Magazine asked me to be part of their Star Kitchen feature for the May issue of the magazine. I’ve been a big fan of this feature every month and always enjoy getting a peek into other hosts/chefs kitchens. (especially Ree Drummond’s kitchen and Ina Garten’s kitchen!)

A few months ago a crew showed up at my apartment and took a few photos for the magazine. Ollie was my sidekick throughout the shoot and it was tricky playing double duty as mama and cooking show host – I remember feeling so stressed about it! I was trying to time his naps with snapping photos and he was refusing sleep! The very talented Jeanne Lurvey who does the set design on my show  was incredible and helped me pull a few things together to make my kitchen look polished. (Let’s be honest, there’s usually a big stack of mail on the desk that needs to be sorted through and an assortment of dishes and baby bottles hanging out on my countertops.)  She also helped me with the fun apple artwork on the chalkboard, which I love so so much. More than anything, I’m grateful to have captured our home kitchen for the sake of memories down the road.


Here’s a story that’s worth sharing – on the day that the magazine came out last week I received a text message from my dad that he had taken my Grandpa Jack to Walmart that morning to pick up a copy and my sweet Grandpa told the clerk that he wanted to buy every copy that they had in the store! He bought every single one and then proceeded to hand them out to friends and family. He was particularly proud of the feature because there’s a note about my Grandma Charlotte’s Dutch oven pot that was handed down to me after she passed a few month ago. It’s a piece of her that I will always have with me and I will always cherish it. To think of my Grandpa beaming with pride while flipping through the magazine makes my day. What a guy.


…more behind the scene’s posts coming this week! Today we experienced a fire on a kitchen grill and I helped make a salt and vinegar potato chip ice cream flavor. Things were exciting and interesting to say the least. More great stories and details to come!

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16 Responses to “My Kitchen: Food Network Magazine”

  1. Congratulations! I have always been a fan of yours and it’s a treat to see into your own home, rather than a set. I’m sure dinner parties at your house are a lot of fun!

  2. I really liked your kitchen Kelsey – it was chic, warm and liveable. Definitely one of those kitchens that speaks to today’s city gal!

    Star Kitchens is one of my fave features in FNMagazine. Love the tip re: the cutting board – now I just need to get one just for fruit. I use the Ina Garten basket trick for my cutting boards & silpats.

  3. Cathy says:

    What a sweet story about your grandfather! I don’t blame him – I’ve been following you and your show for a long time and I’m very proud of you also. My husband and I love your show and we love how family oriented you are. Keep up the good work and God Bless!

  4. Bruce Tracy says:

    Did Jeanne hide the highchair?

  5. Bruce Tracy says:

    The time for the above post was not 12:34 AM, it was 6:30 PM, Ogden time, lol.

  6. Katie says:

    Dear Kelsey,
    I love you. And reading your piece in Food Network Magazine, seeing your kitchen, your “essentials”, etc. made me love you even more. I guess you can say I am a “souper” fan. As my seven month old sleeps upstairs (yes, finally a good nap) I got the rare opportunity to sit down with the magazine; I was so happy to see you featured this month. In the early months of motherhood (what a job, huh?!…wow, this sure isn’t easy), I found myself getting through the day with the help of Kelsey’s Essentials. Once I had the motivation to get back in the kitchen, your recipes were on the forefront.

    Thanks for being a food inspiration and for being real!

    Good luck with motherhood, your show, and well, everything.

  7. Kelsey I love your kitchen, love your show, and every time I watch your show I end up searching online for your pepper grinder!! What brand is it/where can one like it be found? Keep up the amazingness girl!

  8. Carla says:

    Just wanted to say that your little man Oliver is so adorable! I love your show!

  9. Wanda says:

    I would like the recipe for baguettes French bread shown on today 6/21/20013. Ive search for it and cannot find it please help
    Thank you

  10. Patricia says:

    Hi Kelsey,
    Love your show, the recipes are yummy and I love the show’s premise, and that you show the essential ingredients & equipment needed, I find that to be so helpful in planning menu’s, shopping lists, etc. I also appreciate your happy, gracious attitude, it makes your show such a joy to watch!! I hope you are on TV for many more years to come!! Keep up the great work, love you!

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