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Meet MELISSA d'ARABIAN

                                                                                     Photo courtesy of  Jeremy Lee   Celebrity chef, television host, best-selling author, and mom of four, Melissa d’Arabian is a go-to expert on easy-to-pull-off, healthy family home cooking. But her real mission? Helping women find theirs.   Melissa parlayed her corporate experience into her love for cooking, to use what she learned in Business School to win season five of Food Network Star, and create the show “Ten Dollar Dinners," which she turned into a New York Times bestselling cookbook. For more info about Melissa go to www.MelissadArabian.net.  Melissa also hosts Cooking Channel’s Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping, a cooking and lifestyle series that premiered in January 2012 based on the magazine’s popular monthly column. The fresh, simple and healthy recipes she prepares further the show’s mission to make weight loss easier and more manageable. Additionally, Melissa has appeared on highly rated Food Network prime-time series, including The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Chopped, Food Network Challenge and The Best Thing I Ever Made.  National and local media, including the Today show, CNN, People, Food Network Magazine and iVillage.com, regularly feature Melissa’s recipes and tips. She is also invited to participate in top-notch industry events, as well as to speak at engagements nationwide for a variety of organizations such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a cause very close to Melissa’s heart after losing her mother to suicide at age 20. She connects closely to her Christian faith and strives to live her life with meaning and purpose.  Fans can stay in touch with Melissa on  Facebook  &  Twitter  (@MelissadArabian).

                                                                                    Photo courtesy of Jeremy Lee

Celebrity chef, television host, best-selling author, and mom of four, Melissa d’Arabian is a go-to expert on easy-to-pull-off, healthy family home cooking. But her real mission? Helping women find theirs. 

Melissa parlayed her corporate experience into her love for cooking, to use what she learned in Business School to win season five of Food Network Star, and create the show “Ten Dollar Dinners," which she turned into a New York Times bestselling cookbook. For more info about Melissa go to www.MelissadArabian.net.

Melissa also hosts Cooking Channel’s Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping, a cooking and lifestyle series that premiered in January 2012 based on the magazine’s popular monthly column. The fresh, simple and healthy recipes she prepares further the show’s mission to make weight loss easier and more manageable. Additionally, Melissa has appeared on highly rated Food Network prime-time series, including The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Chopped, Food Network Challenge and The Best Thing I Ever Made.

National and local media, including the Today show, CNN, People, Food Network Magazine and iVillage.com, regularly feature Melissa’s recipes and tips. She is also invited to participate in top-notch industry events, as well as to speak at engagements nationwide for a variety of organizations such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a cause very close to Melissa’s heart after losing her mother to suicide at age 20. She connects closely to her Christian faith and strives to live her life with meaning and purpose.

Fans can stay in touch with Melissa on Facebook & Twitter (@MelissadArabian).

 

KIDDOCJJ:  What memorable thing did you last have to EAT?

Melissa:  I ate a slice of pizza the other day in NYC.  I don’t normally eat gluten (out of solidarity for my GF daughter), so I haven’t had a slice of real NY pizza in years.  I definitely will keep the memory of this pizza in my  head for a loooooooong time.

KIDDOCJJ: What have you LEARNed that sticks with and influences you daily?

Melissa:  I heard Jack Welch say years ago that every successful person he knows is a morning person, either by nature or by choice.  And that blew my mind!  By choice?  I can choose to be a morning person?  It took about ten years, but I became a true morning person. I am my best person when I craft my own morning.  For me, that means getting up earlier than my family and having quiet devotional and reading time with a cup of coffee.  I love so much what this practice does for me that it has me eager to jump out of bed in the morning to have my time.

KIDDOCJJ: Where would you like to EXPLORE and why?

Melissa:   Having lived overseas and married a European, I have had the chance to do a fair amount of travel, if nothing else, then to visit family!  What I am feeling the desire to explore right now is the United States with my family.  This is part of why we decided to pick up and spend a year in Washington D.C. purely as a family travel adventure.  Also, I’d love to explore the Holy Land more.  I’ve been, but I need to go back again, perhaps on a tour with a fantastic leader on some sort of educational program.  Like following Paul the Apostle’s itinerary.  That would be bucket-list-cool.

KIDDOCJJ: Who/What INSPIREs you?

Melissa:  Today’s youth inspires me.  We can complain all we want about teens and millenials, but they are standing up for what they believe in right now, and they are the most welcoming generation I’ve seen.  I love what our future holds with them.

KIDDOCJJ: And I know the future is bright for you and your family! Thanks so much for INSPIRING us all!