Damaris Phillips, Food Network icon gives yummy tips for holiday leftovers

Damaris Phillips grew in popularity on the Food Network after winning season 9 of Next Food Network Star and she hosted her own show Southern at Heart.  She can now be seen on The Bobby and Damaris Show on Food Network with Bobby Flay.

Holidays are a special time for her and she took the time to share some great tips on what to do to transform leftovers into yummy day two and three meals and snacks.   A Harris Poll recently found that 8 in 10 people say leftovers are the best thing about hosting a holiday meal. But, sometimes not everyone wants the same meal for days at a time.  Phillips suggestions are sure to be crowd-pleasers.

Some of her tips include starting with your holiday shopping.  Be sure not to only get items for that holiday meal, but also pick up items to restock the pantry with items like eggs, milk, cheese, mayonnaise, canned goods and especially crackers that can help turn leftovers into fabulous breakfasts, snacks or casseroles.

Phillips is from Kentucky and earned a degree in Culinary Arts from Jefferson Community and Technical College.  She worked as a culinary instructor before making it big on the Food Network.  She prides herself on bringing  Southern cuisine to the world.  She also co-stars on Southern and Hungry with Rutledge Wood on Cooking Channel.

Damaris Phillips spoke with Michelle Tompkins for TheCelebrityCafe.com about her new show and cookbook Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy (yep, she married a vegetarian), what is her signature dish, what people should do with their leftovers to take things up a notch using popular Keebler crackers,  where on Pinterest to go to find more great recipes and more.

See the full interview here:

Damaris Phillips may be seen on the Food Network and check out these recipes at www.pinterest.com/Keebler and www.pinterest.com/CarrsCrackers


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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.

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