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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Celebrity chef teaches ‘healthy eating’

  • After watching celebrity chef Rory Schepisi of Texas grill salmon and make potato salad Saturday, May 3, at Quality Inn and Suites in Hannibal, the nearly 100 people present were served salmon with the chef’s fruit sauce.
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  • After watching celebrity chef Rory Schepisi of Texas grill salmon and make potato salad Saturday, May 3, at Quality Inn and Suites in Hannibal, the nearly 100 people present were served salmon with the chef’s fruit sauce.
    Their special lunch included potato salad, using the recipe Schepisi had demonstrated at this “healthy eating” event. The recipes were for diabetes patients, and the event was co-sponsored by the Hannibal Regional Hospital Diabetes Group, Hannibal Regional Medical Group and Novo Nordisk.
    Many of the people being served were diabetes patients, including Linda Schomaker of Shelbina, Mo. She reported that although Schepisi had grilled her salmon, “I always bake my fish. I don’t fry it.”
    Schomaker already knew it was best to buy canned salmon and other fish packed in water, adding, “I always do.”
    As she was waiting to be served the recipes the chef had demonstrated, Joan Ryan of Hannibal said she was already cooking the right way for her husband, James. “He was raised on fried food” and had stomach problems “from eating too much fried stuff. I bake, broil or grill all the food, and his stomach problems all went away.”
    Ryan was glad to see Schepisi show how to blend spices and basic ingredients, adding that the chef had said, “the basis for all cooking is chicken broth - just a little bit.”
    During the luncheon, many door prizes were awarded, such as the orange “portion control” plate won by Betty Nickell. The plate has sections showing a meal should include the largest portion of vegetables, and smaller portions of grains, proteins and fruits.
    As Nickell’s group shared their lunch, Betty Swenson reported, “the salmon has good flavor,” adding she would not have to change her cooking habits, because ”I cook from scratch all the time.”
    Also at Swenson’s table, Julia Lafuse said she “enjoyed the demonstration very much.”
    An a nearby table, Carolyn Barnett said “the program was very nice and very entertaining. I learned a lot.”
    Although Barnett is not a diabetic, she said, “I cook for some diabetics.”
    Anna Thomas, RD, CDE, a registered dietitian at Hannibal Regional Hospital, explained that many of the people present were members of the diabetes support group at the hospital.
    After giving her cooking demonstration, Schepisi had answered questions, and Thomas noted that most of the questions were culinary.
    The chef also provided recipe cards for the foods she cooked, Thomas reported, and the cards have “the nutrition breakdowns for diabetics.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Camy Butler, RD, LD, CDE, a Novo Nordisk diabetes educator from Columbia, Mo., explained that Novo, which is based in Denmark, co-sponsors about 80 events each year and uses five chefs, one of whom is Schepisi.
     Chef is known
    for TV appearances
    Schepisi is known as a finalist on “the Next Food Network Star,” where she placed second.
    Since the competition, she has appeared as the guest chef on “Homemade Simple” and the “Rachael Ray Show.”
    She does a weekly cooking segment on the NBC affiliate in Amarillo, Texas, where she owns and operates her Boot Hill Saloon & Grill.
    In addition to making appearances across the country, she is working on her first cookbook, “The Southern Yankee.”
    Some details about Schepisi are from her website, roryschepisi.com.
    For more photos, see photo gallery.
     

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