My interview with Julie Benz!
I was super excited to get the opportunity to interview Julie Benz earlier this week. I’ve been a massive fan since her days on Buffy and Angel, and I love that she took some time to talk to me about ANOTHER of my favorite topics — food!
I’m OBSESSED with your butternut sage mashed potatoes recipe — will def be including them in my own Thanksgiving. What are some of your own favorite Thanksgiving staples?
It’s not Thanksgiving to me without mashed potatoes, corn soufflé, apple walnut cranberry stuffing and creamed spinach gratin. I’ve developed recipes for each of these that you can find on Boston Market’s Holiday Hub… they’re some of my favorite dishes to serve, and a big hit with my family.
I have to confess – I’ve been a huge fan of yours since the Buffy days! Did you have any idea what a cult favorite it would become, back in those early days? Do you have any fun Buffy (Or Angel) set stories you can share?
Buffy launched the WB network, so we did not know the extent of popularity it would gain. I remember shooting the pilot and we realized we were launching not just a show but a network. One of the things I loved about working on the show is that I was challenged physically and emotionally, from being buried alive to singing – which was probably the scariest part.
I’m all about semi-homemade – what are your thoughts on this? Do we tell the truth or pretend we made everything ourselves? Have you ever gotten away with “faking” a whole meal?
I love semi-homemade. Having spent years cooking Thanksgiving from scratch and not being able to enjoy time with friends and family, I recognize how important short cuts in the kitchen can be. That’s why I use staples from Boston Market as a foundation for my dishes. I let the experts do all the hard work, and I get to reap the benefits! I don’t lie about it – I am proud that I am smart and efficient.
With “Thanksgivingkah” this year, how do you recommend that we can blend these two traditions into one fabulous holiday dinner?
No matter what holiday it is, ultimately, we are all eating home style dishes. For Thanksgivingkah, since potato latkes are the main dish, I think turkey and green bean casserole are great complements!
Thanks so much to Julie for your great insights!! (And absolutely check out the Holiday Hub link above for some of the fab recipes!)