TODAY Show Food Contributor and celebrity chef, Elizabeth Heiskell, also known as the “Debutante Farmer,” graciously shares with us her experience with breast cancer and gives us some insight into how she has found the strength to fight this battle. She also tells us about how she has built her business and made her own big dreams come true.
Elizabeth launched her company, Elizabeth Heiskell Catering, over 22 years ago, turning her love of food, entertaining, and hard work into a thriving business in Oxford, Mississippi. She is the author of three cookbooks, including her most recent, titled, “Come on Over.” She has produced a line of home-grown gourmet products, including her popular Debutante Farmer Bloody Mary mix. She has also appeared on the Food Network’s “The Kitchen,” and served as a judge on Chopped. Many years ago, Elizabeth had a dream to be on the iconic morning program, the TODAY Show. She had no idea how she would make it happen, but she knew she wanted to bring some of the magic from the Mississippi Delta into homes across America.
With the kind of schedule Elizabeth keeps, being sick was never on her radar. When she discovered a lump in her breast a few months ago, she was forced to figure out how this bump in the road would fit into the huge plans she has for her life. Elizabeth shares with us how she has come through her journey with breast cancer. Most importantly, though, she asks us the question, “What are you waiting for?” and encourages us to savor each and every day. She tells us to use the fine china for a simple dinner with our kids and use that fancy, expensive shower gel every day!
Episode Links and Resources:
@elizabethheiskellofficial on Instagram
Elizabeth Heiskell’s Breast Cancer Journey – Today Show Video
Come On Over!: Southern Delicious for Every Day and Every Occasion
What Can I Bring?: Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up
The Southern Living Party Cookbook: A Modern Guide to Gathering
Debutante Farmer Bloody Mary Mix
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