Meadville Tribune

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July 2, 2013

Former local's health cooking show wins regional Emmy


MEADVILLE — Factoring good food

In 2008, Mascia left the “city that never sleeps” for a state where she could always surf. Her transition to the West Coast presented its challenges, but she eventually turned healthy living into a business.

“It’s a lot of work, making a TV show,” Mascia said. “I have a wonderful production crew, but I do all of the pre-production, marketing, (public relations) and post-production myself.”

Between finding recipes to test, children to teach and studios to book, Mascia also finds time to teach off-screen cooking classes and prepare food for birthday parties and other social gatherings.

“I love eating healthy food,” Mascia confessed. “Sometimes I’ll be cooking dinner and think, ‘Why shouldn’t kids learn to make veggie stir fry with their own teriyaki sauce?’”

With no reasonable answer in sight, Mascia set off to create the perfect setting to promote nutritious eating. She describes her final product as a cross between Rachael Ray and Bill Cosby’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”

“One of the requirements I had going in was that every single person on the crew had to be extremely positive, friendly and they must love children,” Mascia said. “It’s about children having a good time and me being on the same level as the children.”

The children seem to enjoy the health-conscious silliness that goes into each episode, learning how to grate cheese like “petting a kitten” or cracking eggs as if “knocking on your grandma’s door.”

No one stops the filming, nor do they correct or direct the children, Mascia said. Each approximate 30-minute segment, often watched live by the children’s family or friends, is simply a result of “the magic of us having a good time.”

Mascia makes sure to keep the magic alive by staying in touch with her new friends, young and old, often receiving texts and photos from kids who recreated her recipes at home.

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