Food Network's Sandra Lee Serves a Full Plate This October

Biggest Cookbook Ever, New 'Semi-Homemade' Season, Charity eBay Auction, and Halloween Treats with Unbelievable Costumes and FoodNetwork.com Videos

Oct 06, 2010, 13:15 ET from Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Enterprises

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Food Network's Sandra Lee brings her Semi-Homemade best this October providing dedicated fans more than ever. With a new season of Food Network's Semi-Homemade Cooking underway, Sandra delivers her biggest cookbook to date along with an unprecedented tablescape auction on eBay to benefit Share Our Strength and Halloween treats with exclusive FoodNetwork.com videos and a special over-the-top, 5 costume surprise Halloween episode.

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New episodes of Food Network's Semi-Homemade Cooking (www.FoodNetwork.com/SemiHomemade) air Sundays at 11:30am ET/PT featuring fast-fix menus based on Sandra's trademark 70/30 Semi-Homemade® philosophy. In addition to out-of-this world tablescapes, hilarious outtakes, and exclusive edible centerpiece recipes online, Sandra incorporates meals prepared with a new formula twist: 70 percent fresh ingredients combined with 30 percent store bought, ready-made products.

On October 24th, the "Queen of Halloween" will wow viewers with a special "Renaissance Halloween" episode featuring five costumes created by legendary designer, Bob Mackie, and hair and makeup by Emmy-nominated stylist, Mark Payne. In just 30 minutes, Sandra transforms from a regal Queen Elizabeth into Lady Marian cooking up Turkey and Chicken Legs with Medieval Marinade, Robin Hood preparing Bow and Arrow Steak on a Stick, a "Faireen" (queen of the fairies) whipping up Frozen White Chocolate Feathered Cheesecake, and the indomitable Cher as the dark lady, Gypsy Fortune Teller mixing up magical Crystal Ball Cocktails and an enchanting Halloween tablescape.

On October 5th, Sandra releases her biggest cookbook ever: "The Complete Cookbook, 1001 Easy Everyday Recipes for The Way We Cook Today" (Wiley). Published in partnership with Food Network, the 500+-page book features Sandra's most popular Semi-Homemade recipes and 200 brand-new recipes from her personal recipe box organized in to 19 crowd-pleasing chapters. This ultimate collection of family-friendly and easy-to-make recipes for every dining occasion comes complete with Sandra's expertise on time-saving gadgets, awe-inspiring tablescapes, and great ideas for "Cocktail Time."

To celebrate the iconic show and new cookbook, Sandra and Food Network teamed up exclusively with eBay to auction off all 13 tablescapes from the new season of Semi-Homemade Cooking with all proceeds benefiting Share Our Strength. Kicking off on October 11th, each auction winner will also receive an autographed copy of Sandra's new cookbook and a KitchenAid Mixer. As part of the "eBay Gives" holiday campaign, fans can also bid on a special auction starting November 8th for a one-of-a-kind "Sandra Lee Experience" including an on-set meet and greet and a potential walk-on part in one of Sandra's Food Network shows. Visit www.FoodNetwork.com/SandraLee for auction details.

As the face of FoodNetwork.com's "Halloween: Eat, Drink and Be Scary!" package (www.FoodNetwork.com/Halloween) this October, Sandra shares ghoulishly good recipes for spooky treats and four original videos: a mash up of her fabulous Halloween costumes (including the new ones from this season) with Sandra's personal commentary, "Cocktail Time" concoctions like the Black Cloud for adults and Vampire Bite for kids, Halloween tablescape ideas, and spooky sweet cupcakes decorating tips. Nobody does Halloween better than Sandra Lee.

As an internationally-acclaimed home and food expert, Sandra Lee has revolutionized the term "homemade" as a popular Food Network host, editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade magazine, and a New York Times best-selling author. Sandra's trademark 70/30 Semi-Homemade philosophy translated to television with Food Network's Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee and to the Internet with SemiHomemade.com. Sandra attended University of WisconsinLa Crosse as well as Le Cordon Bleu; launched several lines of home, garden, and craft products including Kurtain Kraft; worked with QVC; and produced a successful DIY home improvement series. With a commitment to service and charity, Sandra participates in numerous philanthropic organizations including Share Our Strength and UNICEF. Since 2002, Sandra has released 21 cookbooks as well as a memoir "Made From Scratch." She also hosts Sandra's Money Saving Meals on Food Network. For more information, visit www.SandraLee.com.

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