Tilapia Got ME Published

If you know me personally, you know that I am bad with surprises.  If I have a surprise I can’t hold it in!!  Christmas is a tough time for my “condition”.  While I’m on my way home from shopping, I call my sister and ask her if I can pleeeeease give her her give early?!  Early meaning now.  

A few months ago I received an email from Oxygen magazine telling me that they want to print my recipe!  Last year my Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe was published on their website and I was sooooo excited!   Here’s the link :  http://www.oxygenmag.com/Nutrition/Articles/Clean-Chicken-Tortilla-Soup.aspx.

A couple of months after they put it online, Oxygen revamped their website.   This update included deleting recipe creators’  photos.  I have to admit, it was a really awful photo of me.  The day I actually read my email (I used to be really bad with checking emails …now I obsessively check it.  What a weirdo.) I saw the 4th notice from Oxygen telling me that they needed me to send in a high res photo of myself by 5 o’clock or they wouldn’t publish it. 

That particular day, I had a long meeting after school and skipped washing my hair.  It was raining, I stuffed it under a hat.  It was not pretty.  When I came out on the website I didn’t care how greasy I was.  I was happy about it anyway!  I love to cook and I consider Oxygen to be a true fitness and healthy living magazine. I was honored for them to acknowledge me doing something that I love to do…cook!  Here’s the screengrab before they changed their website if you’re curious…

Actually, when it’s really small like that, you can’t tell how gross it really was.  YAY!  Hahhah!  

Well, let me get to my point. I was going to wait until November or December to tell you guys. My secret that I can’t keep is I’m going to be in the December issue of Oxygen, like,  in print!  Like if you go to the store and the magazine, you’ll see me next to this tilapia recipe!

I had a similar experience with the photo this time too. I guess I’m not used to the publishing deadline thing.  They needed me to sign & fax some papers and send them a hi res photo by 5 (again!) or they were going to use the greasy one!  Well, the greasy one was fine for the online recipe, but in print?!  I don’t think so.

I realized that I am not camera-shy.  Nope.  I am camera awkward.  I ONLY have photos of myself

A)  in strange poses


B) with weird/creepy props


C) smiling reeeally big with my eyes closed. 

Plus, all other options for older pictures are gone from our last computer crash and are someplace on some disc or jump drive.  No time for that.  I had to settle for old faithful.  The bathroom photo shoot.

  I had 30 minutes from the time that I got home from work & had to leave for my bff’s graduation (WooHoo Yay Jackie!).  This meant 3 things.

1. I had to make do with the frizz attack from me straightening my hair on the rainiest day ever

2. I couldn’t be picky with the photo since I was pressed for time.

3. I have to take the picture myself.

I ended up with this one.

Yes.  That’s my shower curtain in the background.  I didn’t have time to crop it.  I don’t have Photoshop on this computer yet. Such is life.

Look for my cheezin face in the December issue 🙂

If you’ve made it this far in the longest winded post, I love you.




23 responses to “Tilapia Got ME Published

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  4. Congrats!!! That is so awesome!! 🙂

  5. Yay! That is super exciting! Congrats!

  6. Ahhhhhhhhh! So happy for you!

    P.S. You don’t take a bad picture. Seriously.

  7. Wow congratulations! That is so awesome to have your recipe published in such a great magazine! I think your picture turned out really good. You always look so pretty and have such a great smile!!

  8. Holy schmee. I’m going to buy that magazine and show all my friends ha! That is so exciting girl!

  9. Wow, congrats on getting your recipe published. I love fish so I have to check out this tilapia recipe of yours. When we were on our honeymoon in the Philippines, we were surrounded by so many fresh fish and the locals really loved their tilapia.

    You look great in your photo and I am sure they will crop out the curtain hanger in the background, do not worry too much about it. I’ll check you out in the Dec issue of Oxygen. I believe Wholefood’s carry the mag in their checkout aisle.

    Congrats again, that’s so cool

  10. Congrats! A little bit of press goes a long way.. The recipe sounds really good too. 🙂

  11. OHHHH my flippin lord. No way!! Holy moses, congratulations Mindy!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Congratulations! I’m the same with photos, my mom kept saying that I should put up a “cuter” picture on my site. I finally relented and replaced the black and white one where my mouth was gaping open. I still feel awkward when I see my “serious” picture on my site.

    As for tilapia, I LOVE fish. I cooked some tilapia with sauteed mushrooms for my husband last week, and I *thought* the mushrooms looked a *tiny* bit questionable, but threw them in anyway. Fast forward a few hours and it totally made him sick. Oops! People are so judgemental towards fish anyway so of course he blamed it on the tilapia. I kept telling him it was NOT the fish, but I’m afraid I’ve tainted it forever now. Sigh.

  13. Congratulations Mindy!! I’ll be sure to buy that issue! xoxo

  14. Can’t wait to see the magazine! Yay for you Mindy!!!

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