By Paul & Teresa Lowe – http://www.chronicletravelers.com – November 20th 2017
The holiday season and thoughts of dinner parties can often spark a special excitement for a lot of folks, but not so for many others. Dinner parties and family gatherings can mean a lot of work and mess in the kitchen, especially when it comes to preparing baking treats-cakes, pies, cookies, and other desserts. Two times Emmy Award-winning TV producer Rushion McDonald says not to worry…time-saving baking help is here. He says even newbies can bake like a pro in no time with a little help from ‘Perfect Bake Smart Scale.’ (https://makeitperfectly.com/bake).
McDonald says if you can imagine measuring, to perfection, all the correct ingredients to bake a delicious peach cobbler or pink/red velvet cupcakes in minutes without making a mess of your kitchen wouldn’t life be grand? Rushion, a former executive producer of the “Steve Harvey” talk show and Consulting Producer of “Syndicated Family Feud,” says he’s confident anyone can bake well, even if he or she has never baked anything before with just a little help from the Smart Scale and its apps.
Few things in life can make your tummy do a happy dance quite like brown sugar monkey bread, buttery sweet potato pie or baked banana pudding, so says Rushion McDonald. Dessert lovers can download a free video series, to gobble up and seemingly enjoying the more than two dozen recipes of McDonald’s new baking bonanza partnership with makers of the ‘Perfect Bake Smart Scale.’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxrfLXzx67w).
McDonald is now, in the opinion of some pastry chefs and colleagues, a superb baker and is passionate about baking desserts. He has won several regional and national awards for his delectable desserts. Rushion credits some of his rapid kitchen success to the Smart Scale. He says baking is a type of therapy for relaxing after a long day in the studio or on the road – the device is small and easy to pack and can be used for several no-bake recipes when traveling.
McDonald, a Houston, Texas native, didn’t spend much time in the kitchen while growing up. He began baking desserts only three years ago after being told to make a bundt cake as part of a pre-show superstitious prank. That life changing prank was the idea of his long time friend and one time business partner Steve Harvey and the program’s other executive producer Alex Douda (the former Chicago based “Steve Harvey Show.’ Currently taping in Los Angeles as “Steve.”). (https://www.steveharvey.com/)
Not knowing how to even start baking anything McDonald figured he would get five pounds of baking flour, five pounds of sugar, and also five pounds of what he terms “this that and the other” plus a bottle of vanilla to make his single bundt cake. He discovered such an overkill approach was ill-conceived and his kitchen was a disaster afterward, but the cake turned out okay as staff gobbled up his first bundt cake!
The smart scale, with its easy to follow apps, assists you with measuring teaspoon and cup counts as well as the familiar pinches and dashes of ingredients without having to pull out a bunch of mixing bowls. Rushion says just pour until you hear the bell sound.
The device lets you know when to stop to have the perfect measurements. Also, if you happened to have only a circle pan when the recipe calls for a square pan, or if you’re short of any particular ingredient – perhaps you have one egg instead of two – the Perfect Bake Smart Scale will do a little algebra configuring and adjusts the entire recipe. Rushion says you will still achieve a delicious full flavor tasting dessert. He boasts of another cool creative advantage of this recipe app. You just tell the smart scale what’s in your pantry and the device suggests types of desserts that are possible for you to make.
McDonald is currently working on new no-bake recipes – desserts made without an oven and new recipes for macaroni and cheese and soul food style salads.
He gives a precautionary heads up to everyone- his food is “full flavored with a whole lot of calories.” He jokes that you should “consult with your physician before sampling!”
McDonald shares with us that he often has conversations with God and that he believes his creator has been very very good to him – helping him to build many businesses. McDonald works to share a little wisdom with others to achieve their own perception of success. McDonald hosts a radio series featuring money making conversations. His two-hour live celebrity-driven show offers tips and inspirational talks about individual pursuits of happiness and dreams fulfilled. He even has a YouTube channel where he pushes everyone to “dream and dream big to achieve success, however that is defined to you.” (https://www.rushionmcdonald.com/money-making-conversations/).
McDonald cautions that career success can take a bit of time. He emphasizes that folks should “be consistent with beliefs, your ethics and work practices.” He jokes “going viral” is today considered cool but that it is only relative fame, and is very very fleeting – nothing replaces putting in the real work to have a foundation for lifelong achievement.” By achievement, he means being able to share life wisdom and give to others.
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(Photo credits for all pictures of Rushion McDonald are courtesy of Rushion McDonald)