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Actress Kate Walsh’s Thanksgiving Secrets

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On Nov 23, 2015
Actress Kate Walsh’s Thanksgiving Secrets

Actress Kate Walsh has been in the spotlight for nearly two decades. She is best known for her dynamic performance as Dr. Addison Montgomery on ABC’s hit drama series, Greys Anatomy and Private Practice. Her resume is quite impressive when it comes to lending her Hollywood star power to various charities and organizations such as Operation Smile and UNICEF.

Although, fans are no longer able to view her sultry character, Rebecca Wright on NBC’s show Bad Judge, Walsh is busy sharpening her culinary skills. While she takes time selecting her next leading role, the television star has decided to partner with Holiday Experts at Boston Market to help create new recipes just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!

New You recently had the chance to speak with Kate Walsh about her latest venture, fave holiday recipes, the taste of success plus much more!


New You: What are some of your favorite holiday dishes you personally like to prepare?

Photo Credit: Kate Walsh
Photo Credit: Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh: I learned how to cook from my mom, so I really enjoy putting what she has taught me into practice in the kitchen. I love taking the reins on preparing the perfect turkey (“breast down” as my mom taught me to make sure it gets all the good juices). I also love adding my personal touch to other popular dishes such as adding truffle oil to pre-prepared mashed potatoes (highly recommend the Boston Market dish). I don’t have to spend a lot of time on it, but the dish is absolutely delicious and has my own unique touch.


NY:  Being a Hollywood actress how important is sustaining a healthy diet for you?

KW: Of course I always try to be conscious of the kinds of food I’m putting into my body, but I also believe food should be an enjoyable experience. I’m not one of those people that totally cuts out dairy or carbs. There is too much good food out there! I like to be able to savor it all, just using moderation.


NY: Do you have a secret ingredient or go-to spice you just can’t live without? 

Photo Credit: Kate Walsh
Photo Credit: Kate Walsh

KW: I’m a believer in Crisco. That’s how you get the best piecrust.


NY: What is your ideal holiday menu this year?

KW: This year, I’m visiting a close friend for the Thanksgiving holiday, where he puts on quite a spread. The things I’m probably most looking forward to and hoping are on the menu are stuffing, sweet potato casserole and creamed spinach.








NY: Is there a Walsh signature holiday recipe or dish? 

Photo Credit: Kate Walsh
Photo Credit: Kate Walsh

KW: I’m not sure if it’s an East Coast thing or Walsh family thing, but I love the creamed turnips dish our family has for the holidays.


NY: Have you ever had an “aha” moment in thinking about how food impacts your overall health?

KW: Yes, I recently met with a nutritionist to talk about ways to get the most out of food and my diet. It was fascinating to understand blood sugar levels and the importance of keeping the hypoglycemic index as steady as possible, both for energy and overall feel and weight management. She explained how to feel satisfied and make the best use of food as the body’s fuel.


NY: While, we’re on the subject of food, what does success taste like?

KW: Success is inextricably intertwined with failure. You can’t have one without the other. They are two sides of the same equation. And I think ultimately it’s a subjective concept. So if I had to describe how success tastes? I would say, sweet, savory and sometimes a little bitter.


NY: How do you prepare (mentally, physically, emotionally, etc.) when it’s time to audition for a role? 

Photo Credit: Kate Walsh
Photo Credit: Kate Walsh

KW: I think it’s different for every role. Different projects require different things. But I do feel like you have to have the courage to ‘be a fool for love’ i.e. not be afraid to fail or fall on your face during the process.


NY: To date, what has been your favorite onscreen character to portray? Why?

KW: I don’t know that there has been one because I’ve been fortunate to play a lot of strong women. It’s their imperfections and their fallibility that makes them fun to play, although Addison’s shoe collection definitely puts her up high on the list.


NY: What new projects are you working on? 

KW: I’m about to shoot Hollywood Game Night, and other than that I’m enjoying being able to take my time, review scripts and carefully select my next project, which I hope to start in the spring.