” And there, stacked up inside an open armoire at Fishs Eddy on Broadway, she finds exactly what she’s looking for.
Decorated with vintage pictures of the emblematic buildings dear to the heart of every red-blooded, patriotic American politician—Mount Vernon, Independence Hall in Philadelphia—the plates would fit right into her Founding Fathers–themed dining room at home.
Sandra Lee, the new first girlfriend of New York State, and I are crossing a street in downtown Manhattan. ”Tall and willowy, dressed in a white cashmere sweater and cream pants, her long blonde hair pulled back in a ponytail, pale-blue eyes highlighted with just a glimmer of frosty blue eyeliner, Lee is taking me shopping for some new plates for the house she shares with Andrew Cuomo in Mount Kisco.
Suddenly she grabs my arm and propels me onto the sidewalk as a couple of yellow cabs screech to a halt just a tad closer to us than I might have wished. Except that now they will be commuting between Westchester and the Governor’s Mansion in Albany, and Cuomo’s daughters go to local schools.
REUTERS/Mike Segar She hosts shows on the Food Network, is author of several cookbooks and is editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Magazine.
She also has launched lines of home, garden and craft products and produced a do-it-yourself home improvement series.
Cuomo was recovering from a disastrous first run for governor and a bruising and very public divorce from Kerry Kennedy, a daughter of R. “Well, I did it once”—in her 30s she married a real estate mogul in Los Angeles—“and as I was walking up the aisle I remember thinking, It’s not too late to run.” But of course it was, and five years later they divorced.Tear out pages of romantic passages, burn the edges, and hot-glue each page to a weathered metal plate to make a distinctive accent.” (Never mind that literary souls might blanch.) Her first foray into business came with a company called Kurtain Kraft that she started in her mid-20s, after spending three years at the University of Wisconsin/La Crosse.“I used old wire coat hangers to create hooks and loops that I wove fabric around and created valances and curtain panels,” she says.“You’ll see what I mean when you come out to the house next week and we cook together,” she says.With her top-rated television show on the Food Network (2.5 million viewers tune in weekly), her 22 cookbooks to date, and her bimonthly Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade magazine (circulation 250,000), 44-year-old Lee has turned herself into a full-voltage brand and celebrity who is probably better known nationwide—for the moment, at least—than her boyfriend, the governor.