Trull a local celebrity
Manawa woman known for recipes
By Holly Neumann
When it comes to cooking and baking, Judy Trull, from the Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast, is recognized in Manawa as one of the best.
Now her reputation is growing as she has been making guest appearances on FOX 11’s Living with Amy.
Living with Amy is a lifestyle show that airs weekdays on FOX 11.
It features recipes, decorating ideas, trends, DIY segments, events, local hot spots and places viewers may not know about.
“We like to have a variety of guests on the show, including top chefs from around the area, local restaurant and business owners,” said Abby Destree, the show’s executive producer. “There are a lot of different factors that go into choosing guests for our show, but we love supporting local businesses.”
According to Destree, Trull not only has great recipes but also an awesome personality.
“She is not shy,” said Destree. “She shares family recipes that the everyday at-home cook is going to want to make for their family. Her chicken salad recipe that she shared on the show was one of our crew’s favorites.”
Trull first met Amy Hanten, the show’s host, three years ago when she visited Manawa to do a cooking show.
“I reached out to her several times through email,” said Trull. “Once she saw what I could bring to the table, then she was interested.”
Humbled by the attention, Trull said she sometimes questions herself about whether or not she is good at what she does.
“My family will tell you that I have made some horrible food, but I just keep going. I am not afraid to make mistakes,” she said. “It is all about trial and error. When you have the best ingredients that you can afford, food is love on a plate.”
For the viewers of the show, Trull hopes they not only take away some humor, but also the fact cooking does not have to be hard.
“I think people look at a recipe and think I cannot do that,” she said. “If you break it down in steps, it is not that difficult. And making something for the people in their lives that they care about is always a win.”
Trull would like to see more children learning to cook.
“This way, kids can have a say in what they’re eating,” she said.
Trull has enjoyed being on the show.
“Being included on the show was validating to me,” she said. “That there was some credibility for that I know and what I am talking about. I could do it every day.”
She admits that every now and then people, approach her and say they saw her on television.
“Am I a celebrity? I don’t think so,” she said. “I am just a small town gal sharing her love of cooking with other people. For me, the most fun part is that it brings attention to Manawa. That is the most important thing.”