Los Angeles is my home town.
It’s a city of lights, camera, action and food. Local radio personality Tammi Mac has been involved in them all. Each weekday she graces the airwaves of Stevie Wonder’s 102.3 KJLH Radio station from 4-8 p.m. with humor, style and down home relatability. She shares that time block with co-host Don Amiche.
Her foray into the lights, camera and action has included appearing in a host of national television commercials, television dramas, independent films and a talent showcase which she hosts each month to help up-and-coming thespians and artists make Hollywood connections.
When it comes to stage productions, she’s been featured in many, including her upcoming one-woman show Bag Lady which debuts in May here in Los Angeles.
Tammi’s foray into food began while growing up Texas. She says her father was the main cook in her home. While he wasn’t a professional chef, Tammi says he was an excellent cook and she has heart-felt memories about all the traditional southern foods he cooked and that she still loves. But with her demanding schedule, she’s learned that those foods don’t provide her with the energy she needs to sustain the rigors of her hectic schedule.
“I’ve worked hard to remove a lot of the fried and sugary foods from my diet and what’s shocking is I don’t miss them as much as I thought I would,” said Tammi. “Now I shear or bake everything. And a lean chicken breast in a sauté pan with a little olive and spinach is my go to dish. This gives me lots of energy.”
Tammi certainly has lots of energy and steady momentum. Her body of work, perseverance and ingenuity has spawned her newest project Bag Lady, which she wrote and stars in. It is directed by award-winning director Iona Morris, and it runs at Stage 52 Theater in Los Angeles May 2-4 and May 7-11 (with two shows on the 10th and 11th).
Bag Lady is about the baggage that women carry from relationship to relationship,” said Tammi. “It’s about the patterns we’ve develop and why we keep choosing the same people over and over again.”
Tammi promises that you will go from laughter to tears and experience many “oh my God moments” as she portrays soul bearing depictions of some of her most painful truths as well as those of her closest friends and confidants.
Tammi underscored that Bag Lady is “not a show about bad men – it’s a show about bad decisions women make.” In Bag Lady she removes men as the object of blame and places the accountability on women as she exposes the baggage of a woman who is weighed down heavily by her choices in men.
“I am hoping after the first scene you will no longer see Tammi on the stage and that you will replace me with yourself because there is not a woman alive or man for that matter who hasn’t had heart break and who hasn’t had a thought about how to fix themselves after a pattern of unsuccessful relationships,” Tammi said.
To date, seven shows have been completely sold out. However, tickets are still available. Visit brownpapertickets.com to purchase tickets for remaining show dates. And if you are visiting Los Angeles during May 2- 4 or 7- 11, make seeing Bag Lady a destination stop.
As a bonus, Tammi Mac shares her Mac Nachos recipe here that is adapted from her father’s recipe. She calls it “a party on a plate.” Make it for your next party or event. The ground turkey makes it a leaner choice. It’s one of her favorites and a favorite of her friends and family as well. No baggage here, just good eats. Enjoy!
1 pounds ground turkey
16 ounce jar chunky salsa (El Paso is what Tammi prefers)
1 Taco seasoning pack
½ – 1 cup of water (depending on how thick you want meat sauce)
1½ cups of bell peppers roughly cut (medley of green, orange and yellow peppers)
2 medium chopped tomatoes
11 ounce bag Cool ranch Doritos Chips
1 pound Velvetta Cheese cut in cubes
½ cup milk (whole or evaporated)
2 tablespoon butter
1 cup chopped lettuce (romaine or iceberg)
Add ground turkey to a heated, non-stick skillet and cook until done, chopping to separate meat into pieces. Drain oil from meat. Add bell peppers, taco seasoning pack, salsa and ½ – 1 cup water. Simmer for 20 minutes or until it thickens, stirring frequently.
While meat sauce cooks, add 1/2 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of butter to a pot or large saucepan. Heat until butter is melted. Add cubed cheese and blend on low heat, stirring frequently until all cheese is melted and sauce is creamy.
Arrange chips on a large platter. Pour ¾ of with melted cheese sauce on chips. Top with meat sauce followed by lettuce and tomatoes. Pour remaining cheese sauce over chips and garnish with a generous dollop of sour cream.