What’s Cookin’?


~ Coming Soon! ~

Lisa’s writing will be featured in a new military spouse book by Elva Resa Publishing … stay tuned for details!

~ May 2014 ~

Lisa will be the Keynote Speaker at the “Heroes at Home” event on May 8th in Norfolk, Virginia! 


~ October 2013 ~

Lisa’s “The Future of Archaeology” was named one of the Top Ten Semi-Finalists in the Robert Benchley Society Annual Humor Contest!  http://www.robertbenchley.org/competition/index.htm

~ June 2013 ~

Lisa shared her experiences as a Military Spouse columnist at the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Annual Conference, Hartford, Connecticut ~ June 27 – 30, 2013! 

She lead a panel discussion with syndicated “Boomer Dad” humor columnist, Jerry Zezima, where they will share their unique take on “lifestyles columns.” 
See the NSNC site for more details, but here’s an excerpt from the Conference Schedule:

‘Family Lifestyles’ – Lisa Smith Molinari and Jerry Zezima

A lot of writers think they have to go on fabulous adventures or do incredible things for column material. Not so. The best — and funniest — stuff happens to you, often in your own home. Learn how to see what’s right in front of you and turn it into column gold, and how to find your niche in the process. Family lifestyle columnist and “Military Mom” Lisa Smith Molinari and nationally syndicated humorist and author Jerry Zezima will offer tips, observations and, yes, laughs in this informative and entertaining session.

Additionally, Lisa’s blog won 2nd Place for Online Columns under 100K monthly visitors in the 2013 NSNC Columnists Contest! 

“Second Place – Lisa Molinari, The Meat and Potatoes of Life. Judge’s comment: Molinari’s writing is accessible and witty and her approach to analyzing family matters is insightful and honest. Among people with young children, who doesn’t understand when she writes: ‘We had yogurt in a tube, cheese in a stick, chicken shaped like fingers, nuggets and dinosaurs..Pigs were rolled into blankets, and pizzas were stuffed into rolls. Just about anything was wrapped into a pastry pocket.’ Her columns make you smile and chuckle out loud.” ~ Mae Israel, formerly of The Washington Post.


I have given speeches to women’s groups on the humorous realities and life-lessons in parenting, marriage and military life. I am also available to speak to writers groups on topics such as how to focus your writing to a targeted audience (find your niche) or how to carve time out of your hectic family life to pursue writing goals.  If you would like to book me to speak to your organization, please inquire at meatandpotatoesoflife@gmail.com.


3 thoughts on “What’s Cookin’?

  1. Rebecca Seedlock March 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm Reply

    You are a terrific speaker! Congrat! Aunt B

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  2. Anonymous January 21, 2013 at 7:47 am Reply

    How cool is this Lisa! They are in for a blast… can’t imagine how excited you are.

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    • Lisa Smith Molinari January 21, 2013 at 11:04 am Reply

      I am excited, but I must be sure not to make a fool of myself which I am so good at!

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