Oklahoma schoolteacher to appear on Harry Connick Jr. show
Lynnette Wininger Butler, a Checotah middle school teacher who shares recipes as the "Country Cooking Cowgirl," is set to appear on the Thursday episode of Harry Connick Jr.'s daytime talk show.
"Harry" airs at noon on KOCO in Oklahoma City.
Butler entered a contest when watching the show, and later received a call from New York.
"Yeah, who do I know from New York?" she thought at the time.
As it turned out, it was a producer from "Harry," asking what she would cook for Harry Connick, Jr.
She pitched the idea of making some bacon, country gravy and homemade biscuits. That must have sounded tasty, because, Butler said, "they flew me to New York and filmed it live in front of a studio audience."
That was in March; now the rest of Oklahoma will get to see Butler and Connick interact as well.
"He was the coolest guy," she said. "He was very generous, very kind and sincere," even offering a handshake to Butler's fiance in the audience.
Butler plans a cookbook, and said many of her recipes have been handed down for generations.
Butler can be found via Facebook, where she lists the Country Cooking Cowgirl name alongside her own. She says food is more than just sustenance. It's a way to show love and appreciation to family and friends.
"Ever since I was a little girl, I was in the kitchen," she said. "It's a passion of mine."