The sun streams in through Oprah's kitchen windows; birds chirp in the garden. Inside, Oprah is making lunch for her longtime beau, Stedman Graham, expertly assembling his favorite sandwich from a recipe she created herself.
"Because Tina was like, 'Oprah, Oprah, you need to do this.You need to do it.' It took her 75 to do it and now you tell me I need to do it," she said of her famous singer friend's wedding to German music producer Erwin Bach in July.This is a lovely moment, one you might even call intimate—except for the 30-person camera crew surrounding them.Knowing that Oprah delights in cooking—and by all accounts is quite fantastic at it—we asked her to share a few of her secrets, including the Love Sandwich. The next morning, Rori made another one, shown here. Stedman Graham is the author of IDENTITY: Passport to Freedom.Even then, Winfrey knew she didn't want to tie the knot.
"The moment he asked me to marry him I was like: 'Oh God, now I actually have to get married?
"If you were to ask him, he would say the same thing. I've taught him to be non-traditional."Winfrey had concerns about how marriage would change her life, as well as how it would possibly affect her relationship with Graham.
"The very idea of what it means to be a wife and the responsibility and sacrifice that carries—I wouldn't have held that very well. It took up all of my energy," she told host Lorraine Kelly.
She's just an exceptional cook and an exceptional person. Stedman: And all the work she does and the effort she puts into anything she does— Oprah: Thank you! Hey, honey, what do you think is the best thing I've ever made?
Stedman: The best thing you made was when you marinated the chicken overnight—how'd you do that? I went to the garden and I picked herbs, and then I pulverized the herbs, and then I rubbed the herbs on the chicken, and then let it sit overnight, and then sautéed the chicken in a skillet with the herbs.
So it's gonna involve some kind of herb—basil is my favorite—and usually some kind of grain or pasta. I've only made it for a couple of other people, so if you've had me make the Love Sandwich for you, you have to be somebody I really care about.