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Q: Your wife is a woman after my own heart because she does not try to compete with you in the style department.
A: She likes comfort dressing. She’s a classic dresser. As you can see from some of her clothes, she wears beautiful clothes. But she doesn’t like to be out there.
Q: Does she enjoy your suggestions about what she should wear?
A: Yeah, I think she appreciates it. I rely on her almost every day: “Does this look OK?” And she’s brutally honest, Oh, I think that’s going a little far [Laughter].
Q: Did you and Cindie consciously raise a style icon/chef, your daughter Casey?
A: She is clearly a fashionista, as you once pointed out in your column. She was featured in Vogue magazine in Japan for walking down the streets of New York. She picked all that up on her own. She was on her merry way working on a degree in art history or theology and ended up a well-dressed chef in New York. She’s a very talented line cook. She will be a chef.
Q: Can you cook anything?
A: I can cook anything. I was a little shy about soufflés until this past February. I took a weeklong boot camp at CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in bistro cooking and I just had a ball. It was wonderful. Now I feel quite adept at soufflés.
Q: Do you ever lose your temper?
A: Not very often. I could count not even on one hand the number of times I have in the last 10 years. My parents were really optimistic people and we always went through life with our glasses half full.
Interviews are edited. To contact C.J. try email@example.com and to see her watch FOX 9’s “Buzz.”