08/31/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT
>• The chef, 67, has cause to celebrate. She stars in America's longest-running continuous cooking show.
THE SECRET TO SUCCESS I keep the show fresh, real and doable. I want to have fun but I want to teach too.
HER FAN CLUB I get e-mails saying, "Will you marry me?" I put them on the refrigerator and say to my husband, "Just step out of line, buddy, and you'll see. I can walk anytime!"
20TH-ANNIVERSARY PRESENT I have a new kitchen. I told Emeril [Lagasse], "You may have a band, but you don't have a kitchen like this!" The best thing is the sink is in the front, so there are no more butt shots.