Over the course of two phone conversations and one lengthy voicemail message, actress Courtney Thorne-Smith uses the word "yummy" 11 times. It's her favorite word, and the 36-year-old, honey-haired star of ABC's According to Jim dispenses it in ways that Daniel Webster never dreamed. At one point, she even describes a bookstore as "yummy." (She'll explain later.) The irony, of course, is that "yummy" is how some of Thorne-Smith's less politically correct fans would describe her.
The gorgeous San Francisco native has had an enviable run of success on television, beginning with Fox's prime time soap opera Melrose Place, then playing Calista Flockhart's friend and rival on Ally McBeal, before moving on to According to Jim, in which she plays Jim Belushi's extremely patient wife.
Whenever she can get a break from filming the Los Angeles-based sitcom, Thorne-Smith loves escaping to the mountains of Colorado, where her dear mother has lived for 12 years. If you ask her, it's the yummiest place on Earth.
Let's start off where most people start off in Colorado - in Denver. Do you remember your first great Denver experience?
"Oh boy, I guess everyone's first great Denver experience is going to a football game at Mile High Stadium. Then right afterward, we went to the ChopHouse for dinner - and boy, was it yummy. Anytime I eat in a city, I kind of fall in love with it. [laughs] That's how I judge a city. And if you want a great big piece of meat, go to Denver. Anyway, this was a few years ago, and the funny thing is, I hardly remember anything about the game. I guess I should, huh? The entire town is all about the Broncos. John Elway is still God around Denver."