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Break out the moose chili. Sarah Palin is back with her latest television project and she wants to give viewers a hearty taste of the great outdoors.

The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate held court with reporters over breakfast at the TV critics press tour. She was there to promote a new unscripted series -- "Amazing America with Sarah Palin" -- premiering April 3 on the Sportsman Channel.

"You know how much I love critics and the media," said Palin, coaxing a burst of boisterous laughter. "So a room full of television critics, you can't beat this combination for pleasure."

Hosted by Palin, "Amazing America" will send a group of correspondents across the country to introduce its audience to outdoors-loving citizens. Also included: Segments in Alaska with Palin and her family.

Dubbed the "first lady of the outdoors" by an executive for the channel, Palin rocked a pair of showy, star-spangled pumps and was bursting with energy as she talked about wanting to restore "that Americana spirit" by coaxing viewers off the couch and into nature.

And though the Sportsman Channel naturally draws a predominantly male audience, Palin stressed that she wants to plug young girls into what the Sportsman Channel dubs the "red, wild and blue" lifestyle.


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"I think this world would be better off if we had more young women holding a fish in a picture than holding their camera in front of a bathroom mirror, taking a selfie," she said.

Palin, who later cheerfully mingled with the media and avoided talking politics, was so accommodating that she urged reporters to come up to Alaska and join the family for some outdoors adventures. She even promised to put an "extra helping of moose chili in the crock pot."

"That is the way we can connect, and you can see us unguarded, unchained, and living that red, wild, and blue life ... what America used to be," she said.

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