Monday, May 30, 2016

05/30 MEMORIAL DAY SPECIAL



JULIA COLLIN DAVISON – NEW CO-HOST AND THE EXECUTIVE FOOD EDITOR FOR THE BOOK DIVISION, AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN - CHATS SUMMER GRILLING 

ABOUT JULIA COLLIN DAVISON
Julia Collin Davison is the executive food editor for the book division of America’s Test Kitchen and is an on-screen test cook for America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen. She began working as a test cook for Cook’s Illustrated in 1999 and is responsible for the food and recipe development for all America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks. She holds an A.O.S. degree from the Culinary Institute of America and a B.A. in psychology and philosophy from SUNY Albany. Before coming to America’s Test Kitchen, she worked in Albany, the Berkshires, San Francisco, and the Napa Valley at several restaurants, catering companies, schools, and wineries. Julia resides in Natick, Massachusetts, where she enjoys cooking with her husband, Ian, and her daughter, Marta.

ABOUT AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN 
America’s Test Kitchen is the most-watched cooking show on public television—over 2 million viewers tune in each week—and in January 2016, America’s Test Kitchen will launch its 16th season. In addition to the popular segments that viewers have come to love and trust, like equipment reviews, taste tests, and foolproof recipes, the 16th season will feature even more content and numerous visits with well-loved chefs!

The test kitchen chefs cook America’s favorite recipes with host Christopher Kimball and deconstruct each recipe to reveal the test kitchen’s secrets to foolproof cooking at home. This season includes 57 all-new recipes, including Raspberry Charlotte, Black Bean Burgers, Foolproof New York Cheesecake, Crispy Salt and Pepper Shrimp, Duck Fat–Roasted Potatoes, Cuban Braised Shredded Beef, Chicken Mole Poblano, Ultimate Charcoal-Grilled Steaks, Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, and more.
America’s Test Kitchen is shot just outside Boston. The test cooks are dedicated to finding the best methods for preparing foolproof home-cooked meals. The 2,500-square-foot test kitchen in which America’s Test Kitchen is shot is the same kitchen where three dozen full-time test cooks work, testing and retesting recipes 20, 30, and sometimes 50 times, until they find the recipe that they are confident will work every time.

MASTER OF THE GRILL: FOOLPROOF RECIPES, TOP-RATED GADGETS, GEAR & INGREDIENTS PLUS CLEVER TEST KITCHEN TIPS & FASCINATING FOOD SCIENCE
Part field guide to grilling and barbecuing and part cookbook, Master of the Grill features a wide variety of kitchen-tested recipes for meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, pizza, and more. These are the recipes everyone should know how to make— the juiciest burgers, barbecue chicken that’s moist not tough, tender grill-smoked pork ribs, the greatest steak (and grilled potatoes to serve alongside). Regional specialties are included, too—learn how to make Cowboy Steaks, Alabama BBQ Chicken, and Kansas City Sticky Ribs. Colorful photography captures the beauty of the recipes and step-by-step shots guide you through everything you need to know. A section on grilling essentials covers the pros and cons of gas and charcoal grills and which might be right for you, as well as the tools you’ll use with them— such as grill brushes, tongs, vegetable baskets, and wood chips and chunks.

"A terrifically accessible and useful guide to grilling in all its forms that sets a new bar for its competitors on the bookshelf." –Publishers Weekly

Are precut steak tips worth buying? Why make divots in burgers? What’s the best supermarket barbecue sauce? (And when is it worth splurging for the high-end one?) Are all grill tongs created equal? America’s most trusted test kitchen fires up the grill to answer those questions and many more in the inventive new book Master of the Grill.

With recipes and techniques arranged by skill level—from The Basics to The Easy Upgrades to The Serious Projects—cooks of all stripes can dive in and choose their outdoor cooking adventure. Make classic, contemporary, and regional recipes like Perfect Grilled Hamburgers, Barbecued Pulled Chicken, Grilled Tomato and Cheese Pizzas, and Kansas City Sticky Ribs, as well as Grill-Smoked Salmon, Grill-Roasted Prime Rib, Grilled Lobsters with Herbed Garlic Butter, andGrilled Fruit (with a variety of finishing sauces and glazes). Every recipe includes instructions for both charcoal and gas grills and there are hundreds of full-color recipe and step photos throughout the book.

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ENTERTAINING EXPERT MELANIE MANNARINO - SIZZLING PARTY IDEAS FOR YOUR SUMMER SOIREE


SIZZLING PARTY IDEAS FOR YOUR SUMMER SOIREE

Our Entertaining Expert will Dish the Hottest Tips and Tricks to Make Your Summer Entertaining a Breeze!

Ready to impress your guests this summer? Freshen up your next party or get-together with a few simple tips from entertaining expert Melanie Mannarino. She'll show us everything from how to prepare better-for-you snacks with a zesty kick, to how to keep your guests protected from those bothersome bugs.

Find out how to transform your backyard or home into a fun and festive environment! Whether you're grilling on the porch or serving up inside, Melanie has delicious ideas that will make entertaining at home easy, fun and effortless, leaving your guests hungry for more!

ABOUT MELANIE MANNARINO
Melanie Mannarino has spent the last 20 years as editor and writer for media brands includingShape, Better Homes & Gardens, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and HGTV Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Weight Watchers magazine. Previously, Melanie was digital director of Shape.com, where she doubled the frequency of fitness, food & nutrition, and healthy living content. Prior to that, she was Director of Content at Weight Watchers, where she oversaw food & recipes, fitness and lifestyle content across the US and Canada web sites and created and starred in numerous video series, include Curious Foodie. As Deputy Executive Editor of Redbook magazine, Melanie wrote the food and entertaining blog Serving Dish, and appeared as a judge on Iron Chef America.


ROBERT SINCLAIR (AAA SPOKESPERSON & TRAVEL EXPERT) AND SARAH ROBINSON (TIRE AND DRIVING SAFETY EXPERT) - AAA SUMMER ROAD TRIP GUIDE

FIND OUT WHAT AAA IS EXPECTING THIS MEMORIAL DAY & TRAVEL SEASON FOR ROADWAY WARRIORS! 

WHAT EVERYONE “AUTO” KNOW ABOUT CAR CARE! SUMMER ROAD TRIP GUIDE!

Learn How to Beat the Rush & be prepared for the Busiest Roadway Weekend of the Year!

Experts are calling this the year of the road trip! With gas prices at an all-time low AAA estimates that over half of American’s are planning to hit the open road this summer. Weather an overnight trip or a cross-country adventure it is important to make sure your cars maintenance is up-to-date. Find out why doing routine inspections and simply checking tires before a road trip is essential for summer road trip fun!

Robert Sinclair of AAA and Tire and Driving Safety Expert Sarah Robinson from Michelin, will give some simple fixes and go over do’s and don’ts that will save drives money and time. AAA expects to rescue nearly 350,000 motorists at the roadside over Memorial Day weekend! Your viewers will learn important tips to help keep them safe and having fun on their roadway vacations.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
PACKING WITH PURPOSE- Not overloading your car for trips
HIGH MAINTENANCE -Spend time enjoying your vacation, not fixing your car
TIRE CHECK-How to choose the right tires for your needs
THRIFTY INSPECTION-Super savings from simple automotive checks

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NUTRITIONIST, AUTHOR AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE HEALTHY SHOPPER INC, ANDREA DONSKY - TALKS ABOUT REPLACING “MYSTERY MEAT” WITH A “CLEANER WIENER”

Now That It’s Barbecue Season FRANKLY---MAY BE TIME FOR A WIENERVENTION
DEFINED AS: Replacing “Mystery Meat” with a “Cleaner Wiener” 

Americans love affair with the hot dog extends from backyard barbecues to ballparks during the summer months. Those in the know about top dog status say more than seven billion hot dogs will be eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Every year, people in the U.S. bite into an average of 60 wieners each.

BETTER FOR YOU BBQ FOR MEMORIAL DAY
With the average American downing about 2,000 calories at a cookout, how can you have your BBQ and eat it too

  • Not all hot dogs are created equal. Choose those that are lower in fat, don’t have added nitrites or nitrates and are lower in sodium.  A typical hot dog has about 16 grams of fat, but a natural one without preservatives, artificial ingredients and fillers can come in at 8 grams. Applegate has a line of all-natural hot dogs that are made with just 100 percent grass-fed beef, water, salt and spices.  Also, there are plenty of varieties, including chicken and turkey that cut down on calories and fat.  For burgers, go for turkey or if you want ground beef, choose 90 or 93 percent lean.
  • Roll with It:  White with whole grain, wheat, spelt – just as hot dog options have changed, so have the buns. 
  • Grilling is not just for meat any more. Grilling brings out the natural sweetness in vegetables. Veggie kebobs are fun and easy to do.  And many fruits taste even better when grilled such as pineapple, peaches, plums and watermelon. 
  • Have fun with condiments. Choose ketchup and mustard with less added sugar – check out the ingredient list and make sure it isn’t the first or second ingredient. But don’t just stop there, diced onions, avocadoes, sweet bell peppers add flavor as well as boosts the nutritional value as does salsa and relishes. 
  • Swap the sides.  Love potato salad, but not the fat? Try using Greek yogurt in the dressing instead of mayo, and get the creaminess, plus the added benefits of calcium and protein. Instead of creamy dressings for salads, use vinaigrettes made with heart healthy olive oils. 
APPLEGATE.COM

Friday, May 27, 2016

5/27 WAYNE NORBITZ, NATHAN’S FAMOUS, GEORGE SHEA, PENNY GADD-COSTER, RACK AND RIDDLE, STEVE EVANS

WAYNE NORBITZ & GEORGE SHEA CHAT ABOUT THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATHAN’S FAMOUS

FIND OUT WHY FOR ONE HISTORIC DAY, 5-CENT HOT DOGS ARE AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF A ‘FAMOUS’ TRADITION

In 1916, hot dogs sold for 5-cents.  That’s also the year that a legendary hot dog stand was opened in Coney Island, NY, by a visionary named Nathan Handwerker.  No one could have guessed at the time that Nathan’s Famous would become a world famous brand, loved by millions, and the sponsor of the world’s most famous eating competition.

Now, fast-forward to Friday, May 27th, 100 YEARS LATER!   Just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend, Nathan’s Famous is holding its 100th Anniversary celebration live from Coney Island, NY.   Your viewers and listeners can join in the celebration, and learn about an amazing tradition and the plan to provide 5-cent hotdogs nationwide hot dog lovers everywhere.

You will be speaking with Wayne Norbitz, President of Nathan’s Famous for 26 years, and George Shea, renowned as “The Godfather of Major League Eating” and the emcee of the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Eating contest each July 4th in Coney Island.   We hope you’ll agree that a visit to Coney Island is a great way to kick off the Memorial Day weekend.  For more information, visit: www.Nathans5Cent.com

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WWW.NATHANSFAMOUS.COM


PENNY GADD-COSTER – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF WINEMAKING, RACK AND RIDDLE

When wine industry veterans Rebecca Faust and Bruce Lundquist first set out to establish Rack & Riddle Winery, they envisioned a leading-edge facility using premium vineyards to produce wine in the heart of the North Coast wine country. But not long into planning, their goals stretched to include a still and sparkling custom crush facility for custom crush clientele, as well as for the Rack & Riddle wine brand.

Bringing together seven winemakers on staff, including the sought-after skills of winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster, Rack & Riddle specializes in processes that take an incredible amount of labor, time and equipment, but that result in superior wine.

Faust and Lundquist harness a combined expertise of 40 years to create a niche in the marketplace. It’s no small feat to make sparkling wine in the traditional méthode champenoise. As such, most wineries don’t attempt it. Rack & Riddle unlocks the ability to create outstanding, award-winning sparkling wines for a host of brands.

From small boutique wineries to large multi-national wine producers and everyone in between, Rack & Riddle provides unparalleled custom crush and winemaking services to all of our partners. We ensure our custom crush clients receive exactly what is needed, from an all-inclusive “grape to glass” experience, or by simply assisting with existing winemaking and production needs.

Making sparkling wine can be achieved in a variety of different ways. However, if you are as dedicated as we are about creating superior sparkling wines from only the best grape sources—as Faust and Lundquist learned from their history at Piper Sonoma and J Vineyards, respectively—the only way to make sparkling wine is by méthode champenoise.

Across the winemaking industry only a handful of wineries are engaged in custom méthode champenoise. Rack & Riddle stands nearly alone in that respect, especially in California, by offering the age-old, traditional French method.

The roots of this method are fascinating—engineered in the early 1600’s by Dominican monks in the Champagne region of France, monk Dom Perignon is said to have mused about the champagne bubbles, “I am drinking the stars”.

Creating those effervescent “stars” is a labor of love involving two fermentations and a process of “riddling” to remove the lees from the bottle.

In fact, Rack & Riddle’s very name is inspired by the process. “Racking” alludes to the process of removing sediment from still wine and “riddling” is the counterpart process for sparkling wine. The Rack & Riddle brand logo reflects this in its imagery of a historic French riddling rack.

From the start—as blueprints were drafted and ground broke in 2007—it was of utmost importance that Rack & Riddle was built with winemakers in mind. True to Rack & Riddle’s way of operating and treating each other as family, the initial team members were an integral part in the founding and design of Rack & Riddle’s first 125,000-foot winemaking facility.

Together Bruce, Rebecca, Oded Shakked (Bruce’s former business partner at Longboard Vineyards), consulting winemaker the late Raphaël Brisbois, winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster, former production manager Lisa Kashin and cellar master, the late Tom Meeker, helped design the organic-certified still and sparkling custom crush facility, and choose the very best equipment.

Today, nine years later, Rack & Riddle’s team has grown to more than 75 employees, including expert winemaking, production and cellar staff, and on-site lab team.

Our continuing interaction with client winemakers means we are constantly learning, and always keeping an open mind to new ideas. It’s this philosophy that helps Rack & Riddle stay ahead of the curve when it comes to producing outstanding blends for our clients’ wine brands.

In 2013, we were thrilled to announce Rack & Riddle’s expansion into Sonoma County. This natural step for Rack & Riddle and the ability to offer services in the hub of the Sonoma winemaking region represents a milestone in the evolution of our company.

The centrally-located facilities, which officially opened January 1, 2014 (Rack & Riddle Alexander Valley) and June 1, 2014 (Rack & Riddle Healdsburg) increased winemaking space, bottling and stainless steel tank and tirage storage capacity. The move to Sonoma County also allows clients to state “Healdsburg” on their labels—all attractive benefits we’re thrilled to offer with our new facilities.

With its unique blend of traditional methods along with the best new technology, Rack & Riddle is dedicated to sustainable farming practices, allowing nature to bring out the unique attributes of every winegrape that passes through our facilities. Rack & Riddle is California certified organic for those brands wishing to produce organic labels.

We are about more than just slapping a label on a bottle or mass producing wines. We are about ensuring the true nature of the wines shines through so distinctively that you’ll be proud to share, sell, and taste for yourself the wines crafted with our care, passion and expertise.

In short, we help our custom crush clients create wine that’s ready to stand neck and neck with the area’s best.

We hope you will raise a glass of bubbly with us to celebrate what so many have worked so hard to create. As a legacy of excellence in sparkling and still wines is forged, our greatest goal is that you will join us on the journey!

RACKANDRIDDLE.COM


STEVE EVANS – THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

05/25 THOMAS HOUSEMAN, ANNE AMIE VINEYARDS, STEVE STRAUSS, BANK OF AMERICA SURVEY, GRAMMY-NOMINATED COUNTRY SINGER TRACE ADKINS, PBS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT

THOMAS HOUSEMAN - WINEMAKER, ANNE AMIE VINEYARDS

Pinot reigns supreme at Anne Amie Vineyards with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc forming the heart of our production. Complementing the pinot family is Old-Vine Estate Riesling and Müller Thurgau, planted in 1979.  Our vineyards are located in the rolling hills of the Yamhill-Carlton District and on the steep hillsides of the Chehalem Mountains, both nestled in Oregon’s verdant Willamette Valley.  Our tasting room hosts breathtaking views of our vineyards and the Pacific Coast Range. We look forward to your visit.

HISTORY:
When Dr. Robert Pamplin, one of Oregon’s most forward-thinking philanthropists and businessmen, purchased the historic Chateau Benoit Winery in 1999, his vision was to create wines of the highest quality to reflect his passion for excellence. To this end Dr. Pamplin has charged winemaker Thomas Houseman and winegrower Jason Tosch with the task of crafting extraordinary pinot noir. Thomas, Jason, and the rest of the crew are absolutely passionate about producing wines of the finest quality and have dedicated their lives to this quest. For more information about Dr. Pamplin, Thomas, Jason and the entire Anne Amie team, read their bios.

Pinot reigns supreme at Anne Amie Vineyards with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc forming the heart of our production. Complementing the pinot family is Old-Vine Estate Riesling and Müller Thurgau, planted in 1979. As with all great wines, our’s start in the vineyards. We are fortunate to have some of Oregon’s best sites, all of which are Salmon Safe and LIVE certified. Our estate vineyards, along with those we purchase from, receive only the minimal required treatments and yields are dramatically reduced in order to give fruit with great depth and complexity.

Our estate vineyards are located in the rolling hills of the Yamhill-Carlton District and on the steep hillsides of the Chehalem Mountains, both nestled in Oregon’s verdant Willamette Valley. Our LIVE certified winery is located on our Yamhill-Carlton property, a few miles from both Lafayette and Carlton, Oregon. We are proud to be part of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, and the Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers.

ABOUT THOMAS HOUSEMAN:
Thomas’ winemaking career unofficially began in the basement of his parent’s home in Hampton Roads, Virginia. His Welch’s grape juice and orange juice concentrate wines are lost in time, but we’re sure they’d be showing well if any remained. Thomas narrowly escaped blindness from this stage of his life and went on to New York City, where he pursued a career in modern dance. Traveling the globe performing was great but it did not get him much free beer. So, he bought a book and taught himself to brew.

With the creativity of a dancer, the eye of a scientist, and the encouragement of friends who loved the free beer, the passion for fermenting reemerged. Thomas left the stage and went back to school at CSU Fresno in the enology program. It was there he fell in love with Pinot noir. And, across the globe he embarked again, first to California’s Anderson Valley, then to New Zealand, and finally to Oregon. After four years at Ponzi Vineyards, Thomas saw the opportunity to express himself at Anne Amie Vineyards where he is happy he can still use words like balance, grace, fluidity, elegance, power and style- words that once described his dancing, now describe his wines. In his free time, Thomas still brews, having dragged his equipment across the US. Yoga and running have replaced dance, but winemaking remains the common thread that started in a basement and continues at Anne Amie.

ANNEAMIE.COM


STEVE STRAUSS, SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTAND USA TODAY COLUMNIST - BANK OF AMERICA SURVEY FINDS ONLY THREE PERCENT OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS SEE EDUCATION AS MOST IMPORTANT HIRING FACTOR

BANK OF AMERICA SURVEY FINDS ONLY THREE PERCENT OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS SEE EDUCATION AS MOST IMPORTANT HIRING FACTOR 

Findings Suggest Small Business Owners Concerned About Health Care Costs and Minimum Wage

This month, Bank of America released the spring 2016 Small Business Owner Report, a semi-annual study exploring the concerns, aspirations and perspectives of 1,000 small business owners (SBOs) across the country. This iteration of the report explores the state of small business, including attitudes toward the overall economy, growth expectations and how the upcoming elections are impacting SBOs’ future plans.

According to the survey, nearly half (49%) of SBOs said skill level is the most important factor when hiring a potential candidate and only 3% said education. The report found that the characteristics SBOs value most in an employee are trustworthiness (75%) and a strong work ethic (70%), while characteristics such as tech savviness (27%) and a knowledge of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) (12%), were less valued. Of those SBOs who are planning to hire this year (22%), the majority (54%) are hiring part-time candidates.

Small business expert Steve Strauss is available to discuss hiring trends and the emphasis on skill over education.

STEVE TALKS ABOUT:

  • The changing face of the workforce – Only 3% of those surveyed said education was the most important factor when hiring a potential candidate. Skill level is the most important factor in hiring according to 49% of SBOs, followed by fit with company culture (24%) and previous work experience (24%). There is also a preference for hiring Gen-X employees (47%) over millennials (26%) and baby boomers (8%). 
  • Trustworthiness is the most wanted trait when hiring – While the majority of SBOs value trustworthiness (75%) the most when hiring a candidate, other top characteristics include being hardworking (70%), problem solving (51%), logical thinking (47%) and strong communication (45%).
  • Minimum wage, health care costs raise concerns – If the minimum wage was to be raised, 57% of SBOs would need to take financial measures to adjust for an increase, such as increasing the price of products or services (23%). In terms of health care costs, 74% of SBOs reported a concern that health care costs will impact their business. Since last year, health care costs have risen for 69% of SBOs who offer coverage.
  • SBOs hiring part-time and full-time workers – Of those who hired employees last year, they hired evenly full-time and part-time workers (52% and 51% respectively). Looking ahead, majorities plan to hire both part-time workers (54%) as well as full-time workers (51%). Twenty-six percent plan to add freelancers, independent contractors or skilled specialists.
  • SBOs are concerned about the upcoming elections – More than two-thirds (67%) report the upcoming presidential election will affect their business “a lot” or “somewhat.” When voting, SBOs are taking both personal and business considerations into account. Roughly one-third give more weight to their personal views, while 15% approach voting from a business perspective. More than half take both into consideration evenly. The top issues SBOs take into account when voting are: taxes, health care policy, and the economy and job growth.   

MORE ABOUT STEVEN STRAUSS:
Steven D. Strauss, often called "the country's leading small business expert," is an internationally recognized author, lawyer, and speaker. Steve is the author of 15 books. Steve’s highly syndicated business column, Ask an Expert, appears weekly at USATODAY.com He is also the small business columnist for Microsoft, and AT&T who calls him “America’s Small Business Expert.” A highly sought after commentator and media guest, Steve has been featured on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg Television, The O’Reilly Factor, and the BBC. He has been a regular guest on MSNBC’s small business show, Your Business. Steve has been seen in many magazines and newspapers, including Time, Inc., Entrepreneur, New York, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Daily News, and scores of others. Steve regularly speaks to groups the world over regarding business matters, including a recent visit to the United Nations. He has also recently acted as the small business spokesperson for Bank of America, Humana Insurance, and Capitol One, among others. Steve is the president of The Strauss Group, Inc: Strauss Law Firm, Strauss Seminar Co., and Strauss Syndication. He graduated from UCLA, the Claremont Graduate School, the Coro Foundation, and the McGeorge School of Law.

WWW.BANKOFAMERICA.COM/SMALLBUSINESS


GRAMMY-NOMINATED COUNTRY SINGER TRACE ADKINS - PBS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT LIVE FROM THE U.S. CAPITOL SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2016

GARY SINISE AND JOE MANTEGA CO-HOST ANNUAL NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE HONORING OUR AMERICAN HEROES: PBS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT

Live From the U.S. Capitol, All-Star Line-Up Features General Colin Powell, Renee Fleming, The Beach Boys, Katharine McPhee, Trace Adkins, S. Epatha Merkerson, Esai Morales and Alfie Boe with Special Performance of National Anthem By AMERICAN IDOL Season 15 Winner Trent Harmon

For over a quarter century, PBS has inspired viewers with the annual broadcast of the multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (#MemDayPBS), dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.  Live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the night of remembrance will honor the over 400,000 valiant men and women who are laid to rest in the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery; and chronicle the experiences of the millions of American veterans who still suffer from the seen and unseen wounds of war.

Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (CRIMINAL MINDS) and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CRIMINAL MINDS: WITHOUT BORDERS) are set to co-host this poignant and heart-warming event for the 11th year.  The acclaimed actors, whose dedication to the show is evident, are also longtime supporters of veterans’ causes and our troops in active service.   The all-star line-up includes: distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning classical superstar Renee Fleming; iconic music legends The Beach Boys; gifted actress and singer Katharine McPhee (SCORPION); country music star and Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry Trace Adkins; Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson (CHICAGO MED, LAW & ORDER); Award-winning actor Esai Morales (MOZART IN THE JUNGLE); plus Tony Award-winning international sensation Alfie Boe, who has just joined the Broadway cast of the smash hit FINDING NEVERLAND; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.  And marking the end of an era, Trent Harmon, the final winner of AMERICAN IDOL, will open the show with a special performance of the “National Anthem.”

women who are laid to rest in the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery; and chronicle the experiences of the millions of American veterans who still suffer from the seen and unseen wounds of war.

Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (CRIMINAL MINDS) and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CRIMINAL MINDS: WITHOUT BORDERS) are set to co-host this poignant and heart-warming event for the 11th year.  The acclaimed actors, whose dedication to the show is evident, are also longtime supporters of veterans’ causes and our troops in active service.   The all-star line-up includes: distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning classical superstar Renee Fleming; iconic music legends The Beach Boys; gifted actress and singer Katharine McPhee (SCORPION); country music star and Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry Trace Adkins; Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson (CHICAGO MED, LAW & ORDER); Award-winning actor Esai Morales (MOZART IN THE JUNGLE); plus Tony Award-winning international sensation Alfie Boe, who has just joined the Broadway cast of the smash hit FINDING NEVERLAND; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.  And marking the end of an era, Trent Harmon, the final winner of AMERICAN IDOL, will open the show with a special performance of the “National Anthem.”

The 27th annual broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT airs live on PBS Sunday, May 29, 2016, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

5/25 LARRY LIPSON, ANDREA DONSKY, JULIA DIMON

LARRY LIPSON – AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT
For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Florida weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.


NUTRITIONIST, AUTHOR AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE HEALTHY SHOPPER INC, ANDREA DONSKY - TALKS ABOUT REPLACING “MYSTERY MEAT” WITH A “CLEANER WIENER”

Now That It’s Barbecue Season FRANKLY---MAY BE TIME FOR A WIENERVENTION
DEFINED AS: Replacing “Mystery Meat” with a “Cleaner Wiener” 

Americans love affair with the hot dog extends from backyard barbecues to ballparks during the summer months. Those in the know about top dog status say more than seven billion hot dogs will be eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Every year, people in the U.S. bite into an average of 60 wieners each.

BETTER FOR YOU BBQ FOR MEMORIAL DAY
With the average American downing about 2,000 calories at a cookout, how can you have your BBQ and eat it too

  • Not all hot dogs are created equal. Choose those that are lower in fat, don’t have added nitrites or nitrates and are lower in sodium.  A typical hot dog has about 16 grams of fat, but a natural one without preservatives, artificial ingredients and fillers can come in at 8 grams. Applegate has a line of all-natural hot dogs that are made with just 100 percent grass-fed beef, water, salt and spices.  Also, there are plenty of varieties, including chicken and turkey that cut down on calories and fat.  For burgers, go for turkey or if you want ground beef, choose 90 or 93 percent lean.
  • Roll with It:  White with whole grain, wheat, spelt – just as hot dog options have changed, so have the buns. 
  • Grilling is not just for meat any more. Grilling brings out the natural sweetness in vegetables. Veggie kebobs are fun and easy to do.  And many fruits taste even better when grilled such as pineapple, peaches, plums and watermelon. 
  • Have fun with condiments. Choose ketchup and mustard with less added sugar – check out the ingredient list and make sure it isn’t the first or second ingredient. But don’t just stop there, diced onions, avocadoes, sweet bell peppers add flavor as well as boosts the nutritional value as does salsa and relishes. 
  • Swap the sides.  Love potato salad, but not the fat? Try using Greek yogurt in the dressing instead of mayo, and get the creaminess, plus the added benefits of calcium and protein. Instead of creamy dressings for salads, use vinaigrettes made with heart healthy olive oils. 

APPLEGATE.COM


HOST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S “WORD TRAVELS” SERIES, JULIA DIMON – TIPS FOR TAKING SPECIAL ‘SHARE FOREVER’ VACATIONS

Travel Junkie and Host of National Geographic International’s Word Play
FIND OUT WHY JULIA DIMON IS WORKING TO GET THE BEST REWARDS FOR YOUR TRAVEL DOLLARS!

TRAVEL JUNKIE JULIA’S TIPS FOR TAKING SPECIAL ‘SHARE FOREVER’ VACATIONS 

The renowned TRAVEL JUNKIE, Julia Dimon has visited more than 80 countries during her career as one of the top travel experts in the nation. The TV host for National Geographic Word Travels has hiked with mountain gorillas in Uganda, gone to radioactive Chernobyl, been 'tortured' in a Latvian prison and eaten live scorpions, bugs and slugs all across the globe. Now, this amazing lady is ready to share some of her travel secrets for making exotic vacations affordable or local vacations more exciting. Find out how simply taking advantage of loyalty programs and other tips can be the difference between an OK vacation and a five-star memorable experience.

Dimon will be live from a beautiful Miami, Fla, to explain why this is the best time of year for travel deals, and how you can take advantage of them.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN FROM THE TRAVEL JUNKIE:

  • What's new and hot this summer
  • Off-the-radar destinations that provide more bang for your buck
  • Summer survival guide: tips and tricks to beat the heat, the crowds, the high prices (apps, websites)
  • How to get more from your summer vacation by taking advantage of rewards and exclusive benefits available through loyalty programs, such as IHG Rewards Club

Julia’s show is called Word Travels and appears on National Geographic Adventure, Travel Channel UK, Halogen, Outside TV, City-TV and OLN. She has also hosted a popular online 18-part travel series, Destination Getaway, for MSNBC, and she hosts a series of segments for Outside Television called “Urban Adventures.”  Dimon has also been featured as an expert on CNN, New York Times, ABC Nightline, Forbes Traveler, Travel & Leisure Magazine, Lonely Planet, etc.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5/24 DALE FLEMING, THE HEALTHIEST CITIES & COUNTIES CHALLENGE, ENTERTAINING EXPERT MELANIE MANNARINO, ROBERT SINCLAIR, SARAH ROBINSON, AAA SUMMER ROAD TRIP GUIDE


DALE FLEMING - STRATEGY DIRECTOR FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO'S HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY - SAN DIEGO RECOGNIZED AS AN INNOVATOR CITY IN THE HEALTHIEST CITIES & COUNTIES CHALLENGE

What do Tulsa, Cleveland, Kansas City, San Diego, Durham, and New Haven have in common? They’ve signed on to the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, a new initiative to provide recognition and awards totaling $1.5 million to communities showing measurable changes in health and wellness. The Challenge, a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the National Association of Counties will award innovation in just 50 small to mid-size cities, counties and federally recognized tribes making significant positive health impact.

San Diego County seeks to build upon the Live Well San Diego vision of healthy, safe and thriving communities by focusing on job creation, crime and safety, improving access to healthy foods through urban agriculture, strengthening families, improving community aesthetics through artwork, and increasing community capacity for leadership and civic engagement.

Live Well San Diego is a comprehensive, long-term initiative on health that aims to take action through local partnerships so the next generation of San Diegans can live longer and healthier lives. For the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, LiveWell is collaborating with Project New Village and the Urban Collaborative.

MORE ABOUT DALE FLEMING:
Ms. Dale Fleming is the Strategy Director for the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency. In this role, she coordinates and supports the implementation of Live Well San Diego, a collective impact effort to realize healthy safe and thriving communities and residents throughout the county. In addition, she is the Executive Director of the County’s Community Action Partnership, which provides services to strengthen economically disadvantaged communities and the citizens who reside there. With nearly 30 years’ experience in administering health and social services programs, Ms. Fleming has led various strategic planning, policy development, community indicators and performance measurement initiatives. In addition, she provided executive leadership over the County’s public assistance and health coverage eligibility programs and policies for six years.

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ENTERTAINING EXPERT MELANIE MANNARINO - SIZZLING PARTY IDEAS FOR YOUR SUMMER SOIREE

SIZZLING PARTY IDEAS FOR YOUR SUMMER SOIREE

Our Entertaining Expert will Dish the Hottest Tips and Tricks to Make Your Summer Entertaining a Breeze!

Ready to impress your guests this summer? Freshen up your next party or get-together with a few simple tips from entertaining expert Melanie Mannarino. She'll show us everything from how to prepare better-for-you snacks with a zesty kick, to how to keep your guests protected from those bothersome bugs.

Find out how to transform your backyard or home into a fun and festive environment! Whether you're grilling on the porch or serving up inside, Melanie has delicious ideas that will make entertaining at home easy, fun and effortless, leaving your guests hungry for more!

ABOUT MELANIE MANNARINO
Melanie Mannarino has spent the last 20 years as editor and writer for media brands includingShape, Better Homes & Gardens, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and HGTV Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Weight Watchers magazine. Previously, Melanie was digital director of Shape.com, where she doubled the frequency of fitness, food & nutrition, and healthy living content. Prior to that, she was Director of Content at Weight Watchers, where she oversaw food & recipes, fitness and lifestyle content across the US and Canada web sites and created and starred in numerous video series, include Curious Foodie. As Deputy Executive Editor of Redbook magazine, Melanie wrote the food and entertaining blog Serving Dish, and appeared as a judge on Iron Chef America.


ROBERT SINCLAIR (AAA SPOKESPERSON & TRAVEL EXPERT) AND SARAH ROBINSON (TIRE AND DRIVING SAFETY EXPERT) - AAA SUMMER ROAD TRIP GUIDE

FIND OUT WHAT AAA IS EXPECTING THIS MEMORIAL DAY & TRAVEL SEASON FOR ROADWAY WARRIORS! 

WHAT EVERYONE “AUTO” KNOW ABOUT CAR CARE! SUMMER ROAD TRIP GUIDE!

Learn How to Beat the Rush & be prepared for the Busiest Roadway Weekend of the Year!

Experts are calling this the year of the road trip! With gas prices at an all-time low AAA estimates that over half of American’s are planning to hit the open road this summer. Weather an overnight trip or a cross-country adventure it is important to make sure your cars maintenance is up-to-date. Find out why doing routine inspections and simply checking tires before a road trip is essential for summer road trip fun!

Robert Sinclair of AAA and Tire and Driving Safety Expert Sarah Robinson from Michelin, will give some simple fixes and go over do’s and don’ts that will save drives money and time. AAA expects to rescue nearly 350,000 motorists at the roadside over Memorial Day weekend! Your viewers will learn important tips to help keep them safe and having fun on their roadway vacations.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
PACKING WITH PURPOSE- Not overloading your car for trips
HIGH MAINTENANCE -Spend time enjoying your vacation, not fixing your car
TIRE CHECK-How to choose the right tires for your needs
THRIFTY INSPECTION-Super savings from simple automotive checks

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