Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mon Jun 1, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Carol Widman "Carol Widman’s Candy Company"
The original Widman tradition of handmade quality candy spans four generations, originating in 1885 in Dubuque, IA with William Widman I. Four generations have allowed the Widman family to develop a special quality of product and unique use of ingredients, including our famous “Chocolate Covered Potato Chips” or "Chippers".

Chef Enzo Febbraro - D'Acqua Ristorante - Washington DC
Chef Enzo Febbraro is the well-respected executive chef at the politically acclaimed D’Acqua Ristorante. His experience and skills are far-reaching, providing an outstanding basis for producing world-class meals that dazzle diners, time and again. He has helped D’Acqua remain the culinary home of many of Washington’s politically elite, including senators, congress members, and First Lady, Laura Bush, as well as many White House staff members. He has also personally cooked for the past two presidents.

Lou Kapcsandy President/ Owner - Kapcsandy Family Wines
Our family – Lou, Roberta and son Louis Jr. – purchased the property in May, 2000. This vineyard was known to us for many years from Beringer's winemaker’s Myron Nightingale and Ed Sbragia. The wines from State Lane vineyard continued to be highly sought after. The 1995 State Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded 95 points by the Wine Spectator as the top Cabernet Sauvignon in California. Robert Parker has consistently rated the wines at 90-plus points. In 2001, we teamed up with legendary winemaker Helen Turley and her viticulturist husband John Wetlaufer. We conducted comprehensive investigations of soils profile, physical properties, soils chemistry, geological formation and drainage. To our amazement and pleasure, we discovered a unique vineyard with multiple micro-geological conditions. We have great respect, admiration and love for this very special land in Yountville, CA, and decided to redevelop the vineyard for its utmost potential and produce world-class red wines under our family label.

Vince Ferragamo - quarterback NFL and CFL
born in Torrance, California - an American football quarterback in the National Football League and Canadian Football League. He played for the Los Angeles Rams (1977-1980 and 1982-1984), Buffalo Bills (1985) and Green Bay Packers (1985-1986). After leading the 9-7 Rams to road victories over the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1979 NFL Playoffs, Ferragamo started for the Rams in Super Bowl XIV, in which the Rams led after three quarters of play before being overwhelmed by the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19. Ferragamo enjoyed his best statistical season in 1980 in which he threw for 30 touchdowns, tied for second most in the NFL. The Rams again made the playoffs, but were defeated by Dallas, 34-13 in an NFC Wild Card Playoff game. On December 26, 1982, Ferragamo threw for 509 yards in a game against the Chicago Bears, at the time the second highest passing mark in league history behind former Ram Norm Van Brocklin. It was the third time in league history that a quarterback had passed for over 500 yards in a game, the first by Norm Van Brocklin (554 yards) and the second by Y.A. Tittle (505 yards). Subsequent to his return, Ferragamo led the Rams back to the NFL playoffs during the 1983 season behind the running of rookie Eric Dickerson. After beating the favored Cowboys in Irving in the wild card matchup 24-17, Ferragamo and the Rams were drubbed by the defending Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl-bound Washington Redskins by the score of 51-7. He has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated twice, once in 1980 and again in 1981. Ferragamo currently owns a real estate business in southern California-and is about to launch a private label company, Ferragamo-Migneco Vineyards, featuring fine quality domestic and imported wines. He is also the chairman of the Vince Ferragamo Foundation ( www.vffoundation.org ) a charitable organization that focuses on raising donations for children's organizations such as the Special Olympics and the Ronald McDonald House.

Robert Balzar - Wine Expert
The man responsible for awarding the coveted Holiday Magazine Restaurant awards has been a wine writer for more than 65 years. He has also been a retailer, an artist, an actor, a restaurateur and even a flight instructor, during World War II. He is also a Buddhist monk.Robert Lawrence Balzer has always been surrounded by Hollywood celebrities and in 1978 he teamed with producer Duke Goldstone and director - writer Dennis F. Stevens to produce a number of wine programs and commercials featuring the leading wineries of France and California.As of this writing he has a daily radio program on K-Mozart (105.1 FM in Los Angeles) and is still leading wine programs on cruise ships.Robert Lawrence Balzer was also the first serious writer-journalist in America. His love affair with wine began with Repeal, about the time he graduated Stanford and joined Balzer's, the family gourmet market on Larchmont Boulevard, just south of Paramount Studios, not far from the heart of Hollywood and mere miles from Beverly Hills. Customers included Cecil DeMille, Alfred Hitchcock, Ingrid Bergman, and Marlon Brando.In 1936, at the age of 24, Robert Lawrence was put in charge of the market's wine department. At the time, he knew nothing about wine, but soon learned. California wines were beginning to find their way onto retail shelves, after Prohibition's 13-year dry spell.Balzer put out a customer newsletter praising the wines stocked on the shelves of the Larchmont store; Almaden, Inglenook, and Paul Mason. Will Rogers Jr., a classmate at Stanford, was intrigued by Balzer's writing and in 1937 asked him to write a wine column for his newspaper, the Beverly Hills Citizen.After writing the first of his 11 books on wine, Robert Lawrence began branching out. He started writing for Travel Holiday magazine, which published his articles for more than two decades and until recently Balzer was the person responsible for granting the coveted Holiday Magazine Restaurant awards. In 1964, he began writing a weekly column for the Los Angles Times Magazine. A few years later, he launched Robert Lawrence Balzer's Private Guide to Food and Wine, quite likely the first wine newsletter in America.Robert Lawrence also has a spiritual side. Since the early `50s he has studied Buddhism, at one time at a temple in Cambodia where he was ordained a teaching monk. Indeed, teaching may be his greatest passion. Over the years winemakers have made regular pilgrimages to speak to Balzer's classes, which have developed an almost cult like following among students.At his annual birthday parties, those lucky enough to be invited mingle with owners of the world's greatest wineries, who fly to Southern California, and the City of Tustin, for the event.



Friday, May 29, 2009

Fri May 29, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Dr. Steven Pratt "SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life"
Dubbed “The Food Dude” by Oprah Winfrey and best-selling author of several books including SuperFoods Rx, Dr. Steven Pratt is an expert on the importance of nutrition & lifestyle choices to keep the body healthy & happy. In his books, Dr. Pratt teaches that if your "tank" is filled with the right foods, you can increase your chances of living a longer, healthier life. He’ll be sharing tips for everyone on maintaining digestive health & happiness year round and in the face of pandemics! Steven G. Pratt, M.D., is a world-renowned authority on the role of nutrition and lifestyle in the prevention of disease and optimization of health. He is a senior staff ophthalmologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California.

Barbara Balik - Cystic Fibrosis Director of Major Giving
The 20th Annual Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters Saturday
May 16th, 2009 6PM at Warner Bros., "Midwest Street"

David Hirsch Owner - Hirsch Vineyards
a true Character of the wine world this week. David Hirsch, an iconic grower of Pinot and Chardonnay on the true Coast of Sonoma county in California. His persona is one of a true pioneer, however he had humble beginnings in the womens clothing world prior to buying his 1100 acre estate back in 1980. Perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific at Fort Ross, Sonoma County, Hirsch Vineyards is the birth ground of great pinot noir on the Sonoma coast. David Hirsch founded the vineyard on the extreme Sonoma Coast to grow fruit and make site-specific wine. The pinot noir and chardonnay wines from Hirsch Winery give the passionate drinker an experience of the clash of opposites meeting in Nature and Life: the edge of the continent washed by the sea; the eviternal grinding of the North American and Pacific plates along the San Andreas Fault; the wet winters and dry summers caused by the ocean and desert climates; the dripping rainforest and parched pastures; the contact and intermingling of cultures: Native American, Mexican, Russian, European; the change in rural economy from logging and ranching to winegrowing.In the grapes and wines of Hirsch Vineyards and Winery you find a natural balance and consistency in the harmonious resolution of these opposites.Enjoy perfection from the edge.

Ingrid Martínez -Marketing Manager -Pollo Campero California
Pollo Campero was founded in 1971. Under the leadership of Dionisio Gutiérrez, a group of businessmen from Guatemala joined their efforts and shared the vision to create the Campero concept. In 1994, a new period began for Pollo Campero as it launched its franchise program that would take the Campero concept around the world . Today, Campero is a leading restaurant chain from Latin America, operating successfully for over 30 years. During the last 10 years, Campero has achieved many successes such as doubling our transactions and serving more than 75 million customers a year. Our growth is the direct result of the commitment that we have to our customers by offering an excellent product and service, backed by the work of an outstanding team whose strength is based on the values and principles of our company. All Campero restaurants, big or small, reflect the quality of the food they serve through the appearance of their great facilities. The establishments are brightly lit, spacious, modernly furnished and designed specially for Campero. The image of the Campero restaurants show the Latin American spirit the whole world loves. The decoration is contemporary but at the same time warm and friendly. All our customers feel at home, from rushing business people to families enjoying a meal together. Many of our restaurants emphasize their family orientation by including fun Play Areas for kids.

Steve Evans - "The Movie Guy
What's happening at the movies this weekend? Steve has all the info on what to see or maybe what to pass up. The hottest films and the biggest bombs from "The Movie Guy".



Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thu May 28, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Jeremy Wilkinson - Wine Merchant/Expert
In studio to talk about wine dinners, special wine imports and his vast knowledge of Australian and Foreign wines and their uses.

Erin McKenna - "BabyCakes: Vegan, Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York's Most Talked-About Bakery "
ERIN MCKENNA is the chef and owner of BabyCakes NYC, a bakery with outposts in New York City and West Hollywood. She received the prestigious Best Cupcake award in 2006 from New York magazine. Erin has been a guest on Martha Stewart Television and Food Network and has been featured in the New York Times, Food & Wine, Modern Bride, VegNews, Harper’s Bazaar, In Style, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Simply, BabyCakes is your key to an enlightened, indulgent, sweets-filled future. This is important news not only for parents whose children have allergies, for vegans, and for others who struggle with food sensitivities, but also for all you sugar-loving traditionalists. The recipes in these pages prove that there is a healthy alternative to recklessly made desserts, one that doesn't sacrifice taste or texture.Having experimented endlessly with alternative, health-conscious sweeteners, flours, and thickeners, Erin McKenna, the proprietress of beloved bakery BabyCakes NYC, developed these recipes–most are gluten-free, all are without refined sugar–in hopes of combating her own wheat, dairy, and sugar sensitivities. In BabyCakes, she shares detailed information about the ingredients she uses (coconut flour, xanthan gum, and agave nectar, for example) and how to substitute them properly for common ones–all the while guiding you safely through techniques she’s spent years perfecting. When BabyCakes NYC opened on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 2005, it helped propel the gluten-free and vegan baking movement into a new stratosphere. Suddenly there was a destination for those with wheat allergies and other dietary restrictions–and, soon enough, celebrities and dessert lovers of every kind–to indulge freely in delectable muffins and teacakes, brownies and cookies, pies and cobblers.

Mary White - "Running a Bed & Breakfast For Dummies"
Mary White is the go-to source in the bed & breakfast industry for opinions and advice. A noted expert on B&B travel, she has been involved in promoting and marketing B&Bs on the Web for more than a decade and has appeared in dozens of media outlets. Her site www.BnBFinder.com is hailed by professionals and consumers alike as the most informative B&B site on the Web. All the tools you need to start and run a profitable B&B. Do you dream of owning a B&B? This friendly, practical guide shows you how to make your dream a reality, with expert advice on everything from writing a business plan and finding the right location to handling situations you will encounter as an innkeeper. You'll make your guests feel at home, keep your inn in tip-top shape, and ensure your long-term success!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wed May 27, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Peter Kastelan - Il Tiramisu Wine Dinner Thursday May 28 -
Ivo Kastelan, who worked at Valentino, and his son, Peter, take good care of both regulars and newcomers at this Valley favorite. Monthly wine dinners in an elegant setting.

Scott Palazzo - Palazzo Napa Valley Red Wine
It began almost 30 years ago . . . a love affair with the wines produced from the Bordeaux region of France. Particularly, wines from the small, family owned Chateaus that dot the rolling hillsides of the beautiful ‘Right Bank’ countryside. It is from here, that my inspiration came. Finally, the chance to fulfill a life-long passion and dream of producing a wine of exceptional character and style, that would capture the ‘power and elegance’ of the wines I tasted and enjoyed as a young man living in France. In November 2005 that dream was realized . . . when I released my first vintage of PALAZZO Napa Valley Red Wine! Like the great wines from the 'Right Bank' villages of St. Emilion and Pomerol in Bordeaux . . . Merlot makes up the lion share of PALAZZO Napa Valley Red Wine . . . giving the wine its sheer power & strength, silky texture and beautiful layers of rich cherry & black currant fruit. The Cabernet Franc adds a floral spiciness, acidity and brightness to the wine, with the Cabernet Sauvignon adding structure and deep dark fruit to the finish. Our goal at PALAZZO is to make wines of outstanding quality, depth, balance and structure. . . that exhibit both ‘power and elegance’ on the palate. . . and that pair well with a broad range of foods. That will always be the standard! It is my hope, that my wine will bring laughter and enjoyment to people's lives . . . and zest and harmony to everyone's dining tables!

Anthony Carroll - Master Coffee Taster - "Starbucks"
When Anthony Carroll isn’t pulling his favorite ingredients together to develop a flavorful new recipe or strapped to his snowboard shredding double black diamonds in the Cascade Mountains, he’s using his keen sense of taste and passion for adventure to develop new coffee blends for Starbucks Coffee Company. Slurping and spitting is part of Anthony’s daily grind as Starbucks green coffee quality manager. In fact, he tastes up to 100 cups of coffee per day – smelling and tasting each bean the way a sommelier samples fine wine. All told, Anthony will taste approximately 25,000 cups of coffee annually as one of only a handful of Starbucks master tasters around the world.

Larry Lipson - Costa Rica wine correspondent
He's been the Daily News restaurant critic for 50 years, but Larry Lipson has finally called it quits: "Sure, there have been editors who have leaned somewhat heavily on me - especially during one period when I was the only restaurant critic/writer in America featured in a newspaper seven days a week." Talk about knowing the restaurant scene in LA.

Jill Melton - The Best of Relish Cookbook: Celebrating America's Love of Food
Tennessee-based Publishing Group of America publishes Relish magazine. Relish debuted in 2006 as the largest advertising-supported food magazine, with a circulation of 6.8 million via newspapers. This circulation will become 15 million as of January 2009. Publishing Group of America has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, and Franklin, TN.Relish

Editor-in-Chief Jill Melton has over 20 years of experience as a food editor, registered dietician, chef, and author. The former Editor in Chief of Cooking Smart, and Food Editorial Director of Cooking Light, Jill has a strong background in nutrition that has been the foundation of her career. She holds a BA in nutrition from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in public health nutrition from Case Western Reserve. She makes her home in Franklin, Tennessee.


Monday, May 25, 2009

Tue May 26, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Joel Fisher - "Wine Guru" - lists Wine Events Nationwide
The wine columnist for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California. He was a Contributing Editor of Patterson's Beverage Journal. From 1999 to 2006 he was a wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California-Los Angeles and is a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout CA. LA WINE FEST IS JUNE 6 -7 AT RALEIGH STUDIOS

Karen Adler "300 Big and Bold Barbecue and Grilling Recipes "
Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, the BBQ Queens (www.bbqqueens.com), are both from Kansas City, Missouri, and have authored more than 20 cookbooks, nine focusing on barbecuing and grilling. They have been featured on the Food Network and in USA Today and the New York Times. They are also members of the prestigious culinary associations Les Dames d'Escoffier and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. How to barbecue and grill everything from a steak to an apple. This superb collection of recipes for the barbecue and grill is not only bold, it shares many grilling secrets from expert chefs. The recipes deliver flavors that will blow away the toughest critic in the family. Each recipe has tips on how to build that bold flavor before, during and after barbecuing. The authors provide instructions for barbecuing or grilling virtually any food. From planking and rotisserie cooking to barbecuing a whole hog or lamb, from grilling "all piastra" to "alla brace," from stir-grilling to grill-roasting, from grilling foods wrapped in a banana leaf to grilling with a kiss of smoke, and from achieving a "bark" on barbecued pork shoulder to herb grilling, this book reveals all. Bringing a steak to that perfect "black and blue" or any other degree of doneness is easier than ever.

Yvonne Lembi-Detert - President / CEO Personality Hotels
Yvonne Lembi-Detert, president and CEO of Personality Hotels, is a true pioneer of San Francisco boutique chic, having made her mark with the opening of the city's first boutique hotel more than 20 years ago. Fresh out of the Rudolph Shaffer School of Design, her talents were enlisted to remodel and convert a prewar hotel building into the Hotel Union Square in 1982. Since then, Personality Hotels has grown to become San Francisco's largest privately-owned boutique hotel operator, with seven boutique hotels including Hotel Diva, Kensington Park Hotel, Hotel Union Square, Hotel Metropolis, Steinhart Hotel and coming Fall 2008 - Hotel Vertigo and Hotel Frank. A Bay Area native, Yvonne has a strong eye for trends and innovative designs. With a focus on aesthetics and function, her ongoing mission is to offer guests an oasis of escape with the pleasure of feeling at home. "My home is filled with eclectic designs and many unique objects," says Yvonne. "In a sense I try to bring a collection of personalities into the properties as well." Yvonne's sense of home and family strongly influence her design conceptualizations. A mother of two daughters, she realized after frequently traveling with them that hotels were not catering to their needs and the familiarization of home. This realization was the impetus to the development of the innovative Kids' Suite at Hotel Metropolis. Fashion is also a great inspiration for Yvonne who admits that guests buy image as much as a good sleep. "Fashion is a great indicator for whimsical touches as well as pragmatic necessities," says Yvonne. "It puts me in better touch with guest expectations. With fashion I find a kaleidoscope of ideas." Yvonne credits her father and San Francisco real estate mogul, Frank Lembi, for her knowledge, drive and energy. Lembi is the founder of San Francisco's Skyline Realty/CitiApartments, the second-largest owner of rental units in city. In addition to owning more than 150 buildings including three office buildings, five boutique hotels and over140 large apartment houses throughout San Francisco, the Lembi family also owns the computer training center Learn iT! and runs a brokerage firm, a property-management company and a mortgage brokerage firm. In addition to attending the Rudolph Shaffer School of Design, Yvonne is a graduate of San Francisco State University where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Interior Design and is honored on their Alumni Hot Shots List. She lives in San Mateo with her husband and two children, two dogs, a cat and four chickens. She is a passionate supporter of San Francisco's Tenderloin Learning Center and an avid gardener. Personality Hotels, San Francisco’s largest privately-owned boutique hotel operator, has reignited the boutique hotel industry with the opening of its two new flagship properties - Hotel Vertigo and Hotel Frank. Hotel Diva Fact Sheet Hotel Frank Fact Sheet
Kensington Park Hotel Fact Sheet Hotel Metropolis Fact Sheet Steinhart Hotel Fact Sheet
Hotel Union Square Fact Sheet Hotel Vertigo Fact Sheet

John F. Weaver - President & Master Roaster - Weaver's Coffee & Tea
John F. Weaver began roasting coffee in 1980, where he apprenticed directly under the late Mr. Alfred Peet and Mr. Sal Bonavita. John is one of the most accomplished coffee roasters and coffee and tea tasting experts alive today, having been trained by and still tasting with the worlds best. He has tasted thousands of green coffee buying samples over his 27-year tenure as a Master Roaster. As our Coffee Buyer, his skill at selecting, roasting and blending great coffees is at the specialty coffee industry's highest level. As Master Roaster, John roasts-to-order all of the coffees Wild Card Roasters offers today. The art of roasting and blending is a never-ending learning process. A skilled artisan, John roasts each lot of beans with its particular characteristics in mind, using temperature and timing to extract and preserve all of the inherent flavor and body each coffee has to offer. He then crafts all of our blends to our specific themes, each having a different taste profile all its own.TEA > Early in John’s career he had the privilege of learning the expertise of tea tasting and blending from Mr. Peet. John has cupped and compared thousands of tea samples over the years. This has exposed him to the myriad of choices the world's tea gardens have to offer. As our Tea Buyer, John has now re-immersed himself in the craft of selecting and blending extraordinary teas. Wild Card Roasters offers his favorite tea selections as well as tea blends in loose-leaf form.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Fri May 22, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Retired Army Colonel Jack H. Jacobs - Medal of Honor Recipient
Jack H. Jacobs (born August 2, 1945) is a retired Colonel in the United States Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War. He currently serves as a military analyst for MSNBC and previously worked as an investment manager.
Medal of Honor citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Jacobs (then 1st Lt.), Infantry, distinguished himself while serving as assistant battalion adviser, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, Army of the Republic of Vietnam. The 2d Battalion was advancing to contact when it came under intense heavy machine gun and mortar fire from a Viet Cong battalion positioned in well fortified bunkers. As the 2d Battalion deployed into attack formation its advance was halted by devastating fire. Capt. Jacobs, with the command element of the lead company, called for and directed air strikes on the enemy positions to facilitate a renewed attack. Due to the intensity of the enemy fire and heavy casualties to the command group, including the company commander, the attack stopped and the friendly troops became disorganized. Although wounded by mortar fragments, Capt. Jacobs assumed command of the allied company, ordered a withdrawal from the exposed position and established a defensive perimeter. Despite profuse bleeding from head wounds which impaired his vision, Capt. Jacobs, with complete disregard for his safety, returned under intense fire to evacuate a seriously wounded adviser to the safety of a wooded area where he administered lifesaving first aid. He then returned through heavy automatic weapons fire to evacuate the wounded company commander. Capt. Jacobs made repeated trips across the fire-swept open rice paddies evacuating wounded and their weapons. On 3 separate occasions, Capt. Jacobs contacted and drove off Viet Cong squads who were searching for allied wounded and weapons, single-handedly killing 3 and wounding several others. His gallant actions and extraordinary heroism saved the lives of 1 U.S. adviser and 13 allied soldiers. Through his effort the allied company was restored to an effective fighting unit and prevented defeat of the friendly forces by a strong and determined enemy. Capt. Jacobs, by his gallantry and bravery in action in the highest traditions of the military service, has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Tyler Florence - Coca-Cola 600
As people across the country gear up for the first of many backyard barbeques with family and friends, Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Tyler Florence, will fire up the nation’s largest grill at the Coca-Cola Quarter-Mile Cookout – a special event to mark the official kickoff of summer on Friday, May 22. Measuring an astonishing 1,320 feet, the oval-shaped ring of fire will be used by Chef Florence to cook up a feast for thousands of fans in Concord, N.C. for the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 – NASCAR’s longest race. Chef Florence will conduct interviews from the site of the Coca-Cola Quarter-Mile Cookout, giving viewers a sneak peek at the colossal grill, which will be assembled on the race track at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Larry Lipson - Costa Rica wine correspondent
He's been the Daily News restaurant critic for 50 years, but Larry Lipson has finally called it quits: "Sure, there have been editors who have leaned somewhat heavily on me - especially during one period when I was the only restaurant critic/writer in America featured in a newspaper seven days a week." Talk about knowing the restaurant scene in LA.

Nancy Gardella - Exec Director - Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
The Summer Season is about to kick off at one of the most beautiful areas in the country.
The unspoiled charm of Martha's Vineyard is probably best exemplified by the many scenic beaches located here. The beaches vary from protected, shallow, clear-water stretches on the northern and eastern sides of the Island to expanses of rumbling surf along the south side

Steve Evans - "The Movie Guy
What's happening at the movies this weekend? Steve has all the info on what to see or maybe what to pass up. The hottest films and the biggest bombs from "The Movie Guy".





Thu May 21, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Chef William S. Bloxsom - Carter - Executive Chef - Playboy Mansion
Executive Chef/Food & Beverage Director is in studio to talk about events and happenings at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles - "The Rock n Roll Chef".

Pamela Conover - President/CEO "The Yachts of Seabourn "
A company that provides ultra-luxury cruises on small, yacht-like ships to the most desirable destinations in the world. In the more than 20 years that Seabourn has served its guests, it has consistently been rated not only among the top cruise lines, but also among the world's premier vacation choices. The key features that set Seabourn apart from other cruise lines are:

A superior level of personalized service made possible by our smaller ships.

Elegant, spacious all-suite accommodations.

Superb cuisine served in a style matching the finest restaurants ashore.

Exceptional delivery of a wide variety of intriguing destinations.

Explore and find out about The Yachts of Seabourn, their cruising regions and ports of call, the activities and attractions you can expect on board a Seabourn cruise and special offers and incentives available on selected cruises. We invite you to explore our website, and to contact us if you want more information about specific cruises or details. We also welcome your suggestions or requests for information or features you'd like to see included on the site.
Once again, we are delighted to welcome you to our site, and we would likewise be delighted to welcome you on board one of our intimate ships in the future. Should you decide to join us, we assure you that you will enjoy the vacation of a lifetime, Seabourn style.

Will Sims - President of Sims Foods, Inc. (Wickles Pickles)
Using a secret 70-year old family recipe differentiates Wickles products from all others. A custom blend of spices and ingredients makes our products Wickedly Delicious and truly irresistible. The recipe is a family secret that until a few years ago was just used for family and friends who were lucky enough to get a jar. When we started making Wickles for holiday gifts we never imagined those wicked little pickles would take on a life of their own.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wed May 20, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito -
Born and raised in Jamaica, Queens. His culinary experience began at age eleven in his mother Nicolina's kitchen. By the age of 16, DiSpirito entered the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. He graduated in 1986 with honors and studied abroad at Jardin de Cygne in Paris, France with Dominique Cecillon. In 1990, DiSpirito earned a B.S. in Business from Boston University. He worked at The Peninsula Hotel in NYC and at The Four Seasons Hotel in Boston. DiSpirito then joined Lespinasse's opening team at The St. Regis in New York City. In 1997, DiSpirito opened the 3 star Union Pacific in New York City's Gramercy Park as Chef and Owner. In 1999, DiSpirito was named Food & Wine's Best New Chef, and in 2000, Gourmet magazine called him "America's Most Exciting Young Chef."

Mr. Greg Quinn - founder and president - " The Currant Company"
The Currant Company® was the first company in America to domestically produce a nationally available Black Currant product of any kind. In 2005, it introduced the wonderfully delicious, incredibly healthy CurrantC™ all natural, premium black currant nectar. CurrantC nectar is available in the refrigerated section of supermarkets across America and Canada. In 2009, the company developed 5 new delicious flavors of black currant based nectars. All CurrantC black currant nectars contain a higher percentage of black currants than other ‘ready to drink’ beverages.

BEN McKENZIE ("Ben Sherman") and MICHAEL CUDLITZ ("John Cooper")
NBC's "SOUTHLAND"
Ben McKenzie stars as rookie patrol officer Ben Sherman in NBC's drama series "Southland." MICHAEL CUDLITZ-"John Cooper"Michael Cudlitz stars as patrol officer John Cooper, a 20-year veteran and training officer.

Memorial Day AMERICAN CLASSICS Cookbook Author Super Chef David Burke and Jim Kroch provide Patriotic BBQ Flavor (Sam Adams Founder)
Burke trained at the Culinary Institute of America, and soon thereafter, he traveled to France where he spent several stages with notable chefs such as Pierre Troisgros, Georges Blanc and Gaston Lenôtre. Burke returned to the U.S. as a sous chef for Waldy Malouf at La Cremaillere and then for Charlie Palmer at River Café where he ascended to Executive Chef and earned three stars from The New York Times. In 1992, Burke opened the Park Avenue Café with Smith & Wollensky CEO Alan Stillman, and then, in 1996, he became Vice President of Culinary Development for the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group. Memorial Day AMERICAN CLASSICS Cookbook Author Super Chef David Burke and Jim Kroch provide Patriotic BBQ Flavor.

Katie Brown - Katie Brown Workshop (PBS)
You may know Katie from her wildly successful show on PBS called the Katie Brown Workshop where in 30 minutes, she makes a meal, does gardening and transforms ordinary items into ornate gifts. She also has a popular NY Times Column, Domestic Dilemmas. If you have seen Katie’s show, you know it is about keeping things simple and on a budget. So, to boost your local economy, Katie is announcing a new line at Meijer’s where she will provide customers with practical and easy-to-follow solutions to projects in and around the home. Secondly, being that it is Memorial Day, Katie will be discussing party tips and of course BBQ tips on a budget. From planning, to prepping and not wasting cent, Katie will give your viewers the necessary tools they will need to not go overboard, especially if they are cost cutting.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tue May 19, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Denise Austin - Simple Steps to a Better You
Simple, Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Eat Well and Stay Active this Summer …You Won’t Need a Gym Membership - In her 25 years as a fitness professional, Denise Austin has sold more than 20 million videos, written nine books and is entering her 20th season on television with her shows Denise Austin's Daily Workout and Fit and Lite. In 2006, President Bush appointed Denise to a second term as a member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Derrick Riches About.com’s Guide to Barbecue and Grilling
Derrick Riches has served as About's Guide to Barbecue and Grilling for well over a decade in which time he has traveled far and wide to taste and talk backyard cooking. Derrick’s interest in barbecue goes beyond simply cooking. He’s an expert on the history of the open flame and a collector of fire makers and outdoor cooking equipment. He's cooked on everything from a $10,000 Gas Grill to a hole in the ground. He has also written for several publications on everything from custom barbecue design to party planning. He also consults to the grill industry and teaches outdoor cooking classes. About.com’s Barbecue and Grilling Expert Derrick Riches Offers Tips for Great Cook-Outs this Summer and Reveals New National Barbecue Month Survey Results including the Burning Reasons Consumers Cook-out. May kicks-off National Barbecue Month and the start of the outdoor cooking season. Soon smells of backyard barbecues and cook-outs will fill the air as three out of four households (77 percent) own a grill or smoker, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA). A fun, affordable and convenient way to feed and entertain family and friends, outdoor cooking is a favorite American pastime. Whether planning a backyard barbecue for two or twenty, there are important tidbits consumers should keep in mind when inviting guests. HPBA’s latest national survey revealed what makes guests decide to attend a barbecue or cook-out, how guests like to be invited and what tunes to play. HPBA and About.com’s Barbecue and Grilling guru, Derrick Riches, can offer your listeners the 411 on all things outdoor cooking including the poll results and tips and techniques to use when firing up the grill, smoker or fryer.

Elizabeth Karmel - "Soaked, Slathered & Seasoned"
ELIZABETH KARMEL owns the Grill Friends line of grilling products and is the executive chef and spokesperson for New York's Hill Country barbecue restaurant. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed grilling cookbook Taming the Flame. She has appeared on numerous television shows, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Early Show. Her web sites are www.girlsatthegrill.com and www.grillfriends.com. Whether you're grilling hot-and-fast or barbecuing low-and-slow, knowing how to match foods with flavors will make you a bona fide backyard BBQ master. In Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned, Elizabeth Karmel offers hundreds of savory and sweet flavorings to make the most of all your favorite foods—ribs, burgers, steaks, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and fruit—really, anything you can cook with fire and smoke! Karmel offers 400 fresh, creative recipes for marinades, brines, barbecue sauces, glazes, mops, salsas, jellies, dipping sauces, and even pestos and tapenades that range from classic (Garlicky Lemon Marinade, Irene's Hot Pepper Jelly) to innovative (Fresh Cherry-Horseradish Relish, Roasted Garlic and Shallot Jam) and from sophisticated (Merlot Wine Steak Sauce, Pumpkin Butter Barbecue Sauce) to just plain fun (Elvis Is in the House Sauce, This Swine Is Mine Beer Mop). With tempting color photos throughout the book and a dazzling array of recipes, Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned will inspire you for years to come and make anything you grill exciting, fresh, and delicious.

Mayor Richard C. Howard - Malden, MA
Malden is a city of opportunities. It is a community that boasts a strong commitment to education, close-knit neighborhoods, great recreational amenities and an active business community. In recent years, we have made much progress--new schools, new open space, historic landmarks and beautification efforts. Since 1996, Malden has opened five new K-8 schools and an early learning center for 400 pre-schoolers. All are state-of-the-art technology-infused schools aimed at preparing our students for the jobs of the new economy. The City has also worked aggressively to push forward plans to build River's Edge, a forward-thinking joint economic development initiative with our sister cities of Everett and Medford. Plans call for over one million square feet of office/research space, housing and retail. Phase one which will include up to 200 units of housing and 440,000 sq feet of commercial space will start in Spring 2008. Not only have there been great gains in education and economic development, but there continues to be a strong commitment to neighborhood improvement projects. Financing programs offered in partnership with local banks, for example, have enabled homeowners to upgrade, preserve and even purchase residential properties. Federal, state and private funding sources have also been utilized to upgrade and even increase the amount of open space available for both active and passive use by our residents. The City boasts many recreational amenities, including an ice skating rink in the downtown area which is home ice for Tufts University's and Malden's hockey teams, construction of two multi-purpose fields at Pine Banks Park with state-of-the art artificial turf and another synthetic turf field at Maplewood Park. Additionally, the Malden YMCA has opened a new $17 million facility and Tufts University has built a $3 million permanent boat house for its crew teams on the banks of the Malden River. Malden remains a city of opportunities. As always, we remain committed to keeping Malden a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mon May 18, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Anthony Carroll - Master Coffee Taster - "Starbucks"
When Anthony Carroll isn’t pulling his favorite ingredients together to develop a flavorful new recipe or strapped to his snowboard shredding double black diamonds in the Cascade Mountains, he’s using his keen sense of taste and passion for adventure to develop new coffee blends for Starbucks Coffee Company. Slurping and spitting is part of Anthony’s daily grind as Starbucks green coffee quality manager. In fact, he tastes up to 100 cups of coffee per day – smelling and tasting each bean the way a sommelier samples fine wine. All told, Anthony will taste approximately 25,000 cups of coffee annually as one of only a handful of Starbucks master tasters around the world.

Joel Fisher - "Wine Guru" - lists Wine Events Nationwide
The wine columnist for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California. He was a Contributing Editor of Patterson's Beverage Journal. From 1999 to 2006 he was a wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California-Los Angeles and is a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern California.

Chef Paul Prudhomme - K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen®
Chef Paul Prudhomme has propelled the distinctive cuisine of his native Louisiana into the international spotlight and continues to push the limits by creating exciting and new American and international dishes.Chef Paul learned the importance of using the freshest ingredients while cooking at his mother’s side and continues to use only earth’s finest harvests. As the youngest of 13 children, Chef Paul was always adventurous. His strong curiosity of life and cultural customs motivated him to leave Louisiana in his early 20’s and travel across the United States to experience every culinary environment possible. From an Indian reservation all the way to the finest, five-star restaurant, Chef Paul learned to love, appreciate and blend the flavors of his younger years with those of many other cultures.In July 1979, K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen® opened its doors in New Orleans. In only a few years, his French Quarter restaurant attracted world travelers and continues to excite diners today. Diners are especially pleased to learn that K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen now takes reservations. Renovations were completed at the restaurant at the end of 1996 doubling the seating capacity. Today, K-Paul’s Catering division satisfies palates in New Orleans and “anywhere on the planet!”As a result of endless requests for his seasoning secrets, Prudhomme created his own line of all natural (Kosher supervised) herbs and spices. Today, Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Seasoning Blends® are distributed in all fifty states and in more than 25 other countries. His blends are popular with both home cooks and professional chefs. In addition, Chef Paul produces his own seasoned and smoked meat s (andouille and tasso). All are available through Magic Seasonings’ Mail-Order catalog, which also features cookbooks, giftpacks and cooking tips (online atwww.chefpaul.com ).Chef Paul recently added Magic Salt Free Seasoning®, Salmon Magic®, Shrimp Magic® and Sweetie Magic™ to his dry seasoning line and developed a line of sauces-marinades for retail and institutional use. He expanded manufacturing capabilities to a 130,000 square-foot plant which now produces custom blends, bulk sizes and contract packing for other food companies at Chef Paul’s AIB approved New Orleans area plant. Chef Paul consults with restaurant chains and large food manufacturers around the world to develop complete menus or selective menu items and specialty dishes. He and his Product Development team and R&D Kitchen can also create specific flavor profiles or duplicate existing ones.As one of America’s best-known chefs, Prudhomme has been featured often on the three major television networks’ prime time programs. He has made guest appearances on NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, 20/20, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Late Night with David Letterman, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Larry King Live, Nightwatch with Charlie Rose, the QVC Shopping Channel, CBS Early Show and the Weekend Today Show. In the Summer of 2002, Chef Paul’s life story was featured on A & E Biography.Chef Prudhomme has been the subject of numerous articles and has penned many himself as well, in such prominent national magazines as Omni, Life, Time, Newsweek, Bon Appetit, Metropolitan Home, Travel and Leisure, Playboy, Food Arts, and National Geographic Traveler. Among his many accolades and awards, Chef Paul received the “Restaurateur of the Year” award in 1983 from the Louisiana State Restaurant Association . Chef Paul was the first American–born chef to receive the coveted Merite׳ Agricole of the French Republic and was honored in 1986 as “Culinarian of the Year” and also “Culinary Diplomat”- Chef and Child Foundation (1994) by the American Culinary Federation . Chef Paul also took part in America’s Promise , one of the nation’s leading youth development organizations. The National Restaurant Association has bestowed upon Chef Paul both the College of Diplomates Award (1993) and the Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award (2001). He was honored as Nation’s Restaurant News “Fine Dining Legend Award” winner and selected as Chairman of the National Food Safety Education Month in 2001. Some of the local awards Chef Paul has received are the 1994 Louisiana Public Broadcasting Legend Award, the WYES Public Television President’s Award (1999-2000), and the Ella Brennan Savior Faire Award from the ACF-New Orleans Chapter. In May of 2003, Nation’s Restaurant News inducted him into the MenuMasters Hall of Fame and he received Bon Appetit’s Humanitarian Award in 2006.An international presence, Chef Paul has made personal appearances and given lectures and seminars all over Europe and the Orient. He is devoted to feeding the American troops in bases around the world. He served as a consultant to Team USA of the American Culinary Federation, and participates actively at conventions, seminars and food trade shows nationally and internationally as a guest lecturer and in support of his Magic Seasoning Blends® . He spends time at universities and culinary schools around the world, giving educational seminars for students in all walks of life. Chef Paul has cooked for heads of state as well as members of the U.S. Congress. Charity work is dear to Chef Paul’s heart and he lends his support to many major fundraisers, which benefit charities such as Meals on Wheels, Easter Seals, the March of Dimes, Big Brothers/Big Sisters,and the National Alzheimer’s Association. Prudhomme was the first Chef to participate in the Robert Mondavi “Great Chef of America” series and was one of 12 chefs chosen from around the world to participate in the celebration of Jerusalem 3000th year anniversary .

Joan A. Davis - "The Get 'Em Girls' Guide to the Perfect Get-Together: Delicious Recipes to Delight Family and Friends" For women with an appetite for life -- the Get 'Em Girls' new cookbook is filled with recipes that will make every occasion one to savor! Who is a Get 'Em Girl? She's a smart, savvy urban professional with a great job, loyal friends, and plenty of style. Still, the working world can really limit time with loved ones and the big city can get very lonely. But here's a well-known fact: Cooking for special ones is more meaningful (and cheaper) than dining out. The Get 'Em Girls' Guide to the Perfect Get-Together will inspire you to round up those special people and show them just how much they matter! Joan A. Davis, a South Carolina native, now resides in New York City, where she is actively involved in community organizations and mentoring programs. She is the "go-to person" on www.getemgirls.com for her restaurant reviews and dining recommendations.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Fri May 15, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Robert Burr - Organizer Rum Renaissance Festival (Miami)
David Cid - Brand Manager Bacardi
Rum is experiencing a Renaissance around the world as more savvy consumers discover the incredible flavors of fine rums from the Caribbean islands and every region of the Americas.
Mark your calendars now for one of the premier international rum events in May as Rum Renaissance Miami Festival presents a unique and exciting celebration of the finest rums in the world , featuring a slew of great VIP parties, an exhibition of the best rums in the world, seminars and workshops, an opportunity to rub shoulders with dignitaries and notable experts, plus a big beach and pool party event. We'll be celebrating island cultures with hot music, great food and an amazing array of tropical libations. The LocationRum Renaissance takes place in the sub-tropical wonderland of Miami's golden beaches at the world famous Morgans Hotel Group Shore Club resort on Miami Beach. Experience the Shore Club's Sky Bar, the Red Room night club and Red Room Garden Bar, three of Miami Beach's most exciting hotspots. Sample the world's finest rums in this magical setting amongst the palm trees, the gentle ocean breezes and the natural beauty of South Florida. Make plans now to experience Rum Renaissance Festival in Miami -- May 14-17, 2009.

Anthony Carroll - Master Coffee Taster - "Starbucks"
When Anthony Carroll isn’t pulling his favorite ingredients together to develop a flavorful new recipe or strapped to his snowboard shredding double black diamonds in the Cascade Mountains, he’s using his keen sense of taste and passion for adventure to develop new coffee blends for Starbucks Coffee Company. Slurping and spitting is part of Anthony’s daily grind as Starbucks green coffee quality manager. In fact, he tastes up to 100 cups of coffee per day – smelling and tasting each bean the way a sommelier samples fine wine. All told, Anthony will taste approximately 25,000 cups of coffee annually as one of only a handful of Starbucks master tasters around the world.

Andy Arndt - Executive Chef Aquariva Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar
Northwest inspired casual Italian restaurant known for its chic waterfront atmosphere and locally sourced cuisine, is proud to announce the hire of Andy Arndt as the new Executive Chef. Bringing 22 years of experience to the table, Chef Andy is reinventing the look and feel of the restaurant. “Chef Andy’s diverse experience and out-of-the-box technique sold us right away,” said General Manager George Lake. “His revamped menu includes richer seasonal Northwest flavors and textures, and is receiving rave reviews from customers.”
Experienced in managing AAA Five Star Diamond restaurants with sales revenues upwards of $15 million, Chef Andy has cooked in restaurants from New York City to San Francisco. He comes to Aquariva most recently from Elaine Bell Catering in Napa, Cal., where he dazzled the likes of top Google Executives with seasonal organic cuisine as the Executive Chef. Previous to Elaine Bell, Andy spent four years as the Executive Chef at Ojai Inn and Spa in Ojai, Cal. While at Oaji, he oversaw a staff of 40 cooks and served celebrity guests including Oprah and Don Johnson, earning the title of 2008 Chef of the Year at the Napa Valley Mustard Festival.
“When I first came to Aquariva I thought to myself, this is the hidden gem of Portland, people need to see this,” said Chef Andy. “It has a relaxing waterfront atmosphere, delicious local food, and is barely five minutes from the city.” Born in Ohio, Chef Andy discovered his passion for cooking in high school while washing dishes in a small San Diego restaurant, San Vincente Inn. Quickly working his way up the ranks, he was promoted to Lead Cook within a few years and decided to make his love affair with food official by earning a Culinary Arts degree from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Andy’s cooking motto -keep it simple- combines minimal seasonal ingredients and unique textures and flavors. Included in his recipes are herbs and spices from the restaurant’s riverside garden and local produce and meat as available.

Gina Shirtsir - Durgin Park Faneuil Hall Market Boston
Legendary Boston restaurant known for Surly waitresses, checkered table cloths and great food. For well over a century, Durgin-Park has catered to the hearty appetites of straw-hatted, white-aproned market men and local characters. Today it hosts visiting celebrities, business men and women, students, and tourists from every part of the globe

Steve Evans - "The Movie Guy
What's happening at the movies this weekend? Steve has all the info on what to see or maybe what to pass up. The hottest films and the biggest bombs from "The Movie Guy".

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thu May 14, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Michael Cudlitz - "John Cooper" on NBC's Southland - Tonight at 10 PM PT/ET
Stars as patrol officer John Cooper, a 20-year veteran and training officer in NBC's new drama series "Southland." Born and raised on the East Coast, Cudlitz graduated from the California Institute of the Arts Theatre program and has established himself as a versatile character actor in both television and film. Although his first love was the stage, Cudlitz found early success working in front of the camera. Since then, Cudlitz has appeared in over 20 films, including "A River Runs Through It," "Grosse Point Blank," and "The Negotiator." A few of his notable television credits include roles on NBC’s "Life," "Standoff," "Lost," "Prison Break," "Vegas" and "24." Finally, the HBO Emmy Award-winning miniseries "Band of Brothers" continues to be one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. The new year brings new projects. Cudlitz is very excited for the release of three projects this year: "Tenure," a film comedy with Luke Wilson; "Crossing Over," a film with Harrison Ford; and the SCI FI thriller movie "Surrogates," starring Bruce Willis which is due out in the fall. Cudlitz currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and twin boys in the house that he built.

Anne Banas Executive Editor of SmarterTravel.com
She has been covering travel for nearly ten years, providing insight on how travelers can save money and uncover fantastic deals. Anne is executive editor of SmarterTravel.com and a sought after consumer travel expert. She has appeared on both local and national broadcast programs like the CBS Early Show, FOX Business, Chronicle Boston and more. Anne’s commentary has been featured among leading media outlets including The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Smart Money and more. Through her column, Escapes Under $500, and her countless “how-to” articles, destination guides, travel tips and deal reviews she always has the budget conscientious consumer in mind. With everything that’s going on in the world, and the stress we feel at work and at home, there’s probably nothing we need more than a getaway. “Travel bargains are abundant this summer,” says Anne Banas, syndicated travel columnist, and executive editor of SmarterTravel.com, “and this summer, travel is on sale, if you know where to go and how to book.” Banas writes the column "Escapes Under $500". Through her column and her countless “how-to” articles, destination guides, travel tips and deal reviews she always has the budget conscientious consumer in mind. She’s a pro at spotting and avoiding hidden fees and travel pitfalls.

"Dandy Don" Whittamore - Dandy Don's Ice Cream
Try Dandy Don's NEW Ice Cream Social in a Box at Your Next Party Everything you need for a Hot Fudge Sundae Party for 25 people. We ship it UPS Next Day to you!

Log Cabin Syrup COMPANY PROFILE
Log Cabin® has been making authentic, maple tasting syrup for 120 years. Did you know the brand was created in honor of a true American hero? Minnesota grocer Patrick J. Towle introduced the brand in 1887, and named it in honor of his childhood hero and true American icon, President Abraham Lincoln. For all of you history buffs, you know that President Lincoln grew up in a log cabin, deep in the woods of Kentucky – hence the brand name LOG CABIN, chosen by Mr. Towle to honor President Lincoln. With a history like that, it is no surprise that Log Cabin continues to stand for the most authentic syrup, known for its unique maple taste. There is a good chance our grandfather’s grandfather grew up using Log Cabin syrup. Each bottle contains the time-tested recipe developed to deliver that authentic maple taste unique to the Log Cabin brand. Everyone in the family will enjoy Log Cabin, available in Original, Lite and Sugar Free varieties. Product Description During the last 10 years, Log Cabin has expanded beyond its original flavor, and introduced:
Log Cabin Lite: Enjoy the authentic maple taste with half the calories of regular syrup.
Log Cabin Sugar Free: We knew it would be hard to deliver a sugar free syrup that delivered the authentic maple taste of Log Cabin. And it was. It took our chefs three years to create the Log Cabin Sugar Free recipe. We think it is the best sugar free syrup you can buy.
Log Cabin Pure Maple Syrup: Just introduced this year, Log Cabin Pure Maple syrup is made with only Grade A, Dark Amber maple syrup sourced from the finest Sugar Maple Trees during the peak season. With no additives or preservatives, Log Cabin Pure Maple is 100% all natural. You can find Log Cabin Pure Maple in Sam’s Club. website: www.logcabinsyrups.com

Roland Merullo - "The Italian Summer: Golf, Food, and Family at Lake Como"
Born in Boston and raised in the working-class city of Revere, Massachusetts. He had a scholarship to Exeter Academy and graduated in 1971, went to Boston University for two years, transferred to Brown and graduated from Brown in 1975, then earned a Master's there in 1976. Roland has published seven novels and two books of non-fiction, and he and his family have traveled to Italy eight times in the past twelve years. He currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife Amanda and their two daughters, Alexandra and Juliana.
In the summer of 2007, novelist and golf fanatic Merullo (Golfing with God; Revere Beach Elegy) set off with his family in search of the slower ways of life on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. Interspersing descriptions of various rounds of golf with trips to local restaurants and taverns, Merullo attempts to capture the sights, smells and sounds of the Italian and Swiss countryside. He recalls some of the characters that he and his family met that summer, such as Harold Lubberdink, real estate agent, who swept the family under his wing, leading them through various nooks and crannies of their temporary home country. Merullo takes readers on a harrowing journey through winding mountain roads in search of a perfect meal in a restaurant called La Baita. Finally, he tries to incorporate the slower pace of living into his own life, but finds it almost impossible. Part travel guide, part memoir, Merullo attempts to offer meditations on the richness of a life lived more slowly with good food and good company, but succeeds at little more than his frantic attempts to find a few good golf courses far away from home

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wed May 13, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Larry Lipson - Costa Rica wine correspondent
He's been the Daily News restaurant critic for 50 years, but Larry Lipson has finally called it quits: "Sure, there have been editors who have leaned somewhat heavily on me - especially during one period when I was the only restaurant critic/writer in America featured in a newspaper seven days a week." Talk about knowing the restaurant scene in LA.

Janis Jibrin - Contributing editor to Self Magazine - Chocolate Diet
The Chocolate Diet is an attractive Fad Diet because it includes everyone's favorite food. Besides Chocolate it also includes pasta and popcorn. This sounds like the tastiest diet ever.

Chris Lilly " Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book: Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Joint " Vice president, executive chef, and partner of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q, CHRIS LILLY oversees the two company-owned restaurants as well as their new chain of franchises. Winners of the World Championship BBQ Cook-Off for six years in a row and with hundreds of other contest ribbons as well, nobody does barbecue better than Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama. Chris Lilly, executive chef of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q and great-grandson-in-law of Big Bob himself, now passes on the family secrets in this quintessential guide to barbecue. From dry rubs to glazes and from sauces to slathers, Lilly gives the lowdown on Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q's award-winning seasonings and combinations. You’ll learn the unique flavors of different woods and you’ll get insider tips on creating the right heat—be it in a charcoal grill, home oven, or backyard ground pit. Then, get the scoop on pulled pork, smoked beef brisket, pit-fired poultry, and, of course, ribs.

Lisa Carey - PR Director California Strawberry Festival
California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard, CA - May 16, 17, 2009. Now in its 26th season, one of the nation's top outdoor family Festivals Ranked among the top Festivals in the nation, the weekend celebration offers a spectacle of strawberry fun for each and every one. Since 1984, Festival guests have enjoyed award-winning attractions, interactive exhibits, gooey contests, the hottest names in entertainment, the largest collection of Fine Arts & Crafts with 300+ booths, and an unbelievable assortment of delicious strawberry foods and beverages. The Strawberry Promenade offers cooking demonstrations and presentations, Strawberryland For Kids boasts free rides, puppet shows, and more. The California Strawberry Festival celebrates the region’s rich agricultural heritage while raising funds for numerous Southland charities. Since its inception, over $3 million dollars has been collected to benefit others. Twenty-four companies harvest and cool more than 207,646 tons of sweet berries in the area from 11,538 acres with annual revenues topping $300 million to ship them worldwide from the region, known as California’s Strawberry Coast.

Susan Fussell Whiteside - VP National Confectioners Association
In her ten years with NCA, the major association representing the entire confectionery industry, Susan has become the go-to resource on confectionery products, candy sales, holiday celebrations and all things candy. Susan can answer questions on everything from how many candy corns are produced each Halloween to the newest trends and most popular candies and flavors. Susan has been featured on a range of national media from the Today Show to the Food Network and the New York Times, as well as numerous other local publications, broadcast affiliates and networks.

Tue May 12, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Mia Tyler- Judge - "Pretty Wicked"
Do you use your looks to get ahead, get out of a traffic ticket, get a job, land a boyfriend or cut through the line at a trendy club? Ten divas from Oxygen's newest competition reality series 'Pretty Wicked' answer yes to all of the above. "Pretty Wicked" puts looks aside and has these prima donnas compete to see who is the most beautiful on the inside for a grand prize of $50,000. Upon their arrival in the house, the rules of the game change when they find out that in THIS competition their looks are meaningless. The girls are challenged to confront their mean-spirited ways in a series of challenges designed to "beautify" their insides to match their outside. Over their time together, emotions flare and tempers soar when these mean girls must tap their inner beauty to win their way to the top. The 'pretty' girl who shows the greatest transformation by series' end wins the grand prize. CariDee English, winner of the seventh season of "America’s Next Top Model," serves as host alongside three celebrity judges – plus-sized model and published author Mia Tyler, Beverly Hills psychotherapist and radio talk show host Dr. Jenn Berman and comedian/author Kyle Cease ("Not Another Teen Movie").

Ken Klemm "Buffalo Meat"
The Buffalo Guys principals, Ken Klemm and Peter Thieriot, own 3,300 acres of prime, native buffalo range in northwest Kansas where their herd of more than 500 buffalo grazes as it has for millennia. The Buffalo Guys also source meat from other family ranches in Kansas , Colorado , Wyoming , Nebraska and Montana . The leading online buffalo meat marketplace, The Buffalo Guys offer consumers convenient access to prime, top-quality buffalo meat via their Web site, www.TheBuffaloGuys.com, where orders may be placed any time of day with the benefit of an affordable flat shipping rate to any destination in the continental United States . All Buffalo Guys meat products are flash frozen at -10° F to -20° F at a professional cold storage facility immediately after harvest. All products ordered online are shipped in dry ice, are guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition, and arrive with a free copy of Laurie's Little Buffalo Cookbook, full of helpful cooking tips and recipes to make every buffalo meal a success.

Paula Deen - One of America’s Traditional Meals~the Salad!
America’s favorite cook Paula Deen, author of her new memoir “It Ain’t All about the Cookin’” and host of such hugely popular “Food Network” shows as “Paula’s Best Dishes,” “Paula’s Party,” and “Paula’s Home Cooking,” Paula, who is also the co-owner of “The Lady and Sons” restaurant with her sons The Deen Bros. Jamie and Bobby in Savannah and “Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House” in Charleston, South Carolina, knows that Americans are looking for positive changes in this difficult and uncertain economic time. And now, Paula is offering up an edible version of the stimulus plan designed to invigorate one of America’s traditional meals~the salad!

Dr. Nancy Snyderman - Chief Medical Editor- NBC News
NBC News' chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman has arrived to take on diet myths both big and small!! In her new book, "DIET MYTHS THAT KEEP US FAT: And the 101 Truths That Will Save Your Waistline - and MaybeEven Your Life" (Crown; May 5, 2009), Dr. Snyderman explains the history and underlining meaning of these myths -and more importantly, the truths behind them!! Each of the diet myths addressed in the book are explored in a full chapter. Dr. Snyderman scientifically debunks each, offering up what to do instead and liberally sprinkles novel and illuminating diet truths throughout! The book also includes Dr. Snyderman's own Treat Yourself Diet, which provides healthy, tasty foods that make you feel satiated so you won't be hungry or tempted to overeat. As many of us have learned, deprivation is a great way to set yourself up or failure.

Annabel Karmel "First Meals And More: Your Questions Answered "
This book gives parents all the tools they need to get their babies and toddlers started on healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. A great collection of quick, easy, and delicious recipes is partnered with a Q&A and loads of handy hints and tips on what younger kids will and won't eat, what's good for them and what isn't, some surprising exotic foods that are actually highly beneficial, and plenty of advice on how to awaken your child's interest in a variety of foods. Expert advice helps parents address the key issues likely to affect each of the five age groups in the book, with more than 400 helpful Questions and Answers from bestselling author Annabel Karmel, a leader in the field of children's food and nutrition today. Fifty tempting, nutritious 'recipes-to-the-rescue' will appeal to the fussiest eaters that children will love and want to eat over and over again.



Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mon May 11, 2009

On Today's Show: CRNtalk.com

Hayley Marie Norman - -"Deal or No Deal" model #25
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif., she is an exotic mix of Russian, German, and African American -- having been the face of the African American Barbie Doll as a child. She is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, is a California Arts Scholar, and has studied at several other respected theatrical institutions such as Cal Arts, University of the Arts (Philadelphia), as well as the National Theatre Education Space in London. She continues expanding her artistry and knowledge of the craft with some of the most venerated professionals in the business.

Joel Fisher - "Wine Guru" - lists Wine Events Nationwide
The wine columnist for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California. He was a Contributing Editor of Patterson's Beverage Journal. From 1999 to 2006 he was a wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California-Los Angeles and is a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern California.


Carmen A. Policy Casa Piena
Their personal and private lives both characterize a commitment to providing the best possible effort driven by an extraordinary sense of passion.Carmen’s first career was that of a trial lawyer providing an opportunity to help defend and promote the interest of his clients in a competitive and dramatic setting. He moved from the courtroom to the gridiron. Following from his successful career in law, Carmen joined the San Francisco 49ers organization, where he played a key role in all five of the 49ers' Super Bowl winning teams, helping to establish them as one of the preeminent franchises in all of sports. He and Gail found their new life and their new home in San Francisco to be a virtual fairytale come true.The San Francisco 49ers became an extension of a strong sense of family that they both carried with them from their native Ohio. After 25 years of happily toiling in the NFL vineyards and creating a treasure trove of memories and accomplishments, Gail and Carmen realized, sometime in the 1990’s, that they were compelled to pursue the amazing lifestyle and challenges that winemaking and Napa Valley offered. Wine, sunshine, great food and romance were the enticements that could not be resisted.

Joe Salerno - Piccolino's Italian Cafe
Joe Salerno is a featured chef at the Napa Downtown "Chef's Market" which takes place every Friday night in the summer along First Street. Along with other noted Napa chefs, Joe regales his audiences with tasty treats and scrumptious easy-to-make authentic Italian American meals. May 26 - Sep 1

Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday May 8, 2009

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Alessia Botturi - Italian Sommelier Association
A professionally qualified sommelier of the Italian Sommelier Association, with an additional master in professional wine tasting techniques. She is currently pursuing the CSW qualification of the Society of Wine Educators. She was born and raised in Italy, where she started her career, working for various years in event planning, cooperating with restaurants, hotels and catering companies. She speaks several languages, including English, Italian, German and French and has traveled in four continents, always researching and learning from the different traditions and cultures. In 2006 she relocated to Los Angeles where she translated the book “Food&Wine” into English for the Italian Sommelier Association: the book is used worldwide by the association for courses and seminars. She is the Southern California Sales Manager for a boutique wine importer, also featuring her own Italian wine selection called "Alessia Botturi Selections". Alessia is a member of the Italian Sommelier Association, and the Society of Wine Educators, as well as the City Club on Bunker Hill.

Lori Loughlin - Actress
Hollywood Film and TV Star Lori Loughlin to Share Tips to Help Parents Make Quick, Easy and Nutritious Meals. TV star Lori Loughlin is a New York native who launched to stardom after playing the character of Rebecca “Becky” Donaldson Katsopolis in the long-running family sitcom “Full House” (1988-1995). Loughlin also starred in the hit TV series “Summerland” (alongside platinum-selling recording artist Jesse McCartney).On the silver screen, she played roles in such movies as the thriller “The New Kids” (1985), the romantic comedy “Secret Admirer” (1985, opposite C. Thomas Howell and Kelly Preston), “Rad” (1986), the Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello retro-romp “Back to the Beach” (1987), “The Night Before” (1988, along side Keanu Reeves), “Suckers” (1999) and “Critical Mass” (2000). Her next project is the comedy feature “Old Dogs” in which she stars opposite Robin Williams and John Travolta (she plays the latter’s love interest). The film opens Thanksgiving weekend.

Barbara Seelig Brown "Stress Free Cooking "
Author is a cooking teacher, food & wine writer, nutritionist, mother, wife and absolutely loves to cook and entertain. She is a member of the IACP and President of the New York Assn of Culinary Professionals. She talks about recipes with Eggland's Best.

Steve Evans - "The Movie Guy
What's happening at the movies this weekend? Steve has all the info on what to see or maybe what to pass up. The hottest films and the biggest bombs from "The Movie Guy".

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Thu May 7, 2009

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Larry Lipson - Costa Rica wine correspondent
He's been the Daily News restaurant critic for 50 years, but Larry Lipson has finally called it quits: "Sure, there have been editors who have leaned somewhat heavily on me - especially during one period when I was the only restaurant critic/writer in America featured in a newspaper seven days a week." Talk about knowing the restaurant scene in LA.

Sean Conway "Cultivating Life: 125 Projects for Backyard Living"
SEAN CONWAY is the host of “Cultivating Life,” now in its fourth season on WGN America. He also has a line of outdoor living and gardening products available at Target, where he has been a design consultant since 1998. The American backyard is being transformed from an unused patch of grass into a new oasis, an extension of our living space. In the new book, SEAN CONWAY’S CULTIVATING LIFE Conway embraces this notion and showcases 125 simple projects from creating a simple herb pot that yields seasonal ingredients right outside our kitchen door to building a portable salad table that’s ideal for growing baby lettuces in the spring time. All of the user-friendly ideas provide easy elegance for an often overlooked space. SEAN CONWAY’S CULTIVATING LIFE offers the instruction we need to extend our home into the backyard by transforming this underused space into a kitchen, a family room and a place to entertain—or simply a nice, quiet spot.

Garen Staglin - Staglin Family Vineyard
Garen grew up with an appreciation for his Italian father’s favorite things in life: Good food, wine, family, and friends. Pasquale “Pat” Stagliano was born in the mountains of Calabria, in the village of Bella near Nicastro, Italy, in 1912. When Pat’s family emigrated to Rochester, New York in 1916, they brought to the new country their tradition of eating lively meals together—sometimes with as many friends as would show up and the table would hold. Pat eventually became naturalized as Ray Staglin--during the Depression, it was much easier to find work as an Italian-American by changing his name. Ray married Darlene Guilliams, whose family immigrated from France, while he was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps stationed in Lincoln, Nebraska. The family moved to California in 1945, where Ray learned a new trade as a custom upholstery and drapery designer and manufacturer, and bought his own workshop. He introduced his son, Garen, to wine at an early age, of course diluted with soda water. At age 7, Garen began his own career in his father’s shop, where Ray’s initiative, tenacity, and good business sense began to rub off. Garen spit tacks and tucked fabric there throughout high school, and went on to major in electrical and nuclear engineering at UCLA, the foundation for the technology background he would later use in his own entrepreneuring. Garen and Shari, joined at the wrist in matrimony. UCLA was where Shari met Garen, at age 19, on a blind date. Garen introduced Shari to wine during a dinner with his family. They graduated college together in 1966, and Garen went on to Stanford Business School, which was close enough to the Napa Valley that Shari and Garen could travel there often to explore their growing passion for wine. The openness of the winemakers and grape growers they met helped encourage them to form a dream. By the time they got married in 1968, they had a goal to own a Napa Valley vineyard and make world class wines someday. Are you ready to rock for mental health research? Join us on September 12, 2009 for the 15th Annual Music Festival for Mental Health featuring Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo! Hit the dance floor with your best shots end enjoy an unforgettable day of learning, food, wine, and hope as you give a hand to the 57 million Americans who live with mental illness. Are you ready to rock for mental health research? Join us on September 12, 2009 for the 15th Annual Music Festival for Mental Health featuring Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo! Hit the dance floor with your best shots end enjoy an unforgettable day of learning, food, wine, and hope as you give a hand to the 57 million Americans who live with mental illness.

Are you ready to rock for mental health research? Join us on September 12, 2009 for the
15th Annual Music Festival for Mental Health featuring Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo! Hit the dance floor with your best shots end enjoy an unforgettable day of learning, food, wine, and hope as you give a hand to the 57 million Americans who live with mental illness.

Joseph Peter "Joe" Pantoliano film and television actor.
He is perhaps best known for his roles as Ralph Cifaretto on The Sopranos, Cypher in The Matrix, Captain Howard in Bad Boys and Bad Boys II and Teddy in Memento. He first grew to fame as "Guido the Killer Pimp" in Risky Business, appeared as Cypher in The Matrix, and won an Emmy as Ralph Cifaretto in HBO's The Sopranos. Pantoliano is also known for his role as Eddie Moscone, the bail bondsman, in the Robert De Niro comedy Midnight Run, as double-crossed mafioso Caesar in Bound and as police officer John Edward "Teddy" Gammel in Memento. He also played Deputy Marshal Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive along with Tommy Lee Jones and reprised the role in the sequel U.S. Marshals. In 1985, he appeared as the villainous Francis Fratelli in The Goonies. He is known for his portrayals of criminal investigators, detectives, and forensic specialists. In 2003, Pantoliano replaced Stanley Tucci in the Broadway play Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. That same year he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for The Sopranos. He is often referred to as Joey Pants, due to the difficulty some have pronouncing his Italian surname.

Carole Bloom "BITE-SIZE DESSERTS"
CAROLE BLOOM is a professional pastry chef and confectioner. She studied at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris, Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine et de Pâtisserie in London, and the E. Rosa Salva Pasticceria in Venice, and has worked at the Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco, the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, and Mille Fleurs Restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe. Her articles and recipes have appeared in Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Eating Well, and Gourmet, and she has appeared on ABC World News This Morning, CNN, and the Today show. Her eight previous cookbooks include The Essential Baker and Truffles, Candies, and Confections. Master baker Carole Bloom has collected a wide range of mini desserts here, and you're sure to find one (or two or three) that are perfect for every occasion. Wicked Brownie Bites, Double Lemon Meringue Tartlets, Chocolate–Espresso Pots de Crème, Spiced Buttermilk Doughnut Holes, Raspberry Sorbet Shots, and Salted Caramel–Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles are just a few of the petite goodies you'll discover. Throughout, more than forty striking color photographs show you just how appealing these bite-size desserts can be.

Michael Cudlitz- "Southland" (NBC TONIGHT)
stars as patrol officer John Cooper, a 20-year veteran and training officer in NBC's new drama series "Southland." Born and raised on the East Coast, Cudlitz graduated from the California Institute of the Arts Theatre program and has established himself as a versatile character actor in both television and film. Although his first love was the stage, Cudlitz found early success working in front of the camera. Since then, Cudlitz has appeared in over 20 films, including "A River Runs Through It," "Grosse Point Blank," and "The Negotiator." A few of his notable television credits include roles on NBC’s "Life," "Standoff," "Lost," "Prison Break," "Vegas" and "24." Finally, the HBO Emmy Award-winning miniseries "Band of Brothers" continues to be one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. (10-11 PM ET/PT)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Wed May 6, 2009

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Robert Simon "AKA" A Bistro
The name is AKA, a Bistro — also known as restaurateur Robert Simon’s latest venture, open now in downtown St. Helena. The historic 1920s building on Main Street, formerly housing the Keller Brothers butcher shop, now dishes traditional faves with beer and wine in a modern bistro setting. Step inside the cheery spot with buttercream walls, concrete floors, and twig-wrapped light pendants to find a cushy front lounge, a wall of cubbies storing 550 bottles of wine, and an ecofriendly fireplace. Hit the African mahogany bar or grab a table to relish fire-roasted Monterey calamari; Reuben sandwiches; build-your-own burgers; and mains like herb-crusted ahi salad, Ernie’s prime Angus filet with crushed potatoes, and Vegetable Blackjack (21 veggie treats). Top it all off with the decadent molten chocolate cake with peanut butter ice cream.

Veterinarian Jeff Bender and nutritionist Liz Ward, M.S., R.D
Veterinarian Jeff Bender, D.V.M., of the University of Minnesota and nutritionist Liz Ward, M.S., R.D., will help dispel the myths surrounding pork and the H1N1 virus.
Dr. Bender is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine and works at an Influenza Center funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). He’s an expert in food safety and infectious diseases who can explain the nature of flu viruses and why this one is different. Liz Ward is a registered dietitian and a mother of three who can speak about the safety and nutritional value of pork.

Tony Potts - "Access Hollywood"
Tony Potts is the weekend co-anchor and correspondent for "Access Hollywood," the daily entertainment newsmagazine show in its 13th season of providing the most comprehensive coverage of entertainment news and personalities on television. Tony joined "Access Hollywood" in April 1999, coming to the show after 12 years in television news and sports. In addition to his duties at "Access Hollywood," Tony also contributes to the "Today" show, MSNBC and CNBC. Tony also hosted the 2007 – 2008 season of “Celebrity Expose” on MyNetworkTV. Tony has also filled-in for legendary Larry King on CNN's "Larry King Live" in addition to his frequent guest spots on on the show

Larry Van Aalst Sommelier "Equus Restaurant"
One of the judges speaks - the winners at the Riverside International Wine Competition.
Stylish, classic and modern…the Equus Restaurant and Loungebar has been transformed into an inviting casual dining experience. The California fusion menu highlights local ingredients and emphasizes classic flavors with Mediterranean, Spanish and French influences. The Loungebar features Friday evening wine tasting and Saturday entertainment. Equus Restaurant and Loungebar…make it your next stop.

Amy Dickinson " Mighty Queens of Freeville, The: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them" Amy Dickinson took over Ann Landers's syndicated advice column in 2003.

Amy Dickinson is the author of the syndicated advice column "Ask Amy," which appears in more than 150 newspapers nationwide. She is the host of a biweekly feature on NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and is a panelist on NPR's quiz show "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!" She lives in Chicago and Freeville, New York. "In The Mighty Queens of Freeville, Amy Dickinson shares her life story about love and loss, parents, daughters, aunts, fathers, pets, and life from the mundane to the ridiculous to the quietly heartbreaking. Or, sometimes loudly heartbreaking, with great big honking sobs. Amy doesn't have all the answers, but she suggests a good place to find them: at home, with the people who love you."

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