Friday, July 17, 2009

Fri July 17, 2009

On Today's Show:

Marla Sokoloff - "Meteor" - NBC Sunday 9 PM
stars in NBC's new miniseries “Meteor” as Imogene O’Neil, a young scientist who tries to help her mentor, Dr. Lehman (Emmy Award winner Christopher Lloyd, “Back to the Future”), save the planet from destruction by a giant meteor named Kassandra. Sokoloff is best known as the sassy and trouble-making receptionist, Lucy Hatcher, on David E. Kelly's award-winning series “The Practice.” She has also guest-starred on the comedy “Desperate Housewives” as Felicity Huffman's cute and bubbly nanny. She also starred in the comedy “Big Day,” opposite Josh Cooke, where she and Cooke played a couple whose wedding day played out over an entire season. Sokoloff also starred in the “Flower Girl” and recently completed shooting the mini-series “Maneater,” opposite Sarah Chalke and Judy Greer.

Sarah Kaufmann - "The Cheese Lady"
Sarah “The Cheese Lady” is a nationally recognized cheese sculptor.Why cheese? “If you were born and raised in Wisconsin, surrounded by dairy cows, cheese factories and people who wear orange triangle hats as high fashion, you might think it would just seem…natural!”Sarah received a degree in Commercial Art in Madison, WI and worked for the Wisconsin dairy industry for 16 years. Kaufmann will be carving a life-size astronaut out of 1,800 lbs. of Wisconsin mammoth, white cheddar. Appropriately, the astronaut will be holding a wheel of “Man on the Moon,” Swiss cheese.That’s where her natural-born “Cheddar Head” talents were honed and perfected. As Creative Director for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board she worked on national advertising and public relations promotions for the Wisconsin dairy industry. There, her interest in cheese carving was encouraged and her first sculptures were used in trade and consumer promotions. Sarah even developed a cheese carving training program.After over a decade with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Sarah moved to Ohio were she served as Manager of Creative Services for Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, (Cincinnati) OH – a nationally renown specialty food market. While with Jungle Jim’s, Sarah continued to carve and built her business into a fulltime career.Since 1996, “The Cheese Lady” has received hundreds of commissions for her cheese creations, which have captured countless media impressions in print, on radio, and on television newscasts, talk shows, food shows and sportscasts.Kaufmann creates some sculptures in her Cincinnati and San Diego studios and also appears in person to sculpt cheese at a variety of venues: food & wine festivals, supermarkets, tradeshows, state fairs, sporting events, civic celebrations and other special occasions. She has carved from ten and forty-pound blocks to 500-pound wheels and a whopping 12,500-pound cheddar mammoth! Some of “The Cheese Lady’s” notable sculptures include: A Six-Foot Long Aircraft Carrier for the USS Regan A 120-Pound Mickey Mouse A 300-Pound Gorilla A Six-Foot-Long Cheddar Gator for the University of Florida Several Television Personalities (Including Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Al Roker and Ann Curry, and Marc Sommers) Sports Stars (Bret Favre and Mario Andretti).

Chef Paul Prudhomme - K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen®
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 ).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.

Joanne - The Bar Harbor Inn & Spa
BAR HARBOR'S FIRST HOTEL TO BE OPENED AFTER THE FATEFUL FIRE OF 1947 WHICH RAZED ALL OF BAR HARBOR'S FAMOUS HOTELS - What is now called the Bar Harbor Inn was once an "oasis" of culture for the likes of the Vanderbilts, Pulitzers, and Morgans. According to Gladys O'Neil, local historian, the first social club to be organized on the island was started in 1874 and named the Oasis Club. After brief stays in rented buildings, the club moved into its own quarters in 1887, newly incorporated as the Mount Desert Reading Room, with the avowed purpose of promoting "literary and social culture." The handsome new cedar shingled structure, designed by architect William Randolph Emerson, became the center of social activities during the summers before World War I. In 1910, President Taft was entertained there during his three-day stay in Bar Harbor. For the next 35 years, the club flourished, and members saw their ranks swell by visiting yachtsmen whose gleaming boats lay moored in Frenchman Bay, as well as officers of the U. S. Navy whose ships would make annual visits.Ladies, though allowed admittance by invitation on special occasions, did not enjoy equal status with men at the club until 1921. It was then that a restaurant was opened to the public, and the club, faced with ever-increasing maintenance costs, sought to attract more investors.However, by 1922, it was no longer feasible for the club to carry the financial burden, and it was sold to the Maine Central Railroad. Over the next 25 years, the building had a number of proprietors and served a variety of tenants. In 1933, a group of hotel owners organized the Shore Club to allow guests at local hotels the use of club facilities. During World War II, the U.S. Navy leased the building and utilized it as an observation headquarters. When the terrible fire of 1947 raged throughout Bar Harbor, the American Red Cross used the building to give assistance to many who were burned out. After the fire, Bar Harbor was left without a single hotel to attract visitors back to the area. A group of townspeople joined in 1950 to develop the Hotel Bar Harbor with an initial 40-room wing, followed in 1960 by a 20-room motel along the shorepath. The property was purchased in 1987 by David J. Witham, who changed the name to the Bar Harbor Inn, and by 1999 completely redeveloped the property. The Inn now has 153 guest rooms with modern amenities and is considered by many to be one of Maine's finest oceanfront properties.

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".