Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thu Oct 8, 2009

On Today's Show:

Lindsay Gifford - VP Marketing - Gifford's Ice Cream Skowhegan, ME
A passion for ice cream five generations strong - The history of Gifford’s Ice Cream goes back to an earlier century when our dad, Randall Gifford, first learned the art of ice cream making from his father-in-law Chester Main. Both Randall and his wife Audrey, our mom, grew up in the dairy business in Connecticut, steeped in a tradition of super-rich, old-fashioned ice cream––the kind you could only get at the ice cream stand. Naturally, when our parents moved to Maine, to begin operating a small dairy in Skowhegan, they brought their passion for “ice cream stand ice cream” right along with them. In 1980, we began creating small batches of super-rich ice cream, using original family recipes handed down through the generations. At first, ice cream was just a sideline to the family milk-processing business. However, demand grew steadily and soon it became clear that Gifford’s Ice Cream was something special. Made from fresh cream and top-quality ingredients, it had that old-fashioned, super-rich “ice cream stand” flavor––just like it has today. In 1983, we made a full-time commitment to ice cream. With a core of six determined employees, it was "all hands on deck” for the extended Gifford’s family. We started gradually in small towns in rural Maine; soon, the Gifford’s name was known throughout the state and beyond. Everyone pitched in then and they still do today. We opened our first, family-operated Gifford’s ice cream stand in our hometown of Skowhegan, Maine, in 1980. Today, we operate five ice cream stands throughout the great state of Maine that serve over one million cones each summer! Our ice cream is also available at more than 400 independent ice cream stands in Maine, and throughout New England and is even served as far south as Cape May, New Jersey! Through the years we’ve grown and modernized, and in 1983 we began selling Gifford's Ice Cream in retail supermarkets. However we have never lost sight of our passion for ice cream, or our family heritage. Maybe that is why we still produce ice cream that would make Granddad Chester proud. Gifford’s Ice Cream is “ice cream stand good!”

Lola Whalen, former senior food editor for Pillsbury cookbooks and recipe magazines, oversaw all of the food content for Pillsbury’s wide range of cookbooks and topic-driven monthly magazines. She was responsible for the testing of recipes, wrote recipe tips and copy as well as managed and educated the staff on food safety. Lola also managed the Kitchens through the selection of the 100 recipe finalists for four Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contests. In her over 30 years of working in the food industry, she has developed some new food products as well as hundreds of new recipes that appear on and in cookbooks. For years, Lola has judged food exhibits at Minnesota county fairs and the Minnesota State Fair. Just in time for the 60th anniversary of Pillsbury's Bake-Off®-the historic contest's first 1,000 recipes. The year was 1959. People watched Leave It to Beaver on TV and listened to Elvis on the radio. When they baked, they turned to Pillsbury. And everyone wondered who would be the next big winner of the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest. Now you can rediscover Pillsbury's secrets for great baking. This authentic reproduction of the beloved 1959 book gives you a nostalgic snapshot of an earlier era-and a mother lode of tips and recipes that have stood the test of time. IOne finalist with a simple recipe idea will become a millionaire at the Bake-Off® Contest in April, 2010. It could be a new twist on a family favorite or a variation of a dish enjoyed at a restaurant. Maybe it’s a recipe inspired by leftovers in the refrigerator or the desire to try a new product. As finalists created their original recipes, they considered not only tas Ite, but appearance, creativity and how the recipe will appeal to families across America. Inside this charming book, you'll find:
An authentic facsimile of the 1959 edition of the Pillsbury Best of the Bake-Off® Collection, featuring 1,000 of the recipes from the first ten years of the Bake-Off® Contest
Classic and much beloved recipes that have delighted American families for 50 years, such as California Casserole, Peanut Blossoms, and Orange Kiss-Me Cake
Detailed baking and cooking tips and techniques, including the importance of proper measuring, a glossary of useful baking terms, and step-by-step instructions and photos that teach how to make yeast bread from scratch
Whimsical illustrations and color and black and white photos throughout
Complete with delightful recipes that generations of home cooks have cherished, this is a must-have cookbook for every fan of the Bake-Off® Contest or for anyone who wants to bake delicious memories for their family. Who knows? You might even get the inspiration you need to develop your own million-dollar recipe!

BOB GREENE, Co-Author of "Make the Connection" with OPRAH, Author of "THE BEST LIFE DIET" for which OPRAH Wrote the Forward, and Regular Contributor to "O MAGAZINE"! The author of seven bestselling books, including “Make the Connection” with Oprah and “The Best Life Diet” as well as such hugely popular books as “Bob Greene’s Total Body Makeover” and “Get with the Program,” and regular contributor to “O Magazine,” the nation’s most revered fitness expert Bob Greene is involved with a new tailored exercise program to help patients with osteoarthritis (OA) manage and overcome pain and stay active as part of The MOVE Campaign~a national initiative which Bob is spearheading to help the 27 million Americans who suffer from OA. Some of you may already know me from the books I've written. My first book, published in 1996 and co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, was Make the Connection: Ten Steps To A Better Body — And A Better Life. It is about how to live a healthier life, and also about how I met Oprah and began working with her in her lifelong battle against weight.Oprah and I were thrilled when the book became #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list, and we went on to write another, A Journal of Daily Renewal: The Companion to Make the Connection. More recently, you may have seen my articles in O Magazine-I'm a regular contributor-- and hopefully you've seen and read my other books, among them Keep the Connection: Choices for a Better Body and a Healthier Life; Get With the Program!; and Get With the Program!: Guide to Good Eating. To my delight, both Get With the Program! books have been The New York Times and best sellers. Anyone whose books have been popular would be overjoyed, but I am particularly happy about their successes because it means my message is getting out. It's my goal to help as many people as possible commit to a healthier—and happier—lifestyle. I don't want to say I'm a fanatic on the subject, but I do truly believe that exercising and eating healthfully can change your life for the better. I want you to know that making health-conscious choices can ultimately make you look and feel absolutely wonderful.

Joan Wrede - Event Coordinator American Wine & Food Festival
The 27th American Wine & Food FestivalSupporting Meals On Wheels Programs of Los AngelesWelcome to the 2009 edition of one of America’s premier culinary events. Once again, many of the world's top chefs and wine and spirit purveyors will gather on the beautifully lighted back lot of Universal Studios, Los Angeles, to raise a celebratory glass in support of the Meals On Wheels programs of Los Angeles.On the evening of October 3, 2009, a pantheon of food and beverage stars will exercise their considerable talents for the enjoyment of over 2,700 food and wine enthusiasts. The opportunity to sample exceptional dishes prepared by an internationally acclaimed group of chefs will be accompanied by live music, dancing, and a silent auction. Since its inception in 1982, this Puck-Lazaroff Charitable Foundation event has raised more than $15 million for Meals On Wheels programs of Los Angeles , which serve thousands of meals each day to Los Angeles’ homebound, senior and disabled citizens. Staged against the backdrop of movie sets, the signature Saturday night event returns, once again, to Universal Studios Backlot. As dusk falls, a spectacularly lit movie set provides the stage for a culinary scene like none other: An unrivaled epicurean feast prepared by world-renowned chefs, superb libations including fine wines and smooth spirits, and a silent auction filled with luxury items - all set to swinging sounds of live bands. Cap the night off in “The Lounge” – an after-hours retreat featuring sparkling wines from the Loire Valley Region of France and whimsical desserts by Pastry Chefs Francois Payard and Spago's Sherry Yard. Kick back in cozy niches under the stars or dance the night away to live bands.

Lorenzo & Shayne Lamas "Leave it To Lamas"
Part of a family only Hollywood could create, SHAYNE LAMAS is no stranger to the spotlight and feels right at home on the red carpet. The daughter of famed “Renegade” and “Falcon Crest” actor LORENZO LAMAS and granddaugher of Hollywood icon Arlene Dahl, Shayne recently appeared on ABC’s “The Bachelor: London Calling” where she won the heart and marriage proposal of British bachelor Matt Grant. (She got her first break with a multi-episode arc on “General Hospital” and has since appeared in a variety of films and television shows including “Fanboys,” “Endless Bummer,” and “Deep in the Valley.”) Shayne will now be the focus of a new unscripted reality series, “LEAVE IT TO LAMAS” which will follow the antics of the gorgeous and fun-loving up-and-coming starlet as she works, plays and navigates life in Los Angeles with her close-knit blended family by her side. Shayne’s famous father Lorenzo Lamas is often the voice of reason in the Lamas family which also includes meddling mother Michele Smith, and trouble-causing siblings A. J. and Dakota. Son of the famed Hollywood icons Fernando lamas and Arlene Dahl, Lorenzo won the role of “Tom” in the blockbuster musical “Grease” at the age of 19 and got his lucky break when he was cast in the popular night-time soap opera “Falcon Crest.” After that series ended, Lorenzo helped develop the action series “Renegade” and has recently taken to the road and headlined the musicals “Dracula,” “The Fantastiks” and “The King and I” to rave reviews. "This is a perfect family for reality TV," said the show's producer, Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor," "High School Reunion"). "They are fun, funny and damn are they good looking!" Shayne with dad Lorenzo, and accompanied by her crazy, blended family welcomes viewers into her hectic world on “Leave it to Lamas” premiering Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 10:30PM ET/PT on E! Entertainment TV.