Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wednesday Jan 13, 2010

Guest #1: Carla Snyder & Meredith Deeds
"Sensational Soups"  A good soup nourishes the soul as well as the stomach, spreading a feeling of satisfaction and contentment. Soup is  ... Sensational Soups by Carlacomfort in a bowl, love on a spoon, satisfaction simmering on the stove. With their outstanding recipes, Meredith Deeds and Carla Snyder will help you discover a soup for every season, mood and occasion. The incredible variety offers everything from traditional comfort food to exotic taste sensations. Whether you're preparing dinner for your family or an elegant dish for guests, the perfect bowl of soup awaits you every time. Join Carla Snyder & Meredith Deeds on Wednesday, January 13 as they show us delicious soups to warm us up this winter: *Chicken, Pinto Bean & Green Chile Soup (a 30 minute meal!) *Sensational Chicken Noodle Soup (quick & easy!) *Beef & Roasted Balsamic Soup (sweet & sour!) *Creamy Three Onion Soup with Crispy Shallots (onion lovers rejoice!) *Garden Vegetable Soup (use whatever is in season!) *Broccoli, Bacon & Cheddar Chowder (a soul  warming soup perfect after a day in the cold!)  Carla Snyder is an artisan baker, food writer and accomplished culinary instructor. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Meredith Deeds teaches cooking classes and has written extensively about food. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Carla & Meredith have also written three other cookbooks, including The Mixer Bible and the James Beard Award-nominated Big Book of Appetizers.

Guest #2:
Elizabeth Somer - Registered  Dietican Eliizabeth Somer, M.A., is a registered dietitian who has carved a professional niche as one of the few, if not only, dietitians who is well-versed in nutrition research. For 25 years, she has kept abreast of the current research, packaging that  ... .com - Elizabeth Somerinformation into easy-to-read books, magazine articles, lectures, continuing education seminars, and practical news for the media. Ms. Somer has written nine books: The 10 Habits That Mess Up a Woman's Diet (McGraw-Hill, 2006), Age-Proof Your Body (McGraw Hill, 2006), The Food & Mood Cookbook (Owl Books, 2004), The Origin Diet (Owl Books, 2002), Food & Mood (Henry Holt 1995, second edition Owl Books, 1999), Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy (Henry Holt, 1996, second edition Owl Books, 2002), Nutrition for Women (Henry Holt, 1993, second edition Owl  Books, 2003), and The Essential Guide to Vitamins and Minerals (HarperCollins 1990, second edition 1995). Ms. Somer also co-authored The Nutrition Desk Reference (McGraw-Hill, 1996), which is in its third edition.

Guest #3:
Stephanie Izard  Top Chef Winner
Chef Stephanie Izard's foray into the kitchen started around the age of 10 with the simple game of "restaurant."  As a young cook in her family's kitchen, Izard would offer friends and family a menu she created from scratch and serve timeless dishes such as chicken cordon bleu. A graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Izard  ... Stephanie Izard and helpworked as a line cook at the French-inspired Christopher's Fermier Brasserie.  She later returned to Chicago to work at Jean Georges' restaurant, Vong's Thai Kitchen, and then under celebrated Chicago Chef Shawn McClain, owner and executive chef of Spring.  Following, Izard created exceptional, creative seafood dishes for the critically-acclaimed French bistro, La Tache.  In 2004, Izard opened her Mediterranean-influenced restaurant, Scylla, to rave reviews. Three years later, Bon Appétit magazine named Scylla one of the 10 finest small restaurants in the country.  In the fall of 2008, she competed on Bravo's popular show Top Chef, where she won the title and was selected as fan favorite.  To find out more about Izard, check out her podcasts "The Tasty Life" on her Web site at http://www.stephanieizard.com/ or follow her on Twitter@StephanieIzard.

Guest #4: Michele Scicolone  "Italian Slow Cooker"
Michele Scicolone is the author of fourteen cookbooks, including the best-selling The Sopranos Family Cookbook, Entertaining with the Sopranos, 1000 Italian Recipes, and A Fresh Taste of Italy (the last two nominated for James Beard and Julia Child awards). A sought-after spokesperson, cooking teacher, and epicurean tour guide, she has made many appearances on national television. Michele lives in New York City and can be reached at http://www.michelescicolone.com/.

 ... slow cooker attitudes may beIn her new cookbook, THE ITALIAN SLOW COOKER, Michele combines the fresh, exuberant flavors of great Italian food with the ease and comfort of a slow cooker. Pasta with Meat and Mushroom Ragu, Chicken with Peppers and Mushrooms: these are dishes that even the most discriminating cook can proudly serve to company, yet are so carefree that anyone with five or ten minutes of prep time can make them on a weekday morning and return home to perfection.

Guest #5:
Doug Stallings Senior Editor "Fodor's"
by doug stallings fodor s ... Doug Stallings has worked in travel publishing for nearly 20 years and at Fodor's as an expert on Caribbean, cruising, and Fodor's 'No Nonsense Travel Tips.' An experienced media spokesman, he as appeared on numerous national television shows including "CBS Early Show" and CNN's "Your Moneey" as well as on countless radio shows.  Fodor's Senior Editor Doug Stallings, "The No-Nonsense Traveler," can offer your listeners the insider secrets on how to get the best deals, what's the best time to travel, and where to go to get the best value for their winter escape. In addition, he can clarify the biggest five myths of winter travel which are:

•    Winter is always the most expensive time for a warm-weather escape: Winter is the most popular time to grab some sun, but this can work out in your favor. With tourism down this year, many destinations are desperate to fill empty rooms with previously unheard-of deals. Plus some major airline and credit card companies, like Discover, use this period to offer cash back programs for travel purchases.

•    A winter vacation means a beach vacation: Avid golfers, fishers and divers can find fantastic bargains by picking the right destinations for these activities- that may not be the most popular, thereby expensive, beach destinations. Golfers should look at places like the Bahamas, where winter weather may be a tad too cool for ideal beach tanning and sport fisherman can save with marina-side accommodations rather than beach-front.

•    An all-inclusive vacation is the best: Especially in a country like Mexico, where the U.S. dollar still goes a long way, you may actually spend far less if you stay at a non-AI resort. In the Caribbean, although restaurant food can be expensive, there are almost always cheaper local restaurants off the resort. Solo travelers, in particular, usually pay a huge supplement to stay at an all-inclusive.

•    Hotels and resorts are the only options: In condos you may not only have more room to spread out (they're usually much larger than a comparable hotel room), but you'll be able to save money by cooking some meals yourself. Just be sure your accommodations have the features you need to be happy. Ask about pools, air-conditioning, and  new appliances before making a commitment.
•    Every winter weekend is the same:  Lulls in the tourism industry mean discounts. These lulls often occur in early or mid-January, immediately before and after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, and in early March before Spring Break really kicks into gear.  And if you can put your holiday off until after Easter week, you'll save a bundle."The most important key to keeping costs down," says Stallings, "is making sure you're picking a destination that caters to your individual interests and not instead paying for amenities that you'll never use."  As a tie-in for your interview, on January 11th, Fodors.com is helping travelers do just that by launching the 80 DEGREES Travel Planner, a comprehensive online tool that allows visitors to plug in exactly what they're looking for in a vacation—from how far they're willing to travel and how much they're willing to spend to what they want to do when there—and discover a ranking of destinations perfect for their ideal vacation.