Thursday, June 17, 2010

6/17 - Sam Zien, Tori Ritchie, Apolo Ohno,

Sam Zien -  "Sam the Cooking Guy: Awesome Recipes & Kitchen Shortcuts"
no complicated techniques. no fancy ingredients. just great food anyone can make. It's a well-known fact that people have to eat . . . and sometimes that means cooking. But great food doesn't have to be a total pain. In awesome recipes & kitchen shortcuts, Sam the Cooking Guy shows you how to prepare fast, delicious meals using simple methods and stuff you probably already have in the kitchen. No fancy techniques or foo-foo ingredients here. Just simple and delicious food served with a big side of humor and fun.  Sam Zien is an eleven-time Emmy Award winner and for the past four years has been the host of the television series Sam the Cooking Guy. His latest show, Just Cook This! with Sam the Cooking Guy, premiered on the Discovery Health Channel in September 2007 and now airs on Fit TV. His Web site is

Father's Day is just around the corner, and people across the country are trying to come up with creative and fun ways to treat the special dads in their lives. If you have the dad who has everything, the husband who loves less-traditional gifts or would rather do something surprising this year, why not get outside and have an outdoor feast?  Picnics and summer cookouts offer a great way to enjoy the outdoors, while spending time with loved ones. Plus, they are affordable and customizable to the likes of any dad, and are an easy way to get the kids involved in the planning process.  Celebrity TV personality Tori Ritchie is currently the founder of site that sends out a new recipe each week and was named "site we love" by Saveur Magazine. Ritchie who has always had a knack for combining outdoors and great food, hosted the "5 Minute Cooking Lesson" on The Early Show on CBS, as well as "Ultimate Kitchens" on Food Network. Her motto of "fast, simple, fresh" is reflected in all of the food she prepares.

Apolo Ohno and father Yuki
As a young teen, Apolo Anton Ohno once struggled with some of the same peer pressures and unhealthy
choices faced by kids today. Due to a strong relationship with his father, Yuki Ohno, he was equipped to make healthy decisions and stay on the right track. He believes healthy choices begin in childhood and continue through the teen years. Ohno is committed to working with organizations to promote positive choices for youth of all ages. One of the greatest short track speed skaters in history and star of the 2010 Winter Games, Ohno has partnered with The Century Council and its Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don't Mix program.  Rarely interview together, Apolo and his father, 
§ How Yuki influenced his son
§ How challenges in Apolo’s own life have inspired him
§ Their best advice for kids and parents
§ The Ask, Listen, Learn Project