Tuesday, April 26, 2011

4/27 Lemonade Stand, Cooking Thin, Eric Stromer & Cindy Dole, Larry Lipson, Claire Robinson, SP Candie Company

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Entrepreneur Michael Holthouse is Helping Turn Lemons into Lemonade for Today's Youth!

In 2007, Michael Holthouse taught his daughter and her friend how to set up a lemonade stand. Since then, his entrepreneurial idea has grown to a nationwide project. This year, Lemonade Day expands to 31 cities. By 2013, the program looks to be in 100 cities with one million youth participating. The best part of Lemonade Day is that after covering their expenses and paying back their investors, children are encouraged to open a youth savings account so they may “save a little, spend a little and give a little,” donating a portion of their profits to a local charity of choice; $1.9 million donated to date!

Imagine $6.8 MILLION DOLLARS in revenue from lemonade stands! It’s the ultimate “Business 101” program for American’s teens to learn how to be entrepreneurs and start their own businesses, especially at a time when jobs are more and more difficult to find. “Lemonade Day” and its founder Michael Holthouse are responsible for total revenues in 2010 from lemonade stands in 13 cities totaling $6.8 Million. That’s 5.2 million glasses…and 66,000 kids participating!

Michael H. Holthouse: Michael Holthouse is best known in the business world as founder and President of Paranet, Inc., a computer network services company. As an INC. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year and a two-time “Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company” winner, Michael grew Paranet in 6 years to 27 offices, 1600 employees and revenues in excess of $100 million and ultimately sold the company to Sprint in 1997. Since then he has focused on philanthropy, investments and a variety of business interests. Community involvement is an enormous part of Michael’s life and he has served on a variety of children’s and civic boards. His family foundation, The Holthouse Foundation For Kids, focuses proactively on at-risk youth. His philanthropic venture is called Prepared 4 Life which prepares middle school youth for life through fun, proactive and experiential after-school programs infused with life skills, character education and entrepreneurship.

Chef Allison Fishman Tells Us How To Cook Ourselves Thin!

You’ve seen the old refrigerator magnet that says “Never Trust a Skinny Cook!” Well, Allison Fishman, co-author of the bestseller Cook Yourself Thin, contributor to Cooking Light and the co-host of the Lifetime show by the same name, says YOU CAN TRUST A SKINNY COOK. In her brand new cookbook, she teaches home cooks how to stay trim—without giving up the good things in life.

As the co-author of the bestseller Cook Yourself Thin and the co-host of the Lifetime show by the same name, Allison Fishman knows a thing or two about healthy cooking. In YOU CAN TRUST A SKINNY COOK Fishman teaches home cooks how to stay trim—without giving up the good things in life. This book will equip readers with a variety of cooking techniques that allow them to make smart and tasty choices in the kitchen.

Fishman offers up 140 recipes that cover every meal of the day, from soups and salads, to main courses and side dishes—even desserts and snacks! Each recipe includes a complete nutritional profile, so people following Weight Watchers, South Beach, or other programs can easily incorporate these meals into their daily routine. Recipes include handy “Kitchen Tips” that make cooking simple, and “Skinny Kitchen Tips” offer suggestions on how to cut calories without losing flavor.

Allison Fishman is the creator of the Wooden Spoon Cooking School and contributor and TV spokesper¬son for Cooking Light magazine. She is a contributor to the bestselling Cook Yourself Thin and was the co-host of Lifetime’s Cook Yourself Thin and TLC’s Home Made Simple.

Eric Stromer & Cindy Dole Give Us the Latest News from the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show!

From dark finishes in the kitchen and green bathrooms, (we’re not talking eco-friendly, but literally a green color palate), to the Shaker style and silk nickel faucets, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) will showcase all the most popular and up-and-coming trends for the most important rooms in the house.

KBIS is the world’s largest event focused exclusively on all aspects of kitchens and baths. Year after year KBIS continues to showcase the most innovative and cutting edge products available.

From KBIS this year, celebrity home improvement experts Eric Stromer (HGTV & TLC host and one of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive) and Cindy Dole (host of Home Wizards and contributor to Martha Stewart Living Radio) will bring us the most exciting innovations and products from this year’s show.

Eric Stromer is a veteran contractor turned celebrity TV personality/host and one of People Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Men Alive.’ Stromer has won the hearts of millions of viewers nation­wide dishing out home improvement advice on a number of hit TV shows: HGTV’s Over Your Head, TLC’s Clean Sweep, and NBC’s Three Wishes. Currently, his DIY video tips are rated the most popular content on AOL’s Living Channel, with 2 million hits a month. Eric is also an accomplished author with his book Do-It-Yourself Family, A Guide for Busy Parents. This father of three ran a construc­tion company for 20 years where he remod­eled homes for celebrities including Dylan McDermott, Elijah Wood and Jasmine Guy. www.ericstromer.com

Cindy Dole is the host and executive producer of the popular, fun-spirited and inspirational home improvement talk show, “Home Wizards”, on CBS Radio. Named one of the Top 100 DIY Bloggers on the web, Cindy’s home and life improvement advice is syndicated nationally by Tribune Entertainment, and she is a contributor to Martha Stewart Living Radio. She has more than 20 years of broadcast experience as an award-winning radio and television news anchor, reporter and talk show host. www.cindydole.com

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

International Wine Correspondent Larry Lipson Talks About Volpolicella Wine!

Some years ago Valpolicella was a favorite Italian red wine of Americans around the same time Soave was a popular Italian white.

Currently overlooked, this well-made, palate-friendly vino goes very well with pastas, especially those with a bolognese sauce or the choice of the masses, spaghetti and meatballs.

And it's usually quite inexpensive!

Larry found a nice Vallpocella in Costa Rica.

Here's more info on this spectacular wine: Valpolicella is a viticultural zone of the province of Verona, Italy, east of Lake Garda. The hilly agricultural and marble-quarrying region of small holdings north of the Adige is famous for wine production. Valpolicella ranks just after Chianti in total Italian Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) wine production. The red wine known as Valpolicella is typically made from three grape varietals: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara. A variety of wine styles are produced in the area, including a recioto dessert wine and Amarone, a strong wine made from dried grapes. Most basic Valpolicellas are light, fragrant table wines in flavor. These wines can be produced in a nouveau style, similar to Beaujolais nouveau and released only a few weeks after harvest. Valpolicella Classico is made from grapes grown in the original Valpolicella production zone. Valpolicella Superiore is aged at least one year and has an alcohol content of at least 12 percent. Valpolicella Ripasso is a form of Valpolicella Superiore made with partially dried grape skins that have been left over from fermentation of Amarone orrecioto.

Winemaking in the region has existed since at least the time of the ancient Greeks. The name "Valpolicella" appeared in charters of the mid 12th century, combining two valleys previously thought of independently. Its etymology is unknown; it might derive from a Latin and Greekmixture for "Valley of Cellars." Today Valpolicella's economy is heavily based on wine production. The region, colloquially called the "pearl of Verona", has also been a preferred location for rural vacation villas. Seven comuni compose Valpolicella: Pescantina, San Pietro in Cariano,Negrar, Marano di Valpolicella, Fumane, Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella and Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo. The Valpolicella production zone was enlarged to include regions of the surrounding plains when Valpolicella achieved DOC status in 1968. In December 2009, the production of Amarone and recioto dessert wines within the Valpolicella DOC received their own separate Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) status.

TV's Claire Robinson Goes Behind the Scenes to Reveal the Secrets of Great Meals that are Incredibly Fast and Incredibly Affordable!

Claire Robinson is one of the biggest stars in food television. On one show, you can see her whipping up dazzling delights with just a handful of ingredients. On another, she provides a culinary play-by-play for TV's biggest chef challenge. How do TV chefs prepare gourmet meals in so little time? How can home chefs do it just as easy? Clare will tell us!

Claire graduated from The University of Memphis in 1999 with a B.A. in Communications. While in college, Claire worked at Maggie’s Pharm where she learned to appreciate the amazing flavors, scents and uses for exotic herbs and spices – a love she applies to her cooking today. Claire gained behind-the-scenes media experience at Memphis’ CBS affiliate, WREG-TV, and at WMC-FM radio. At Tiger Sports Properties, a sports marketing agency, Claire handled marketing for The University of Memphis’ athletic department. In October, 2010, she also became a published author of her very own food book.

For more info go to claire-robinson.com!

Sean Edmondson Tells Us About His Company, SP Candies in Beautiful Santa Barbara!

SP Candie Co. is a brand new Santa Barbara based company that focuses all its love and energy into bringing you a little piece of our family tradition... Ting-a-Lings! They are delicious chocolate treats you will be sure to reach for again and again. These tempting delights are chocolatey and crunchy with a hint of nuts. One is never enough! You’ll be amazed by how much flavor is packed into every bite. Best of all they are handmade with 100% organic and gluten free ingredients!

SP Candie Co. aims to distribute this childhood treat across the nation. They strive to become an American staple that provides our customers with a feeling of warmth and love in every bite. It is their goal to produce and package the very best tasting candy, and to "treat" their customers like family!

For more info, go to http://www.spcandie.com!

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