Tuesday, April 5, 2011

4/6 Nutrition Tips, Four Roses Bourbon, Larry Lipson, Sara Rue & Barry Watson

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Looking for a Fresh Approach to Nutrition? Dr. Jeffrey Mechanick Gives Us Some Great Tips!

Are we treating our bodies right? Every day we are bombarded with the latest in nutrition trends, telling us to eat this, avoid that, making it harder to understand what good nutrition really means. The only thing experts can all agree on is overeating has some heavy consequences. Careless eating can lead to unhealthy conditions such as weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, premature aging and even cancer. So how can we avoid these potentially life threatening conditions? The latest fad diet is NOT the answer. Yes eating is necessary to sustain us and food is meant to be enjoyed. But in the end, the most important tool necessary to help us enjoy a long, healthy and productive life, is knowledge.


Al Young Tells Us About The Rise, Removal and Return of Four Roses!

The legend of the whiskey maker who proposed to a Southern belle…One of the first neon advertising signs in New York's Times Square…The removal of one of the most popular spirits from the United States and its subsequent return…These are some of the stories brought to light in a new book, Four Roses: The Return of a Whiskey Legend, written by Al Young, Brand Ambassador and historian for the Four Roses Distillery. This book details the history and the people behind the long-time international bourbon brand that vanished from U.S. shelves for 40 years until its more recent resurgence. The coffee-table style book was released in early December and coincides with the 100th anniversary of Four Roses main distillery building in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

Young began writing the book two years ago. He poured through extensive company archives and memorabilia collections, as well as researched and interviewed outside sources, including relatives of Four Roses founder, Paul Jones Jr. The book begins with the story of how the Jones family created the Four Roses name and the legend behind the establishment of the brand. From there, it leads into National Prohibition and how the brand came to be the country's top-selling bourbon of the time, and the acquisition of the distillery's 10 unique bourbon recipes.

In the 1930s, '40s and '50s, Four Roses was the best selling Bourbon brand in America. But in the '50s, then-owner Seagram's chose to pull Four Roses from the U.S. market to focus on international markets only. In 2002, under new ownership Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd., and at the urgings of Master Distiller Jim Rutledge, Four Roses returned to the U.S., with distribution limited solely to Kentucky. In 2007, the brand began market introductions in states such as New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Florida and California. Four Roses is currently sold in package stores, bars and restaurants in 39 states with further expansion planned throughout 2011.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Wine Correspondent Larry Lipson Tells a Tale of Two Wines from Argentina!

Argentina makes some interesting red wines!


The Argentine wine industry is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world. Argentine wine, as with some aspects of Argentine cuisine, has its roots in Spain. During the Spanish colonization of the Americas, vine cuttings were brought to Santiago del Estero in 1557, and the cultivation of the grape and wine production stretched first to neighboring regions, and then to other parts of the country.

Larry tells us about two he tasted recently, both from the Mendoza valley, one a Malbec the other a cabernet sauvignon and...oh so different.

Actress Sara Rue and Actor Barry Watson Discuss Their Upcoming Movie, My Future Boyfriend

In "My Future Boyfriend", P-A-X-497/341, aka "Pax" (Barry Watson), a curious young man from the well-ordered but loveless future, travels to present day New Orleans in search of romance novelist Elizabeth Barrett (Sara Rue) - whose book he has come upon during an archeological dig in the year 3127. Hoping Elizabeth can explain the concept of love to him, which is now nonexistent in his time, Pax embarks on an adventure filled with new discoveries. Elizabeth introduces Pax to life in the year 2011, filled with love, music and of course, destiny. When Pax doesn't return to the future by the given deadline, Bob (Fred Willard), his fellow scientist, travels back in time to find him. Meanwhile, as Elizabeth helps Pax learn about love, she ends up confiding in her colleague, played by Valerie Harper, about her own upcoming "surprise" engagement.

About Sara Rue, “Elizabeth Barrett” Sara Rue stars in "My Future Boyfriend" as Elizabeth Barrett, a newly published romance novelist who meets Pax, a man from the very distant future intent on learning about love. Born and raised in New York City, Rue's acting career began at age 9, when she was cast as Kevin Spacey's daughter and Burt Lancaster's granddaughter in the film "Rocket Gibraltar." Shortly thereafter she won critical acclaim for her television series debut in the comedy "Grand." Since then, Rue has appeared as a series regular on various shows, including "Phenom," "Minor Adjustments," "Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane," "Popular" and "Eastwick." Most notably she was the star of ABC's hit series "Less than Perfect" for four seasons. She has also been seen in many guest and recurring roles on shows such as "ER," "Will & Grace," "Two and a Half Men," "The Big Bang Theory" and most recently "Private Practice." She also has experience on the other side of the camera, producing film and television, and recently sold her first movie to Dimension Films. Currently Rue is the host of CW's reality show, "Shedding for the Wedding," and has three independent films waiting for a release. She is also a celebrity spokesperson for Jenny Craig.

About Barry Watson, “PAX” Barry Watson stars in "My Future Boyfriend" as Pax, an inquisitive human from the future who travels back to present day to learn more about love. Watson was first introduced to television audiences at the age of 15 with a six-month stint on NBC's daytime drama, "Days of our Lives." His television career spans many shows, including guest-starring roles on "The Nanny," "Sister, Sister," "Nash Bridges," "Malibu Shores," "Baywatch" and "Drop Dead Diva." He then went on to "star status" as a series regular on "7th Heaven," "What About Brian" and the critically-acclaimed "Samantha Who?" In almost serendipitous fashion, "7th Heaven" provided him a connection to ABC Family through Brenda Hampton, the creator of the CW series and ABC Family's current hit drama, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." In feature films Watson starred in "Teaching Mrs. Tingle," "Sorority Boys," "Boogeyman," and had a brief cameo in "Ocean's 11."

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