Wednesday, April 6, 2011

4/7 Elizabeth Somer, Ferocious Planet, Hannah Nicole Vineyards, Chocolate Biscuit Cake

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Elizabeth Somer Tells Us How to Eat Our Way to Happiness!

The recently-released USDA 2010 Dietary Guidelines call for Americans to boost their intake of nutrient-rich foods like fruits and vegetables. Studies show kids and adults who eat breakfast usually squeeze an extra serving of fruit in every day and get more vitamins A, C, calcium, fiber, zinc and iron than people who skip breakfast. While people agree breakfast is the most important meal of the day (93%), it’s a meal most of us our skipping (56%)*. For those who are eating breakfast, it’s often coffee and a danish on the run. This means Americans are missing out on a key opportunity to kick-start nutrition needed to fuel the day.

Elizabeth Somer, M.A., is a nationally known registered dietitian, book author, magazine contributor and frequent expert guest on NBC’S TODAY Show, as other national shows and a monthly radio program on Portland's AM NorthWest. For 25 years, she has provided practical nutrition solutions for media and consumers across the country.

Joe Flanigan Takes Us on a Trip to Syfy's Ferocious Planet!

John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings, Star Trek: Voyager) and Joe Flanigan (Stargate: Atlantis, Warehouse 13) tackle creatures from another dimension, while Stephen Rea (V is for Vendetta, The Crying Game) confronts a deadly giant bird in the April Syfy Saturday Original Movie presentations.
In Ferocious Planet, premiering Saturday, April 9, at 9PM (ET/PT), an experimental device designed to view alternate universes malfunctions on its first demonstration, transporting a group of observers into a nightmarish new dimension.

The team must use ingenuity and courage to outwit the bloodthirsty creatures of this bizarre world, while trying to repair the damaged machine and return home. Ferocious Planet stars John Rhys-Davies and Joe Flanigan.
Road Kill, premiering Saturday, April 23, at 9PM (ET/PT), features a group of friends on a scenic RV road trip through Ireland, whose cross-country adventure takes an unexpected turn when they accidentally run down an old gypsy woman. Before she dies, the woman curses them, summoning a giant bird of prey called a Simuroc to exterminate the young people, one by one. Road Kill stars Stephen Rea and Roisin Murphy (Johnny English, Grey’s Anatomy).

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

We're Visiting Contra Costa County Where Mark Enlow Gives Us A Tour of Hannah Nicole Vineyards!

Neil and Glenda Cohn started with 10 acres of land and countless hours spent working in the garage on weekends. From there, our passion quickly grew into a mission of creating boutique, handcrafted wines for more than just family and friends.

Purchasing 80 acres of prime land on Balfour Road in Brentwood, they watched the dream of Hannah Nicole Vineyards unfold. At first, they planted Bordeaux varietals. Then they added Rhone varietals. From these varietals, we now produce more than 15 wines. Their flagship Viognier and Meritage demonstrate the sophistication and distinction that are uniquely characteristic of wines from Contra Costa County.

As their vineyards continue to expand, their wine will soon enjoy the mark of being 100 percent estate grown. Their vineyards currently include 41 acres of red Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec), six acres of white Bordeaux varietals (Sauvignon Blanc), 15 acres of red Rhone varietals (Syrah, Petite Sirah, Mouvedre and Grenache), six acres of white Rhone varietals (Viognier) and five acres of Italian varietals (Zinfandel). Their red vintages are pruned and thinned to produce between three and five tons of fruit per acre, enhancing the flavor and intensity of their wines. Their white varietals, which are produced from their Estate grown Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, are pruned to produce four to six tons of fruit per acre. They also utilize multiple clones of certain varietals to provide more depth of flavor and characteristics that are unique to each.

Since farming is all about timing, they make every effort to stay one step ahead of Mother Nature. Using technological innovations such as water sensors helps them monitor the moisture content of the soil – a requirement that is necessary when practicing Regulated Deficit Irrigation (RDI). A key process that allows the grapes to be kept in a constant state of moderate water stress, RDI enhances their varietal flavors.

For more info on this winery, visit their website at

Jennifer Kalinowski with Betty Crocker Kitchens Gives Us The Inside Scoop on the Cake Prince William Wanted as His Groom's Cake - Chocolate Biscuit Cake!

This week the royal wedding cake was revealed, and Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton would like their guests to eat cake – and cookies too! Prince William has made a special request for a Groom’s cake and he has selected a Chocolate Biscuit Cake. The baking and cooking experts at Betty Crocker did some research to find out more about Prince William’s childhood favorite treat, which is best described as an unbaked refrigerator cake (a new trend?!).

What is a Chocolate Biscuit Cake and how do you make one? Betty Crocker has the answers - and offers her interpretation of the recipe! Biscuits are to the British as cookies are to Americans. There are many varieties of biscuits to choose from including rich tea biscuits, digestive biscuits and those with different types of chocolate coatings. The Betty Crocker recipe is easy-to-follow and showcases the steps behind this rich and delicious no-bake cake. Since British biscuits can be difficult to find in the U.S., Betty Crocker created a version using sugar cookies in addition to a British version using biscuits. Simply toss small pieces of sugar cookies or British biscuits with a mixture of dark chocolate, cream and butter. Chill and then top with a thick layer of chocolate.

Want to try it before the royal wedding guests on April 29th? Check out Betty’s Chocolate Biscuit Cake at You’ll also find British-inspired cocktails, appetizers, main dishes and royal wedding cakes that can be easily served at your viewing party on April 29th!

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