Friday, June 3, 2011

6/6 Financial Advisor Karen Lee, Louis Lucas, Party Charlie Scola, Chef Ellie Krieger

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

We're Talking About the MONEY with Financial Advisor Karen Lee!

As we all confront rampant unemployment, widespread foreclosures and plummeting home values, not to mention intense debate in Washington over how drastically to gut the retirement and health care benefits that millions have relied upon for generations, it’s safe to say that financial stress for many Americans is at an all time high.

For more than 20 years, financial advisor Karen Lee has provided hundreds of clients – of all backgrounds, ages and income levels – with the calming reassurance and wise insight that is so needed today.

In her new book, It’s Just Money, So Why Does It Cause So Many Problems?, Karen Lee offers readers the same level of support and education that she has shared with others for so many years – especially the fundamental understanding that conflict and worry regarding financial issues is almost never “just” about money. Instead, lessons learned during childhood, diverging financial perspectives between spouses and business partners, and the temptation to reap rewards without laying the necessary foundation are all important factors when it comes to achieving our financial goals.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Louis (Louie) Lucas Talks to Us About Lucas and Lewellen Wines!

The vineyards of Lucas & Lewellen are located in the three principal wine growing regions of Santa Barbara County in the Valleys of Santa Maria, Los Alamos and Santa Ynez. These valleys all run west from the coastal mountains to the Pacific Ocean, allowing warm days and cool nights to consistently produce prize-winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. The soils vary from clay and gravel river deposits to hillside and hilltop sites reminiscent of the great vineyards of Burgundy.

Mr. Lucas and Mr. Lewellen own close to 400 acres of grapes and produce a dizzying array of French and Italian-style wines. Walking the streets of the charming European-style village of Solvang, you will pass candy and ice cream stores, specialty gift stores, restaurants, and tourist shops, and in the mix you will find a number of storefront tasting rooms.

It's Party Time with Charlie Scola! He'll Tell Us How to Plan an Amazing Party!

Charlie Scola, "Party Charlie" as he's affectionately known, has been planning parties and catering to celebrities, politicians and corporate executives for more than three decades. His definition of a party is when "two or more people gather to lift each other's spirits and celebrate life." Charlie provides healthy suggestions for audiences with ideas how to eat and socialize with gusto! “The best advice I can give anyone is party, celebrate and socialize your way to health and success,” says the author and innovator in the food and catering industry.

Charlie's new book is called "Party Planning Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to a Successful Party." Charlie believes you can “party hearty,” but you should do it with a healthy attitude. Socializing is very beneficial for health reasons, he believes. “Doctors suggest to party, celebrate and socialize to boost your immune system, and social contact in a friendly, upbeat environment is extremely reinforcing to who we are. By nature we are social creatures.” Says Charlie, “We need to jump into the game of life.” Meeting people at social events is good for your professional life. “Even if you’re a guest of a guest, it automatically validates you to be on the guest list. This brings you into the circle.” Charlie offers a personal approach as well. “Want to be a kind neighbor?” he asks. “If you know somebody who’s a little down or lonely, next time you’re invited to a party, do them a life-changing favor – invite them!”

Chef Ellie Krieger Helps Us Kick Off the Start of Summer with Simple, Delicious, and Unique Fresh, Seasonal Recipes!

Celebrity chef and nutritionist Ellie Krieger, star of the “Food Network’s” popular show “Healthy Appetite” and “New York Times” bestselling author of such healthy eating books as “The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life” and “Small Changes Big Results,” has been a guest on hundreds of television and radio shows (including, but not limited to, “CNN,” “The Early Show,” “The Today Show,” and “Good Morning, America”).

In addition to writing a column for “Fine Cooking” magazine, Ellie contributes regularly to numerous publications like “Parenting,” “Women’s Day,” “Ladies’ Home Journal,” “Prevention,” “Self,” “Glamour,” “Shape,” “Fitness,” “The New York Daily News,” “Men’s Journal,” “Baby Talk,” and “GQ.”

Ellie, who was a world-renowned fashion model for the iconic Wilhelmina Cooper, received her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in nutrition from Cornell and Columbia Universities. A former adjunct professor in the New York University Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, counseled a variety of clients from famous celebrities to top models to CEOs.

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