Friday, July 29, 2011

8/1 Urban Entrepreneurs, Low Cal Diets Make You Crazy, Sally James of Slow Living Radio, Crave Brothers Cheese

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

2010 MUES grand-prize winners Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora of BTTR Ventures

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of minority-owned businesses has increased nearly 50% since the last poll, twice the rate of all U.S. businesses. More significantly, urban entrepreneurs, who now employ some 5.9 million workers, are leading the way in job creation and helping to rebuild the economy.

Continuing its commitment to economic empowerment, MillerCoors has officially declared August 1-5 “National Urban Entrepreneurs Week,” while simultaneously announcing the call-for-entries for its 2011 MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) and Business Plan Competition.

The series has awarded more than $1.7 million to small businesses since its creation in 1999. This year, the MUES competition encourages its Facebook friends and Twitter followers to pay tribute to their community urban entrepreneurs with a salute in their statuses using hashtag salute and tweets using #MUES.

The top MUES winner will be awarded a $50,000 grant, and four other top finishers will each receive $25,000 grants. Program information, helpful resources for developing a business plan and official rules and requirements of the Competition are available at millercoorsMUES.com. The site also offers video webinars and encourages entrepreneurs to network and gain valuable insight from judges, community partners and other business owners with the help of blogs and videos.

Can Low-Cal Diets Make Your Crazy... Literally? Nutrition Expert Doug Ingoldsby Enlightens Us

Most of us have tried "crash dieting" at one time or another in our lives.

Nutrition expert Doug Ingoldsby of All One agrees that there's no question that a calorie-slashed daily diet will trigger a rapid drop in body weight. "However, studies show that a low calorie diet comes with a cost, not only to our physical health but to our mental health as well," says Ingoldsby.

Ingoldsby says in one Israeli study, researchers evaluated 10 psychiatric patients, most of whom had never had any emotional problems prior to their first attempt at rapid weight loss. "Researchers found a direct correlation between the severity of their mental condition and the speed and amount of weight the patient lost," says Ingoldsby.

Ingoldsby says this theory was further explored by a study conducted at the University of Minnesota. "Thirty-six fun-loving, healthy men of normal weight were put on a 1500-calorie diet," says Ingoldsby. "After six months, all of the subjects suffered from psychological deterioration. They became weak and irritable, apathetic, and antisocial."

Ingoldsby says a similar study was carried out at the Mayo Clinic; "A group of emotionally healthy young women who did not need to lose weight agreed to live together in the clinic under a doctor's strict supervision while being fed a restricted diet for an extended period of time. In less than 90 days the women's personalities had begun to change, they began experiencing unprovoked feelings of anxiety, persecution and hostility. Some had nightmares and others panic attacks. The doctor overseeing the study stated that he had 'created a group of neurotics'."

Doug Ingoldsby is the founder of ALL ONE Supplements, manufacturer of the world's first high potency multiple vitamin/mineral/protein powder, ALL ONE. The Ingoldsby family has been in the vitamin business since 1936. Doug's father, James, was responsible for creating the first "high potency" vitamin C tablet, and worked with nutritionist Adelle Davis to create the first "stress" formula, many of the first multiple vitamin and mineral combinations, and the first nutrition candy bar, "Tiger's Milk".

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

We're Talking with Slow Living Radio Host, Sally James

Sally James is an award-winning Australian chef, author, educator, television presenter and an ambassador for Australian food & wine whose books and recipes have won international acclaim for food & wine pairing, health and creativity. Sally is the author of eighteen books, including her best-selling Simply Healthy—winner of the prestigious World Cookbook Awards, Versailles, France, 1999 for Best Health Cookbook, Fresh and Healthy–Winner of the 2001 IACP International Cookbook Award in the Health category, Simply Sensational, a finalist for the IACP Award in 2003, and the Australian Heart Foundation Cookbook.

She has been a guest chef and lecturer for the American Heart Association, the Culinary Institute of America, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, COPIA, Draegar's and Publix Markets, the American Institute of Food and Wine, and Johnson & Wales Universitiesacross the United States. James continues to do guest appearances on television and radio in the US and Canada, including a recurring guest spot on ABC television’s popular View from the Bay in San Francisco.

James is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the American Institute of Wine & Food, the Food Media Club of Australia, and Slow Food USA.

About Slow Living: Slow Living radio is dedicated to those who want reclaim their time, breathe out and get back to realliving. We want to inspire and challenge you. Why not tap the brakes, reconsider your priorities, and get back to a place where life is more fun and rewarding? Slow Living simply means taking the time to experience your days instead of counting them. Each week they present you with engaging guests and topics. Food, wine, travel, health & fitness, home design, greener living, entertainment, cool events... so sit back and enjoy the ride in the pursuit of endless discoveries. The show is broadcast each week to 11 million homes coast-to-coast through the CRN Digital Talk Affiliate Network. You can also catch the broadcast on your iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Palm, or other Windows Mobile device, or online at web radio CRNTalk.com.

Linda Funk and Debbie Crave Share Family Heirloom Recipes with Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics

Summer is the season for family reunions, and for sharing family heirloom recipes. That doesn’t mean you can’t create new recipe classics, though. This year, why not please your extended family and friends with recipes featuring Crave Brothers Mascarpone, Fresh Mozzarella, Les Frères® and Petit Frère®? Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics is more than a name: It’s an accurate statement about the quality cheeses, made at a farmstead cheese facility on a sustainable, state-of-the-art family farm in Wisconsin.

Summer recipes from Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics help you highlight the flavors of the season—sweet peaches and berries, robust tomatoes and summer squash.

Fresh Mozzarella is available in a variety of sizes, making it easy to create your own classics. For a simple recipe bursting with flavor, try the Fresh Mozzarella, Strawberry and Mint Salad featuring Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella—Ovoline (egg-sized balls).

You can also celebrate summer with Marinated Herbed Tomato Salad with Fresh Mozzarella, using cherry-sized Ciliegene. Share your garden-grown tomatoes and fresh basil with a salad featuring Perline (pearl size) or sliced Bocconcini (ball size) Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella.
For seasonal fruit and cheese presentations, offer fresh peaches or berries with a dollop of award-winning Crave Brothers Mascarpone. The fresh sweet cheese provides just the right complement for fruit and fruit pies. Vegetable-loving families will want to try recipes such as Summer Squash Casserole with shredded Petit Frère®, a rind-washed European-style cheese.
You’ll find these and other summertime recipe ideas on the Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese website at www.cravecheese.com.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

7/29 Enviro-Friendly Dolphin App, NASCAR's David Ruitimann, Graton Cellars, Rick Maynard from KFC, Movie Guy Steve

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Mark Linthicum Tells Us About the All-New Dolphin Alarm Clock App for the iPad Features Live Creatures with an Important Environmental Message

Getting up in the morning is getting more fun as Enjoyable Apps releases its Dolphin Alarm Clock app for the iPad this month, with part of its proceeds going to help save dolphins.

Enjoyable Apps has also released the interactive Playing with Dolphins app for the iPhone, which gives users a chance to play and interact with dolphins under water by simply tapping the screen and guiding them along with the touch of a finger. This app is also available through iTunes and www.dolphinalarmclock.com .

Mark Linthicum founded Enjoyable Apps to develop and create innovative and interactive apps for the iPad and iPhone to give everyone a chance learn about our environment and take an active role in saving dolphins, our oceans and other animals. Mark is a Los Angele s resident and veteran filmmaker who has been working in technology and making movies for over 10 years. He is a strong believer in the power of movies to change the world. His films include "Beneath the Blue," and "Eye of the Dolphin," both starring dolphins, which are also featured in his latest venture, the Dolphin Alarm Clock app for iPad.

NASCAR's David Reutimann Dishes on the 2011 Season and a New Contest Offering the Chance to Win The Right To Be Grand Marshal of the TUMS Fast Relief 500!

The ribs and spicy sauce, the hotdogs and ketchup, the lemonade and beer. The roar of the engines, the cheering, the packed stands, and the snack bars. It’s summer – time for barbeque and NASCAR! It’s also prime time for heartburn. But you don’t have to let summer fun trigger uncomfortable symptoms.

David Reutimann, the driver of the No. 00 TUMS Toyota, chats about the NASCAR season, as well as a new contest that we can enter.

Reutimann is a NASCAR veteran, marking his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Expectations are high for Reutimann, as he returns with the same crew chief who helped lead him to his second Sprint Cup win in 2010 at Chicagoland Speedway.

The call for entries for the “Sing Your Heart(burn) Out” contest is going on now. Among other great prizes, the winner will earn the privilege of serving as the Grand Marshal at the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 30, 2011. The Grand Marshal will speak the most famous words in racing: “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!”

Contestants have the opportunity to perform and submit the best “TUMS, Ta, Ta, Ta, TUMS” jingle. Each submission will be judged on one-third creativity, one-third originality and one-third relevance to the theme.

In 2011, David Reutimann enters his fifth full NASCAR Sprint Cup season driving Michael Waltrip Racing’s Toyota Camry sporting the traditional Reutimann family No. 00 and the equally familiar paint scheme. The 40-year-old Reutimann also competes with his crew chief of three years, Rodney Childers, and a largely intact No. 00 crew from the previous season. In 2010, Reutimann’s fifth-place finish in the season opening Daytona 500 set a career best in NASCAR’s most prestigious event and also captured his second Sprint Cup win at Chicagoland Speedway.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

We're Visiting Graton Ridge Cellars with General Manager Sue Bonzell

Since 1945 the Paul family has been inviting visitors to their family location for a taste of the Russian River Valley. In early years, fresh apple juice and apples enticed travelers and locals alike to stop by and fill their cars with the sweet aroma of Sonoma County’s famous Gravenstein apple. Many of those families made the ranch an annual excursion and they looked forward to visits from the folks they fondly called "regulars." As times have changed, so too has the farm; bins of apples have given way to bins of grapes, and the rustic farm stand has been refurbished into a more modern facility. Today, visitors to the ranch taste the flavor of the Russian River Valley through their proprietary wines.

As a small family operation, led by Owners Art and Barbara Paul, three generations participate in the cultivation of premium grapes on the Sonoma County estate. The Paul family vineyard is planted with Pinot Noir, Chardonay and Sauvignon Blanc. With the guidance of winemaker, Nick Legg, they transform some of the best wine grapes in the region into handcrafted wines. Each vintage is produced with utmost attention to detail. Nick brings his years of experience to the ranch, helping to capture a bountiful harvest – and the ove of the land – in a glass for your enjoyment.

Rick Maynard, PR Guru at KFC Gives us the Absolute Latest and Greatest From The Colonels Best Chicken!

KFC Corporation (KFC), founded and also known as Kentucky Fried Chicken, is a chain of fast food restaurants based inLouisville, Kentucky, in the United States.

The company was founded as Kentucky Fried Chicken by ColonelHarland Sanders in 1952, though the idea of KFC's fried chicken actually goes back to 1930.

Movie Guy Steve Evans Gives us the Movie Hits and Misses!
Steve Evans, the Movie Guy, is going to tell us what we need to run out and see and what we can avoid in the movie theaters, this week!

So, grab your popcorn, folks! Get your movie news and reviews right here on the What's Cookin' Today show! Steve “The Movie Guy” will take a look at what’s hot at the box office and the new films being released this weekend.


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7/28 How Babies See & Learn, Celebrity Gossip, Ralph Macchio

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Dr. Alanna Levine Tells Us What Parents Need to Know About How Babies See and Learn

Dr. Alanna Levine, fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, discusses the new findings, the benefits and sources of Lutein and the important –and often overlooked role – nutrition plays in brain and eye development. She also offers tips for fun, interactive activities parents can do with their babies to stimulate the senses and assist brain and eye development.

Research into the role of the omega fatty acid DHA in infant brain and eye development led to a revolution in infant nutrition. The next wave of a new revolution is emerging now with regard to the nutrient Lutein, which supports eye health.

A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Alanna Levine (www.alannalevinemd.com) is a mother of two, pediatrician, and contributor to BabyCenter.com. Dr. Alanna frequently appears on national morning shows and other high-profile media outlets.

Shannon Rose, Hollywood Reporter, Publicist, and Entertainment Host Gives Us the Latest Celebrity Gossip

"The Rose Hollywood Report" with Shannon Rose, the man known as "Mr. Hollywood" is the foremost leader for information regarding Hollywood, entertainment and Celebrities.

The Rose Report is heard on 20 stations nationwide, including some Nationally Syndicated shows like "The Mancow Experience" which reaches a potential of 1 million listeners and is a top rated Nationally Syndicated show.

Rose also writes for Hollywood Gossip Site, http://celebdirtylaundry.com

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

We're Talking with Jon Phillips of Inspiration Winery

Established in 2002, Inspiration Vineyards and Winery produces approximately 1000 cases annually, spread among seven different wines. Their mission is to produce high quality, food friendly wines at an affordable price for the consumer; using the finest quality grapes grown in an appropriate terroir, from appellations that are known and respected.

Although Jon formally started working in the wine industry in 1986 as a wine educator for the Mirassou winery in San Jose, his interest in wine was more deeply rooted as a result of the vineyards that were owned and farmed by his Great Grandfather John Schubert, who moved to San Martin, California from his native home in Czeckslovakia in the early 1900’s

After teaching wine education independently for over 15 years on the San Francisco Peninsula, including the development of a wine education program for the College of San Mateo, Jon and his wife Barbara followed their dreams by purchasing a six acre Russian River Valley vineyard property in 2001 and moving to Sonoma County to start their own winery - Jon’s formal education is a BS in Marketing with a minor concentration in Computer Science gaining knowledge about wine production from attending the UC Davis Extension Enology and Viticulture program. In 1999, Jon began producing wine, starting with a single barrel of Contra Costa Zinfandel, using grapes purchased from Rosenblum Cellars.

We're Going to 'Take A ‘Moment’ With Actor Ralph Macchio

Best known as the “Karate Kid,” and recent Dancing with the Stars semi-finalist, actor Ralph Macchio began his professional career over 30 years ago and has been working non-stop ever since.

During this past season’s Dancing with the Stars, Ralph participated in grueling rehearsals lasting up to eight hours a day while balancing his duty as a father of two. Needless to say, Ralph knows the importance of taking a ‘moment’ to relax and recharge while leading a hectic lifestyle.
This summer Macchio is teaming up with DOVE® Ice Cream to help launch the first ever, special-edition DOVE® Ice Cream truck that is hitting the road this summer – the best part is that it’s only for adults!

Not just your kids’ ice-cream truck, at this spa-on-wheels adults are invited to relax and enjoy DOVE® Ice Cream and free activities including massages and manicures. To find out when the truck will be stopping in local cities, visit Facebook.com/DoveIceCream.

We're Talking with Universal Citywalk Karl Strauss General Manager Kevin Wertsberger

Kevin Wertzberger is a veteran of the restaurant industry, having worked in the hospitality sector for over a decade. Kevin has worked with Karl Strauss Brewing Company for three years and was recently promoted to General Manager of the Citywalk location.

Kevin is an avid craft beer enthusiast, with a soft spot for malty lagers and Karl Strauss's Pintail Pale Ale. The highlight of his job is turning someone on to a beer style they haven't tried before and sharing his passion for delicious beer and food.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

7/27 Ray Kursweil, Love in the Wild, Larry Lipson, Premium Port Wines

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Futurist Ray Kurzweil Will Talk with us About the Upcoming Live Event, a Conversation About the Transcendent Man

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world's leading futurists, with a twenty-five year track record of accurate predictions. Called the "restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison."

A Conversation about the Transcendent Man, by director Barry Ptolemy, chronicles the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, the inventor and futurist known for his bold vision of the Singularity, a point in the near future when technology will be changing so rapidly, that we will have to enhance ourselves with artificial intelligence to keep up.

Transcendent Man A Conversation about the Future LIVE with Ray Kurzweil, A one night only event on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 8:00pmET / 7:00pmCT / 6:00pmMT / 8:00pmPT (tape delayed). This LIVE event will include an introduction by Ray Kurzweil presenting his vision of our future and then immediately moves into a live panel discussion about the ideas featured in Transcendent Man. Panelists include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, NY Times Best Selling Author and leading Theoretical Physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, internationally prominent Spiritualist Deepak Chopra, director of Transcendent Man Barry Ptolemy, renowned inventor Dean Kamen and celebrities including Quincy Jones, Elon Musk and Suzanne Somers.
Kurzweil has dialogues world leader Colin Powell; technologists Hugo deGaris, Peter Diamandis, Kevin Warwick, and Dean Kamen; journalist Kevin Kelly; actor William Shatner; and musician Stevie Wonder. Throughout the film, Kurzweil maintains a radically optimistic view of the future, while acknowledging new dangers.

We're Talking with Mike S. from NBC's Love in the Wild

Name: MIKE S
Age: 29
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Occupation: Commercial Real Estate Broker
This self-proclaimed “brains and brawn” type is an entertaining guy for sure.
The girls will be attracted to his wit, and his swagger will surprise the guys.

This summer, NBC will premiered “Love in the Wild,” an exciting, new adventure-dating series that will put relationships to the ultimate test. Hosted by Darren McMullen (Australian “Minute to Win It”), 10 single men and 10 single women, all looking for love, will experience a romantic adventure unlike anything they could have ever imagined. These singles have tried it all – speed-dating, blind-dating, Internet dating -- and now, they’re headed deep into the remote jungles of Costa Rica to see if they can find that special someone they’ve been looking for.

In each episode, the couples will pair up in exhilarating quests that will push their bodies and their emotions to the limit. Some of these include paddling down crocodile-ridden waters, navigating through bat-infested caves and hanging 200 feet above the rain forest floor as they descend down one of the most majestic waterfalls in Costa Rica. These exploits will put their relationships to the test as they fall for each other in ways they never imagined. Sparks will fly and hearts will break.

After each adventure, the winning couple will share a night together at the “Oasis,” a lavish, five-star bungalow overflowing with everything they could possibly desire for an intimate night of romance. The remaining couples will stay with their partners in the less luxurious “Cabins,” where they will gather for a night of socializing.

During an elimination unlike anything seen before, all of the couples will come together to reveal whether a connection has been formed with their current partner -- or if they would like to switch and get to know someone else. At the end of every episode, two heartbroken singles will be sent home.

The series will culminate with just one couple left standing, who will have completed the adventure of a lifetime and found the one thing they’ve been searching for -- "Love in the Wild."

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Traveling Time! The Great Larry Lipson Tells Us About His Latest Finds!


Reporting from Costa Rica, CRN's international wine correspondent Larry Lipson will tell us about his latest Wine Finds!

Larry always has something cooking up at the Lipson Institute of Advanced Wine Studies! Larry forages all of Costa Rica for the absolute best wines. No region is spared from his intense search. No mountain or range or valley is safe from his reach. He leaves no grape unturned, this man of passion. Wine is his life. His love for wine is only paralleled with his love for his lovely parter in wine, Lillian Lipson.

Be fully prepared for this master of vino as he shares his food and wine pairing techniques and experiences with you on this great day in America - and the world.

We're Talking with Paul Mugnier of Premium Port Wines in San Francisco

Paul is a twenty-year veteran of the food and wine industry in New Orleans and San Francisco. He is currently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Premium Port Wines in San Francisco. Premium Port Wine’s portfolio includes five Ports, three Madeiras, and five table wines. The Ports include Graham’s, Dow’s, Smith Woodhouse, Quinta do Vesuvio and Martinez, the Madeira brands are Blandy’s, Leacock’s, and Cossart Gordon and the table wine brands are from Prats + Symington, House of Dow and Quinta do Vesuvio.

Paul has traveled extensively in the Douro and Madeira and has a great working knowledge of the regions’ wines. A ripe round of Serra de Estrela holds a special place in his heart.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

7/26 Colonel Sander's Personal Assistant, Treat Williams & Kathy Baker, Domaine Chandon

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

We're Talking with Shirley Topmiller, Colonel Sanders' Personal Assistant

Colonel Harland Sanders began making his world famous chicken in 1940, at age 65.
Using a $105 Social Security check, he opened his first KFC, which, thanks to the Colonel’s determination to do business “The Hard Way,” has morphed into the world’s most popular chicken restaurant chain with over 13,000 restaurants in more than 80 countries.

During his lifetime, Colonel Harland Sanders was named one of the most recognizable faces on the planet, but a 2010 survey of American adults aged 18-25 revealed that six out of 10 could not identify the famous face on KFC’s iconic bucket. In fact, 52 percent believed he was a made up corporate icon.

To help right this wrong and keep the Colonel’s memory alive for future generations, KFC is on a mission to collect stories about Colonel Sanders from family members, friends and consumers who met him before his passing 30 years ago.

Shirley Topmiller, a 28-year veteran of KFC, worked directly with Colonel Sanders as his assistant – and is one of the few people who actually held the secret Original Recipe.

Treat Williams and Kathy Baker Tell Us About Their New Project, Lifetime Television's "Against the Wall"

Treat Williams began his career as an understudy in Grease on Broadway, eventually taking over the lead role of “Danny Zuko” and has been working as an actor for 30 years since. His film roles include The Ritz, Hair, The Eagle Has Landed, Prince of the City, 1941, Once Upon a Time in America, Woody Allen’s Hollywood Ending, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, The Phantom, The Deep End of the Ocean, The Devil’s Own, What Happens in Vegas, Howl, 127 Hours and the soon to be released A Little Bit of Heaven and Blackbird. TV audiences will know him best as “Dr. Andy Brown” in the critically-acclaimed series Everwood, for which he was twice nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award as “Best Actor.” He is also a pilot with more than 8,000 hours in the cockpit, and authored the children’s book, Airshow.

Kathy Baker is a three-time Emmy winner, along with garnering a Golden Globe Award, and the Screen Actor’s Guild Award for her work on the CBS television series Picket Fences. She also received a 2003 Emmy nomination for the TNT film Door To Door, and was nominated for back-to-back Emmys for her guest performances on Touched by an Angel and Boston Public. Baker co-stars in the upcoming feature films Everybody Loves Whales, starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski, Seven Days in Utopia with Robert Duvall, Machine Gun Preacher starring Gerard Butler and Take Shelter. On television, Baker is reprising her role in the hit Jesse Stone franchise starring Tom Selleck. Her other TV credits include recurring roles on Medium, Grey’s Anatomy, Nip/Tuck, and Bull, with guest starring roles on Law & Order and Saving Grace. Most recently, Baker portrayed Wendy Paulson opposite William Hurt in HBO’s Too Big to Fail. Her many film credits include The Right Stuff, Cold Mountain, The Cider House Rules, Mad Dog and Glory, Jennifer Eight, and Edward Scissorhands.

Together, these immensely talented actors are returning to serial television in Lifetime Television’s Against the Wall. The drama follows the trials and tribulations of “Abby Kowalski” (Rachael Carpani), a single Chicago police officer who finally scores her dream job as a detective; but it turns out a nightmare for her close-knit family of cops. As the newest hire in the department’s Internal Affairs division, Abby suddenly finds herself at odds with her fellow officers, including her father and three brothers. She must now figure out how she can pursue her dream of being a detective while keeping her family intact. Williams and Baker star as Abby’s parents “Don” and “Sheila.”

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Chris Slaughter, Executive Director of the Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association, Gives Us a Re-Cap of the Chardonnay Symposium

Chris Slaughter is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association and their West Coast July event, THE CHARDONNAY SYMPOSIUM. July 22-23, SMVWINES presented THE CHARDONNAY SYMPOSIUM, an insightful weekend of education and exploration designed to enlighten wine consumers, industry professionals, and media on West Coast wine-producing regions and wine making styles and their effects on America’s favorite wine.

The Grand Chardonnay Tasting took place on Saturday afternoon at the beautiful Byron Vineyard and Winery. This expanded tasting afforded guests the opportunity to sample world class Chardonnays from 60 Washington, Oregon, Sonoma and California Central Coast wineries, and pair them with fine cuisine provided by local restaurants and caterers.

For more information about THE CHARDONNAY SYMPOSIUM go to www.thechardonnaysymposium.comor email info@thechardonnaysymposium.com.

We're Tasting Domaine Chandon with In-Studio Guest Tom Tiburzi

Tom’s love affair with wine began long before coming to Chandon. The son of an Italian immigrant chef and retail wine-and-spirits merchant, food and wine are in his blood. Tom worked in the family stores since early childhood, and along with family and friends, made wine at home using a shared press in the garage. After earning a degree in Environmental Studies and Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and an early foray into microbiology, Tom reconnected with the family’s passion and parlayed his scientific training into a professional winemaking career. He’s now spent the last 18 years mastering the art of sparkling winemaking at Chandon.

His expertise in the science of sparkling winemaking along with his creative blending skills have played a key role in the creation of Chandon's diverse sparkling-wine cuvées. Currently, Tom continues to demonstrate his exceptional talents as he oversees Domaine Chandon's sparkling program, carrying on a tradition of crafting the finest and broadest range of sparkling-wine styles in America.

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7/25 Cyber Bullying, Busy Moms, Jim Fiolek, Gary Pisoni

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Author & Behavioral Expert John Greenburg Talks About Cyber Bullying

There is a growing problem among teens and school age children today and that is cyber bullying.

Cyber bullying destroys lives as these kids can be brutal. They sometimes use fake accounts and use it to pick on other children. In some cases cyber bullying has led to an increased number suicides among children.

"Stop Hurting Me, I Don't Buy It!" The Secret to True Happiness is available now and John Greenburg to discusses how the book can help people feel better about their lives no matter what else comes their way.

National Lifestyle Expert and Mom Tara Aronson Provides Tips to Help Make a Busy Mom’s Life Easier

It’s no surprise that moms are some of the busiest people around with so much to do and never enough time to do it. From working a full time job to getting the kids off to daycare to attending soccer games to chaperoning a slumber party, a mom's feet never seem to stay still.

What’s a busy mom to do?

National Lifestyle Expert and Mom Tara Aronson provides helpful tips to help moms stay organized and on top of their hectic schedules. Tara discusses everything from time management and handling stress to tips on being efficient during meal and bath times.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Jim Fiolek, Exec. Director of the Santa Barbara County Vintner's Association, Tells Us About the Latest Wines & Events in Santa Barbara Wine Country!

The Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 to support and promote Santa Barbara County as a premium wine producing and wine grape growing region.

The Vintners’ Association produces festivals, seminars and tastings and provides information to consumers and the wine and travel media.

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


Gary Pisoni Visits with Us and Talks About Lucia Vineyards!

Winegrower Gary Pisoni comes from generations of farmers who tended row crops long before he was born. Pisoni enjoyed drinking and collecting fine French wines while in college. When he graduated, he was eager to find a way into the wine business. When he told his father he wanted to plant grapevines on the family cattle ranch in the Santa Lucia Highlands, he was met with several objections, not the least of which was the cost. Gary countered to his father, “Have you ever been to a $250 lettuce tasting?” His father relented and a legendary vineyard was born in 1982. Gary’s positive energy has made him a household name among Pinot circles.

Gary planted his own-rooted vines in virgin soil. It took ten years of witchers and well drillers to tap into a water source on the sixth try. Water turned the wilderness into a garden and made Gary’s dream come true. The original vines are rumored to be from suitcase cuttings from a famous domaine in Vosne-Romanee, now called the Pisoni clone or selection.

Winemaker son Jeff and grape grower son Mark created the Pisoni label, releasing the first estate Pinot Noir in 1998. A second label, Lucia, debuted in 2000. Pisoni fruit quickly became highly prized in California and Pisoni Vineyard put Santa Lucia Highlands on the map, becoming one of California’s true ‘cult’ vineyards. Many top producers craft a Pisoni vineyard-designate Pinot Noir (Arcadian, Capiaux, Morgan, Patz & Hall, Peter Michael, Siduri, Tantara, Testarossa).

Gary Pisoni also manages nearby Garys’ Vineyard with Gary Franscioni.The Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir is sold exclusively through a mailing list. The Lucia wines are made in larger quanitities and are sold through a mailing list offering and retail distribution.

For more info, go to www.luciavineyards.com!

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Friday, July 22, 2011

7/22 TeleNav Travel App, The Celebrity Look, Leo Pearlstein, Chris Slaughter, Catalan Festival, Movie Guy Steve

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

We're Checking Out TeleNav, a Navigation and Travel App with Josh Becker

Whether you are commuting or taking a summer family road trip, you spend alot of time on the road. We know it can be stressful, especially when you're stuck in traffic or trying to navigate around a new city.

Josh Becker, of California "National Navigator in Chief" will help Parents and families navigate during their summer travels as well as year round! Josh will share with us new way to navigate through life wherever life takes you

Star Magazine Beauty Director Cheryl Kramer Dishes the Inside Scoop on How to Look Like Your Favorite Celebrity This Summer

From Cameron Diaz and Rhianna to Kim Kardashian and Blake Lively, celebrities are once again setting the trends as to how the rest of us will strut our stuff this summer. Beauty and Fashion Director of Star Magazine, Cheryl Kramer, has the inside scoop on the latest trends on celebrity summer beauty and fashion. She discusses everything from the latest celebrity fragrances, skin care secrets, to the hottest trends in beachwear; summer fashions, skin and hair care so you can get that must-have celebrity look without breaking the bank.

Cheryl Kramer Kaye is the Beauty & Fashion Director at Star magazine. Before Star, she was the Beauty Director at Redbook, the Beauty & Fashion Director at Fitness magazine and an Associate Features Editor at Harper’s Bazaar. She has won three Gold Triangle Awards from the American Academy of Dermatology in recognition of excellence in public education. Cheryl has made numerous TV appearances discussing beauty and fashion trends, including spots on The Dr. Oz Show, Today, The Early Show, Good Morning Americaand The View.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

We're Talking with Leo Pearlstein About His Latest Book, Celebrity Stew!

When Leo founded Lee & Associates, Inc. in 1950, he had no idea he would one day be referred to as a "Legend of Food PR," as part of a feature in the Public Relations News publication, or be named a "PR superstar" in the Public Relations Quarterly magazine. TV Guide has even featured Leo and cited his ability and professionalism in getting his clients' products placed on television shows and in movies.

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Celebrity Stew" shares Leo Pearlstein's behind-the-scenes adventures with Hollywood's royalty over the last 50 years. The book also highlights over 200 rare and nostalgic photos of many of Hollywood's biggest stars during his publicity campaigns. This includes photos of Steve Allen, who wrote the book's Foreword, Mickey Rooney, Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Abbot & Costello, Groucho Marx, Dinah Shore, and many others. The book gives a great overview of the public relations industry, while being fun, educational, and entertaining.

Chris Slaughter - Executive Director of the Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association

Chris Slaughter is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association and their West Coast July event, THE CHARDONNAY SYMPOSIUM. July 22-23, SMVWINES presents THE CHARDONNAY SYMPOSIUM, an insightful weekend of education and exploration designed to enlighten wine consumers, industry professionals, and media on West Coast wine-producing regions and wine making styles and their effects on America’s favorite wine.

Friday, July 22, join winemaker Steve Rasmussen and proprietor Doug Circle on a tour of Sierra Madre Vineyard exploring their eight different clones of Chardonnay specifically matched to each block within the vineyard. Barrel samples and finished wines highlighting the diversity of Chardonnay selections and rootstock material will be presented and tasted with experts in Chardonnay growing and winemaking. Friday night, Sierra Madre Vineyards celebrates their 40th anniversary at THE CHARDONNAY SYMPOSIUM welcome feast featuring delicious Santa Maria style barbecue paired with Sierra Madre’s award winning Chardonnays.

July 23, Saturday’s premier, full-day event begins with two morning educational sessions at Bien Nacido Vineyards and Tantara Winery, featuring distinguished panels of celebrity and winemaker panels headlined by two of the foremost wine experts in the industry, Wine Enthusiast Columnist Steve Heimoff and The Wine Bible author Karen MacNeil. Full-day attendees are invited to Au Bon Climat/Qupe Winery for a gourmet luncheon featuring the Santa Maria Valley’s finest cuisine. The relaxed environment will provide an ideal time to sip wine and further discuss the nuances of Chardonnay with some of the Symposium’s presenters and keynote speakers.

The Grand Chardonnay Tasting takes place on Saturday afternoon at the beautiful Byron Vineyard and Winery. This expanded tasting will afford guests the opportunity to sample world class Chardonnays from 60 Washington, Oregon, Sonoma and California Central Coast wineries, and pair them with fine cuisine provided by local restaurants and caterers.

For tickets and more information about THE CHARDONNAY SYMPOSIUM go towww.thechardonnaysymposium.comor email info@thechardonnaysymposium.com.

Cindy Friedman Tells Us About the Upcoming Catalan Festival - This Weekend!

The Catalan Festival at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards pairs the unique spirit of Catalonia with the world-class quality of California sparkling and still wines. A celebration of the winery’s Spanish roots and the opening of the winery in July 1986, the Catalan Festival is now in its 25th year. In 2011, join us in celebrating our 25th Anniversary.

Spain used to be a cluster of different kingdoms— Aragon and Catalonia, Valencia, Castilla—each with its own language, culture, heritage and royal family. Eventually, by marriage or conquest, it all became one country. In the northeast of Spain, Catalonia has kind of an urban, yet Mediterranean feel to it. A lot of artists and entrepreneurs come from there as opposed to other regions that are more agricultural. Barcelona, Catalonia's enchanted city, is often referred to as Paris with palm trees.

Whether you're coming for the first time or to relive happy memories, you'll find plenty to do at the festival.

Movie Guy Steve Evans Gives us the Movie Hits and Misses!
Steve Evans, the Movie Guy, is going to tell us what we need to run out and see and what we can avoid in the movie theaters, this week!

So, grab your popcorn, folks! Get your movie news and reviews right here on the What's Cookin' Today show! Steve “The Movie Guy” will take a look at what’s hot at the box office and the new films being released this weekend.

Captain America: The First Avenger - A scrawny volunteer participates in an experimental program that turns him into the star-spangled superhero Captain America

Friends with Benefits - Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are close friends who learn that getting physical always leads to complications.

Sarah's Key - An American journalist researching the 1942 Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in France stumbles upon a shocking trail of secrets.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

7/21 YMCA Food Program, Fabulous Cocktails, La Quinta Resort & Club

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Valerie Lawson Tells Us About the YMCA's Program to Feed Kids This Summer

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 19.5 million low-income children receive free or reduced-cost meals during the school year. Yet only one out of five children continues to receive these free meals during the summer months. This puts millions of our nation’s children at risk of hunger.

Valerie Lawson, an exercise physiologist and registered dietitian at YMCA of the USA, will discuss how the Y is helping to fight hunger this summer by partnering with Walmart to promote the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). As part of the program, children 18 and under will have access to free meals and snacks, helping to not only keep children healthy, but also provide relief to families who are unable to afford additional meals during the week. More than 300 Ys will offer summer food programs in communities nationwide to feed 70,000 kids and provide 7 million meals.

For the past 15 years, Valerie Lawson, an exercise physiologist and registered dietitian, has helped people of all ages make positive changes toward a healthier lifestyle. Valerie joined YMCA of the USA in 2007 and is part of the Chronic Disease Prevention Program team. Among her responsibilities, Valerie leads Healthy Family Home, an initiative that provides families with simple and flexible ideas to incorporate healthy changes into their daily lives. In addition to her role with Healthy Family Home, Valerie is a Master Trainer for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, for which she has trained more than 175 Lifestyle Coaches who guide and assist participants in reducing their risk of developing diabetes, and helps lead strategies for families interested in the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.

Colleen Mullany Tells Us About Her Latest Book, The Stylish Girl's Guide to Fabulous Cocktails

Just like no outfit is complete without the perfect pair of shoes, no occasion is just right without a fabulous cocktail. Whether you’re toasting a big event, hosting a “girl’s night in,” or mixing a small batch for two, you’ll find the ultimate concoction in this collection of more than 65 recipes. Select from a delicious menu of gin, vodka, and tequila-based drinks; wine cocktails and champagne cocktails; and shots or mini-cocktails. Fun quizzes, a "drinkstrology" horoscope, and a song list for all occasions rounds out this lively and informative guide for the stylish gal.

Colleen Mullaney is a noted lifestyle expert and the author of books including “The Stylish Girl’s Guide to Fabulous Cocktails,” "Fairy Parties: Recipes, Crafts and Games for Enchanting Celebrations," and “It’s Five o’Clock Somewhere: The Global Guide to Fabulous Cocktails.” Visit her online at www.colleenmullaney.com

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Bob Butaro Shares the Summertime Events at La Quinta Resort & Club

Framed by the rugged Santa Rosa Mountains on 45 picturesque acres, La Quinta Resort & Club is always a favorite desert destination for summer vacations and weekend getaways.

La Quinta Resort & Club, the original hideaway Palm Springs hotel, has been welcoming guests with its unique style of hacienda-inspired warmth since 1926. Set amid 45 lushly manicured acres at the foot of the soaring Santa Rosa Mountains, La Quinta invites you to challenge golf’s legends on five championship courses, indulge in the rejuvenating embrace of Spa La Quinta, savor creations of top chefs, sourced fresh from local producers, hold court at their world-renowned tennis facility, or simply sit poolside and relax in the sam
e way Hollywood’s elite have done for decades.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

7/20 Sexy Health Insurance, Larry Lipson, 5 Fitness Tips, Chris Slaughter

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Can Insurance Make You Sexy? eHealthInsurance Specialist Carrie McLean Gives Us the Scoop!

Jobs are scarce. Employer-sponsored heath care is ebbing. And 3 million new college grads are trying to enter the work force this summer. What’s a sorority sister to do? Sticking with a parent’s health plan is now an option under the law – but a surprising number of parents (especially those nearing retirement age) don’t want the extra expense. In fact, a new Parents Survey on students and recent grads has some surprising results – including that a majority of grads would rather live at home with mom and dad than on their own and uninsured; yet half of all parents asked won’t keep their kids on their plan for more than a year, IF at all; and my personal favorite – 90-percent of grads say they would be more attracted to a potential suitor, if that person had health insurance.

Consumer specialist with eHealthInsurance, Carrie Mclean, discussus the results of the new Parents Survey**. And, offers tips on health insurance options for parents and their new grads or current students, so they don’t get stuck with stuck with serious medical expenses in case of injury or hospitalization. Plus, many people don’t realize there are scenarios when it’s not the best option to be on mom or dad’s plan.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Traveling Time! The Great Larry Lipson Tells Us About His Latest Finds!


Reporting from Costa Rica, CRN's international wine correspondent Larry Lipson will tell us about his latest Wine Finds!

Larry always has something cooking up at the Lipson Institute of Advanced Wine Studies! Larry forages all of Costa Rica for the absolute best wines. No region is spared from his intense search. No mountain or range or valley is safe from his reach. He leaves no grape unturned, this man of passion. Wine is his life. His love for wine is only paralleled with his love for his lovely parter in wine, Lillian Lipson.

Be fully prepared for this master of vino as he shares his food and wine pairing techniques and experiences with you on this great day in America - and the world.

Heather Bauer Gives Us Five Simple Tips To Be Fit & Healthy This Summer

With the mercury still rising and the new school year still weeks away, it may be tempting to slack off and take a vacation from your healthy routines. But summer is actually a great time to get re-energized and recommit to healthy habits, whether it’s savoring summer fruits and veggies at the peak of freshness or taking advantage of the warm weather with invigorating outdoor activities.

Registered dietitian and author of “The Wall Street Diet,” Heather Bauer, uncovers her top 5 tips for surviving (and thriving) in the dog days of summer.

Heather Bauer, RD, CDN is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, author, and founder of Nu-Train, a New York City-based diet and nutrition counseling center. Heather is the author of The Wall Street Diet (Hyperion, 2008). Heather sits on Cooking Light Magazine’s Nutrition Advisory Board and often appears on popular TV and Radio shows such as The CBS Early Show, CNN Open House, The Tyra Banks Show, America’s Next Top Model, Martha Stewart Radio on SiriusXM, FOX Morning News and the Cooper Lawrence Show. She has also been a featured nutritionist in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Self Magazine, In Touch, In Style, Shape, Gotham Magazine, and Ladies Home Journal. Heather posts her own nutrition tips and perspective on diet trends on her blog located at www.nu-train.com/blog and is often invited by New York’s most prestigious firms to speak about the relationship between nutrition, job performance, and work-life balance. Heather received her BS and RD from the University of Wisconsin and is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA).

Chris Slaughter - Executive Director of the Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association

Chris Slaughter is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association and their West Coast July event, THE CHARDONNAY SYMPOSIUM. July 22-23, SMVWINES presents THE CHARDONNAY SYMPOSIUM, an insightful weekend of education and exploration designed to enlighten wine consumers, industry professionals, and media on West Coast wine-producing regions and wine making styles and their effects on America’s favorite wine.

Friday, July 22, join winemaker Steve Rasmussen and proprietor Doug Circle on a tour of Sierra Madre Vineyard exploring their eight different clones of Chardonnay specifically matched to each block within the vineyard. Barrel samples and finished wines highlighting the diversity of Chardonnay selections and rootstock material will be presented and tasted with experts in Chardonnay growing and winemaking. Friday night, Sierra Madre Vineyards celebrates their 40th anniversary at THE CHARDONNAY SYMPOSIUM welcome feast featuring delicious Santa Maria style barbecue paired with Sierra Madre’s award winning Chardonnays.

July 23, Saturday’s premier, full-day event begins with two morning educational sessions at Bien Nacido Vineyards and Tantara Winery, featuring distinguished panels of celebrity and winemaker panels headlined by two of the foremost wine experts in the industry, Wine Enthusiast Columnist Steve Heimoff and The Wine Bible author Karen MacNeil. Full-day attendees are invited to Au Bon Climat/Qupe Winery for a gourmet luncheon featuring the Santa Maria Valley’s finest cuisine. The relaxed environment will provide an ideal time to sip wine and further discuss the nuances of Chardonnay with some of the Symposium’s presenters and keynote speakers.

The Grand Chardonnay Tasting takes place on Saturday afternoon at the beautiful Byron Vineyard and Winery. This expanded tasting will afford guests the opportunity to sample world class Chardonnays from 60 Washington, Oregon, Sonoma and California Central Coast wineries, and pair them with fine cuisine provided by local restaurants and caterers.

For tickets and more information about THE CHARDONNAY SYMPOSIUM go towww.thechardonnaysymposium.comor email info@thechardonnaysymposium.com.

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05/24 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, JULIA DIMON, WHY VACATIONS STRESS PEOPLE OUT

LARRY LIPSON - AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from...