Wednesday, July 13, 2011

7/13 MTV Host TJ Lavin, Germs!, Larry Lipson, Grove 45 EVOO

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

TJ Lavin, Host of MTV's "The Challenge,” Challenges Us To Be More Adventurous

TJ Lavin is best known for his extreme sports career as a BMXer and host of MTV’s “The Challenge,” the new season of which kicked off on June 22. TJ’s life has been filled with crazy adventure and he’s sharing his advice for adding adventure to your everyday life. And it doesn’t have to be flipping upside down on a dirt bike.

TJ is currently working on a webisode series, sharing his personal take on real life adventure. And, he’s asking others to share their adventurous moments through a consumer contest. The Show Us Your Real Life Adventure contest, in conjunction with SOYJOY, will launch on on July 5. By July 25, participants will be asked to submit a short video that shows how they add adventure to their everyday lives. TJ will select 3 winning teams who will embark on a real-life, all-expenses-paid adventure to New York City to compete in the Great Urban Race and for the chance to win a $2,000 cash prize.

TJ was born and raised in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada, where dirt and mountains are in abundance. TJ's been riding professionally for 15 years, clenching the gold for several X Games and picking up another 7 medals on the ride. He has appeared on MTV Cribs, hosted previous editions of the Real World/Road Rules Challenge and starred in the documentary film White Knuckle Extreme. He was also featured in his own video game, MTV Sports: TJ Lavin's Ultimate BMX.

Victoria Pericon Tell Us What a NEW Survey Says About Our Bathroom Etiquette & What We Can Do to Prevent the Spread of Germs at Home

Family and Lifestyle Expert, Victoria Pericon used to be a clean freak, until she had four kids and a busy schedule as editor of Now she realizes, like many of us, that life is a little messy, and sometimes you have to compromise on cleanliness.

The Savvy Mommy will take a humorous look at a survey on bathroom habits and cleanliness as she explains why a master bath can also be a serene sanctuary.

Victoria is editor of, which has been called "The Essential Guide to Parenting." She is the proud mother of four children and is in the same parenting trenches as the millions of viewers and site readers to whom she dispenses common sense parenting advice.

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 Bonnie Storm & Nena Talcott About Grove 45 Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Grove 45 Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is a venture that started in 2009 when long time friends Nena Talcott and Bonnie Storm agreed to go into business together. Between them they had 45 years of farming experience and had both produced gold medal award winning extra virgin olive oils under different labels. Nena had sold her vineyards and groves in 2006 and she missed being involved in the farming community. Bonnie was getting tired of doing all of the work on her own and was ready to consider shutting down her operation. Fortunately, after a discussion one afternoon, Grove 45 EVOO was born.

The groves are located on Bonnie’s ranch in a remote corner of the Napa Valley. The trees are all Italian Varieties that Bonnie imported from Italy in 1994. The business partners are involved in every aspect of the oil production from driving the tractor to selling and delivering Grove 45 EVOO.

To showcase the excellent quality of Grove 45 EVOO, Nena and Bonnie wanted a package that would be distinctive. They chose a brushed aluminum bottle with an embossed pewter label that the pair apply by hand. They also decided to name their new oil after the year they were born, 1945. In the year Nena and Bonnie began collecting Social Security and became eligible for Medicare, their new venture took shape.

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