Thursday, July 14, 2011

7/15 Positive Parenting, Denise Jonas, Dr. Joel Fisher, L'Epicerie,

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Amy McCready, the Author of “If I Have to Tell You One More TIME" Gives Us Solutions for Positive Parenting

Amy McCready is the Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and the author of “If I Have to Tell You One More Time…,” a new book that explains how to get kids to listen without nagging, reminding or yelling. It’s a revolutionary program that this champion of positive parenting techniques believes will produce happier families and well-behaved kids. In fact, Amy’s Toolbox of strategies incorporates new technologies that have empowered tens of thousands of parents to connect with their kids create closer family relationships.

Amy reaches a worldwide audience with her Positive Parenting Solutions Online parenting course, online and print articles, live webinars, and media appearances. She is a frequent guest on the Today show and has also appeared on Rachael Ray, CNN, Fox & Friends, MSNBC and elsewhere. In her most important role, she plays mom to boys – ages 13 and 15. She has been married to her husband, Dave, for over 20 years and lives in Raleigh, N.C.

Denise Jonas, Mom to the Jonas Brothers, Speaks out About Juvenile Diabetes

Each year, more than 13,000 young people in the United States are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. For both the child and the family, the challenges of living with diabetes can be daunting. To provide an empowering message to families with children who have type 1 diabetes, Lilly Diabetes is collaborating with Disney Online and Disney Publishing Worldwide to provide inspiration, education and practical information intended to help each day sparkle a bit brighter.

Among the many resources designed to help families, the companies have created a special online destination dedicated entirely to type 1 diabetes on Disney, at The site will contain articles, videos and advice from caregivers raising children who have type 1 diabetes and healthcare providers, and will highlight ways for families to establish a new routine and let kids be kids. In addition, a collection of custom books for children of various ages and stages of life with diabetes will be released over several years and made available through select doctors’ offices.

Denise Jonas is a spokesperson for the Lilly Diabetes/Disney collaboration. mother of the famed Jonas Brothers, has joined the collaboration to share her triumphs and setbacks as the caregiver of her son Nick, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 13 years old. To help build awareness about the new tools and resources available through this unique collaboration, she also will discuss the Once Upon a Time Contest, which asks parents to submit a story inspired by their child’s experience with type 1 diabetes. The winner of the Once Upon a Time Contest will have the opportunity to take his/her family to the 2012 children with DIABETES annual international conference, Friends for Life, in Orlando, FL.

For more information and to enter the contest, visit

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

We're Visiting with Wine Expert, Dr. Joel Fisher

Joel M. Fisher, PhD writes or has written for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California, for the Beverly Hills Courier, and since 2010 for the Underground Wine Letter. From 2007-2009 he taught at Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. Prior to that, he was the wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California — Los Angeles for seven years and is a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern California and Wine Discoveries. Net. A Sommelier for the Escoffier Association of Southern California, he is also a member of The Tasting Panel (formerly the Bon Appetit Tasting Panel).

Dr. Fisher is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Circle of Wine Writers (UK), and the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Writers. Awarded a Wine Enthusiast Media Scholarship for 2005 at the Culinary Institute of America, he is the author of the Wine Work Book, now in its 6th edition. Dr. Fisher co-led a program for chefs and culinary students to the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany and to wineries in Burgundy and Champagne in 2005. In June 2006 he again led a program, “Wine and Cuisine of Iberia,” to Spain and Portugal. Future programs to wine regions are in the works.

We're Talking with L'Epicerie's Executive Chef Sébastien Archambault

Texas born, but raised and classically-trained in France, Executive Chef Sébastien Archambault brings his acclaimed Southwestern French cuisine to L’Epicerie Market in Culver City where he joins partner Thierry Perez. One of the original proponents of local, market to table cuisine, the accomplished chef continues to display his culinary prowess in an entirely open kitchen, connecting patrons to the artistry of his creations.

Archambault was most recently the Executive Chef of RH at Hotel Andaz West Hollywood, where he earned a three-star review from the Los Angeles Times and continues to build on his early acclaim garnered at Le Pirate in Corsica where he earned a Michelin Star.

While most of Archambault’s training can be attributed to his work alongside several masters of French cuisine, he was first exposed to the kitchen in his father’s restaurant in Périgord, France at age 5, making pies and cutting french fries. In his early childhood, Archambault also found his second love - the garden - which is still where you’ll find him when he is not in the kitchen. His passion for cultivating his own fresh ingredients and knowing their source continues to be a theme in his cuisine.

A graduate of L’école Superieure Cuisine Française Ferrandi (ESCF) in Paris, Archambault served under mentors Alain Ducasse at the three Michelin stared Raymond Poincaré and under Jean-François Rouquette at Park Hyatt Place Vendôme, Le Bourdonnais and Pur Grill, as well as worked at Guy Savoy’s Bistro Les Bouquinistes. Formerly a frequent participant in one of France’s most prestigious culinary competitions the M.O.F., short for Meilleurs Ouvrier de France, Archambault continues to partake in competitions and cultural events connecting food and art.

At L’Epicerie Market, Chef Archambault’s mantra steadfastly remains: “Use the freshest seasonal ingredients, respect their flavor and appearance and prepare wonderful, simple dishes that let these ingredients speak for themselves.”

When not in the restaurant or his garden, Archambault can be found with his wife and two small children enjoying Zuma beach.

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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