Monday, July 4, 2011

7/4 Happy 4th of July, America! Bananas, Betty Crocker Summer Trends, Foxen Winery, Chef Hubert Keller

HAPPY 4th Of July, America!


God Bless America!

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Bananas! With BBQ Head Pit Master Tim Keegan and "The Diet Diva," Tara Gidus!

We're Talking with Tim Keegan at the award winning Jack Stack BBQ in Kansas City(Jack Stack has been the highest rated BBQ Restaurant in the U.S. by the Zagat survey for ten years running), where we will learn how to incorporate bananas into savory summer dishes.

Jack Stack BBQ's Head Pit Master, Tim Keegan discusses just how versatile bananas can be on the grill and will look at recipes such as Jack Stack BBQ Brisket and Bananas and Grilled Banana S 'Mores and more. Tara Gidus, a nationally known Registered Dietitian and "The Diet Diva" on the national morning television show, The Daily Buzz, chimes in. Together, they'll share some of their favorite banana recipes sure to please your guests at any summer BBQ!!

Summer entertaining is about to get a lot more fun. Kristin Olson tells us about the Betty 10: Red Hot Summer Trends - fresh, new takes on 10 traditional summer foods.

Digital Food Editor Kristin Olson helps us get a jump on personalizing our summer culinary plans!

Betty Crocker has identified the top 10 summer food trends and created a new recipe for each, which can be found at DIY's Erica Domesek has created a DIY idea inspired by each of the Betty 10: Red Hot Summer Trends to give consumers inspiration for creating festive summer decorations from everyday items, which can be found at

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

We're Taking a Tour of Foxen Winery with Owner Dick Doré!

Bill Wathen and Dick Doré have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Winery & Vineyard at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in northern Santa Barbara County.

Since that time, their dedication has remained the same—the creation of very small-production, vineyard-designated wines using a "minimalist" approach to winemaking. The winery is named in memory of William Benjamin Foxen, an English sea captain and Dick's great-great grandfather, who came to Santa Barbara in the early 1800's. In 1837, this Santa Barbara County pioneer purchased the Rancho Tinaquaic, a Mexican Land Grant that originally totaled nearly 9000 acres and comprised most of what is now known as Foxen Canyon. Captain Foxen adopted the distinctive "anchor" as his ranch cattle brand, which has become a trademark of the winery. It is very fitting that FOXEN has made its home on the 2000-acre Rancho Tinaquaic, which remains in family hands.

With the completion of FOXEN’s new solar-powered winery and tasting room in August 2009, the historic and beloved “tasting shack was renamed “foxen 7200”, where Bill and Dick now feature their Bordeaux and Cal-Ital-style wines, under a newly designed label. FOXEN pinots, chardonnays and Rhône-style wines will be showcased in the new tasting room at 7600 Foxen Canyon Road.

Both FOXEN and “foxen 7200” tasting rooms are open daily, 11 to 4. Reservations are required for groups of six or more.

Celebrity Chef Hubert Keller Shares His Burger Recipes and Tips on Grilling the PERFECT Backyard Burger this 4th of July

Nothing says summer like a great burger and a cold beer. And the perfect burger is the key to any summer celebration. There is much more to making a great burger than throwing a slab of meat on the grill, and that’s where Celebrity Chef Hubert Keller comes in. Keller is the creator of Burger Bar, where burgers are given the haute cuisine treatment.

Just in time for the 4th, Keller will share his burger secrets so your viewers will never again have to suffer through a bad burger. Of course beer is the perfect pairing for burgers, and Hubert has created the 5-star Budweiser 4th of July Burger, which celebrates the heritage of the hamburger and features gourmet epicurean touches (such as caramelized shallot jam, and homemade old-fashioned mustard) and pairs perfectly with Budweiser beer. This gourmet Budweiser Burger will eventually be available in limited additions at Hubert’s Burger Bar.

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