Friday, August 12, 2011

8/12 Beauty Tips, Back To School Tech, Melissa Joan Hart, Hog In The Fog, Movie Guy Steve Evans

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Beauty Blitz’s Polly Blitzer Tells Us How We Can Look Our Very Best

Polly Blitzer is a women's magazine editor who's been in the business of beauty for ten years, six of which were spent covering the beauty industry at In Style. In May 2008, she launched, the #1online beauty magazine. She is a regular on local and national television, including Entertainment Tonight, Showbiz Tonight, Fox News, CNN, CBS News and HSN, and she regularly hosts satellite media tours for major beauty companies. She has appeared as a beauty expert in publications such as The New York Times and The New York Post, New York Daily News. Sponsor: P&G

The Original Gizmo Girl, Jamie Sorcher gives us Tech options that will make going back to school a fun thing!

Although we all long for summer to last forever, kids across the country are headed back to school. While they are gathering their supplies and preparing their folders, pens and notebooks – technology continues to play a big role in school – this year more than ever.

Jamie Sorcher, a word nerd and gadget geek, is a technology correspondent with more than 15 years experience in broadcast, online, and print media. She answers to many names including Gadget Girl, Gizmo Girl, GG, and Super G. In broadcast, Sorcher logged more than 100 live segments as the original Gizmo Girl on ESPN’s morning show Cold Pizza (now called First Take), appearing each week with the latest and greatest gadgets. She has appeared on many local news programs and networks including Ahead of the Curve on ABC News, Gotta Know on ABC’s Live Well HD network, The Early Show on CBS, NBC Nightly News, Good Day New York on Fox, and Fox News.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Jeff Schechtman Guest Hosts With Us Today

Jeff is General Manager of Napa Valley's KVON 1440 AM's and host of "Late Mornings with Jeff Schechtman" and he'll be hanging out with us all morning talking about food, wine, and entertainment!

We're Talking With Actress Melissa Joan Hart About How To Give "Kudos To Moms"

Actress Melissa Joan Hart is known for her roles in television and movies, but her favorite role is mother to her two little boys. That’s why the actress has partnered with KUDOS Granola Bars to spotlight the unique, special ways of moms that help make the world a better place for her family.

Mars Chocolate North America announced that August is “Kudos to Mom” month – a celebration of creative moms and families. The initiative, which begins on August 1, kicks off with a nationwide forum for moms (and dads too!) to showcase their parenting flair and creativity, and to be entered in the running for a fantastic $10,000 vacation.

Melissa Joan Hart started acting in commercials at a young age and starred in 25 before the age of five. She starred in the hit teen sitcom “Clarissa Explains It All,” which ran on Nickelodeon for five seasons. Hart played the lead role in the television show “Sabrina, The Teen Age Witch,” which aired for seven seasons on ABC and The WB. She received numerous awards for both roles. Hart currently stars in the ABC Family show “Melissa & Joey,” which has just been renewed for a second season. In 2009, she fulfilled a life-long dream by opening her own candy shop called SweetHarts in Sherman Oaks, California.

The Owner of Acorn Winery Betsy Nachbaur Tells Us All About Hog in the Fog

An acorn is a popular symbol of prosperity, good fortune, and potential. (Everyone knows mighty oaks from little acorns grow.). We are tiny like an acorn. Our winery is framed by tall oak trees. Our wine is aged in oak barrels. So ACORN seemed the perfect name for our winery.

Bill traded in his law books for books on viticulture, pruning shears, and a tractor when we purchased Alegría Vineyards in 1990. In the early years, he was in the vineyards every day, and Betsy helped out on weekends, but within a few years she too was ready for a change and joined Bill full time. At first, we sold all of our grapes to other wineries, and they produced highly prized Alegría Vineyard-designated wines. Then in 1994, we decided to make some wine ourselves and established Acorn Winery. Our first release, in 1996, was our 1994 Sangiovese.

Gradually, we kept more grapes for Acorn and added other wines. Now we make seven different wines—Heritage Vines Zinfandel from the original 1890s vineyard, "Axiom" Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, a special blend called Medley, and a flavorful Rosato (a dry Rose). We still sell half our grapes to other wineries. Several of them vineyard-designate the wines*. Our production remains small, at about 3,000 cases each year. All our wines are made from grapes we grow ourselves at Alegría. Every wine is a field-blend, following the ancient tradition represented in the mixed planting that is our original 120-year old vineyard. Every wine is made by co-fermenting multiple varieties. We like to say that our wines are blended from the day they are picked. This is what sets Acorn wines apart.

Today, after almost 20 years, we continue to find alegría living in the middle of our vineyards, enjoying the cool Russian River Valley climate, and continuing a long tradition by sustainably growing premium quality grapes and producing acclaimed award-winning wines. *Alegría vineyard-designated wines have been made over the years by Ridge, Rosenblum, Wellington, Stryker, JC Cellars, Lost Canyon, Venezia, and DeLoach.

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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