Wednesday, August 24, 2011

8/24 Mom's The Word One Dinner, HGTV Host Vern Vip: HGTV Contest, Weekday Meal Planning, Larry Lipson, Hard Rock Cafe BBQ

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

We're Talking With Dietician And Author of "Living Skinny in Fat Genes™", Dr. Felicia Stoler, About What Moms Really Deal With at Dinnertime

Every night, Mom faces dinnertime challenges only other moms can understand; from picky eaters to table manners to getting their kids to eat veggies. That’s why Ragú has launched “Mom’s the Word on Dinner,” an online community where moms can laugh, learn and share their stories about what really happens at dinnertime. Each month Dr. Michele Borba, Registered Dietician, Dr. Felicia Stoler and the Mom’s the Word on Dinner community join mom bloggers to discuss ways to tackle common – and some not so common – dinnertime dilemmas. Parents can join the conversation at The program also features various videos, photos, polls and quick and easy dinner ideas. Dr. Felicia Stoler talks about ways to encourage kids to try new foods, finding inspiration for what to make for dinner and simple steps on spicing up your pasta meal!

Felicia has a double Masters in Science in Applied Physiology and Nutrition from Teachers' College - Columbia University, where she also completed her dietetic internship. She has her Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. Felicia is author of the book Living Skinny in Fat Genes™: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great. She is a working mom who lives by example.

HGTV "Design Star" Host Vern Yip Is Here To Tells Us About A ChanceTo Win A Luxury High-Rise Condominium From HGTV

HGTV is taking its second annual HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway to new heights, creating a custom, contemporary residence on the 35th floor of the Trump International Hotel & Tower® in Chicago. HGTV’s popular designer Vern Yip designed the 1,000-plus-square-foot residence that is the centerpiece of a grand-prize package to be awarded this fall. The fully-furnished, high-rise residence will include one bedroom, 1½ baths, a gourmet kitchen and extraordinary views of the city’s skyline, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Viewers can enter for a chance to win the HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway once a day on as well as once a day on HGTV’s until Friday, October 7, 2011.

Design Star judge Vern Yip is an award-winning architectural and interior designer who gained national acclaim for his expertise in transforming homes and restaurants in his private design practice and on prime-time television. Vern runs his own design company in Atlanta, Vern Yip Designs, and, where design tips are dispensed with consumer value in mind. His creations and room transformations range in budget from frugal to eight-figure projects for high-end clients, including the design for a high-profile Oscar party in 2006. Vern, who describes himself as a classic overachiever, has garnered an impressive list of design awards, such as the 2003 Distinguished Southerner Award from Southern Living magazine; 2000 Southeast Designer of the Year; 1999 Best New Restaurant for Fusebox restaurant in Atlanta; and 1999 Best New Night Club for DeuxPlex Bistro and Night Club in Atlanta. In addition, he has been prominently featured in various publications such as Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times and USA Today. He is frequently seen on such television shows as Today, The Early Show, Oprah, CNN and Live! With Regis and Kelly. Vern continues to be involved in nonprofit efforts and has served as honorary chair for ‘Eleven – the Event,’ the 2009 fundraiser for The Ulman Cancer Fund, where he established the Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship in honor of his mother. He also works closely with UNICEF to help raise awareness of the needs of children around the world. Since 2009, he has designed the UNICEF snowflake ball in NewYork. In addition to the designing the organization’s 2011 ball, Vern also has been designated with the honor of lighting the UNICEF Snowflake that hangs above New York’s famed 5th Avenue.

Editor-In-Chief of Taste of Home Magazine Catherine Cassidy Shares With Us Quick And Inexpensive Ideas to Help Ease the Stress of Week Day Meal Planning

It’s no surprise that as the school year progresses, so do the daily challenges of everyday life. From activities and games, to lessons and jobs, all families are at their busiest during the school year. What's a busy parent to do? Editor-In-Chief of Taste of Home Magazine Catherine Cassidy comes to the rescue. She will provide helpful tips for quick, easy and delicious solutions that the whole family will enjoy.

Catherine M. Cassidy is Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of the Taste of Home Media Group ( and the main face of Taste of Home on TV, deftly demonstrating recipes from the magazines and cookbooks including “Good Morning America, “The Early Show,” and QVC. In her role as editor-in-chief, Catherine oversees the creation of all branded media, including Taste of Home, the number one cooking magazine in the world, and its web site,; special interest publications, direct response and retail cookbooks, including the best-selling Taste of Home Cookbook; and Taste of Home spin-off magazines Simple & Delicious and Healthy Cooking. She also oversees the Taste of Home Cooking Schools, which attract thousands to locations nationwide. Prior to joining Taste of Home, Catherine served as Editor-in-Chief of Prevention magazine and Prevention Special Interest Publications at Rodale, Inc. Catherine joined Rodale in 1986 as an associate editor in the book division, and was later named Executive Editor of Rodale’s Custom Publishing division. She started her career at Runner’s World and Fit magazines in Mountain View, California.

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, including wines UNDER $10!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.

“Hard Rockin’” Executive Chef For The Hard Rock Cafe Jason Gronlund Gives Us Recipes and Creative Twists for Your Labor Day BBQ

Music and food have served as inspiration ever since Oliver praised Food Glorious Food, Blondie encouraged us to Eat to the Beat, and Jimmy Buffet immortalized the grandfather of all Labor Day cuisines by celebrating the Cheeseburger…in Paradise. This Labor Day, turn up the tunes, and use music to inspire your most creative backyard BBQ to date.

Jason Gronlund is Executive Chef and Senior Director of Culinary Research & Development for Hard Rock International. Chef Gronlund has more than 25 years of restaurant industry experience with product and concept development, operations management on both national and international multi-platforms.

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