Monday, August 8, 2011

8/8 Summer Recipes, Dallas Malloy, Butterbean Eric Esch, Wine & Fire

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Betty Crocker's Digital Food Editor Kristen Olson Gives us Summer Recipes

Gardens are a summer staple. And more people than ever are “shopping” in their own backyard gardens – or the local farmer’s market - to create flavorful summer dishes full of their favorite veggies.

With vegetarian (and flexitarian) eating gaining popularity, more and more people are seeking meatless options that don’t skimp on flavor.

Bold and big flavors are all the rage, updating classic foods through new flavor combinations and cooking techniques – and we are seeing this more than ever in flavoring heritage, do-it-yourself dishes with trendy ethnic spices.

Kristen shares tips to combine these summer styles into fabulous, cool recipes.

We're Talking with Women's Boxing Pioneer, Dallas Malloy!

Dallas Malloy, who in March 1993 successfully sued USA Boxing to overturn its ban on women's amateur boxing, is marking 18 years since she opened the door to women's boxers in a new documentary set for release this fall.

"I feel honored to be a part of a project that brings attention to not just to myself, but to women's boxing and those who worked so hard to be a part of this sport," said Malloy, who stars in "I am Dallas Malloy," a film by noted French filmmaker Antoine Arditti.

The film details the then 16-year-old Malloy, who with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington state, sued USA Boxing, the governing body for amateur boxing in the U.S., to overturn its ban on women's boxing. The organization, rather than risk a trial, relented and instituted a program for women's boxing. This action paved the way for women in the sport today.

"I loved boxing and I just wanted to be in the Olympics and represent my country, but USA Boxing said 'No,' and that women weren't allowed to box so I just had to do something for myself and all those women who love to box," she said.

Filmmaker Arditti recalled his chance meeting with Malloy in Los Angeles last year which ultimately led to his new film:
"My encounter with Dallas in L.A. in November 2010 immediately gave a meaning to my stay. I was fascinated by her life experiences and seized by the singularity of her way of life," he said.
"Her steadiness and courage facing critics impressed me. Dallas is a true pioneer far away from ideological claims."

In his film, Arditti delves into news footage of the teenage Malloy as she endured criticism and taunts by those opposing her and women's boxing as she went in and out of court to fight for her right to box. Even as a judge approved Malloy's request for a temporary injunction against USA Boxing, she and her coach scheduled a fight to mark the first sanctioned women's amateur boxing bout. It was unclear if USA would file its own injunction against her to stop the fight.
But by October 1993, USA Boxing relented and Malloy fought and defeated Heather Poyner or Hemdale, Wash. before a crowd of 1,200 people at Edmonds Community College gymnasium.
Today, Malloy is an actress and former championship bodybuilder. Her television and film credits include "Jerry Maguire," the TV series "Eli Stone," "Last Comic Standing," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Funny or Die Presents," and many others. She is currently starring and producing the superhero-themed film "Blond Thunder."

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

We're Taling with Eric Esch - With His Intimidating Looks and His Big Heart, Follow Butterbean as He Helps Bring Back A Sense of Community Safety to His Hometown in… BIG LAW: DEPUTY BUTTERBEAN

Now that He’s Deputized, Watch as Butterbean and his Partner and Best Friend Work on the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit. You’ll Get an Inside Look at Every Training Session, Patrol Ride and Bad Guy Bust.

Eric Esch is better known to the world as “Butterbean.” A former heavyweight boxer, professional wrestler, mixed martial artist and kickboxer, he’s experienced a lot of success throughout his professional career. Now he wants to turn his attention to a different goal. He’s hoping to make his hometown of Jasper, Alabama, a safer and cleaner place for his kids and grandkids.

Cameras capture every moment of Butterbean in action. He may seem a bit intimidating at first glance but soon everyone finds out he’s big guy with a big heart who’s not afraid to crack some skulls when he has to. But it’s his compassionate nature that often helps people open up to him, eventually leading police to their suspect. Viewers will see this first-hand in the premiere episode.

The ten-part series will culminate with a special episode chronicling the torrent of tornadoes that ripped through Alabama in April 2011. While Jasper itself remained relatively unscathed, neighboring suburbs of Birmingham were devastated. The episode follows Deputy Butterbean and his partner as they conduct search-and-rescue and aid missions alongside their fellow Walker County police force.

We're Talking with Kathy Joseph of Fiddlestix Vineyard about the Upcoming "Wine & Fire" Event

The members of the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the appellation at "Wine & Fire", an event spanning the weekend of August 12-14, 2011. "We thought a pre-harvest celebration of the vineyards, wines and people of this unique winegrowing region would be a great time to celebrate our tenth anniversary", noted Kurt Ammann of Dierberg Vineyards and Chairperson of the Alliance. "The vines will be laden with grapes, and both winemakers and growers will be in that heightened state of just-before-harvest excitement. We'll definitely be all fired up to celebrate!"

The celebration will begin with welcome receptions and tastings on Friday, August 12th in locations on both the eastern and western boundaries of the region. Saturday morning will feature an in-depth tasting of the people and wines of the past decade, and a look into the future of the Sta. Rita Hills.

The Saturday morning seminar will be held at Rancho El JabalĂ­, Richard and Thekla Sanford's heritage vineyard. Panelists will include pioneers and upcoming winemakers, who will each select wines that they believe are their best representation of the appellation, a vineyard designate and/or a vintage during the past ten years. Saturday evening will bring together all of the members of the Alliance with an evening wine reception in the courtyard of the historic La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, situated on the outskirts of the Sta. Rita Hills Appellation. The stunning grounds and historic buildings lend an exquisite setting to an evening of camaraderie, fine wines and fire-grilled foods.

Member vintners and winemakers will all be on hand to present their latest releases under the majestic oaks of the Mission.A weekend passport is also included, providing VIP access to wineries and tasting rooms of Alliance members, each of who are pulling out all the stops for visitors. Guests will have a full range of events to choose from throughout the weekend as members of the Winegrowers Alliance present open houses, focused tastings and winery events.

A full listing of winery events will be posted on the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance website as they are planned.In order to continue the mission of Wine and Fire as an intimate event where guests, growers, winemakers and vintners are able to better get to know each other, ticket sales will be limited. Tickets for the First-Decade Seminar at El JabalĂ­, which also includes the weekend passport are $150. Tickets for the Passport plus Saturday evening Grand Tasting at the La Purisima Mission are $100 per person. An all-inclusive combination ticket for Saturday and Sunday is available for $175. Tickets are on sale on the Sta. Rita Hills website, and will be available on a first-come, first served basis. The website can be found at . For additional information, please contact

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