Friday, April 28, 2017

04/28 JEAN SESSIONS, SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS, MARK MALPIEDE, WILLIAMS SELYEM, HOT DOG EATING CHAMPION JOEY CHESTNUT, STEVE EVANS THE MOVIE GUY

JEAN SESSIONS - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS AND MARK MALPIEDE FROM WILLIAMS SELYEM - RECAP OF 2017 SONOMA COUNTY BARREL AUCTION

SONOMA COUNTY BARREL AUCTION CONTINUES TO BREAK RECORDS AS THIRD ANNUAL EVENT RAISES $794,500

Sonoma County Vintners celebrated a successful third annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction on April 21, after 90 one-of-a-kind Sonoma County wine lots raised a record-setting $794,500. With over 250 members of the wine trade and media in attendance for the live auction at Santa Rosa’s Vintners Inn, and additional bids placed via proxy, this year’s totals were up more than $100,000 from 2016.

The auction’s “never before, never again” wine lots were crafted by top vintners from Sonoma County’s 17 distinct AVA appellations, and offered in quantities of five, 10 or 20 cases. All of the wines featured were made exclusively for the auction, and will be available in the market only by resale to the winning bidder’s customers.

For the second consecutive year Kosta Browne had the top earning lot with “The Shire of Freestone,” a 20-case Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir lot that set a new record at $60,000.

The second highest selling offering was the 20-case Silver Oak Cellars 2015 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon lot, which closed the auction on a high-note at $50,000. The third top lot was Williams Selyem Winery’s 20-case Pinot Noir, blended from three of its estate vineyards, which sold for $26,000. Ramey Wine Cellars’ 10-case “Ramey’s Heart of the Russian River Valley” Chardonnay was the top white wine at $12,500.

All money raised supports the marketing initiatives of Sonoma County Vintners and its AVA partners.

Next year’s Sonoma County Barrel Auction will be held April 20, 2018. Future Barrel Auctions will be held on the third Friday of April. Attendees are licensed wine sellers, including retailers, restaurateurs and wholesalers. For more information or to request a ticket, visit sonomawine.com/barrelauction.

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WWW.WILLIAMSSELYEM.COM


NINE-TIME HOT DOG EATING CHAMPION JOEY CHESTNUT - CELEBRATING HOT DOG HISTORY & BASEBALL

BASEBALL & HOT DOGS: THAT’S A LOT OF HISTORY

A Fun look at the Traditions that make Nathan’s Famous the Perfect Choice for the Official Hot Dog of America’s Pastime!

In 1893, sausages became standard fare at baseball parks.   This tradition is believed to have been started by a St. Louis bar Owner, Chris Von de Ahe, a German Immigrant who also owned the St. Louis Browns major league baseball team.  Fast forward a few years, and it was 101 years ago that Nathan’s Famous sold their first hot dogs on the boardwalk in Coney Island.  That’s a lot of history.

On April 28th, just as the baseball season is warming up, we have one of the champions of another great sport to talk baseball, hot dogs and the traditions that make them both special.

There are few champions in any sport who can claim nine championships, with eight of them in consecutive years.   Last July 4th, this hot dog eating superstar smashed his previous record by eating 70 hot dogs and buns in an amazing display of gastronomical greatness!   We’re proud to have Joey “JAWS” Chestnut live from St. Louis to discuss the challenges of setting of new Guinness World Record, and he’ll talk a little hot dog and baseball history.  You’ll learn how Nathan’s Famous is now the official hot dog of America’s Pastime, and what this ‘FAMOUS’ brand is doing to celebrate.

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STEVE EVANS – THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

04/27 DR TRAVIS STORK, THE DOCTORS, CHEF ELIZA GAVIN, 221 SOUTH OAK IN TELLURIDE

DR. TRAVIS STORK - EMMY AWARD-WINNING DAYTIME TALK SHOW THE DOCTORS 

The Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show The Doctors, is hosted by ER physician Dr. Travis Stork and co-hosted by plastic surgeon and reconstructive surgery expert Dr. Andrew Ordon; along with recurring co-host, urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman.

Tune in Monday through Friday for the most up-to-date information regarding your health and wellness, as well as news-making medical stories that may affect you or your family. The Doctors strive to enlighten viewers with simple ways to attain and maintain good health. Watch, and get empowered about your well-being!

WWW.THEDOCTORSTV.COM


CHEF ELIZA GAVIN - 221 SOUTH OAK IN TELLURIDE, COLORADO 

221 South Oak Street
Telluride, Colorado
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221 is set in a tastefully refurbished historic home nestled in the trees on South Oak Street, just steps from the Gondola. For years, 221 South Oak has been renowned for its intimate atmosphere, incredible food, extensive wine list, friendly service and uncompromising quality.

Fresh ingredients and an abundance of hard work, make our meals great. 221 South Oak prepares fresh, quality ingredients together skillfully. We offer Beef, Game, Poultry, Seafood and have a full Vegetarian Menu. We prepare each dish at the time of your order and are happy to accommodate any allergies and dietary preferences. Homemade is 221’s Specialty. Sausages, Soups, Sauces and Salad Dressings, Pastas, Pastries and Pickles, Beignets, Brown Rouxs and Breads, Ravioli, Reductions, even Ice Creams, Candied Treats and Cheese are made on the premises. Each dish is prepared with thought and care. There is a blending of styles and flavors on our menu. There is something for everyone!

Our staff is both professional and personal, they are here to help you along your culinary journey. They have an in-depth knowledge of the dishes and are here to assist in any way. Please do not hesitate to ask, we are here to make your dining experience perfect.

WWW.221SOUTHOAK.COM

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

04/26 LARRY LIPSON, ANDREA SLONECKER, PRETZEL MAKING AT HOME, GAIL MCGOVERN, AMERICAN RED

LARRY LIPSON - AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT


For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Florida weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.


FOOD STYLIST & COOKING TEACHER ANDREA SLONECKER - AUTHOR, PRETZEL MAKING AT HOME

PRETZEL MAKING AT HOME
The art of traditional pretzel making

Here's a new twist on an old favorite: pretzels warm from the oven. DIY bakers can make their own crunchy, chewy, savory, or sweet artisan pretzels with this collection of 50 recipes that imagines every way to shape, fill, and top them. Here are the traditional versions as well as novel creations such as Philly cheesesteak pretzel pockets and fried pretzel with cinnamon sugar. More substantial dishes like wild mushroom and chestnut pretzel stuffing, and pretzel bread pudding with caramel sauce elevate the humble pretzel to dinner-table fare as this tantalizing cookbook takes a cherished everyday snack to the next level of culinary creativity.

ABOUT ANDREA
Andrea Slonecker is a cookbook author, food stylist, cooking teacher, and consultant based in Portland, Oregon. Her recipes and food styling have appeared in cookbooks, magazines, and in many print and online marketing campaigns. She is also the recipe editor for Kinfolk magazine.

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GAIL MCGOVERN - PRESIDENT & CEO, AMERICAN RED CROSS - HOW TO HELP SUPPORT FAMILIES IMPACTED BY DISASTERS 

Every year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters.  That means that every eight minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster with the vast majority from house fires.

In the first quarter of 2017, Red Cross workers in communities nationwide have responded to an unusually high number of multi-family fires–more than three times the number in 2016.

Over the past year, Red Cross volunteers responded to 180 significant disasters in 45 states including Hurricane Matthew, the Louisiana floods, wildfires, severe storms and other emergencies.

More than 32,000 Red Crossers opened nearly 800 emergency shelters providing 206,000 overnight stays, served more than 4.1 million meals and snacks, and distributed more than 2.1 million relief items. In addition, thousands of people across the country were impacted by a fire in their home.

The Red Cross depends on donations to help people affected by disasters, and April 26 is their Annual Giving Day when they ask the public to help.  American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern is available to discuss ways your viewers can help the Red Cross provide hope and urgent relief such as food, blankets and other essentials to people impacted by disasters across the country.

Behind each of these disasters are individuals and families that rely on their neighbors for help during their time of greatest need. A gift of $88.50 to the American Red Cross can support a family of three with a day’s worth of food, blankets, comfort and other recovery items.

Funds raised on April 26 will go toward supporting families recovering from disasters such as home fires, tornados and floods.

Funds raised on April 26 will go toward supporting families recovering from disasters such as home fires, tornados and floods. Giving Day donations can be made at www.redcross.org/givingday. All donations will be processed on April 26, 2017.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

04/25 CLEAN EATING EXPERT TERRY WALTERS, DR. RAJ DASGUPTA, TODAY’S HOMEOWNER HOSTS DANNY LIPFORD & CHELSEA LIPFORD

CLEAN EATING EXPERT TERRY WALTERS SAYS YOUR DOG  CAN EAT CLEAN AND LIVE WELL, TOO! 

Terry Walters is at the forefront of CLEAN EATING, the lifestyle movement that encourages you to make informed choices about what you eat while trying to move closer to the source of natural ingredients. Multiple studies have shown that many life-threatening conditions and diseases can be curbed or prevented by healthier diets - but is it the same for dogs and cats? A recent survey reveals that 90% of dog owners are including clean foods in their own diets, and 75% say it’s making them reflect on the quality of food they give to their dogs. Terry believes that eating clean is about improving your entire family’s health, and that includes your four-legged family members.

ABOUT TERRY:
Terry Walters is at the forefront of the clean eating lifestyle movement and is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and passion to eat clean and live well. Her work inspires and empowers us to make positive changes for our health and the health of our environment. She is the author of three best-selling cookbooks; EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL, CLEAN FOOD and CLEAN START and the author of the popular blog Eat Clean Live Well. She is a James Beard Foundation Award finalist and recipient of the Nautilus Gold and Silver Book Awards. She works extensively as an educator, consultant, clean food chef and advocate for healthy change in the way we eat and live, and serves as Advisor to the Board of Directors for Urban Oaks Organic Farm. Terry is an avid runner, cyclist, skier and gardener—living what she teaches; doing the best she can to embrace good health for herself, her family, her community and the environment.


DR. RAJ DASGUPTA - HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SLEEPY AND SLEEP DISORDER

FACTS & MYTHS OF NARCOLEPSY
How to Tell the Difference Between Sleepy and Sleep Disorder

For many, exhaustion is a part of everyday life. So is fighting to stay awake during the day.  If that urge to sleep is overwhelming and irresistible, it may be narcolepsy, a condition approximately 1 in 2,000 people in the U.S. has. It is one of the most frequently diagnosed primary sleep disorders in sleep clinics.

Narcolepsy can be hard to recognize. There are, five major symptoms. Many of them can be confused with other medical conditions such as depression or epilepsy, making a narcolepsy diagnosis somewhat tricky. In fact, about half of the people affected by narcolepsy remain undiagnosed.

During Sleep Awareness Week, Dr. Raj Dasgupta, is raising awareness of narcolepsy to expedite the diagnosis process for patients.  He’s available to share 3 things your viewers need to know:

  • The difference between life making you sleepy and having narcolepsy
  • Fact, fiction, and common misdiagnosis of narcolepsy
  • Where to go for more information


TODAY’S HOMEOWNER HOSTS DANNY LIPFORD & CHELSEA LIPFORD WOLF - SIMPLE STEPS TO SUMMER PREP

SIMPLE STEPS TO SUMMER PREP:
Your Ultimate Guide to Get Your Home Ready for Summer Fun! 

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes outdoor barbeques, swingin’ soirees, and wacky weather! There’s no better time than now to prepare your home and yard for the season’s summer fun & unpredictable weather patterns.

In order to embrace those lazy, hazy days of summer you need to do a few simple chores that, done in advance, will make your summer a warm, leisurely breeze. Today’s Homeowner Hosts Danny Lipford & Chelsea Lipford Wolf are here with their best tips and tricks for the best summer yet!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

04/24 LISA CHAPPELEAR MILKO, YOUR PERFECT WEDDING, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK ACTRESS ALYSIA REINER, CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

LISA CHAPPELEAR MILKO - FOUNDER OF EVENT PERFECT - STRESS FREE WEDDING TIPS

FIND OUT WHY FOCUSING ON ‘3’ IMPORTANT THINGS WILL RELIEVE STRESS ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY TO CREATE… Your Perfect Wedding

Timely Wedding Tips from Lisa Chappelear Milko, Founder of Event Perfect, who has been Featured on Style Network’s ‘Who’s Wedding is it Anyway?’

The days leading up to saying, “I Do” can be a very stressful time. That’s why Lisa Chappelear Milko, a nationally renowned wedding planner and founder of EVENT PERFECT in Atlanta, has come up with a formula for reducing stress and making sure that the bride and their families enjoy the entire wedding experience.

On April 24th, which is in the middle of wedding planning season, Lisa will share some of her experience as one of the nation’s top event planners. Your audience will understand why this amazing professional has been featured on Style Network reality show, Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?  You’ll also discover why her wedding tips have been featured in publications such as Modern Bride Atlanta, Redbook, Grace Ormode Wedding Style and the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

SOME OF LISA’S TIMELY WEDDING TIPS INCLUDE:
Focus on three special things that matter most
Don’t sweat the small details you can’t control
Never order a dress that is too small in hopes of losing weight
How to choose the important details for a memorable wedding
Having a great wedding that doesn’t break the bank


ACTRESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST ALYSIA REINER - NEW CARBON REDUCTION CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

ALYSIA REINER Announces New Carbon Reduction Campaign to Fight Climate Change And Lets Your Viewers Know How They Can Take Action

Alysia Reiner is an actress best known for her role on the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black, as ex-assistant warden Natalie “Fig” Figueroa.  Alysia is also passionately committed to protecting the environment and a champion of all things eco-friendly.  On Monday, April 24th Alysia will be available via satellite to discuss the launch of “Ton of Reasons,” a new carbon reduction campaign from non-profit environmental organization, Cool Effect.

ABOUT COOL EFFECT:
Cool Effect is a San Francisco Bay Area 501(c)(3) nonprofit that allows individuals to create a tangible impact on climate change through a digital platform, providing consistent funding to the highest-quality carbon reducing projects around the world.

WWW.COOLEFFECT.ORG

Friday, April 21, 2017

04/21 CHEF SARAH PENROD, THE URBAN COWGIRL, DAVID PARRISH, PARRISH FAMILY VINEYARDY

CHEF SARAH PENROD - AUTHOR, THE URBAN COWGIRL: DECADENTLY SOUTHERN, OUTRAGEOUSLY TEXAS, FOOD, TRADITIONS AND STYLE FOR MODERN LIFE

Sarah is best known as the resident “Texpert” on Food Network Star season 10, where she won fans nationwide with her bold flavors and equally bold personality. (Co-host Bobby Flay called her a “walking sound-bite.”)

As Sarah explains it, most of us have a little “Urban Cowgirl” in us – we love comfort food and country flavors, but sometimes we like to add a little big-city style. We read Saveur or Bon Apetit, but our favorite recipes were hand-written on index cards by our grandmothers. We cherish our culture and traditions, but we know that we can – and do – add our own modern twists.

Urban Cowgirl: Decadently Southern, Outrageously Texan, Food, Family Traditions, and Style for Modern Life

Celebrating the modern Southern culture, country chic lifestyle, and spitfire attitude of the city cowgirl… the cowgirl in heels.

Part cookbook, part how-to and inspirational guide for the modern city girl with Southern roots and a cowgirl attitude, Urban Cowgirl features Sarah Penrod’s unique outlook and point of view—as shared with viewers on the Next Food Network Star. Her approach is to take classic Southern and Texas foods and ingredients and traditions like the tailgate and give them a new twist with her personal brand of sparkle and shine. Her recipes for family dinners and girls’- nights- in all come with her own special touch and her outsized personality.

Urban cowgirls appreciate Southern big city lifestyle, but don’t let the high heels and designer dresses fool you. These girls will celebrate their heritage, acknowledge their cultural roots, and build from traditional values, with a smile on their face and a glass of sweet tea in their hand. They may have a designer coffee table littered with gourmet cooking magazines , but the recipes they hold most dear are third generation, handwritten, kitchen love letters from a grandmother they may have never even met.

WWW.SARAHPENROD.COM
WWW.URBANCOWGIRLLIFE.COM


DAVID PARRISH - OWNER & WINEMAKER, PARRISH FAMILY VINEYARD 

Winemaker, David Parrish, graduated from UC Davis with a degree majoring in Biology with a Chemistry/Math minor taking several courses in Winemaking. Years later, Dr. Mark Kliewer, the head of the UC Davis Viticulture Department, contacted David to inquire about a research project for different trellis styles in the wine grape industry. David agreed to do a 5-acre trial, which was a success. Commercial growers from Napa Valley, who wanted to use his expertise, then contacted David and he agreed to meet with them. He found himself in the company of Robert Mondavi, a giant of the wine industry, among others. At the time, they were hoping to turn Napa into the world quality wine region that it is known for today, by improving the quality of their grapes using David’s trellis system. David has been growing his own vineyard since 1995, and producing his own wine since 2004. He is someone that truly knows every step of the winemaking process.

HISTORY:
Atascadero was intended to be built as a utopian community with agricultural sustainability. That’s what EG Lewis had in mind, when he purchased 27,000 acres in the Atascadero/Paso Robles area.  Lewis called upon a man named Earl Henderson, who was farming in the San Joaquin Valley at the time, to be the viticulturist managing the acreage set aside for wine grape production. With great success, Earl planted and managed approximately 740 acres of wine grapes that consisted of Alicante, Charbon, Petit Syrah, and Zinfandel (the Zinfandel cuttings were purchased from the Paderewski Ranch).  Unfortunately, no one could foresee two major problems that would lead to the collapse of this new fledgling industry: U.S. Prohibition and the Great Depression.  Although Earl was able to sell his grapes privately to individuals who could make their own wine, he was unable to have a commercial winery.  He and his wife, Katie, settled in Atascadero calling it home, raising their kids, and watching the next generations grow.

Fast forward 70 years, and David Parrish, Henderson’s grandson, was living a similar dream with his own vineyard in the foothills outside Atascadero. Like his grandfather, he didn’t fall into the winemaking world; he was called to it.  However, it wasn’t until one evening, sharing a bottle of wine with his brother, overlooking the vineyard, that David considered the possibility of taking it a step further than their grandfather ever could: opening their own winery.  The Parrish Family took the leap!  The family began producing their boutique wine in 2004 and later opened a tasting room to the public in 2011.  In memory of their grandfather, the family has named one of their labels, P.O. Box 1, since Earl and Katie Henderson had the first P.O. Box in Atascadero.

CREEK RESTORATION:
Parrish Family Vineyard is very excited to work with the San Luis Obispo Resource Conservation District (RCD) in the restoration of the Adelaida Creek on our Adelaida Vineyard Property! The creek bed has been donated to the County of San Luis Obispo for the work. The restoration will lead to the planting of about 600 native plants, which will help with the rehabilitation of the water aquifer and slow erosion. The work will begin in early November 2016.

Thanks to the RCD, California Conservation Corp, and AmeriCorps’ Environmental Stewards for their work!

WWW.PARRISHVINEYARDS.COM

Thursday, April 20, 2017

04/20 JENNIFER SIMONETTI-BRYAN, ROSÉ: THE GUIDE TO DRINKING PINK

MASTER OF WINE & SPIRITS EXPERT JENNIFER SIMONETTI-BRYAN - AUTHOR, ROSÉ - THE GUIDE TO DRINKING PINK

ROSÉ WINE: The Guide to Drinking Pink

~ DRINK PINK WITH THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY ON THE WINE WORLD’S HOTTEST, FRIENDLIEST NEW TREND!~

Forget your grandmother’s blush - this is the Rosé revolution! Wine maven Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan is here to tell you everything about the wine world’s latest craze!

"Rosé Wine" is your one-stop shop for the pink drink that everyone’s sipping.

Take her quick and easy wine quiz to determine your style: blush, crisp, fruity, or rich. And consult her signature "Wine Wheel" to find out which wines you’ll like best.

Each style category features a comprehensive overview detailing key regions, grapes, and winemaking practices and full information about the bottles you need to try, complete with sample labels, complete tasting notes, price, and food pairings.

JENNIFERSIMONETTI.COM

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

04/19 LARRY LIPSON'S AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, LIZ BAGOT, NATIONAL TODAY.COM, NATIONAL GARLIC DAY

LARRY LIPSON - THE AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT

For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Florida weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.



LIZ BAGOT - ITS NATIONAL GARLIC DAY 

NATIONALTODAY.COM GARLIC DAY SURVEY
(survey of 1,000 Americans, conducted on April 10, 2017)
National Today —America's favorite destination to commemorate fun and quirky holidays—asked 1,000 Americans about their garlic preferences.

HALF OF AMERICANS CAN'T GET ENOUGH GARLIC
52% of Americans believe there's no such thing as too much garlic. Another 14% report putting garlic in everything they cook, while 6% even enjoy the taste of raw garlic.

9 IN 10 OF AMERICANS WOULD KISS SOMEONE WITH GARLIC BREATH
Only 5% of Americans have avoided smooching someone because of their garlicky breath. 88% say garlic breath doesn't bother them and are totally fine with kissing a garlic eater.

AMERICA'S TOP 10 FAVORITE GARLICKY FOODS
#1: Garlic bread (31%)
#2: Garlic chicken (16%)
#3: Garlicky pasta (13%)
#4: Garlic shrimp (13%)
#5: Garlic butter (13%)
#6: Garlic fries (6%)
#7: Garlic hummus (3%)
#8: Roasted garlic cloves (3%)
#9: Raw garlic (2%)
#10: Pickled garlic (1%)

NATIONAL GARLIC DAY CONTEST
To celebrate everyone’s favorite finger ‘gar’licking good food, National Today is teaming up with Postmates (America’s favorite delivery app) to offer a new user deal and a contest!

New User Deal: Download the Postmates app, order garlicky treats from your favorite restaurant, and get $10 off delivery by applying the code GARLICLOVE at checkout.

Postmates Contest: Enter to win $1K in Postmates delivery credit. Many will play—3 will win (and the rest will get to eat garlicky treats, so, really everyone benefits).

Here’s how to enter: On April 19, post a pic of you enjoying your favorite garlicky food on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Add the hashtag #garliclove and tag @natltoday and @postmates. We’ll pick our three favorite entries and send them $1K in Postmates delivery credits!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

04/18 GOOGLE TECH EXPERT DANIEL SIEBERG, GOOGLE EARTH, ALLEN BALIK, A CULINARY EVENING WITH THE CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS

JUST IN TIME FOR EARTH DAY GOOGLE TECH EXPERT DANIEL SIEBERG GIVES US A NEW LOOK AT THE WORLD WITH GOOGLE EARTH


GOOGLE LAUNCHES NEW EARTH RESOURCE

Google Provides A New Look At The World Ahead Of Earth Day

Just in time for Earth Day, Google Earth is getting an upgrade to provide a new way to explore the world and inspire more curious minds to learn and care about our vast and fragile planet. Earth lets you see the world's cities, landmarks and natural wonders in extraordinary detail.

The site is going mobile to enhance your experience - hold it in your hand, pass it around a classroom or virtually fly over or walk inside places that are thousands of miles away. You'll find interactive stories from some of the world's best storytellers. Knowledge Cards will allow you to learn more about local landmarks and suggest customized points of interest to explore. The new "Im Feeling Lucky" feature flies you to various hidden gems around the globe.

Learning about the Earth starts young. Google Expeditions brings lessons to life for kids and allow teachers to take students on immersive, virtual journeys. The feature has brought over two million children via the Expeditions Pioneer Program from around the world on virtual field trips with more than 500 tours of the world's most amazing places like the coral reefs, South American rainforests and the wind and solar farms that provide us with clean power.

WWW.GOOGLE.COM/EARTH


ALLEN BALIK - 28TH ANNIVERSARY OF A CULINARY EVENING WITH THE CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS

The California Winemasters is a perennial Wine Spectator Top 10 Charity Wine Auction set for May 20, 2017 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.  This extraordinary event showcases 50 international chefs and 75 of California’s Finest Wineries.  “Winemasters” has raised nearly $29 million in support of the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The CF Foundation is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle.  Its focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF and ultimately, to find a cure.

The Foundation’s drug development success has been recognized by Harvard Business School and by publications such as Forbes, Discover Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

Make your reservations NOW for this wine tasting extraordinaire and spectacular hors d’oeuvres dinner!

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Monday, April 17, 2017

04/17 DR. SHARAD PAUL TALKS, JEAN SESSIONS, SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS, STUART BRYAN, PRIDE MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS, 2017 SONOMA COUNTY BARREL AUCTION

DR. SHARAD PAUL - AUTHOR, THE GENETICS OF HEALTH: UNDERSTAND YOUR GENES FOR BETTER HEALTH 

Do you know the optimal way to eat and work out for your specific gene type so you can put less effort in and achieve better results?

Did you know it’s possible to have a genetic predisposition for laziness and procrastination?

New Zealander of the Year Finalist Sharad Paul, MD discusses the above and much more, including how to reduce your risk of dementia, the surprising benefits of dance and stress on our genes and how anxiety and being a scaredy-cat can make you live longer in his forthcoming book, THE GENETICS OF HEALTH: UNDERSTAND YOUR GENES FOR BETTER HEALTH

You can now take charge of your health by understanding the connection between our evolutionary past and our future well-being with THE GENETICS OF HEALTH: Understand Your Genes for Better Health, a practical guide to personalized health and nutrition from distinguished physician Sharad Paul, MD.

Recognized as one of the best in his field, surgeon, academic, and philanthropist Dr. Sharad Paul combines everyday health with evolutionary biology and explain s how to improve your overall wellness by following a diet and exercise plan based on your gene type.

Written in a captivating literary narrative that sets this title apart from the average self-help book, THE GENETICS OF HEALTH starts with our brains and covers everything from skin and muscles to hearts, diets, and stress management. Throughout, Dr. Paul shares key information and provides steps to improve our daily well-being—impacting everything from our energy levels to memory retention to our overall longevity.
 
Our evolutionary past and genetic makeup determine how and why the body works the way it does and how it all combines to make us unique individuals. Presenting a compelling blend of medical mysteries, patient stories, and science, Dr. Paul has developed a revolutionary approach to wellness that will result in beautiful skin at any age, a healthier diet for muscle endurance and skeletal strength, a more resilient and efficient heart, better mood and memory balance, and more.
 
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JEAN SESSIONS - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS & STUART BRYAN OF  PRIDE MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS - 2017 SONOMA COUNTY BARREL AUCTION 

2017 SONOMA COUNTY BARREL AUCTION: APRIL 21, 2017
NEVER BEFORE, NEVER AGAIN WINES.

The Sonoma County Barrel Auction is your chance to own a truly one of a kind wine. Cultivated in Sonoma County’s most acclaimed vineyards. Handcrafted by legendary winemakers. Evaluated by an elite panel of wine authorities. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to taste, and own, a masterpiece of Sonoma County winemaking.

YOUR CHANCE TO OWN A TRUE SONOMA COUNTY ORIGINAL
Presented by the Sonoma County Vintners, the Sonoma County Barrel Auction is a live auction of wine futures from the county’s top growers and winemakers. These once-in-a-lifetime wines represent the exceptional stylistic range and world-class quality of Sonoma County. A team of masters, invited from around the country, will be visibly involved in evaluating the auction lots and participating throughout the event. The Sonoma County Barrel Auction is invitation-only for members of the wine industry, with personal invitations extended by participating wineries to members of the trade and media. Proceeds will support Sonoma County marketing initiatives.

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ABOUT STUART BRYAN
VINTNER AMBASSADOR, PRIDE MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
After 30 years in national wine sales, including nearly two decades at Pride Mountain Vineyards, Stuart Bryan transitioned from his position as Director of National Sales in July 2014, to the role of Vintner Ambassador.  In this position, he travels extensively with his wife and winery co-owner, Suzanne Pride Bryan, to further the winery’s philanthropic efforts at the nation’s finest and most prestigious charity wine events, while bringing awareness of Pride wines to new fans.

From Red, White and Snow in Utah, to the Nantucket Wine Festival, and from Emeril Lagasse’s Carnival du Vin to the Napa Valley’s own V-Foundation Wine Celebration, Stuart is a well-known and welcome presence.

Stuart was born and raised in Manistee, Michigan and is a graduate of Kalamazoo College.  He wrote his dissertation at USC’s Marine Biological Laboratory on Catalina Island in California before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1980s, beginning his wine sales career, meeting Suzanne and settling down to raise their family.  He first started in national sales as a sales manager for Chalone Vineyards and was the first national sales manager for Shafer Vineyards in the 1980s. He founded and managed a national wine sales company for over 17 years that was well established by the time the Pride Mountain wines were first produced in 1991. He also represented a number of wineries throughout California and Oregon along with his own wine production company which produced over 14,000 cases annually. In 2005 he sold his company to focus on exclusively on Pride Mountain Vineyards.

Stuart and Suzanne live in Sonoma County and have two grown daughters who now live and work in New York City.

WWW.PRIDEWINES.COM

Friday, April 14, 2017

04/14 JOHN WHAITE, PERFECT PLATES IN FIVE INGREDIENTS 100 STUNNING YET SIMPLE RECIPES, SUSAN ZIRINSKY, 48 HOURS

WINNER OF  THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW JOHN WHAITE -  PERFECT PLATES IN FIVE INGREDIENTS 100 STUNNING YET SIMPLE RECIPES

PERFECT PLATES IN FIVE INGREDIENTS
100 Stunning Yet Simple Recipes from the Winner of The Great British Baking Show

Cherry tomatoes and basil, pork and apple, strawberries and cream. Simple produce, perfectly combined is often far superior to fussy recipes with multiple hard-to-find ingredients. Bringing a reassuring familiarity and prepared with rustic sentiment, the recipes in television food personality and cooking teacher John Whaite’s new book PERFECT PLATES IN FIVE INGREDIENTS: 100 Stunning Yet Simple Recipes from the Winner of The Great British Baking Show (Kyle Books; May 2017; Hardcover; $29.95) use only five ingredients with such pantry staples as oil, butter, salt and pepper counting as “free passes.”

Having won BBC’s The Great British Baking Show in 2012, John has a huge fan following around the world with over 77k followers on Twitter and 28k followers on Instagram. His culinary skills don’t just apply to baking, and he has showcased his striking talent as a cook with clever and inventive ideas for home cooking on morning television and on his new ITV series The Chopping Block, which debuted in April 2016.

Offering original and imaginative meals for every occasion, chapters are split into Morning Plates, Hearty Plates, Everyday Plates, Worth-the-Wait Plates, Posh Plates, Many Plates, and Sweet Plates. Delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes range from Crashed Breakfast Eggs and Mushroom Stroganoff on Mushroom Toasts, perfect for a leisurely weekend brunch, to comforting weeknight suppers such as Cozy Roasted Chicken with Green Lentils, Cheeseburger Quesadillas, and Hummus, Pepper and Gorgonzola Flatbread Pizza.

Dinner parties are catered for with recipes including Dilly Devilish Garlic Shrimp, Harissa Minute Steak Kebabs, and Ham & Fennel Pasta. John’s desserts are pure and simple indulgences such as Nutella Pudding with Caramelized Pretzels. John doesn’t shy away from using the occasional store-bought component and understands the realities of cooking at home. His creative but straightforward recipes bring out the very best in the easily accessible and fresh, seasonal ingredients used.

PERFECT PLATES IN FIVE INGREDIENTS will be a godsend to anyone who wants to put a terrific meal on the table but is pressed for time. Plus, fewer ingredients means more savings on the grocery bill.

Credit line for the book must read: Perfect Plates in Five Ingredients by John Whaite © 2017 Kyle Books, and the photographs © Helen Cathcart. No images may be used, in print or electronically, without written consent from the publisher.

WWW.JOHNWHAITE.COM


SUSAN ZIRINSKY - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, 48 HOURS 

ALL NEW | SATURDAY, APRIL 15 | 10 P.M. ET/PT

The DNA of a Killer
A brutal murder - police have DNA evidence, but can't match a killer - so how did a public DNA database lead police to suspect a filmmaker of murder? Anne-Marie Green investigates.

Nearly two decades after an Idaho teenager was killed, New Orleans filmmaker Michael Usry, the producer of a short film about a brutal death, found himself the suspect in the teen’s murder. What led police to the auteur?

Anne-Marie Green and 48 HOURS investigate the 1996 death of Angie Dodge and the unusual police hunt for her killer that led to Usry in “The DNA of a Killer” to be broadcast Saturday, April 15 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

“Nobody every thinks that they’re gonna get picked up by the police and taken into an interrogation room and questioned about a murder,” Usry tells 48 HOURS. “When it happens to you, it’s definitely a game changer.”

Angie Dodge was brutally murdered in 1996. The killer left behind a semen sample on her body, which police and her family believed would quickly lead to the person who murdered the teen. Police tested the DNA of men she knew; none matched. Then came along Christopher Tapp, who knew Dodge. His DNA did not match either, but after 28 hours of interrogation over 23 days, Tapp confessed to being there when she was killed. He said that he participated while others stabbed her. One of the men there, he said, was named Mike. But with no last name it seemed like a dead end. Tapp was convicted of killing Dodge. Officially, though, the murder case was still open because Tapp’s DNA didn’t match the man who left semen at the crime scene.

In 2014, police took a new approach to try to find a match to that DNA. They searched a public database that had been bought by Ancestry.com. The goal was to find a close match, perhaps a family member to the alleged killer, through a process called familial searching. The search resulted in a partial match that sounded like a strong lead. Armed with a warrant, police got Ancestry.com to reveal the name of the anonymous man behind the DNA sample. His name was Michael Usry Sr. and it turns out he had a son: Michael Usry Jr. Police wondered if Usry Jr. could be the “Mike” that Tapp told them about.

Usry Jr. is a filmmaker with a short film titled “Murderabilia.” Given the subject of Usry’s film, along with the fact he’d been through Idaho Falls at one point in his life, police thought they had their man.
But in truth, Usry Jr. had nothing to do with the 1996 death of Dodge and was officially cleared. Still, his story raises serious questions about what happens when police use publicly available DNA databases to solve cases – and what goes on when an innocent man is tagged as a suspect.

Usry Jr. has now joined with Angie Dodge’s mother to search for the man who left his DNA at the scene. And through their search, they came to believe that Chris Tapp, the man who was serving time for the murder after his confession, was in fact innocent. 48 HOURS follows their fight for justice and their hunt for a killer. “Angie was my only daughter, and she’s my baby,” says her mother, Carol Dodge. “I’ll never stop missing her.”

NEW SERIES 48 HOURS: NCIS 
PREMIERES TUESDAY, APRIL 25 AT 10/9C

"48 Hours" to go inside real-life NCIS investigations 

Narrated by CBS' "NCIS" actor Rocky Carroll, "48 Hours: NCIS" will introduce some of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service's top agents and the cases they can’t forget -- Premieres Tuesday, April 25 at 10/9c

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

04/13 BIANCA BOSKER, CORK DORK, THE AUSSIE GOURMET NAOMI NACHMAN, PASSOVER RECIPES

AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST BIANCA BOSKER TELLS US ABOUT NEW BOOK CORK DORK

CORK DORK: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste

The account of her year-and-a-half journey, CORK DORK: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste takes the reader inside an elite tasting group, a Burgundy bacchanal, a Michelin-starred restaurant, an fMRI machine, and more as Bosker strives to make sense, once and for all, of our complicated relationship with fermented grape juice.

A fascinating and a hilarious exploration of the wine world, CORK DORK includes:

  • Bosker’s training for and entry into the country’s oldest sommelier competition, with hilariously disastrous results (though she does eventually become certified)
  • Behind-the-scenes looks at two elite Manhattan restaurants, where she trailed sommeliers and watched the complicated dance of service and hospitality unfold
  • The science behind how we can improve our senses of taste and smell, and thereby live more richly

WWW.BIANCABOSKER.COM 


THE AUSSIE GOURMET' NAOMI NACHMAN SHARES SOME OF HER FAVORITE PASSOVER RECIPES THAT MAKE DELICIOUS MEALS ALL YEAR ROUND

PERFECT FOR PESACH: Passover Recipes You’ll Want to Make All Year

Passover is a time for family and friends to come together, usually over a meal.  Naomi Nachman, chef, caterer and host of the popular radio show “Table for Two” on the Nachum Segal Network, launches her debut cookbook just in time to make Passover meals easy and delicious.

In Perfect for Pesach: Recipes You’ll Want to Make All Year Naomi shares some of her popular recipes from over two decades of cooking and catering for Pesach.  Naomi’s recipes use innovative flavor combinations with ingredients that are easily accessible from local supermarkets and stores.  In addition, while the recipes are all focused on Passover they can be served and enjoyed all year long.

Perfect for Pesach features over 125 delicious recipes beautifully photographed by kosher blogger and cookbook author, Miriam Pascal.  Each recipe features Cook’s Tips culled from Naomi’s years of professional experience and she has provided readers with Freezer Tips, Prep Ahead, How-to information and recommendations for basic kitchen equipment.

From appetizers and starters, to main dishes and desserts, Perfect for Pesach has everything needed to create and serve the perfect holiday meal.  And 120 of them are gluten-free!

In addition, Naomi helps represent Kayco, the largest distributor and manufacturer of kosher food and kosher for passover foods- some great new and unexpected items include Gefen's ready to bake flaky pie crust and pourable waffle and crepe batter, among other foods.

WWW.THEAUSSIEGOURMET.COM
WWW.KAYCO.COM

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

04/11 SPRING CLEANING WITH RACHEL ZOE, MARY CARLOMAGNO, SMART SOLUTIONS FOR BUSY PEOPLE, MARIANNE GRAVELY, USDA FOOD SAFETY TIPS

STYLIST, AUTHOR, AND MOM RACHEL ZOE DISHES THE DIRT SURROUNDING SPRING CLEANING


DISTINGUISHED STYLIST, AUTHOR, TV PERSONALITY AND MOM DISHES THE DIRT SURROUNDING SPRING CLEANING (AND FRESH, SEASONAL UPDATES)  

SPECIFICALLY, RACHEL WILL REVEAL: 
Seasonal Updates – Rachel walks us through her most exciting picks for the new season – including color bursts, updated patterns and beautiful textures
Fresh Starts– Rachel will guide us on how they can keep their favorite items fresh and “new” all season long
The Lysol Blanky – Rachel will also unveil the custom limited edition blanky she collaborated on in partnership with Lysol, along with a special label to help moms protect their families from bacteria traditional laundering methods may leave behind



MARY CARLOMAGNO - SMART SOLUTIONS FOR BUSY PEOPLE 

SMART SOLUTIONS FOR BUSY PEOPLE 
Getting Everything Done…When You Have Too Much To Do!

Refereeing the morning rush, driving to endless appointments and practices, grocery shopping, tending to sick kids and more!  These are just a FEW of the things parents have to keep up with amongst their own professional and personal schedules!  But have no fear!  Organizing Expert Mary Carlomagno is here with tips that will help busy families everywhere breathe a little easier!

From money-saving tips and time-saving tricks, to getting dinner on the table and having some “you” time, Mary is here to help!

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MARIANNE GRAVELY, USDA FOOD SAFETY EXPERT - FOOD SAFETY TIPS

DON’T FORGET TO SPRING CLEAN YOUR REFRIGERATOR 
The USDA Shares Easy Ways to Prevent Foodborne Illnesses Caused by Spoiled Food

Spring has long been the time of year for annual cleaning projects around our homes. USDA is reminding consumers it’s especially important to remember to include your refrigerator, freezer and pantry during spring cleaning routines to avoid foodborne illnesses. Reviewing “sell by” and “use by” dates on many of the items in your kitchen is a good way to do this, and thankfully food safety experts are here to make these clear, as well as to offer tips on where in the fridge certain food items should live in order to stay fresh longer.

Food poisoning is not simply an upset stomach; it is a serious public health threat in America. In fact, the CDC estimates that about 1 in 6 Americans (about 48 million people) could suffer from foodborne illness this year. The result is approximately 128,000 hospitalizations and an estimated 3,000 deaths.

Anyone with questions about food storage or food poisoning can now speak with USDA food safety experts longer than ever before! The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline has extended its hours and experts are now available from 10am – 6pm ET, Monday through Friday at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to answer public questions. Consumers can also chat live with a food safety experts in English or Spanish at AskKaren.gov.

To learn more about key food safety practices visit Foodsafety.gov, follow @USDAFoodSafety on Twitter and ‘like’ www.facebook.com/FoodSafety.gov.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

04/10 REBECCA MADSEN, TIPS TO SAVE ON HEALTH CARE EXPENSES, SCOTT MCGILL, T S RESTAURANTS, NANCY O’DELL, REELZ NANCY O’DELL REMEMBERS

REBECCA MADSEN - CCO, UNITEDHEALTHCARE - TIPS ON HOW TO SAVE $$ ON HEALTH CARE EXPENSES

APRIL IS NATIONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH

EXPERT MONEY SAVING TIPS TO FIND THE BEST HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
April is National Financial Literacy Month and with national health care spending exceeding $3.2 trillion annually. There’s no better time than the present for people to evaluate their financial well-being and take crucial steps to become educated and savvy healthcare consumers.

Over the last 10 years, out-of-pocket health care costs for Americans have increased, with medical expenses now accounting for 8 percent of annual household spending, according to the Consumer Expenditure Figures.

Did you know only 7 percent of Americans could define all four basic health insurance terms: premium, deductible, co-payment and co-insurance, according to the recent UHC Consumer Sentiment Survey? Understanding these terms ensures consumers can maximize their health benefits and help avoid unnecessary or surprise medical bills. Many online tools are now available in English and Spanish help people learn or review health insurance terms including thejustplainclear.com glossary.

REBECCA P. MADSEN, Chief Consumer Officer of UnitedHealthcare, provides your listeners with money-saving tips to help consumers better navigate their health care system, save money and improve the health for themselves and their family members.


SCOTT MCGILL, CORPORATE EXECUTIVE CHEF, T S RESTAURANTS

Scott has lived in Hawaii for over 20 years working with TS Restaurants at multiple locations on Oahu, Kauai and Maui. Throughout his tenure at TS Restaurants, Scott McGill brings innovation to menu development while respecting the traditions and successes of each restaurants concept.

Prior to TS Restaurants, Scott opened many restaurants in the famous Gas lamp District of San Diego. One of 63 Level III Certified Executive Chefs by the American Culinary Federation at the Culinary Institute of America in New York.

Formally chef trained at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco with additional certifications from The Greystone Culinary School in Napa Valley California.

He is married to wife Amy and has two sons Jake and Sheamus. They live in Kahana, Maui with their two dogs Kimo and Makena. Scott enjoys racing Ironman Triathlons, swimming, biking, running, surfing and scuba diving.

WWW.TSRESTAURANTS.COM


TV HOST & ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST NANCY O’DELL - NEW SERIES FOR REELZ…NANCY O’DELL REMEMBERS

NANCY O’DELL REMEMBERS ON REELZ MONDAYS AT 9ET/PT

O'Dell presents her intimate first-hand accounts of monumental celebrity stories including the passing of Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers. With more than 20 years of reporting on celebrities and Hollywood, O’Dell will share her personal stories, photos and archive footage as well as her own interviews on her new REELZ show. Nancy also serves as one of the executive producers.

Nancy O’Dell has co-anchored Entertainment Tonight since 2011.  Before that she served as co-anchor of Access Hollywood and is a well known face as a host of several television events.

WWW.NANCYODELL.COM
WWW.REELZ.COM/NANCY-ODELL-REMEMBERS

Friday, April 7, 2017

04/07 BEER EXPERT RANDY MOSHER, DANIEL SHUMSKI, WILL IT SKILLET?, STEVE EVANS THE MOVIE GUY

EXPERT ON BEER AND BREWING RANDY MOSHER - AUTHOR,  TASTING BEER
       
TASTING BEER
Beer’s Best-Selling Companion Completely Updated

With a style somewhere between chemist and drinking buddy, author and celebrated beer expert RANDY MOSHER introduces readers to the world of beer and provides the tools to understand and enjoy it to the fullest! "Cicerone"  - the major beer professional certification organization, uses the best-selling first edition of TASTING BEER as a study guide.

UPDATES TO THE SECOND EDITION INCLUDE:

  • Recent developments in the science of taste and explanations of how cultural factors influence taste.
  • Expanded sections on current craft beer trends, new beer cocktail recipes from bars and restaurant
  • Updated food pairings that will inspire readers to develop recipes of their own.

With a new section on draft beer and the fundamentals of draft systems, plus twice as much information on how to develop the taste and sensory skills required to professionally judge and evaluate different brews, the expanded new edition is sure to be another well-respected professional resource.

MOSHER CAN ALSO:
Give advice for fun beer events like setting up a tasting event for friends & family
Give readers tips for judging beer at local competitions
Offer up a list of beer and cheese pairings (American IPA and Gorgonzola Dolce, Bohemian Pilsner and Blue Brie)

Since the 2009 publishing of the first edition of Tasting Beer, the industry has seen tremendous growth: more than 2,500 new breweries have opened their doors, and the overall market today tops $100 billion. Tasting Beer, 2nd Edition is the must-have reference for all new beer drinkers and seasoned tasters alike.

RANDYMOSHER.COM


DANIEL SHUMSKI - AUTHOR, WILL IT SKILLET?

WILL IT SKILLET: 53 Irresistible & Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Cast-Iron Skillet by Daniel Shumski, author of Will It Waffle?, delivers surprising, ingenious, sometimes whimsical, and always delicious meals in this new take on one-pan cooking. Easily transferred from stovetop to oven, the beloved cast-iron skillet offers endless options. Each recipe is flavorful and innovative—from a buttery Chicken Potpie to a savory Japanese Okonomiyaki pancake to a sweet and gooey Giant Cinnamon Bun. Pastas, including mac and cheese, gnocchi, and lasagna, are made in one pan—no separate boiling required.  There’s even a recipe for Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies that doesn’t require a mixing bowl—it all comes together in the skillet.

There are easy recipes for weeknight meals, sumptuous appetizers and dinner ideas for date night, vegetarian entrees, mouthwatering breakfast dishes, and luscious desserts. Plus detailed information on buying, seasoning, and caring for your cast iron, along with tips on how to develop your own skillet recipes. From the classic to the inventive, this book has it covered.

Maximum ease, minimal cleanup, and amazing flavors—and all you need is a cast-iron skillet.


STEVE EVANS – THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

04/05 VOJTECH KACEROVSKY, EASTER TRADITIONS IN CZECH REPUBLIC, CHEF PARKER WALLACE TALKS SPRING KITCHEN ESSENTIALS

VOJTECH KACEROVSKY - EASTER TRADITIONS IN CZECH REPUBLIC

CZECH EASTER FOLK CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS

The most important Christian holidays are approaching! Easter belongs to the ancient holidays of the first spring full moon, which is associated with the celebration of the arrival of spring, the resurrection of Christ, and the launch of a new agricultural year.

Traditional customs
In addition to the painted Easter eggs, the osier stick, a switch plaited from fresh willow branches and adorned with ribbons, is a Czech Easter symbol. On Easter Monday boys and men go caroling and symbolically whip girls and women with the plaited osier sticks. According to folk traditions, the whipping is supposed to bring women beauty and freshness throughout the year. In some regions, they also still keep the rattles custom. From Thursday to Saturday boys walk around the village houses making noise with their wooden rattles, thereby summoning believers to church instead of bells, which fell silent during the Easter holidays and symbolically flew off to Rome. After the period of fasting comes a period of true abundance. Some typical Easter dishes are lamb or rabbit meat with nettle stuffing, cross buns from slowly leavened dough or sponge cake lambs with icing. Judases (baked goods) drizzled in honey and divine grace (fried dough coated in sugar) are also great delicacies. And Easter Monday could never go without a meal prepared from eggs! Eggs are an ancient symbol of new life and rebirth. During the Easter holidays, most restaurants serve spiced beer specialities along with the Easter menu.

Folk tradition for everyone
The grounds of the oldest and the largest open air museum in Central Europe in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm  come alive with samples of traditional Easter and spring customs. This year, on Saturday, you will see a craft fair with demonstrations of traditional crafts. A day later, on Easter Sunday, folklore ensembles will perform, and you will be able to buy hand-painted Easter eggs or plaited osier sticks. Easter in Veselý Kopec in Eastern Bohemia will take on a similar form. Exhibitions bringing to life the traditional folk customs will be held in all log buildings.

Open-air markets
The capital city of Prague hasn’t forgotten about its residents and visitors either. In particular, it has prepared folk fairs and festivities. The main fair will take place in the Old Town Square, in the historic heart of the city. You will be able to buy items such as painted Easter eggs, osier sticks, even Easter bread – as well as cross buns, the aforementioned Judases (baked goods) and sponge cake lambs. A rich cultural program full of folk songs, dances and demonstrations of folk customs has been prepared. The smallest can try out their artistic talents in painting Easter eggs or in plaiting osier sticks.


CHEF AND LIFESTYLE EXPERT PARKER WALLACE - “SPRING KITCHEN ESSENTIALS

SPRING KITCHEN ESSENTIALS:
Getting your kitchen ready for the taste of Spring!

Spring is in full BLOOM! With the warmer weather comes delicious fresh spring recipes and all your friends and family to taste what you’ve made! But is your kitchen ready? Setting yourself up for success in your cooking endeavors this Spring is as simple as having a well-stocked kitchen! Out with the old and in with the new! From the right cooking tools for streamlined meal prep to a smartly stocked inventory of pantry staples and freezer must-haves, a well-stocked stash is like money in the bank!

Being prepared with the right items means you are set for preparing quick, quality meals without a lot of stress, money or time. Smart shopping and stocking means less waste and more go to items for those time-pressed weeknight meals and Spring celebrations! Cook Book Author Parker Wallace is here to share her must-haves and creative recipe ideas to help make you prepared pro in your kitchen!

Parker Wallace is the creator of "What's on Parker's Plate?" A blog with daily recipes and cooking tips for all palettes! She has a regular segment for CBS Atlanta titled “What’s on Parker’s Plate?” and is the author of Eat Rich, Stay Skinny: A Girl's Guide to Holiday Feasting. In addition to being a regular contributor for the Huffington Post Taste Section, she also produces an “Eat Rich, Stay Skinny” video series that has been featured in the Huffington Post. Her tips have also been seen on Daily Candy and Hello, Beautiful.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

04/05 LARRY LIPSON, THE AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, TRAVEL EXPERT STEPHANIE OSWALD, SHAKE OFF WINTER WITH A SPRING GETAWAY

LARRY LIPSON - THE AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT

For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Florida weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.



TRAVEL EXPERT STEPHANIE OSWALD - SHAKE OFF WINTER WITH A SPRING GETAWAY

SHAKE OFF THE COLD TEMPS WITH A SPRING GETAWAY
International Travel Expert, Stephanie Oswald Provides Insider Tips on Everything from Where to Go, What to Pack, and How to Get the Most for Your Travel Dollar!

For most people, spring break means sun, fun, and a long-awaited break from winter. However, spring break also means dealing with big crowds and high prices. International travel expert and Editor-In-Chief of Travelgirl Magazine, Stephanie Oswald, understands how easy it is to experience a travel mishap. Whether you’re traveling as a family or a beach bound college student, Stephanie will offer up her best tips to ensure your spring travel plans go smoothly.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

04/04 MICHAEL BRADLEY, CALIFORNIA MID-STATE FAIR OLIVE OIL COMPETITION, EASTER ENTERTAINING WITH PAMELA JOHNSON FROM THE NATIONAL PORK BOARD

MICHAEL BRADLEY - CEO, CALIFORNIA MID-STATE FAIR - CENTRAL COAST OLIVE OIL COMPETITION 

2017 CENTRAL COAST OLIVE OIL COMPETITION LAST CALL FOR ENTRIES – DEADLINE APRIL 6 

Calling all California olive oil producers. The deadline to enter the 9th annual Central Coast Olive Oil Competition is approaching on April 6, 2017. The Central Coast Olive Oil Competition, hosted annually by the California Mid-State Fair in partnership with the Lodi Grape Festival, will feature over 100 olive oils produced in California.

The Central Coast Olive Oil Competition provides a venue for California olive oils to be professionally judged and to educate consumers on the wide array of olive oil styles produced in California.  The cost is $60 per entry. Judging takes place Wednesday, April 19.  To qualify for entry in the 2017 Central Coast Olive Oil Competition, 100% of the olives used to produce the olive oil must have been harvested within the state of California.

Olive oils are divided into extra virgin, flavored extra virgin, organic extra virgin, and flavored organic extra virgin olive oil and are separated into classes by varietal. The panel of competition judges evaluates each entry according to aroma, taste, and intensity ranging from delicate to robust.

Olive oil entries will be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in their respective classes as well as “Best of Class” and "Best of Show". Organic and conventional method will be judged separately, as well as, flavored oils. Entries that earn medals will be showcased at the 2017 California Mid-State Fair as well as the 2017 Lodi Grape Festival.

Registering for the competition is available at cmsfw.fairmanager.com until Thursday, April 6. For more information, please visit centralcoastwinecomp.com/olive-oil.

The 2017 California Mid-State Fair runs July 19 through July 30.  This year’s theme is “Come One, Come All…”

WWW.MIDSTATEFAIR.COM
CENTRALCOASTWINECOMP.COM/OLIVE-OIL


PAMELA JOHNSON FROM THE NATIONAL PORK BOARD - EASTER ENTERTAINING “THE GUIDE TO THE MUST-HAVE EASTER CENTERPIECE" 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PORK BOARD
PORK CHECKOFF
Pork producers and importers pay 0.40 of one percent of the market value of each animal, which is 40 cents per $100 in value. The Checkoff generates about $50 million per year. Pork producers, through committees and a national business meeting, direct and audit how those funds are used. Approximately 20 percent, a rate recommended by the Pork Act delegates at the National Pork Industry Forum, is returned to state pork associations for their checkoff-funded work and oversight by individual state producer leadership.

THE ORGANIZATION AND ITS PURPOSE
The National Pork Board was created by an Act of Congress that established the pork Checkoff. The Pork Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act of 1985 is commonly known as the Pork Act. Pork producers asked Congress to make the Checkoff a mandatory, national program and, in a vote in 1988, affirmed the continuation of the pork Checkoff. The Pork Act outlines how Checkoff funds must be used. The National Pork Board collects checkoff on all U.S. produced market hogs, feeder pigs, breeding stock, imported hogs and pork products. The National Pork Board administers programs and allocates Checkoff funds according to priorities determined by those who pay the checkoff. Producer priorities are determined through various methods to identify and prioritize key issues affecting the pork industry. At the national level, programs are administered by the National Pork Board. The Pork Act requires that a percentage of the Checkoff funds collected each year be returned to state producer associations. The National Pork Board is responsible for communicating with pork producers and the public. Communications tools include a quarterly magazine, newsletters and websites to keep people who pay the checkoff informed about the programs their investments support.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

04/03 DONNA KALEZ, DANA WHARF SPORTFISHING & WHALE WATCHING, SUNSET WINE CRUISES, THE ELLIOTT HOMESTEAD, SHAYE ELLIOTT, WELCOME TO THE FARM

DONNA KALEZ - GENERAL MANAGER, DANA WHARF SPORTFISHING & WHALE WATCHING - SUNSET WINE CRUISES


 I hope you are both well! I'm writing to see if we might be able to get Donna Kalez from Dana Wharf on sometime soon to talk about their Sunset Wine Cruises. The basic info is below. They run Friday & Saturdays 5:30 - 7:00 pm and the cost is only $49! Super fun way to usher in Spring/Summer!

Join us for a 90-minute evening cruise aboard our luxury catamaran. In the spring and summer enjoy a evening of sunshine, cool ocean breezes and romantic views. In winter, take in stunning views of the beautifully lighted Dana Point Harbor. This cruise will feature a sampling of wines from The Organic Cellar which promotes organically grown and pesticide-free wines as well as a sample platter of cheese, crackers, fruits and nuts that compliment the wines. Our 63′ Ocean Adventure catamaran also features a full cash bar if you’d like to purchase some additional beverages. Sit back, relax and enjoy the lights of beautiful and charming Dana

Point Harbor This cruise includes:
4 tastes of wine (2 red and 2 white) from The Organic Cellar, featuring wines from Wyland, which is a winery that infuses great tastes, health, and fine living. Join us in making our lives a little healthier and a whole lot more delicious.
Cheese/cracker/dried fruit/nut sampler
Wine host

Additional wine can be purchased aboard the catamaran.

ABOUT THE VESSEL:
Dana Wharf’s newest vessel is the 63′ catamaran, the Ocean Adventures, which comfortably holds up to 49 passengers. This luxury vessel was built exclusively for Dana Wharf and is the newest boat in the California whale watching business! This eco-friendly vessel is the future of whale watching and features high-tech viewing cameras mounted at the bow, a roomy viewing deck, and the smoothest ride on the water! You will LOVE this vessel!

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FOUNDER OF THE POPULAR BLOG, “THE ELLIOTT HOMESTEAD” SHAYE ELLIOTT - TALKS ABOUT HER NEW BOOK, WELCOME TO THE FARM

WELCOME TO THE FARM: How-to Wisdom from The Elliott Homestead

The homesteading movement is continuing to grow, as more people are stepping up to have a hand in where their food comes from. Whether you want to dabble or immerse yourself completely in the do-it-yourself, back-to-basics lifestyle, WELCOME TO THE FARM is a comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to growing the very best food right in your own backyard. Shaye Elliott takes readers on a journey that teaches them how to harvest baskets full of organic produce, milk a dairy cow (and make butter), plant a homestead orchard, can jams and jellies, and even raise chickens and bees. From her experience running The Elliott Homestead, Shaye provides all the how-to wisdom you need to know about:

The benefits of a home garden
The basics of seed starting
Building your own greenhouse
What belongs in the winter garden
Canning, freezing, and dehydrating techniques and recipes
The pros and cons of caged vs. free-range chickens
Keeping a dairy cow and what to do with all the milk
Raising animals for meat
Making your own cider and wine
And so much more!

WELCOME TO THE FARM is aimed to serve homesteaders and urban-farmers alike, guiding them through the beginning stages of small-area farming and utilizing whatever amount of space they have available for optimal and delicious food production.

ABOUT SHAYE:
Shaye Elliott is the founder of the popular blog, “The Elliott Homestead” And author of two farm-to-table cookbooks, From Scratch and Family Table. She is a chicken keeper, cow milker, pig wrangler, avid gardener, and spends much of her summer preserving a variety of foods for the winter larder. Shaye lives with her husband, Stuart, and their four children in Malaga, Washington.

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