Tuesday, March 16, 2010

3/16 - Biggest Loser, Dan Cortese, Raw Energy, Amvets, Erika Christensen

Tuesday March 16, 2010
"What's Cookin' Today" with Mike and Paul
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Cheryl George - "Biggest Loser" Contestant - Eliminated
Cheryl gained her largest amount of weight after having three children in three years. Her family and husband's family believe that get-togethers should center on eating. Cheryl thinks it is her turn, her chance to be thin and think of herself, and not feel guilty anymore about herself or her son's weight. She would like to be able to go to the ranch and return home stronger, more confident and set an example for her grandchildren. The Team: As competitive as they are, Cheryl and Daris always find themselves cheering for others to do well. Sometimes they butt heads with each other, but they always get the job done. There is nothing that this mother and son would not do for each other. Cheryl and Daris want this opportunity to improve their health and show everyone that losing weight and getting healthy is possible, no matter what weight you are. THE BIGGEST LOSER: COUPLES  - FAVORITE CHEF CURTIS STONE GUEST STARS – This week, the blue team squares off against the black team in a food trivia pop challenge that will send the winning team via limo to a day of pampering and luxury while the losing team has to stay behind and clean up the kitchen and the gym! Then popular chef Curtis Stone stops by to help host Alison Sweeney judge a food cook-off challenge. Each team has 30 minutes to make an appetizer, entrée and dessert using only 12 ingredients, and the team who wins the taste test gets a big advantage at this week’s weigh in. Then an emotional elimination round sends another player home. Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels also star.

Dan Cortese - "Into the Heart of Italy"
Popular TV personality Dan Cortese is just back from traveling across Tuscany filming the online series “Into the Heart of Italy” with Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei and celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito. Cortese will share stories from the trip and tell listeners the culinary secrets that the trio of Italian-Americans learned from their experience.  Specifically, Cortese will unveil secrets including the ideal ways to cook an authentic Italian meal worthy of a chef like Rocco (i.e. perfect Al Dente & selecting fine cheeses). But, like many viewers at home, Dan admits that he’s a bit clumsy in the kitchen (In Italy he only had the “safe” potato peeling job). Viewers are always looking for an easy way to make a great meal at home, and Dan will show his “secret” for the perfect Italian meal every time.  Dan’s recent experiences filming on-location in Italy for this new culinary adventure -- part Amazing Race and part Top Chef - will delight viewers with his stories as well as simple ways to “dine” rather than just “eat” at home

Stephanie Tourles "Raw Energy"
Foodies across the nation are turning off their ovens as eating raw continues to emerge as a beneficial way of life, and the gluten free diet continues to catch-on. Thanks to Raw Energy it has never been easier to add a full spectrum of raw snacks to a healthful lifestyle. Author Stephanie Tourles's 124 recipes for trail mixes, parfaits, energy bars, juice blends, smoothies, soups, vegetable chips, zippy dips, candies, and cookies turn raw ingredients into delicious snacks that are chock-full of nutrients and long-term energy boosters. Tourles presents a new, eco-friendly methodology of food preparation, departing from the way most Americans cook. She provides a complete overview of the benefits of raw foods, along with an introduction to "uncooking" techniques and an ingredient-by-ingredient food guide. Free from chemicals and cooked under 116-degrees, these enzyme-rich and irresistible organic foods of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, sprouted seeds, nuts, and legumes, are the basis for great tasting dishes with Tourles's unique twists.

Duane Miskulin - AMVETS National Commander
The American VET  what is being done and what needs to be done. We owe a debt to the men & women who protect us and our way of life. Cmdr. Miskulin, a native of Stevens Point, Wisc., has completed his ascent to the post of National Commander, a journey that began with AMVETS nearly two decades ago. Miskulin has held numerous positions at all levels of the organization, starting at his post. Last year, Miskulin served as AMVETS National First Vice-Commander. In a recent interview, Miskulin said his top priority for his term as National Commander will be addressed the mental health needs of veterans, past and present--particularly incidents of traumatic brain injury, which are becoming more and more prevalent on today's battlefield.

Erika Christensen portrays Julia Braverman-Graham on NBC’s new drama series "Parenthood." As the youngest Braverman - and her parents “golden child”- Julia seems to have it all -- beauty, brains, love and success. She's a talented lawyer at a top corporate firm while her loving husband, Joel (Sam Jaeger), supports her ambitions as a stay-at-home dad to their daughter Sydney.  Erika Christensen has established herself as one of Hollywood's most talented and sought-after young actresses. Christensen was last seen starring opposite Jonathan Tucker and Sarah Michelle Gellar in "Veronika Decides to Die" directed by award-winning director Emily Young. This drama tells the story of a young woman’s failed attempt to commit suicide, which leaves her with only a week to live and discover what was missing from her life. Christensen also recently starred in Andrew Jenkin's "How to Rob a Bank" opposite Nick Stahl and appeared in Kevin Connolly's directorial debut "The Gardener of Eden" opposite Lukas Haas and Giovanni Ribisi.  Christensen stunned audiences in Steven Soderbergh's Oscar and Golden Globe winning film "Traffic" as Michael Douglas' drug addicted daughter. She, along with the cast, received a Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture." Additionally, Christensen won MTV's "Breakthrough Female Performance" Award at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards. Christensen also starred in Robert Schwentke's blockbuster hit, "Flight Plan," opposite Jodie Foster and Peter Sarsgaard. She also starred in Mike Binder's critically acclaimed film "The Upside of Anger" opposite Kevin Costner, Joan Allen, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russell and Alicia Witt.  PARENTHOOD Tuesdays 10-11:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC "Parenthood" is a one-hour drama inspired by the box-office hit of the same name. This re-imagined and updated Universal Media Studios/Imagine Television production introduces audiences to the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family.