Show 490, September 10, 2022: Chef Amy Riolo with Italian Recipes for Dummies

Cookbook Author Amy Riolo

Chef Amy Riolo’s latest, Italian Recipes For Dummies, is your roadmap to cooking like an Italian at your own home. For those of us not lucky enough to have our very own Italian grandmother or have attended culinary school in Italy, Italian Recipes For Dummies is stepping in to fill the gap. Award-winning chef and author Amy Riolo delivers a step-by-step guide to creating authentic Italian dishes, starting from the basics and progressing to more advanced techniques and recipes. You’ll discover how to shop for, plan, and cook authentic Italian meals properly. You’ll also find guidance on how to incorporate the cultural, nutritional, and historical influences that shape classic Italian cuisine. This book includes more than 150 authentic Italian recipes with step-by-step instructions.”

“The perfect book for amateur chefs, Italy aficionados, homemakers, and anyone else looking for culinary inspiration, Italian Recipes For Dummies is also an indispensable guide for people seeking healthier ways of shopping, cooking, and eating without giving up amazing flavors and rich foods.”

“Amy Riolo is an award-winning, best-selling author, chef, television personality, and educator. She is one of the world’s foremost authorities on culinary culture. In 2019 she launched her private label collection of premium Italian imported culinary ingredients called Amy Riolo Selections which includes an extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and pesto sauce from award-winning artisan companies in Italy. Amy also leads private, small group tours to Italy, Greece, and Morocco.”

Amy has graciously shared her recipe for Insalata di mare / Seafood Salad from the “Sharing Meals the Italian Way : Antipasti / Appetizers and Aperitivi” Chapter of Italian Cooking for Dummies.

Amy Riolo is our guest with Italian extra virgin olive oil in hand.

Amy will be back with us before year’s end to discuss Mediterranean Lifestyle for Dummies and her imported Italian food products line.

Show 487, August 13, 2022: Maria Provenzano, Lifestyle Expert, with Everyday Celebrations From Scratch Part One

Maria Provenzano of From Scratch with Maria

“TV host and do-it-yourself / lifestyle expert Maria Provenzano shows readers how to turn even life’s small moments into big celebrations, with food and crafts from scratch.”

“Life’s everyday moments are worthy of connecting people together with food and crafts. Everyday Celebrations from Scratch by Maria Provenzano is filled with impressive (yet easy) recipes, step-by-step craft tutorials, and inspiration to set the scene–all to help you create the life you want, from scratch.”

“First, Maria shares the essentials of everyday celebrations, including must-haves for a well-stocked pantry and the basic supplies for craft activities anyone can do.”

“Each section of the book provides inspiration for both food and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, so you can invest minimum time for maximum impact! Discover how fun it can be to celebrate . . .

  • Weeknight meals, so even a takeout night is memorable
  • Family, including an inspiring and nourishing breakfast before a loved one’s major presentation or important test
  • Friendship, with crafts like custom bookmarks for your reading club or wine glass tags for a girl’s night in
  • Sports, which can involve the best-ever tailgating party or a neighborhood backyard Olympics
  • Seasons, to make it even easier to feel festive all year round”

“Everyday celebrations are the foundations of memories that last a lifetime, and Maria will show you just how easy it can be!”

”Maria Provenzano is a lifestyle expert who loves inspiring others through crafting and unique recipes. She believes in all things homemade and hopes to encourage others to add a bit of creativity (and fun!) to every day. Maria is the creator of the site From Scratch with Maria.”

Maria’s recipes for Lemony Basil Pesto and Spa Citrus and Burrata Salad “Italiano” (from Everyday Celebrations from Scratch) are posted in the Recipes section of the “SoCal Restaurant Show” website.

Maria Provenzano is our guest with tasting spoon in hand.

Show 487, August 13, 2022: Maria Provenzano, Lifestyle Expert, with Everyday Celebrations From Scratch Part Two

Maria Provenzano of From Scratch with Maria

“Life’s everyday moments are worthy of connecting people together with food and crafts. Everyday Celebrations from Scratch by Maria Provenzano is filled with impressive (yet easy) recipes, step-by-step craft tutorials, and inspiration to set the scene–all to help you create the life you want, from scratch.”

“First, Maria shares the essentials of everyday celebrations, including must-haves for a well-stocked pantry and the basic supplies for craft activities anyone can do.”

“Each section of the book provides inspiration for both food and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, so you can invest minimum time for maximum impact!”

“Everyday celebrations are the foundations of memories that last a lifetime, and Maria will show you just how easy it can be!”

”Maria Provenzano is a lifestyle expert who loves inspiring others through crafting and unique recipes. She believes in all things homemade and hopes to encourage others to add a bit of creativity (and fun!) to every day. Maria is the creator of the site From Scratch with Maria.”

Maria’s recipes for Lemony Basil Pesto and Spa Citrus and Burrata Salad “Italiano” (from Everyday Celebrations from Scratch) are posted in the Recipes section of the “SoCal Restaurant Show” website.

Maria Provenzano continues with us.

Show 478, June 11, 2022: Author Jessica Formicola, creator of Savory Experiments with Beef It Up! Part One

Cookbook Author Jessica Formicola

Beef it Up! – 50 Mouthwatering Recipes for Ground Beef, Steaks, Stews, Roasts, Ribs, and More is full of show-stopping recipes that are quick and budget friendly. Author Jessica Formicola is the creator of Savory Experiments, a food and lifestyle blog famous for its restaurant quality, family friendly recipes. Her debut cookbook shows home chefs how and what to cook with the most popular cuts of beef. Inexpensive ground beef isn’t only for cheeseburgers, but Spicy Hand Pies, Stuffed Peppers, and Shepherd’s Pie Mac & Cheese. You can feed a dinner party of six by rolling up a Gouda Stuffed Flank Steak, impressing guests without breaking the bank. And a Mushroom Crusted Ribeye makes for a delightful bark right in the kitchen, no need to fire up the grill.”

“With helpful primers on figuring out what beef to buy, optimal cooking methods for each type of beef, and techniques for cooking beef properly, Formicola helps her readers feel confident when cooking America’s favorite meat.”

“Jessica Formicola is the creator of Savory Experiments, a trusted food and lifestyle blog. She works closely with the beef industry, frequently collaborating with the Certified Angus Beef® brand, ranchers and butchers. This collection (Beef It Up!) comes from years of experience and she’s excited to share her wisdom with home chefs across America.”

Jessica generously shares her recipes for Lemony Brussels Sprout Salad and Peanut-Beef Pad Thai from Beef It Up! with us.

Jessica Formicola is our guest with steak knife in hand.

Show 478, June 11, 2022: Author Jessica Formicola, creator of Savory Experiments with Beef It Up! Part Two

Cookbook Author Jessica Formicola

Beef it Up! – 50 Mouthwatering Recipes for Ground Beef, Steaks, Stews, Roasts, Ribs, and More is full of show-stopping recipes that are quick and budget friendly. Author Jessica Formicola is the creator of Savory Experiments, a food and lifestyle blog famous for its restaurant quality, family friendly recipes. Her debut cookbook shows home chefs how and what to cook with the most popular cuts of beef. Inexpensive ground beef isn’t only for cheeseburgers, but Spicy Hand Pies, Stuffed Peppers, and Shepherd’s Pie Mac & Cheese. You can feed a dinner party of six by rolling up a Gouda Stuffed Flank Steak, impressing guests without breaking the bank. And a Mushroom Crusted Ribeye makes for a delightful bark right in the kitchen, no need to fire up the grill.”

“With helpful primers on figuring out what beef to buy, optimal cooking methods for each type of beef, and techniques for cooking beef properly, Formicola helps her readers feel confident when cooking America’s favorite meat.”

“Jessica Formicola is the creator of Savory Experiments, a trusted food and lifestyle blog. She works closely with the beef industry, frequently collaborating with the Certified Angus Beef® brand, ranchers and butchers. This collection (Beef It Up!) comes from years of experience and she’s excited to share her wisdom with home chefs across America.”

Jessica generously shares her recipes for Lemony Brussels Sprout Salad and Peanut-Beef Pad Thai from Beef It Up! with us.

Jessica Formicola continues with us cast iron skillet in hand

Show 460, February 5, 2022: Maggie McCreath, Author & Home Baker – 52 Weeks of Cookies – How One Mom Refused To Be Beaten By Her Son’s Deployment Part One

Cookbook Author Maggie-McCreath and her Dog Biscuit

“Single mother Maggie McCreath couldn’t decide which was worse: the fact that her only son (not yet twenty-one) was off to war in Iraq for the second time or the fact that they had only five days to prepare. Even more frightening, she knew that he would be part of the Surge and, as a paratrooper in the 82nd Division of the Army, the tip of the Spear. What she did not know—what she couldn’t even bear to consider—was how this deployment would end, both for her son and for his brothers in arms, whom she had come to know and love as her own. So she turned to the one pastime that had always brought her solace: baking.”

“Filled with delicious, original cookie recipes (all shipable), 52 Weeks of Cookies recounts a mom’s unique methods of coping during her son’s deployment. With plenty of sugar cookies but no sugarcoating, 52 Weeks of Cookies is an honest, uplifting story of family love during a crisis, with all the fear, grief, laughter, gratitude, and joy that come with it.”

“Though Maggie’s interest in the military strengthened with her son’s enlistment, her fondness for the Maggie McCreath is our guest with a batch of her ever-popular Cake Batter Cookies baking in the oven.

Show 460, February 5, 2022: Maggie McCreath, Author & Home Baker – 52 Weeks of Cookies – How One Mom Refused To Be Beaten By Her Son’s Deployment Part Two

Cookbook Author Maggie-McCreath and her Dog Biscuit

“Maggie McCreath the author of 52 Weeks of Cookies – How One Mom Refused To Be Beaten By Her Son’s Deployment is a single mom with two grown kids. She received a degree in Computer Science from George Mason University, and has worked in the field for over thirty years. Her life has always revolved around her family. Her kids began as her pride and joy, and have grown into her best friends and confidants.”

“Her daughter Haley is the oldest. She has a degree in Journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University; however, after working for a national news organization in Washington, DC, for four years, she determined that way of life was not for her. She currently works for a pub managing the bar and producing local radio commercials in mid-western Virginia.”

“Her son, Buddy, enlisted in the Army during his senior year of High School and became Airborne directly after boot camp. He has served with the Airborne Corps up until January 2015 when he began Warrant Officer Candidate School. After successfully completing the school work, he is now flying Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters.”

“Though Maggie’s interest in the military strengthened with her son’s enlistment, her fondness for the military and those who serve began years earlier. Her father served during World War II, and she has spent a large portion of her adult life in direct support of the military. This includes the fifteen years she worked for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, with an additional five years working for the Pentagon at an off-site facility. On September 11, 2001, though Maggie was not at the Pentagon, she was at an off-site location working in direct support of its mission. The events of 9/11 not only catapulted her to the position she holds now, but have undoubtedly shaped her family’s lives as well.”

Maggie McCeath continues with a plate of Maggie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies in hand.

Show 455, December 11, 2021: Saffron with Authors Emily Brooke Sandor and Chef Christina Xenos

Christina Xenos of My Sweet Greek Catering

“Travel to Krokos-Kozanis, Greece to immerse yourself in cooking with saffron and Greece’s vibrant saffron harvest through the pages of this gorgeous, 88-page, full-color travel-cookbooklet (Saffron) collaboration by Photographer, Emily Brooke Sandor, and Greek-American Chef, Christina Xenos. Saffron contains a brief history of saffron, tips on best uses and storage of the spice, 12 lively saffron-forward recipes to inspire the beginner and advanced home cook, and a photography story of the annual saffron harvest in Krokos, one of forty small villages in the town of Kozani, Western Macedonia, Greece.”

“The goals of Saffron (the cookbook) are to demystify what saffron is and also to empower readers to confidently incorporate saffron into their dishes more frequently. The recipes in this cookbooklet are wonderful on their own but they also serve to familiarize the reader with flavors that pair well with saffron.”

Emily Brooke Sandor and Chef Christina Xenos join us with a cup of saffron tea in hand along with a piece of Saffron Star Bread.

Blooming Saffron or Saffron Tea

Saffron Tea and Simple Syrup

Recipe excerpt from:
Saffron
by Emily Brooke Sandor and Christina Xenos

Makes 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 ½ cup hot water
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads

Optional: honey for tea

  • Combine hot water and saffron threads and let steep for 10 minutes.
  • If serving as a tea, simply add honey to taste and serve. If using bloomed saffron for a recipe, pour saffron liquid into a glass jar, seal, and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Store the jar of bloomed saffron in the refrigerator for up to one month.

Saffron Honey Simple Syrup

Saffron Tea and Simple Syrup

Recipe excerpt from:
Saffron
by Emily Brooke Sandor and Christina Xenos

Makes 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads
  • ½ cup honey
  1. Combine water, sugar, and saffron threads over medium-high heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the honey.
  3. Allow the mixture to steep in the pan for 10 minutes.
  4. Pour Saffron Honey Simple Syrup into a glass jar, seal, and allow syrup to cool to room temperature before using or storing.
  5. Store the jar of syrup in the refrigerator for up to one month.