Cheers to Easter!

After a couple of months of silence on this blog (more on that soon - I spent the first two months of this year wrapping up a master’s degree!) - my travel schedule is now packed with spring and summer segments.

What better way to pick the pace back up than with Easter celebrations? I teamed up with Kobrand Wine and Spirits and Omaha Steaks, which sponsored the segments and this post, to share ideas for pairing wines with a traditional Easter menu.

Here is a link to my recent segment on ABC15 in Phoenix; full details on the pairings are described below:

Easter is a celebration, so why not break out the bubbles? In my opinion, Champagne goes with pretty much anything, but the delicate bubbles and flavor of Taittinger Brut La Francaise pair nicely with saltiness of Easter ham and the creaminess of scalloped potatoes. Another nice pairing with ham is Louis Jadot Rosé, which has fruit and floral flavors that enhance the sweetness of the glaze on the ham.

The dark plum and blackberry flavors of Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon bring out the rich flavors of leg of lamb and other red meats, as well as potatoes roasted with butter and sage. For a versatile, food-friendly white wine, the buttery, smooth finish of St. Francis Chardonnay is also a nice match with the creaminess of whipped potatoes or rainbow glazed carrots.

All of these wines are paired up with the yummy array of options from Omaha Steaks, which has complete Easter dinners that are, for the most part, “heat and eat.” Choose from sweet, smoky, or savory country hams, along with savory sides and a mouth-watering selection of carrot cake, pineapple upside down cake, and other desserts. Order online to have them delivered to your door. Or, pick them up locally if you are lucky enough to have one of their stores nearby.

Happy Easter!

On-The-Air: Los Angeles

Being a Southern girl, I am always up for any occasion that calls for a party and a football game.

The big game coming up next Sunday is a great excuse to gather friends, even if some of them are more focused on the commercials than the game itself.

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If you’re hosting people next Sunday, here are a few food and drink ideas I shared today at CBS Los Angeles. This segment and this post were sponsored by the featured companies:

On-The-Air: "FOX & Friends"

Live TV is very unpredictable. Segments can get cancelled, rescheduled, or shortened last-minute due to breaking news.

Despite the busy news morning at “FOX & Friends” today, I was still able to share a variety of last-minute gift ideas you can wear, watch, eat, or play. We covered everything you see on this table in just over two minutes - check out the full segment below!


Holiday Gift Guide: Fun and Games

Chances are your holiday gift list includes at least a few toys and games for children of all ages.

This month, I have had a great time showing fun toys and games for the entire family on my holiday gift tour! The TV segments, and this post, are sponsored by featured companies.

With more than 200 million people (!) playing Fortnite, chances are at least one of them is on your gift list. GameStop has a Deep Freeze Bundle that includes the Battle Royale Game, along with premium content and extras that give you a competitive edge. At GameStop’s Game Days sale, which is going on through Christmas, you can also save on everything from Xbox One consoles to new and pre-owned games that make perfect stocking stuffers.

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It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. To celebrate - and support PBS programming - PBS has a variety of gifts, including a Mister Rogers Sweater-Changing Mug (he changes from his suit jacket into a sweater when you pour in a hot beverage!) and your very own Neighborhood Trolley

Photo courtesy of PBS.

Photo courtesy of PBS.

To inspire creativity without adding screen time, i love these Dress-Me Notepads from Little Biscuits. These are perfect for budding fashionistas who can create their own outfits, and provide space for children to dream and draw themselves as anything they can imagine!

Photo courtesy of  Little Biscuits .

Photo courtesy of Little Biscuits.

Finally, for surprising finds at amazing prices, check out the toy section at Marshalls. Among other things, they have one of this year’s most popular toys - squishy play foam - that will keep kids busy for hours, with no mess!

Holiday Gift Guide: Food and Wine

We live in a small apartment in Manhattan. It’s the kind of place that whenever you buy something new, something else has to go.

Living in tiny spaces for more than 20 years has made me especially sensitive to the fact that many people really prefer gifts that, as my dad says, “you don’t have to dust.” When that is the case, food and wine gifts are usually just the ticket!

Here are a few tasty gift ideas I am sharing on TV segments this season. These segments, and this post, are sponsored by featured companies:

  • The yummy Tasteful Gift Combo from Omaha Steaks includes filet mignons, top sirloins, boneless pork chops, potatoes au gratin, and caramel apple tartlets - and it ships for free!

  • I love stocking up on wine for hostess gifts or whenever you need to come up with a special last-minute gift. For those who enjoy red wine, St. Francis Reserve Zinfandel is a full-bodied red that pairs nicely with holiday fare such as roasted meats and hearty appetizers. One of my favorite white wines for gifting (and enjoying) is Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Chardonnay, a versatile wine that pairs well with everything from appetizers through main courses. The crispness of this wine is also a nice match for creamy holiday dishes such as buttery mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. Of course, packaging up the wines in gorgeous gift boxes or bags makes the gift even more special.

  • Novice and experienced cooks alike will love an assortment of San-J Asian Cooking Sauces. They are easy to find in grocery stores, and can be used for marinades, stir-fries, dipping, and more. I especially love the Orange Sauce and Thai Peanut Sauce, which we use to sauce meats and vegetables. Since they are also gluten-free and kosher, they are suitable for many people on your list.

  • Giving the gift of time - in the form of restaurant gift cards - may also be just what someone needs. Plus, when you buy $50 in gift cards from Red Lobster this season, you get a $10 bonus card you can use for yourself in January!