National Cheeseburger Day

I love to celebrate holidays.  So I was excited to have the opportunity to grill up a segment at CBS San Francisco this morning in honor of National Cheeseburger Day, which is September 18!

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To make the day a bit more festive, I worked with a couple of companies to pair up wines with favorite cheeseburgers.  Omaha Steaks has almost two dozen different types of burgers, so I chose six burgers, piled them high with toppings and cheese, and matched them up with some favorite wines from Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits (White Plains, NY).

Here are the pairings shown in the segment.  Cheers!

 

* Burger photos courtesy of Omaha Steaks.

Holiday Gift Guide: Flowers & Food

I am a big believer in practical gifts.  They need not be boring, but I really like giving things that people will actually use and enjoy.

Sure, there are all sorts of exotic kitchen appliances that make exactly one thing that might be cool, but they take up tons of space and how often do you use them?

So - with that in mind - over the next few days, I will be sharing some fun and practical gift ideas I am featuring for several companies on TV shows this month. 

Flowers

Whenever we want to send flowers, I always check out Teleflora.  One of the things I love about them is that I have the convenience of ordering online - but flowers are arranged and delivered by a local florist.  That ensures they arrive looking fabulous and already arranged - so the recipient doesn't have to scramble to find a vase and arrange the flowers themselves (a skill that I most definitely lack).

A few of my favorites from this year's holiday collection (from left to right):  the Gift Wrapped Bouquet ($59.95), the Sparkling Star Centerpiece ($69.95) and the Send-a-Hug Cardinal Bouquet ($49.95). (Photos courtesy of Teleflora).

Food & Wine

For years, Omaha Steaks has been one of my "go-to" places for gifts - not to mention a favorite source for ordering meat for our own dinners at home (their flat-iron steaks and Polynesian pork chops are our favorites - yum!).  For the holidays, their Tasteful Gift ($69.99) package is a nice gift sampler that includes filet mignons, top sirloins, boneless pork chops, potatoes au gratin - even caramel apple tartlets for dessert!

If you've never ordered steaks online - and are wondering how all of this works - each item is individually frozen and boxed, and shipped with dry ice in a foam cooler. (Photo courtesy of Omaha Steaks).

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Whether in small bags tucked into stockings or large packages in gourmet gift baskets, Wonderful Almonds and Pistachios are great for year-round snacking. You can usually find a couple of the tiny snack packs stashed in my carryon bag when traveling, and I was super-excited last year when Hampton Inn started including Wonderful Pistachios as a welcome snack for frequent guests. It's the little things, people. (Photos courtesy of Wonderful).

For someone with a sweet tooth, the gourmet baskets and dipped strawberries from Shari's Berries (shown below on my "FOX & Friends" segment last week) will most definitely be used and enjoyed.

Wine & spirits are at the top of many lists, whether as a holiday gifts, hostess gifts or stocking stuffers.  A few delicious - and affordable options - to suit any taste or budget (from left to right):

(Photos courtesy of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Stamford, CT).

Coming tomorrow:  clothing, kitchen and home decor gifts.

Happy shopping!

On-the-Air: Denver

Yesterday, I wrapped up my Easter TV tour at the "Everyday" show on FOX Denver.

The hosts, Chris and Kathie, have amazing chemistry as co-hosts. They also have tremendous energy, which makes the show awesome to watch - and super-fun to be on as a guest!

Easter segments are always fun, in part because everything I show is so cute and colorful!  Who knew LEGO had an Easter Chick?  Not me, until this week. 

And if you have a new baby - and need the perfect outfit for the Easter photo opp?  This adorable crocheted bunny set from buybuyBABY with hat, booties and diaper cover - complete with a fluffy bunny tail - may just break the Internet when you post the pictures.

Here is a link to the segment.  

Happy Easter, everyone!

T-Bones, Not Ties

If you are stumped for a Father's Day gift, might I suggest t-bones, not ties?  If your dad is anything like mine, he would much rather fire up the grill than hang another tie in the back of his closet.  From fragrance-free skin care products to a sleek, quiet fan for his man cave, check out the gift ideas I am sharing for several companies on my Father's Day TV tour.