Saturday, October 13, 2007

My First Radio Remote!

Janeen, Me & Nancy
Originally uploaded by yummyissimo

Today I had my first radio remote on WGRR 103.5FM. Along with Queen Janeen (half of the amazing DJ team "Married with Microphones" who make me look like I know what I'm doing every Friday), I was asked to do several cooking demonstrations at Brown's Market for their first year anniversary. A photographer from the Hamilton Journal News was there and took lots of photos of me serving food, passing out copies of my recipes and, of course, talking. On Friday, 10~12~07, there also was article in same discriminating news vehicle which described me as "a WGRR personality and chef." Not sure how the real WGRR personalities will feel about that description, but I think I have TONS of personality! The photo is Queen Janeen (Coyle), me and Nancy Holmes ~ the greatest radio sales rep EVER!

I'm Not Martha Stewart!
Originally uploaded by yummyissimo
Brown's Market wanted me to use their fresh produce so I picked my favorites: butternut squash, apples and sugar pumpkins. With only a 90~minute remote, I didn't want to take the time to clean sugar pumpkins and try to cook them on~site. I cleaned them out early this morning and just filled them with flowers and candles. Martha Stewart I'm not, but they didn't look too bad!

Janeen's and my first cut~in was live ~ they were having taping issues back at the studio, so live we went. Janeen is talking about Brown's Market, the beautiful weather, the auction, the furniture, yada, yada, yada and then she introduced me. Now, being live radio there are no take backs:

"And here's Def Chebbie from Yummy~issimo! Personal Chef Service to tell us about one of the recipes she's preparing today!" Def Chebbie? "Is it live or is it Memorex" was never a question.

One of my demonstrations today was a modification of Alton Brown's 10~Minute Applesauce. Here's my version and it was a big hit today:

4 cooking apples, peeled, cored, segmented
2 Bosc or other ripe pears, peeled, cored, segmented
3/4c apple cider
1/2c Calvados
3T butter
1/4c honey
1/2t cinnamon
1/2t nutmeg
In a sealable microwave~safe container, combine all ingredients. Close lid, leaving one corner open to allow steam to escape. Microwave on high for 12 minutes. Using an immersion blender, blend to desired consistency. Serve hot, warm or cold.

I made a huge potful of this applesauce and it was gone in about 15 minutes. Was it the perfect pairing of apples, pears and spices or was it the Calvados?

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