Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Patt Morrison for Thursday, November 24, 2011 - THANKSGIVING DAY - SHOW ON TAPE


Thursday, November 24, 2011

1-3 p.m.







1:00 – 1:30

Cookbooks vs. cooking apps: which side are you on?

When e-books first came out, we worried if actual books would go away. They survived. Can the same be said for cookbooks? This holiday season, try whipping out your tablet – not that dusty cookbook – for inspiration and direction in the kitchen.  On the market already are hundreds of cooking apps designed for novice bakers and serious chefs alike.  From last minute meal ideas to ancillary apps for substitution tips, cooking apps are designed for every chief in mind. Even the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, will be offering their instructional app on tablets for their incoming class. While cooking apps offer instant kitchen solutions with the touch of a button, there is something to be said about physical cookbooks, the ones where on which you can accidently spill or scribble in the margins. The Betty Crocker Cookbook is just one such vintage cookbook passed on from generation to generation. It was first published in 1950, but its latest edition features updates to recipes, new chapters for the modern cook and web-exclusive how-to videos and recipes. Are you a cooking app convert?  What are some of your favorite classic cookbooks? Do they need a makeover, or do you like them in their vintage form?



Kristen Olson, food editor in the Better Crocker Test Kitchens; host of Kitchen Counter Intelligence, a how-to cooking series on; hobby beekeeper, vegetable gardener and kitchen do-it-yourself-er


Julia Moskin, reporter since 2004 for the New York Times Dining section


1:30 – 2:00

Trials and tribulations in your Thanksgiving kitchen? Have no fear, Chef Shelley Wiseman is here.

A great Thanksgiving spread comes with a fair amount of stress.  No, we’re not talking about hidden family issues.  We’re talking about simple cooking frustrations. What goes with cranberries besides oranges? How can I spice up grandma’s bland stuffing recipe? And for the newbies, there are two especially daunting tasks: the roasting and the carving.  Or trying to figure out how to do it all vegetarian. Whether you’re looking for advice on how to tweak the traditional Thanksgiving fare or a straightforward explanation of the basics, our annual ask-the-chef Thanksgiving segment will give you the answers you need.  This time around we welcome Shelley Wiseman, former food editor at Gourmet magazine and the author of “The Mexican Gourmet’ and “Just Tacos.” Get your questions ready!



Shelley Wiseman, the new senior food editor at Fine Cooking Magazine; former food editor at Gourmet magazine; author, “The Mexican Gourmet” and “Just Tacos”


2:00 – 3:00

Inside today’s U.S. military: the challenge and reward of service

Patt Morrison learns what it’s like to serve in today’s U.S. military, and listens to the stories of those who are fighting for their country. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force recruiters have kept busy since 2001, handling more enlistments and younger soldiers—on average only 20 or 21 years old—as the economy worsens and violence in the Middle East continues. In the process, these recruiters have presided over an interesting demographic trend—an increase in military enlistment by ethnic minorities, most notably Hispanics. Better outreach - including the use of advertising, Twitter and Facebook - could be behind the increase, but there are benefits to serving the nation as well: proof of one’s patriotism, pride in one’s work, steady military pay, education subsidies through the G.I. Bill, enlistment and re-enlistment bonuses, and perhaps a way to escape the poverty and joblessness that plague countless communities. Some even hope that service will lead to an expedited consideration for U.S. citizenship. These advantages likely appeal to soldiers of any heritage when they join the war effort, but unfortunately the costs of conflict have been felt universally as well. Men and women deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq all face the problems that can arise from prolonged familial separation, debilitating physical injury, psychological trauma, and the strange procedure of readjusting to civilian life. The intensity of the fighting in Middle Eastern regions has deterred many soldiers from reenlisting, and the longer their deployment—typically 47.9 months for Army personnel—the less likely they are to volunteer for another tour. Those who are redeployed multiple times face even higher risks of death and harm. What it is like to live every moment as if it could be our last? And why do our brave men and women risk so much for their country?



Beth Asch, associate director, Forces and Resources Policy Center at the RAND National Defense Research Institute


Commander Michele Carter, executive officer, Navy Recruiting District Los Angeles, which also covers Bakersfield, Orange County, Hawaii, Guam and Japan


Captain Ricky Hernandez, executive officer, Marine Corps Recruiting Station L.A.


Rossana and Arturo Cambron, whose son is currently deployed with the Army in Iraq


Jewell Faamaligi, whose brother Torice has served in the Marines since 1991 and was deployed to Afghanistan


Marcelle Sloan, whose niece (whom we are calling “V”) was deployed twice to Iraq, and is now in the inactive reserve working there as an independent contractor for KBR, attached to a unit of the Army. During her first deployment, she was raped.


Teresa Bullock, national 3rd vice president, Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc, an organization of women whose children are currently serving in the military; 1st vice president, Inland Empire Gold Star Mothers, an organization of mothers who have lost a child in military service. Her oldest son was killed in Iraq on March 7, 2007; her youngest son completed five years in the Army and was discharged in March of 2010.





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