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    Posted on August 22nd, 2016

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    Aug 27 – This Week’s Show

    My guest this week is Susan Branch who is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of her first book “Heart of the Home” with an new and updated version.

    With an emphasis on simple preparation and fresh foods, Susan Branch has created the perfect combination of illustration and prose and a celebration of food sure to become a classic of homespun delights. Susan Branch wrote the book completely written by hand and illustrated it with charming and beautiful color watercolors.

    Susan Branch was born in Southern California but calls her 1849 home on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard her “heart magnet” because she was drawn to New England from childhood and loved it before she laid eyes on it. She finally moved there in her early 30’s, no longer “able to live without four seasons and white picket fences as everyday architecture.” She is the oldest of eight children and inspired by “almost everything.” Her hand-lettered and watercolored Heart of the Home series of books are a reflection of the things she loves to celebrate, the home-arts of cooking, gardening, homemaking, family, best friends, entertaining, and the little things that make life sweet. Her newest book, A FINE ROMANCE ~ Falling in Love with the English Countryside, is a diary of her two-month jaunt through the back roads of England in search of her literary and artistic roots. It’s filled with the little details, both in words and pictures, that readers have grown to love in Susan’s books.

    Susan Branch

    Susan Branch

    Susan has a large and loyal following on her blog at www.susanbranch.com and her personal newsletter (“Willard,” named for her grandfather, “another story”), filled with photos, recipes and art, is emailed to approximately 50,000 subscribers monthly.

    Joining me for the wine of the week is Nelly Gutiérrez Commercial Manager for William Cole Vineyards

    About William Cole Vineyards: The Casablanca Valley of Chile, is well known for its natural beauty.

    Nelly & Guy

    Nelly & Guy

    Rugged hills are seen in every direction, and between them, fertile farms with small villages nestled here and there. Perhaps, though, the most beautiful parts of the valley are the fields of wine grapevines. Their rich green colors spread sometimes as far as the eye can see; they are arrayed row upon row of meticulously cultivated Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

    It is partly the soil diversity that makes the Casablanca Valley one of the premier wine producing regions in the world. The most important factor is the climate; typically, the intensely cold waters of the nearby Pacific Ocean create cool foggy nights while clear, cloudless days are usual during the growing season.  Learn more here!

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:

    2013 William Cole Carménère – Columbine Reserve, Colchagua Valley Chile
    william-cole-vineyards-columbine-special-reserve-carmenereThis reserve Carmenere is cherry red with bright, deep violet tints. The nose offers aromas of white pepper, dill, nutmeg and red fruits such as blackberries, mixed with soft notes of vanilla from French oak aging. The palate provides silky round tannins and buttery notes, which enhance the fruit. The acidity is balance in this full-bodied making it a good candidate for cellaring and beef stews or Chilean food like empanadas and pastel de choclo.  Recommended serving temperature between 16-18°C.


    Pickup a bottle at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road and join us!

  • Aug 20 – Iron ChileHead Festival

    LIVE from Johnson’s Garden Center and the Iron ChileHead festival

    I look forward to this event every year and am honored to be a judge and do my program live from Johnson’s Garden Center again this year!  Come out and be a part of the FUN.  Stop by the KNSS Good Life booth and say HI  :-)


    If you love Wichita’s craft beer scene as much as we do, come celebrate the 2016 JGC Chile Fest at the 4th Ever Iron ChileHead Festival!  It’s only $15 – Buy your tickets on line NOW!

    Local food trucks and brewers have been busy creating recipes and brewing their own unique take on yummy creations using roasted Hatch Green Chile from Johnson’s Garden Center in preparation for this competition.


    Join us for a festival of fun on Saturday, August 20 from 12-3 PM. Tickets will include a commemorative sampling glass, an Iron ChileHead Sticker and unlimited sampling from these great brewers: Central Standard Brewing, Hank is Wiser Brewing, Hopping Gnome Brewing, Radius Brewing (Emporia), River City Brewing, Walnut River Brewing and Wichita Brewing.

    The featured food trucks include: Noble House Hawaiian Plate Lunch, Chino’s Parrilla, BS Sandwich Press, Garden of Eatin’, The Anchor, Funky Monkey, Kind Kravings, Lil’Bit Burger and Surly Mermaid. There is no charge for the food truck competition, except for the menu items purchased at the individual trucks.

    Also featured this year is live music by the Bolzen Beer Band – a party punk polka trio from Lincoln, Nebraska!

    You’ll be able to pick up your own Hatch Green Chile at the event to take home, but grab your tickets for beer today as there will only be a select few available for purchase at the door!


    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    Something to go with a little Hatch Green Chile!

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    Posted on August 8th, 2016

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    Aug 13 – Meathead Goldwyn BBQ & Grilling

    First up is Meathead Goldwyn with his latest book “Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling.”  

    The first book to apply the latest scientific research to America’s favorite form of cooking, by the curator of the highly successful website Amazingribs.com, with 175 sure-fire recipes

    To become a pitmaster or grillmaster, or even if your goal is to simply improve your cooking, nothing is more crucial than understanding the science behind the interaction of food, fire, heat, and smoke. This book is the definitive guide to the concepts, methods, and equipment of barbecue and grilling. The price can easily be justified if I keep you from messing up one dinner.  And along the way Meathead will shatter many of the myths that stand in the way of perfection.


    Meathead with Rachael Ray

    Meathead Goldwyn is the founder, barbecue whisperer, and hedonism evangelist behind AmazingRibs.com, the world’s most popular outdoor cooking website. His articles have appeared in numerous publications and he was previously syndicated wine critic for the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. He has taught at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago and he has judged food, wine, beer, and spirits all around the world. He lives with his wife in Chicago.

    Named Best Cookbook of 2016 (So Far) by Amazon! Get a copy NOW :-)

    In the second half I’ll be talking to Joe Stumpe, writer, home chef, Butler Community College culinary instructor and more importantly notorious Wichita musician about his bands new release and the party to showcase the new CD.

    The World Famous “Fly by Night”

    The band: Fly by Night, LIVE Saturday August 13 at Industry Old Town here in Wichita.  Fly By Night performs songs from its new CD, “The NOLA Tapes,” then keeps the party rockin’ all night long on Wichita’s only rooftop bar. With special encore performance at Mort’s the next day, Sunday.  Band members are:  Ben Ornelas, Joe Stumpe, Cianna Atchison, Jody Davis, and Kevin Moore.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week: Something fun with Grilled Meat!
    2012 Gran Pasas Monastrell from Jumilla, Spain

    Late manual harvest in the beginning of November. Gentle crush and destemming. Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 24-26ºC and maceration on the skins for 12-15 days. 100% malolactic fermentation in stainless
    Deep dark ruby red color with violet blue rim. The aromas are mature blackberries, ripe juicy dark rich and juicy with good concentration between mature fruits and rich dark chocolate with a natural sweetness and gentle tannins that lay smooth over the palate.

    gran-pasas-monastrell-november-harvest-dop-jumilla-2012-1Winemakers David Tofterup and Daniel Gimenez team up in Jumilla to create Gran Pasas. Sun kissed grapes clusters send sweet whispers of mature plum and blackberry fruits, juicy raisins and ribbons of chocolate and vanilla swirling around you. Each sweet sip will tell a delicious story and bring you closer to the wonderful joys of Nature.


  • Aug 6 – Sullivan Vineyards

    Ross Sullivan

    I love spending time with proprietors and winemakers!  If you can’t do it in person, the next best thing is listening to me chatting with those who make it happen.  This show will be one of those…my first guest this week is Ross Sullivan from Sullivan Vineyards and Winery. I met Ross at a private tasting here in Wichita a few months back and have been looking forward to sharing the family story.

    Jim Sullivan

    This family owned winery produced its first vintage in 1981 (prior to that the Sullivan’s were producing grapes for other local wineries). Sullivan was founded by the late Jim Sullivan and his wife JoAnna. Jim was a graphic design artist and worked with several well known rock bands in the 50’s and 60’s. His daughter Kelleen is an artist in her own right, mostly wine related and her pieces command hefty prices. Their initial search for land took them to many areas in California.  The family finally settled on the prime Rutherford bench land which is where their vineyards and winery are located.

    Today, Sullivan Vineyards & Winery remains one of the few family owned estates in Napa Valley.

    Inheriting their parents’ vision, Sean, Ross, and Kelleen have combined the beauty of their unique family estate with the integrity of world-class winegrowing and professional management. The combination speaks to today’s Sullivan renaissance.

    Later in the second half Marty Johnson from Johnson’s Garden Centers joins us to talk about what has become one of the most fun seasonal events here in the flat lands.  It all started years ago when Marty and gang began importing Hatch Green Chile peppers from New Mexico.  A few years ago they decided to host an event that would feature the growing number of Wichita Food Trucks and local breweries.  It’s time for the 4th Ever “Iron Chile Head 2016!”  Click the logo to get tickets and learn more at Johnson

    Local food trucks and brewers have been busy creating recipes and brewing their own unique take on yummy creations using roasted Hatch Green Chile from Johnson’s Garden Center in preparation for this competition. LIVE music, the smell of roasting peppers, great food and craft beer, you can only improve on this FUN day by taking home some fresh roasted peppers.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2012 Sullivan Rutherford Estate Merlot, Napa Valley

    Merlot13FtDense fruit embodies our 2012 Merlot.  Raspberry and cherry aromas give the wine a sense of brightness, but complex notes of cocoa and spice let you know that this wine is not to be trifled with.  Big and juicy, there is no lack of fruit with this beauty while a hint of sweet vanilla adds a sense of pleasure.  Well integrated, the acidity will provide length and focus to this powerhouse of a merlot.  Lay this one down for 10 years or more, as you will be able to enjoy this jewel for years to come!

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    Posted on July 27th, 2016

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    Jul 30 – Sabores De Cuba

    If you missed it LIVE… Click here to listen or download this show!

    Up first, Chef Ronaldo Linares with his latest book…“Chef Ronaldo’s Sabores de Cuba: Diabetes-Friendly Traditional and Nueva Cubano Cuisine”

    Products1902-750x750-110065Distinctive cuisines lend a sense of exoticism to any meal, and Cuban dishes are exceptionally popular these days. Ronaldo Linares, executive chef at the popular Martino’s Cuban Restaurant in Somerville, New Jersey, knows Cuban cuisine backward and forward. Chef Ronaldo’s Sabores de Cuba features nearly 100 recipes, all of which will wow your taste buds and meet the strict nutrition guidelines of the American Diabetes Association. The book is bilingual, with English on one side and Spanish on the reverse. It also includes 8 pages of original color photography, an attractive two-color interior, a glossary, and list of helpful pantry items and kitchen tools. 
    Get a copy NOW…

    Ronaldo Linares is a Cuban/Colombian/American former US Marine, classically trained chef, and Executive Chef of Martino’s Cuban in Somerville, NJ. His Cuban-inspired, passion-infused culinary style has been featured on Food Network’s “Chopped,” BBC America’s cross-country chef competition “Chef Race,” and he’s appeared on Better TV, Fox News, and Telemundo.  www.ronaldolinares.com

    In the second half I’ll be talking to Tyrone Baker, Executive Director of the YMCA Community Development Branch.  We’ll tell you all about this FUN (and fund raising) event August 20.

    pfapSaturday, August 20 6:30-9:30P
    Century II Exhibition Hall
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    Sip some wine, enjoy a nice dinner, and cut loose! Lukas and Careth from B98 will get your toes to tapping as they play hits from the 60’s thru the 80’s.

    • Dine on a delicious dinner
    • Dance to hits from the 60s thru the 80s
    • Delight your tastebuds, sampling an array of fine wines
    • Bid on amazing auction items & win the Golden Ticket
    • Enjoy a lip-sync battle, dance contest, and more!

    Learn more and buy tickets NOW :-)

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week from Alsace France:
    2015 Willm Riesling Reserve

    Willm RieslingBright, green-yellow color when young. Clean nose, fresh and fruity with citrus fruits. Dry on the palate, straight, crisp wine, purity of its fruit flavors (citrus, green apple, green pear) nice acidity and minerality, long finish and great ageing potential.

    This is a great value wine and a great change of pace for HOT weather!
    Get some today at Jacob Liquor on North Rock Road, Wichita!

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