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    Posted on June 20th, 2016

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    Jun 25 – This Week’s Show

    First up is Jennifer Reynolds AKA “The Sauce Goddess”

    Sauce Goddess the cook

    Jennifer Reynolds

    Jennifer says:
    “What is a Sauce Goddess? Not everyone is familiar with gastronomy deities, so many posers abound.  If we were so inclined to add it to the Urban Dictionary for the general public’s edification the definition would read something like: Female deity adored for her tantalizingly piquant seasonings.You wouldn’t know it by enjoying our products, but Sauce Goddess is a small female owned company that turned a passion for cooking into a successful business.  The woman behind the Goddess curtain is a lover of food, spice and bringing people together.  Jennifer Reynolds started the business with two sauces in 2000 out of her kitchen and has grown it into the national gourmet food company it is today.”

    Sauce Goddess helps you create smiles with great meals – EVERY DAY!

    We’ll share Jennifer’s story and taste some of her products, you can get some now at: www.saucegoddess.com


    In the second half I’ll be talking to Bacon Kit founders Todd Heckel and Russ Morgan, originators, and head Bacon makers at The Baconkit! Follow the easy instructions and you are 7 days away from being a bacon maker.

    “Until you’ve tried baconkit you’ve never tasted bacon as nature intended it. Making homemade bacon has never been easier.”

    Make your own bacon with The Original BaconkitThe Original Baconkit includes:

    • Curing Bag
    • Pink Curing Salt
    • Premium Maple Sugar
    • Thermometer
    • Instruction Kit
    • (Does not include pork belly)

    The kit contains everything you need to make 5 lbs of delicious homemade bacon. The only fresh ingredient you need to purchase is pork belly. It’s that easy!  An easy to read instruction sheet guides you through every step in making bacon in seven days. A great project for full time foodies or the novice cook. Unlike commercial bacon your bacon won’t shrivel, shrink, or release water when you cook it.  Learn more here!

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2015 Chateau Real D’Or Côtes De Provence

    wow-bay-ridge-annapolisWith vineyards at Maures in the heart of Côtes de Provence, this château has produced a rich, sunny style of wine. With ripe strawberry flavors and a soft texture gently cut by acidity, the wine is made for a hot weather apéritif.  The flavors of this wine follow the same light character as its pale, almost-white color. It does have some fresh juiciness, light acidity and a cut of lemon at the end. Crisp and clean, it’s ready to drink.

    Pick up a case at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road and thumb your nose at HOT weather!


  • Jun 18 – Cooking for Two

    First up is Howard Rosenthal the BIG Cheese at MrFood.com with the latest book from the test kitchen: The Ultimate Cooking for Two Cookbook.

    Mr. Food Test Kitchen: The Ultimate Cooking For Two Cookbook: More Than 130 Mouthwatering RecipesFor more than 30 years, folks have enjoyed feeding their families and friends with the Mr. Food Test Kitchen’s quick and easy recipes. While everyone has raved about how much they love cooking for the whole gang, they’ve also asked us for more recipes meant to feed just a few. That’s why we’ve assembled a cookbook with more than 130 mouthwatering recipes designed especially for smaller households. It may seem like all you have to do is cut a recipe in half, but it’s not that simple!

    Everyone loves great food, but sometimes you don’t want to cook for an army or eat leftovers for what seems like forever. This cookbook is meant for everyone from the newlywed to the empty nester, the college student to the active senior, or anyone in between! Not only is this cookbook packed with triple-tested recipes that will make you feel like a pro, but it’s brimming with all sorts of tips and tricks to help you make sure every recipe comes out perfect. And if you thought it couldn’t get any better, you’ll find that every recipe features a full page photo to tempt and inspire you.

    So, whether you’re looking for weeknight favorites, fill-ya-up breakfasts, or smile-worthy desserts, this book is a must-have!

    You can order a copy at MrFood.com and use the promo code “TheGoodLife” and get a copy for $15 instead of the list price of $21.95

    Denise Neil

    Denise Neil

    In the second half I’ll be talking to the Wichita Eagles Denise Neil about the super handy Wichita dinning guide featuring the 50 “Not to be Missed” restaurants here in the flat lands of Wichita.  We’ll probably chat about other fun food related topics too. Learn more about Denise and follow her Dinning with Denise blog at Kansas.com

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    Sullivan Family Vineyards 
    2015 Sauvignon Blanc & 2014 Chardonnay

    2015 Sauvignon BlancBright tropical pineapple, honey citrus with undertones of white peach and vanilla aromas. This wine is very inviting with its fresh fruitful core and a nuance of mineral and wet stone. The palate is bright with hints of green citrus and acidity that drives and provides backbone. There is fruit that gives the wine a broad, dense, juicy quality. A sense of sweetness from time in oak underlines the fruit giving depth and character to this wine.


    SU_ChardonnayGolden hues swirl in the glass releasing tropical aromas of pineapple, guava and banana that intertwine with spicy, vanilla characteristics. On the palate, flavors of apple and lemon add to the undertone and complexity while a hint of honey gives the wine a viscosity that is lush and lasting. Fresh, clean and inviting, this wine is sure to make you ask for a second glass.

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    Jun 11 – Maximilian Riedel & Local Eats London

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

    Maximilian & Guy

    Maximilian & Guy

    First up is Maximilian Riedel.  Max was in Wichita several weeks ago and I had the pleasure of sitting next to him at lunch served by Scotch & Sirloin.  In addition to our love of wine and fine crystal, we both have a love of speed.  Mine is centered around airplanes and but both love exotic fast cars.  Later that evening at the Hereford House I got to see Max in action during the Riedel Sommelier tasting.  As always at these glass specific comparison tastings, the crowd was amazed at the difference quality stemware makes for wine enjoyment.  His father Georg would be proud!

    Scotch & Sirloin with Max and Mike Issa

    Scotch & Sirloin

    Maximilian J. Riedel, appointed CEO and President of RIEDEL Crystal in 2013, is the 11th generation of the family-owned company based in Kufstein, Austria. Best known for the revolutionary stemless “O“ glassware series, which he designed and marketed in 2004, Maximilian has earned accolades from The Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco MoMA, the Corning Museum of Glass. Today, in addition to his leadership of RIEDEL Crystal worldwide, he is the principal designer of the glassware company‘s decanters. Maximilian further strengthened RIEDEL‘s commitment to the hospitality industry by the introduction of the RIEDEL Restaurant and Restaurant Sommeliers lines, which provide the company‘s glassware at lower cost and greater durability to restaurants and hotels, allowing greater access to beverage directors‘ favorite “wine tools“.

    In the second half I’ll be talking to Natasha McGuinness about her new book ” Local Eats London.”

    Interweaving Danielle Kroll’s whimsical illustrations with the informative, humorous reminiscences of author Natasha McGuinness’ culinary journeys in the vibrant city on the Thames, LOCAL EATS LONDON: Bangers & Mash, Pasties, Jaffa Cake and Other London Favorites is a charming guide to the traditional (and often underrated) British fare found in the markets, pubs, tea shops and cafes of the city. This easy-to-carry, mini tome will help travelers who are seeking the most delicious food the city has to offer—whether on the go, in need of tea and a nibble, or ready to sit down to a leisurely meal.

    From high tea to late night snacks, and every meal in between, this enchanting guide is all any food-loving traveler will need to enjoy the wide variety of unique and tasty fare available in the capital. Rather than a restaurant guide, it is a description of the sometimes oddly named, traditional foods visitor will find in the markets, shops, pubs and restaurants of London. The author’s delectable adventures coupled with Danielle Kroll’s delightful images create a lyrical and witty chronicle of the delicious discoveries a foreigner will experience in this cosmopolitan city.

    Chapters include Morning Food, Savory Food, Pub Food, Small Plates, Picnic

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2015 JAM Cellars Butter Chardonnay

    According to the winery: “Rich, bold and luscious, this is an easy-to-love creamy California Chardonnay. Made in the tradition of Californian winemaking, the fruit we choose has juicy, ripe, stone fruit and baked-lemon aromas. Cold fermented to the perfect, rich creaminess and aged in our own blend of oak, gives this wine a lovely, long, vanilla finish that’s uniquely Butter!”

    According to Good Life Guy:  This wine is a great value and has all the bells & whistles of chardonnay at twice the cost.  Buy it by the case as your house wine.  It’s a flavorful beauty!

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    Jun 4 – Coomber Family Ranch Winery

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

    It’s always fun to talk to winemakers, learn their background, winemaking goals and styles and taste some of their handywork.  This week my guest is Skip Coomber from Coomber Family Ranch winery.  Skip was in Wichita a couple of months ago hosting a very special dinner at Scotch & Sirloin.  I had the pleasure of sitting next to skip and talking wine while enjoying many of his products and the great food at Scotch & Sirloin.  Follow Coomber Family Winery on Facebook.

    Skip Says:

    “In 2009 we started out making small batches of wine for our own enjoyment at Terravant, a fantastic wine-making facility in Buellton, California (a city made famous by the wine movie SIDEWAYS). We have an extremely small production of our Private Reserve wines, which we make in the style that we personally like.  We hope that you also like the style of our wines.

    “Our Vintner’s Collection wines are created from grapes sourced from multiple vineyards and blended (still all one variety of grape) to create a particular style of wine that has solid body and fruit so that it drinks well with food, but is also not too heavy, so that it drinks well alone. Many restaurants pour our Vintner’s Collection wines as their “by-the-glass” offerings.”

    “Coomber Family Ranch wine is about the love we have for wine as well as the love we have for our animals. We have decided to use our wine sales to support animal welfare organizations.  So, we donate at least 5% of all revenues generated (not just of profits) to animal welfare organizations.”  Learn more about Skip and family here!

    In the second half Andrie Krahl, Executive Director of the Kansas DUI Impact Center will join us and we will be telling you about the 2016 “HOPE IN SPRING GALA”  This event supports victims of DUI crime and raises impaired driving awareness in Kansas.

    The Gala will take place at ABODE Venue on Sunday, June 12th, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The price for admission is $100 per ticket or $900 per table seating ten ($77 & $670 Tax deductible respectively). The price includes a three course meal catered by Larkspur followed by a live auction and musical entertainment from Kansas’ own live band, The Source.  Learn more and get tickets today!

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    A couple of fine wines from Skip Coomber and the Coomber Family Ranch winery

    11 VC CC Ch   12 PR RU CS Front Label  


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    May 28 – Cooking with THE MUSE

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

    My guests this week are Myra Kornfeld and Stephen Massimilla, co-authors of “Cooking with the Muse – A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry and Literary Fare.”

    Cooking with the Muse offers 150 nutritious international recipes with a plenitude of imaginative poetry about food and ingredients, along with enlightening literary essays, playful culinary and historical notes, and 200 beautiful full-color photographs. Here’s a feast of words and images, with easy-to-follow steps for preparing individual dishes and whole meals.

    *Highlights fresh, local ingredients and encourages the use of seasonal produce, wild seafood, traditional fats, and healthy meat from pasture-raised animals.

    *Revels in flavors that are complex and global, ranging from Middle Eastern and Turkish to American Southwestern, from Vietnamese and Japanese to Italian and Indian.

    *Offers a delectable feast for the locavore or omnivore, novice cook or experienced chef — a food lover’s literary anthology and a poetry lover’s cookbook.

    *Presents an anthology covering 3000 years; the equivalent of a complete book of original poems and poetic prose by the authors; and a complete book of original essays explaining key culinary poems and traditions.

    The book includes a vast array of classic and contemporary poems, each perfectly paired, like a fine wine, with each dish. Both a literary and a culinary achievement, Cooking with the Muse is a feast for the heart and the senses, a delectable journey that nourishes the body, mind, and spirit.  Learn more at www.cookingwiththemuse.com


    In the second half I’ll be talking to Diana Gordon, President & Chief Development Officer at the Orpheum Performing Arts Centre, about Celebrity & Chef Cookoff.

    Join us on Tuesday, June 14 for the 15th Annual
    Celebrity & Chef Cookoff
    a benefit for the historic Orpheum Theatre!

    INTRUST Bank Arena
    500 E. Waterman

    Along with an exciting, fast-paced, Iron Chef-style cooking competition, enjoy food and drinks from your favorite local restaurants, bid on auction items (live & silent), and mingle with your fellow foodies and Orpheum supporters!

    Learn more here!

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2009 WORTHY “Sophia’s Cuvee” Napa Valley Red Wine

    worthy-cabernet-sauvignon-napa-valley-sophia-s-cuveeOpaque with a deep red rim and stained legs. Aromas of black currant, coffee, black earth, vanilla and tar. Well integrated tannins with flavors of black cherry, plum, dried strawberry and black currant skin with vanilla, nutmeg and fresh tilled soil notes. Balanced finish with fruit framed with vanilla and earth.

    90 Points, Gold – Beverage Testing Institute

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