First up is Kristina Vanni from  If you have a passion for food and love to cook creatively, there could be a gold mine in your kitchen. Your original recipes could be worth hundreds, thousands, even millions of dollars. How is this possible? Time to explore the exciting world of cooking and recipe contests! is a website dedicated to help home cooks navigate all things cooking contests by providing detailed entry information, assembling winning recipes, as well as offering winning strategies and advice. “Cooking and recipe contests are a way for people who have a passion for food to express their creativity and showcase their talents,” says Kristina Vanni, CEO of Cooking Contest Central, and herself, an accomplished award-winning cook. “This exciting hobby is not only a creative outlet, but can also be quite lucrative as well. There are literally millions of dollars in prize money up for grabs every year in cooking and recipe contests. Not to mention luxury vacations, kitchen appliances or even just free groceries!”

Then Sarah Smiley, author of “Dinner with the Smileys” joins us.  She was scheduled for last week but we missed her and have her back today to talk about this cool book.  Check out last weeks show for details.

John Considine joins us to talk about one of my favorite Vodkas Hammer & Sickle.

The Klin Groupe’s inaugural product, Hammer + Sickle vodka, is true to its Russian roots. The name “Hammer + Sickle” pays homage to the Russian hammer symbol representing the industrial north of Russia, while the sickle represents the agricultural south. The crossed hammer and sickle stand for the unity between the north and south. Today, the emblem evokes the nationalistic spirit of modern Russia.

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Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
2010 Penley Estate “Phoenix” Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra AU.

The nose consists of violets, black currant leaf, ripe wild berry and integrated spice of the Cabernet grape. Mulberry and blackberry are the dominant fruit flavors enhanced by a tight palate with silky grape tannins and elegant complex cedar oak, so typical of Penley Style. A very generous mid palate with a hints of licorice and chocolate lingers on the finish.

Critical Acclaim:

“Vibrant deep crimson; a punchy and expressive cabernet bouquet with redcurrant, cassis, clove and olive on display; the palate is medium to full-bodied, fleshy and manages to create a long and even finish; designed for early consumption, but will stand the test of time in the medium term.”  93 Points Australian Wine Companion

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