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Culinary Queen Elizabeth Blau On a (Lobster) Roll with New Savory Scrapbook

The Women’s Eye Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks to Culinary Queen Elizabeth Blau, about the recipes, cooking tips and personal stories found in her new cookbook, Honey Salt Food & Drink – A Culinary Scrapbook.

TWE RADIO: Culinary Queen Elizabeth Blau On a (Lobster) Roll with New Savory Scrapbook

Elizabeth Blau, restaurateur and Stacey Gualandi, TWE Host/Photo: Courtesy Stacey Gualandi

Stacey Gualandi and Restaurateur Elizabeth Blau share a “brookie”

By Stacey Gualandi/November, 2018
Honey Salt photos: Bill Milne

Don’t miss a BRAND NEW interview on The Women’s Eye Radio with Stacey Gualandi as I talk with acclaimed restaurateur Elizabeth Blau about the recipes, cooking tips and personal stories found in her new cookbook, Honey Salt Food & Drink – A Culinary Scrapbook.

As a Las Vegas resident who loves to make reservations, I have made Honey Salt a dining destination for me and my family.  So having Blau – fresh from a Canadian cranberry bog – chat with me in studio AND share an (in)famous “brookie” (combo brownie/cookie) for my birthday was a rare treat.

Elizabeth Blau restauranteur with husband/PHoto: Courtesy Elizabeth Blau

Elizabeth with husband Chef Kim Canteenwalla

With talent – and good taste buds – Elizabeth Blau is now the queen of cuisine in Las Vegas. Together with her husband and masterful Chef Kim Canteenwalla, the James Beard nominees have made their mark on and off the Strip, and more recently in Vancouver, with several world class restaurants.

But it was the opening of Honey Salt six years ago that sealed their epicurean empire. And now she and her husband are on a (lobster) roll with their first cookbook!

Elizabeth Blau's lobster roll from book Honey Salt/Photo: Courtesy Elizabeth Blau

Elizabeth’s warm lobster roll recipe from Honey Salt book

The idea first came out of her zest for cooking, scrapbooking and collecting other cookbooks (she has over a thousand!). It made sense to her, she says, “to lay out our photos, recipes and stories of our journey and the path to the restaurant opening of Honey Salt.”

Elizabeth Blau, discusses her success in the restaurant business and her new Savory Scrapbook, “Honey Salt”

For Blau, it’s about sharing special moments, reminiscing about adventures with friends all over the country, and preserving those for her young son Cole.

Elizabeth Blau in cranberry bog , restauranteur/Photo: Courtesy Elizabeth Blau

Elizabeth visiting bog in Vancouver where cranberries are harvested

Nowadays, there are numerous gifted female chefs and restaurateurs leveling the playing field in these male-dominated professions, but Elizabeth is certainly a standout. And not only has Blau paved her own successful path, but she has also become a role model for up-and-coming women hoping to follow in her foodie footsteps.

It’s Blau’s culinary kingdom, and we’re all just eating in it. You might even want to try making your own savory scrapbook! For more information about Elizabeth, check out:

www.elizabethblau.com.

www.honeysalt.com

@elizabethblau — facebook

@elizabethblau1 – twitter

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TWE RADIO: Writer Beth Howard On Life, Language and a “Hausfrau Honeymoon”

The Women’s Eye Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks to Author Beth Howard, about life, language, her book “Hausfrau Honeymoon”.

TWE RADIO: Writer Beth Howard On Life, Language and a “Hausfrau Honeymoon”

Stacey Gualandi, TWE Radio host with guest Beth Howard, Author of Hausfrau Honeymoon - Love, Language, and Other Misadventures in Germany

Stacey Gualandi, TWE Radio Host

Beth Howard, Author of Hausfrau Honeymoon - Love, Language, and Other Misadventures in Germany/Photo: Beth's selfie

Beth Howard, Author of Hausfrau Honeymoon

By Stacey Gualandi/October, 2018

Don’t miss our NEWEST episode of The Women’s Eye Radio with Stacey Gualandi and Beth Howard, the author of her third book, Hausfrau Honeymoon – Love, Language, and Other Misadventures in Germany.

AKA the “Pie Lady, Howard is no stranger to The Women’s Eye. She joined us on the air once before to talk about her last book, Ms. American Pie, which is full of recipes, stories and creative ideas on all-things-pie.

Beth Howard book/Photo: P. BurkeThe prolific writer, who once lived in the historic American Gothic house in Eldon, Iowa, now resides on an Iowa farm, and that’s just where I caught up with her to talk about her latest memoir.

The self-described adventurous free-spirit (“I’m not good at following rules.”) has worn many hats: Kenyan coffee company entrepreneur, pie stand owner, dotcom web producer, PR specialist, blogger and even a former “baker to the stars.”

And for four years in the 2000s, she was an out-of-her-element newlywed, living with her husband Marcus in Stuttgart, Germany.

In her signature “lively”style, Hausfrau Honeymoon could be considered an anti-love letter to Germany as Howard tackles the language barrier, chauvinism, and (lack of) car cupholders in her newly adopted home.

“Nothing against Germany, but it doesn’t fit my personality. It may be my rebellious nature,” says Howard.

Beth Howard i nfront of her Gothic House rental, Iowa/Photo Courtesy Beth Howard

Beth and her pups at the American Gothic House

Beth Howard, author of a “Hausfrau Honeymoon” discusses her book, love, life and language.

She shares the good, the bad and the ugly about Germany but admits living there “totally expanded my life experience. You don’t know how much time you have left so I always write with a sense of urgency, especially after a sudden loss.”

Howard wrote the book 12 years ago while struggling to adjust to her foreign surroundings and new marriage. Now, it is a prequel of sorts to her first book, Making Piece, about the sudden death of her husband, and how baking pies helped her cope with the horrible grief.

Howard says Hausfrau Honeymoon is about girl power and learning to take charge of your life, no matter the circumstances. Despite her first uneasy go-around in Germany, she says she’d definitely do it again. After all, it gave her a bookful of material and, as she says, “My life is so much richer for it.”

You can see evidence of Beth’s piemaking skills below. For more info, check out Beth’s website.

Beth Howard pies from a piemaking session

Delicious strawberry pies right out of Beth’s oven/2014

FACEBOOK: Find Beth on Facebook

TWITTER: @worldneedspie

WEBSITE: Beth’s Website
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“The Woman’s Hour” Author Elaine Weiss On the Dramatic Battle for the Right to Vote

The Women’s Eye Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks with Elaine Weiss, author of “The Woman’s Hour” about the nail-biting fight to win the vote in 1920.

TWE RADIO: “The Woman’s Hour” Author Elaine Weiss On the Dramatic Battle for the Right to Vote

Elaine Weiss, author of “The Woman’s Hour” discusses the nail-biting fight to win the vote in 1920 and the ratification of the 19th amendment.

Elaine Weiss, author "The Woman's Hour"/Photo: Elaine's selfie

Elaine Weiss, author

Stacey Gualandi, TWE Radio host with "The Woman's Hour" by guest Elaine Weiss/Photo: Selfie

Stacey Gualandi, TWE Radio host

By Stacey Gualandi/August 2018

Don’t miss a BRAND NEW episode of The Women’s Eye Radio with host Stacey Gualandi and journalist Elaine Weiss, whose new book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight To Win The Vote, tackles – in painstaking detail – one of the most intense battles in American history.

The award-winning journalist’s retelling of the dramatic final six weeks in 1920 leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment – ultimately giving women the right to vote – has earned her acclaim, and great reviews.

The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss/Cover PhotoWhen Weiss began her research in 2013, she says she wasn’t aware that it took over 70 years of intrigue to bestow voting rights to women. By the time she turned in her manuscript three years later, she was taken by the parallels between what happened almost one hundred years ago, and the 2016 presidential election.

Also taken was former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton, who brought the book to her friend Oscar-winning film director Steven Spielberg. Breaking news! Spielberg’s Amblin TV optioned Weiss’s book and will be bringing this amazing  historical event to the small screen with Clinton as executive producer.

I was fascinated with the book because I, too, was unaware of the audacious activists – the “Suffs” and the “Antis” – who simultaneously fought over a woman’s right to vote. Unbelievably, it was so close that it came down to one state to pass it: Tennessee. It was a real-life nail biter.

Women suffragettes/Photo: Library of Congress

Protesting Congress’ failure to act on the federal suffrage amendment, the National Woman’s Party worked against President Wilson and Democrats in 1916 election./Photo: Library of Congress

During our conversation, Weiss said she hopes, deep down, The Woman’s Hour will make people understand just what it took to give women the vote; that it is a right and a privilege; and that having a voice is the bedrock principle of self-government. Now she will focus her efforts on engaging our youth…and encouraging everyone to vote!

Alice Paul's Woman's Party picketed the White House 1017/Photo: Library of Congress

The Woman’s Party picketing the White House in early 1917. The picketers were called unpatriotic, and hundreds were arrested, imprisoned and mistreated. Photo: Library of Congress

 

Register to Vote Website

TWITTER: Follow Elaine on Twitter

PUBLISHER: Viking Penguin

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TWE RADIO: Authors Sharlee Jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis On Unleashing “the Stuff” Within Us

TWE Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks to authors Sharlee Jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis about “The Stuff,” their first book collaboration.

TWE RADIO: Sharlee Jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis On Unleashing “the Stuff” Within Us

The STUFF–Unlock Your Power To Overcome Challenges, Soar and Succeed by Sharlee Jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis

Sharlee Jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis, authors of "The Stuff"/Photo: Sam Maller

Dr. Sampson Davis and Sharlee Jeter/Photo: Sam Maller

By Stacey Gualandi/July, 2018

Don’t miss a BRAND NEW episode of The Women’s Eye Radio with Stacey Gualandi! Authors Sharlee Jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis talk about their first collaboration, The STUFF–Unlock Your Power To Overcome Challenges, Soar and Succeed.

Sharlee Jeter is the President of the Turn 2 Foundation, a non-profit formed by her brother, Yankee baseball legend Derek Jeter, that helps young people turn away from drugs and turn toward healthy lifestyles. Dr. Sampson Davis is the New York Times bestselling author, philanthropist, speaker and ER physician. Together, they have created The STUFF Movement to help us discover the hidden strengths within.

“The stuff” is an inner fortitude, and both authors know of what they speak. They’ve lived it. Jeter was diagnosed with cancer at 21 while attending college. Instead of giving up, she stayed in school and got treatment.

Fifteen years later, she is surviving and thriving. And Dr. Davis grew up in a crime-ridden New Jersey city, and faced time behind bars, yet went on to become a successful doctor and internationally-known motivational speaker and the founder of The Three Doctors Foundation. Oprah even dubbed him “the premiere role model of the world!”

"The Stuff" by Sharlee jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis/Cover provided by Gallery BooksThis interview couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I’ve been tackling several difficult issues with my family, dog and health, seemingly all at once. Both Jeter and Dr. Davis certainly offer pathways to answers on how not to give in to life’s nasty curve balls.

In the STUFF, Jeter and Dr. Davis take readers through 11 elements (i.e. “push limits,” “choose to hope,” “forge a motivation statement”) that will highlight how to overcome any obstacle. The authors say finding the Stuff can be learned, but it can’t be hurried…all you have to do is turn it on.

To find out more about The STUFF and how to unleash it, join the movement at www.thestuffmovement.com

Quote from cover of The Stuff by Sharlee jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis/Photo Courtesy Gallery Books

Twitter:
@sjeter2
@DrSampsonDavis
@JeterTurn2
@threedoctors
Instagram: @theSTUFFmovement
Facebook:  the STUFF movement
Twitter: @STUFFmovement

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TWE RADIO: Fashion Designer-Turned-Author Sigrid Olsen On Redesigning Her Life

Fashion Designer-Turned-Author Sigrid Olsen On Redesigning Her Life

My Life Redesigned: Embracing Change, Aging Gracefully, and Finding Magic in the Simple Things

Sigrid Olsen on her book My Life Redesigned: Embracing Change, Aging Gracefully, and Finding Magic in the Simple Things and her Inspiration Yoga Retreats

Sigrid Olsen, author My Life Redesigned/Photo: Courtesy Sigrid

Sigrid Olsen holding one of her creative designs

By Stacey Gualandi/June 29, 2018

Don’t miss a BRAND NEW interview with author Sigrid Olsen on The Women’s Eye Radio with Stacey Gualandi. Olsen talks about her one-time fashion empire, her Inspiration Yoga Retreats and her new memoir “My Life Redesigned: Embracing Change, Aging Gracefully, and Finding Magic in the Simple Things.”

Sigrid Olsen came to our attention thanks to Sue Podbielski, a TWE contributor, who had the opportunity to attend one of Olsen’s Inspiration Retreats recently in Tulum, Mexico. Podbielski says it was so life-changing, she wanted everyone to know about Sigrid!

Sigrid Olsen's book, My Life Redesigned/Photo Courtesy Sigrid OlsenOlsen is the nationally known woman behind the successful fashion design empire SIGRID OLSEN for nearly three decades. But after multiple life upheavals: the demise of her fashion line, a breast cancer diagnosis and the death of her husband, Olsen had to face midlife head-on. She wasn’t “forced into retirement,” says her good friend broadcaster Jane Pauley, but “forced into reinvention.”

Now, through her personal story, Olsen writes about reconnecting with a long dormant yoga practice and how she “lost herself in meditation until the layers of stress peeled away and she could breathe again.” Her book offers an 8-step happiness checklist, and “inspiration for anyone seeking to find … balance and beauty in the world.”

Sigrid Olsen, author My Life Redesigned, Embracing Change/Photo Courtesy Sigrid Olsen

To find out more about her book My Life Redesigned, her retreats and her new business Designs For Living, you can check out www.sigridolsen.com

Sigrid Olsen, author My Life Redesigned/Photo Courtesy Sigrid Olsen

TWITTER: @sigridolsenart
FACEBOOK: sigridolsenart

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TWE INTERVIEW–Katie Blomquist Is Going Places with Joy and Bikes for Kids

Katie Blomquist – Going Places Non Profit

Going Places Non Profit – Bikes for Kids

The Women’s Eye contributor Patricia Caso talks to Katie Blomquist, founder of Going Places, an innovative nonprofit supplying bikes to children in Charleston, S.C. area Title 1 schools. The bikes are for kids who never had the chance to own one. Katie explains how she started GP and what a difference it’s making.

Katie Blomquist, founder Going Places supplying bikes to kids in Charleston, S. Carolina/Photo Courtesy Katie Blomquist

Katie Blomquist, founder of Going Places/La Tasha Bellamy Photography

By Patricia Caso/June 5, 2018

Thanks to former teacher Katie Blomquist and her foundation Going Places, 1,000 kids and counting in the Charleston, South Carolina area, get joy in the form of a bike. Ninety percent of the families in Title 1 schools there live at or below the poverty line and can’t afford this childhood pleasure.

 “A child doesn’t choose their walk of life, parents or situations. Yet, if there is a little bit of joy, I believe it can change the outcome of a person’s life.”  Katie Blomquist

When I read about Katie’s inspiring efforts, I thought of my own adventures on a bike as a kid. We all had so many exciting places to go. Katie is determined that her Going Places Foundation will be an investment for improving lives of a future generation.

I spoke by phone with Katie so I could find out more about her and her ingenious idea based on joy and bikes… [Read more…]

TWE RADIO: Ben’s Bells Founder Jeannette Maré Changes the World with Kindness and a Wind Chime

Jeannette Maré, Founder of Ben’s Bells.

Ben’s Bells, changing the world with kindness and a wind chime

Jeannette Maré, Founder of Ben’s Bells.

Jeannette Maré, founder Ben's Bells, Tuscon/Photo: Courtesy Jeannette Maré | The Women's Eye Magazine and Radio Station

Jeannette Maré, founder of Ben’s Bells

By Stacey Gualandi/May 17, 2018

Don’t miss a BRAND NEW interview on The Women’s Eye Radio as Stacey Gualandi catches up with Jeannette Maré, the founder of the Ben’s Bells Project in Tucson, Arizona.

In 2002, Jeannette’s Ben died suddenly before his third birthday. As a way to deal with her devastating grief, this teacher-by-trade began making clay wind chimes that contained bells and tiny messages of kindness. [Read more…]

TWE RADIO: Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen On Their Groundbreaking Movie “RBG”

Betsy West and Julie Cohen, Directors of RBG/Photo: Myles Pettengill, Courtesy Magnolia Pictures

Filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen/Photo: Myles Pettengill, Courtesy Magnolia Pictures

By Stacey Gualandi/May 10, 2018

Don’t miss A BRAND NEW interview on The Women’s Eye Radio  with Betsy West and Julie Cohen, the award-winning documentary filmmakers behind the Sundance Film Festival favorite “RBG.”

RBG Poster/Courtesy magnolia Pictures“RBG” stars U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 85-year-old warrior of women’s rights, feminist icon and pop culture phenomenon now known affectionately as the “Notorious RBG.” 

Three years ago, West and Cohen decided to join forces –  along with a talented team of creative females – to bring Justice Ginsburg to the big screen.

Having each interviewed Justice Ginsburg for separate projects years ago, they believed that RBG was having her moment in 2015 and wanted to capture her rising popularity, especially with millennials.

Little did they know that while filming, this diminutive Bronx-born, opera-loving jurist with the big dissents, would become a symbol of gender equality rights.

“RBG” Trailer/Courtesy Magnolia Pictures

West and Cohen are successful journalists, network news producers and documentary filmmakers in their own right. And as a news junkie myself, I was already a big fan of their work at ABC, CBS and NBC, and documentaries like Makers and The Sturgeon Queens, so I was thrilled to talk with them for the first time.

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Both women share their journey documenting Justice Ginsburg’s groundbreaking legal rulings; her 56-year marriage; her dream of nine female Supreme Court justices (“Justice Ginsburg is highly optimistic…”); and her first reaction to Kate McKinnon’s Saturday Night Live RBG impersonation. Her exercise routine is remarkable, some 20 push-ups at a time and that’s just for openers.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg exercising from RBG the movie/Photo: Courtesy Magnolia Pictures

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s workout routine from “RBG”/Courtesy Magnolia Pictures

“RBG” is a love story, a her-story lesson, and, after seeing it three times, I believe it’s the only superhero movie that really matters at the summer box-office. Oh, and P.S., I predict one man will get involved with this film. His name is Oscar.

“RBG” is in theaters across the country now. To find out where, go to www.rbgmovie.com.

Supreme Court Justices 1993/Photo: Courtesy Magnolia Pictures

Supreme Court Justices 1993/Courtesy Magnolia Pictures

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