Linda Gassenheimer

Linda Gassenheimer hosts Topical Current's Food News & Views segment every Thursday from 1:30 to 2 PM. Join Linda with your questions and suggestions at 800-743-WLRN (9576) during the program.

She is a TV and radio personality, syndicated journalist, bestselling author, spokesperson and food consultant.

Gassenheimer is the award-winning author of 16 cookbooks. Her latest books are The Portion Plan: How to Eat the Foods You Love and Still Lose Weight, Prevention's Fit and Fast Meals in Minutes and Mix 'n Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes. Visit Linda's website www.DinnerInMinutes.com to learn more about her books and for Dinner in Minutes recipes.

Her Miami Herald column "Dinner In Minutes" is distributed on the McClatchy News Service to over 4 million readers each week. In addition she writes for many national and international publications.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer's "Restaurant Roundabout” December 2014 Edition

12/18/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents is Linda Gassenheimer’s “Restaurant Roundabout” extravaganza!  We have two restaurant connoisseurs on hand:  Miami-based critic & travel writer Jen Karetnick as well as Thrillist Media Group Editor, Matt Meltzer.  He speaks about Broward County eateries. Also, news of the ever-changing South Florida restaurant scene.  Fred Tasker will give his wine suggestions. What’s hot . . . And what’s not.  Openings, closings and chef changes. And of course, we feature you.  Give us a call with favorite spots in the region.  Perhaps you have a particular gripe you need to re-count. 800-743-9576.   That's Topical Currents, Thursday at 1pm.  For a list of places mentioned on the program please go to www.dinnerinminutes.com

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Linda’s Favorite Kitchen Gift Gadgets 2014

Balsamic Pork Scaloppini
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12/11/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman discuss Linda’s favorite kitchen gift gadgets. Pressure cooking is back in style  - a microwave pressure cooker that is easy and fast cooking in a microwave oven.  Or fry ingredients with only 1 tablespoon oil using the T-Fal Actifry, – and much more.

~~Dinner in Minutes~~

Balsamic Pork Scaloppini and Zucchini Sweet Potatoes

Sweet and tart balsamic vinegar dresses up pork scaloppini.  Sweet potato sticks and sugar snap peas add a colorful side dish.

There are many different qualities of balsamic vinegar.  The best ones are made only from grapes; lesser ones add brown sugar or caramel.  Some high quality producers produce a less expensive but good quality vinegar.  Read the label. It should say balsamic vinegar and not have any other added ingredients such as sugar.

From Fast and Flavorful Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table by Linda Gassenheimer, published by the American Diabetic Association.  To order this book call 1-800-232-6733 or order online at www.shopdiabetes.org.

Using the microwave oven, helps speed the potatoes and snap peas.  It also means the dish they’re cooked in can be used as a serving dish and then cleaned in the dishwasher.  I have also given a stove-top method.

 

BALSAMIC PORK SCALOPPINI

3/4 pound pork tenderloin

Olive oil spray

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup diced onion

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons pine nuts

2 tablespoons chopped parsley (optional)

Remove fat from tenderloin and cut into 2-inch slices.  Flatten the slices with a meat bat or the bottom of a heavy skillet.  Heat a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat.  Spray with olive oil spray. Sauté onion 3 minutes.  Move to sides of skillet. Add pork to the skillet and saute 2 minutes per side.  Remove to a plate; add salt and pepper to taste.  Raise heat to high, add vinegar. Reduce liquid by half, about 1 minute.  Add pine nuts and warm through, about 30 seconds. Divide pork between two dinner plates and spoon the sauce and pine nuts on top. Sprinkle parsley on top.  Makes 2 servings.

GARLIC SWEET POTATOES AND SUGAR SNAP PEAS

1/4 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed

1/2 pound sweet potatoes

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 medium garlic cloves, crushed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Wash potatoes, do not peel.  Cut potatoes into strips about the same size as the sugar snap peas (about 2-inches by 1/2-inch).

Microwave method:

Place in a microwave oven on high for 5 minutes.

Stove top method:

Bring a sauce pan of water to a boil and add the potatoes.  Boil 3 minutes, add sugar snap peas and boil 2 more minutes. Drain.

When the pork is cooked and removed from skillet, add the oil and garlic to the same skillet used for the pork. Add the potatoes and snow peas. Toss for 2 to 3 minutes or until potatoes are crisp and cooked through.  Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition InformationBalsamic Pork Scalooppini:Per serving: 309 calories (34 percent from fat), 11.8 g fat (2.9 g saturated, 4.3 g monounsaturated), 108 mg cholesterol, 38.6 g protein, 13.1 g carbohydrates, 1.6 g fiber, 88 mg sodium. Garlic Sweet Potatoes and Sugar Snap Peas: Per serving: 181 calories (23 percent from fat), 4.7 g fat (0.6 g saturated,3.3 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 3.6 g protein, 31.8 g carbohydrates, 3.6 g fiber, 14 mg sodium.Shopping List

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for tonight’s Dinner in Minutes.

To buy: 3/4 pound pork tenderloin, olive oil spray,

1 small bunch parsley, 1/2 pound sweet potatoes,

1/4 pound sugar snap peas and 1 small package pine nuts.

Staples: Onion, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and black peppercorns.

Helpful Hints

  • Thin cut boneless pork chops can be used instead of pork tenderloin.
  • Green beans or snow peas can be substituted for sugar snap peas.  The cooking time and method are the same.
  • Countdown:
    • Microwave potatoes and sugar snap peas and set aside.
    • Make pork.
    • Remove pork from skillet and saute potatoes and sugar snap peas in the same skillet.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Linda Talks to the Pillsbury Bake Off $1 million Winner

47th Bake-Off® Contest Grand Prize Winner. Live on air, the $1 million prize was awarded to Beth Royals from Richmond, Virginia
ABC via www.pillsbury.com

12/04/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview the Pillsbury million winner Beth Royals from Richmond, Virginia, her winning recipe is Peanutty Pie Crust Clusters.  We taste samples in the studio.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer interviews Executive Chef Fabio Viviani from Siena Tavern on South Beach

(left) Fabio Viviani enthusiastically describes his special ingredients to Linda, Bonnie and Joe.
Paul Leary

11/20/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Fabio Viviani, author of Fabio’s American Home Kitchen and Executive Chef at the newly opened Siena Tavern on South Beach. (It’s in the old China Grill spot.) He talks about his Italian spin on American dishes, some Italian Thanksgiving thoughts and his new restaurant. 

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer Interviews The Salvage Chef Michael Love

Michael Love
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11/13/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Michael Love, Specialty Chef at Epicure Market. 

His book is book is The Salvage Chef.  He’ll discuss ways to cut down on food waste, save money and turn leftovers into delicious meals. He’ll bring food for us to taste.

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer Interviews 'Mango Mama' Jen Karetnick

Jen Karetnick
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11/06/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Jen Karetnick about her latest book is "Mango."  It’s filled with recipes from local chefs.  She tells how she became known as 'Mango Mama' while cultivating her mango orchard of 11 mango trees with charming stories about learning to grow and use mangos. Plus, a history of the Mango gang and many recipes, including ones that are not always associated with mangos. Fred Tasker gives wines suggestions. Tune in Thursday at 1:30 on Topical Currents on 91.3 WLRN.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

How To Make A Great Cup Of Colombia Coffee

Edgardo Texidor corporate trainer for Juan Valdez coffee

10/24/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Edgardo Texidor, Corporate Trainer for Juan Valdez coffee.  We talk Colombian coffee, the different types, how to make a great cup and how to taste coffee.  We taste test with him, called a cupping session.  

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Food And Dining
1:00 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

It’s All About Pairing Wines With Favorite Foods

Cumin-Chili Crusted Snapper with Tomato Rice
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10/16/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.  It’s all about pairing wines with favorite foods. Linda and wine-expert Fred Tasker speak with Peter Schnebly, who operates the Schnebly Winery in Homestead.  It’s the southernmost winery in the U.S. That’s Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

1 in 3 Americans With Diabetes By 2050?

Nutty Butter Blizard Smoothie
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10/09/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents: Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Stephanie Dunbar, Director of Nutrition and Medical Affairs at the American Diabetes Association.  There are over 100 million US adults and children with either diabetes or pre-diabetes.  If we continue on this path there will be 1 in 3 Americans with diabetes by 2050. Simply Smoothies: Fresh and Fast Diabetes-friendly snacks and complete meals and No-Fuss Diabetes Desserts, both published by the American Diabetes Association. 

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Ritz October Biergarten, Deering Estate Foundation’s Wine On Harvest Moon Oktoberfest

Glazed Pork with Caraway Cabbage
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10/02/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove Chef,  Ramesh Kaduru and Crown Wine and Spirits wine buyer, Veronica Litton.  It's Oktoberfest!  Chef Ramish talks about the Ritz October Biergarten and his appearance at the Deering Estate Foundation’s 13th annual Wine On Harvest Moon event.  The event features German wine and food.  Veronica talks with Fred about German Riesling wines and German beer.

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Topical Currents
1:30 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Is The Era Of Truly Fine Dining Over?

John Mariani
www.johnmariani.com

09/18/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with John Mariani, restaurant and travel columnist for Esquire Magazine and the Huffington Post.  He has been called “the most influential food-wine critic in the popular press” by the Philadelphia Inquirer.   We discuss the state of the restaurant industry in the US. He wrote a scathing article “What is Bon Appetit Magazine trying to sell us?” referring to their 50 nominees for the best restaurants of 2014.  He questions their assumption that fine dining is dead. We talk about their concept of hipster restaurants; the overpriced food and what America wants when dining out. 

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Food and Dining
1:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

From Food Truck To Brick And Mortar

Linda Gassenheimer and Michell Sanchez at WLRN Studio.
Dina Allende via twitter.com/MakeitClique

09/04/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview Chef Michel Sanchez, chef/owner Latin House Grill.  He started with a food truck and now has a brick and mortar restaurant and another about to open.  He also won best burger from Burger Beast 3 years in a row. He talks about how he created his food truck and turned it into a restaurant and how to make a great burger.  

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

New School Food Programs Including Expanded Afterschool Meals

Salmon Burgers with Hot Pepper Corn
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08/28/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host and Bonnie Berman interview Penny Parham, Administrative Director for the Department of Food and Nutrition for Miami-Dade County Schools.  Also in studio, Mary Mulder, Director Food Nutrition Services for Broward.  What’s in store for school meals and after school activities -- We discuss exciting new food programs including expanded afterschool meals.  
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Food And Dining
6:18 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

The Importance Of The Bee Population

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08/21/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN guest host Peter J. talk about the importance of the bee population, why we are losing so many bees and what is being done about it.  John Gentzel, a Homestead Beekeeper is in studio; He is on the Board of the Dade County Farm Bureau. Also joining the conversation is Aaron Mullins, a senior biological scientist at the University of Florida, Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer’s “Restaurant Roundabout” August 2014 Edition

Linda Gassenheime
http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

08/14/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is our popular “Restaurant Roundabout,” with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. Also with us are restaurant critics Jen Karetnick covering Miami-Dade County, Matt Meltzer in Broward and Jan Norris i

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