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Chef Michael White returned to the studio for his final day hosting “Cooking Today.”  Covering all the weekend food essentials, Michael invited Altamarea’s corporate executive pastry chef, Bob Truitt and beverage directors Hristo Zisovski and Francesco Grosso to share summer dessert and wine ideas.  And because no cookout is complete without a burger or fried chicken, Time Magazine’s “Taste of America” columnist Josh Ozersky stopped by to dish about meat.

In his column, Josh tends to focus on different regional home cooking traditions - what he calls the “American vernacular cuisine.”  Having recently written a book entitled “Colonel Sanders and The American Dream,” Josh and Chef White discussed their cooking methods to make the best fried chicken: in a cast-iron skillet or a pressure cooker. Josh also spoke about Meatopia, an upcoming food festival, which he described as the “Woodstock of Edible Animals.” The event will be taking place on September 8, and will feature 40 chefs from around the world cooking meat for 3,000 people.

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Time magazine columnist, Josh Ozersky with Chef White.

1 Time magazine columnist, Josh Ozersky with Chef White.

Altamarea corporate executive pastry chef, Bob Truitt with

2 Altamarea corporate executive pastry chef, Bob Truitt with "Cooking Today" host, Michael White.

Altamarea beverage directors and sommeliers, Hristo Zisovsky and Francesco Grosso with Chef White.

3 Altamarea beverage directors and sommeliers, Hristo Zisovsky and Francesco Grosso with Chef White.

Vermentino, a white wine, from the Ligure region in Italy.

4 Vermentino, a white wine, from the Ligure region in Italy.

A red wine, called Rossese, from the Ligure region in Italy.

5 A red wine, called Rossese, from the Ligure region in Italy.

A Cote de Provence Rose' from the Provence region in France.

6 A Cote de Provence Rose' from the Provence region in France.

A Bandol Rose' from the Provence region of France.

7 A Bandol Rose' from the Provence region of France.

Chef White turned the conversation over to desserts with his corporate executive pastry chef, Bob Truitt. Bob is currently working on the dessert menu at Chef White’s new restaurant, Nicoletta, including a house made soft-serve gelato with choice of ten different toppings! Bob revealed fruit-filled tarts, made with produce from local farmer’s markets, are his favorite treat to make in the summer months.

Sticking with the theme of summer cuisine, beverage directors Francesco and Hristo brought wines they felt are best enjoyed in warmer weather.  Francesco pointed out that in addition to white wine, light reds and rosé are also good choices. He mentioned that Wine Searcher is a great source to find wines sold in your area.   Check out our gallery to see the names of the wines they shared.   

If you missed today's show, you have another chance to catch it tonight at 6 and 10 p.m. ET, and be sure to check out some of the highlights below.

“Cooking Today,” airs live each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT, on Sirius XM 110.  Be sure to tune in Monday, July 16 when chef, Food Network personality and “Chopped” judge, Amanda Freitag joins us to host!

Chef Michael White explains how the best fried chicken is made.

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Pastry chef, Bob Truitt, shares his tips for blind baking.

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Hristo describes the flavor and color of the Tibouren Clos Cibonne rose wine he brought to share with Francesco and Michael.

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