Cooking and Katting with Chef Franco Lania


Chef Franco Lania Cooking and Katting #meerkat Since live streaming Apps Meerkat and Periscope (owned by Twitter) were launched last month they have been highly publicized in the news and online.  Both apps, currently available only on iOS, let you broadcast live video from your smartphone to the app’s other users or to a private group of friends and followers.

***Update** Meerkat App now Available also for Android Smartphone Users!! Meerkat On Android for Everyone May 1st 2015 We introduced Chef Franco Lania to the Meerkat App as the perfect venue for his brand and personality.

“Ever since Meerkat captured the imagination of this year’s SXSW audience, it has become one of the most hotly-discussed new platforms in recent years among marketing industry experts.” “It’s been claimed by many that Meerkat is the biggest SXSW breakout product since Twitter in 2007” read more here

Chef Franco’s enthusiasm and passion for cooking is contagious and can be caught by watching him cook and engage with people. We chose to showcase Chef Franco’s magnanimous personality using the Meerkat App during a cooking session.

Most Meerkat users are aware that the app offers an option to save their video streams on their mobile devices but does not save to YouTube for you. We decided to use the Katch App.

Katch allows you to simplify the process of preserving your memories while passing off the storage and distribution concerns to YouTube’s servers. By adding “#Katch” to your Meerkat video stream description, you’ll immediately alert Katch, which will then save your video, upload it to YouTube and then send you the link via your Meerkat comments.  read more here We added  #Katch to our Meerkat Video Title to capture our video for posterity.

When we reviewed the “Katch Video” we discovered that the last 10 minutes of our saved video was out of sync.  We had lost video view for a few minutes during our meerkat broadcast and that must have disrupted the recording. Chef Franco was able to have the video put back into sync then placed up on YouTube. Chef Franco Lanio Meerkat Cooking YouTube Chef Franco’s Mission is to inspire people that have hit hardships and adversity in their lives using the invigorating energy of cooking. Meet Chef Franco Lania His passion for the kitchen and its potential to heal the soul have made him a grassroots sensation, inspiring culinary professionals and novice foodies alike. The Master Chef has appeared on HTTV and The Food Network, where he served up delicious recipes garnished with his famous joie de vivre.  Now Chef Franco shares his joy of cooking, his recipes, and the story of how he found happiness in the kitchen with people around the world….and how you can do the same.

The following is a three-minute clip from Katie Shea Design’s Meerkat Video summing up Chef Franco Lania’s Cooking Mission: Short clip from Katie Shea Design's Meerkat Video of Chef Franco Lania

Some Cooking Tips from Chef Franco Lania: 

Tip 1: Boil the pasta nice and easy to keep the integrity of the shapes.

Tip 2: Large sweet onions do not make you cry as much.

Tip 3: Remove the onion root before cutting to enable the onion to easily fall apart into half moon shapes. 

Tip 4:  Undercook your pasta by about 3 minutes.This allows the pasta to cook the rest of the way with the other hot ingredients.

You can find the Spring Pea and Pancetta Pasta Mista Here

Pasta Mista Image shot with an iPhone6 VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design April 2015

While using the Meerkat App to video this cooking session; we used a Verizon WiFi Hotspot since “Live Streaming” devours Wireless Data.

What is a WiFi hotspot?

“Imagine a gadget that’s smaller than a deck of cards, as easy to use as a light switch and powerful enough to provide a super-fast Internet connection to numerous devices. That’s a mobile hotspot, which lets you take Wi-Fi with you. Wi-Fi hotspots—or Verizon Jetpack mobile hotspots—keep multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices connected to the Verizon 4G LTE network. Unlike a USB modem or wireless modem, which can be used only with your laptop, a mobile hotspot can easily connect your laptop and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously.” We keep a sharp eye on  Data usage since the business smartphone has a 2GB plan. By using the Verizon Hotspot we did not consume a chunk of the Data plan for one “Live Streaming” session.

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The scale is tipping in our personal and business lives to a more “Video Usage” world.  Ensuring we have a “Data Plan” that can accommodate our lifestyles and budgets is essential.

A Verizon iPhone6 128GB was used to shoot Katie Shea Design’s images and Meerkat Video in this post.

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Carted Away With Cost Plus World Market

Grand Opening Cost Plus World Market photo credit Katie Shea Design #WorldMarket_NJ

Katie Shea Design  Attended the Sneak Peek Preview and Grand Opening of Cost Plus World Market’s North East Store.

The Property Brothers @WorldMarket Livingston NJ with Kathleen DeCosmo KatieSheaDesign

The first store in the North East, World Market celebrated it’s debut with The Property Brothers greeting customers with smiles, handshakes, hugs and autographs!

Inspiration Pieces from World Market Livingston NJ  #WorldMarket_NJ  photo credit Katie Shea Design

Lots of oohs and ahhs were heard as each aisle was being shopped.  Inspiration pieces galore!

Tea for any taste at world market livingston by katie shea design kathleen decosmo

The tea selections are very interesting as well as the line of teacups.  A great place to begin a teacup collection.

@WorldMarket Products from around the Globe Photo Credit #KatieSheaDesign

Most new customers were so excited about the product choices from all around the Globe!

Italian Soda Varieties  by World Market #WorldMarket_NJ photo credit #KatieSheaDesign

World Market’s variety of Italian Soda is worth traveling for.  The road will be worn out to Livingston NJ by Katie Shea Design!

#KatieSheaDesign's  World Market Favorites #WorldMarket_NJ  These are my top three food finds at Cost Plus World Market:

Pomegranate soda to invite a splash of Vodka on the rocks for a hot summer’s day.

Sriracha Mayonnaise for so many Pinterest Recipes in the cue.

Salt Caramel Syrup slated for cupcakes, pancakes and ice cream toppings.

Carried Away @WorldMarket Livingston by KatieSheaDesign #WorldMarket_NJ

One could say that Katie Shea Design was carted away with Cost Plus World Market’s aisles and aisles of inspiration not only for decorating but for cooking and baking as well!

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Cost Plus World Market.

All opinions are my own.

All Images shot with my #GalaxyS5 Smartphone #VZWBuzz

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“Mock” Garlic Horseradish Mashed Potatoes



1 medium head cauliflower

1 tablespoon sour cream

½  Tbsp grated Horseradish (to taste)

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1/8 teaspoon straight chicken base or bouillon (may substitute 1/2 teaspoon salt)

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

A sprinkle of Parmesan ( to taste)


Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat.

Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done. Drain well; do not let cool and pat cooked cauliflower very dry between several layers of paper towels.

In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the sour cream, parmesan, garlic, chicken base, Horseradish and pepper until almost smooth.

Serve hot with pats of butter.

Image shot with a Samsung Galaxy Camera #VZWBuzz

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