Cooking and Katting with Chef Franco Lania

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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. **

Pre-gaming for SuperBowl #SB49 With The Wine Library

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What is on your menu for SuperBowl Sunday??

We stopped by the Wine Library in Springfield N.J. for some tastings during their #WineLibraryEvent.

1 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design c 2015  Image Shot w iPhone6  ..... Image Shot w iPhone6  #VZWBuzz

All of the following products are available at the Wine Library’s Gourmet Library Dept.

2 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Charlito's Cocina ..... Image Shot w

Charlito‘s Cocina Salami was addictive!

3 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea C 2015 Design-Alemar Cheese  ..... Image Shot w iPh

Alemar Cheese “small batch makers of French-inspired soft-ripened and fresh cheeses”.4 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design-Stories of Greek Origins  ..... Image 5 Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -navarino icons  ..... Image Shot w iPhone6Navarino Icons ” authentic food products inspired by the rich culinary and cultural heritage of the Messinian region. Fig Marmalade product of organic farming.6 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design-stories of greek origin  ..... Image

Stories of Greek Olive Oil reminds me of my Brother In Law’s parent’s olive oil that is shared amongst all of us over here in the US.  Perfect for dipping in crusty bread!7 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design-Rainier Ferrell chatting OWLS BREW wiWe not only sampled some of the most delicious food samples but were treated to the friendliest vendors as well!  Great chatting with Reinier Ferrell and Albert Waite.

8 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Tasting Owls Brew wuth Rainier Ferrel

We are using Owl’s Brew “The Classic” for one of our SuperBowl Drinks.9 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -MARLOS BAKE SHOP  ..... Image Shot w

Tasted the Original Marlo’s Biscotti. The Chocolate is my favorite!10 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Chefs Cut Real Jerky  ..... Image Sh

Hubbie decided that he needed several bags of Chef’s Cut Jerky for his Superbowl menu!11 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -La Esquina  ..... Image Shot w iPhonLa Esquina Salsas have been featured in Food & Wine as one of the editors’ favorite snacks, as well as Prevention Magazine, The New York Times and EaterNY.12 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -The Atlantic Ave. Co  ..... Image ShEnjoyed chatting with Matt Gallira founder and owner of Atlantic Ave Co.  All products share hand-crafted qualities: small batch sauces start with fresh herb-infused organic extra virgin olive oil, San Marzano tomatoes, Cabernet Sauvignon, and carefully sourced ingredients like hand-made Pancetta and imported Porcini mushrooms
13 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C2015 -the jersey general salsa  ..... Imag

14 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Jersey General Salsa  ..... Image Sh

Jersey General Salsa Donates a portion of their proceeds to military charities! 15 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Pipers Crisps  ..... Image Shot w iPI cannot stop eating these Pipers Cheddar & Onion Crisps!16 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Bellei Balsamico Suite DiBruno bros This Balsamico Suite Vinegar is perfect to pour on greens or even vanilla ice cream.

17 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Four Fat Fowl  ..... Image Shot w iPFour Fat Fowl’s “recipes are the product of more than 20 years of combined experience in the specialty cheese industry.”18 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -CREMINELLI FINE MEATS  ..... Image S

Creminelli Fine Meats’ authentic Italian salami and deli meats are handcrafted by a seasoned artisan, Cristiano Creminelli. 19 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -CHEF FRANCO LANIA  ..... Image Shot

We fell prey to Chef Franco Lania’s Minnesota Wild Rice Griddle Cakes.  Bought 2 boxes they were so YUM! 20 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -GRIDDLE CAKES BY CHEF FRANCO LANIA 21 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Pillar's black kassel mustard seed sThis Black Kassel Mustard Seed Salami is a mixture of pure pork finely chopped with mustard seeds and a hint of garlic. 22 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Confiseur Mazet Tablette Noir Frambo

Confiseur Mazet Tablette Noir Framboise/Dark Raspberry Chocolate  Amazing!!  23 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Caymus Vineyards  ..... Image Shot w Enjoyed sipping this Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 with Confiseur Mazet Tablette Noir Framboise/Dark Raspberry Chocolate.  A perfect pairing. 24 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design  C 2015  D'Artagnan Foods  ..... Image Shot Love this D’Artagnan Sausage as a Superbowl Appetizer!25 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015  Peanut Butter Boy ..... Image Shot

Peanut Butter Boy uses unblanched peanuts, roasted in small batches. 100% sea salt and no sugar added.  So tasty! 26 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design  C 2015 The Jam Stand  ..... Image Shot w iP

The Jam Stand’s Sriracha Jam has Juicy peaches and fiery sriracha combine for a jam that’s not just peachy… it’s spicy too!27 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015- Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company  .Vermont Farmstead petit lille – “Thicker than a Brie, this decadently sumptuous soft ripened cheese has a downy white bloom with a supple paste core enveloped by a rich creamy body. Reveals a subtle mushroom nuance with notes of nut and butter and a lingering tang”28 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -The Taco Truck  ..... Image Shot w i

Munched on Delish Taco Truck’s Polo Asado Taco. (Guest Vendor for Event)

29 Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 - Villa Grimelli  ..... Image Shot w Yum!  We absolutely adore the Villa Grimelli apple cider vinegar over greens!

30  Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Fontanarosa's  ..... Image Shot w iWe picked up Fontonaro‘s Artichoke & Asiago Raviolis for our SuperBowl Appetizer.

31  Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 - Jar Goods  ..... Image Shot w iPhoClassic Red is “Made in small batches with simple, fresh ingredients, it’s a versatile, gourmet sauce of rich, complex flavor.”

32  Wine Library Big Game Party #WineLibraryEvent #foodbaby image shot by Katie Shea Design C 2015 -Albert Waite  Gourmet Library in ThThanks Albert Waite for your contagious enthusiasm for all the products we sampled!

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A Verizon iPhone6 128GB was used to shoot all the images in this post. #VZWBuzz

I have used my iPhone6 for months without having to delete any files since I opted for the 128GB  model.

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