Tina Brown, You’re The Best!

Solid Gold Satellite Sister Tina Brown now runs Women In The World conferences as part of Tina Brown Live Media.

Solid Gold Satellite Sister Tina Brown now runs Women In The World conferences as part of Tina Brown Live Media.

Tina Brown, you’re the best!  It’s a Satellite Sisters Win-Win.  Journalist and master communicator Tina Brown talks to the Satellite Sisters about her biography of Princess Diana called The Diana Chronicles.  Was she “the people’s princess,” who electrified the world with her beauty and humanitarian missions? Or was she a manipulative, media-savvy neurotic who nearly brought down the monarchy? Only Tina Brown, former editor-in-chief of Tatler, England’s glossiest gossip magazine; Vanity Fair; and The New Yorker could possibly give us the truth.

Tina Brown speaks to us about her book The Diana Chronicles and what it says about the British class system.

Tina Brown speaks to us about her book The Diana Chronicles and what it says about the British class system.

Tina Brown now runs Tina Brown Live Media, a company dedicated to summits, salons, flash forums and debates. In addition to producing the annual summit at Lincoln Center in New York, Tina Brown Live Media is currently expanding the Women in the World brand with smaller salon-style events around the U.S. and globally.

Launched by Tina Brown in 2010, the summit convenes extraordinary leaders such as Meryl Streep, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie and Christine Lagarde as well as inspirational activists and political change-makers from all over the world. They come to share their stories, and offer solutions to building a better life for women and girls.

By | December 30th, 2016|

Peggy Fleming, You’re The Best!

Julie Dolan will never forget Grenoble 1968. That's when Peggy Fleming won her heart and a gold medal.

Julie Dolan will never forget Grenoble 1968. That’s when figure skater Peggy Fleming won her heart and a gold medal.

To close 2016, we want to celebrate some of our Solid Gold Satellite Sisters. Today, we talk to figure skater/commentator/hair idol Peggy Fleming. ESPN says that Peggy Fleming launched the modern era of figure skating. Listen and you can hear Satellite Sister Julie Dolan hyperventilate as she talks to her idol. Someone get the smelling salts. Peggy Fleming is as gracious with the Satellite Sisters as she could possibly be. And for that, we send her holiday cheer. Of course, we wanted to dish a little bit on some of the skaters– but it’s clear Peggy Fleming does not operate that way, so we stuck to her standards. You’re the best, Peggy Fleming!

Who is your your Olympic hero? Which medalist would you love to have the chance to talk to ?

Other “You’re The Best” interviews you can listen to include:

Nora Ephron

Tina Brown

Julia Louis Dreyfus

Commander Eileen Collins

Go to iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play.

 

By | December 26th, 2016|

Pie-Free Living, Holiday Deals, Air Marshals

Liz thought her holiday amaryllis would look like this. Instead, she got a box of dirt and bulbs. Not hopeful they'll be blooming by Christmas.

Liz thought her holiday amaryllis would look like this. Instead, she received a box of dirt and bulbs. We are not hopeful they’ll be blooming by Christmas. Or ever.

Julie announces that this is her first day of pie-free living in quite a while. Julie & Liz award Satellite Sister of the Week to longtime listener and facebook friend Leslie Maxfield for sharing her excitement about the launch of Mars-bound Curiosity with us.  Leslie was at the Kennedy Space Center for the big event. In other news, Julie bonds with an air marshal, Liz has an issue with Harry & David, and the Satellite Sisters export both Diane Keaton’s haircut and Chico’s to Kyrgyzstan. Plus, we remember our mother Edna Dolan’s strategy of resting non-working appliances.

We also want to remind you of some Satellite Sisters sponsors who have special offers for listeners to you might fund useful during your holiday gift shopping:

Harry’s: Use www.harrys.com and the promo code sisters at checkout

Glossier:  Use www.glossier.com and the promo code sisters at checkout

Away Luggage:  Go to www.awaytravel.com/sisters and use promo code sisters at checkout

Eloquii fashions: Go to www.eloquii.com/sisters and use promo code sisters at checkout

Primary kids clothing: Use www.primary.com/sisters

Thanks, Satellite Sisters. And thanks for supporting the sponsors who support us.

By | November 27th, 2016|

True Crime, Thanksgiving, Holiday Deals

To buy Ian Punnett's new true crime book A Balck Night for the Bluegrass Belle, go to Acclaim Press here.

To buy Ian Punnett’s new true crime book A Balck Night for the Bluegrass Belle, go to Acclaim Press here.

On today’s Satellite Sisters, we bring you True Crime, Thanksgiving and Holiday Deals. We welcome back Broadcaster, Journalist and Solid Gold Satellite Mister Ian Punnett to talk about his new true crime book A Black Night For The Bluegrass Belle.  This fascinating story of the murder of Verna Garr Taylor takes us back to Ian’s Garr family roots. More info on the book from amazon here. You can order directly from Acclaim Press here and join the Facebook Group for Ian’s book here. Here’s the People Magazine story about A Black Night for the Bluegrass Belle.

Also today, Lian reviews her final Thanksgiving prep list and has already had a #thanksgivingfail.  Why did she attempt to bake?  It’s just not in the Dolan DNA.Liz will be at Lian’s home on Thanksgiving Day and has been assigned to forage for greens in Lian’s vegetable garden. Julie has already celebrated Thanksgiving in Dallas.

Liz has a successful dig-out in her second bedroom/Satellite Sisters technical operations center. In addition to donating 4 big boxes of books to the Santa Monica Public Library, she took 55 pounds worth of documents to be shredded at Staples last Friday.  It was time.

Plus breaking sports news.  We loved the Golden Goggles Award for USA Swimming hosted by Rowdy Gaines last night in NYC, including Female Race of the Year to Simone Manuel and Male Race of the Year to Michael Phelps.  As it happens, Liz and Lian were at the Aquatic Center in Rio for BOTH of these races.  Special medal for them for that!  Thanks USA Swimming for a great #Rio2016 Olympics.

Lian attended the funeral of a friend’s father last night.  He was a prominent member of the large Korean community in Southern California and Lian’s has picked up a few cultural tips from their funeral traditions that she may appropriate herself.

In the final ten minutes of the podcast, we also remind you of some Satellite Sisters sponsors who have special offers for listeners to you might fund useful during your holiday gift shopping:

Harry’s: Use www.harrys.com and the promo code sisters at checkout

Glossier:  Use www.glossier.com and the promo code sisters at checkout

Away Luggage:  Go to www.awaytravel.com/sisters and use promo code sisters at checkout

Eloquii fashions: Go to www.eloquii.com/sisters and use promo code sisters at checkout

Primary kids clothing: Use www.primary.com/sisters

Thanks, Satellite Sisters. And Happy Thanksgiving to all.

By | November 22nd, 2016|

Edna Dolan’s 9 Rules of Thanksgiving

Remember that you can never have too many turkeys.

Remember that you can never have too many turkeys.

Want expert advice on how to host Thanksgiving? Follow our mother, Edna Dolan’s nine rules of Thanksgiving. These are solid gold tips that will take your gathering to the next level.  Our mother was a master Thanksgiving planner who did most of her best work on the back of an envelope with a crayon. We routinely had 35 adults and children for the turkey and ALL of the trimmings. Our holiday dinner was more a a pageant than a meal complete with singing and dancing acts, costumes, very weak audio visual presentations, and specific roles for all participants.  I hope you can adopt some of our mother’s rules for your own holiday festivities.

  1. It is never too early to set the table or peel the potatoes. The Sunday before Thanksgiving is a fine time to get the table done.  It may mean that you have to eat some of your pre-Thanksgiving meals standing up but who cares?  And according to our mother, peeled potatoes can sit in a pot of cold water for hours.
  2. Everybody needs an apron. An apron should be part of the holiday attire for men, women, and children.  Everyone in aprons makes for a cute picture and and cover up any inappropriately dressed relative.
  3. You can’t have too many pilgrims or turkeys. This is Thanksgiving for goodness sake! Don’t let shopping or Santa crowd out the day.  Savor all the goodness and gratitude that comes from gathering with friends and family.
  4. Keep the appetizers light.  Our mother wanted us starving when we sat down to eat.  Think celery, carrots and olives.
  5. Many hands make light work. And, good planning makes good fun.  Okay, Thanksgiving is a lot of work with lots and lots of dishes.  You need to enlist everyone in getting the job done.
  6. Food has to be hot.  No matter how good your recipe for butternut squash is, if the dish isn’t served steaming hot, you’ve got problems.  Getting everything on the table at the right temperature requires timing and coordination.  See rule #5.
  7. Rest the bird.  Okay, you did it.  You roasted the turkey to a perfect golden brown.  Our mother would advise you to patiently rest the bird for 20-30 minutes before carving.
  8. Take a walk.  This rule had very little to do with health or digestion.  I think my mother just wanted all Thanksgiving commotion out of the house for a moment.
  9. No matter how unnecessary, chocolate turkeys make the day. We certainly didn’t need giant chocolate turkeys after all the food, pies, nuts and fruit but they were fun and memorable.  Our mother loved Sees chocolate.http://www.sees.com.  Of course, our mother had many, many more rules regarding Thanksgiving but this should give you a good start to a wonderful holiday.
By | November 20th, 2016|

Recipe for Edna Dolan’s Turkey Tetrazzini!

Turkey Tetrazzini recipe from Satellite Sisters

Our Mother Edna Dolan’s Turkey Tetrazzini recipe starts on page 249 of our first book Satellite Sisters Uncommon Senses.

 

On the podcast the other day, Lian mentioned our family tradition of making the Thanksgiving leftovers into Turkey Tetrazzini.  Our mother originally got this recipe from the Worcester Art Museum Cookbook in Worcester Mass, where our father was from.  She mastered this delicious dish.  Lian has mastered it, too.  You should try it.  We published the recipe on our first book Satellite Sisters Uncommon Senses on pages 249 and 250.  Photos below.  Here are the basics:

INGREDIENTS
8 oz. spaghetti, broken into 2″ pieces
4 Tbs. butter
4 Tbs. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup light cream
1/4 to 1/2 cup sherry or Marsala wine
1/3 or more cup Parmesan cheese
2 cups cooked turkey
1/2 or more pound mushrooms, sliced
1 yolk of an egg
1 can black olives, drained
DIRECTIONS

1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain.

Meanwhile, melt buter over low heat, blend in flour, salt and nutmeg and stir constantly until mixture is smooth and bubbly.  Remove from heat; stir in chicken broth and cream, bring to a boil and cook, stirring for 1 minute.

Stir in wine and cheese.  Add sauce to cooked spaghetti.  To the turkey, add mushrooms and egg yolk.  Add turkey mixture to spaghetti and sauce, blending thoroughly.  Pour into buttered 2-1/2 qt. casserole dish. Top with black olives and bake, uncovered at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes.  Let stand for 1- minutes before serving.

Yield:  4-6 servings.

Originally from The Cookbook, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA., 1976.

Here are more ingredients, the cooking directions and the history of the recipe from the Worcester Art Museum Cookbook in Worcester. Mass. Our father was originally from Worcester and also went to college there at Holy Cross.

Here are more ingredients, the cooking directions and the history of the recipe.

By | November 19th, 2016|