Tailgate Bruschetta Recipe

I had such a great time traveling from TX to AZ to CO!

I promised viewers this recipe on the air at NBC Arizona on Arizona Midday.

Here are Destry and me pulling a Kathie Lee and Hoda!



ANd without further ado, the recipe!


  • 1 1/4 cup chopped arugula
  • 1 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 loaf Italian bread, dut diagonally into 1-inch slices & lightly toasted
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup chopped, toasted walnuts
  • 2 tbsp. Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Pompeian White Balsamic Vinegar

Brush bread slices with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.

In a small bowl, whisk together remaining 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar, mustard and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle half over arugula and toss well; set aside remaining dressing for another use.  Stir walnuts into arugula mixture.

Spread each slice of bread with 1 tablespoon ricotta, then top with 1 tablespoon arugula mixture.  Serve immediately.

Remedies on Steve Harvey Today (And where to buy them)

Hi guys! I was back on Steve Harvey today and we talked about some common Eastern remedies! I always get lots of questions about where to find these items, so here you go!

(source: www.steveharveytv.com)
Eastern Remedies to replace almost everything in your medicine cabinet.

In the West, everyone reaches for the Neosporin but in the East we use Soy Sauce! If you don’t have this at home already you need to get it. It is applied on the burn immediately and left on for a half an hour. It soothes and relieves the pain and prevents blisters. We’re not really sure what in the soy sauce makes it healing for burns, but it’s been working for us for thousands of years.
WHERE TO BUY: Soy sauce is in most grocery stores in the Asian food aisle. You can also order off of large online marketplaces like Amazon. Kikkoman Soy Sauce, 33.8 oz

We’ve all had to reach for the pink stuff one time or another but in the East, Kimchi is the go-to for an upset stomach! Some of you have probably eaten or heard of it before but didn’t know the powers it has to cure indigestion. It is cabbage seasoned with ingredients like scallions, spices, radish, garlic, shrimp sauce and fish sauce, then allowed to ferment underground in jars for months. It’s crawling with good bacteria & probiotics, which protect the intestines from bacteria & pushes them out.
WHERE TO BUY: Kimchi is a Korean staple so you will have to head to a Korean grocery store. Some larger cities also carry kimchi in their American grocery stores. Again, I always use Amazon, haha, they have everything! (Please make sure you are buying korean kimchi, NOT chinese-made kimchi) Kimchi – Authentic Korean Pickled Cabbage – Fresh (1 LB)

Most of us usually take something like Melatonin or Z-Quil, but in the East, Jujube Dates treats insomnia and anxiety. It contains compounds that have a sedative effect that will help you sleep better. All you have to do is brew these dates as a tea.
WHERE TO BUY: Jujube dates are easy to find in an Asian grocery store. If you dont have one nearby, here is a link to where you can buy online. I always buy organic, but feel free to buy regular as well. ORGANIC SUN-DRIED HUNZA JUJUBE (RED DATE BERRIES) 4 OZ

Instead of using aspirin for a headache or Icy Hot for a muscle ache, we use White flower oil & red flower oil! They both contain some of the same ingredients like wintergreen, eucalyptus, camphor and lavender. When combined it soothes and cools/warms the skin that melts the tension away. Applying these oils is easy. To relieve a headache, massages a few drops of White Oil to your temples. For muscle aches, rub Red flower oil directly on the affected area.
WHERE TO BUY: Red and white flower oil are both available in your Chinatown/Koreatown Asian medicine shops. Also they will sometimes be in Asian grocery stores. Again, online link is at WHITE FLOWER White Flower Analgesic Balm 0.67 OZ OR Axe brand Red Flower Oil – 1.08oz – 32 ml

Back on Steve Harvey today!

Steve laughing at me because I’m about to eat some… interesting stuff.

I am back on the Steve Harvey Show today! Please make sure to watch the segment.
I’m sure I’ll be getting many more questions from you guys about where to buy ingredients. I love hearing from you all so please ask away! I’m at @michellewpark or fb.com/michellewpark.

I wanted to post some answers here to the most frequently asked questions.

First of all, I buy all the ginseng that we eat at home from my Korean herbal market in K-Town here in NYC. If you can find a korean or chinese herbal market in your area, this is the best way to find ginseng because the owners there can help you pick out which ginseng is right for you! I prefer red ginseng with very long roots, but it does tend to get pricey.
Now, if you do not have a Chinatown or Koreatown near by, the ginseng extract we drank on Steve’s show was this one:RED PANAX GINSENG EXTRACT 6 BOXES 180 BOTTLES 6000MG(30 BOTTLES IN EACH BOX) but really you can try your luck with any of the bottled ones because they tend to be safe.
Full-Spectrum Korean Red Ginseng Root 400 mg 90 Caps – Swanson Premium

For bird’s nest, its a bit of a complex answer. Good bird’s nest is VERY hard to find. You want the kind that actually has a little bit of debris to show that it was really in the wild. However, you can find bird’s nest pre-bottled and easily available. The actual amount of BN that goes into these is less than you would have if you made it at home, BUT it is MUCH easier than sitting there and making the soup
Amazon has a couple different options:
Golden Nest Swallow Nest Soup Sugar Free Collagen – 6 bottles x 75 ml (2.5 fl oz)

An answer for all of you looking for the male virility booster known as deer penis in strong alcohol (baiju)
First of all, i admire everyone’s courage!
But deer penis liquor is a tough one to source. I buy mine on my way back from Asia whenever I go. They do carry it in Chinatowns around the country, so head to an Asian herbal store and if they don’t have it, they will know who does. But if you are not close by a China/Koreatown, this isn’t one that is sold online because of liquor import/export laws etc.

See you guys next time!

Photos: What to Wear to a 1 Year Old’s Birthday… Polka Dots and Comfy Jeans

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A friend had quite the 1 year birthday party for his son. It was a very NYC crowd. They rented out Ciano. Lots of good pasta, obviously. Oh and the balloon man was awesome. But running around with all the kids meant I wanted to be as comfortable as possible, while still being presentable to the NYC stroller crowd.

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Photos: Weekday Work Look with Prints Galore

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Here I am on the balcony outside the DJ Rheewind Headquarters in Midtown, wearing a printed dress by Pookie & Sebastian.
Grey suede heels by Dolce Vita.
White fur coat (because it was freezing!) by Armani.
Carrying a chainlink leopard print clutch by Felix Rey.
I went with a cocktail ring and just some hoops. Keeping it simple because of all of the print!

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Inaugural Issue of Heaven Has Heels!

I’m one of the “Faces of Fashion Week” in the inaugural issue of Heaven Has Heels-

much thanks go to Editor-in-Chief and all around fashionista Angela Gilltrap.

I’m excited to read the magazine, because I LOOOOOVE shoes.

http://issuu.com/heavenhasheels/docs/hhheels_fall2012 <– thats the whole issue there

New York Fashion week is here y'all!!
It's the 2 times of year I work like an investment banker… lots of models (not the excel kind) and bottles (of diet coke).

Can't wait to see the collections :)