Interview with David Venable, host of QVC’s In The Kitchen with David and a Giveaway
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Today I want to introduce you to David Venable, host of QVC’s In the Kitchen with David. Not only is he a great host at QVC, but also an amazing chef with some outstanding recipes. You can check out his popular facebook community here and join for great recipes.
Here’s a little more about David:
David Venable joined QVC as a program host in 1993 and has since helped establish and build the multimedia retailer’s gourmet food business. His hit show, In the Kitchen with David℠, offers a unique interactive viewership experience and features the latest in gourmet foods, cookware, kitchen gadgets and cookbooks.
While not a chef, Venable, well-known to his dedicated fans as “Your Resident Foodie,” loves to cook and his passion revolves around all things food. This passion, coupled with his extensive knowledge of the industry, has solidified Venable’s reputation as a sought-after host and TV personality.
Prior to joining QVC, Venable was an anchor/reporter for WOAY–TV in Oak Hill, W. Va., and CBS-affiliate WTAJ–TV in Altoona, Pa., where he hosted its weekly public affairs talk show “Action Newsmakers.” He also hosted the Children’s Miracle Network telethon for four years.
Venable earned his bachelor’s degree in radio, television and motion pictures from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Since one of the biggest grilling holidays, the fourth of July is right around the corner, David was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about grilling.
1. What is one of your favorite dishes to grill on Fourth of July?
As much as I like traditional grill favorites like hamburgers and hot dogs, it’s fun to break out some exciting new dishes that will kick off the Fourth with a boom! Grilled meat loaf is definitely one of my favorites. And, it’s a real crowd-pleaser, as everyone loves meat loaf. But, this recipe ensures you needn’t even touch that oven on a hot summer day. Just put the meat loaf in the Technique® Stainless Steel Wire Square Grill Basket and throw it on the grill. The basket ensures the meat sears evenly and it even helps keep the flavor and juices locked inside. (Look for my recipe below.)
2. What are some fun ways to incorporate the Fourth of July theme into cooking food?
To add a pinch of patriotism to your food, all you have to think is red, white, and blue! Start with the beverages. Fill water pitchers (http://bit.ly/FruitInfuser) with blueberries and strawberries. Then, maybe serve a tomato and mozzarella salad with eggplant and a splash of balsamic dressing. For dessert, whip up a flag cake prepared with pound cake, whipped cream, strawberries, and blueberries. My go-to kitchen tools for preparing both the salad and flag cake would be the knives in the Prepology® 4-piece Nonstick Color Coated Knife Set.
3. What will be your choice of drink for the Fourth? I just attended the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. And naturally, I learned A LOT about food and wine pairings. So, because I’ll be grilling up steaks this holiday, I’m going with a well-bodied red wine. If you’re also serving up steak or another kind of red meat over the Fourth, consider offering Willowdale Merlot. If you’re not personally doing the grilling, this trio makes a great host or hostess gift!
4. What are some grilling tips to keep in mind for the Fourth? Keep it flavorful! Adding in fresh vegetables and spices to meats as you prepare them helps add flavor and keeps meats nice and juicy as they grill. Don’t go overboard, but don’t be afraid to try something new — a little cilantro and red onion can really kick up the flavor of a turkey burger!
5. When grilling, do you prefer to use a marinade or a dry rub?
Marinades add flavor, but dry rubs with spices like sea salt bring out the natural flavors in meats. So, I’d say it really depends on what I’m grilling. When I am going with a marinade, I’m always careful about consulting a grilling guide or cookbook about specific marinating times. It’s easy to over-marinate if you’re using ingredients with high acidity levels. (Then the meat becomes mushy). If I’m going with a rub, it’s always a blend of my favorite spices and herbs. The best way to apply a rub is to lightly massage it into the meat, or just sprinkle it on.
David also was sweet enough to share this amazing grilled meatloaf recipe:
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup green pepper, chopped
- 1 egg
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
- Cooking spray
- Additional ketchup, for brushing
- In a large bowl, combine the first 13 ingredients (through the salt). Add the ground beef and mix well. Shape into six individual loaves. Freeze until partially frozen, approximately 30 minutes.
- Spray grill basket with cooking spray. Place each loaf into the grill basket and sear over indirect medium heat for 10 minutes. Flip each loaf and sear the other side for another 10 minutes. Flip once more and close the lid. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink, and a meat thermometer reads 160°F. Brush each loaf with ketchup, if desired. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.2.5http://eclecticrecipes.com/interview-with-david-venable-host-of-qvcs-in-the-kitchen-with-david-and-a-giveaway
Now for the giveaway! I’ve teamed up with David and QVC to bring you this special giveaway for the cookbooks, Food & Wine “Best of the Best” and the book “CocktailGuide 2011″
Wait I’m not done, there’s also a KitchenAid Food Processor in white!
This package is valued at over $200! For a chance to win this amazing prize pack tell me in the comments below, what your favorite food to grill is. Feel free to share your favorite grilling tips and recipes too!
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Contest closes July 8, 2011 at midnight.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older
Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.
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