Our first guest in HD was the Queen of LA Nightlife, the busiest woman in show business and the biggest heart of an enormous tribe of creatives, the one and only Miss Sheena Metal.
Sheena hosts the thriving ‘Sheena Metal Experience’ on LA Talk Radio among other shows. She acts, directs and produces. She volunteers, organizes and supports. She’s one in a million and if you click on the picture you can see her prep chili in a kitchen. It’s soo worth it.
We love you Sheena!
Here at the Laboratory Of Love, we don’t need an excuse for a good time. We really groove on eating. We can eat seasonally, sweetly and celebratory if given enough room.
Holidays are eagerly awaited so a day designated for chili makes us smile. It’s the perfect time of year for a bowl of chili wherever you live. It’s a warm stop over between winter and spring. Chili rules because it takes one less utensil to eat and fits nicely on your lap. We’ve been called simple before. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a roaring fire and a Snuggie. And if your desire is to put the Snuggie in the roaring fire, that is at your discretion and please demonstrate care. Care is important in chili as your heat index is as important as your protein in the chili. The beef may be tender but if the ghost chili’s are kicking you may send Auntie to ICU. And nothing ruins a family meal like a trip to the clinic. On the other side of the spoon a chili with no heat’s like a kiss without a hug. The two are tastily tied together.
Today being National Chili Day we take the time to count some beans. Maybe while doing your taxes you can simmer a pot. Counting beans, doing taxes? Our humor at Dish! is as layered as our flavors. Or as complex as Milk & Pepsi. That recipe is for the nostalgia readers today. In our quest for a great chili we’ve gone vegetarian, beans/no beans, red, green, yellow, white, duck, moose, squirrel, bacon, beef, pork, venison and chocolate. We have experimented and found our Salmon Chili to be a great dish (bowl) Please try this fantastic recipe while enjoying the wonderful (read more here) Sheena Metal guest sous chef. Sheena makes everything spicy, comfortable and clever. And what she can do with a cleaver, oy.
Have yourselves a merry little chili-mas now. And tune in again for more.
That’s right one and all, night listeners, informants and thieves DIO! will rock the airwaves tomorrow 6pm PST! Director Chris Gregson, Assistant/Script Supervisor Marie Pettit, and yours truly The Spatman are invited guests to the Sheena Metal Experience on LATalkRadio.com. In accordance with the prophecy, I mean, we’re very excited to welcome the arrival of Episode 6 “Chili’n With Sheena Metal”. The nice folks at LA Talk Radio hope you all will tune in for a fun hour of frolic, fennel and filming. Topics will run the gamut from Gregsonfilms to granola, petit filet to Pettit’s filly. Call hungry and Dish with us. You know you want to.
The Sheena Metal Experience
6pm PST LA Talk Radio
Unfortunately Producer Michael Vinton will be out on assignment and unable to lend his talents to tomorrow’s interview. And by assignment I mean, waxing nostalgic. And by nostalgic I mean his eyebrows. He’s busy, leave it as that.
Some Pic’s from the Episode 6 shoot;
I was lucky enough to go to the Laugh Factory back in 2005 and watch the host of “The Girrls Lockeroom” own the stage. An all female comedy show it was a menagerie of broads with great skill sets, but the emcee was killer. Her humor was raunchy and raucous, her composure inspired. I must know her I committed to myself. I must have some DNA. Who was this Sheena Metal and how do I get to meet her? An ace in my pocket, an actor friend mentions on our way out he could introduce us. What? Onward man, I will go to this Sheena. Now, I was doing some improv at the time, making the rounds on a bunch of non-union auditions slinging a headshot to any casting assistant that’d take one. Litho? Where for art thou, Litho? Sheena, Tony. Tony, Sheena. After a pretty good gush about how great she was and the show we exchanged information. She had this disarming charm that had me wanting more ore. (Get it? metal joke) If I was to do any shows she offered to come, and vice versa. Sheena also hosted The Music Highway, The Sheena Metal Experience on the LA Talk Radio as well as live music shows all thru OC and LARight, another contact-high in Hollywood.
Two days later I get an email from The Sheena Metal!! Follow through? Who knew? Husker Du? (I can’t help myself sometimes) And thus began the email portion of our show, back and forth blasts every week or so of updates in our careers. Time passes and Sheena comes into the restaurant I was working at! Hoo-aah! I get my wish to spend more time with her and share some big laughs. As visits accumulate, she invites me to come do her radio show The Experience. My father always told me I had the face for radio, I needed to do this. She was assembling her cast of characters, her regular panel guests. She had a movie-guy, an actress, a psychic, a dominatrix, I was to be her wacky-waiter. Please don’t spit coffee on your keyboard, it’s shocking. I know. Typecast when I could talk about any sundry of issues. Such a rush! I quickly called my father to let him know his prophecy had rung true. Several broadcasts later, I was a devotee. We would chew the fat on etiquette, trends, food, CT (we’re both Nutmegers), growing up Catholic. We’d trash food snobs, unattended children and valets who fart. Snark and beans. As she says, “It’s her show, but it’s your experience”. Great times were had by both.
Fast forward to the first season of DIO & assembling the guest list of co hosts. Sheena Metal was right there on the list before NPH and just after my Mom. As the season is wrapping soon, my Mom regrets not being able to make the trip at this time and we’re still
…wanting Neil Patrick Harris to come and grace our studio-kitchen Neil, how can we make this happen……… ?
I knew Sheena would be a smash on screen. This is where the problem portion of our show comes around, the woman is crazy busy with now four radio shows, live music show promotions, TV projects and a return to the stage. How were we going to get her to our little kitchen? Back and forth we went. Email to text, carrier pigeon to greeting card. This would happen, to not return her generous hospitality would be, un-Connecticut. Boom. We got a date. We booked her well out, time for all involved. She came, she sous’d, she killed for Episode 6!! Superior casting if we do say so ourselves. Wait for it…….Well then Episode 6 killed itself in an awkward technical sadness. We mourned. We ate a lot. Back to the keyboards. We rebooked the busiest woman in Hollywood.
Gracious and gushing, Sheena returned to our set last month and we made us some chili. And we made us some chili in HD!!!!! As a little rain may fall, a flower will grow. Or a garlic bulb, I digress. Director Chris Gregson, Assistant/Script Supervisor Marie Pettit and Producer Michael Vinton are proud to show off our swanky new show shot in High Def. Our episode is entitled “Chili’n With Sheena Metal”. It’s got Sheena, Garlic, Chili, Salmon and whenever I’m involved, ham. Come hungry, we plan to release it by this coming Friday! And that’s all for now, look for The DIO Creative Team to be interviewed on The Sheena Metal Experience next week, times to follow. Please feel free to call in and say “Howdy” or “We love garlic”. Either makes us happy. Oh, and you’ll notice we like to cook in cast iron.
Now that has your attention, doesn’t it? A cooking blog raising your hare with a suspicious title. Can you say ‘pandering’? Can you say ‘pandemonium’? Can you spell hors d’oeuvres? Well if you can see and spell, I’m sure your power of speech is not far behind. So bring those lips over here and catch this little superstition, waking up on the first day of the month makes you say “Rabbit, Rabbit” to bring you good luck.
I’ve long since done it. I’ve blogged on it. I’ve written on walls of hallowed halls. Not hallowed really, just a sawdust on the floor kind of place in Bermuda, but I digress. It’s an old New England superstition with tenets in Britain, I know that’s a shocker. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_rabbit) Today I awoke and spoke the famous incantation with a croaking chest cold kind of voice. It was more “ribbit ribbit”, pun’s intended. . I later found out the producer of our show, Michael Vinton wasn’t much better. He had croaked out a “Monkey monkey, rabbit rabbit”, he confuses my blarney and blessings all the time. Heck, I do that myself as well. I wish you all luck for the month and the year to come and Happy Chinese New Year as well. The year of the Dragon will bring courage and blessings!
Exciting news around DIO. Our next episode, “Chillin’ With Sheena Metal” is due to be up any day now. You’ll be able to read more of her in an upcoming post describing the filming and the history behind the great Salmon Chili recipe. With four more episodes to shoot in the season we’re very excited at the attention everyone has been giving the show. THANK YOU for all the kind words and great comments that everyone leaves here, on Facebook, Twitter and on the YouTube channel. It’s pretty damn great to read what recipes people have made and how they’ll come hungry next time. Remember “You Can Do This!” when making our food. Our stuff is easy, usually good for you and tasty tasty. Stuff yourself, please.
More good news, our show can be found on IMDB, we’re too legit too quit. Our little series is in the same company of Julia Childs, Ina Garten and Charo. I say this with love, I love me some Charo. ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2180911/) This is the go-to data base for all tv/film related searches. It’s a pretty great thing, THANKS to our producers and relentless talent involved in every aspect of making DIO.
So with a mouthful of chicken soup to clean out this chest cold, and love in my heart, I say Rabbit Rabbit to you for your new month and look forward to making you smile, inside and out with our little show here.