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February 2013 Archives

Tracey Rogers gives inspiriation by telling her story.

She spent years addicted to drugs and alcohol. But she turned her life around and has been sober for two years now. Her story of overcoming adversity is truly inspiring. No longer addicted to drugs and alcohol, Tracey now runs her own business in Windsor. (RUNS: 11:09)


Canadian John Sheardown mentioned during Argo's Oscar win.

Robin Sheardown tells The Bridge that he is glad to hear that Hollywood hit, Argo recognized John Sheardown's heroic acts during the Iran Hostage crisis. (RUNS 3:41)


Solo Artist Sarah Smith performs at the Phog Lounge tomorrow night.

Sarah Smith gained recognition with her rock band "The Joys"...but for the past year
she's been performing as a solo artist.Sarah Smith brings her music to the Phog
Lounge tomorrow night....but first she joins me in the studio. (Runs 8:39)


Music Writing tips to help make your song a hit.

There's been allot of entries to CBC Music's Searchlight contest. Today we hear what writing techniques can help turn a song into a hit. (runs 8:20)


A very special guitar is front and centre this weekend as the Windsor Symphony Orchestra presents the Pops concert Six String Nation.

The Bridge crew gets to hang on to the Voyager guitar made from the wood of Canada's history such as, Pierre Truduea's paddle, The Bluenose schooner, Rocket Richards cup ring, and Louis Riel's school house.

L-R Ryan Soulliere, Denise Kristof, Dan Kennedy and Adam Burns.

Tomorrow night and continuing Saturday and Sunday the Windsor Symphony Orchestra is putting a guitar front and centre.
Not just any guitar, it's the Voyager, a guitar more well known that the people who will have the pleasure of playing it during the concerts this weekend.
Jowi Taylor is the fellow who came up with the idea of the Voyager guitar.(Runs 10:46)


Contest test

This is a test of the Windsor Ultimate Band Contest.

Intro text goes here.

If you have taken photographs of your nominees and consent to let us use them, you can send them in (one at a time) using this form.

Protecting your online identity

If you think you've deleted an online profile, think again. We hear how your profile stays on the internet long after you have deleted it. (runs 13:27)


Travel tips for Florida drivers.

Al Valente of Vealente travel tell motorists what they need to know before driving in Florida.

Listen audio (runs 4:08)

Valentine's Day winners

Sandra and Jim MacDonald are the winners of our Valentine's music contest. They've been marrried fprt over 40 years and keep things fresh with a new song once in a while.
Listen audio (runs 2:40)

Nav Sehmbi and Rita Horbatiuk from Atmosphere Fine Foods have come up with a recipe that any man could prepare for Valentines Day.

Listen audio (runs 7:51)

Steak with Flambéed Mushroom Sauce, Twice Baked Boursin Potato and Balsamic Glazed Asparagus.

1 pound of top sirloin steak ( preferred 1 inch thickness )
6 cloves of garlic minced fine
½ pound of white or cremini button mushrooms chopped
1 ½ shots of brandy
1 tsp of fresh thyme chopped
I TBSP of parmesan cheese grated
2 lrg baking potatoes (also called Russet or Idaho potatoes)
Boursin Herb and Garlic Fine Cream Cheese
6 to 8 stalks of asparagus
Balsamic vinegar
Oil (olive oil or canola)
Salt and pepper to taste
BBQ lighter

Take two cloves of minced garlic, salt and pepper and just a little oil and rub onto the steak. Put steak back in fridge and let it sit for at least a half hour. Take it out 15 min before cooking time so it comes to room temp.
Take two more cloves of minced garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, and rub onto asparagus and marinate on a baking sheet. (Note: this can be done hours in advance).
Preheat oven at 375 degrees. Wrap potatoes in foil and put them in the oven for 45 min until soft and cooked. Remove foil and let cool for about 5 min. Using a knife, slice off the top of the potato exposing the inner flesh (cut about a quarter inch off the top) . Now with a spoon, scoop out the flesh leaving only the shell. Put the flesh in a bowl and add the Boursin cheese mixing it well, taste for salt and pepper. Now take the shells and rub them with oil on the outside skins. Put the flesh back in and set them on the same baking sheet as asparagus. (M ake sure asparagus is not touching the potatoes).
Throw potatoes and asparagus in the oven for a half hour. At the same time take your steak out of fridge and let sit for 15 min. Turn stove top to med high heat and in an oven proof pan, add a little oil and add the steak (pan must be hot). Do not move the steak around and let it sear for about 4 min then turn it around and do the same. You will know that the steak is ready to turn when it releases from the pan with ease. When both sides have been seared take baking sheet out of the oven and throw the pan in the oven for about 4 min until about med rare, depending on how well you want it done.
At this point your potatoes and asparagus are done, just let them rest. After 4 min in the oven, using a towel or oven mitt, take the pan out of the oven. Take the steak out of the pan, put on a cutting board, tent with foil and let it sit for five min. During that time put the pan back on the stovetop at med high heat, add a little oil and place mushrooms in. Sautee them until they are lightly brown, then add the thyme, garlic, salt and pepper. Sautee for another min and then add the brandy. Light the brandy with a lighter. Wait until the flame dies out (about 1 min), and then finish with the cream. When the cream comes to a boil, turn off stove and add the parmesan.
To serve, slice the steak against the grain into nice strips. Fan them out on both plates, pour desired amount of mushroom sauce over the steak and serve with the potato and asparagus.
Note: flambee is a show stopper so you might want to do that infront of your loved one to impress her. And this dinner can be paired with a full bodied red wine.

Rice Paper Crisp with a Vanilla Twist

2-4 Rice paper wraps
Canola oil for frying
1-2 tsp. Cinnamon
¼ cup white Sugar
2-4 scoops Vanilla ice cream
Fresh Rasberries (optional)
Chocolate Ganache (substitute with chocolate syrup)

Add cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.
Add canola oil in a shallow frying pan. Heat on medium high. Place rice paper wrap, one at a time, into the hot oil and fry until the rice paper puffs up. This should take approximately 10 seconds for each wrap. Remove with tongs and let drain on a paper towel. Immediately sprinkle cinnamon sugar mix on both side of each wrap to coat. Repeat the process until the desired amount of wraps are used. Place each wrap on a plate and add a scoop of ice cream to the middle of each fried wrap. Sprinkle fresh raspberries around the ice cream. Drizzle with chocolate syrup or ganache.

Written and prepared by: Atmosphere Fine Foods

With the new premier comes a new cabinet and Windsor West MPP Teresa Pirruza.

Ontario has a new's first female premier. Kathleen Wynne was sworn in as Ontario's 25th premier this afternoon. Windsor west MPP Teresa Piruzza was named Minister of Children and Youth,
Listen audio (runs 8:02)

Lee Lee Hats knits thousands of hats for newborn babies.

It started off as a way to make more hats for newborns while teaching kids
how to knit. But over the past two years, it's grown to a network of 20 knitting clubs
and 12 thousand knitted hats. And those 12 thousand hats have
graced the heads of newsborns here in Windsor, Detroit, Nunavut, Haiti and Guatemala. Tracey Summerfield is the co-founder of Lee Lee Hats.
Listen audio (runs 8:58)

A long time Windsor feminist is being celebrated in a new documentary film.

Pat Noonan is the one who did the work, Vernonika Mogyorody is the one who thought it should be documented and tonight, at the Capitol Theatre in Windsor a trailor for the documentary is being screened. Veronika Mogyorody is Associate Professor in the School for Arts and Creative Innovation at the University of Windsor.
This afternoon Veronika Mogyorody joins me in the studio with more on the documentary.
Listen audio (runs 8:22)

Next to Normal is the latest offering by Korda Zone and Cardinal Productions.

This past weekend, Korda Productions in co-operation with Cardinal Productions opened Next to Normal at the Korda Zone Theatre on Seminole St.
There are two more weekend's of performances.
We sent our theatre reviewer Mark Lefebvre to see it and Mark joins me now with his review.
Listen audio (runs 8:38)

Author Ray Robertson joins me to talk about his latest novel "David".

It's set in Southern Ontario, at the Elgin Settlement now called Buxton during the end days of slavery in the U.S. Elgin became a home for many black men and women fleeing the slave trade in the states. "David" is the title of that novel.
It's the 7th novel by my next guest Ray Robertson.
Listen audio (runs 13:10)

C-B-C Music is looking for the best new artist in Canada. We'll get all the contest details.

Whether you rock the mic... or are king of the banjo... listen up! Today, we're launching a new music contest in cooperation with C-B-C Music. It's called "Searchlight: the hunt for Canada's best new artist." The competition begins with a regional round hosted by The Bridge. And C-B-C Music's Grant Lawrence is here to tell us more.
Listen audio (runs 6:26)