Today on Home & Family Monday, April 28th, 2014
Pediatric dentist Misee Harris is on a mission to break racial barriers by starring as the first "Bachelorette" of color. The single beauty became an overnight viral sensation after launching a campaign to hand out the roses to suitors. This quest has given the doctor a platform to appear on television as a medical correspondent and hopes to project a positive image of black women. She believes America is ready to see interracial dating on a primetime network show, although she admits she has not yet had any discussions with ABC.
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"Dancing With the Stars" pro Tony Dovolani tells us all about the dynamic of his partnership with NeNe Leakes this season and why Cruella De Vil was the perfect character for her to portray two weeks ago. Tonight, the couple will dance a steamy Argentine tango. Tony also shares his opinion on the switch-up and how he custom-tailors his coaching style to suit each partner he's paired with. After taking home the mirror ball with Melissa Rycroft on the all-star season, Tony handed the trophy to his family to show his gratitude for all they've sacrificed in Connecticut while he's rehearsing and filming in LA. Then, Tony takes Cristina for a whirl on the dance floor!
"Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.
Vote for #TeamTonNene by calling 1-800-868-3401. Follow Tony on Twitter @tonydovolani.
Cristina Cooks Food Truck Inspired Taco Bar
Cristina parks herself in the kitchen to play off the food truck trend that has taken the nation by storm. One of her favorite meals on wheels is tacos, so she teaches us to make heart-healthy homemade corn tortillas. We also learn that Tony Dovolani used to work in a restaurant and wanted to enroll in culinary school. Plus, he reveals dreams of one day opening a restaurant called The Dancer's Diet Restaurant to feature a menu of healthy items.
We'd like to thank "Bon App é tit" magazine for this recipe.
Head-to-Toe Accessory Trends for Spring with Alison Deyette
TV host, style expert, and "Closer Weekly" contributing editor Alison Deyette jazzes up your wardrobe with fashion trends for the spring season. She suggests having a selection of colorful and patterned sunglasses to rotate. When the temperature heats up, put your hair in a ponytail with an elastic hair tie that can also be worn on your wrist as a bracelet without leaving a dent. You can also add personality to your hair with fun barrettes. Take your look from day-to-night by adding statement jewelry. Right now, mint is the "it" color for all your bling-bling. Alison also teaches us the proper way to mix patterns, prints, and colors and how to show your purse-onality with clutches and small bags. Plus, consider planning your outfit from the bottom up, starting with your shoes. Sunglasses are available at www.alisondeyette.com for $38-$75.
Jewelry is available at kohls.com for $9-25.
Purses are available at discount department stores for $15-50. Phone cases are available at cellairis.com for $25-49.
Shoes are available at discount department stores for $15-109. Be sure to check out Alison's work in the new fashion and lifestyle magazine "Closer Weekly," on newsstands now. You can see all of Alison's head-to-toe spring accessory trends at alisondeyette.com.
Actor Jay Ellis unassumingly got scouted to become a model during an open practice of his college basketball team. Just one day after auditioning at a modeling agency, he was booked for his first gig. Reluctant to tell his family his career change, Jay's mom found out by seeing his poster hanging in a mall. Proud of his success, his mom is now one of his biggest fans and even joins us today on the sidelines of "Home & Family." Jay also tells us where he was when he got the phone call he'd been cast on "The Game" and what fans can expect from the drama-filled season finale. "The Game" season finale airs this Tuesday, April 29 at 10/9c on BET.
Follow Jay on Twitter @jayrellis.
Chef Aida Mollenkamp Cooks Coconut Brownie Cheesecake Bars
Chef Aida Mollenkamp recently celebrated her birthday at a surprise party thrown by her friends, including Cristina's daughter Alex Thomopoulos. When asked what her favorite dessert is, Aida didn't have a response, so she decided to create coconut brownie cheesecake bars. It's heavenly with a brownie on the bottom, cheesecake in the middle, and toasted coconut on the top.
Order Aida's cookbook, "Keys to the Kitchen Cookbook," at www.aidamollenkamp.com.
Cardiologist Dr. John M. Kennedy, MD
Cardiologist Dr. John M. Kennedy, MD, Director of Preventative Cardiology & Wellness at Marina Del Rey Hospital, is here to inform us about precautionary diagnostic testing for heart disease. He educates us on innaccurate treadmill tests and which tests he suggests patients undergo at a doctor's office. Dr. Kennedy explains the causes and risk factors of heart disease and the early indicators to look out for. He also asserts the five numbers everyone should know: blood pressure, exercise type, waist-size, blood sugar, and cholesterol. Best Tests for Diagnosing Heart Disease & Preventing Heart Attacks:
1. Stress Echocardiography uses ultrasound to check blood flow to the heart and for possible artery blockages. It costs between $850-$1,600.
2. Cardiac CT Calcium Scan checks for plaque buildup in arteries. It cost between $99-$399. 3. CRP Protein Test measures blood protein that indicates inflammation in the body. It costs $8. 4. Carotid Intimal Medial Thickness Test measures thickness of arteries' lining. Price ranges from $150-$500. 5. Advanced Lipid Profile Test measures cholesterol particle size and costs $19. Dr. Kennedy's latest book, "The Heart Health Bible," is available now. For more information, go to www.johnmkennedymd.com.
ata with Tanya Memme
Batter up! Tanya Memme's craft today is a smash-hit for Cinco de Mayo. She decoupages a horse-shaped pi ñ ata filled with candy. Later, the family takes turns with the bat until the hanging pi ñ ata pours candy all over the deck.
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