Kat Simons

Kat's Mix Cafe

Welcome to Kat's Mix Cafe! 

Kid Pan Alley Interview

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Bacon Lovers Day with Mark Singleton from Southern Recipe

Bill Leverty

Bonnie Taub-Dix

OK, so we are done with (or almost done with) summer. It’s been a long one, but it’s time for the whole family to get back to the grind. We are all getting used to virtual camps, classes, and work but we still need to get up, get dressed and start our days! And what better day to jump start your day than a delicious, fresh breakfast?

My House The Place For Great Recipes and Food Preparation Tips!

I had the opportunity to talk with Joe Reyez about his preparation tips!

Grilling tips and healthy dishes that celebrate summer 

I had the opportunity to talk with Jill Holland, the Marketing Manager at LonoLife! Thank you for the grilling tips and healthy dish ideas, but ALSO thank you for giving me some great recipes to try at home!

Keep reading for some great recipe ideas!

LonoLife’s “Healthy” Burger


•      1 lb grass-fed beef, 80% lean, 20% fat

•      1 serving LonoLife Grass-fed Beef Bone Broth

•      ⅓ cup finely grated carrots

•      3 cloves garlic, minced

•      1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

•      ½ tsp black pepper

•      4 slices sharp cheddar cheese

•      4 burger buns of your choice



1.     In a large bowl, combine ground beef, LonoLife Grass-fed Beef Bone Broth packet, grated carrots, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper.

2.     Divide mixture into 4 equal portions and shape into a patty

3.     Preheat BBQ grill, or a nonstick skillet over medium heat. If using a skillet, coat lightly with oil

4.     Add patties to grill or skillet. Flip after about 3 minutes, or when the patty starts to release juices

5.     Add cheese and cover until finished cooking. Use a meat thermometer to check for desired wellness.

6.     Assemble burgers with desired toppings.


LonoLife’s Campfire Burger Packets:


•      1 lb lean ground beef

•      1 package dry onion soup mix

•      1 package of LonoLife Beef Bone Broth

•      4 small potatoes, peeled and sliced

•      2 cups carrots, chopped

•      1 large onion, sliced

•      2 tablespoons olive oil

•      1 teaspoon garlic powder

•      Salt & pepper to taste


1.     Combine ground beef, dry soup mix and LonoLife’s Bone Broth in a bowl. Form into four patties and set aside.

2.     In a large bowl combine all remaining ingredients. Toss until well mixed.

3.     Spray a 12″x18″ piece of foil with non-stick spray.

4.     Place 1/4 of the vegetable mixture in the center of the foil. Top with 1 beef patty.

5.     Seal foil packets well. Place beef side up over the fire or on hot coals and bake for 30-35 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.

6.     Enjoy!

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Interview with Janis & Melanie

What a Catch! Interview with Winner of “The Great American Baking Show” Vallery Lomas

Order Janis & Melanie online at www.janis-melanie.com

When we think of the best way to keep our families happy and healthy at the kitchen table, fruits and vegetables are often at the top the list. But seafood can also be a budget-friendly, nutrient-dense option for those looking to find delicious healthy options – especially when you consider the need for clean, affordable and filling protein options!

With so many options at the supermarket, purchasing and preparing seafood can be intimidating. How do I find the best product for my lifestyle? Is this a responsibly sourced option? And of course, what about the cost?

For oceanic inspiration, look no further! Vallery Lomas is here to help you incorporate affordable, shelf-stable protein options into your pantry that will help you put wild, responsibly caught seafood into easy recipes, whether you’re at home cooking between virtual meetings and classes or back to your on-the-go routine.

Harlem dwelling, Louisiana born-and-raised Vallery Lomas is best known for winning “The Great American Baking Show.” She is a cook, baker, author and former lawyer whose style of recipe development pays homage to those who have come before her, as well as be inspired by seasonal ingredients. She has appeared on the Today Show, Food Network and also has contributed numerous recipes to the New York Times. Her social media following on @FoodInNewYork garners over 50K followers and growing.

NestFresh Interview with Louise Howe

Country Quiche, featuring NestFresh


  • 2 Pie shells
  • ½ pound of bacon
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 NestFresh eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chives


  1. Prepare both pie crusts according to package instructions. Set aside.
  2. Cook the bacon. Heat a large frying pan on medium heat. Arrange strips of bacon in a single layer on the pan. Slowly cook the bacon, turning the strips over occasionally until they are nicely browned and the fat has rendered out.
  3. Lay the cooked strips of bacon on a paper towel to absorb the excess fat. Chop the cooked bacon into small, crumbled pieces.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Add the nutmeg, salt, black pepper and chives. Add the milk and cream, whisk vigorously to incorporate.
  5. Arrange the bacon and cheese in the bottom of each pie crust. Pour egg mixture gently into both pie crusts and gently stir so chives and bacon are suspended through the pie.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes. Check the quiche after 30 minutes by shaking it. It will be slightly firm. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. Enjoy at room temperature.



NestFresh Crepes


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 NestFresh Eggs
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ cup of water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour and eggs. Gradually add in the milk and water.
  2. Add the salt and butter, beat until smooth.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
  4. Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. Serve hot.
  5. Top with your favorite toppings and Enjoy!


NestFresh Fresh Fruit Custard


  •  4 large NestFresh Eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pie crust
  • 1 cup of fruit (peaches, blueberries, strawberries, etc.)


  1. In a large bowl, mix sugar, flour milk, eggs and vanilla. Pour mixture into pie crust and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.
  2. Chill for 2 hours and top with fruit!
  3. Enjoy!

Brandy Colbert's The Voting Booth

With the upcoming 2020 presidential election, Brandy Colbert’s timely novel, THE VOTING BOOTH, is the perfect introduction to the significance of voting and voter suppression, one of the forefront civil rights battles of our time. With young people more politically engaged than ever, this accessible own voices story featuring two unforgettable African-American teens is sure to garner interest among teens and adults alike.


Today I got to talk with David Israel, the CEO of GOOD PLANeT Foods about Wine & Cheese Day!

Richmond Wildlife Center interview with Melissa Stanley

Hometown Heroes Interview

Show Me History!

Author Mark Shulman knows a lot about writing for kids. As the author of over 150 children’s books, he brings his trademark sense of humor to two of the latest installments in the SHOW ME HISTORY! GRAPHIC NOVELS series: Walt Disney: The Magical Innovator, and Susan B. Anthony: Champion for Voting Rights!A dedicated researcher, Shulman digs deep to find interesting and often funny facts about his subject’s life, keeping kids (ages 8-12), but also comic book lovers, history buffs, and graphic novel fans engaged and entertained. (So they aren’t really novels, but full color biographies, just in the graphic novels format!

Campfire Friendly Recipes

LonoLife’s Campfire Burger Packets:


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 package of LonoLife Beef Bone Broth
  • 4 small potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Combine ground beef, dry soup mix and LonoLife’s Bone Broth in a bowl. Form into four patties and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine all remaining ingredients. Toss until well mixed.
  3. Spray a 12x18 piece of foil with non-stick spray.
  4. Place 1/4 of the vegetable mixture in the center of the foil. Top with 1 beef patty.
  5. Seal foil packets well. Place beef side up over the fire or on hot coals and bake for 25-35 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.
  6. Enjoy!


LonoLife’s Bacon Beef Casserole


  • ¾ Pound bacon
  • ¾ Pound ground beef
  • 1 packet of LonoLife’s Beef Bone Broth
  • 20 Ounces canned baked beans
  • ½ Cup steak sauce or barbecue sauce
  • 1 Can of biscuits



  1. Grill up the bacon in a skillet at medium heat. Once done remove it from heat, drain, and chop.
  2. Now cook the Ground beef in LonoLife’s Beef Bone Broth until it is just done.
  3. Add the chopped Bacon, Baked Beans, and Sauce to the skillet. Stir this until it becomes well mixed and comes to a boil.
  4. Take it off of direct fire (think low to medium heat) and layer out the biscuits on top of the Meat and Bean mixture.
  5. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the biscuits are golden, brown, and delicious.
  6. Enjoy!

National Geographic Travel Guides - 100 Drives, 5000 Ideas; 100 Parks, 5000 Ideas, and 50 States, 5000 Ideas

Driving vacations are the way to go this summer.  According to a new survey, nearly 1 in 3 Americans are planning to take a road trip this summer instead and that number could rise as the season kicks in. Veteran travel writer and photographer Joe Yogerst knows where to go and what to do after months of quarantine. 
San Diego resident and bona fide road warrior,  Joe will share his vacation travel tips, including some of his favorite car rides by regioninteresting pit stops and tasty eats along the way, and tips on getting your car and traveling companions ready for the road trip! Joe Yogerst is author of National Geographic Travel Guides – 100 Drives, 5000 Ideas; 100 Parks, 5000 Ideas, and 50 States, 5000 Ideas.  All three of the "5,000 Ideas" books were in the top 18 on Amazon Travel Bestseller List at the same time this past weekend!
National Catfish Day

Is Fear of COVID-19 Keeping Stroke Patients from Calling 911 and Going to the Hospital?

As the country continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, it has been critical for people to stay at home and practice social distancing to limit the spread of the virus. However, due to COVID-19, hospitals are reporting a recent decline in the number of stroke cases arriving in their emergency rooms. Some health experts suspect that fear of COVID-19 may be causing people to avoid going to the hospital or calling 911 for non-COVID related medical emergencies, like stroke. Even during a pandemic, stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency and health officials and medical groups across the country, including the American Heart Association, are urging people to seek immediate medical attention.
When it comes to stroke, it's critical that you don't hesitate to call 911. Seeking emergency care at the first sign of stroke should not be delayed. Emergency healthcare providers are working tirelessly to provide care for those who need it, including people showing signs of stroke, and they are taking steps to keep all patients safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The signs of stroke can be subtle and hard to recognize, so educating yourself and others is key to noticing and responding quickly. You should familiarize yourself with the acronym BE FAST, which stands for Balance, Eyes, Face, Arm, Speech, Time – the sudden onset of any of these signs could mean that someone is having a stroke. It’s important to BE FAST when you suspect stroke and call 911 right away. And remember – a stroke can happen to anyone, of any age, at any time.
For more information about BE FAST and the signs and symptoms of stroke, visit www.strokeawareness.com.

Celebrating Father's Day with Southern Recipes

TJ from Tom Leonard's Farmer's Market in Short Pump

With Father's Day, Summer, and the 4th of July coming around the corner, TJ Leonarsd filled me in on all of the yummy produce and more (yes, that means Hanover Tomatoes soon!).

Uncle John's Truth, Trivia, and the Pursuit of Factiness Bathroom Reader

Uncle John's Truth, Trivia, and the Pursuit of Factiness Bathroom Reader is filled with the latest tidbits from the world of pop culture, history, sports, and strange news stories. Strange History contains short history articles from over 30 Bathroom Readers—along with 50 all-new pages. From the 20th century to the Old West, from the Age of Enlightenment to the Dark Ages, from ancient cultures all the way back to the dawn of time, Strange History is overflowing with mysterious artifacts, macabre legends, kooky inventions, reality-challenged rulers, boneheaded blunders, and mind-blowing facts

Raybern's Sandwiches

Raybern’s authentic deli quality heat n’ serve sandwiches - including America’s bestselling Philly Cheesesteak sandwich.

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If math class can be online then why not dance, art, cooking or coding?  LIVE, online enrichment classes led by area program providers are now available to Richmond Public Schools (RPS) middle school students through NextUp RVA’s new online enrichment portal.  Through this online portal, students can:

- participate in live and interactive enrichment classes led by local, quality program providers
- access do-on-your-own activities in the areas of Sports and Health, STEM, Arts and Humanities and Leadership and Mentoring

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You know Dr. Michael Greger as author of How Not to Die.  He’s back with How to Survive A Pandemic.  Hot-off-the-press (so to speak: it is an e-book only), it is a vital, timely text on the viruses that cause pandemics and how to face them. It reveals not only what we can do to protect our loved ones during a pandemic, but also how society must change in order to reduce the likelihood of even more devastating catastrophes in the future.

All the Horrors: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen


Here is the remarkable stories of Rachel Genuth, a poor Jewish teenager from the Hungarian provinces, and Hugh Llewelyn Glyn Hughes, a high-ranking military doctor in the British Second Army.  They converge in Bergen-Belsen, where the girl fights for her life and the doctor struggles to save thousands on the brink of death.  This is the first book to pair the story of a Holocaust victim with that of a liberator.   ALL THE HORRORS OF WAR: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen compels readers to consider the full, complex humanity of both.

Author  Bernice Lerner, the daughter of the survivor, follows both Hughes and Genuth as they move across Europe in the final, brutal year of World War II.  “All the Horrors of  War is a valuable addition to the body of Holocaust histories and memoirs for shining a light on a not well-known historical figure.” – Jewish News Syndicate

Impawsible Pups

Valerie Paul owner of Impawsible pups talks about how business has been affected by COVID-19 and what is going on at Impawsible Pups during this crisis!

An update from the American Red Cross with Jonathan McNamara.



Decker and Jamison are ordered to investigate the death of a young woman, Irene Cramer, whose body was expertly autopsied and then dumped in the open—which is only the beginning of the oddities surrounding the case. As Decker and Jamison dig into Irene’s life, they are shocked to discover that the woman who worked as a prostitute by night was also a teacher for a local religious sect by day—a sect operating on land once owned by a mysterious government facility that looms over the community.

London is a town replete with ruthless business owners, shady government officials, and religious outsiders, all determined to keep their secrets from coming out. When other murders occur, Decker will need his extraordinary memory and detective skills, and the assistance of a surprising ally, to root out a killer and the forces behind Cramer’s death… before the boom town explodes.

How Ya Doin Interviews - Melissa Noel

Oh Joy! Books To Celebrate The Everyday Moments of Childhood

Joy Cho is the founder and creative director of Oh Joy! a graphic design studio that creates products and editorial content celebrating the everyday joyful moments in life. Founded in 2005 as a graphic design studio, Oh Joy! is now a successful lifestyle design brand which includes licensed product lines and a daily editorial content with a focus on design, fashion, and food. Oh Joy’s licensed products include home décor, kids, pet, and furniture collections with brands such as Target, Band-Aid, Calpak, Petco, and more.

The Hunt for History: On the Trail of the World's Lost Treasures—from the Letters of Lincoln, Churchill, and Einstein to the Secret Recordings Onboard JFK's Air Force One

I had the opportunity to talk to Nathan Raab, one of the co-authors of The Hunt for History: On the Trail of the World's Lost Treasures!

The Blue Zones Kitchen

Dan Buettner as founder of  Blue Zones, an organization that helps people live longer, healthier lives. His highly anticipated first cookbook, The Blue Zones Kitchen, is filled with 100 recipes inspired by Blue Zones around the world where people live the longest. Each dish--for example, Sardinian Herbed Lentil Minestrone; Costa Rican Hearts of Palm Ceviche; Cornmeal Waffles from Loma Linda, California; and Okinawan Sweet Potatoes--uses ingredients and cooking methods proven to increase longevity, wellness, and mental health. 

Curbside Cafe

Curbside Cafe was established in 2002 and is located at the top of the Historic Fan District. Curbside is best known for its highly acclaimed flame-cooked burgers and our cozy outdoor dining.​ 

Sarah Knight's New Book

The Loop

Scottish writer and secondary school teacher Benjamin Oliver is author of his first Y/A novel, THE LOOP, already opted for TV by Louise Sutton, the producer of Black Mirror.  A chilling tale set in a futuristic death row for teens wherein every inmate has the option to push back their execution date if they opt into scientific and medical experiments. But, when artificial intellegence takes over the outside world, Luka Kane realizes that breaking out of the Loop might be his only chance to save himself and everyone he loves.

I had the opportunity to talk to Alicia Amsler from Runway2Life to talk about the online overcoming anxiety group! You can click here to join their Facebook group! Make sure to check in on a friend today!

American Red Cross

Tech For Troops

Tech for Troops are providing free computers to students who are eligible! Please visit their website or click here for more information!

Kid Pan Alley, a nonprofit that supports creativity in schools by writing songs with children in the classroom, will be doing a residency in Richmond, VA the week of March 16th to perform in front of the school & families on March 20th. 

READ Center

The Star Dunes is the fourth installment of Explorer Academy, the fact-based fiction series deemed “captivating” by the editors at Parenting.com.  This series features even more thrilling adventures, complete with science, technology, culture and code breaking, and will have kids on the edge of their seats as the action-packed plot intensifies.  Follow 12-year-old Cruz Coronado during his time at the prestigious Explorer Academy, where he and 23 kids from around the globe are training to become the next generation of great explorers. In addition to making new friends and attending cool classes, Cruz must also work to unlock clues to his family’s shadowy past if he is to solve the mystery of his mother’s untimely death.    

Women in Law Music - Tributes to Women

March is National Frozen Food Month

Americans are more aware of what we eat than ever before, wanting to know what’s in our food and where it’s coming from. Consumers are seeking out the latest lifestyle trends including  plant-based meat alternatives, organic, and options that will help them adhere to gluten-free, vegan or paleo diets. They are also demanding convenience and adaptability – looking for small meals, as well as a variety of  cultural options and unique flavors that you may not expect to find in the frozen food aisle.


Pesticides, pollution, parasites, infections and other threats continue to threaten colonies of honeybees worldwide. In the United States, up to and sometimes more than one-third of commercial honeybee colonies vanish each year. That loss harms farmers, who rely on honeybees to pollinate many important crops.  The most important creature on earth . . . vanishing!

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It's World Pistachio Day on February 26th!

Nutrition guru and social media influencer, Amanda Rocchio shares tips to give your New Year’s Resolutions a Boost!

March Madness Party Planning

College Board on How High School Students Can earn College Credit and Take Challenging Courses

Research shows AP students earn higher college GPAs and have higher graduation rates, compared to their peers who don’t take AP. They typically graduate in four years, saving fifth-year college costs.

AP Vice President Terry Redican can talk about the value of taking AP courses in high school and how to get extra help to get ready for AP Exams.

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Kevin Joseph, Co-Founder of THINSTERS, sold at CVS, Kroger, Walgreens, and Food Lion!

For more information, click here!

Now, with How Not To Diet: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight-Loss, he builds the ultimate weight loss guide from the ground up, taking a timeless, proactive approach that can stand up to any new trend. Chock full of actionable advice and groundbreaking dietary research, How Not to Diet will put an end to dieting―and replace those constant weight-loss struggles with a simple, healthy, sustainable lifestyle. 

We live in an age when billionaires are betting their fortunes on laboratory advances to prove aging unnecessary and death a disease that can be cured. Researchers are delving into the mysteries of stem cells and the human genome, discovering what it means to grow old and how to keep those processes from happening. This isn't science fiction; it's real, it's serious, and it's on track to revolutionize our definitions of life and mortality."

Listeners can play in “The Great Comeback” by visiting  PorkRinds.com/.

You can find Southern Recipe Small Batch through the online store. Find us in Food Lion, Harris Tetter, Cost Plus World Market and our online store at:





Author Laura Willoughby gave up drinking 4 years ago, and in the process realized that there were few options out there for people wanting to take a self-guided journey to kick their drinking habit. So, she set up Club Soda - a healthy lifestyle brand supporting individuals to change their drinking, whether they want to cut down, stop for a bit, or quit. A campaigner and “movement maker,” her mission is to create a world where no one feels out of place if they don’t drink.

Laura’s book, How to Be a Mindful Drinker teaches you how to be more mindful when consuming alcohol and how it affects your mind and body and offers a practical support plan to help you take control of your alcohol intake, with tools to track progress, deal with triggers, social stresses, and stay on track for the long term. The techniques and tools in the book have been developed by Laura’s business partners Jussi Tolvi, a moderate-drinking Finn and behavioral change specialist, and Dru Jaeger, a writer and researcher.

What are some key things to know when training your dog? How can pet parents use treats correctly when training their dogs? Join me as I talk with Joel Silverman, a professional animal trainer as he answers all of these questions and more as we talk about his role at Bil-Jac and some things to know about training your dog!