Episodes | Season 1

Power of Art Episode

The power of art lives in the many aspects of our lives; from the visual and beautiful expressions of painting and sculpture to the culinary arts and even the artistic meditation of daily exercise such as yoga. Carmel takes viewers on a colorful and creative journey as she meets up with two actors, Tina Louise (Ginger Grant from Gilligan’s island) and Tony Dow (Wally from Leave it to Beaver) who are enjoying second careers as artists. She will interact with the renowned pop artist Romero Britto as she learns from the master about the use of color. And finally using her culinary skills, Carmel teaches the art of food as she teams up with a food stylist to create a culinary masterpiece.

Berkshires Episode

Sometimes it’s great to take the show on the road and that’s exactly what this episode does, as it visits Carmel at her home in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Carmel shows us a world and fabric of life that is dedicated to the simple but delicious notion of fresh farm to table cuisine, from the pizza parlors to old time favorites to the highest end gourmet dining. Carmel cooks the perfect summer recipe in the Berkshires with one of the region’s best chefs, goes climbing through the treetops and zip lining across the forest at an aerial adventure park, and learns about Shinrin-Yoku, or the Japanese practice of “forest therapy” from a Zen master. Additionally, she makes some homemade granola bars in her Berkshires kitchen.

Friendship Episode

Like the saying goes, those with friends are rich. Carmel hangs out with a couple of her best buddies and celebrates the blessings of friendship. Together they prepare a beautiful dinner party menu, hit the spa, take a sailing lesson and enjoy the fruits of their labor with an intimate outdoor dinner party at Carmel’s home with their significant others and a few other friends. Indeed, as the episode will suggest friends are the family that we choose.

Family Episode

There is nothing more powerful than the bonds of a loving family, as Carmel proves when cooking a big family feast with her mother, son and daughter. A huge advocate of staying fit, Carmel exercises with the family while enjoying a fun day at the beach. Finally appreciating the fruits of their labor, the family all sits down to eat the dinner they made and share why family is so important.

Community Episode

Carmel explores the power of Community as she cooks an Italian feast for 125 guests at an annual charity event to raise money for local college scholarships. Along the way she teaches us how to prepare Turkey meatballs and “Gravy” (i.e. tomato sauce), a classic lasagna, and a delicious tiramisu – all in her home kitchen with the help of her adorable Italian mother. Finally, she gives her mom and friend a lesson in pool aerobics, and then takes off for her own lesson in the amazing world of Aerial Yoga.

Spice of Life Episode

Carmel is a big proponent of adding variety into our lives. All around us there are places and people and different cultures, cuisines and experiences waiting to be discovered. Carmel takes advantage of living in South Florida and decides to immerse herself in the Cuban cuisine and culture of Miami. She takes viewers on a trip down Miami’s famed “Calle Ocho,” or 8th Street, and visits a landmark restaurant for a show-and-tell about popular Cuban dishes. She meets up with famous chef and author Norman Van Aken for a fun visit to a classic Cuban market, and takes a lesson in the popular Cuban sport of Jai-alai and proceeds to play a match with fellow Baby Boomers. Additionally, Carmel prepares some Cuban food of her own in her home kitchen.

Calmness Episode

Carmel cooks with calming inducing ingredients and takes a trip to the University of Miami’s renowned Mindfulness Research Laboratory to learn about the effects mindfulness has on maintaining brain function. She also showcases the mindful qualities and physical exhilaration of rock wall climbing and has a surprise visit with the calm Ben Stein, the calmest actor in the world. Last but not least Carmel gets a lesson in mindful eating.