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we're back now with more of "today" on a wednesday morning. it's the 3rd of february. it's 2010, and these are some very hardy folks who have been standing out on our plaza for a couple of hours in some cases, coming up with some tough weather in the northeast, and it's going to get worse over the weekend. so, if you're in this area, bundle up. we thank these people for stopping by. inside the warm, cozy studio, i'm matt lauer along with natalie morales. we're going to check in with al, who's down at the white house, in just a couple of minutes. and speaking of the white house, coming up, we're going to have more of our exclusive interview with the first lady, michelle obama. we'll hear how she views her role as the first lady. >> it was a great interview.
she was very candid. >> an interesting lady. >> yeah, and she was funny. >> yeah, very lighthearted. also ahead, the latest on the investigation into the murder of an aspiring model who was killed while vacationing in miami over new years. a new witness now has come forward, and police are hoping a suspect sketch will bring in more leads. and switching gears to "today's money 911," our weekly effort to help you get your finances in order. today we are tackling debt, credit, and whether some bills are more important to pay off than others if you can't afford to pay everything. that's probably good information. we're going to have some advice from our experts on that. and then later on, celebrity hair on the red carpet. straight-talking hairstylist jonathan anton will tell us what he thinks been the hot trends at the oscars, coming up. before all that, let's swing over to the news desk and we have ann standing by with a look at the headlines. >> good morning, guys. good morning once again, everybody. in the news, president obama is meeting with his national security team following an ominous prediction tuesday on capitol hill, the country's top intelligence official and the heads of the cia and the fbi
told lawmakers that they are certain that al qaeda or an affiliate will attempt a terror attack on u.s. soil within the next six months. the taliban is claiming responsibility for a bombing today in pakistan that killed three u.s. soldiers. u.s. military officials are telling nbc news that the three were special operations forces who are on a mission to train pakistani forces. the bomb hit their convoy as they were traveling near a girls school. about 70 people were wounded, many of them children from the school. first lady michelle obama says that she understands why her husband is facing falling job approval numbers and growing criticism. in an interview with matt, the first lady said that it's been a tough economic year for the nation and people are looking to the person who's in charge. she also spoke about how she sees her role as the first lady. >> every first lady who's sat in these shoes or stood in these shoes has brought something very different to the task. that's sort of the beauty of this, we don't have a job description.
so, i think every model is one that i learned from, but my goal overall is just to be helpful. i mean, fundamentally, i want to look back on this time and feel like i affected somebody's life because i was here. >> and on that point, mrs. obama also said that her new initiative to fight childhood obesity is an issue that can be solved. police in south florida have a new clue to last month's murder of an aspiring model, and it's a clue they want the public to see. nbc's mark potter reports now. >> reporter: moments after this security video showed 26-year-old paula sladewski being escorted out of a miami nightclub, a new witness claims he saw her walking away with a light-skinned black male. police say that witness just came forward, leading to this detailed composite sketch released by detectives. >> we can't say whether he was inside the club, where they met outside the club or where he
came from. >> reporter: the apirg model was in miami with her boyfriend on vacation and was last seen leaving the club alone a month ago in the early morning. later that night, her body was found miles away, burned beyond recognition in a trash dumpster. her sister has been putting up reward posters, hoping someone will identify the man in the sketch. >> this guy can run and hide, but he can't run and hide forever. >> reporter: police say they are also gathering evidence from two cars now to see if they are linked to the crime, but so far, they say they have not seen anyone resembling the man from the sketch in any of the club security video. mark potter, nbc news, miami. utility crews in oklahoma are still scrambling to catch up after last week's huge ice storm. it brought down so many trees and power lines that homes are still without electricity. and an abandoned house in detroit is on ice on purpose. two artists have been spraying the house with water to create an ice house. their hope is to show that
beauty is possible even in this economic downturn. it is now four minutes past the hour. let's go back to matt now. >> all right, ann, appreciate that very much. let's get a check of the weather now from al, who is, i believe, still inside the white house. al? i actually am. they haven't chased me out yet. we're still in the kitchen. i was calling this young man marquette. it's marquell, right? there you go, and madelyn and susannah and michael. and they're trying the egg in the hole. our audio guy, davy levin, says his dad taught him it's the one-eyed pirate. how are these guys, these waffles to go? good? let me try one. >> it's a good snack for any morning, if you're just rushing out of the house. >> rushing out of the house. >> make a few of them, you're good. >> marquell is going to take my job. let's check your weather, see what's happening, and we've had a big storm move through the east coast. that, of course, dumped about two to three inches of snow here in the northeast, but the next big one we're watching is this monster coming out of texas, dumping a ton of rain, anywhere from five to seven inches of
rain with this thing. but then it keeps moving, brings rain through the gulf coast, heavy rain, and as it starts to interact with colder air coming in from the north, we are talking by friday night here in the mid-atlantic states another possible major snowstorm, anywhere from six inches to a foot of snow from west virginia on into maryland, southern new jersey, including d.c., two >> the storm that give us snow last night is going away. the rest of the day should be pretty quiet. a mixture of clouds and some sunshine. a chance of snow showers and flurries in the
i also want to thank assistant chef sam kass so much. >> thank you. >> and for all the information you gave these great kids. >> it's a pleasure. >> thank you so much. >> we had a great time. thank you so much. >> now let's go to ann. this morning on "today's money 911," lowering your debt and raising your credit. we've got jean chatzky, "today's" financial editor and author of "money 911," we've got david bach, founder of finishrich.com and author of "start over, finish rich." he's got, by the way, a 4-week-old baby, so we welcome him back here after all that. and sharon epperson of cnbc is a personal finance correspondent. and natalie is across the plaza with questions from the crowd. so, let's get started. a lot of questions about this topic, about credit and debt, and we've got our first question comes from jenna, who is on the telephone. jenna, what's your question? >> caller: hi. i was making about $46,000 a year until i was unexpectedly laid off. i'm now getting about $330 a week and i can't pay all my bills. i'm wondering which are the most
important to pay in full and which will accept partial payment? >> she's got to prioritize, jean. >> absolutely, and so many people are going through this right now, so i think it's a terrific question. look, we pay the bills where people have the ability to take things away from us. at a time like this, your credit score is secondary. but really, you have to ask, okay, if i don't pay my mortgage, what happens to my house? if i don't pay my car loan, what happens to my car? if i don't pay my utilities, will they turn off the lights and will i not be able to have heat in the winter? and those are the priorities. what i do want you to do is go to every one of those lenders and go to every one of those companies and explain to them what is going on in your life. utility companies, for example, may be able to put you on some sort of a flat payment plan to lower your monthly payments in the winter, which could ease the burden a little bit until you get that next job. you may also find that there is government assistance out there, state assistance for you if you are unable to pay those sorts of bills, and you want to look into
that as well. >> how do you find that state assistance, because i mean, that's going to be key. paying up all those bills, you need all of those things you just named. >> often, the companies themselves can point you in the right direction. if you talk to a customer service representative or even better, a supervisor, and you say, look, i need help, you can be directed to a place where you can find some help. >> what about the companies, too, waiting for your payment, sharon? >> they understand there are problems here and people are having a hard time. some of them are willing to work with you. and like jean said, these government programs are where you want to go, too, but a lot of times, food of course is a necessity and you're wondering how to cut those bills. a website like angel food ministries can deliver food to you low cost and really healthy meals. they're also working with people who are having problems. >> and reaching out to family is key, too, in this circumstance. >> but definitely reach out to all the creditors. as sharon said, they are hearing this. >> yes. >> but unless you tell them that you are having a problem, they're going to assume that you're simply not paying, and that's when you get yourself into a deeper hole. >> okay, jenna, obviously, we
wish you a lot of luck. good luck to you. i hope these answers helped you this morning. now we're going to skype and a question from maura. >> hi, i've been working with a credit counseling agency to pay down my debt and i have another ten months before i'm doing. i notice it's listed on the credit report that i'm working with a counseling agency. my question is, when i'm done, how will my association with them impact my credit score? will lenders be less likely to lend to me? will my interest rates be higher? what can i do to help my credit score? >> david. >> great question. how old are you? >> i'm 27. >> so, i just want to say this to you, congratulations on the fact that you went and got credit counseling at such a young age, because so often, people wait and a lot of young people are actually declaring bankruptcy. so, congratulations on going and getting counseling. for those who have not, go to a website like debtadvice.org. i reached out to the non-profit consumer counseling group and asked them, will this affect
your credit? and here's the answer across the board, no. working with a non-profit consumer counseling group will not damage your credit score, but here's what happened with you. you used what's probably called the debt management plan. so, the consumer counseling group that you went to set you up on an automatic payment plan. you're paying them, right? >> yes. >> and then they're paying the bills. so, that shows on your credit score, but that's not a negative. here's what's going to really happen. once those bills are paid off, your score's going to go up. what's happened, though, because you have a debt management plan, is they have probably freezed your credit cards. can you use those credit cards now? >> no. >> so, when you pay those bills off, then you go back to the credit card companies and you ask them to unfreeze your account, which is also going to raise your score, because now you're going to have access to those credit cards and they'll be paid down. so, the truth is, once you're done -- and i think you said -- what do you have left, two years to be paid off? >> ten months. >> ten months? congratulations. in ten months, you're going to see your score go up, and my guess is you'll see your score go up 50 to 100 points.
so, i would be actually pulling your credit reports and credit scores right now and going to annualcreditreport.com to do that, and you should be buying a credit score from fico this year to see if your score's improving. i'm sure it will be. >> very, very briefly. just one of the things that you're doing that a lot of people who enter credit counseling don't do, you're going to finish the program. a good portion of people leave the portion in the middle. that will actually hurt your score. so, you're doing the right thing by sticking with it. >> all right. thanks a lot, maura. good luck to you. >> well done. >> now we have laurie in washington. by the way, you made maura feel really good. okay, here's lori in washington. hi, lori. what's your question? >> caller: i have had a platinum credit card for 20 years and now they've started charging me an annual fee of $49. i pay off my balance every month and haveever had a late charge, nor do i use any of their benefits. we've had a great credit score, but i'm afraid if i cancel the car, it will ding our credit score. should i just pay the $49 or can i look for a local bank card that does not charge those fees? >> this is happening to a lot of people, sharon.
>> a lot of people, and you know, credit card companies need to recoup some of the money they're losing from the credit card laws somewhere, and this is how they're doing it, but you don't want to get mad and think you're getting even by closing your account, especially if you want to go for a mortgage or car loan in the next 6 to 12 months. it can negatively impact your credit score. >> she's asking whether to go for another company. >> well, what she should do is actually try to open a new credit card with no fee, but do that before closing the old one and try to get -- she says she has a great credit score -- try to get one with a bigger line of credit than she currently has. that way, her debt utilization ratio actually may be a little bit better. so, the points she loses for closing an account that she's had for such a long time may be made up a little bit here, but it is key to make sure that you don't want to go for something that they're going to be looking at your credit score right now. >> so, no knee-jerk action. >> another thing, too, if you have a platinum card, the reality is they have a gold card and a green card. you can say, look, i want to keep the record open, but i don't want to pay the fee. so i want to go to one of your
other cards. you have the standard card but i want to keep that open. they can roll you into a card with no fee, and the truth is, they'll probably waive the fee at least for a year. >> thank you for your question, lo lori. natalie is standing by with a question. >> i have jessica from new york with a great question, which a lot of people have about checking accounts and now fees, right? >> yes. i recently heard they were going to do away with free checking. what can we expect to be charged with in the near future? >> checking is not free. >> right. >> first of all, do away with free checking is a little bit of an exaggeration. what we're seeing is the banks out there testing non-free checking with prices anywhere from about $29 a year to $99 a year. annual fees are coming back because they are losing the fee income on other areas of their business. you should still be able to get a checking account if you maintain a minimum balance of a couple thousand dollars where you won't have to pay a fee month to month, but you may have
to change banks in order to do that. >> and other ways to go around these fees -- if you do automatic deposit of your paycheck, many banks will waive that $9 fee a month. additionally, you're going to always see free checking, and here's why -- the banks make money on you bouncing a check. so, they'll offer you free checking hoping that you bounce a check. then the bounce fees right now are $30, but they're starting to tier them. a new thing you've got to watch for is the banks are now doing the following. if you bounce a check for $30 and you don't pay it off, pay that bounced check in five days, they'll charge another $30. so, the banks -- you're going to see some banks will charge these fees and then some banks are going to be competitive and say, you know, we're still giving you free checking, but the money -- >> but this is an important point -- >> look at online banks, smaller banks. go to bankrate.com, moneyrate.com, try to figure out credit unions, places you can go where they have free checking and read the fine print. >> hopefully, you've helped jessica. we have many more questions to get to, whether you'd be liable, for example, for a family member's debt if you're an authorized user on their card.
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into to help us make more headway? >> i can see you nodding your head, jean. >> well, absolutely. david talked a little about debt management before. a debt management program will essentially give you a way to lower your interest rates to a place around 6%, much lower than they probably are now, which enables you to pay off more debt faster. there is a fee for getting into a debt management program, and one of the things that you may want to consider doing is calling all of your credit card companies and seeing at this point if you can get them to not -- to lower the interest rates themselves so that you can pay off that debt. some of them are more willing to do this if you use the words "internal hardship" and you say that you're willing not to use your cards while you're paying off that debt. >> all right. let's get to another question. natalie's found somebody else in the crowd. >> that's right. i have laurie and ricky, and gee, i'm not sure where you're from, exactly, mr. saints. >> go saints! >> you have a question about saving for private school education? >> yes. we have four small children who we're putting through private school, and we're wondering what
advice can you give as far as resources or financial management to help with managing the tuition, cost of tuition? >> look how sad you look. i understand because i have a little boy right now who's 6 and i just got the bill for next year and it's going to be $34,000 for first grade. so, my heart goes out to you with four kids. here's what i can tell you that the school that jack's going to and your school will do it, too -- they actually have a financial aid counselor there. and so, you can go back to your private school and say, one, do i qualify for financial aid? do you have any programs available where you're actually doing not just loans but scholarships? and what a lot of private schools are doing right now is they're combining scholarships for people who need financial aid and special loan programs. the best place to start is your private school, because they recognize that especially with four kids how difficult this is for you, and they are also starting to discount a little bit if you've got multiple children. now, people don't usually ask at the private schools -- hey, i've got four kids, can you knock 10%
off? the reality is, they do do that. private schools are in the business of profit. so, their business is just like any other business and they will work with you, and that's the best place to start. >> and you can go to community organizations and sororities and fraternities and rotary clubs may offer scholarships as well. even college websites like fastweb, you may be able to find some high school or elementary school scholarships listed there. >> we have an e-mail question. she writes "i owe around $3,000 and want to pay off my three credit cards. i want to borrow money from my 401(k) with a low interest rate and the monthly payments will be taken out of my check. is this a wise thing to do?" so, she basically wants to borrow money from herself to pay off these interest rates, and -- >> right, and we're almost out of time. the answer is no. the answer is don't do this. don't do this. just look at your budget, come up with the money. if you have to do something with your 401(k), don't make contributions. use that money for a little while, but do not pull the money out. >> you all agree with this? >> absolutely. >> all right. we finally find agreement. actually, mostly we do. >> mostly. we just give david a hard time.
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she could face a $1,000 fine for each snake. a few inches of snow blanketed the area last night, making for a messy morning commute. crews worked throughout the night plowma and -- allowing the roadways. officials said that additional funds will be found to keep the roads clear. on our website, wbaltv.com, you can access our interactive radar and post snow conditions and report on the weather conditions in your area. now let's take a look to the forecast with tony pann. did i get the terminology right? >> you did. a few inches is correct. it is pulling away now. we don't have to worry about accumulating snow for the rest of the dead. -- said the day. what the public affect showers, but sunshine will break through the -- will get lake effect
shows, but sunshine will break through the clouds eventually. we will watch another storm approaching for the weekend. this one will come out of the gulf of mexico. at this point looks like a mix of rain, snow, sleet to me. changing to all snow during the day on saturday. as the storm passes, it gets called on sunday. >> we will have another update at 9:55.
on several occasions, they would come down to earth and -- >> hook up? >> they would hook up with mortals. the children of these unions were half god, half human. >> who is the voice? that is pierce brosnan, of course, underneath all that hair, but for this movie he plays a sentar, half man and half horse, and he's going to tell us all about that tomorrow here on "today." >> okay. >> intense. anyway, apparently, it's all about hair this morning. >> that's right, because celebrity hairstylist jonathan
anton is getting blunt, showing us what's hot and what's not in hollywood and will show us the trends we might see on the red carpet at the oscars. plus, bill t. jones is called an irreplaceable dance treasure, but i may have ruined him for life when he tried to teach me some moves recently. he's an amazing talent and is the man behind a broadway hit among many other things. we'll introduce you to him coming up just ahead. >> i think you've got some moves. i remember seeing you doing a little hip-hop out there. also, brunch made easy, from the perfect waffle iron to trendy tea kettles. look at that one. >> oh, my goodness. >> that makes things a lot easier. even muffin tops. we're talking about the best part of the muffin, in my opinion, just the top part there. >> i know. they're the most fattening, but the best. >> they are. we'll check out some inexpensive must-haves for your kitchen. before all that, we have al at white house this morning for a check of the weather. hey, al. >> hey, guys, thanks. the snow has ended here in washington, but as we take a
look, we've got another big storm coming. and as you see for the weekend, on saturday we've got sunshine in new england, but it's going to be frigid. we've got a mess along the mid-atlantic coast as another storm system moves off the coast. rain in the pacific northwest, sunny and mild through texas. then sunday, sunday, we're looking at more cold air along the eastern seaboard. plenty of sunshine, though. frigid conditions from the great lakes down into the central mississippi river valley, rain in southern >> the weather should be improving as we head to the day to day. the snow was pulling out of the northeast and we will see a mixture of clouds and sunshine as we head to the afternoon. a chance for snow
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antin is the no holds barred judge. >> you obviously didn't like it couldn't even look at me. >> i see the '40s direction you're going in, but it's kind of nowhere near it. you could have put a little pin in right here and already it's a cleaner look. i wish i could tell you that i was impressed. i'm not. >> ooh, tough judge! jonathan, good morning. >> good morning. >> so, are you kind of like the simon cowell of the hairdressing world? >> that's what i'm hearing. that's what i'm hearing. >> you're channeling that vibe. >> yeah, you know, somebody's got to do it, right? >> you tell it like it is. >> always. >> and you tiell these 12 hairstylists they have to come with their best a-game, which of course, you want them to do, but why are the stakes so high for them? >> with $100,000 on the line, every hairstylist in america wanted to be on this show. it's that important. you bring your a-game and you get ready. otherwise, you're going home. >> what are you looking for, though? are you looking for something different? >> we're looking for everything. we're looking for the way someone uses their hands, the way they work with their
clients, the client's satisfaction. we're looking for -- >> having a vision? >> having a vision, the creative skill set. we're looking for everything, you know? >> so, what do you think viewers can take away from season three? >> bottom line is hanging in there and how to make it happen, no matter what and how to find a great hairstylist. >> yeah. okay, well, you're going to take us through a couple different hair styles right now on the red carpet, some hollywood beauties. got the telestrator you're working for us this morning. and of course, we're still in love with sandra bullock. >> always. >> now the oscar-nominated. >> exactly, i know. >> you love this look on the golden globes. >> i did. >> she had this very kind of loose sort of style going on. >> and you can see right here how, you know, it's really pretty and soft, how it outlines her face. >> yeah. >> she's got these soft pieces. it's a great neck line, you know. it shows off her great neck, shows off her lips. it frames her eyes. it's just a really soft, pretty, pretty look. >> so, if you were to advise her for her oscar possibility, what
would you say? >> i'd say go down, you know. i'd say sandra go down, penelope go up. you know what i mean? >> right, beautiful, because penelope cruz, who's the next celebrity we're going to look at here, penelope had this beautiful down do. now you're saying it's time to kind of reverse the role here. >> absolutely. penelope, again, outlining her cheekbones -- >> this was fabulous here. >> soft, beautiful waves. you know, this side is all back and clean. you know, again, eyes, lips, neck, gorgeous. i'd say, penelope, maybe go up for the oscars. >> okay. >> you know? >> now, rihanna at the grammys, always very edgy. she's got that very blondish sort of look going now. >> yeah, rock star. >> she's changed her style so much over the last couple of years. how does this work for her? >> she has -- you know, the thing about rihanna is i'm a little over the buzz side of the head. >> uh huh. >> i do love this. it's great, you know. it's kind of got that elvisy, you know, sharp rock star look. rihanna can do no wrong, though.
she's great. again, with the eyes and the lips, you know -- >> beautiful. >> you can't get any better than that. >> so, you'd say just maybe grow the sides out just little bit? >> yeah, grow the sides, maybe some extensions. >> change the look up a bit. next, talking about some up dos, and actress amy adams, who we saw here on the golden globes, beautiful look. fresh, right? >> beautiful, fresh, again with the soft bangs across her forehead, these beautiful soft pieces down the side. you can see how it's more of a back do, rather than an up do. that's what i love most about amy's hairstylist. >> somebody who didn't quite hit that mark, though, is jennifer morrison. >> exactly. >> who is from the hit show "house." >> yes, yes. >> and you say this is too much of a do? >> a little bit too much of a do. you can see back here, it's almost like giving off radiation. it's got that extraterrestrial thing going on in the back, and it's a bad head shape. it's going this way when it should be going this way. >> uh huh. something to keep in mind if you're thinking about up do's.
>> absolutely. >> not to be so structured. loose and flowy. >> right. you want to be this way, not this way. >> and one more, singer katy perry from the grammys the other night. gorgeous, striking woman. you say the bangs a little much. >> yeah. the bangs are a little heavy. you can see it's kind of like a shelf-like effect, right? it's almost like -- >> but it's kind of the look that she has going for her, right? >> it is a look, you know, it's a rock star thing. i like to see the sides really straight and flat, sort of cleopatra like, and then you do the bang, and that's what gives it that symmetrical, beautiful look, when it has that type of bang. >> what about her hair color? do you like the real dark -- >> yeah, i like the dark. >> on her. >> the dark goes great with her eyes, goes great with her lips. i love dark hair, light eyes. gorgeous. >> jonathan antin, always great to get your takes on people's hairstyles. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. season three of "shear genius" prepurye
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>> reporter: as a dancer -- >> change it. change it. >> reporter: bill t. jones has never been one to sit still. a celebrated choreographer for the last 20 years in the modern dance world, by now he could easily have taken an artful bow. >> okay, again, from the top, please. >> reporter: but instead, he has leapt to a new stage. >> reinventing the wheel again and again, such as my lot. >> reporter: on broadway in a role few have attained. >> 8:00, 9:00, good! >> reporter: that of director and choreographer. >> 12 and 6 is going to be the one that probably won't make air. ♪ >> reporter: his show is an african musical but a far cry from "the lion king." mixing the true story of
rebellious political musician with jones' own avant-garde dance line. >> you have to stand up now. >> reporter: somehow spun into the mainstream. >> i see some nice shiny coats out here tonight. >> reporter: i was in this audience, a mostly caucasian audience that was doing the clock. >> that clock -- i like trick people into understanding what it is to do something outlandish and free. >> reporter: that freedom is among many feelings jones layers into his dances from his life, drawing in part from his family. he was 1 of 12 children in upstate new york. >> i don't think i can overstress what it was like to grow up in an african-american family in a german and italian community in the late '50s,
early '60s. they were good people, but there was no blending. so, there was always this question about who am i? >> reporter: creating a safe place to look inward, he founded his dance company in the '80s with his late partner, ari zane, bringing together a diverse set of dancers, even now with a new piece on lincoln. always pushing boundaries to be an original, to be real, now making broadway stretch. >> look at this space. look at these lights. i want you to believe that we're in lagos in nigeria in 1978. wow. how did that happen? >> reporter: one of the mottos or messages of this show is originality, not artificiality. you give the dancers a chance to let them be original in their own work. >> yes. ah, if they could all be that way. we're actually saying to the world, take a solo, go for it.
what you got? >> reporter: teaching a new dance for a new audience -- ♪ -- eager to see more. and to see more of bill t. jones, head to our website at todayshow.com. and coming up next, fun gadgets for your next big brunch. trapped in the trance of their shopping routine, some people don't notice the difference between meat and mystery when they enter... ...the frozen zone is it real chicken? or something else? some chicken nuggets and tenders look like they have mystery meat. with my perdue frozen nuggets, there is no mystery. just real all-white meat, made with 100% natural ingredients,
this morning on "today's kitchen," the ultimate brunch. it's easy to impress your guests with a big spread. all you need are a few choice gadgets and you'll be able to whip up a fantastic feast without breaking a sweat. hot chef chris kimble is the author of "cooks illustrated" and the host of "america's test kitchen." hi, chris. >> nobody's ever called me hot chef. >> you are a hot chef today! man. >> oh, man. i can't think of what to say. >> we're starting with waffles,
right? >> and mixing bowls, the problem is they move all over the table. this is from pyrex, and it has on the bottom a little rubber bit, which means you can do this with one hand. >> very nice. and i love the design because of the spout. i always find it so messy to pour the batter into the waffle-maker, the pancake batter, too. >> so, speaking of waffle makers, we tested a bunch of them up in boston. >> why do you like this one? >> it's from chef's choice, $69, it's the waffle pro. it has an interesting feature. you can set it for crispy on the outside and moist on the inside or evenly baked. >> oh, we love that. >> it has a high and medium setting. of course, it has six settings in terms of how done you want your waffles. so, let's pour this in here. >> instead of letting it burn like some of us do who like it crispier, this is perfect. >> and when it's ready, it beeps. >> and easy to come off, too, with that teflstify coaflon coa
>> easy to pick off. >> and i pick off the muffin tops and throw away the rest. >> you're looking at the muffins -- >> i'm looking at the muffins and they taste great because i've had some allow. >> chicago metallic. what we love is this has the same amount of batter per muffin top that you use per muffin, so you get a nice -- >> you get like a deep muffin still. >> it's a nice mix and the texture is great. only $14. >> very reasonable. and it pops off easily, too. >> a trick, also. a lot of nonstick cookware you should spray before you use it to make sure it doesn't stick. a little baking spray. >> all right, good, a little baking spray. blenders, you've got to have one, whether it's for a smoothie or salad dressing, you name. >> the problem with blenders -- this is kitchen aid, $110. it does a great job. >> right. >> the problem with most blenders is they don't do a good job. we did three things. we did ice, which was a great test. >> right. >> we did smoothies and we also
did hummus. and it turns out that this one did by far the best job. >> the best performing? >> yeah. >> okay. >> so, we'll try a little ice in there, put the top on. now, this has a great feature. when you do the ice, you press and it pulses. >> that's great! you can make snow cones with those. >> so you're all set, great texture. >> and this has a great pour spot. >> you can put this in the dishwasher, too. >> and i love that that's plastic. don't have to worry about it blaking. what is this, a coffee maker? >> we can pull this right out. >> see, it's telling us it's crispy on the outside. perfectly done. you were right. >> oh, and they smell so good! >> that's brilliant! >> get everybody up here? how are you? >> great to see you, dear. >> you're showing us the coffee. >> this is actually from the 1800s. they used to brew coffee by letting grounds sit overnight in water. we have 2 1/4 cups of ground coffee here. and we're going to put the water in. >> this is cold water. >> this is cold water, 3 1/2
cups. >> okay. and how fast does it take to make the coffee, because we have 30 seconds. >> it takes three days. >> three days! >> do we have three days, folks? i can stay over, if you like. >> see you later, i'm out of here! >> victor, can you please give us more time? we need more time. >> three days to make the coffee. and over here, quickly. >> this is very nice. you can actually use one part of this stuff, which is the concentrate, three parts water. and this keeps water >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. here is a look at one of our top stories. a few inches of snow blanketed the state last night, creating what roadways and messy morning commute. many school districts were on a two-hour delay, and others closed for the day. crews worked throughout the night plowing and salting the road race, despite the fact many of their snow budgets are in the red.
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