12th Annual KTLA Turkey Phone Bank- Chef LaLa

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KTLA’s 12th Annual Turkey Phone Bank started back in 2000 when viewers started emailing and calling producers of the KTLA Morning News about holiday recipes to share as well as follow- up questions to several holiday guests who featured cooking and roasting advice.   Senior Producer Janet Hill created the concept using only three phone lines.  The Turkey Phone Bank is set-up not only to take viewer questions but it also allows us to “ease drop”  on  live viewer phone calls with our experts and simultaneously broadcast their conversations and advice live on the air.  The KTLA Turkey Phone Bank attracts more than 1,100 calls over a 3-hour time period on Thanksgiving morning.

This year, the phone bank has a new toll-free number, 888 244-7700
The phone bank is open from 6am to 9am on Thursday, November 28
The phone bank will also highlight our panel of experts each hour.

This year’s panel includes:

  • Lillian Zacky of Zacky Farms Turkeys and Zacky Farms Chicken.  Lillian is a 12-year veteran of the KTLA Turkey Phone Bank.
  • Chef LaLa, Host and Cookbook Author.  Chef LaLa is an 10-year veteran of the KTLA Turkey Phone Bank
  • Chef Kevin Roberts, the Food Dude is an Author, TV Host and Restauranteur,  owner of four restaurants in the San Diego area.  Chef Kevin Roberts is a 9-year veteran of the KTLA Turkey Phone Bank.

Chef LaLa’s Cranberry Mango Salsa Recipe

2 large tomato, small dice
1 mango, peeled, small dice
1 can cranberry sauce
1 medium red onion, small dice
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 fresh jalapeño, small dice
1 stalk green onions, thin sliced
1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/2 lime, juiced
salt to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Taste. If the chilies make the salsa too hot, add some more chopped tomato. If not hot enough, add another chile.  Adjust salt.

Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes allowing flavors to combine.

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