Michelle Li

Blog: Home cooks wanted for Food Network show

Producers are calling for Madison home cooks

Published On: Oct 17 2014 09:34:06 PM CDT
Casting Call:  Food Network show

Some of you may want to see this casting call!  -- Michelle

Open Call Information
When: Sunday October 19th (10am- 2pm)
Where: Flav'our Cooking School

7401 W. Madison

Forest Park, IL 60130

What to Bring: A savory dish that highlights your cooking abilities, a photo of your dish, a photo of yourself, and a completed application.

For more info on the show please visit us at: www.homecookscasting.com



You’ve watched them on TV, bought their cookbooks, and tested out their recipes at home. This is your chance to work with a culinary icon! Outlast your competitors in this high stakes cooking competition and you could go home with bragging rights and a HUGE CASH PRIZE!

FOOD NETWORK and the producers of GUY’S GROCERY GAMES and THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE are on a quest to find home cooks for a new competition show!

Are you an amazing home cook? Do your friends BEG to be invited to your dinner parties? And then BEG you for all of your recipes? Do you love to talk about flavor profiles and favorite cooking utensils to anyone who will listen? Does the thought of cooking with boxed ingredients make you cringe?

If you are a Food Network fanatic and a truly skilled home cook who prepares elevated dishes completely from scratch, this is your chance! Maybe you abandoned your dreams of culinary school to take care of your family. Maybe you have racked up a collection of state fair blue ribbons, taken home the trophy at a cooking competition, or earned local celebrity for your food. Whatever your story, we'd love to hear it!

**Amateur home cooks ONLY, please! You must have NEVER graduated from culinary school or worked extensively in a professional kitchen to be considered**

Blog: Korean adoptee searches for long lost twin

Maggie Gifford's adoption records were wrong

Published On: Oct 09 2014 02:44:24 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 09 2014 03:27:36 AM CDT
Korean adoptee searches for twin separated at birth

Maggie Gifford just made an incredible discovery.  Now she needs your help.

PHOTO: Maggie Gifford

Maggie grew up in the United States but was adopted from Korea at age 3.  And though she grew up as an only child, she recently discovered she has a twin sister.

There were no records of a twin in her original adoption papers.

READ Michelle's personal adoption blog

So now she's looking for a woman with the Korean birth name Koh Yoen Ok.  Maggie says Yoen Ok was also adopted, but she doesn't know more than that.  The likelihood her twin grew up in the United States is fairly high.

PHOTO: Maggie Gifford's twin sister

She left a message in case her sister watches an interview she did over YouTube:

"I would love to get to know you, and I'm very sorry that we didn't get to know each other earlier in life," said Gifford. "But I'm really curious to see what kind of relationship we can have now." 

Contact: shortymk@yahoo.com

Editor's note:  I told Maggie the largest population of adult Korean adoptees in the world is in the upper Midwest -- the Twin Cities area.  So, maybe her sister will see it from us! -- Michelle

Who else loves Badger Saturday?

BLOG: Badgers vs. South Florida

Published On: Sep 29 2014 02:52:35 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 30 2014 07:57:00 AM CDT
UW Badgers vs. South Florida

When the Badgers play, does your Facebook page light up with red?

Instagram: Badgers play at Camp Randall

I love Badger Saturday.  I love it more when I'm actually headed to the game and not Trader Joe's or something.  The only time "Badger Saturday" has a bad connotation is when it's used to describe traffic.  But even that can be good people watching.

Badger Saturday traffic

I also love how many great seats you can snag if you wait until the last minute.  It seems like someone in the office always has tickets to give away because they can't go at last minute.

UW Badgers vs. South Florida

And it's a wonderful way to spend time with thousands of your closest friends... or a few special people!  I like going with my husband, Jim, who also works at the UW.Badger Saturday: Michelle Li and husband Jim

BLOG: Do you know these people?

An SD card was found in Mauston

Published On: Sep 24 2014 07:31:16 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 24 2014 07:32:20 PM CDT
Woman finds SD card - who are these people?

This picture has been shared thousands of times after a woman claimed she found an SD card in Mauston with lots of family pics.

Woman finds SD card - who are these people?

I tried to reach out to her to see if she had reconnected the SD card to the people, but I'm unable to contact her because of privacy settings.

So... I thought I'd ask... do you know who these people are?  I hate to see people lose their pictures! 

I would really just like to see the ending to the story!  Let me know if you know any answers, please!  @MichelleLi

BLOG: Who else is enjoying the weather?

Gary says it's going to be nice for a few more days

Published On: Sep 24 2014 03:07:12 PM CDT

I thought I'd share a couple of pics from my flower garden.  If you're new to gardening, like I am, then it's really exciting to see your garden grow.  The best advice I've ever been given is to bloom where you're planted!  So, I'm trying to bloom!


I think it's so awesome that we're nearing October with 70 degree temperatures.  The bumblebees are still out!

See more pics from my yard

Also, I wanted to say thank you to those on Facebook who have helped me with my gardening questions.  Right now I'm only into ornamental grasses and perennials, but I just love them.  There is something magical about getting your hands in the dirt and helping something grow.

Flower gardens

If you have any great pictures, don't forget to send them backyard@channel3000.com -- and we might put them on the news!

Oh, and please keep sending me tips!  I used to say I had a brown thumb.

BLOG: Hilldale's Little Black Dress Affair

Madison's most fashionable help fight cancer

Published On: Sep 19 2014 08:29:04 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 19 2014 08:31:27 PM CDT
Little Black Dress Affair 2014

I love getting out in the community, especially when good people are doing good things.

Little Black Dress Affai

Little Black Dress Affair 2014

For example, this week I emceed Hilldale's Little Black Dress Affair fashion show.  It's a great event because we all get to see fun fashions that come from the Hilldale Shopping Center, munch, drink and chat.

See more pics

Little Black Dress Affair

I have met some really great people, too!  I am in love with Ann Marie Martin of Reve, who always seems to put these things together.  Leslie Watkins at Hilldale is such a great representative of the shopping center (and is a hoot!)  Plus, I love hanging out with DJ Nick Nice.  We have so many wonderful models, too.  The Junior League of Madison really helped out this year and so many others took the time out to make it happen.

Hilldale Little Black Dress Affair 2014

Anyway, the best part of it all is that we help raise money for Gilda's Club!  The organization offers a ton of support for those with cancer.

If you have an event, let me know!  I'd love to share pics online and help spread the word!  mli@wisctv.com

News 3's 2014 class picture

Published On: Sep 15 2014 08:44:03 AM CDT
WISC, News 3 2014 class picture

I love being a part of the WISC news team.  We have so many wonderful journalists and fantastic people.

If you're watching us on air, you may have noticed a set of new promos... and this is one of the pictures we took for that promo (but w/ a filter.) (Click to enlarge)

These pictures remind me of taking a class picture in school! You don't understand how hard it is to get everyone together in one place!

In between the news, we bring you the other stuff that matters - potato chips.

A woman made international headlines when she climbed over a fence to get a closer look at Wally, a 2-year-old giraffe. She got licked, then kicked in the head.

TomoNews created an animated re-enactment of the ordeal.

This was uploaded by YouTube user TomoNews US:

In a 'Breaking Bad' spoof, Julia Louis-Dreyfus tries to pawn off her Emmy she received for her role in 'Seinfield' --

"This would be much more valuable if it was for a drama," says Bryan Cranston's character.

This was uploaded by the Television Academy:

BLOG: I need to give some tickets away!

It's for Madison Magazine's Top Shelf Summer Taste

Published On: Aug 20 2014 12:23:15 AM CDT
Madison Magazine Top Shelf Summer Taste

I write for Madison Magazine.  Oh wait, didn't you know?

I write the monthly Sip and Savor feature - it's short and sweet and fun.  Because of that, I often get a chance to go to some fun events around Madison.

Madison Magazine Top Shelf 2014

Today, I have two extra tickets to the magazine's Top Shelf Summer Taste event on August 25th.

Read more for details

It's not a formal giveaway, so don't get too technical on me.  I just want to see you at the party!  I've got two tickets valued at $70, which allows you to sample food and drink from a ton of local folks.  It is the summer's best cocktails and treats!

So... what can you do?  I'd love it if you tweeted me and Madison Magazine -- tell us the thing you'd like to try!  Follow and tweet us at @michellelitv and @Madison_Mag!  I'll draw by the end of Thursday and someone can pick up the tickets Friday-Monday here at the station.

Thanks guys!  Have fun and see you at the party!

Here are some of the participants:

45th Parallel Distillery

ALT Brew
Gluten-Free Beer Handcrafted One Barrel at a Time in Madison

Belaya Rus Vodka


Dashelito's Hot Sauces & Spicy Foods

Landmark Creamery
Artisan Cheese from Wisconsin

Mad Maiden Shrub:
Full Strength Drinking Vinegar from Wisconsin Orchards

Mad Urban Bees
Urban Honey on a Wheat Cracker with Brie Cheese & Raspberry Puree

Mason's on Main

Metro Market:
Premiere Hand-Rolled Sushi

Huge Assortment of Delectable Appetizers

NessAlla Kombucha & Old Sugar Distillery

Northleaf Winery

OSS Madison
Custom Made Sausages with Gourmet Toppings

Sitka Salmon

True Coffee Roasters

BLOG: Have you met our new reporters? Meet Matthew and Leah!

They're great journalists and even better people!

Published On: Aug 18 2014 09:07:45 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 19 2014 11:07:50 AM CDT
Michelle Leah and Susan

I am always so excited to work with new people.  I mean, they're not new to the earth or anything, but they are new to our newsroom.

See more pics

Mark, Michelle and Matthew

You may have caught Matthew Simon on our airways during the last week.  He and I go way back and we didn't even know it.  He went to school at the University of Missouri, and even though I'm a Kansas grad, I feel very close to the folks at MU.  Not only am I a Missouri native, I spent 8 years of my career working in Southwest Missouri.  So, I feel like my "graduate work" was spent with some great Mizzou guys.

Matthew "Matty" Simon and I have a lot of mutual friends and when I was trying to get the scoop on him, all of my friends said they LOVED him.  Then, when I met him for the first time, it was clear this guy is a great human being.

Check out Matthew's website

Matthew is very open about being a cancer survivor.  I can't imagine what he went through, but I am so glad he's here with us today.  And, he's able to give a perspective that few people in our newsroom can.

Michelle Leah and Susan

So now that brings us to Miss Leah Linscheid.  I love this young woman.  She is such a breath of fresh air - with an incredible work ethic and a bright personality.

I met Leah when she was an intern at our station, but she and I didn't have the opportunity to cross paths that much.  However, she worked at our sister station in La Crosse, and so I had the wonderful opportunity to room with her in Dallas when we covered the Final Four earlier this year.

Not only do I know her morning routine, her favorite singers and her beauty rituals, I can honestly say this young woman is one to watch.  I saw her bring so much positive energy to our field crews in Dallas that she made me wish I was about 10 years younger.  Her good juju is off the chart!

Leah is quick-witted, extremely competent and genuinely nice.  I hope you get a chance to see that for yourselves, too.

Oh, and did I mention... Leah is a UW grad!  So, there ya go.  Wisconsin bred.

Please help out and support Matthew and Leah as they venture off in the community to cover stories that matter to all of us.  You can send them a welcome wagon email at msimon@wisctv.com or llinscheid@wisctv.com.

BLOG: Summer Restaurant Week takes off! Where will you go?

Madison Magazine's Restaurant Week kicks off

Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:02:12 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 21 2014 04:10:42 PM CDT
Michelle Li:  Restaurant Week at Brocach on Monroe

When I first moved to Wisconsin, I thought, "Man, everybody talks about food."  And then it only took a few weeks to learn why... um, because the food is amazing. 

And, then when my parents came to visit, they asked me, "Why do you talk so much about food?!"

Ah, I think I'm becoming a Wisconsinite.  You know, someone who loves a good craft beer, lightly breaded chunky cheese curds and a deep appreciation for football.  I could go on about the UW, dairy products, great schools, outdoor activities and more... but I was trying to keep this post short!  You get it if you get it, okay?

Another tradition for Madisonians is Madison Magazine's Restaurant Week.

I have learned that I need to go to dinner on the first night because my work schedule keeps me from going at night.  The rest of the week, we have to hit up lunch spots.

So on Sunday, we went to Brocach on Monroe.  It was so delicious!  My husband got the petit filet and I ordered the pan crusted halibut.  I can't even begin to tell you how great the dessert options were- we had a pecan bread pudding and a chocolate fondant cake.  Holy cow!

See more pics from Brocach

Anyway, where will you go this week?  Make sure you use the hashtag #restaurantweek, though you might see some other RWs from around the country going on this week, too. 

And shout out to me!  I want to know where we should go next!  Some of you have already hopped on FB to tell me where you're headed and why!

Twitter: @MichelleLiTV

FB: @MichelleLiTV

Our weather deserves a 'Gary' dance

Published On: Jul 16 2014 07:21:18 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 16 2014 07:23:11 AM CDT

It's time to bring out this gem.

This video possible by our friend James Yaeger.  Gary started dancing a while back and Eric took video of it... Gary has a great sense of humor!!  Bringing it out for your Wednesday slump because this always makes me smile.

BLOG: Michelle Li's #TBT to the DMZ

Ever been to the scariest place on earth?

Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:15:27 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 10 2014 03:30:33 PM CDT
#TBT Michelle Li at the DMZ

The DMZ is where South Korea and North Korea meet.  I have been there three times in my life, and I would agree with President Clinton when he called it the scariest place on earth.  Granted, I haven't been to a lot of scary places, but I'll take his word for it.

DMZ, 2009

First of all, the DMZ can be overwhelming.  I've gone there enough times to know that I really don't know that much.  It used to be that Korean citizens could not visit the area or that we had to hire a foreign company to take us.  But, now I'm not really sure about the status of the tours.  I think Koreans may have been able to visit certain aspects of the Joint Security Area, but truthfully, I don't know the truth anymore.  Sorry for that, but a Google search didn't provide me with the answers either.

Read Michelle's personal blog

When I first went in 1998, it was actually creepy, for lack of a better word.  We had to go for an 8-hour tour.  We signed our lives away on this waiver that said if we got shot or maimed, we couldn't hold the US government accountable.  We ate lunch with American soldiers who then took us around the border and told us horror stories of South Koreans and Americans getting ambushed by North Korean soldiers.  We literally crawled to the bottom of an infiltration tunnel, which are hidden tunnels North Koreans dug to one day invade the South.  When we got to the bottom, we were met by a North Korean guard standing at the other side of a steel-looking door.  We also saw "Hollywood" type signs in Korean all through the DMZ, urging people to come to the North Star.  We were blasted with eery North Korean propaganda music, intended to entice Americans and South Koreans to hop the border.

The actual border, by the way, is a field of untouched land that has been known to house rare species of flowers and small animals, likely because it has been left to grow wild for decades.

Armed North Korean, South Korean and American soldiers were everywhere--often facing one another for hours in silence.

Michelle Li at the DMZ

Fast forward to my last trip in 2009.  We still had to hire a Chinese tourism company to take us to the DMZ, we still had to sign that ominous waiver, but overall, we had a much lighter experience.

We got to take a tram down the tunnel, for example.  It was more like an amusement ride.  There was no North Korean guard at the end.  In fact, we only saw one North Korean guard.  It seemed less intense, though it still fascinated and slightly frightened my husband.  

I have no idea what it's like today with Kim Jong-un in charge.  I am really curious about North Korea.  I hope it wasn't offensive to use the word creepy, but it really was like visiting a new world.  It is the best way I know how to describe it.

If you're interested in North Korean culture, I have two favorite documentaries to share.  One is about an American defector who became a North Korean celebrity in the 1960s.  Here is his story on CBS' 60 Minutes.

His documentary is here.

Another great documentary is called A State of Mind, which shows us how North Korean's Mass Games work.  It is an incredible display of synchronized gymnastics to please the nation's Great Leader.  It is one of the most beautiful and curious things I've seen.

BLOG: Our 5 most memorable videos of the week

From local cuties to funny pets, you bet we found them.

Published On: Jun 13 2014 01:37:16 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 13 2014 03:35:00 PM CDT
YouTube image:  'Tammy' movie

Happy Friday everyone!  We know how crazy the week gets, so you might not have time to search the internet like we do!  These were our favorite picks of the week - hope you like them, too!  If you have any fun videos, send them to us!  And honestly, no. 5 is not our favorite, but some viewers keep asking!  So, enjoy!  - @MichelleLiTV

1.  Dear Kitten:  the greatest lessons of life come from a salty cat. 

YouTube Image: Dear Kitten

2. The elevator ride from hell

Out of control elevator Chile

3. Benicio's Back!  WATCH this local cutie for Rock for Respite

Rock For Respite 2014:  Benicio is Back

4. Psy + Snoop Dogg = "Hangover".  Another crazy, viral video

YouTube image:  Psy and Snoop Dogg in 'Hangover'

5.  'Tammy' trailer hits theaters nationwide. Yes, that is News 3's Michelle Li

YouTube image:  'Tammy' movie

MADISON, Wis. - News 3's Michelle Li makes a cameo in the movie 'Tammy' -- the movie preview recently started showing nationwide across television households. Michelle recently spoke about her (admittedly very small part) in the movie on Live at 5 with Mark Koehn and Susan Siman.

(YOUTUBE) - Korean pop singer Psy is back with a brand new viral video, this time featuring Snoop Dogg. The new song is called "Hangover" and features the duo wandering through the streets of Korea drinking soju and singing at a noraebang, the Korean version of karaoke.

(YOUTUBE) - A Friskies cat commercial has gone viral as a cat gives a little kitty advice on life. It was shared via BuzzFeedVideo on June 5 and links back to the Friskies YouTube channel, though Friskies has not uploaded the video on its own YouTube page.

YouTube: Dad and daughter duo go viral for lip dub

It's not 'Let it Go' but it is pretty 'Fancy'

Published On: May 22 2014 05:38:25 PM CDT   Updated On: May 22 2014 05:39:10 PM CDT
YouTube: Dad, daughter duo do a lip dub to 'Fancy'

According to TIME, San Diego radio personality Jesse Lozano wanted to do a lip dub video with his daughter Savannah.

WATCH the lip dub

He suggested doing "Let It Go" from Frozen, but because she's a per-teen, she wanted to do something a little more fresh.

And that's how they recorded the Iggy Azalea's hit song "Fancy."

What do you think?  Would you every do anything like that with your kiddos?  If you have a great video to share, let's see it!

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