Mixed Media: UW–Madison alumna Siri Daly launches new cookbook

Folk duo also release a new EP

‘Siriously’ Cookbook Published

Siri Daly has fond memories of food and beer from her time attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Daly was a staff assistant for television sitcoms, is now a food blogger and “Today” show food contributor with a new cookbook, “Siriously Delicious: 100 Nutritious (and Not so Nutritious) Simple Recipes for the Real Home Cook.”

“The ice cream from Babcock Dairy served in the Memorial Union is magnificently creamy, best eaten outside by the lake with some yummy beer,” Daly says by email. She went by Siri Pinter as a student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications/TV and radio at UW-Madison. Daly and her husband, TV personality Carson Daly, have three children.

“Speaking of beer, I worked as a waitress at the Angelic Brewing Co. (which sadly is no longer there),” she writes.

As a UW-Madison student, Daly performed for two years with Wisconsin Singers, a university-led entertainment group that produces Broadway-caliber productions. “My experience in the group was completely unforgettable, and it single-handedly shaped my college career,” Daly writes.

Daly’s cookbook “Siriously Delicious” was published in April. -TM

‘Bartlett’ Star On the Rise

Chrissy Mazzeo became an actor and producer in San Francisco in the early 2000s despite intending to put to use her psychology degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mazzeo starred in and helped produce the web series “SanFranLand” in 2014 and, earlier this year, co-wrote, produced and starred in the six-episode musically inspired comedy series “Bartlett” on Amazon Prime.

One of Mazzeo’s many contributions to “Bartlett” was to offer the lead role – based on a real-life ad executive as his career craters – to Bay Area actor Anthony Veneziale. From there Veneziale was all in, co-producing and writing all six songs and bringing aboard his Wesleyan University classmates Lin-Manuel Miranda and Utkarsh Ambudkar to take on hilarious supporting roles.

In her role in front of the camera, Mazzeo is the brains of the Bartlett ad agency before she leaves and Roger (Veneziale) runs it into the ground. Her character is strong, blunt and a woman with whom not to trifle.

Mazzeo, who grew up in Cedarburg, says the years she worked at a Madison-area women’s shelter instilled in her a desire to tell people’s stories. “I know I want women and people of color populating the sets” of the independent television and film projects on which she works, she says.

Mazzeo has played lead and supporting roles in several short and full-length films as well as national TV commercials.

But her interest lies in producing. “Right now I’m doing that on four different projects where I meet with writers and need to start looking to get other people involved,” she says.Mixed Media: UW–Madison alumna Siri Daly launches new cookbook

Folk Duo Releases EP

Pillars of the Madison music scene for decades, Mary Gaines and Chris Wagoner – founding members of The Common Faces, The Moon Gypsies and The Stellanovas – return as Gaines & Wagoner with “LO-Fi EP No. 1,” six stripped down, old-timey and frolicking songs – enough to leave us hoping for a “No. 2.” Give it a listen at gainesandwagoner.com.

*Editor’s Note: Mixed Media is a monthly series featuring a variety of arts and culture happenings in the Madison area.