Margaret’s Blog - Upfront and Personal

Follow Margaret with her up close and personal stories of her life, events and the adventures she has with her friends and family.

Margaret's Blog - Upfront and Personal

Follow Margaret with her up close and personal stories of her life, events and the adventures she has with her friends and family.

Navigating the New Normal: Chef Bill Kim and Yvonne Cadiz-Kim

Chef Bill Kim and Yvonne Cadiz-Kim are both highly respected throughout the hospitality industry. Recently, Chef Jaime Laurita and I had a Kitchen Chat with this dynamic duo. As chef/owner of Urban Belly and chef/partner of Crate & Barrel’s The Table at Crate, Chef Kim is navigating the new normal. Carry out is the main…
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My beautiful daughters Melissa and Katie. (True Grace Photography)

A Celebration of Mothers

It seems hard to believe that my mother has been gone for 17 years. As you all know, I started Kitchen Chat as a way to honor my late father who was an incredible home chef. Recently my dear friend Barbara Lazaroff encouraged me to share more about my mother. My mother was very kind,…

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Fanny Singer: Always Home

A milestone moment of my culinary journey was sitting down with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse for a Kitchen Chat while sipping fresh mint water. How special for Chef Jaime Laurita and me to recently interview Alice Waters’ daughter, Fanny Singer about her new book, Always Home: A Daughter’s Recipes & Stories. This book reflects…

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Donnie Madia: Impact of COVID-19 on Restaurant Industry

Restaurants are the hearts and souls of each community. Comprising 10% of the overall workforce in the U.S. with eleven million employees and adding $1 trillion to the economy, the restaurant industry is an essential player in the economic health and well-being of this country. This industry is feeling the brunt of COVID-19 pandemic, both…

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Kitchen Chat – Kitchen Chat Steven Raichlen Man Made Meals Interview

Want some sizzle in your life? Impress your friends and family with great grilling and BBQ tips and tastes from America’s Master Griller, Steven Raichlen! Discover your “Inner Chef” with his new book Man Mande Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys! Savor the day! .

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Comfort Food and Comfort Mood with Chef Carla Hall

Chef Carla Hall is a bouquet of sunshine. Her genuine kindness and enthusiasm for cooking are her hallmarks. During this challenging time, we all need a little sunshine and encouragement. Chef Carla Hall shares what she is cooking during the quarantine and has words of comfort from her kitchen.  Get inspired to try your hand…

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Connecting with Friends: Chef Jaime Laurita in His Kitchen

Let’s connect in our kitchens! I know this is a difficult time, dear foodie friends. We can all feel a bit disconnected and discouraged. Please know that you are not alone. Please reach out to others in your community. My dear friend and co-host, Chef Jaime Laurita and I recently had a Kitchen Chat by…

The Joy of Julia Child

The Joy of Julia Child

Julia Child always had that special “joie de vivre.” I so wish that I had met her. Through Kitchen Chat, however, I have been able to get to know her through the stories and anecdotes shared by our guests. . “Riding in Cars with Julia Child” will be the first in this special series. It…

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Vegan Meal Prep With Robin Asbell

The plant-based lifestyle is quite trendy these days; however it’s now a way of life for me. After an unexpected detour in my health, I began this green journey and am grateful for Robin Asbell and Chef Dave Choi for being my GPS. Whether or not you are fully making the change to plant-based or…

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Faith, Family & The Feast: Recipes to Feed Your Crew from the Grill, Garden and Iron Skillet by Kent and Shannon Rollins

Join Cowboy Kent Rollins and his wife Shannon on the chuckwagon trail as they share recipes for life, love and delicious meals in the new book Faith, Family & The Feast: Recipes to Feed Your Crew from the Grill, Garden and Iron Skillet. Kent’s parents taught him an important lesson at a young age; “Faith,…