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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 McSweeney and Jamie Laurita | Kitchen Chat

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…
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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,…

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Keeping it Simple (easy weeknight one-pot recipes) by Yasmin Fahr

Are you ready to keep it simple in the kitchen? Yasmin Fahr, author of Keeping it Simple will inspire and encourage you on today’s Kitchen Chat. Yasmin is a food writer and recipe developer featured in Serious Eats, The Kitchn, Epicurious, Taste, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and The Los Angeles Times. Her new book…

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No Crumbs Left with Teri Turner

Teri Turner aka No Crumbs Left is a modern day Julia Child. She is passionate and articulate about sharing her recipes and cooking tips all while making us feel like we are in her kitchen. Recently, Teri joined Chef Jaime Laurita and me for a Kitchen Chat in the Middleby Residential showroom in Chicago to…

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Pasta Grannies

Vicky Bennison takes us into the kitchens across Italy to meet the beloved “Pasta Grannies” who share their time-treasured techniques and secrets to pasta making.  From her home in Italy, Vicky started exploring the food of the area and discovered that only the Italian grandmothers were preserving the tradition of making pasta by hand. She…

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Holiday Tips

Make holiday entertaining a little easier with tips from Rachael Hollis and Food Network’s Michelle Buffardi.   Rachel Hollis, celebrity event planner, entrepreneur and founder of www.thechicsite.com, and Hollis Co shares hacks for the hostess from her book Upscale Downhome.  With clients including Bradley Cooper and many other stars, Rachel will help you make your guests…

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Sharing The Joy of Cooking

The Joy of Cooking is a treasured cookbook with millions of home chefs following the recipes and creating taste memories for their families. As many of you know, I have been on a quest through Kitchen Chat to understand my father’s joy of cooking. Speaking with John Becker (the great-grandson of Irma Rombauer) and his…

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Chef Dorian Hunter, Winner of MasterChef Season 10 Celebrates Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Chef Dorian Hunter is the first African American female to win MasterChef. She recently joined Chef Jaime Laurita and me in the Viking Showroom to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day and to demonstrate Salmon Wellington, her audition dish for MasterChef. All proceeds from the evening benefited Wings. Chef Dorian shares her heartwarming journey with us about…