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.

Thaao Penghlis: How Kourabiedes (Greek Wedding Cookies) Changed His Life

Emmy Award Winning Actor and Daytime TV’s favorite villain, Thaao Penghlis, recently released his cookbook: “Seducing Celebrities One Meal at a Time.” This Australian-born Renaissance Man has traveled the world and hosted memorable dinner parties in his Hollywood Hills home with high profile celebrities. While this cookbook imagines the perfect meals for celebrities he has…
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Celebrity Chef Dave White Sets Sail with “Salted”

Celebrity Chef Dave White recently released his first cookbook “Salted:A Recipe Book with a Story to Tell.” This new book spotlights 50 of his favorite recipes and adventurous travels (photos included) around the world. Check out our video chat below. Before he was the chef on Bravo’s “Below Deck Mediterranean,” Chef White cooked in some…

Monica Rothgery: Lessons from the Drive Thru

Monica Rothgery, former COO of KFC US, part of Yum Brands, shares inspiring lessons about excellence along with surprising insights into fast food kitchens. Monica’s recent book, “Lessons from the Drive-Thru: Real Life Wisdom for Frontline Leaders” goes beyond optimal team management practices and provides great advice for everyone who is pursuing excellence in their…

Executive Pastry Chef Riccardo Menicucci: A Taste of Luxury, History and Hospitality at Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel

Thanks to Executive Pastry Chef Riccardo Meniccuci and his team, Beverly Wilshire is a sweet destination, especially during Oscars Week. This year’s amenities included a film projector made of Valrhona Manjari, a luxury chocolate, in addition to a thoughtfully designed and braided croissant representing the team of talented people required to create a film. And…

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Chef Alice Waters – Queen of the Garden Encore

As we await the beautiful produce that will soon be arriving at our Farmer’s Markets, I thought it would be a good time to celebrate Spring with this encore piece featuring Alice Waters. Always remember to take a moment and Savor the Day! Chef Alice Waters is a counterculture culinary hero who has helped pioneer the…

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Sandra Gutierrez: The Julia Child of Latin American Cuisine

“Latin American Cuisine is like a house. I see Mexico as the front door with all the dishes we are most familiar with. But once you open and walk through that door, you can see twenty other kitchens full of food, vibrancy and amazing ingredients.” Sandra Gutierrez Sandra Gutierrez and I met in the White…

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Chef Florian V. Hugo: A Passion for Notre Dame and French Cuisine

“Everything changes. The only thing that remains immovable across the centuries and fixes the character of a people is cooking.” Victor Hugo The Cathedral de Notre Dame holds a special place of legacy for Chef Florian V. Hugo and for me. Chef Florian is the great great great great great-grandson of the literary maestro Victor…

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Wyatt Russell: Savor the Sip with Lake Hour Sparkling Cocktail

“Savor the Day” is the tagline of my life. It’s a reminder to find and live your joy while connecting with family and friends. The multi-talented Wyatt Russell exemplifies how to “Savor the Day” and savor the sip with his approach to life and work. In addition to his athletic and acting careers, Wyatt is…

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Nancy Brinker: Leading the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer

“Find a great need in a near edge and act upon it to make a difference” as my father always encouraged. This has proven to be a powerful recipe for action, especially for Nancy Brinker, a three-time Ambassador and New York Times best-selling author, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. She launched two impactful charitable…

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Lidia Bastianich: A Celebration of Family and Food

What a joy it was to take Kitchen Chat on the road recently to New York’s famed Becco and sit down with Lidia Bastianich in celebration of the publication of her sixteenth cookbook! Time with Lidia, a multiple Emmy and James Beard Award winning public television host, author, entrepreneur and fellow member of Les Dames…