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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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Chef Michael Kornick and His Culinary Journey

Chef Michael Kornick’s culinary journey has taken him into some of the greatest kitchens in the world. He is a nationally recognized leader in the culinary arts. His inspiration began at home, cooking with his grandmother and mother. Chef Kornick recalls, “They took a lot of pride and passion in bringing family occasions to the…

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CHILL at the Merchandise Mart: An Evening of Food, Wine and Charity

As we know, charity begins in the kitchen. On today’s Kitchen Chat, we are featuring Chef Didier Durand, Executive Chef of Marchesa and Chef James De Marte, Chef/owner of Pisolino along with his business partner, Rachel De Marte. These two chefs joined Chef Jaime Laurita and me in the Middleby Residential Showroom for cooking demos.…

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Meals on Wheels Chicago

On November 8, Chef Jaime Laurita and I will emcee the Celebrity Chef Ball for Meals on Wheels Chicago. It’s extra special this year as the organization will be honoring the legendary Ina Pinkney. Ina is a dear friend and mentor. Her experience as a restaurateur, cookbook author, brand ambassador, a polio survivor and a…

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Hero Dinners with Marge Perry and David Bonom

Do you want to be a hero in your kitchen? Marge Perry and David Bonom share the tips and recipes for one pan meals that will expand the palates with even more flavor for your family. Recently, I stopped by Read it and Eat in Chicago where this dynamic duo was preparing Ooey Gooey Mac…

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Preserving the Taste of Home with Joan Nathan

“If you preserve the food, you preserve who your family is.” This poignant quote by Joan Nathan, an award winning author of eleven cookbooks including her latest King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from  Around the World, truly captures the essence of why recipes matter. It was an honor to meet Joan…

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Preserving the Taste of Home with Joan Nathan

As we prepare for Autumn and the end of Summer’s bounty it’s an ideal time to look back on this fun segment with Joan Nathan on preserving foods. “If you preserve the food, you preserve who your family is.” This poignant quote by Joan Nathan, an award winning author of eleven cookbooks including her latest…

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Plant-Based Lifestyle with Chef Dave Choi

Do your New Year’s resolutions include eating healthy?  If so, you will enjoy my kitchen chat with Chef Dave Choi who has a passion for a plant based lifestyle.  He encourages us to consider a three day challenge of eating meals without sugar, yeast, dairy and animal protein which he explains are the sources of…

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In The Kitchen With Anne Willan

A visit with Anne Willan in her kitchen. Anne Willan is an icon in the culinary world. As founder of Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris in 1975, she has trained some of today’s top chefs and people in the culinary industry. La Varenne was one of the first cooking schools in France to…

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The Art of Baking with Chef Jim Dodge

“A lot of people think that baking is exacting. I challenge that. It’s not really.” Chef Jim Dodge Chef Jim Dodge has deep culinary and hospitality roots.  Chef Dodge’s family has been in the hospitality business in the White Mountains of New Hampshire since 1794.  He worked in every department of his family’s New Hampshire resorts.…