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.

Queen of the Coop: Lisa Steele

Did you know that around 10 million in the United States are raising chickens? Lisa Steel, a fifth-generation chicken keeper and founder of Fresh Eggs Daily, has a new cookbook The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook: Over 100 Fabulous Recipes to Use Eggs in Unexpected Ways. In this podcast, you will learn about the benefits of…
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Sherry Yard | Kitchen Chat

Celebrating Flavors with Sherry Yard, Host of The Great American Baking Show

“If you make a syrup for a sorbet or souffle, take jasmine flowers and infuse them into a passionfruit base. Coax the flavor out from what already exists. Be intimate with your ingredients.” Chef Sherry Yard Let’s celebrate flavors with Chef Sherry Yard, James Beard Award winning Outstanding Pastry Chef and a host of The…

Chef Jeremiah Tower | Kitchen Chat

Chef Jeremiah Tower: A Shining Culinary Constellation

“Chefs must stop thinking of themselves and saying ‘Look at me.” It’s not about ‘me, me, me,” it’s about the ingredients and the customers.” Chef Jeremiah Tower Let’s celebrate Chef Jeremiah Tower’s culinary past, present and future. Considered to be the first Celebrity Chef and a creator of California cuisine, Chef Tower’s creative genius continues…

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Chef Rick Bayless: Creating Bold Flavor from Your Farmers Market – Encore!

What are you bringing home from your local farmers’ market? Are you ready to create a vital and bold flavor profile with the produce? Chef Rick Bayless, a Maestro of Mexican Cuisine, provides tips, techniques and recipes from his latest cookbook More Mexican Everyday that will delight your palate.  Chef Bayless is an award winning chef,…

Signature Salad

Salads are nutritious and have endless creative possibilities limited only by your imagination and what you have on hand. They can be a side dish or the main course. A salad can restore your health and refresh your palate. My friend, Lynn, who is also a Kitchen Chat producer, shared her family tradition with me.…

Martin Yan | Kitchen Chat

CHEF MARTIN YAN

“Yan Can Cook, So Can You!” Chef Martin Yan Do you want to learn how to debone a chicken in 18 seconds? Chef Martin Yan recently joined Margaret McSweeney and Chef Jaime Laurita in the Middleby Residential Showroom for an exciting Kitchen Chat on Viking Facebook Live. Chef Yan welcomes us all into his kitchen…

Andrew Zimmern | Kitchen Chat

Chef Andrew Zimmern: Experiencing Food, Sharing Culture

“The library of tastes and flavors and memories that I have is probably my most valuable asset. I wanted to try everything and anything at a very young age. I have never known a time where I wasn’t sure that this is what I would do.” Chef Andrew Zimmern What is aquaculture? Have you ever…

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Margaret’s Merriest List: Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Foodie Friends

Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the season to celebrate the special people in your life and what better way than with Margaret’s Merriest List. For my very first ever gift idea list, I would like to highlight some Kitchen Chat guests with their recommendations along with a charity that they would like to feature. As we give…

Grace Young | Kichen Chat

The Breath of a Wok with Grace Young

“When a stir fry is cooked, it possesses “Wok Hei (hay)” which means life force. I like to call it the breath of a wok.” Grace Young aka Stir Fry Guru Grace Young will teach you the insiders’ secrets of seasoning your wok. Also known as Stir Fry Guru and a Wok Therapist, Young is…

Women's Entrepreneurship Day | Kitchen Chat

CELEBRATING WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY IN CHICAGO with Cynthia Rowley, Rebecca Darr and Donna Mondi

“Without optimism, you can’t be an entrepreneur.” Cynthia Rowley November 19th is Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. It’s an honor to be Chicago’s Ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO) founded by Wendy Diamond in 2013. WEDO is a non-governmental volunteer organization and global initiative celebrated in 144 countries and universities and colleges worldwide with the mission…