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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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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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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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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“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.…

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Hi, foodie friends.  As you may know, I fell and broke my knee and am having surgery on Friday.  During this time of recovery, I thought it would be special to replay some favorite Kitchen Chats.  I will never forget the honor of visiting with Chef Alice Waters at Chez Panisse.  Thanks for your encouragement…

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“Anything you can do in the kitchen, I say you should do it on the grill.  It always tastes better.” Chef Matthew Eads Do you want more confidence at the grill? Today’s guest, Chef Matthew Eads shares recipes and tips from his cookbook Grill Seeker: Basic Training for Everyday Grilling As a U.S. Marine for thirteen years,…

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Food is sport, especially at the IKA/Culinary Olympics.   Chef Stafford DeCambra, President of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) has brought home 11 gold medals.  Recently, Chef Jaime Laurita and I had a pop-up Kitchen Chat with Chef DeCambra at Middleby’s booth at the National Restaurant Show.   ACF is celebrating its 90th birthday this…

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