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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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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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 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…

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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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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 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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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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“The fewer the ingredients, the faster dinner gets to the table.”  Sara Moulton   Sara Moulton is America’s Chef to the home chefs.  She was Julia Child’s protege, one of the first Food Network stars with her show Cooking Live (1996-2002) and her PBS show, Weeknight Meals is in its eighth season.   Sara Moulton…

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