It seems hard to believe that my mother has been gone for 17 years. As you all know, I started Kitchen Chat as a way to honor my late father who was an incredible home chef. Recently my dear friend Barbara Lazaroff encouraged me to share more about my mother. My mother was very kind,…

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Did you celebrate National Coffee Day?  I actually did — Twice! Of course I had to enjoy coffee clinks with friends at Eataly Chicago with a delicious Lavazza.  Then, I sipped iced Vietnamese Coffee at Pasteur. Personally, I think every day should be National Coffee Day!  So with that in mind, here are some delicious…

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Are you a cancer fighter? Survivor?Or perhaps a caregiver? If so, I hope these recipes will be a helpful resource.  Nourish is my word for this year.  As a  three year breast cancer survivor, I want to reach out and help nourish others who are facing the battle.  Food is an important part of this journey.…

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The Emmys are almost here. I will be tweeting from the Entertainment Tonight studios during the Emmys and to celebrate, I want to have a friendly little competition. If you can accurately predict the winners of each of the following five categories – you will win a signed copy of “Fabio’s Italian Kitchen,” by Fabio…

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It’s not a grater.  It’s not a peeler.  What is that unusual and often unused utensil stuffed in the back of your kitchen drawer?  Perhaps it is a mandoline, and the two of you can make beautiful music, together — well at least some tasty tunes.  Here are three dishes you can “play” on your…

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What a delight to watch culinary rock star/homemaker/designer Chef Jaime Laurita make duck tacos in his kitchen. His celebrity clients have included Madonna, Sting, Steven Tyler, Sara Mclachlan and many others. I am neither a celebrity nor a chef; however, Chef Jaime made me feel special as I sat at his kitchen counter. As many…

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