A Culinary Celebration for My Father's 90th Birthday

As many of you know, the reason I host Kitchen Chat is to honor my late father, Dr. Claude H. Rhea, Jr. My dad was a Renaissance Man, a gourmet home chef, a world traveler, a lyric tenor who recorded an album with the Concert Orchestra of London, a college president, a scholar, a published author,…

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Sandra Gutierrez and The New Southern-Latino Table

“History happens on the plate,” says Sandra Gutierrez, cookbook author, food writer and culinary expert on the Southern-Latino food movement. Sandra and I met in the White House Garden during a tour with IACP.  She has become a dear friend and has  been an integral part of my culinary journey in understanding and appreciating the tastes…

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Eat Your Vegetables with Joe Yonan

As Food and Dining Editor of Washington Post, Joe Yonan has accomplished a lot in the culinary world.  At this year’s International Association of Culinary Professionals conference in Louisville, I had the delightful honor to have a kitchen chat with Joe Yonan about his latest projects. For years I have struggled in providing delicious meals…

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Food and Film: Hidden Figures

  Let’s celebrate the Oscars by pairing food and film.  This year, I am only making one dish for one movie.  I think Hidden Figures will be the movie that wins!   It’s such an inspiring and true story of Katherine Johnson, a brilliant NASA employee who “helped put an astronaut into orbit around the…

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Tasting New Orleans: Shaya

Mardi Gras is almost here.  Let’s continue tasting New Orleans!   What a delightful honor to interview the highly acclaimed Chef Alon Shaya at his modern Israeli restaurant, Shaya, which was awarded the 2016 James Beard Best New Restaurant of the Year.   Shaya’s menu features favorite dishes such as Lutenitsa, a Bulgarian puree of roasted…

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Tasting New Orleans: Breakfast at Brennan's

New Orleans is where it all begins…. Many of you know that Kitchen Chat is a way to honor my late father, who was an outstanding home chef.  I regret not going into the kitchen with him to learn how to cook.  He passed away 26 years ago.  To celebrate what would have been my…

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How to Create the Perfect Cheese Board

    Are you ready to present the perfect cheese board at your next dinner party?  Charles Duque, Managing Director of North America for The Cheeses of Europe shows us how to create a memorable and delicious cheese board.  “A lot of American consumers are a little intimidated by French cheeses,” says Duque.  He wants…

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Best of BBQ and Grilling

Enjoy the Best of BBQ and Grilling with some of the top experts! Steven Raichlen, Meathead, Mike Mills, and Myron Mixon share their tips and techniques to make you a BBQ Rock Star in your backyard! Here’s a quick sampler. Steven Raichlen, aka “America’s Master Griller” provides great tips for smoking everything, even a cheesecake!…

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