Hosted by Margaret McSweeney
Margaret McSweeney in her kitchen each week for some Kitchen Chat. You’ll not only hear great cooking tips from chefs but you’ll also learn the recipe for a great life with experts at Margaret’s table. Savor all that your day has to offer with the inspiration and insight from Kitchen Chat. Everything always happens in the kitchen!
You are cordially invited to visit me in my new kitchen at www.kitchenchat.info for delicious recipes and delightful kitchen chats. I hope to see you soon. Savor the day! Margaret
First of all, Happy Father’s Day to all who celebrate as a dad, granddad, or as someone who is a father influence in another person’s life.
For this week’s celebration of Father’s Day, I am spotlighting James Beard Award winner, Chef Bradford Thompson. He has a special tradition with his children to engage them in the appreciation of food preparation and fine dining.
From a very young age, his children have understood how families connect in the kitchen. His daughter videotapes him creating recipes. For back to school celebrations, Chef Bradford and his daughter have a special tradition of going to fine restaurants and creating opportunities for her to appreciate the choreography of the dining and hospitality experience
My father always tried to get me interested in the meal preparation at home, but I never had a keen interest in participating. However, I treasure the memories of his taking me to The Club, one of very few fine dining options in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1970s. He exemplified table etiquette with the proper placement of silverware and the ceremony of white-gloved servers placings linen napkins on the lap. And after dinner, we waltzed across the floor dancing to the live orchestra. I am sure that my feet stepped on his shoes several times.
Here are Chef Bradford’s top three tips for the home chef:
Food can create special memories for loved ones. What are your special ways to celebrate a meal?
As host of Kitchen Chat on Webtalkradio.net, Margaret McSweeney believes that you’re never too old to learn something new – even how to cook. Margaret, a middle-aged mom, lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, David and their two teenage daughters. She is a former vice president in corporate finance at a New York City bank, a published author and an internet radio show host.
After earning a Master’s Degree in International Business, Margaret moved to Manhattan where she worked near Wall Street for seven years. She found true love in the Big Apple and married David. After the birth of their oldest daughter in New York City, the new family moved to the Chicago suburbs where their second daughter was born over a year later.
People always say that you ultimately end up doing what you loved to do in third grade. For Margaret, that included writing and talking. For several years, she wrote a neighborhood column for Daily Herald, the largest paper in the Chicago suburbs. She is a published author of three inspirational books with two more scheduled for release in 2011 and 2012. In addition, she writes freelance articles for the ezine www.makeitbetter.net With an appetite to taste the fullness of life, Margaret dishes on topics with guests about food, family, fitness and finances on her internet radio show, Kitchen Chat.
Margaret has a heart for charity and serves on the Leadership Advisory Board for WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger). All proceeds from the Pearl Girls™ book goes in full to help fund a safe house in the Chicago suburbs for WINGS and to build wells for school children in Uganda through Hands of Hope www.handsofhopeonline.org