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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
“TAK for mad” means “Thank. you for the meal” in Danish. My husband is half Danish, and my mother-in-law taught me this lovely phrase. How fitting that for our first date, my husband took me to see the Oscar-winning Danish movie, Babette’s Feast, based on Isak Dinesen’s book.
Its an endearing film about Babette, a mysterious French female chef who flees France to live in a small village in Denmark to work for free as a housekeeper for two elderly and austere, spinster sisters. After winning the lottery, Babette chooses to spend all the proceeds on preparing a culinary feast for the community with the finest wines and imported ingredients to create a menu found only at the finest restaurants in Paris. Babette decides to remain in this small villas and live the simple life.
Recently I had the delightful hon of interviewing Chef Lasse Sorenson who was the actual chef of Babbet’s Feast
How fascinating to hear his stories about cooking for this beloved movie. And Chef Sorenson has the sole rights to prepare Babette’s Feas in the United States!
Chef Lasse Sorensen is a culinary genius whose life’s journey has taken him from Denmark to DeSoto. For any discerning foodie, his restaurant, Tom’s Place is an oasis in Southern Illinois. Chef Sorensen grew up with a passion for cuisine, especially since his father was the royal pastry chef to the Queen of Denmark. His father even won a Guinness World Record for creating the world’s largest wedding cake in 1983. During our kitchen chat, Chef Lasse Sorensen shares, “I always wanted to be a chef. My heart is in the kitchen.” He trained with some of the world’s top chefs, including Chef Paul Bocuse and earned a master’s degree in the culinary arts. Although Chef Sorensen had the opportunity to open a restaurant in Napa Valley, he chose instead to move to DeSoto, a small town in southern Illinois, and purchased Tom’s Place. This venue has a vibrant past with tales of Al Capone during the 1930s. Twenty years ago when Chef Sorensen bought Tom’s Place, the restaurant’s prior owners featured fried frog legs and fried chicken on the menu. However, Chef Sorensen was ready to make Tom’s Place into a five star restaurant. And he has! His restaurant is highly acclaimed earning five stars for excellence from the prestigious North American Restaurant Association and receiving Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. In an ironic parallel twist, Chef Sorensen has transformed the tastes and expanded the palates of a small community– just like Babette!
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