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Margaret’s Table goes on air EDDIE RWEMA eddie.rwema@metroland.com

Margaret Dickenson, dubbed Ottawa’s master of home entertainment, last week launched her latest television series on Rogers Cable TV. This time around viewers of her new series, Margaret’s Table, will not only be entertained, but will be exposed to many unique ideas that can be incorporated into their own family dining and entertaining. Insisting that “not everything needs to be a dinner party,” Dickenson will share alternative ways of entertaining. She is determined to inspire viewers, but insists they find what suits them. “Absolutely everything we do has to be fun, relaxed and playful. I don’t like to make things a struggle or an effort.” Each episode will feature three of Dickenson’s own kitchen creations, along with one basic recipe, a home decoration tip as well as one of her own signature suggestions. Episodes will finish up in the Dickenson dining room, where she marries her exquisite table arrangements with plated recipes from the show.

As a professional home economist, Dickenson’s passion is to develop new recipes where ordinary ingredients are used to make extraordinary creations. She says her dishes have become her art. With a great inherited respect for food, she says clever presentation is essential – be it playful, elegant, unique or all of the above. She regards presentation as bonus points, which she always takes full advantage. A recipe is never complete until the food styling is done. “Remember, we first eat with our eyes,” she adds. Dickenson has shared 45 years of culinary knowledge and experience with others through her international award winning recipes, menus, food styling, cookbooks, TV shows and writes regular columns for various Ottawa-based magazines. And with 20 years of living and entertaining abroad in eight countries, many refer to her as “Canada’s Julia Child,” while some make a comparison with Martha Stewart. The new series marks Dickenson’s return to television after her first award-winning show aired in 2009.

“Ever since my first TV series, Margaret’s Sense of Occasion, I keep getting comments on a daily basis from strangers at the bank, in the grocery store and on the street (even far beyond Ottawa) such as ‘We love your show – when are you coming back to TV?’ ” She says it is most reassuring to have such loyal and supportive fans. “Thus, I am thrilled to reach them through the medium of TV.” Dickenson insists that cooking and entertaining are very personal and how one goes about it is up to them. The important point is that they make family dining and entertaining more of an occasion. The themes of Margaret’s Table are divided into six episodes: Cocktail Favorites, The Ultimate Stacked Dinner, An All Seasons’ Menu, Creating a WOW Breakfast, Crêpes Go Exotic and A Relaxed Chic Dinner. Margaret’s Table is available to Rogers’ cable TV customers on channel 22 in Ottawa. It is also available across Canada to all Rogers’ cable, wireless and high-speed Internet customers on Rogers on Demand Online. By the end of November, airings will be daily.

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While at grocery stores or at the bank Margret always got compliments about her program. People would always ask, “When are you going back on air?” Well their question has been answered.

Ottawa This Week - Central  
Ottawa This Week - Central  

November 18, 2010

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