Posts by Margo Staten

About Margo Staten

Margo Staten is a Ukrainian born, raised in Brooklyn, organically driven, coffee loving, twice-divorced mother of one baby Einstein. Has a passion for books, yoga in the park and all things 80’s and New Orleans.


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Good Eats: Reloaded Review: Alton Brown Makes Gluten-Free Hearts Happy

This week, Alton Brown and Good Eats: Reloaded revisited the 2001 episode about oats and he instantly had my attention. Why do you ask? Oatmeal is my #1 go-to for breakfast, it's easy to make, happens to be gluten-free (my obligatory diet of choice) and you can essentially add whatever you want to it to […]

The cast of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, courtesy of Food Network.

Worst Cooks in America Season 19 Episode 3 Finds Our Teams Floundering

In this week's episode of Food Network's Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, our celebrity recruits get their hands dirty literally by learning how to slice and dice a fish or rather "finessing the butchering". Most just went "serial killer" on the poor fish. Getting their snorkeling gear on, some embraced the fish tank and […]

Some highlights from The Big Flower Fights, episodes 1-4 (image courtesy of Netflix).

The Big Flower Fight Season 1 Eps. 1-4 Grew On Us Quite Quickly

The Big Flower Fight premiered on Netflix and surprisingly this 8-episode flower showdown, hosted by comedians Vic Reeves (Coronation Street) and Natasia Demetriou (What We Do in the Shadows) is absolutely delightful. As is the custom with the more popular baking series, think Food Network's Halloween Wars when contestants are expected to create large sculptures […]

Prodigal Son Renewed for Season 2 - Review

Prodigal Son Season 2: Our Thoughts on That Ainsley-Focused Teaser

Although the viewers both hoped and kinda suspected, Prodigal Son has been officially renewed for a second season with Ainsley (Holston Sage) taking center stage in the teaser that was released on Thursday. Ainsley did what Bright (Tom Payne) didn't have the nerve to do: murder Endicott (Dermot Mulroney), the man responsible for hurting so […]

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Worst Cooks in America Season 19 Review: Meals Best Put Out to Pasture

This week the celebrity recruits' pallets get tested in a very unique way when judges Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence teach them that riding is hard on Food Network's Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition. How does that tie into cooking you ask? The cooks in training must bounce around with a blow-up horse between […]

Alton Brown gives his pot roast a redo on Good Eats: Reloaded, courtesy of Cooking Channel.

Good Eats Reloaded Review: Alton Brown & Ukrainian Meat Stew Memories

This week, Alton Brown revisits his Good Eats past once again with "A Chuck for Chuck: The Reload". It appears that the homemakers were not too pleased with his recipe and sent in waves of complaint letters. Taking their feedback in stride, Brown tries to redeem himself by perfecting the old recipe and replacing it […]


Good Eats: Reloaded Season 2 Review: Alton Brown's Buttercream Dream

Appropriately following last week's, "A Cake on Every Plate: The Reload" in which Alton Brown walked the viewers through making an utterly delicious yellow cake in about 300 easy steps. "Icing Man Cometh: The Reload" has us indulging in that creamy white topping called frosting. Apparently, frosting goes atop of cakes and icing atop of […]

Victory is theirs on Worst Cooks in America season 19, courtesy of Food Network.

Worst Cooks in America Season 19 Review: Famous People, Infamous Food

Welcome to the inferno that is the celebrity edition of Food Network's Worst Cooks in America. Judges Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence are back to whip in to shape seven celebrity wannabee cooks, and they are horrific, granted they seemed to have been drinking the entire first episode. The seven new recruits are Wells Adams […]

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Murder House Flip Review: Quibi Series' Corpse Deserves Shallow Grave

New short-form digital content service Quibi quickly won me over for their ability to deliver content in under 10 minutes and calling them "quick bites". Now if they only had some decent content to match the tech, because their DIY reality show Murder House Flip was a crime scene in series form. The series is […]

Martin Whitly Webisode: A Day In The Life Of Martin Whitly | Season 1 | PRODIGAL SON

Prodigal Son Webisode Review: Look at The Surgeon's Day Proves Winner

Just when I was beginning to mourn the end of FOX's Prodigal Son, they roll out a special treat "A Day in the Life of Martin Whitly". I've always wondered how Martin (Michael Sheen) keeps himself occupied throughout the day. I mean, there are only so many books he can read, television shows to watch, […]


Good Eats: Reloaded A Cake on Every Plate: Slice of Alton Brown Genius

A famous cake, a mysterious death, and a list of ingredients: welcome to this week's episode of Cooking Channel's Good Eats: Reloaded. In the edited version of episode 83 ("A Cake on Every Plate"), Alton Brown deciphers the mystery of what actually goes inside the delightful and "easy to make" yellow golden cake. Now if […]

The Big Flower Fight premieres this month, courtesy of Netflix.

Netflix Previews New Floral Competition Series The Big Flower Fight

On my, It's Halloween Wars but with flowers. Netflix has a very appealing new show premiering on May 18 called The Big Flower Fight with grand sculptures, nervous fidgety contestants, and a competitive flowery edge. Ten pairs of amateur florists and gardeners compete to wow the judges with enormous out of this world grand centerpieces. […]

Malcolm Can't Figure Out How He Was Framed | Season 1 Ep. 20 | PRODIGAL SON

Prodigal Son: Our Thoughts on FOX Series' Season 2 Possibilities

Now that season one of FOX's Prodigal Son has wrapped up, what can we possibly expect from an expected second season? Were we left hooked with pending questions? Not really. Every single cliffhanger was neatly tied up, which irks me just a little because now my only anticipation for the next season is that I […]

Alton Brown looks back on his television past for Good Eats: Reloaded, courtesy on Cooking Channel.

Good Eats: Reloaded Review: Alton Brown Raises The Stakes On Steaks

In this week's episode of Cooking Channel's Good Eats: Reloaded, Alton Brown is back to recap a 2003 episode all about "The Chow of the Rich & Famous." He educates us on how we the average folk can cook up a sirloin on a budget. In typical Brown fashion, the tutorial includes a 14-step journey […]

Malcolm Has A Dream He's In Prison | Season 1 Ep. 20 | PRODIGAL SON

Prodigal Son Review: Like Father a Bloody Brilliant Season-Ender

Bracing myself after all of the pre-season finale hype for FOX's Prodigal Son, "Like Father…" did not disappoint and lived up to the promises. Granted, now we know the episode could end its title with "Like Daughter" but that would just give it away. Malcolm (Tom Payne) gets a chance to redeem his eight-year-old self […]

Tom Payne in the season finale of Prodigal Son, courtesy of FOX.

Prodigal Son Season 1 Finale Preview Finds Bright Framed and Desperate

More killer footage of the season finale of FOX's Prodigal Son and we might end up being surprised after all. What the hell is going on with Dani (Aurora Perrineau)? She seems dead set on condemning Bright (Tom Payne) as the killer. No, Malcolm, we will get to the bottom of this. She's seriously projecting […]

Meet Jake and Amy's new baby on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, courtesy of NBC.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 7 Episode 13 Lights Out Pushes Real Good

Welcome to our review of "Lights Out," this week's episode of NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Though it might be more fitting if we started off with, "Welcome to The Purge!". When a massive power outage leaves Brooklyn in the midst of a blackout, the criminals let loose and go wild. With no consequences to concern themselves […]

Tom Payne stars in the season finale episode of Prodigal Son, courtesy of FOX.

Prodigal Son Season 1 Finale Preview Finds The Whitly Family United

She's alive! As expected, The Girl in the Box is still alive yet her sister is dead. Yet more irony from the twisted folks at FOX's Prodigal Son. Malcolm (Tom Payne) comes face to face with his lifelong mystery, and now what? Will it somehow clear everything up for him, make things, better? Or will […]

Alton Brown takes us inside his brain on Good Eats: Reloaded, courtesy of Cooking Channel.

Good Eats: Reloaded Review: Alton Brown, Coffee Prove Unbeatable Combo

This week, Alton Brown is back with another episode of Cooking Channel's Good Eats: Reloaded to recap on his first truly caffeinated episode. Coffee, Coffee, and more Coffee. Ok he definitely has my vote, and I'm only 5 minutes into the episode. I must disclose for full transparency I'm two episodes into the season and […]

Bright hunts for an assassin on Prodigal Son, courtesy of FOX.

Prodigal Son Season 1 The Professionals Review: Family Divided, United

The opening to this week's episode of FOX's Prodigal Son opens in 1999, as two devils sit around a table at Claremont psychiatric facility and make a deal over a very expensive bottle of wine. The room had potential, not exactly the upper east side with chandeliers and gold crown molding but not a bad […]