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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Worst Cooks in America Season 20 Shock Elim Made Us Cry "Fowl": Review

This week on Food Network's Worst Cooks in America, forget cooking: the recruits couldn't get past the wicked plastic wrap and can openers. There was some very deep stress over hot oil on nipples and serious flirting with chicken cutlets. With weak stomachs running amuck and judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Anne Burrell suffering from intense […]

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Crazy Delicious Review: A Much-Needed Cooking Comp Palate Cleanser

A noteworthy show to check out on Netflix is Crazy Delicious. If you're a fan of out of the box cooking shows and beautiful surroundings, I highly recommend it. Fair warning it shouldn't be binged, but rather watched as a nice sporadic treat. The show is hosted by food enthusiast and comedian Jayde Adams whose […]

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Ultimate Beastmaster: An Ode to Sylvester Stallone Reality Comp Series

Ultimate Beastmaster is truly a masterpiece. Parallels have been made to American Ninja Warrior but Netflix's international phenomenon which includes a 600ft insane obstacle course is truly a beast. The show premiered in the winter of 2017 and featured 108 competitors from 18 different countries and a panel of 12 judges representing six. The hosts […]

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Good Eats: Reloaded Season 2 Review: Alton Brown's Chocolaty Decadence

What a perfect way to end the season of Good Eats: Reloaded on the Cooking Channel. Alton Brown revisits his Willy Wonka inspired 1999 episode on all things chocolate. Apparently Brown dreamed of being Willy Wonka when he was a kid, guess this is as close as he was ever going to get to it. I'll […]

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Worst Cooks in America Season 20 Review: Way Too Much of a Good Thing

This week on Food Network's Worst Cooks in America, judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Anne Burrell were stunned by sushi and bento boxes and not in a good way. With Sushi being my all-time favorite food, I was both pleased with learning how to roll and horrified at what a shrimp tempura roll should not look […]

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Floor is Lava Review: So Is "Stop Touching Me: The Game Show" Next?

Netflix released a ridiculous obstacle course reality show last weekend, Floor is Lava. As much as I wanted to discount it and tune in to something else, the sheer bizarreness of the competition made me binge the entire season. This show is fun for the entire family, and let me be clear, there should be […]

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Lucifer Season 1 Confessions: Please Allow Him to Introduce Himself

In the first season of then-FOX's Lucifer, we instantly fall in love with the catty-like dynamic between Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German). I also develop both a girl and a boy crush on a sultry demon and God's favorite son. Maziken aka Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) is sworn to protect the Lord […]

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Worst Cooks in America Season 20 Premiere a Brain-Blowing Surprise

I was pleasantly surprised at the premiere of Food Network's Worst Cooks in America. When I heard that Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli was to co-host with Anne Burrell, I was quite unhappy. I've followed her work for years and while I think she's an exceptional chef and deserves all of her acclaims, she is not […]

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Good Eats: Reloaded Season 2 Review: Alton Brown, Our Culinary Dexter

With this week's episode of Cooking Channel's Good Eats: Reloaded, Alton Brown revisits a previous episode to educate us on why stocks are the foundation of all cuisines. I just assumed its something you purchase on the shelves of a supermarket or make chicken soup out of. I was not completely off, and Brown does […]

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Crazy Delicious: Willy Wonka-Like Food Comp Series Vibes Wonderland

Netflix has yet another magical show premiering on June 24 and I'll be first in line to binge-watch its lovely wonders. Crazy Delicious seems very similar to last month's The Big Flower Fight except the creations are made out of spectacular food items. Serving as the host is British comedian, writer, and food enthusiast Jayde […]

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Good Eats: Reloaded Season 2 Review: Alton Brown's Bland Choux Show

With this week's episode of Cooking Channel's Good Eats: Reloaded, Alton Brown revisits episode 70 and talks about something called "choux paste." I never heard of the term and assumed it was something bland and unappealing, but I was only partially correct. It is what you do with it that's exciting: make cream puffs and […]

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Worst Cooks in America Season 19 Finale: All's Well That Ends Wells

On the finale of Food Network's Worst Cooks in America, Johnny Bananas goes head-to-head against Wells Adams in a three-dish Main Challenge. Before they step into an official kitchen and show off all they have learned from their trainers, Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence have one more Skill Drill challenge in store for them and […]

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Lucifer Season 5: So What Can We Expect? The Devil's in the Details

In anticipation of the upcoming season of Lucifer (due to premiere on Netflix hopefully any day now), I naturally binge-watched all four seasons. It has been over a year since we last saw our favorite devil, his at times naked behind and the rest of the sexy cast. With all the increased talk as of […]

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Tremors: The Sci-Fi/Horror/Comedy Franchise You've Been Rumbling For

Every Friday night I and my daughter settle in for a movie night.  Chips, cookies (gluten-free of course), and an array of fruits, juice, and wine for mom. She and I go "rock paper scissors" for who gets to choose the movie: she cheats and I always lose. Her taste typically gravitates towards old school […]

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Good Eats: Reloaded Review: Alton Brown Exposes Our Pickling Fetish

With this week's episode of Good Eats: Reloaded on Cooking Channel, Alton Brown revisits a 2004 episode on all things fungal, educating us on how to grow shiitake mushrooms in our own homes. I think I'll stick to store-bought for now. I love mushrooms in any form, grilled, sautéed, baked, and of course pickled. Yes, Ukrainians pickle pretty […]

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Worst Cooks in America Season 19 Sweet Showdown Soured Our Predictions

This week on Food Network's Worst Cooks in America (the final "Main Dish Challenge" with only four recruits left), our competitors must battle against each other in "Russian Roulette" with only the best two making it to the finale. This is the point in the season where I get super excited about whether my predictions […]

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Worst Cooks in America Season 19 Review: Remote-Controlled Perviness

This week on Food Network's Worst Cooks in America, Remote-Control Chef had me screaming with comedic anecdotes and horror. The celebrity recruits take on the role of puppet master and deconstruct what appears to be a crime scene, perform an autopsy while controlling judges Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence; add a little "Rated R" action […]

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Good Eats: Reloaded Season 2 Review: Pounding Our Meat with Pride

With this week's episode of Good Eats: Reloaded on Cooking Channel, Alton Brown revisits a 2004 episode and guides us on how to pound it out though plastic wrap and water. To think: my meat tenderize can be used for cooking instead of nailing things around my house. I do agree the flat edge definitely […]

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The Big Flower Fight Season 1 Eps. 5-8 Review: Fun Fairytale Finale

Netflix's The Big Flower Fight, hosted by comedians Vic Reeves and Natasia Demetriou, was truly an experience to watch. Magnificent oversized creations that just got more impressive as the season progressed. Highly recommended for someone who enjoys what appears to be impossible creations coming to life out of materials like soil, rock, chicken wires, grass, and […]

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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 […]