Marlene MacPherson, founder of Marlene's Meal Makeovers and the Cook Once, Produce Twice food preparation technique for busy households and, most recently, star of Marlene's Mondays on Rogers TV, has died. Many of MacPherson's Cook Once, Produce Twice recipe trios were featured in Lake Simcoe Living Magazine.
MacPherson began her cooking career in 2008, at the same time she began a public battle with stage three breast cancer. She quit her executive job to become a vocal advocate for healthy eating and disease prevention, encouraging families to cook more wholesome meals while reducing their time in the kitchen. In 2011, she began a tougher fight as the cancer returned and spread.
All the while, she grew her Marlene's Meal Makeovers business, publishing cookbooks, holding workshops and speaking tours, and creating the online @Home cooking program that turned into a weekly television show.
MacPherson also devoted herself to providing hope and raising money for various charities and initiatives. She was featured on the cover of the Spring 2012 issue of Lake Simcoe Living as she and daughter Dakota trained for the Run/Walk for Southlake Health Centre.
MacPherson's passion and joy spilled over into all of her endeavours. She was called "Canada's Oprah" for her warm, enthusiastic presence, matched with a wonderful sense of humour
MacPherson leaves husband Rick and daughter Dakota.