Margaret’s Blog - Upfront and Personal

Follow Margaret with her up close and personal stories of her life, events and the adventures she has with her friends and family.

Margaret's Blog - Upfront and Personal

Follow Margaret with her up close and personal stories of her life, events and the adventures she has with her friends and family.


Happy Holidays! It’s a tradition at Kitchen Chat to share some delicious ideas with you about gifts for the heart of your home. Your kitchen. Here are some great items to consider that are easy to get last minute for a friend, family member or work colleague. These gifts feature guests from Kitchen Chat along…
Read More

Celebrating Serendipity with Co-Founder Stephen Bruce: How Food (James Beard) and Art (Andy Warhol)Influenced the Success of an Iconic Restaurant

“New York was the spell, the impetus of making it work. We were three young men and we came to New York to seek fame and fortune. We turned out to be the toast of the town, at least on the East Side.” Stephen Bruce Serendipity3 is a place of celebrating delicious milestones with family…


The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook: 125 Homegrown Recipes from the Hills of New England

“Allow the serendipity of the garden’s harvest to decide your menu.” Michael Ballon, farm to table pioneer and friend of the Bildners The taste of summer is a celebration of fresh produce at our local farmers markets. Elisa Spungen Bildner and Rob Buildner recently wrote The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook: 125 Homegrown Recipes from the…


Babette’s Feast, Chef Lasse Sorensen

“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…

Katie Chin | Kitchen Chat

Global Family Cookbook with Chef Katie Chin

“Cooking is an expression of love, an act of friendship and a bridge to new cultures.” Chef Katie Chin Celebrity Chef Katie Chin and I share a parallel culinary journey. She is honoring her late mother, Leann Chin, who was a successful restaurateur in Minnesota. I am honoring my late father, Dr. Claude H. Rhea…


A Father’s Day Celebration with Chef Bradford Thompson

First of all, Happy Father’s Day to all who celebrate as a dad, granddad, or as someone who is a father influence in another person’s life. For this week’s celebration of Father’s Day, I am spotlighting James Beard Award winner, Chef Bradford Thompson. He has a special tradition with his children to engage them in…


Best Of Barbecue and Grilling

Enjoy the Best of BBQ and Grilling with some of the top experts! Steven Raichlen, Meathead, Mike Mills, and Myron Mixon share their tips and techniques to make you a BBQ Rock Star in your backyard! Here’s a quick sampler. Steven Raichlen, aka “America’s Master Griller” provides great tips for smoking everything, even a cheesecake!…

Sherry Yard | Kitchen Chat

Celebrating Flavors with Sherry Yard, Host of The Great American Baking Show

“If you make a syrup for a sorbet or souffle, take jasmine flowers and infuse them into a passionfruit base. Coax the flavor out from what already exists. Be intimate with your ingredients.” Chef Sherry Yard Let’s celebrate flavors with Chef Sherry Yard, James Beard Award winning Outstanding Pastry Chef and a host of The…

Chef Jeremiah Tower | Kitchen Chat

Chef Jeremiah Tower: A Shining Culinary Constellation

“Chefs must stop thinking of themselves and saying ‘Look at me.” It’s not about ‘me, me, me,” it’s about the ingredients and the customers.” Chef Jeremiah Tower Let’s celebrate Chef Jeremiah Tower’s culinary past, present and future. Considered to be the first Celebrity Chef and a creator of California cuisine, Chef Tower’s creative genius continues…


Chef Rick Bayless: Creating Bold Flavor from Your Farmers Market – Encore!

What are you bringing home from your local farmers’ market? Are you ready to create a vital and bold flavor profile with the produce? Chef Rick Bayless, a Maestro of Mexican Cuisine, provides tips, techniques and recipes from his latest cookbook More Mexican Everyday that will delight your palate.  Chef Bayless is an award winning chef,…