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.

Berkshires Farm | Kitchen Chat

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…
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Garry Roark | Kitchen Chat

A Special Tribute to Ubon’s Garry Roark

“Ubon was my daddy. Family BBQ goes back several generations. To know that that name will live on through my baby and my grand baby, it’s real uplifting.” Garry Roark. July 14, 2018. Windy City Smokeout Garry Roark was a gracious gentleman, a formidable BBQ pitmaster and above all a loving father and family man.…

Perfectly Golden | Kitchen Chat

Home Baking Recipes with Pastry Chef Angela Garbacz

Satisfy your sweet tooth with Perfectly Golden: Adapatable Recipes for Sweet and Simple Treats, a delicious new cookbook by Angela Garbacz, pastry chef and owner of Goldenrod Pastries in Lincoln Nebraska. Recently, Margaret McSweeney and Chef Jaime Laurita spoke with Chef Garbacz about this popular trend of people spending more time baking in their kitchens.…


Navigating the New Normal: Chef Bill Kim and Yvonne Cadiz-Kim

Chef Bill Kim and Yvonne Cadiz-Kim are both highly respected throughout the hospitality industry. Recently, Chef Jaime Laurita and I had a Kitchen Chat with this dynamic duo. As chef/owner of Urban Belly and chef/partner of Crate & Barrel’s The Table at Crate, Chef Kim is navigating the new normal. Carry out is the main…

My beautiful daughters Melissa and Katie. (True Grace Photography)

A Celebration of Mothers

It seems hard to believe that my mother has been gone for 17 years. As you all know, I started Kitchen Chat as a way to honor my late father who was an incredible home chef. Recently my dear friend Barbara Lazaroff encouraged me to share more about my mother. My mother was very kind,…

Photo Credit_ Brigitte Lacombe

Fanny Singer: Always Home

A milestone moment of my culinary journey was sitting down with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse for a Kitchen Chat while sipping fresh mint water. How special for Chef Jaime Laurita and me to recently interview Alice Waters’ daughter, Fanny Singer about her new book, Always Home: A Daughter’s Recipes & Stories. This book reflects…

Matt Moore | Kitchen Chat

Matt Moore and Grillmasters

Grilling season is here! Join Margaret McSweeney and Chef Jaime Laurita as they talk with Matt Moore, author of Serial Griller: Grillmaster secrets for flame-cooked perfection.   Matt Moore traveled 10,000 miles to explore hot and fast grilling as documented in his new book. Some of the chefs that Matt features in his book include:…

Donnie Madia | Kitchen Chat

Donnie Madia: Impact of COVID-19 on Restaurant Industry

Restaurants are the hearts and souls of each community. Comprising 10% of the overall workforce in the U.S. with eleven million employees and adding $1 trillion to the economy, the restaurant industry is an essential player in the economic health and well-being of this country. This industry is feeling the brunt of COVID-19 pandemic, both…


Kitchen Chat – Kitchen Chat Steven Raichlen Man Made Meals Interview

Want some sizzle in your life? Impress your friends and family with great grilling and BBQ tips and tastes from America’s Master Griller, Steven Raichlen! Discover your “Inner Chef” with his new book Man Mande Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys! Savor the day! .

Carla Hall | Kitchen Chat

Comfort Food and Comfort Mood with Chef Carla Hall

Chef Carla Hall is a bouquet of sunshine. Her genuine kindness and enthusiasm for cooking are her hallmarks. During this challenging time, we all need a little sunshine and encouragement. Chef Carla Hall shares what she is cooking during the quarantine and has words of comfort from her kitchen.  Get inspired to try your hand…