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.

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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Chef Andrew Zimmern: Experiencing Food, Sharing Culture

“The library of tastes and flavors and memories that I have is probably my most valuable asset. I wanted to try everything and anything at a very young age. I have never known a time where I wasn’t sure that this is what I would do.” Chef Andrew Zimmern What is aquaculture? Have you ever…

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Margaret’s Merriest List: Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Foodie Friends

Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the season to celebrate the special people in your life and what better way than with Margaret’s Merriest List. For my very first ever gift idea list, I would like to highlight some Kitchen Chat guests with their recommendations along with a charity that they would like to feature. As we give…

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The Breath of a Wok with Grace Young

“When a stir fry is cooked, it possesses “Wok Hei (hay)” which means life force. I like to call it the breath of a wok.” Grace Young aka Stir Fry Guru Grace Young will teach you the insiders’ secrets of seasoning your wok. Also known as Stir Fry Guru and a Wok Therapist, Young is…

Women's Entrepreneurship Day | Kitchen Chat

CELEBRATING WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY IN CHICAGO with Cynthia Rowley, Rebecca Darr and Donna Mondi

“Without optimism, you can’t be an entrepreneur.” Cynthia Rowley November 19th is Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. It’s an honor to be Chicago’s Ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO) founded by Wendy Diamond in 2013. WEDO is a non-governmental volunteer organization and global initiative celebrated in 144 countries and universities and colleges worldwide with the mission…

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Chef Roy Yamaguchi: The Pioneer of Asian Fusion

“Cooking is a living thing. It’s always evolving. It’s always changing. Every time we cook, because we put our heart and soul into it, we are giving a little bit of something away from ourselves.” Chef Roy Yamaguchi Chef Roy Yamaguchi is the Pioneer of Asian Fusion. Born and raised on a U.S. Army base…

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Peas, Love and Carrots

What is a schug and how can it make your life delicious? Danielle Renov’s new book Peas, Love and Carrots is bursting with Moroccan-Israeli inspired flavors. Learn about harissa and how it can spice up any dish. Danielle has a collection of recipes for sauces and dips to have ready to elevate any meal. You…

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Live Life Deliciously with Tara Teaspoon

“There’s nothing better than splendidly nourishing yourself, your friends and your family.” Tara Teaspoon, author of Live Life Deliciously. Tara Bench, aka Tara Teaspoon has worked for decades in food publishing and was the food editor for Martha Stewart Living and the food director for Ladies Home Journal. Through these publications, she has always inspired…

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The History and Future of Spago: Barbara Lazaroff and Byron Lazaroff-Puck

“It’s unbelievable being able to grow up in this restaurant and witness my mom. She has taught me so much. It has been an incredible blessing.” Byron Lazaroff-Puck Spago, Beverly Hills is the iconic flagship of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. Celebrations at Spago are legendary. Did you know that the Oscars parties at…

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Seriously Delish Interview with Kitchen Chat Chef, Jessica Merchant

Bring your appetite as Jessica Merchant shares recipes and ingredients from her new cookbook Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People who Totally Love Food. She also highlights some great recipes from her popular How Sweet Eats blog.  Savor the day!