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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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Kitchen Chat – Heat, Hops and Happiness at Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke

Kitchen Chat – Heat, Hops and Happiness at Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke

Do you want to increase your BBQ IQ? Tune in as Chef de Cuisine Eddie Montalvo of Blue Smoke Flatiron shares tips and techniques for making great tasting BBQ ribs, pulled pork and brisket. And Tinika Green, Assistant GM/Beverage Director of Blue Smoke Battery Park City explains how to perfectly pair beer with BBQ. Tinika…

Kitchen Chat – In the Kitchen with Chef Carl Raymond

Kitchen Chat – In the Kitchen with Chef Carl Raymond

Cumin, chipotle, and chili peppers. Explore the fun flavors of Latin cuisine with Chef Carl Raymond, Food Editor of Mamiverse and Chef Instructor at Astor Center. Enjoy recipes and tips from some of your favorite Latin food chefs including Daisy Martinez, Rick Bayless and Sandra Gutierrez.

Kitchen Chat – Amanda Hesser on Kitchen Chat

Kitchen Chat – Amanda Hesser on Kitchen Chat

Amanda Hesser is a culinary icon named by Gourmet as one of the top 50 women in food. Tune in to hear Amanda’s thoughts on writing, editing, cooking and launching Food52, an online community with great resources, delicious recipes, cooking contests and even a hotline..

Ways to Not Overspend at the Grocery During the Holiday

Ways to Not Overspend at the Grocery During the Holiday

a Guest Post by Danielle Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it’s time to plan for all those wonderful meals you’ll be making throughout December and into the new year. Though the thought of preparing lavish sit-down dinners for friends and family is tempting, doing so can be quite costly. This holiday season, have the meals you fancy most…

Kitchen Innovation

Kitchen Innovation

Guest blog by Danielle from Cooks and Travel Books. Formerly the “backstage” at dinner parties and home gatherings, the kitchen has become the true gathering space of the home. People are turning their kitchens into really impressive spaces. Now more than ever, companies are using processes like graphic design and rapid prototyping to produce kitchen…

A Thank You Note from Cecil B. deMille

A Thank You Note from Cecil B. deMille

What an amazing surprise to run across my late dad’s college scrapbook and discover a thank you note from the legendary director, Cecil B. deMille typed on Paramount Pictures Corporation stationery! Here’s a copy of the letter: Thank You Letter from Cecil B deMille Isn’t this amazing that over six decades ago, a Hollywood director…

The “Realm” of Fashion and Food in SoHo

The “Realm” of Fashion and Food in SoHo

During Spring Break, Katie and I went window shopping along the streets of SoHo in NYC. (SoHo means South of Houston – a street in New York pronounced Howston). This charming area houses several upscale boutiques as well as a few mainstream retail names. Since it was too cold and windy to wait in the…

A Theatre Seat Review

A Theatre Seat Review

Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark During our Spring Break trip to New York, I brought my daughters, Melissa and Katie, along with Melissa’s friend Cory to see Spiderman on Broadway. As a soon-to-be Emerson College student majoring in technical design, Melissa was eager to view this $70 million production despite the negative media about major…

Reflections on Reagan

Reflections on Reagan

No matter where one falls on the political spectrum, I think everyone can agree that President Reagan was a great encourager who left a lasting legacy of patriotism in the United States of America.  I will never forget the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of actually meeting him. President Reagan has always been my husband’s hero.  As a…