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Pan-roasted chicken shows how recipes can evolve with time

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It seems to me sometimes that too many people treat recipes like scientific formulas to be followed precisely. But that isn't how I love to cook, or how I hope fans of my cookbooks or online cooking school will treat my recipes.

Great recipes are living things. Most of them can be changed in an instant, based on what's in season or good in the ...Read more

Soup's on! Classic dish features bold Southwestern flavors perfect in summer, fall

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Sweet corn bridges the seasons like almost no other vegetable I know. Mention it to food lovers during summer, and they'll imagine ears of just-picked corn on the cob, simmered, steamed or grilled and served with butter, salt, pepper and other seasonings. In autumn, now just weeks away, thoughts of corn begin to turn toward either savory, creamy...Read more

Summer showcase: Classic soup features smorgasbord of veggies

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Anyone who knows me, has eaten in my restaurants or reads my cookbooks probably knows how much I love vegetable soup. After all, I grew up in a small house with a big garden, the harvest from which helped my mother and grandmother feed our family of six every day. Often, that meant adding generous bowlfuls of freshly cut up vegetables into a big...Read more

Saucy summer: Recipes for the height of tomato season

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Now is the time of summer when, everywhere you turn, it seems that fresh sun-ripened tomatoes are plentifully in sight. Farmers' market stands are piled high with them, from big beefsteak tomatoes to all sizes, shapes and colors of heirloom varieties to tiny cherry tomatoes. Home gardens, too, are filled with tomato plants supported by cages or ...Read more

Make this classic Italian dinner with less than 10 minutes of stove time

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Even people who love to cook may find themselves shying away from the stove in mid-August. When temperatures soar, and humidity isn't far behind, who wants to put up with the heat of the kitchen?

But you've still got to put dinner on the table most evenings. And I don't consider ready-to-serve, store-bought of fast foods an acceptable option.

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'What's in a name?' Whatever you call it, this dish satisfies

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Shakespeare penned the famous question that Ms. Capulet poses in "Romeo and Juliet." And that question often applies to food as much as it does to romance. Just like other lovers of good cooking, I've found in my travels across America and around the world that very similar dishes can go by very different names in different places.

Take the ...Read more

Taste of India: New take on a classic Austrian dish

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During my childhood, one of the most frequent main dishes on our dinner table was an old, home-style Austrian specialty called reisfleisch, which literally translated as "rice meat." That was a good description, too, for an inexpensive dish that consisted mostly of rice, to which my mother and grandmother added onions, garlic, garden vegetables,...Read more

The 'secret' to Spago's meatballs

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Though you could hardly label me an Italian chef with a name like Wolfgang Puck, I can't deny that some of my early fame was sparked by the gourmet California-style pizzas I began serving when I opened my first Spago back in 1982. Still, it surprises me even today when guests sing the praises of a recipe I never could have imagined would be ...Read more

No sweat: Quick, easy creme brulee keeps you out of a hot kitchen this summer

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Trends in cooking come and go. But in the world of desserts, creme brulee has real staying power. The thick, cool, creamy custard (creme) nestled underneath a brittle topping of burnt (brulee) sugar has such an elemental appeal that it's a perennial favorite.

In spite of the dessert's popularity, however, I haven't really seen it catch on in ...Read more

Details, details: The little secrets of cooking skillet-fried chicken

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In so many areas of life, you have probably heard some version of the saying that "little things can make a big difference." That is certainly true in good cooking.

You'd be surprised by the number of times guests in my restaurants ask me why a dish tastes so good. They ask, "What's your secret?"

Much of the time, the secrets amount to nothing...Read more

Master the secrets behind an award-worthy Asian seafood dish

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Exactly 22 years ago, I was invited to create the food for the premiere party of a blockbuster summer film unlike anything the movie-going public had ever seen. No, it didn't feature spaceships flying through the galaxy or dinosaurs run amok. It was just the story of a simple man who lived an extraordinary life -- a life he summed up by ...Read more

Swift saute: Chicken Marsala a quick fix for summer dinner

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Apart from the holiday season, of course, summer seems to be the busiest time of the year. But unlike food-centered fall and winter celebrations, from June through August people want to get out of the kitchen as much as possible.

Many memorable summer meals are cooked outdoors. Those prepared in the kitchen tend to be quicker. Not only are we ...Read more

Refresh your summertime entertaining with a classic salad

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On the hottest summer days, sometimes all you feel like eating is something light and refreshing. Salad certainly matches that description; and yet, mixtures of leafy greens and other vegetables aren't necessarily what comes to mind first when you want to satisfy hunger.

That's why I think Caesar salad makes one of the best choices. The recipe ...Read more

Grill marks: Try this Asian beef appetizer for your next backyard barbecue

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What are you serving as appetizers when you entertain outdoors this summer?

Too often, grill cooks think only about their main courses and maybe side dishes like grilled vegetables and old standbys like potato salad or coleslaw. When it comes to first courses, though, most default to dishes like guacamole or other dips, prepared away from the ...Read more

Make Dad a breakfast he can't resist this Father's Day

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When I wrote about Father's Day in the past, I usually concentrated on grilled food, assuming that the main Sunday gathering for this forthcoming celebration of dads would center on the backyard. After all, in many homes the grill is Dad's special territory. And this time of year is all about outdoor cooking.

But why shouldn't ...Read more

Cooking with the kids: Old-fashioned pudding recipe is a timeless classic

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Summer vacation has arrived for many families across the country. For others, it's just a few days or weeks away. Parents everywhere are facing the challenge of what to do to keep their children interested and happy, not to mention well fed, during those long days.

Sure, there's camp to rely on, plus all sorts of sports teams or lessons, family...Read more


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