Time and time again, I hear home cooks saying something along the lines of, "I forgot all about my Thanksgiving dinner first course!" Fortunately, I have a perfect solution in the form of what may be my all-time favorite soups. One that guests in my restaurants ask for again and again: butternut squash soup. And once you've looked...Read more
Whenever I think of special occasions from my childhood, one of the dishes that always comes to mind is the palatschinken, literally "pancakes with filling" in the Austrian dialect, that my mother or grandmother made as a special dessert or even a breakfast dish for my sisters, brother and me. Of course, the time of year during which I ate my ...Read more
Wednesday, November 11, is Veterans Day in the United States; the holiday honors the men and women who have served in our nation's armed forces. It also marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, a date recognized in many countries around the world as a time to remember those who defend them.
Every ...Read more
Just as so many people consider the Labor Day weekend to be the official start of grilling season, I think of the first week of November as the start of baking season. Halloween is over, and the time has come to turn our thoughts to preparing all the cookies, pies, cakes and other baked goods that we'll serve and ...Read more
I didn't really know much about the American tradition of celebrating Halloween when I was growing up in Austria in the 1950s. Around the same time of year, we observed Seleenwoche (All Souls' Week). No candy was involved. Instead, the tradition was to leave out on a table in our home a lantern and bread and water to welcome ...Read more
Lose a bit of your belly each day by avoiding these 5 foods...
Here we are in the middle of a sort of entertaining no man's land between Labor Day's end-of-summertime backyard barbecues and the holiday feasts soon to come. Sure we have Halloween coming up, but most of the parties people throw then seem to revolve around candies, cookies and punchbowls.
But I'm a firm believer ...Read more
To every season, it seems, there is a kind of recipe to be cooked. Summer, most people would agree, is a time for grilling or making ice cream. Winter sees robust stews and braises bubbling away. Many cooks love to welcome springtime with fresh vegetable salads or, later in the season, the first of the sweet berries foretell summer.
Autumn, for...Read more
October 12, 1492, the day that Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas, has long been celebrated across the United States and by people of Italian heritage around the globe. Since 1937, that date has been an official federal holiday called Columbus Day, and in 1970 Congress officially set its observance ...Read more
The Brothers' Keepers (Parched Book) (Volume 2)NLB Horton
2014 LYRA AWARD WINNER
When a dear friend disappears, archaeologist Grace Madison exposes his deadly deception—and endangers everything she cherishes.
She is cataloging looted antiquities in Brussels when her son's bride is attacked in Switzerland and daughter disappears...
Morning is one of my favorite parts of each weekday. Even though I may have worked late in my restaurants the night before, I love to get up to fix breakfast for my two young sons, Oliver and Alexander, before driving them to school.
Breakfast, as everyone knows, is important for starting the day right. A good morning meal gives you energy and ...Read more
When it comes to seasonal cooking, most people speak glowingly of the pleasures of spring and summer produce, from tender green peas and asparagus to jewel-like fresh berries and juicy stone fruit. Who wouldn't love cooking with so many beautiful, delicious gifts from the garden?
Compared to that, autumn can sometimes feel at first like a ...Read more
By mid-September, as autumn approaches, summertime's family fun, with its picnics in the park and its backyard barbecues, is already beginning to feel like distant memories. Instead, thoughts of food turn more toward meals eaten at the dinner table -- especially dishes that are easy to cook and serve on a weeknight after Mom and Dad get home ...Read more
The Jewish New Year celebration, Rosh Hashanah (literally "head of the year"), begins at sundown on Sunday, September 13. It's a period of solemn yet joyous celebration and reflection, a holiday that I myself have long appreciated through the heritage of my sons and of other beloved family members and...Read more
According to the calendar, summer's official end is still about three weeks away. The unofficial last weekend of summer, though, comes with Labor Day, which always seems to feature the season's final big cookout.
Enthusiastic outdoor cooks usually pay lots of attention to the main courses for Labor Day. In my ...Read more
When sun-ripened tomato season is at its peak, I love to feature the juicy, savory, tart-sweet vegetable-fruits in so many dishes. Even in summer, however, you may want tomatoes to become an accent to a dish rather than its main attraction. Yes, every bite delivers the distilled essence of sunshine and warmth. But there will be times when you ...Read more
I was shocked recently to hear that 30 to 40 percent of America's food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds (9 kilograms) of food per person per month. A significant portion of that waste consists of farm-grown produce judged not attractive enough (not sufficiently regular in shape or blemish-free) to be sold in supermarkets.
Of ...Read more
Bite into a peak-of-season, sun-ripened tomato picked at the moment when it's fully matured, yet still firm, and you'll experience one of the greatest pleasures summer has to offer. The juices might run down your chin as your mouth fills with a flavor that's the perfect balance of savory and sweet. At that moment, you'll understand the culinary ...Read more
I always look forward to the later weeks of summer, which are usually prime time for sun-ripened tomatoes. Farm stands, farmers' market stalls, supermarket produce sections, and home gardens alike are just bursting with juicy tomatoes that seem to capture the sweet warmth of the season in every bite.
There are so many ways to prepare and serve ...Read more
On some of summer's hottest days, dessert can run the risk of turning what should be a meal's crowning glory into the last straw. When the weather feels oppressive, who needs something overly filling as the final course?
Most of the time, we turn to the freezer for warm-weather desserts. Ice creams, sorbets and other frozen treats are proven ...Read more