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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Fenton's DeathS. Elizabeth
Emm and Francine grew up with Fenton. He was their neighbor, best friend and big brother all in one. Fenton thought he loved both his friends equally but one day as a young man he realized he had to make a choice. But what would his choice do to the 3. And then...Fenton died. Fenton's Death ...
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
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
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
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
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
WOLFGANG PUCK'S KITCHEN
The start of the grilling season kicks off on Memorial Day. Although we cook a lot of main-dish meats, poultry and seafood year-round over a live fire at my restaurants, at home I can't wait to head to my patio to fire up the grill for family meals.
At this time of year, though, like many people, my wife ...Read more
With Memorial Day, summer's unofficial start, a couple of weeks away, and real summer arriving a few weeks later, shaping up for the coming season's outdoor activities is on a lot of people's minds. So you probably wouldn't be surprised by how often I get requests in my restaurants for "something light."
Of course, there are so ...Read more
When people hear the term "convenience food," all too often their minds turn to something you probably shouldn't be eating but have to because of limited time. It could be frozen or canned food; or maybe something picked up from the prepared foods section of your supermarket, like a whole rotisserie chicken or some sort of soup that has been ...Read more
The best home cooks I ever knew were my mother and grandmother. Maybe all the delicious schnitzels, dumplings, cookies and desserts they made for my sisters, my brother and me during our childhood years in Austria convinced me of that. But I really do believe that their honest, simple approach to cooking, emphasizing the best seasonal ...Read more