Even here in Southern California, where I live, some winter nights can be so chilling that it feels like you need to serve something special to chase away the cold. I like most soups in weather like this.
I don't play favorites during Oscars season--even when people like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Martin Scorsese are nominated for a best-picture contender that includes my name in its title.
"I love risotto, and I know it's pretty simple to make," people tell me all the time when they eat it in one of my restaurants.
In my last column, I shared with you a delightful holiday recipe that called for you to seek out a special ingredient, North African brik pastry, with which to make my Valentine chocolate "purses," a treat straight out of Spago restaurant.
Too many people leave their Valentine's Day planning until the last minute. I want good fortune to smile on you this coming Valentine's Day.
Happy Chinese New Year! Regardless of the New Year's menus each of my head chefs is planning, you can be certain that some form or other of one dish will be included: stir-fried vegetables.