My dear late mother, Maria Puck, started her Christmas baking at the beginning of December.
Yes, a perfectly roasted turkey is the unchallenged star of the Thanksgiving table, just as that same beautiful roast -- or a ham, or a bone-in pork loin, or a prime rib of beef -- makes the necessarily spectacular centerpiece for any of the holid...
With the holiday season rapidly approaching, home cooks face the challenge of coordinating their regular daily meals with all their entertaining.
More and more, the world of dining is going global. So why, I sometimes wonder, do home cooks so often stick to one cuisine when they entertain? That approach surprises me, for two main reasons.
When I was a child growing up in our little town in southeastern Austria, a big pot of soup was often the centerpiece of our dinner table on a cool autumn evening. Thinking back to those times, I understand now that such meals were very humble.
Most people limit their culinary creativity at Halloween to deciding what assortment of prepackaged candies they'll offer to the little action heroes, fairy princesses and monsters who show up at the door yelling, "Trick or treat!"