St. Patrick's Day is almost here, a day when everyone Irish loves to celebrate their heritage -- and everyone else who isn't, including myself, enjoys feeling as if they are.
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.