Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu September 11, 2014

Use a rice cooker to make the best rice pudding ever

“Do you always make everything from scratch, the old-fashioned way?” That’s a question I’m asked often by people who love to cook. My answer has two parts, just like the question itself. I begin by telling people that, yes, I make everything from scratch whenever possible — and within reason. At Spago, for example, we bake our own breads every day, and whisk up mayonnaise from egg yolks and oil, and simmer our own stocks. For the best q... READ MORE

Late-summer produce: Make it the star in an easy, fresh pasta dish By WOLFGANG PUCK

Late summer is one of my favorite times of year to shop at the farmers market with my two young sons, or I’ll happily make the two-hour drive south to visit the farm run by my dear friends the Chino family in northern San Diego County to buy some of their phenomenal fruits and vegetables, many of them organic.