Sara's Kitchen Revelations

Cool Things You Didn’t Know You Could Make, Part 2

February 9th, 2011  |  Filed under Blog « New Discoveries
I don’t know about you but I have always been vaguely suspicious about anything labeled “ground beef” or “hamburger.” I am even more suspicious since I’ve read a few articles about what a meat purveyor is legally allowed to put in to that mix. For awhile, I was recommending to my students that they buy ground meat from just one muscle  – for example: ground round, ground chuck, ground sirloin. Then I read another article that said those packages were… more »

Here’s a link to the Warm Chocolate Cheesecake I made on GMA

February 8th, 2011  |  Filed under Announcements
Hope you enjoyed my Valentine’s Day Treats on Good Morning America…. Here’s a link to my Warm Chocolate Cheesecake. more »

Cool things you didn’t know you could make

January 14th, 2011  |  Filed under Blog « New Discoveries
I love it when I figure out how to make something that seemed so out of reach, particularly if that something can be made from scratch with good ingredients and no additives. I like being in control. I have three of those kind of discoveries that I would like to share with you in the next few blogs. Let’s start with butter. Homemade Butter… It has happened to all of us. You start beating heavy cream in a mixer to more »

GMA’s Cookbook Roundup

December 20th, 2010  |  Filed under Announcements
I just announced this year’s Top Ten Cookbooks on Good Morning America.  Hope you had a chance to tune in. You can check out the announcement on GMA’s web site. A copy of the list follows along with some additional cookbooks that are worth a look. GMA’s 2010 Cookbook Roundup One Big Table… Molly O’Neill Simon and Schuster 600 recipes from home cooks, farmers, fishermen, pit masters and chefs. It took Molly 10 years to make. She traveled around more »

Thanksgiving Cooking Lessons

November 27th, 2010  |  Filed under Blog « Holidays
Every year in preparation for “Turkey 911,” On Good Morning America I read up on the latest turkey roasting methods and generally try out a few. This year I tried two new things (at least they were new to me): dry brining and cooking a turkey in an oven bag. I tried out dry brining because it seemed so much simpler than wet brining and so much less messy. I had read a recipe in “Cook’s Illustrated,” last year for… more »

Gourmet’s New Cookie Book

November 1st, 2010  |  Filed under Announcements « Blog
It’s always time to bake cookies and if you caught me on the NBC Today Show when I  showed lots of delicious options from the new Gourmet Cookie Book you know just where to start. Here is a link to that segment and the Polish Apricot-filled Cookie recipe that I made on air. You can find The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009… in stores and on line this week. I also recently had the more »

My Black Thumb

October 30th, 2010  |  Filed under Blog « New Discoveries
My Black Thumb… Whenever I teach a cooking class I always tell my students to read the whole recipe through from start to finish, before they begin to cook. That way they can avoid that unfortunate moment when the guests are seated and waiting at the dining room table and they come across the part of the recipe that says to “chill overnight.” I usually follow my own good advice when making a new recipe, particularly one that is out more »

The Perfect Little Halloween Book

September 30th, 2010  |  Filed under Blog « Good Books
When I was on book tour in the spring a young woman showed up on my doorstep holding a flowerpot filled with popcorn, made completely out of chocolate. I was blown away. Her name was Beth Jackson Klosterboer and she told me she had worked as a chocolatier and event planner for over 20 years. Her newest venture was going to be a Halloween book. I asked her to send it to me when it came out and now that… more »

Gourmet Magazine is Back in a New Form

September 24th, 2010  |  Filed under Announcements
Last week I received this email from Kemp Minifie who was the director of the food department at Gourmet for many years before it shut down. And prior to becoming the director she worked in the test kitchen. I felt bad for myself when the magazine shut down because I had racked up 25 years but Kempy had put in 32! Dear Family and Friends, In case you haven’t seen it on the newsstands or read about it online, Gourmet … more »

Too Many Tomatoes

August 21st, 2010  |  Filed under Blog « On the Road
I never thought I could have too many tomatoes in my house. And I mean the summer time- grown at a local farmer’s market -or in your back yard -kind of tomato. But that is the state I find myself in right now. We are on vacation at my parent’s old farmhouse in northeastern Massachusetts and for some reason every last tomato that was planted on Memorial day weekend (when the whole backyard vegetable garden is always planted) decided to more »

The Orange County Fair

August 2nd, 2010  |  Filed under Blog « On the Road
Two weekends ago I went to my first ever county fair. I really did not know that this kind of old fashioned America still existed (I’m too much of a city kid!) and I have to say I was delighted. There was a big ferris wheel towering over the whole scene and many other much scarier big rides, as well as arts and crafts booths, tons of fried everything and real live animals! After I settled into the Mission Tortilla… more »

Taste of Dallas

July 17th, 2010  |  Filed under On the Road
I did two food demos at the Taste of Dallas a couple of weeks ago and found the crowd quite lively despite the humid hot weather. It appeared that everyone in the crowd came from Texas and at least half from Dallas itself (unlike my audience in Atlanta where not one person came from Atlanta). It also became clear that these Texans sure do like to eat (interesting – there was not one vegetarian in my audiences.) As someone in… more »

My New Super Blender

July 8th, 2010  |  Filed under Kitchen Tools
My Vitamix Blender: For years I have wondered about the vitamix blender and whether it was really as fantastic as advertised. It appeared from the all the hype that the machine was so tough, so virile, you could throw a moose in there with a few ice cubes and make a moose shake, no muss no fuss. I marveled about how all these high profile chefs, such as Jean Louis Palladin and Gale Gand seemed to literally embrace the machine… more »

A Magic Place

June 8th, 2010  |  Filed under On the Road
Every year for the past five years or so I have gone to the Lake Austin Spa Resort, right outside of Austin Texas, to conduct a cooking demo. In exchange, they give me room and board and treat me well. At first I just did it for a lark. I thought, what the heck, take the husband and relax. I did take the husband the first time and we had fun but he was a tad lost because the place… more »

Mom and Pop Cookware Stores

May 24th, 2010  |  Filed under Useful Info
My book tour has taken me all around the country, to smaller independent cookware stores in smaller cities that I normally don’t get to, like Des Moines, Madison, Savannah, and Anchorage. Everywhere I go I am working for my book sales. I have learned from past experience that unless you do a cooking demo and give out samples, people are not inclined to buy your book, particularly in this day and age of downloading recipes from the internet. It is… more »