Sara's Kitchen Revelations

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 »


Meringue Issues

May 13th, 2010  |  Filed under Useful Info
Normally I would have posted this in the kitchen shrink part of my website but I thought the topic of weepy meringues was such a burning issue that I should feature it as a blog entry. The answer comes from one of my good buddies and an important mentor, Jean Anderson, author of a million cookbooks (no kidding it must be in the 30’s), most recently A Love Affair with Southern Cooking, …Harper Collins 2007. When I hosted “Cooking more »


Sara’s Secrets is now airing on the Cooking Channel

May 10th, 2010  |  Filed under Announcements
My old Food Network Show, “Sara’s Secrets,” is now airing on the new Cooking Channel which launched several months ago. “Sara’s Secrets” is on every morning, Monday through Friday at 7AM. The Cooking Channel (managed by the same folks that own Food Network) will replace the Fine Living Channel. So you will find The Cooking Channel on the same stations that you used to find The Fine Living Channel.… more »


Brownie Tips from the Road

May 4th, 2010  |  Filed under Blog « On the Road
So I am in Chapel Hill, NC, staying at the house of my good friend Jean Anderson while I am on book tour in her neck of the woods, and in the process of making brownies for my book signing tonight at Quail Ridge Books, I learned several new things. They are the kind of dorky little tips that make me happy. I thought that I would share them in case you are the same kind of dorky cook that… more »


The Perfect Apron

April 21st, 2010  |  Filed under Kitchen Tools
I cannot cook without putting on an apron first. It is almost like my hands don’t work unless I do. I don’t understand how someone can cook a whole meal just wearing their regular clothes without protection. My apron has the same effect on me as my glasses, it helps me to focus and get the job done and get it done in a more professional fashion. I am messier without an apron. But there are many aprons out there… more »


I Dusted Off My Slow Cooker

April 12th, 2010  |  Filed under Kitchen Tools
I have no idea why I have chosen this last week to rediscover my slow cooker. It is 70 degrees outside and I have my bastardized version of Italian Sunday “gravy” (aka tomato sauce with meat) cooking on low in the slow cooker on my kitchen counter. I had to empty out my freezer several days ago so I could store a whole bunch of frozen items for a tasting at my house for a new consulting job. It is… more »


My new cookbook “Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners”

April 5th, 2010  |  Filed under Blog « Sara's Picks
My new cookbook is arriving in bookstores today and I have to say I think it is my best one yet. My first cookbook, Sara Moulton Cooks at Home, was really my autobiography with 200 recipes (my greater family on both sides just loves that book since most of them are mentioned and have photos in there). My second book, Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals…, was my first effort at taking advantage of all the tips and tricks more »


Malaysian Cuisine

March 24th, 2010  |  Filed under New Discoveries
Suddenly I have noticed that there are Malaysian restaurants popping up all over New York City. I have never focused before on this particular kind of Asian cuisine and so I decided to check out a restaurant in my neighborhood (which has a woman chef!) called Laut. I tasted roti canai, crispy pancake with a coconut chicken curry, beef rendeng, wonderful spiced beef, and papaya salad so good I ordered a second. I finished off the meal with a Malaysian… more »


Design your own Converse Sneakers

March 19th, 2010  |  Filed under Kitchen Tools
You already know that my very favorite shoes for the kitchen are Converse hi-tops (they’ve been in the Sara’s Pick’s archive ever since this site launched.) So you can imagine how excited I was when Bill Nichols, a viewer who is also a Converse fan, e-mailed me that the company is offering the option of designing your own personal pair of Chuck Taylor hi-tops. You can select from a variety of colors and patterns and decide on everything from outside… more »


Moravian Cookies from Old Salem

March 19th, 2010  |  Filed under Holidays
The North Carolina community of Salem was founded in 1766 by a Protestant group known as the Moravians who had come south from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1753. In 1950, work began on Old Salem, an authentic restoration of the area. One of the highlights of a visit to Old Salem is a stop at the Winkler Bakery which was built in 1800. Today, the bakery still produces some of the treats that made it famous 200 years ago, as well… more »


A Seasonal Tip

March 19th, 2010  |  Filed under Holidays
Last week I learned from a new friend how to make a deliciously different eggnog. He has two secret ingredients. To commercial alcohol-free eggnog, he adds Maker’s Mark bourbon in place of rum and pumpkin pie spice instead of nutmeg. I can’t wait to serve it during the holidays.… more »


Finding the Right Cooking School

March 19th, 2010  |  Filed under Useful Info
I am frequently asked how to find information on cooking schools around the country and occasionally around the world. I usually recommend picking up a copy of The Guide to Cooking Schools or Culinary Schools and Programs by Peterson’s. Both are available on line and in bookstores and it is important to get the most recent edition. But recently I have discovered just how many cooking school guides are available online. Although they vary in content quality, taking a quick… more »


Turkey Roasting Discoveries

March 19th, 2010  |  Filed under Useful Info
Let me explain. First the dry brine idea. Cook’s Illustrated, the magazine that has been in the forefront of brining (because many years ago Pam Anderson, their food editor, ran a recipe for brining a turkey after she discovered it in one of Jean Anderson’s cookbooks. Jean had learned this method on one of her trips to Portugal and unfortunately, neither Pam nor Jean get the proper credit for introducing America to this amazing process), featured a recipe for dry… more »


Wonton Skins

March 18th, 2010  |  Filed under Favorite Ingredients
One of my favorite “secret” ingredients is prepared wonton skins. They are found in the freezer section of the supermarket and occasionally in the refrigerated section. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes and cook up just like fresh Italian pasta. I keep them in my freezer to make “homemade” ravioli or lasagna as well as wontons or Asian dumplings.… more »