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Sara’s Weeknight Meals Season 2

Fettuccine with Rock Shrimp, Corn & Jalapeño

Makes 4 servings Hands-on Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes Ingredients 1 pound dried fettuccine 3 tablespoons plus ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus high-quality extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling 1 medium jalapeño, stemmed and seeded, sliced in rounds 1 pound rock shrimp, peeled and deveined Sea salt…

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Grilled Mahimahi with Panella and Chickpeas

Makes 4 Servings Hand’s-On Time: 45 minutes Total Preparation Time: Overnight plus 3 hours Ingredients for the chickpeas 1 cup dried chickpeas (see Preparation Note) 2 ounces pancetta, unsliced 1 small carrot, roughly chopped 1 small yellow onion, quartered ½ stalk celery Extra-virgin olive oil Salt Freshly ground black pepper…

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Salt-Baked Pesce Per Due with Braised Greens

Serves 2 Hands-On Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 1 hour Ingredients One 2-pound fish (such as branzino, dorado, or black sea bass) 3 1/2 cups fine sea salt 3 large egg whites 4 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, stems and leaves separated, leaves chopped, for garnish 2 sprigs rosemary 1 clove…

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Grilled Duck Breast on a Honey Roasted Carrot-Farro-Herb Salad with Cider Jus

Makes 4 servings Suggested Accompaniment Serve with a pinot noir Ingredients Two 12-ounce Muscovy Duck breasts Honey Roasted Carrot Farro Salad (recipe below) Cider Jus (recipe below) Directions First score the fat side of the breast by making shallow, crosswise cuts. (This helps the fat melt away into the pan.)…

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Peppermint Bark

Hand’s-On Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 1 hour to an hour and a half Ingredients 12 ounces (about 2 cups) 65% cacao dark chocolate, chopped, or chocolate chips 12 ounces (about 2 cups) white chocolate, chopped, or white chocolate chips 35 peppermint candies (about 1 cup crushed) NOTE: PLEASE…

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Rosemary Walnuts

Makes 2 cups Hands-on Time: 10 minutes Total Preparation Time: 20 minutes Ingredients 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crumbled 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 2 cups walnuts Directions Melt 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter with 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crumbled, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2…

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Homemade Marshmallows

Makes 96 marshmallows Hands-On Time: 45 minutes Total Preparation Time: 4 hours Ingredients About 1 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting 3 (1/4-ounce) packages unflavored gelatin 1/2 cup cold water 2 cups granulated sugar – combined with seeds of 1 – 2 vanilla bean pods 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1/2…

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Red Beans and Rice Soup with Ham

Makes about 10 cups, 6 servings Hands on time: 25 minutes Total preparation time: 40 minutes Suggested Accompaniment Tossed Green Salad Ingredients 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 6 ounces ham 1 large onion 4 medium celery stalks 1 large green bell pepper 3 garlic cloves 1 tablespoon Creole Seasoning (recipe follows)…

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Yellow Squash Soup with Zucchini Crisps

Makes about 10 cups, 4 – 6 servings Hands on time: 50 minutes Total preparation time: 60 minutes Suggested Accompaniment Tomato and Frisée Salad Ingredients 2 pounds yellow summer squash (about 6 medium) 1 large yellow bell pepper 4 medium carrots 1/2 pound Yukon gold potatoes (about 2 medium) 1…

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Seafood Gazpacho

Makes 6 1/2 cups, 4 servings Hands-On Time: 20 minutes Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes Suggested Accompaniments Grilled vegetables, drizzled with olive oil and topped with feta Ingredients 1/4 cup Garlic Croutons (recipe follows, add preparation time) or store-bought garlic-flavored croutons 6-inch piece seedless (English) cucumber 1 large green bell…

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Thanksgiving Recipes 101

Basic Stuffing Makes 8 servings Ingredients 2 cups onion, chopped 1 cup celery, chopped 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or 1 teaspoon ground sage 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme 12 cups white bread (or whole wheat bread) (about 1 pound), cut…

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Turkey 101

HOW DO YOU DEFROST A TURKEY? It’s best to thaw your turkey in a refrigerator that’s 40 degrees or cooler. A good rule of thumb is to allow 24 hours of thawing time for every 4 to 5 pounds of turkey. If you’ve run out of time, you can defrost…

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Beef Kebab

Makes 4 servings Hand’s-On Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes Suggested Accompaniments Gingered Spinach Yogurt, tomato. fresh limes and mint Ingredients 1 1/2 lb ground beef 2 cups minced onion 2 tablespoons minced gingerroot 3 cloves garlic minced 1/2 cup cilantro chiffonade 1 large egg 1/2 tablespoon garam…

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Chicken Pilaf

Makes 6 servings Hands-On Time: 20 minutes Total Preparation Time: 1 hour Suggested Accompaniments Fresh Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Fresh Lime Juice Ingredients 1 lb boneless chicken thighs Kosher salt 3 cups white basmati rice 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock 2 cups coconut milk 4 tablespoons canola oil…

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Wild Striped Bass Curry

Makes 6 Servings Hands-On Time: 15 minutes Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes Suggested Accompaniments Basmati Rice Sautéed Zucchini Ingredients 6 cloves garlic, peeled 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 2 tablespoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground turmeric 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 6 (4-ounce) wild striped bass fillets, skin on…

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Seared Scallops and Butter Lettuce Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 25 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 25 Minutes Ingredients 1 c all-purpose flour 3/4 pound medium sea scallops Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/2 c vegetable oil 1/3 c fresh grapefruit juice 1 small shallot 1 T unseasoned rice vinegar 1/8 t sugar 1…

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Falafel Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 40 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 50 Minutes Ingredients 1 c cherry tomatoes 3 pickled cherry peppers 1/2 seedless(English) cucumber 1 small head iceberg lettuce 1 small onion 5 T extra virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves 3/4 t ground cumin 1/2 t ground coriander 1/4…

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Warm Steak House Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 30 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 35 Minutes Ingredients 1 pound russet Potatoes (2 medium) 5 T extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper One 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pound beef sirloin steak (about 1 1/2 inches thick) 1 large onion…

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Roasted Vegetable and Fresh Ricotta Sandwiches

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 35 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 35 Minutes Suggested Accompaniments Roasted kale and parsnip strips Ingredients 1 small eggplant (about 10 oz) 1 large zucchini (about 12 oz) 1 ½ pounds plum tomatoes (about 6 medium) 3 T extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly…

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Homemade Gingerale

Makes 4 drinks Ingredients ¼ cup sliced unpeeled rinsed fresh gingerroot 2/3 cup water 1/3 cup granulated sugar 4 cups soda stream seltzer, well chilled Directions 1. Combine the ginger, water and sugar in a small saucepan. 2. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for 10 minutes. 3. Let…

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Pulled Chicken Barbeque on Beer Bread with Pickled Cucumbers

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 20 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 20 Minutes Suggested Accompaniment Cole slaw Ingredients 1 recipe Beer Bread (recipe below) or use 4 large rolls or hamburger buns 1 recipe Basic Barbeque Sauce (recipe below) or 2 cups store-bought sauce 1 recipe Dill Pickle Cucumber Slices (recipe…

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“Fried” Catfish BLTs

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 30 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 30 Minutes Suggested Accompaniments Vegetable chips Ingredients 8 slices bacon (about 7 oz) 2 plum tomatoes Kosher salt ¾ c mayonnaise ¼ c fresh basil leaves ½ teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest Freshly ground black pepper 4 slices firm white…

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BLT and Egg Pie

Makes 6 Servings Hands-On Time: 30 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 65 Minutes Suggested Accompaniments sautéed summer squash or corn on the cob Basic Butter Pastry (recipe follows) or store-bought pastry for a single-crust pie Ingredients 1 pound small ripe tomatoes Kosher salt 8 slices bacon (see Cooks Notes) 1 medium…

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Indian Scrambled Eggs with Pappadams

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 20 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 20 Minutes Suggested Accompaniments roasted asparagus or green beans Ingredients 1/4 c vegetable oil (preferably grapeseed) Four 8-inch pappadams (see source and alternative below) 1/2 small onion One 1-inch piece fresh ginger 3 T unsalted butter 1 large serrano chile…

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