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Sara’s Weeknight Meals Season 1

Buffalo Rice

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time 25 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 25 Minutes Suggested accompaniment: Tossed green salad Ingredients 1 c long-grain white rice 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breast halves 3 T unsalted butter Kosher Salt 2 T hot sauce 4 oz blue cheese 1 c celery leaves, for garnish…

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Grilled Southwestern Pizza

Makes 2 medium pizzas Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 30 minutes plus rising time 1 recipe Food Processor Pizza Dough, divided into 3 balls Olive oil for brushing and drizzling 3 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese 3 scallions, white and 1 inch of the green parts, thinly sliced 1 fresh or…

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Quick Asparagus Lasagna

This is a recipe for spring, even though you can buy asparagus from South America out of season. Asparagus is tastier if you buy it locally and in season. All the thicknesses are fine with me; from pencil-thin spears to thick stalks. However, I recommend that if the asparagus is…

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Middle Eastern Pizza

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 35 minutes plus rising time 1 recipe Food Processor Pizza Dough 1/4 cup pine nuts 3/4 pound ground lamb or beef 1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup) 1 medium plum tomato, seeded and finely chopped (about 1/3 cup) 1/4medium green…

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Food Processor Pizza Dough

Makes about 4 servings Hands-on time: 10 minutes Total preparation time: 45 minutes 2 to 2 1/2 cups unsifted, unbleached all-purpose flour One 1/4-ounce package quick-rising yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons) 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon table salt 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Combine 1 3/4 cups of the flour, the…

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Cataplana

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 10 minutes Total preparation time: 30 minutes 8 whole allspice berries 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 large or 4 small dried bay leaves 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 6 cloves garlic, sliced 1 small onion (3 to 4 ounces), cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 small to medium…

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Steamed Black Bass with Ginger and Scallions

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 35 minutes 2 or 3 whole black sea bass, 1 1/2 to 2 pounds each, gutted and scaled A large thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger 6 scallions, trimmed 1/4 cup vegetable oil Kosher salt or sea salt 1 cup Soy-Ginger Sauce Working Ahead-…

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Boston Baked Scrod

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 30 minutes 4 skin-on baby cod or small haddock fillets, about 8 ounces each About 3 tablespoons vegetable oil Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 ripe medium tomatoes, thinly sliced 1 cup Buttery Crumbs (recipe follows) Adjust an oven…

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Ham, Potato, and Black-eyed Pea Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 25 minutes Here’s where the American south (ham and black-eyed peas) meets the classical French (creamy garlic dressing). In truth, anything tossed in this dressing tastes good. Feel free to put it on sauteed shrimp, roast chicken, or grilled vegetables. (It was…

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Thai-style Steak Salad with Spicy Mint Dressing

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 35 minutes Total preparation time: 35 minutes This is a fun summertime meal. I have given instructions for cooking the steak in a skillet, but you could also just throw it on the grill or a grill pan for a little smoky taste. You can either give…

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Fried Chicken Salad

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 40 minutes The chicken in this salad isn’t really fried. It’s soaked in buttermilk, breaded, and sauteed. It is, however, evocative of fried chicken. It’s juicy. It’s crispy. It’s delicious – and it’s much less caloric than actual fried chicken. I learned…

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Ramen in Curry Sauce with String Beans and Ground Pork or Turkey

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total preparation time: 20 minutes Use Chinese ramen that is sold in bulk packages, usually 8 or 10 stacked square cakes in each. 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 large shallot, minced 1 tablespoon curry powder 12 ounces coarsely ground pork or…

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Cold Soba Noodles with Shiitake and Baby Bok Choy

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 25 minutes Total preparation time: 25 minutes You can add any protein such as grilled shrimp, chicken, pork, or beef skewers for a complete meal; cold soba means you can prepare this dish ahead of time as well. Grilled protein should be cooked just before serving, however.…

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Pad Thai with Shrimp, Tofu, and Mung Beans

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 30 minutes Total preparation time: 30 minutes This classic dish is easy to prepare at home. With rice noodles be sure to use a nonstick skillet to reduce the amount of oil needed to prevent noodles from sticking together too much. Medium rice stick look like linguini…

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Duck Confit in an Oven Bag

Makes 4 servings Hands on time: 15 to 20 minutes Total preparation time: 2 hours 45 minutes 1 1/2 table spoons kosher salt 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1 bay leaf, preferably Turkish, crumbled One 5-pound duck, cut into 8 pieces,…

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Braised Short Ribs

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 30 minutes Total preparation time: 3 hours This is actually an adaptation of a recipe by a very talented New York chef named Tom Valenti. Who (no pun intended) is known for his stick to your ribs cooking. We ran the recipe in Gourmet many…

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Roasted Salmon with Warm Lentil Salad

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total preparation time: 30 minutes My favorite way to cook salmon when I am in a rush is simply to drizzle it with a little olive oil and lemon and then to roast it in the oven. As long as you don’t overcook it, the…

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Seared Snapper with Gazpacho Vinaigrette

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 25 minutes Total preparation time: 30 minutes Every cook knows that fish has to be perked up with a little acid, even if it’s just a spritz of lemon or lime. This gazpacho vinaigrette addresses the problem head on. Gazpacho is a Spanish soup with many variations,…

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Steamed Mussels in Curried Coconut Broth

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 20 minutes This is about as exotic as any recipe in this book. It calls for a few ingredients that you might have to search for: Kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, and curry paste. You can find all of them in Asian markets…

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Risotto Terrazzo-man Style

Makes 6 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 25 minutes This recipe is an ode to the Bertin side of my family – my father’s mother’s family. The Bertin’s were traditional terrazzo artisans – my Dad is one of the last. They were hard-working guys from Friulli who could do beautiful…

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Grilled Swordfish with Salsa Giallo

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 35 minutes Salsa Giallo always ends up on the menu at A Voce in the summertime, when we have beautiful local peppers and tomatoes. Salsa Giallo is my fancy name for “yellow sauce.” It’s super-super-easy, and great with grilled fish like tuna or…

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Chicken Leg Cacciatore with Sweet Peppers, Fennel, and Green Olives

Makes 6 servings Hands-on time: 10 minutes Total preparation time: 30 minutes I love Chicken Cacciatore. When I opened up A Voce, some – what do you call them? – ah – food snobs, and even some chefs (who will remain unnamed) busted my chops about it. “Who puts chicken cacciatore on a…

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Sauteed Duck Breast with Gingered Grape Sauce

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 30 minutes Duck and fruit are a classic combination, humans having long ago figured out that the acid in oranges, apples, or pears acts as a great counterbalance to the richness of the duck. Here I’ve used grapes, because I think grapes…

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Lemon Chicken

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 35 minutes For the longest time torikatsu chicken was one of my favorite Japanese takeout items. In fact, I loved this dish so much that I pretended it wasn’t fried. Alas, one day I confirmed the awful truth. Heartbroken, I decided to…

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