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Sara’s Weeknight Meals Season 1

Green Chile and Zucchini Quiche

Makes 6 servings Hands-on time: 25 minutes Total preparation time: 55 to 60 minutes This quiche gets its Southwestern flair from Monterey Jack cheese and canned chiles. But if you have a little more time, you should lose the canned chiles and make it instead with roasted fresh poblanos, which…

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Eggs Baked in Ham with Sofrito

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 30 minutes Eggs baked in ham cups with creamed mushrooms underneath appeared on the February 2002 cover of Gourmet magazine. I made them on my show and was astonished (I don’t know why – everything is tested at my magazine…

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Egg, Canadian Bacon, and Cheddar Biscuit Sandwiches

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total preparation time: 30 minutes All right, I’ll be honest. This is a take off on you-know-what served by that fast food restaurant. Only they use English muffins, which actually makes for a pretty lean breakfast sandwich. You can use English muffins also…

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Seared Beef in Autumn Broth with Wasabi Cream

Makes 4 Servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 33 minutes This dish began as a variation on a French recipe called boeuf a la ficelle (literally “beef on a string), which requires the cook to tie a string around some filet mignon and lower it into a pot…

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Chicken Stock

Makes about 8 cups Hands-on time: 10 minutes Total preparation time: 3 1/2 hours I understand that most people are going to reach for a can of chicken stock on a weeknight (and yes, let’s be honest, even on a weekend) but I am hoping that one weekend, when you…

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Middle Eastern Meatball Sandwiches with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Makes 4 Servings Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total preparation time: 35 minutes This is nothing more than a fancy hamburger on a skewer with a garlicky yogurt sauce, but boy, is it good. It was a hit with my family the very first time I made it. You’re welcome to…

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Fried Clam Sandwich

Makes 6 servings Hands-on time: 35 minutes Total preparation time: 45 minutes I just love fried clams. Let me back up here – I actually love anything fried, but you can’t always justify it from the mess and caloric point of view. Clams were made to be fried. Anybody who…

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Pressed Smoked Salmon or Turkey Reubens

Makes 4 sandwiches Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 27 minutes Built of corned beef, melted Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing, the Reuben sandwich is a masterpiece of heart-stopping excess, huge not only in flavor but in size. Indeed, as my father-in-law might say, the typical Reuben sandwich is…

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Ricotta Gnocchi with Sauteed Cherry Tomato Sauce

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 25 minutes with Sauteed Cherry Tomato Sauce, 15 minutes with bottled sauce Total preparation time: 40 minutes with Sauteed Cherry Tomato Sauce, 35 minutes with bottled sauce These are a snap to make (especially compared to the more traditional potato gnocchi.) You put a pot…

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Annie’s Favorite Pasta

(Cartwheel Pasta with Breakfast Sausage and Creamy Tomato Sauce) Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 10 minutes Total preparation time: 35 minutes When I told my sister Annie that I’d begun working on a new cookbook, she insisted that this time I had to include her all-time favorite pasta dish. Adapted…

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