Welcome to the companion site for the third season of Sara’s Weeknight Meals. The third season of “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” is animated by the same spirit that drove the first two seasons: the desire to help the home cook put dinner on the table during the work week. As in our second season, we do some traveling to track down wonderful and necessary ingredients, visiting Chinatown in New York, the Italian market in Philadelphia, the Brazilian community in Danbury, Connecticut, the model sustainable farm called Stone Barns in Tarrytown, New York, and – the cherry on top — the dazzling spice market in Istanbul, Turkey. Six of this season’s ten shows feature yours truly alone at the stove. Four of them boast guest chefs with beguiling specialties. And every episode is bristling with the kinds of tips and tricks that simplify and speed up the preparation of the evening meal.
Below are summaries of all the episodes.
- Episode 301: Winter Comfort Food
Sara gets tons of winter veggies from a farm where her nephew works, and learns how they are grown in the winter months. And she uses them for Root Vegetable Latkes, paired with Smoked Fish Chowder, perfect for a cold and rainy day.
- Episode 302: Burgers and Fries
America’s favorite food just gets better as Sara pursues the ultimate burger. First, a trip to the butcher for a lesson on the best grind of meat, which Sara uses in her Spanish Burgers. Then a side trip to taste triple beef tallow cooked french fries at Philly’s Dandelion Restaurant. Back at home, Sara makes her own version with simple Oven Baked Fries and a comfort food mashup, Meatloaf Burgers.
- Episode 303: Italian, Philly style with Marc Vetri
Sara and chef Marc Vetri plunge into Philadelphia’s Italian Market to source the rustic ingredients his Philly eateries are known for. Back in Sara’s kitchen, they make two weeknight friendly Italian dishes – Sal’s Meatballs in Pizza Sauce, and Spaghetti in Parchment with Clams and Scallions.
- Episode 304: I’m Cheating on You
How does Sara get great food on the table every night with no effort at all? She cheats! Lucky for you she’ll reveal all her tricks and secrets in this episode. She’ll show you fast Sticky Buns without the yeast, a way to bake risotto instead of stirring it with Baked Risotto with Red Wine, Sweet Potatoes and Duck Confit, and cheaters Wonton Ravioli stuffed with spinach, ricotta and mozzarella. Plus, tips, tips, tips!
- Episode 305: Asian Flavors with Dale Talde
Top Chef contestant and Asian-American restaurateur Dale Talde shows Sara his secret sources in Chinatown for pulled noodles and other ingredients, then they come back to cook in Sara’s home kitchen to cook up Pad Thai with Oysters and Bacon and his signature dish, Angry Chicken, spiced like kim chee and marinated in yogurt with lots of potatoes to soak up the sauce.
- Episode 306: Remembering Julia
Sara pays tribute to her mentor, Julia Child by cooking favorite dishes from their years together on Julia Child and More Company and Good Morning America. With lots of never seen photos and archival footage, Sara whips up her versions of Julia’s French favorites such as Broccoli and Goat Cheese Soufleed Omelet, Fish Meuniere and Chicken Cassoulet.
- Episode 307: A trip to Brazil with Leticia Moreinos Schwartz
The flavors of Brazil come alive as Brazilian chef Leticia Moreinos Schwartz takes Sara to some of her favorite bodegas and Brazilian neighborhoods in Connecticut, then they return to prepare traditional Salt Cod with Bacon, Onions, Eggs and Potatoes plus Chicken, Shrimp, Peanut and Cashew Stew.
- Episode 308: Cook Once, Eat Twice
Sara’s easy strategy for quick meals is to cook once, eat twice. Spicy Roast Pork is a simple and delicious meal any night, but a visit with her brother to a Vietnamese food joint inspires Sara to turn that pork into delectable pork Banh Mi Sandwiches later in the week. Sautéed Duck Breasts one night become delicious Peking Duck Wraps the next. Magic!
- Episode 309: Pantry Raid
Friends drop by at the last minute, but even on a weeknight, it’s not a problem for Sara because she just pulls ingredients from the pantry. No need to go to the store with Linguine with White Bean, Sun Dried Tomato and Olive sauce, decadent Nacho Pie made healthier with home made tortilla chips, and surprisingly Savory Waffles topped with a poached egg in hollandaise.
- Episode 310: Turkish Home Cooking
Every country has it’s own weeknight food. Sara takes a special journey to Turkey to discover how home cooks in Turkey use its abundant natural resources to cook delicious everyday meals. We’ll travel to remote farms to cook from the land – Kebabs, meatballs, pumpkin fritters and quince liquor. We’ll visit vibrant, bustling open-air markets with Turkey’s top chefs, and go to a home in Istanbul to cook traditional Turkish weeknight meals that are as easy to make in your kitchen as they are on the Bosphorus.