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Grilled Eggplant Wraps with Lemon Aioli, Feta, and Mint

Many of my favorite flavors from Greece are contained in this one fragrant little vegetarian wrap – Grilled Eggplant Wraps with Lemon Aioli, Feta and Mint. You can make them indoors year round using a grill pan or a broiler. Stick a skewer sideways through the onions to keep them…

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I caught up with one of my favorite Food Network guests and interviewed her for my latest U of M Alumnus Magazine article.

I caught up with one of my favorite guests, Sallie Ann Robinson from way back in my Food Network days, who has just started a new initiative running tours on Daufuskie Island, a tiny island off of South Carolina, to raise money to restore its heritage. I interviewed her for my…

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Rice Puppies

Who’d like a rice puppy? Here’s how to prepare this crispy treat (from rice farmer Eric Vaught, who I cooked with in episode 705 of Sara’s Weeknight Meals). 1 cup long grain white rice 2 cups water 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper 1…

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Hope you have discovered #smbakingchallenge on Instagram. I would love to see your version of my apple tart!

I have so loved seeing everyone’s tarts! This one was submitted by @aaron_skrypski. Amazing isn’t it!? Keep sharing your #smbakingchallenge outcomes.

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My friend Grace Young has started a campaign with @PosterHousenyc museum to support Chinatown during this epidemic.

My pal @stirfryguru started a campaign with @PosterHousenyc museum to save Chinatown and combat xenophobia. She is encouraging the public to use #ChinatownStories on Instagram to post memories and photos of your Chinatown, your favorite Chinese restaurants and food shops or stores, and how they’re faring under COVID as a…

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Learn more about stir frying from Grace Young. I did!

Nobody is as expert at stir frying as my buddy, Grace Young, the Stir Fry Guru. I was lucky to learn the basics from her several years ago on season four of “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” We made this delicious Chinese Burmese Chili Chicken. Are you scared of stir frying? You must…

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Dale Talde’s Angry Chicken was one of most popular recipes ever on my show.

One of the most popular recipes ever on “Sara’s Weeknight Meals,” was Dale Talde’s Angry Chicken (fair warning – there is a bit of heat in there). You can find the recipe here. You probably know Dale from Top Chef and perhaps his many restaurants. His newest venture is actually open (in a safe way),…

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This dish from Top Chef winner Hung Huynh will be the perfect choice for a hot evening.

Here is the perfect light summer grilled dish from many time Top Chef winner Hung Huynh, who was my guest on season five of “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” – Grilled Shrimp and Lettuce Wraps. You can find the recipe here and watch the show here.

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My fall 2020 article for the U of M alumni magazine introduces you to the folks who set up the NYC Queens Night Market and wrote the cookbook about it.

Here’s my fall 2020 article for the U of M alumni magazine – an interview with the folks who set up the NYC Queens Night Market and wrote the cookbook that celebrates it. There’s no market this year due to the pandemic, but you will get the flavor and recipes from…

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I discover Brazilian food with cookbook author and chef, Leticia Moreinos Schwartz.

Way back in season 3 of Sara’s Weeknight Meals, I got together with a Brazilian cookbook author and chef, Leticia Moreinos Schwartz, first to taste and learn about some of the iconic dishes of Brazil and then to shop for the essential ingredients – dende oil, salt cod, and a…

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Restaurateur Einat Admony showed me how to prepare the most delicious dish called Sinaya.

One of my favorite guests from “Sara’s Weeknight Meals,” is a notable New York City chef, Einat Admony, owner of several restaurants including Balaboosta (Yiddish for perfect housewife), which just reopened on July 7 – hooray!! She showed me how to prepare the most delicious dish called Sinaya, a layered…

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Carmen Medina teaches me how to make her Arroz Con Gandules and her fried plantains on my show.

When Carmen Medina came to teach me her Arroz Con Gandules on my show, I knew I liked her right away because 1. She brought her own little pot of culantro all the way on the train (a necessary ingredient for the dish). 2. She was a shrimp like me.…

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I learned how to make the best fried chicken ever at Martha Lou’s kitchen in Charleston. Learn more here.

A few years ago I learned how to make the best fried chicken ever at Martha Lou’s kitchen in Charleston, South Carolina. I checked and they are open! Marthalouskitchen.com.  If you can’t go there, check out this recipe and here is a link to the episode.

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Looking for a show stopping drink for your holiday? Look right here.

The secret to Amanda Cohen’s (of @dirtcandy) Kentucky Lemonade is 1. Roast your lemons and 2. Bourbon. And how does it get that unusual color? Well you’ll just have to check out the recipe.  

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Check out my visit with Mashama Bailey of Savannah’s The Grey.

Here’s a throwback to Episode 608, Girl Power, where I got to cook with a new star in the food world, Mashama Bailey of Savannah’s The Grey, a hot new restaurant in that city’s former Greyhound Station. Learn more here. Watch the show here.

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New Yorkers, it’s time to support your local small restaurants!

New Yorkers, you need to support your local small restaurants as they reopen. Here is Guacamole made to order, and a Mango Margarita with jalapeño (it was a rough job but someone had to drink it!), delivered, along with Fish Tacos for me and Duck Mole for The Husband, from one of…

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Just wanted to share the inspiring video of my friend Janette Beckman’s recent photos of New York’s Black Lives Matter protests.

Here is the inspiring video of my friend Janette Beckman’s recent photos of New York’s Black Lives Matter protests.  It is set to a song written and sung by José James entitled “When They See Us.”

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On Sunday, June 7th, I returned to Beat Bobby Flay as a Judge!

On Sunday, June 7th, at 10 pm ET I was one of the Judges on Beat Bobby Flay along with Michael Psilakis and Jeremy Salamon.  The Show, Episode 2 of Season 25, was called “Gives You Goosebumps,” and the star ingredient gives everyone goosebumps, including Chopped’s Scott Conant and comedic actress…

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I have been challenging myself to new baking projects and just made Gougeres from Dorie Greenspan’s recipe.

I, like you, have been challenging myself to new baking projects and here is one which made me enormously happy – Gougeres – totally addictive French cheese puffs. And it gets better – I learned from Dorie Greenspan’s recipe, gougeres can be frozen in the raw state and then just popped…

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Comfort from your Kitchen: Recipes for Pandemic Times

  Earlier in the year I shared a collection of recipes that you might find helpful during these stressful times. You can find them here as comfort can often be found in the kitchen. There are comforting soups, pantry based recipes, a variety of entrees, breads and a few easy desserts.…

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Check out my interview on Heritage Radio’s “Inside Julia’s Kitchen.”

I did an interview with the Julia Child Foundation for the show Inside Julia’s Kitchen on the Heritage Radio Network. We talked about what JC would have done during coronavirus times, among many other things. I hope you tune in! The episode aired Thursday, May 14th and the podcast version can be…

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I have a chapter in a new book,”One Last Lunch.”  It is the perfect read for right now.

Erica Heller asked 48 people to imagine a lunch with someone they had lost. The premise – If you could have one last lunch – maybe there was something you wanted to ask or say. I chose Julia.  But there are many fascinating stories in there from across the board.…

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Check out “Dishing with Julia.”

Julia Child was one of the funniest people I ever spent time with, and now, when you really need some fun in your life, PBS has produced a new series starring the grand lady, called “Dishing with Julia.” They invited chefs around the country to view episodes of “The French Chef”…

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Breakfast of Champions, or Dagwood Omelet? The Husband took items from last night’s meal and turned them into this!

Breakfast of Champions, or Dagwood Omelet? The Husband took items from last night’s meal and turned them into this – the omelet is stuffed with leftover chicken and snow peas, augmented with sharp cheddar, sprinkled with sesame seeds (quite random)  and served with leftover roasted potatoes and a popover (it reheated…

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