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I have always worked better with a bigger knife. Now’s your chance to land a big chef knife too

This is not about my Napoleon complex. I really mean it. We little people work better with a bigger knife. Actually, mostly, big people chop more efficiently with a bigger knife too.  Why? The heaviest part of any knife is where the blade meets the handle. This is where you…

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On the May 25th Rachael Ray Show I gave you a look inside my kitchen.

As a professional chef, I am often asked about the things I like to use when cooking in my own kitchen. You can take a look inside my cupboards and drawers to see my favorite things and I will tell you why I like to use them. You can find…

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My son’s dog enjoying the day.

Here is my son’s dog “Puddles” catching a little nap. Who’s a good dog?

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A look at my Mom’s sewing table.

When I was staying at my sister’s a few weeks ago we needed to repair a blanket so we opened up my Mom’s sewing table and I was floored to see the contents. How beautifully my Mom had arranged them. Reminded me of her watercolors which she kept neatly ordered…

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From April 22nd to 29th “Cherry Bombe” magazine sponsored The Julia Jubilee.

Cherry Bombe magazine celebrated the life and legacy of Julia Child from April 22nd to 29th as part of a special virtual conference. The tribute, in conjunction with the Julia Child Foundation, included a whole issue of Cherry Bombe about Julia as well as a JC festival online. Learn more…

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The Jacques Pepin Foundation annual fundraiser was May 14.

The Jacques Pepin Foundation has been very busy this spring. Their principle, annual fundraiser, “A Night with Jacques and Claudine Pepin” was virtual this year on Friday May 14. The hour-long Zoom event offered culinary technique demonstrations and a lot of entertainment from the father-daughter duo! You can learn more…

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I was very sad to hear that Martha Lou Gadsden, Chef of Martha Lou’s Kitchen, died on April 1.

The matriarch chef of the best fried chicken restaurant on the planet (in my estimation), Martha Lou’s Kitchen in Charleston SC, died on April 1 at the age of 91. Back in 2016 I was lucky enough to visit and cook the famous fried chicken with her granddaughter, Melanie Alston…

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Last Sunday, Easter, I splurged on oysters for the family and am so proud of myself for finding just the right platter to put them on.

Last Sunday, Easter, I splurged on oysters for the family and am so proud of myself for finding just the right platter to put them on: I dusted off some artichoke plates I use maybe once or twice a year (artichokes are expensive! but then again so are oysters…) Anyway,…

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Holiday eggs we decorated years ago.

Happy Easter! Last year as the pandemic started, I posted this picture with the note “every year I pull out these eggs we decorated years ago and they make me happy, especially this year.”  We are not out of this yet, and we all have to work hard to get…

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I interview Rick Bayless for my latest UM Alumnus Magazine article.

I got to interview Rick Bayless, Chef, Restaurateur and TV host, about his pandemic year, for my latest University of Michigan Alumnus Magazine article. He tells not just his story but reflects on the state of the restaurant industry in general and it is grim. Meanwhile, who knew that Rick…

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I’m proud to have a recipe featured in the Jacques Pépin Foundation’s new Video Recipe Book.

Today the Jacques Pépin Foundation released Cook with Jacques & Friends: Volume 2 and I’m proud to have a recipe featured in the Video Recipe Book. For many chefs, Jacques is a mentor who is generous beyond compare. His foundation supports free culinary and life skills training to individuals in…

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Dave Pasternack

Very sad day! My favorite fisherman and chef buddy Dave Pasternack had to close his amazing restaurant, Esca, on west 43rd street, a casualty of the pandemic (and an uncooperative landlord). He was a trail blazer. His food will be sorely missed. Hopefully when the dust settles we will find…

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Hooray!!! We got the go ahead to shoot season 10 of “Sara’s Weeknight Meals.”

Hooray!!! We got the go ahead to shoot season 10 of my public tv show, “Sara’s Weeknight Meals,” later this year! (don’t worry, when is it safe).  It will be airing in the fall. But now, I need your help. We are going to be taking questions from viewers on…

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Learn about Chinese New Year traditions from this new children’s book.

Friday is the start of the Chinese New Year. My buddy Jeannie Chen, an accomplished food stylist and recipe developer, is also a fine illustrator and has done all the illustrations for this new children’s board book by Michele Wong McSween. It’s the perfect introduction for little humans to learn all about…

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My buddy, Chef Rick Bayless, has started an online video subscription; you should sign up.

I bet you could use a few quick Mexican cooking classes to perk you up. My buddy, Chef Rick Bayless, one of the best teachers on the planet, has started an online video subscription as a way to raise money to pay for his workers.  You should sign up! Here are more…

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#mymomsdollhouse 

Here is a before and after shot of the miniature couch I found in my Mom’s dollhouse which I am renovating – My brother- in- law, John Murphy, just retired from his very intense job as the President of Rhode Island Hospital, is quite the woodworker! (who knew?) When I…

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A year ago my husband wrote a story for Smithsonian Magazine celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rappin’.” More here.

Back in the Eighties, The Husband was the director of publicity for Def Jam Recordings and Rush Artist Management.  A year ago he wrote a story for Smithsonian Magazine celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rappin’.”  Now Music Arkives has published an expanded version of that story as a 35-page “fanzine.”  If you are a student of…

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After this year to end all years I truly believe we could all use a well-crafted cocktail.

After this year to end all years —not to mention the uncertainty of what is going to happen next year —I truly believe we could all use a drink. Of course, I mean a well-crafted cocktail. With the end of year and colder weather approaching, I decided to find an…

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Restoring my Mom’s childhood dollhouse.

A little while back I posted on Facebook and Instagram about my latest art project: the restoration of my Mom’s childhood dollhouse discovered in the attic at the family farm. At the time I noted that I was relieved not to find a family of chipmunks inside as the farm attic…

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My Peppermint Bark makes a great gift and has it’s own label you can print to put on the package.

A fun activity that yields a holiday gift? Sign me up. I even have a label you can print to affix to your homemade peppermint bark. Here’s the recipe. Pull the label onto your desktop and print.

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Membership to the Jacques Pepin Foundation is the best gift you can buy for the foodie in your life.

What is the best gift you can buy for the foodie in your life? Membership to the Jacques Pepin Foundation (starting at $40 a year)! Not only will the membership support the foundation’s mission which is to support free culinary and life skills training to individuals in desperate need, but also your foodie…

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Shopping for a turkey? You can find help with selecting, prepping, and serving right here.

It’s just about time to shop for, prep, and cook the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. Need some help? In Season 2 of Sara’s Weeknight Meals I did a whole show on getting ready for Thanksgiving. Here is a link to my tips for making it a perfect occasion.

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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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