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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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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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