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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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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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