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Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Chorizo and Greens

Soup for supper!  Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Chorizo and Greens — it’s so easy to make.  No chorizo around?  Any pork product will do:  Canadian bacon, pancetta, Italian sausage, regular bacon, kielbasa…heck, even hotdogs.  Don’t eat meat?  Just leave out the pork and add a generous sprinkling of smoked Spanish paprika.  Serve…

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Vegetarian Tortilla Pizza

You can make this Vegetarian Tortilla Pizza in 25 minutes with mostly pantry ingredients! I love black beans and the way they play so nicely with other ingredients. In this recipe, those ingredients include garlic, onions, and chipotles. Spread on cumin-and-oregano-scented tortillas, you end up with little Mexican pizzas. When…

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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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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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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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Giant Stuffed Mushrooms

These stuffed mushrooms are a giant version of a recipe my Mom used to make as a side dish. She would use plain old cultivated mushrooms which were considered very elegant at the time and stuff them simply with chopped mushrooms, onions and breadcrumbs. I started with three of my…

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Black Bean Tortilla Pizza

Vegetarian Tortilla Pizza in 25 minutes with mostly pantry ingredients! I love black beans and the way they play so nicely with other ingredients. In this recipe, those ingredients include garlic, onions, and chipotles. Spread on cumin-and-oregano-scented tortillas, you end up with little Mexican pizzas. When you top them off with your…

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Asian Green Beans and Pork

Here’s a 25 minute recipe which only needs rice to round it out and you may have all the ingredients in house. You can leave out the rice wine if necessary and ground turkey or beef would be a fine substitute for the pork. The original version of this Chinese dish…

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Det Burgers

Here I am with some buddies outside the Del Rio, the bar where we worked in the mid seventies. Right now, it reminds me of a very peaceful uncomplicated time in my life. The Del Rio was famous for (among many things) – the Det Burger, the perfect recipe for these…

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Cheese Sandwich Soufflé

I found this recipe for Cheese Sandwich Soufflé in a file card box that belonged to my Grandmother, written in her old fashioned lovely script. It is a tasty, yet really simple recipe, that I am sure would work with the whole family. Start to finish: 2 hours (15 minutes active)…

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Rustic Potato and Greens Pie

Servings: 6 I made one of my favorite savory pies with greens and fingerling potatoes from Chefs Garden. When I was working in Gourmet’s test kitchen in the mid-Eighties and we styled a dish to be photographed that didn’t look perfect, we’d turn a negative into a positive by calling…

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Salade Niçoise

Inspired by the produce in my box from Chefs Garden, I made one of Julia Child’s favorite salads – Salade Niçoise. Anytime she invited people over for lunch she made this salad. You can see both the fresh baby lettuces and also a mix of micro greens, micro herbs (those…

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Tonight’s dinner: Butternut Squash Soup with Kielbasa, Chiles, Rosemary and Feta. Oh, and round two of (3 year old yeast) Walnut Rosemary Bread (but with olives this time).

First I cut a butternut squash in half and roasted it, cut side down in a 400° F oven for 40 minutes or until it was very tender and then pureed it in a food processor. Meanwhile, I had some kielbasa in the freezer so I chopped that up and…

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Tuscan Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings

Start to finish: 1 1/4 hours Servings: 4 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 8 ounces baby spinach 1 cup whole milk ricotta 1 large egg, beaten lightly ½ ounce grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus extra to garnish the finished dish 1 ½ teaspoons grated lemon zest ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ¼…

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Crawfish Etouffee

Serves: a crowd 2 sticks of butter 3 onions, finely chopped 1/2 bell pepper, finely chopped 3 stalks celery, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, minced 3 pounds cleaned crawfish tails 1 to 2 tablespoons “Slap Ya Mama” seasoning (or other Cajun seasoning) 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with water (enough to…

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White Chicken Chili

Makes 6 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total Preparation time: 40 minutes 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 3 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tablespoon) 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne…

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Martha Lou’s Fried Chicken

  Martha Lou’s Fried Chicken Note: if you don’t have Lawry’s products handy substitute the homemade seasoning salt for both the Lawry’s products in the ingredient list Serves 6 1 1/2 tablespoons Lawry”s Seasoned Salt 1 1/2 tablespoon Lawry’s Garlic Salt ½ teaspoon Black pepper one 3 to 4 pound chicken,…

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Rosemary Honey and Georgia Peach Chutney Burgers

Serves 4 For Peach Chutney: 1/2 cup cider vinegar 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar 1/2 cup Savannah Bee Rosemary Honey 1 large sweet red pepper, seeded, diced 1/4 inch, about 1/2 cup 1 small white onion, peeled and diced, about 1/2 cup 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced, 2…

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Kielbasa, Cheddar and Kimchi Sandwiches

Serves 4 1 cup well-drained Quick Kimchi (see recipe below) 4 hero rolls 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 1/2 pounds kielbasa 2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese Prepare Quick Kimchi. Heat a large skillet over medium heat until hot. Split the rolls horizontally to within 1/2 inch of the…

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Bahamian Fish Chowder

  Norman Van Aken, © 2001 Serves 8 to 10 2 ounces diced slab bacon, rind removed if any is on it ¼ cup olive oil 4 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced 1 Scotch bonnet, seeds and stems removed, minced 1 medium sweet onion, peeled and diced medium 4 celery…

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Chicken Paillard with Greek Salad and Tzatziki

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes Suggested Accompaniments Greek Farmer Salad (see recipe below) Tzatziki (see recipe below) 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves Olive oil 2 large cloves garlic, minced 3 lemons, 2 zested and 1 cut in wedges 1 teaspoon coarse sea…

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