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Sauteed Lemon Chicken with Fried Capers

  Start to finish: 45 minutes Hands on time: 45 minutes Servings: 4 1 pound chicken breast cutlets, preferably thin sliced 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided 3 tablespoons rinsed, drained and dried capers Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper All-purpose flour (preferably wondra) for dredging the…

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cucumber Cantaloupe Salsa and Creamy Feta Dressing

  Start to finish: 40 minutes Hands-on time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled, divided 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk 1/4 cup mayonnaise (low-fat if you prefer) 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing the…

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Steak with Steak Butter

STEAK BUTTER Start to finish: 10 minutes Hands-on time: 10 minutes Servings: Makes about 16 tablespoons (1/2 pound) 1/2 pound Homemade Butter (see recipe below) or store-bought unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons and softened to room temperature 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 garlic clove, finely minced…

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Indian Scrambled Eggs with Pappadams

Ingredients 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil Four 8-inch pappadams 1⁄2 small onion One 1-inch piece fresh ginger 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 large serrano chile 3⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin 1⁄2 teaspoon ground turmeric 8 large eggs 1⁄3 cup plain low-fat or full-fat Greek-style yogurt (see page 49) Kosher salt 1⁄2 pound…

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On this week’s show, guest chef Ming Tsai and I make quick and easy one-pan dinners.

Using just one pan for dinner makes both the cook and the dishwasher happy, plus it’s so easy. In Episode 518: One Pan Wonders, we start with guest Ming Tsai and his Lemongrass Chicken Soup. Then on “Ask Sara,” tips for using the original pot, the wok. Finally, I help a…

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Grilled Salmon, Arugula & Grilled Corn Salad, Sweet Pea & Avocado Crostini

Makes 4 servings Suggested Accompaniment Serve with a Chardonnay Ingredients Four 6-ounce boneless, skinless filets of salmon seasoned with extra virgin olive oil to coat and a liberal sprinkling of salt and pepper Sweet Pea Hummus (recipe below) Crostini (recipe below) 2 ears of fresh corn shucked, grilled and cut…

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Grilled Salmon, Arugula & Grilled Corn Salad, Sweet Pea & Avocado Crostini

Makes 4 servings Suggested Accompaniment Serve with a Chardonnay Ingredients Four 6-ounce boneless, skinless filets of salmon seasoned with extra virgin olive oil to coat and a liberal sprinkling of salt and pepper Sweet Pea Hummus (recipe below) Crostini (recipe below) 2 ears of fresh corn shucked, grilled and cut…

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Duck Breast Salad with Pear Walnut Dressing and Blue Cheese

Servings: 4 For the duck: 2 whole duck breasts with the skin (4 halves, about 2 lbs. total) 1 very ripe pear, peeled, cored and sliced ½-inch thick 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 cup walnut oil 6…

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Roasted Red Pepper and Prosciutto Lasagna

Wonton skins, which can be found in the frozen food section of your supermarket, cook up beautifully, just like fresh Italian pasta, and I see no reason not to stock them in your freezer at home and thaw them out whenever you want to make “homemade” ravioli or lasagna. Your…

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This week on the show, we feature Meatless Mondays with Amanda Cohen.

There are so many exciting vegetable choices at the supermarket these days why not designate one day a week as a no meat meal. In Episode 507: Meatless Mondays, Amanda Cohen, chef of the much talked about NY restaurant ‘Dirt Candy’ introduces me to a fantastic new tool, called a…

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Tomato Gratin

This dish tastes best when the tomato season is at its height. As with almost any recipe featuring tomatoes, I pre-salt them to remove their excess liquid and concentrate their flavor. You can top them off with any kind of cracker—even plain old bread crumbs would be fine—but I like…

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Sautéed Falafel

Falafel are a favorite of connoisseurs of street food from Jerusalem to New York City.  Made with ground dried chickpeas or fava beans, they’re hot, peppery, meaty, inexpensive, and satisfying – a handy little meal in a pita pocket.  Given that we’re starting with canned beans instead of dried beans…

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Grilled Shiitake, Sweet Potato, and Eggplant Kebobs

Shiitake mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and eggplant are all very “meaty” vegetables. Similarly there’s a creaminess to Sesame Miso Sauce, although it contains no cream. Put them together and you’ve got a very filling dish. Tasty too, of course. Grilling these vegetables as kabobs brings out their natural sugars. (You can…

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Asian Green Beans and Pork

I have always loved the original version of this Chinese dish when I was served it. The only trouble is that the green beans are usually wok-fried in lots of oil. I wanted to lighten it up a bit so I figured out a way to crisp the beans without…

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Barbecued Kielbasa

In my research for Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals I found a recipe for my grandmother Ruth’s “Barbecued Frankforts” on a three- by five-inch index card in an old metal box, handwritten in her own beautiful curly script. Granny was a superb ye olde New England cook, so I gave…

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Asparagus and Goat Cheese Souffléed Omelet

This is a cross between an omelet and a soufflé and doesn’t take too much work as long as you have electric beaters. Make sure you beat your egg whites just to soft peaks; otherwise they won’t fold properly into the egg yolk base. Any leftover cheese or vegetable such…

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Scampi Heros

Nobody ever really gets enough shrimp. Which is why the idea of a scampi hero seemed luxurious to me. (In Italy, scampi is the name for the tail portion of any of several kinds of small lobsterlike creatures. In America scampi is the name for a dish of large shrimp…

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Greek Salad Sandwiches with Feta Dressing

This is a slight twist on a Greek salad. I just put all the elements into a pita pocket and used the feta to make a dressing. If you like Greek salads, you will love this more-substantial sandwich. Makes 4 Servings Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total preparation time: 20 minutes…

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Antipasto Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano Dressing

This is the perfect lazy-day summer salad, since you don’t have to use the oven. You could buy the blanched broccoli or cauliflower and prepared pasta salad at the salad bar and never even turn on the stovetop. But this salad would be equally good on any night, summer or…

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Grilled Lamb and Onion Kabobs with Olive Aioli

Lemon, olive oil, rosemary, and garlic – this is my favorite marinade for lamb, whether I am cooking a roast or skewering kabobs. They work well together because both the marinade and the lamb are products of the Mediterranean. The sauce, made of garlic and olive-flavored mayonnaise, is also Mediterranean…

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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 wrap. You can make them all summer long using an outdoor grill, but you can also cook them indoors year round using a grill pan or a broiler. Stick a skewer sideways through the onions to…

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Grilled Potato and Corn Salad with Chipotle Mayonnaise

The corn in this salad should be grilled, but what’s the best way to do it? In the husk? With some of the husk removed? Stripped naked? My wholehearted vote is for the “naked” or fully husked, method, which creates an unbeatable toasted popcorn flavor. The secret ingredients here are…

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Sautéed Pork Loin with Mustard and Grapes

When I was in High School my Mom and I threw all kinds of dinner parties. (Actually she threw the parties and I helped cook.) Our favorite dish was Veal Scaloppine. I liked it no matter how it was cooked or sauced. It seemed so elegant to us, and there…

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Creamed Finnan Haddie with Johnnycakes

The smoked haddock known as finnan haddie is a Scottish thing and therefore a New England thing. My Dad (pictured here with me on Labor Day 2001) grew up loving it for breakfast—almost always prepared in the creamed version detailed here—as a kid in Milton, Massachusetts. I added the johnnycakes…

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