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Looking for the perfect holiday gift?  Give “Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101” and I will send you a signed book plate.

Looking for the perfect holiday gift?  Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101: How to Make Everything Taste Better will help friends and family solve the problem of “what’s for dinner?” You can find it at your local book store or online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. If you’d like the…

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Viewers ask,”Is a turkey safe to eat when the meat is pink?”

The key indication of doneness for a turkey is the temperature, NOT the color of the meat. I got several comments from viewers about the Thanksgiving show I did for “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” regarding the doneness of the turkey. The viewers’ concern was that it looked pink, even red in…

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Homemade Mayonnaise

Makes about 1 cup 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature Pinch of cayenne 1/4 teaspoon table salt 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 cup vegetable oil, preferably grapeseed Freshly ground black pepper Combine the yolks, cayenne, salt, lemon juice, and mustard in…

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Tomato, Chicken and Tortilla Soup

Serves 4 12 plum tomatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds) 2 ears corn, husks removed 2 small unpeeled onions, halved 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon chili powder Kosher salt 4 (6-inch) corn tortillas 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (from rotisserie chicken or two 6-ounce packages roasted…

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Asian Chicken Salad

Servings: 4 1/2 cup slivered almonds 3 tablespoons sesame seeds 4 ounces sugar snap peas 2 medium carrots One 3-inch piece fresh ginger 4 medium scallions 1/3 cup vegetable oil 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 2 teaspoons soy sauce (low sodium, if you prefer) 3/4…

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Kitchen Shrink: Can I freeze potatoes?

A viewer recently asked, “Can I freeze potatoes?” Although you can’t freeze raw potatoes (they discolor and the texture changes), if you suddenly have way more potatoes than you can use before they wrinkle, you can freeze some for a short period of time with the right preparation. You might…

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I will return to the Lake Austin Spa Resort on Tuesday, December 12th, to teach a class and host a Hanukkah party.

On Tuesday, December 12th, I am returning to the Lake Austin Spa Resort to teach a class for spa guests from 2 to 3:30pm and then host a Hanukkah party that is open to the public from 5 to 6pm. The menu for the class will be Root Vegetable Latkes, Smoked…

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Shellfish and Couscous Stew

Servings: 4 Start to finish: 45 minutes Hands on time: 35 minutes 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 8 small sea scallops 8 medium shrimp, shelled and de-veined 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots 2 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 teaspoons) 3 plum tomatoes (about 8 ounces), finely chopped 1 cup…

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Maialino Style Pork Ragu with Broken Lasagna

Maialino Restaurant in New York City serves this hearty pork ragu as a sauce for dried lasagna pasta that has been broken into 3-inch pieces. It’s unusual in that it has no tomatoes–just onion, celery and fennel seeds for flavor. At the end of the cooking, the meat is torn…

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Kitchen Shrink: How can you keep Scalloped Potatoes from curdling?

I recently got a question from Phyllis who asked, “Every time I make scalloped potatoes my sauce breaks. What am I doing wrong.” This seems to be a frequent problem with scalloped potatoes particularly when you use a recipe that calls for layering the potatoes, onions, and cheese and pouring…

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