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Moroccan Vegetable Stew

I frequently get e-mails requesting a good dish to make for vegetarian guests. This is one of my favorites. So many vegetables and so many “meaty” ones go into this stew that my caveman husband did not think to utter his usual bon mot in these situations, namely, “Where’s the…

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Molcajete

You’ve seen them in Mexican restaurants. Made of volcanic rock, this Mexican version of a mortar and pestle can be used for grinding all sorts of ingredients but is most often used for preparing and serving guacamole. Available in many gourmet kitchen equipment shops, they are available by mail from…

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Food Cubers

With the arrival of harvest time, I have started getting e-mails about the clever little containers I use for freezing measured amounts of stock and other leftover foods. They are perfect for freezing measured amounts of fruits and vegetables from your garden or the farmers’ market. While you can put…

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Fried Clam Sandwich

This hearty sandwich from Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals (page 94) will make a memorable meal any time of the year. It is featured on Episode 102 of my public television show, Sara’s Weeknight Meals. Go to Weeknight Meals to find preparation, equipment, and ingredient tips. I just love fried…

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Being Left Handed

I get a lot of questions about being left handed and how it affects the way I do things. Actually, it doesn’t affect me at all. There are several inconveniences I have to suffer of course because this is a right handed world. Every time I have to sign one…

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Buying Cookbooks

I have been traveling a lot, mostly on mall tours around the country and I have noticed that people aren’t buying cookbooks the way they used to. I would take it personally but my editor says that with a few notable exceptions (the absolutely hottest new stars on the Food…

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Miracle Fruit

Several years ago I was in West Palm Beach Florida for a Gourmet magazine sales meeting staying at the Four Seasons Hotel. I just happened to know the chef, Hubert des Marais, from several projects we had worked on together and the first moment I had a break I sought…

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Crispy Roast Duck with Mustard and Green Peppercorn Sauce

Roast Duck is one of my absolute favorites, but it is not easy to get it right. If you concentrate on achieving moist meat, the skin might not crisp up. If you concentrate on crisping up the skin, you risk drying out the breast meat. Still, the desired result is…

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Det Burgers

Sandwiches are a perfect choice for weeknight meals and this generously-topped burger is one of my all-time favorites. My first official cooking job was in the mid-seventies at a bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan (where I went to college), called the Del Rio. They featured live jazz on weekends. It…

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Comfort Food

Several years ago I was asked to contribute a recipe and inspirational message to a cookbook, “The Susan G. Komen/Pink Plaid Cookbook” The money from the sale of this book was to go to cancer research. The recipe was easy. I sent in something very homey, “gingerbread pancakes with butterscotch…

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