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Oh the places you will go, and the food you will eat on an Oceania cruise!

Oh the places you will go – and the food you will eat – not to mention the pastries made fresh every day – on an Oceania cruise. And the cooking classes offered are simply amazing. I can’t wait to get back on board in the new year!! Thank you…

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In Episode 1010 of Sara’s Weeknight Meals I visit Brazil and Puerto Rico by way of their kitchens.

On this show I tour Latin America by way of it’s kitchens when I cook with two amazing Latin American cooks. First up, Chef Letitia Morenos Schwartz takes me to a Brazilian café to taste some of the unique flavors of her native country; then we shop for some ‘only…

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Fried Plantains (Tostones)

1 to 2 large green plantains 5 tablespoons canola or other vegetable oil or enough to reach ¼ -inch up the side of a large skillet Kosher salt Peel the plantain and slice it on the diagonal ½ – 1-inch thick. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high…

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Pigeon Peas with Rice (Arroz Con Gandules)

Note: you can make this dish without the meat for a vegetarian version Hands-On Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 1 hour Serves 4 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 pound pork, cut into ½-inch pieces (optional) 1 ounce of pancetta (optional) 1 tablespoon annatto oil (see note below) Carmen’s Sofrito:…

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Salt Cod with Onions, Eggs Potatoes and Olives

Suggested Accompaniment: shredded collard greens, sauteed with garlic in olive oil Serves 8 to 10 2 lbs salt cod 2½ cups milk 3 medium onions, thinly sliced 2 lbs small young potatoes (or Yukon Gold) 3 eggs, hard-boiled and sliced thinly ¼ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved ¼ cup…

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Basta Pasta – U.S. vs Italy, Episode 1009 of Sara’s Weeknight Meals just went up.

It’s a stuffed pasta showdown as I travel to an ancient Tuscan villa to learn the secrets of homemade tortelli from a real Italian chef. Then I make my homemade ravioli back home in my kitchen. Find it here.  

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Chianti Tortelli

(Recipe courtesy of Allesio Bagnoli based on the family recipes of Veronica d’Entreves) Makes: 6 to 8 Servings Hands on time: 45 minutes Total preparation time: 3 ½ hours For the pasta dough: 3 ½ cups semolina flour 3 large eggs 2 to 2 ½ cups of Chianti Wine For…

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Wonton Ravioli Stuffed with Spicy Greens

Servings: 4 Start to finish: 40 minutes Hands on time: 30 minutes 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 9 cups packed spicy or bitter greens, such as arugula, escarole, watercress or, mustard, chopped fine 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons homemade ricotta cheese (see recipe below) or store bought ricotta 3 tablespoons…

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Episode 1008: Suns Out Buns Out is just up! Take a look.

A sunny day any time of the year and there is nothing so tasty as grilled meat or fish nestled in a buttery bun. I’ve got three great choices starting with a poor man’s version of the New England lobster roll, with shrimp taking the starring role on a budget.…

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Shrimp Rolls

Start to finish: 40 minutes Servings: 4 4 ounces seedless cucumber, cut into ¼-inch dice (a scant cup) 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp (about 24- 26) ½ cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons…

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