This series brings to life the magazine of the same name, featuring an ensemble cast of the magazine's food editors, test cooks and recipe developers. For an audience of consumers who are short on time and in need of healthy, everyday cooking solutions, the series offers quick, nutritious and delicious recipes using easy-to-find supermarket ingredients. Hosts are Allison "Allie" Lewis, Sarah Carey, John Barricelli, Margot Olshan and Lucinda Scala Quinn.
Everyday Food Previous Broadcasts
Vegetarian Feast (Episode #209)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 25, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Today's recipes introduce fresh ideas for delicious vegetarian dishes. Using only frozen beans, Allie creates a colorful and tasty three bean salad. Margot's tips on selecting and cleaning mushrooms come in handy for Lucinda when she makes a dish of hearty portobello with leeks and spinach. John layers a light vegetable lasagna, and Sarah puts together a terrific lentil-walnut burger topped with a tangy yogurt sauce.
Soups and Salads (Episode #513)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 12, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Soups and salads take center stage, with recipes that will excite the eyes and the palate. Allie cooks a seared beef and noodle soup using thin slices of sirloin steak nestled in a bowl of delicate beef broth and rice noodles. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is beets. Lucinda uses them as the star of beet, pear and goat cheese salad. Sarah shows viewers how to pack a bowl of chickpea and pasta soup in a lunchbox. Emma uses juicy grilled chicken, creamy avocado, feta cheese and crispy bacon in grilled chicken Cobb salad, an American classic that never fails to impress family and friends. Margot prepares a light and satisfying steak salad with spinach in "Cooking for One." Skirt steak is broiled quickly and served on a bed of baby spinach with sweet grapes and crumbled blue cheese.
Sandwich Favorites (Episode #211)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 27, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
All the finished dishes today require two hands and a handy napkin. Margot's shares her recipe for Sloppy Joes. John puts together an absolutely mouthwatering New Orleans staple: fish po' boys. Sarah's Southwestern chicken wrap is a break from the ordinary that's great even for dinner. And Allie mesmerizes viewers with her decadent original: grilled chocolate sandwiches.
Pasta Primer (Episode #507)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 4, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Today, EF matches pastas with specific sauces and techniques to create fabulous dishes for friends and family. Allie starts with an all-time favorite, tomato-sausage lasagna, layering tender lasagna noodles, sweet Italian sausages and tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is dried mushrooms. Margot uses their concentrated, earthy flavor to enhance creamy orzo with porcini, a quick and easy version of Italian risotto. Sarah twirls thin spaghetti with crisp yellow peppers and plump pieces of shrimp in "Cooking for One": sesame shrimp and noodles. Emma prepares rigatoni with tomatoes and mozzarella that's light and fresh. Lucinda tosses fettuccine with prosciutto and peas in a luscious cream sauce.
One-Pot Wonders (Episode #508)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 5, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
What if the whole meal could be cooked in just one pot? That's exactly what EF cooks up today. Lucinda starts with easy paella, a dish that people assume is complicated and expensive, but is made simple and affordable with just as much flavor and flair. Sarah shows viewers today's "Must Have": the dutch oven, a thick pot that goes from stovetop to oven. It's perfect for slow-cooking a meal of chicken and dumplings. Allie show viewers how quickly they can make creamy penne with broccoli, today's "Cooking for One." Emma puts cooking skills to a one-skillet test with a flavorful and affordable meal of eggs in spicy tomato sauce. When it comes time to "Freeze It, " Margot prepares a hearty one-dish minestrone that will provide sustenance later.
New Spin On Pizza (Episode #511)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 8, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
EF gives pizza some pizzazz. A special brick oven isn't necessary to make the thinnest-crust pizza with ricotta and mushrooms. Margot uses whole-wheat sandwich wraps to get a crispy, thin crust and tops it with fresh mushrooms and asiago and ricotta cheeses. Allie makes spinach and pepper pita pizzas that are great for a party, especially when served with a big bowl of spinach salad with walnuts. Lucinda prepares today's "After-School Snack": pizza crackers. Kids will love the melted mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce and parents will love that they're served on whole-wheat crackers and topped with broccoli. Emma's low-carb pizza frittata will be a hit with family and friends. And for those busy weeknights, Sarah shows viewers how easy it is to make and freeze broccoli calzone, a delicious vegetable pizza pocket.
Mexican Celebration (Episode #213)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 29, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
It's a lively south-of-the-border theme when Allie creates a fun tortilla soup - with a nifty the garnish! Clever short cuts are the key to Lucinda's zesty side dish that can be made in only 10 minutes: spicy corn and peppers. Tortillas add to the delicious mystery of Sarah's Mexican-style lasagna. And there's an unforgettable, rich dessert, Margot's tres leches cake.
Meat and Potatoes (Episode #506)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 1, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Everyone has a soft spot for meat and potatoes. Today the cooks create a wide range of recipes for this timeless American comfort food. Sarah starts off with lamb shanks and potatoes, using a slow cooker to create tender, flavorful lamb and creamy potatoes. The side dish is wilted spinach with nutmeg. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is flour tortillas. Lucinda uses this Mexican staple to create spicy beef and potato burritos. Layered with sour cream and cheese, they make a great casual dinner. Emma's "Cooking for One" preparation is steak with bell pepper sauce, served with garlic mashed potatoes. Margot prepares prosciutto-wrapped pork chops with pan-roasted rosemary potatoes. For the perfect end to a decadent dinner, Allie makes red wine and pear sorbet. It's sweet, light and refreshing.
Italian Favorites (Episode #210)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Allie shows viewers her favorite main course that takes almost no time: pasta with mushrooms. Lucinda tells all and discloses the secret ingredient in an old family recipe: spicy chopped broccoli. Margot makes light work of chicken parmigiana, always a crowd favorite. Sarah adds a family-friendly and simple side of crispy garlic bread. And John whips up a ricotta cheesecake that will delight everyone.
Family Breakfast (Episode #207)
KQED Life: Thu, Oct 21, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Viewers find out what Allie, Margot, John, Sarah and Lucinda have for breakfast before they tape the show - and what they like to make at home. Nothing is more decadent or tastier than Lucinda's brown sugar glazed bacon. Sarah goes south of the border with a breakfast burrito, perfect for a Sunday morning brunch. A delicious and low-fat twist on a classic is Margot's cottage cheese pancakes. Allie warms up with a nutty, creamy and satisfying maple oatmeal. And John slips in sips of his favorite morning drink on the go ... a quick and easy banana blueberry smoothie.
Dinner for Friends (Episode #212)
KQED Life: Thu, Oct 28, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Margot will help dinner guests break the ice with a refreshing sangria recipe. Sarah helps out with the appetizers and a healthy almond tomato spread and homemade pita chips. Lucinda prepares a main dish of roasted beef with caramelized shallots. And Allie helps save time on the day of the party with a side dish that can be made ahead of time: green beans with vinaigrette.
Cooking with Fruit (Episode #512)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 11, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
EF creates delicious recipes that will put more fruit in the diet. Lucinda starts off with crispy coconut shrimp, serving them with two dipping sauces - mustard-curry yogurt and sweet and sour sauce - and two perfect sides, steamed broccoli with lime dressing and fluffy white rice. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is pomegranate juice. Allie uses this sweet and tart juice to glaze chicken and serves it with a Persian-inspired couscous with pistachios. Sarah prepares tuna with red pepper salsa. Margot bakes a classic American dessert: pineapple upside-down cake. In today's "After-School Snack," Emma prepares a chunky applesauce that's easy to make and is much healthier than commercial brands
Cookie Jar (Episode #208)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Today's tempting recipes will help fill the cookie jar. Sarah has a recipe so simple the kids can make them: flourless peanut-chocolate cookies. A glass of milk goes great with Margot's crunchy, sticky and sweet jam macaroons. Lucinda has a cookie in disguise: white chocolate clusters with fruit and nuts. John makes cookies that are perfect for dunking ... pistachio raisin biscotti. And Allie demonstrates how to make unforgettable flaky shortbread wedges with only three ingredients most bakers probably have in the pantry.
Comfort Food (Episode #510)
KQED Life: Thu, Oct 7, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Today, EF develops ways to make comfort food tastier, easier and better. Margot starts with an irresistible and delicious plate of meatloaf and baked mashed potatoes. Today's "Have You Tried? " ingredient is panko. Lucinda uses the traditional Japanese breadcrumbs to create crust for juicy panko-crusted pork chops. They're served with a refreshing side of Napa salad. In today's "Lunchbox," Allie makes southern egg salad, teaching viewers how to properly prepare hard-cooked eggs and revealing the secret ingredient that makes this egg salad so flavorful. Chocolate and comfort go hand-in-hand, especially with Sarah's outrageous chocolate cookies. Saving the best for last, Emma makes a big batch of creamy, thick and slightly spicy macaroni and cheese in today's "Freeze It."
The Basics (Episode #509)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 6, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
EF updates America's favorite recipes, making them tastier and healthier without adding extra time in the kitchen. Margot prepares a Lemon-Herb Roasted Chicken that is sure to become a classic. Today's Have You Tried ingredient is Tuna in Olive Oil, used in the French favorite Tuna Salad Nicoise. Sarah teaches how to Pan-Sear Steak like the pros, and make a fast Italian-inspired sauce, Salsa Verde, which cuts through the richness of the meat, and wakes up Green Beans. For dessert, Allie prepares Brownies with Cream Cheese Swirl. Emma shows how to make the best Bolognese Sauce.
Healthy Living (Episode #206)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 20, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Today's show will help viewers keep fit. John creates a classic meal with a kick, but without the fat: Caesar salad with spicy shrimp. One of his tricks is tortilla croutons with chili powder. Allie serves up spaghetti squash with garlic, a perfect way to cut the carbs and calories of pasta with a clever substitution. Margot has a low-fat, one-pot meal: turkey and bean chili. And there's no guilt in indulging in this smart dessert: chocolate cheesecake squares.
Soup Party (Episode #205)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 19, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Just bring a spoon to enjoy our super easy soup party! Lucinda shows us a 15-minute version of an old family favorite that her grandmother would take all day to prepare: Tortellini in Broth with Escarole. Margot takes her time with a delicious Roasted Vegetable Soup. Sarah brings a healthy and hearty Lentil Soup to the table, and nothing goes better with soup than a clever Open-Faced Grilled Cheese with Apple and Bacon Sandwich.
Cooking with Fruit (Episode #204)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 18, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
On today's show, our favorite fruit is in season ... and in the recipes! Lucinda takes us to her supermarket to share several tips for selecting perfect fruit. John picks a great combination of pork medallions with orange sauce. Allie prepares roasted cornish hens and grapes, an easy yet elegant main course. And Margot teams up with John to tempt us with two delicious desserts: grilled peach melba, and pear and berry crisp.
Great Chicken Dinners (Episode #203)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 15, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Chicken is one of our favorite ingredients, and on today's show we share some inspired dinner ideas. Sarah demonstrates how to cut the fat, but not the crunch, with her incredible cornflake-crusted baked chicken. Pineapple and chicken make a great pair in Margot's smart salad, and Lucinda dishes up a hearty side of collard greens. John will help you acquire a tasty Indian accent with his tandoori chicken with yogurt sauce, and Allie proves you can cook healthy without compromising on flavor with her orange molasses glazed chicken.
Pizza Party (Episode #202)
KQED Life: Thu, Oct 14, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
On today's show, you're invited to a pizza party, and we've got something for everyone. Where better to start than the crust? John demonstrates just how easy it is to make your own pizza dough dusted with cornmeal - just like his favorite slices in New York City. Allie, Lucinda and Sarah really get the party started when they create the perfect chunky tomato sauce and three great pies: the classic cheese, a twist on the traditional; broccoli rabe; and a pizza perfect even for Sunday dinner: salami olive.
Cold Weather Favorites (Episode #201)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 13, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Come in from the cold and thaw out with Lucinda's hearty combination of pork chops with white beans. Allie prepares an easy 15-minute chicken noodle soup that's sure to comfort the soul. Sarah's steamy hot chocolate is just like mom used to make ... maybe even better. And every cold day deserves dessert; Margot makes chocolate-swirl gingerbread that the whole family can make together.