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
Weeknight Meals (Episode #308)
KQED Life: Wed, Nov 10, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
The chefs are busy cooking up weeknight recipes so viewers can spend more time at the table with their families. John shows how to quickly assemble a slow-cooked Italian pot roast in the morning to enjoy later that night. With a crunchy romaine and radish salad, a complete dinner is ready in no time. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is whole wheat pasta. Lucinda tosses curly whole fusilli in an Asian peanut-inspired dressing for a pasta salad with broccoli and peanuts. Cooking for one tonight? Margot shows viewers how to make spaghetti frittata with leftover ingredients. For a mid-week guilty pleasure, Sarah demonstrates how to make cherries with cinnamon dumplings, an elegant sweet treat using everyday pantry items. Spinach pie might seem complicated, but Allie promises that this impressive dish is quick to make. Double the ingredients to store one in the freezer and enjoy one tonight!
Time-Saving Recipes (Episode #302)
KQED Life: Tue, Nov 2, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Lucinda uses just a few ingredients to make a quick and delicious rib eye with garlic thyme marinade, and serves it with baked polenta fries. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is eggplant. John teaches viewers how to use this versatile vegetable in a bubbling eggplant ricotta bake. In the "Cooking for One" segment, Sarah's stirring up tortellini with mushroom sauce, a really easy and hearty pasta dish that's bursting with flavor. Allie's baking an almond torte, which is a simple and elegant dessert that can be made any night of the week. And Margot's filling the freezer with batches of mini-meatballs that can be used in a variety of dishes.
Supermarket Savvy (Episode #408)
KQED Life: Mon, Nov 29, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
EF has developed five fast and delicious meals that can be made from just one trip to the grocery store. Allie starts off the week with roasted cod jazzed up with creamy new potatoes tossed with olives and cherry tomatoes. Sarah cooks up a buttermilk baked chicken with spinach salad that's sure to become a classic. Lucinda prepares pork tenderloin with a quick balsamic-maple glaze, served with roasted apples and onions, for a terrific mid-week treat. Margot makes scrumptious shrimp and tomatoes over soft polenta. It takes minutes to make a fresh tomato sauce for the quick shrimp saute. Pour over a bed of creamy, buttery polenta ... and dinner is served. Emma uses the extra polenta for broiled polenta with mushroom ragout. Filling and satisfying, it's a perfect ending to a week's worth of meals made from a one-stop-shop.
Steaks Made Easy (Episode #311)
KQED Life: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
The cooks tested different cuts of steak and came up with exciting flavors and techniques suited for each one. John mixes a zesty marinade for spicy lime-marinated skirt steak served with chili-roasted sweet potato wedges. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is parsnips. Sarah shows viewers how to roast a quick batch of parsnip fries to go with a tender, juicy sauteed shell steak. Allie shows how to make a chili-rubbed skirt steak and serves it with a light crisp salad. Margot makes a strawberry tart topped with creamy cheese spread. Lucinda recommends the best red and white wines for today's dishes.
Roasting (Episode #401)
KQED Life: Thu, Nov 18, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Roasting is a quick and efficient method of intensifying flavors. This episode features roasted meats, vegetables, fish and fruit. Allie roasts butternut squash, new potatoes, carrots and onions for a vegetable medley that then becomes the star of pizza with roasted fall vegetables and ricotta. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is Brussels sprouts. Lucinda roasts them in the oven with fresh salmon fillets. For a quick and comforting "Cooking for One" meal, Emma prepares roasted chicken with new potatoes and arugula. Sarah wows everyone with roasted pork, seasoned with a zesty spice rub, and black-eyed pea salad. For dessert, Margot prepares stone fruit baked with fresh rosemary and lime juice, spooned over vanilla ice cream.
Quick Chicken Meals (Episode #310)
KQED Life: Fri, Nov 12, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Chicken is the go-to meat for any occasion. The cooks are always on the lookout for fresh, innovative ways to prepare quick chicken meals. Lucinda makes roast chicken with ginger, chili and lime. Gingered sugar snap peas complete this meal. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is mango chutney. Sarah uses this spicy condiment for chicken satay with peanut chutney sauce. Margot's making tangy teriyaki chicken wings served with broccoli rice as a quick and easy chicken dinner for one. For a modern take on a bar-food classic, Allie tosses buffalo chicken strips with a creamy blue cheese salad. John shows how to make chocolate coconut macaroon cups in minutes.
Make Ahead, Serve Anytime (Episode #303)
KQED Life: Wed, Nov 3, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
This episode presents tasty ideas to make ahead - no-fuss dishes to make in advance, like chicken Caesar salad. John shows how to assemble the ingredients ahead and toss them together at the last moment for maximum taste and crunch. Allie is getting ahead in the kitchen with Tex-Mex beef enchiladas. Double the recipe and bake half tonight and tuck the other half in the freezer for an impromptu Mexican dinner party. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is tahini. Sarah uses this rich sesame spread for homemade hummus and shows how to garnish it with feta, olives and pita bread in a Middle Eastern platter. Margot is assembling peppery arugula, thinly sliced salami and smooth cream cheese for the lunchbox. Healthy and satisfying, salami and cream cheese sandwiches can easily be made the night before.. Lucinda layers chewy chocolate brownies with creamy coconut macaroons for black-bottom coconut bars, a decadent indulgence.
Kid-Friendly, Mom Approved (Episode #305)
KQED Life: Fri, Nov 5, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Kids love food that's colorful and easy to handle. It should be fun and healthy too. The kid-friendly, mom-approved recipes start with Lucinda's healthy version of a fast-food classic: easy-to-make chicken fingers with two dipping sauces. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is acorn squash, which Allie uses in a lasagna that kids of all ages will love. Margot shows viewers how to make and store a healthy and quick afternoon snack: cereal mixed with olive oil and parmesan. For a kid-friendly dessert that adults will love, too, Sarah whips up a batch of easy grape gelatins. No mystery ingredients or artificial colors, just pure grape flavor and a vivid hue. Sarah shows viewers how to make moist and flavorful turkey burgers.
From The Pantry to the Plate (Episode #313)
KQED Life: Wed, Nov 17, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
This episode shares great ideas for recipes that move quickly from the pantry to the table. Allie shows how easy it is to prepare spaghetti carbonara. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is lentils. They add earthy flavor to a hearty, tossed pasta with lentils and arugula. Lucinda transforms canned pineapple and just two other ingredients into refreshing pineapple pops. Sarah prepares a treat for chocolate lovers: fudgy brownies and chocolate cream soda - two sweet treats that are easy to make. John rolls up bean burritos with ingredients that are in most pantries.
Fresh Food Fast (Episode #306)
KQED Life: Mon, Nov 8, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
The cooks make fresh food fast by using ingredients found in most pantries. Allie tosses together a simple and delicious shrimp, tomato and basil pasta. Today's "Have You Tried" ingredient is edamame; Margot stirs these emerald green soybeans with bacon and potatoes in a creamy corn chowder. Cooking for one tonight? Sarah shows viewers how to make fantastic flounder with tomato onion ragout, and John demonstrates how easy it is to assemble coconut cream tarts. Lucinda shares a recipe for basil pesto and teaches viewers how to store it in the freezer.
Food for a Crowd (Episode #404)
KQED Life: Tue, Nov 23, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Lucinda creates a festive taco bar where everyone can assemble his or her own shredded pork tacos. A big pot of spicy pork is surrounded with toasted tortillas, Mexican cheese queso fresco and a crunchy slaw with radishes. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is phyllo dough. Sarah uses these paper-thin sheets to wrap an elegant ground-beef pie. Emma prepares mango guacamole and fresh plum tomato salsa using ingredients already found in the pantry so that "Quick Bites" can be had in minutes. Allie layers buttery pound cake with fresh raspberries, jam and fluffy whipped cream in the show-stopping grand raspberry trifle. Margot makes big batches of chocolate-covered pretzels, a sweet-and-salty snack that's great to have on hand for surprise visitors.
Fast with Five (Episode #403)
KQED Life: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Today's recipes get the cook in and out of the kitchen fast. Each of the recipes has only five ingredients. Sarah starts with London broil with crispy potatoes and peppers. Tender, juicy steak is rubbed with paprika and accompanied by potatoes that are soft inside but browned to a delicious crisp outside. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is goat cheese. Emma adds this soft, luscious cheese to pasta with roasted asparagus. Lucinda's lamb chops with tomato-artichoke saute and pistachio sauce may sound complicated, but the flavors are clean and simple. Sarah introduces some exotic flavors to weeknight dinner with curried chicken legs with carrots and rice. Even dessert can be made with just five ingredients. Allie's decadent flourless chocolate cake has a crunchy crust with a moist, fudgy interior.
Everyday Elegance (Episode #402)
KQED Life: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Allie delights everyone with steak with wine sauce and potato gratin. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is hazelnuts. Their distinct, rich flavor and fantastic crunch are perfect for Sarah's scallops with hazelnut brown butter, served with crisp lemon green beans on the side. In "Cooking for Two," Margot prepares lamb chops with mint sauce and mushrooms. Emma bakes festive and delicious frosted chocolate buttermilk cupcakes. When company comes, it's time for some "Quick Bites." Lucinda prepares two fast, no-cook recipes: smoked salmon on thick-cut potato chips and herbed bocconcini.
Effortless Gourmet (Episode #312)
KQED Life: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Fancy cooking doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming. With good ingredients and smart ideas, anyone can quickly make gourmet food right in their own kitchen. Sarah grills lamb chops with yogurt sauce. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is rhubarb. Allie sautes these ruby stalks for pork chops with rhubarb cherry sauce. She serves them with sugar snap peas with mint. It takes just three ingredients - mint, garlic and oregano - to light up an herb-rubbed salmon steak. John pairs it with zucchini and cherry tomatoes for a Greek-inspired dinner for one. Lucinda prepares a butterscotch banana split. For a light dessert, Margot teaches viewers how to poach pears in the microwave and dress them up with a quick warm vanilla cream sauce.
Easy Weekend Entertaining (Episode #309)
KQED Life: Thu, Nov 11, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Weekend entertaining should be relaxing and fun. Allie shows viewers how easy it is to make Canadian bacon strata - a big baked omelet full of English muffins, Canadian bacon and cheese. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is ricotta cheese. Sarah uses this creamy cheese to make light and fluffy orange ricotta pancakes. For a healthy alternative, Margot shows viewers yogurt with strawberries and honey. Lucinda layers the rich batter of a sour cream coffee cake with a crumbly cinnamon-walnut mix. She also makes refreshing ginger grapefruit spritzers - a sparkling addition to any brunch menu.
Easy Comfort Foods (Episode #304)
KQED Life: Thu, Nov 4, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Today, comfort food favorites are made easier and tastier, starting with macaroni and cheese. Lucinda combines two different cheeses and spices things up with just a hint of cayenne pepper. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is buttermilk. Margot makes crunchy buttermilk baked chicken and serves it with a side of creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes. John prepares a tasty, healthy breakfast sandwich, which is quick and easy. For the ultimate comfort food fix, Allie is making chocolate bread pudding, using cinnamon raisin bread to soak up every last drop of chocolate custard. And nothing beats convenience comfort food. Sarah shows viewers that classic tomato soup is a breeze to make. Stored in the freezer, this comfort food will always be within reach.
Dinners in a Dash (Episode #301)
KQED Life: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Lucinda starts with chili-rubbed skirt steak with a side of polenta rounds and red cabbage salad that take only minutes to make. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is prosciutto. Margot uses this Italian favorite to put a tasty twist on an American classic: a prosciutto, lettuce and tomato sandwich. For the "Cooking for One" segment, Allie prepares delicious chicken with artichokes - a hearty, one-pot meal of sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and scallions, served over Israeli couscous. John fires up the grill for grilled lamb chops and vegetable kebobs. It's a taste of summer that can be enjoyed any time of the year. And Sarah stacks up almond orange shortbread. This versatile cookie dough freezes well and takes only minutes to bake.
Breakfast Time (Episode #409)
KQED Life: Tue, Nov 30, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
EF has created five fantastic breakfast dishes that are quick and easy to pull off during the busy work week. First up, Allies teaches viewers how to make the tastiest, fluffiest basic omelet. And they'll love learning about all the different fillings that can be used. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is carrot juice, which Sarah uses in frothy mango-carrot smoothies and as the secret ingredient in moist ginger-carrot bread. Emma prepares steel-cut oats that are nuttier, tastier and healthier than prepackaged instant oatmeal. Lucinda prepares a breakfast worth lingering over - apricot-stuffed French toast. Puffy pieces of toast are filled with apricot preserves and cream cheese. They're served with a colorful tropical fruit salad. Margot makes whole wheat raisin biscotti.
The Best Burgers (Episode #405)
KQED Life: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Allie teaches viewers how to make perfect beef burgers, from the type of ground beef to use to some clever cooking tricks for keeping them moist and flavorful. Crunchy corn salad is the perfect side dish. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is bulgur. Margot uses this nutty, chewy ingredient in veggie burgers, adding pinto beans, scallions and carrots for extra flavor, and slathering them with tahini mayonnaise. Lucinda whips up a cold potato salad with sour cream and scallions that's a great side for any burger. Sarah makes tandoori-style chicken burgers with warming spices like fresh ginger, cardamom and cumin. Tucked into pita pockets, they're served with a cooling cumin yogurt sauce. Emma bakes up melt-in-your-mouth giant chocolate chip cookies - the perfect end to any burger meal.
Asian 101 (Episode #406)
KQED Life: Tue, Nov 9, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Lucinda unwraps the secret to chicken stir-fry wraps, a light and healthy dinner that's as much fun to put together as it is to eat. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is wonton wrappers. Margot demonstrates how easy they are to use and how much fun it is to make a delicious golden batch of pot stickers. Sarah prepares an Asian noodle salad that's perfect for the lunchbox. Allie makes a Chinese classic - orange beef stir fry - and Emma ends the meal on a sweet note with crisp and light almond cookies.
- KQED Life: Thu, Nov 25, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Around The World (Episode #407)
KQED Life: Fri, Nov 26, 2010 -- 11:30 AM
Today's recipes represent some of the world's most respected cuisines. Lucinda begins with pastitsio, a hearty Greek casserole of cinnamon-flavored ground lamb, baked pasta and a creamy Parmesan sauce. Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is chipotle in adobo. Emma uses this everyday Latin-American staple in meatballs in chipotle sauce. In today's "Cooking for One," Sarah prepares a fast-cooking Moroccan chicken, sweetened with honey, warmed by ginger and flecked with fresh tomatoes and served on a bed of fluffy couscous. The flavors of Asia abound when Margot makes a Chinese classic - pork chops with bok choy. Allie fills the cookie jar with Mexican wedding cakes, buttery pecan and cinnamon cookies rolled in powdery confectioners' sugar.