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Sara's Weeknight Meals Previous Broadcasts

Hot Day, Cool Kitchen (Episode #402H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jul 29, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Sometimes it's just too hot to turn on the oven. Sara's got the summertime solution with two easy heat free recipes. First, her friend chef Giuseppe Fanelli joins Sara with a terrific meal-sized Bruschetta al Tonno. Then, Sara whips up Asian Chicken Salad with Carrot Ginger Sauce. Cool off with Watermelon Screwdrivers, and life is good!

Turkish Home Cooking (Episode #310H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 28, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Every country has its own weeknight food. Sara takes a special journey to Turkey to discover how home cooks in Turkey use its abundant natural resources to cook delicious everyday meals. We'll travel to remote farms to cook from the land - Kebabs, meatballs, pumpkin fritters and quince liquor. We'll visit vibrant, bustling open-air markets with Turkey's top chefs, and go to a home in Istanbul to cook traditional Turkish weeknight meals that are as easy to make in your kitchen as they are on the Bosphorus.

Burgers and Fries (Episode #302H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 27, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

America's favorite food just gets better as Sara pursues the ultimate burger. First, a trip to the butcher for a lesson on the best grind of meat, which Sara uses in her Spanish Burgers. Sara takes a side trip to taste triple beef tallow cooked French fries at Philly's Dandelion Restaurant. Back at home, Sara makes her own version with simple Oven Baked Fries and a comfort food mash-up, Meatloaf Burgers.

Breakfast for Dinner (Episode #204H)

KQED 9: Sun, Jul 26, 2015 -- 3:00 PM

Turn the day upside down with easy egg-based meals like Indian Scrambled Eggs, infused with exotic flavors on a crispy platform of pappadam. How about a savory BLT and Egg Pie, a fun take on the lunchtime classic with an easy crust for the pastry impaired? And if you have lots of leftover vegetables, the French classic Souffled Omelet is a spectacular solution. When there's no time to cook, reach for the eggs!

Italian with Joey Campanaro (Episode #414H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 24, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Chef Joey Campanaro has such a cult following in New York City that it's impossible to get seats in his restaurant, the Little Owl. Lucky for us, he's showing us how to make those prized dishes at home. First - easy Salad Dressing Chicken with Escarole and Bean Salad. Then Grilled Scallion Dijon Lamb Chops with Parmesan Watercress and Pickled Onion.

Middle Eastern Mashup (Episode #420H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jul 23, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Lamb is the go-to meat of the Middle East and in this episode, Sara combines two favorite lamb dishes with recipes she learned on a recent trip to Turkey. She's got Lamb Chops with a Turkish Pear Salsa, plus Herbed Lamb and Feta Burgers. On top of that, an addictive Turkish Mushroom and Cheese Dip that's super fast and simple.

Mexican Cocina (Episode #401H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jul 22, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

A salute to the big spicy flavors of the Southwest with three winning recipes: first, Sara's Duck Tacos and then Spicy Mushroom Enchiladas. Finally, Sara makes a special trip to Charlotte, NC to cook with viewer Susie Trevisinno and to create one of her recipes, Dessert Fruit Tamales.

Pantry Raid (Episode #309H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 21, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Friends drop by at the last minute, but even on a weeknight, it's not a problem for Sara because she just pulls ingredients from the pantry. No need to go to the store with Linguine with White Bean, Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Sauce, decadent Nacho Pie made healthier with home-made tortilla chips and surprisingly Savory Waffles topped with a Poached Egg in Hollandaise.

Winter Comfort Food (Episode #301H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 20, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Sara gets tons of winter veggies from a farm where her nephew works and learns how they are grown in the winter months. And she uses them for Root Vegetable Latkes paired with Smoked Fish Chowder - perfect for a cold and rainy day.

Meal in a Pan (Episode #413H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 17, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

What's faster and easier than cooking a meal in one pan? Sara shares this secret for weeknight success with two flavorful recipes: A beautiful Yellow Squash Soup, and a fast but elegant Pearl Couscous with Shellfish.

The Bird Is The Word (Episode #419H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jul 16, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Who doesn't like chicken? In a salute to our favorite bird, Sara presents two of her most loved recipes: White Bean Chicken Chili and Angry Chicken, cooked with special guest, Top Chef's Dale Talde.

Dinner for Two (Episode #220H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jul 15, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Shopping and cooking for two has its own challenges, but Sara has tips and tricks to make these intimate dinners both easy and romantic. Chicken Saltimbocca with Artichoke Sauce is so elegant yet so easy - thin strips of chicken, sage and prosciutto enveloped in a creamy Marsala-based artichoke sauce. Eggs Baked in Red Wine is a cozy, classic French recipe, perfect for dinner by the fireplace. And end the meal with a Warm Chocolate Cheesecake that's simply seductive.

Cook Once, Eat Twice (Episode #308H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 14, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Sara's easy strategy for quick meals is to cook once, eat twice. Spicy Roast Pork is a simple and delicious meal any night, but a visit with her brother to a Vietnamese food joint inspires Sara to turn that pork into delectable pork Banh Mi Sandwiches later in the week. Sauteed Duck Breasts one night become delicious Peking Duck Wraps the next. Magic!

Latin All-Stars with Maricel Presilla (Episode #219H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 13, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Famed Latin American chef and food historian Maricel Presilla shares her favorite dishes and cooking techniques with Sara. Her Zucchini Cuban-Style Cherry Tomato Sofrito with Almond Cacao Picada is vegetarian, but satisfying enough for die hard carnivores. A thick and hearty Mayan Turkey Stew has the unique taste of tomatillos and tortillas on the side. And Maricel's signature Braised Pork with Greens features the best of Latin American cooking!

Budget Stretchers (Episode #412H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 10, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Spending less doesn't mean less flavor or less healthy. Sara shows tricks for using inexpensive ingredients in big ways for inexpensive, but delicious meals like a Greens and Potato Pie and tasty Italian Onion Soup with a poached egg floating on the top.

Dinner at 8 (Episode #418H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jul 9, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Entertaining is easy with Sara's elegant but super simple recipes, even if your only guests are your immediate family on a weeknight. Try her Duck with Gingered Grape Sauce for an impressive entree, and, for food that's fun, you can't go wrong with the fabulously interactive Japanese Beef Fondue.

Appetizers for Dinner (Episode #218H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jul 8, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

It's Super Bowl time, and for the big game try appetizers - simple foods you can eat with your hands. Sara's got Chorizo Chicken Wings with a secret ingredient - guys will love 'em! Asian-Style Pork Sliders combine juicy pork with the cool crunch of fresh veggies. Beer Batter Shrimp is super crispy yet light and marries well with a zesty Asian dipping sauce. These simple foods deserve a classic drink, Old Fashioned Egg Creams, straight from the deli and into your home.

A Trip to Brazil W/Leticia Moreinos Schwartz (Episode #307H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 7, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

The flavors of Brazil come alive as Brazilian chef Leticia Moreinos Schwartz takes Sara to some of her favorite bodegas and Brazilian neighborhoods in Connecticut. They return to prepare traditional Salt Cod with Bacon, Onions, Eggs and Potatoes plus Chicken, Shrimp, Peanut and Cashew Stew.

Carnivores Unite! (Episode #217H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 6, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

We get it: most of America runs on beef, pork and chicken. So today, Sara's got meat and lots of it. Sara marries the juicy burger marries with Korean barbecue for her special Korean Burgers. She'll even show you how to grind your own meat, no special tools needed. Hey "porkitarians," Buttermilk-Fried Pork Chops have two great things going for them - they're super juicy on the inside, extra crispy on the outside. And you'll love Sara's Polenta Lasagna - with crispy polenta cakes in place of traditional noodles, it's even easier and much quicker to make.

Girls at the Grill with Elizabeth Karmel (Episode #203H)

KQED 9: Sun, Jul 5, 2015 -- 3:00 PM

Women of America, pick up your tongs, put on your aprons and man the grill! It's easy with Sara's buddy, grilling expert Elizabeth Karmel, to guide you! First is an easy Chicken Paillard with Greek Farmer's Salad and Tzatziki to get the basics down. Then, pizza! This one is a Blistered Corn and Asparagus Pesto Grilled Pizza. Finally, we'll go all out with Elizabeth's famous Texas Hill Country BBQ with a universally loved finger lickin' sauce. Tonight, boys drool...grill girls rule!

Slow Cooker Meals with Michele Scicolone (Episode #411H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 3, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Michele Scicolone has elevated the humble slow cooker to an instrument of high art, and we've got two of her best recipes: Pork Ragu with Broken Lasagna and Meatball Tagine with Couscous.

Stir Fry with Grace Young (Episode #417H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jul 2, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

The Chinese have mastered the quick weeknight meal with stir fry, and the master of stir fry is Chef Grace Young. She's got two favorite recipes: Chinese-Burmese Chili Chicken and Peppery Vegetarian Rice. Both are fast, easy and delicious.

One Pot Asian Meals with Ming Tsai (Episode #216H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jul 1, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Sara's old friend Ming Tsai shares his favorite one-pot meals with an Asian twist. His Lemongrass-Coconut Chicken Soup is a perfect showcase for a tutorial on cooking with lemongrass. Black Bean Scallops and Zucchini is cooked in a wok and delicious with Ming's signature 50-50 rice. His Ginger Orange Duck "Cassoulet" brings fresh Far Eastern flavors to a traditional French dish.

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