Sara's Weeknight Meals
This series features simple but delicious recipes, beautiful photography, and most of all, the warm and engaging presence of America's favorite cooking teacher, chef Sara Moulton. The Daytime Emmy and James Beard-nominated series spotlights Sara's knack for putting flavorful, healthy, home-cooked meals on the table with minimal fuss. It contains Sara's practical tips, strategies and short cuts - from using five ingredients for cookouts and learning an easy technique for sauteeing to making enjoyable sandwiches and eating more nutritiously with salads.
Sara's Weeknight Meals Previous Broadcasts
Just 5 Ingredients (Episode #405H)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 26, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Less is more when you use just 5 ingredients: less time, less money but with Sara's easy recipes, much more flavor. Jean Anderson's Oven Fried Chicken will knock you out, and our Salmon with Wasabi Crust is just spicy enough. Finally, the elegant but easy Duck Confit with Braised Leeks and Sauerkraut.
Dinner at 8 (Episode #418H)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 25, 2016 -- 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.
Carnivores Unite! (Episode #217H)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 24, 2016 -- 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.
Winter Comfort Food (Episode #301H)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 21, 2016 -- 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.
Chicken Comfort (Episode #515H)
KQED Life: Thu, Oct 20, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
When it comes to comfort food, chicken is the number one ingredient. In fact, it's the star of Jean Anderson's fried chicken. Put away your fryer because this chicken is baked! Then, Sara comes through with a cozy winter chicken chili to warm your bones.
Vegan with Adam Sobel (Episode #404H)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 19, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Both Huffington Post and Buzzfeed named Chef Adam Sobel's Cinnamon Snail one of the Top 5 Food Trucks in America. He will reveal his secrets to Sara when he cooks Korean Barbecue Tofu Tacos as well as Ancho Chili Black Bean Potato Skins. Yum!
Stir Fry with Grace Young (Episode #417H)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 18, 2016 -- 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: Mon, Oct 17, 2016 -- 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.
Dinner for Two (Episode #220H)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 14, 2016 -- 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.
Farm to Table (Episode #514H)
KQED Life: Thu, Oct 13, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
It's Mardi Gras any time of the year with Sara's easy duck creole. And, because Louisiana's iconic cuisine is one of America's favorites, we journey to the bayou to catch some crawfish for a traditional boil with rice and plenty of spice.
Picnics and Tailgates (Episode #403H)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 12, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Food just tastes better outside, especially at sporting events, outdoor concerts and holiday celebrations. Sara's got some great choices - Homemade Beer Bread with Pulled Chicken Barbecue and Refrigerator Pickles. Then a cool, sweet and salty Two Melon Salad with Feta and Prosciutto, served with Cold Pea Soup with Shrimp and Carrot Garnish. Sara even shows you how to pack it all for an outdoor feast.
Savory Dinner Pie (Episode #416H)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 11, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Dinner is in the pan with Sara's Dinner Pies: savory meat and vegetables enclosed in a hearty crust. We've got BLT Pie, a twist on the popular sandwich, plus use Sara's easy Pizza Dough recipe or store-bought dough for a belly-filling Broccoli Calzone.
Vegged Out (Episode #215H)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 10, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Flavorful, rich, satisfying vegetarian food? It seems impossible, but when you try these heart veggie entrees, you won't even miss the meat. Sara's Rustic Potato and Green Bean Pie couldn't be more filling - and versatile too. There's nothing bland about Spicy Mushroom Enchiladas, cooled off with a blanket of sour cream and avocado. We're devoted to Mu Shoo Vegetables in Pancakes with crunchy cashews and creamy eggs. Sure, vegetarian food is good for you, but who knew it could taste so good too?
Mid-East Meets West (Episode #503H)
KQED 9: Sun, Oct 9, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
Sara's guest Einat Admony of New York's Balaboosta has legions of fans for her Israeli/Mediterranean cuisine, and she's bringing it to our kitchen with a traditional sinaya - a Middle Eastern shepherd's pie. We'll discover more about Einat's fascinating background, including a stint in the Israeli Army. Also on the menu, one of Sara's favorites - falafel salad.
Latin All-Stars with Maricel Presilla (Episode #219H)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 7, 2016 -- 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!
Build A Better Burge (Episode #513H)
KQED Life: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
It's everything you wanted to know about burgers, plus two delicious recipes. Sara's turkey spinach burger is a light but succulent version of the American standard, while her Spanish burger puts an international spin on an old favorite. We'll discover the best grind of meat for burgers from a venerable Philadelphia butcher, and while we're there Sara discovers the secret to great fries at Philly's Dandelion Restaurant.
Hot Day, Cool Kitchen (Episode #402H)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 5, 2016 -- 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!
Mom's Day Off (Episode #415H)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 4, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Give Mom a break for a day with Sara's easy but elegant recipes, with step-by-step instructions even cooking novices (like Dad and the kids) can master in a snap. She's got a delicious Cheese Sandwich Souffle and then Mini Meatloaves, cooked individually in muffin tins.
Mi Famiglia: Italian Family Style with Giuseppe Fanelli (Episode #214H)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 3, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Guiseppe Fanelli is the chef of one of Sara's favorite Italian restaurants, Tre Dici, and today he shares home-style Italian recipes like Bruschetta al Tonno - a simple and delicious tuna bruschetta. His Agnello Scottadito with Heirloom Tomato Salad mixes tender lamb with the freshness of a homegrown tomato salad. And of course, there's pasta. This has Pesto, String Beans and Potatoes. Bellissimo!
Fan Fare (Episode #502H)
KQED 9: Sun, Oct 2, 2016 -- 3:00 PM
Tailgating is even more enjoyable with a fun, substantial and easy to make sandwich, along with portable salads and desserts. Sara's kielbasa sandwiches with kim chi and cheddar is a crazy mash up of cultures, but it works deliciously. She takes them to a rowing regatta to eat with friends and cheer on the team. Then, Sara's chorizo chicken wings are perfect for a game day meal, especially with her version of egg cream. And, in Ask Sara, we've got simple tips for packing a picnic!