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Sara's Weeknight Meals Previous Broadcasts

Sustainable Surf (Episode #501H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Nov 22, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

Sara is passionate about seafood, but also about eating it responsibly, without depleting the vast culinary gift the ocean offers. That's also the mission of our guest, Top Chef winner Hung Huynh. Huynh brings a favorite seafood dish with a nod to his native Vietnam - grilled shrimp and lettuce wraps, and then to pull out the stops it's his roasted branzino - a culinary experience for fish lovers!

Italian with Joey Campanaro (Episode #414H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 21, 2017 -- 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 Plus: Tue, Nov 21, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

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.

Holiday Sides (Episode #603H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 20, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

The winter is full of big family meals where you really have to be on your game to get food on the table all at once. Sara shows a little love to the unsung heroes of the big meal, the sides. She's got delicious winter vegetables like shredded butternut squash with dates, Brussels sprouts with panko breadcrumbs and a creamy tahini sauce, plus a creamy root vegetable soup that can stand on its own as a main course or serve as a first course. And for the hungry cook: apple nutmeg bites to tide you over until dinnertime. Recipes: Root vegetable soup with pita crisps, Shredded butternut squash with dates, Brussels sprouts with panko, Apple nutmeg bites.

The Bird Is The Word (Episode #419H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Nov 20, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

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.

High 5 - 5 Ingredient Mains (Episode #201H)

KQED 9: Sun, Nov 19, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

The fewer the ingredients, the faster dinner gets to the table - that's why Sara's rustled up some delicious recipes featuring only 5 ingredients, and boy are they good! Try the Roasted Salmon with Hot Mustard Cracker Topping - crunchy on the outside and oh so tender on the inside. Buffalo Rice mixes the best tastes of Buffalo chicken wings - hot sauce, blue cheese, celery, crispy chicken - in a quick and flavorful rice bowl. Sauteed Duck Breasts have an Apricot Szechuan Peppercorn Sauce that's packed with sweet and spicy flavors. And nothing could be simpler than Peppery Broccoli Pasta with Feta Cheese - a satisfying, meat-free alternative. Less is more!

Savory Dinner Pie (Episode #416H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Nov 19, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

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.

Soul of the South (Episode #607H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 17, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Sara travels to Charleston, South Carolina to learn the secrets to the legendary fried chicken of Martha Lou Gadsden of Martha Lou's Kitchen. Then she travels to Boone Plantation to learn how African American cooks have shaped Southern cooking since the days of slavery. Back in Sara's kitchen, she makes her version of a Southern classic, red beans and rice soup. Recipes: Martha Lou's southern fried chicken, Red beans and rice soup.

5 Ingredients Spells Dinner (Episode #706H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Nov 17, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

The best chefs know that beans can round out a meal with extra flavor and texture, and today we have two of the best chefs. Joey Campanaro of New York's Little Own makes an amazing salad dressing chicken with escarole and bean salad on the side, and chef Ming Tsai joins his old buddy Sara to make black bean scallops and zucchini. Then, it's a fascinating visit with an expert on raw milk cheeses Mother Noella Marcellino, a microbiologist and Benedictine nun.

Personal Pizza (Episode #708H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 16, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Everyone loves Italian and we have the best Italian recipes. First, salt baked pesce per due with braised greens, a simple but dramatic dish sure to impress from seafood expert David Pasternack. Then Philadelphia's best Italian chef Marc Vetri joins us to shop for ingredients for his father Sal's Meatballs with pizza sauce, made in Sara's kitchen. And on Ask Sara, Sara shows a viewer an amazing trick for cutting olives and cherry tomatoes.

Dinner at 8 (Episode #418H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Nov 16, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

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.

Turkish Home Cooking (Episode #310H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 15, 2017 -- 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.

Stir Fry with Grace Young (Episode #417H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Nov 15, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

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.

Meal in a Pan (Episode #413H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 14, 2017 -- 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.

Savory Dinner Pie (Episode #416H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Nov 14, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

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.

Fruit and Meat (Episode #602H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 13, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

They say opposites attract. There's something sensational about the sweetness of fruit with the savory taste of meat. Grilled pork tenderloin is a fantastic summer meal with a dressing of watermelon and cucumber. And Sara's son Sam joins her to make a family favorite, chicken with lemon and capers. It's easy and delicious. And on Ask Sara, Sara answers viewer questions on cutting herbs quickly and storing vanilla beans. Recipes: Grilled pork with watermelon cucumber salsa, Chicken with lemon and capers.

Mom's Day Off (Episode #415H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Nov 13, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

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.

Leftovers: Use It Or Lose It (Episode #710H)

KQED 9: Sun, Nov 12, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

Sara travels to Arkansas to fish for catfish with a local farmer, and discover his favorite way to prepare it. Later in the show, Sara makes peppery vegetarian rice with her friend, Chinese cooking expert Grace Young.

Budget Stretchers (Episode #412H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Nov 12, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

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.

Between The Bread (Episode #606H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 10, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

A sandwich might be the ultimate weeknight meal - hearty, portable and easy enough for anyone to make. Sara's got two great ones: her picadillo sloppy Joe with the terrific counterpoint of prunes and green olives. Surprisingly, she shows how to grind your own meat. Roasted vegetable and fresh ricotta sandwiches are another winning combo and Sara even shows how to make the ricotta. She also visits a worth bakery for bread lovers - Hot Bread Kitchen. This non-profit food incubator helps struggling women get a leg up by teaching them baking skills so they may move on to jobs at other bakeries. They sample some of their delicious bread. Recipes: Picadillo sloppy Joes, Roasted vegetable and fresh ricotta sandwiches.

Arkansas Eats (Episode #705H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Nov 10, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

Pizza started in Italy, but has become America's favorite food and today we have all kinds. Grilling expert Elizabeth Karmel joins Sara to make a blistered corn and asparagus pesto grilled pizza that's smoky and good. Sara has tips for rolling out pizza dough on Ask Sara. Then it's a kid-centric meal of pasta pizza with peanut sesame sauce.

Fish Around The World (Episode #707H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 9, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Two of our favorite things come together in this episode - pasta and one-pan meals. First, slow cooking expert Michele Scicolone shows how to make a delicious pork ragu with broken lasagna in the slow cooker. Then Sara makes a pear couscous with shellfish, and explains what pans are essential to stock a kitchen.

Italian with Joey Campanaro (Episode #414H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Nov 9, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

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.

Pantry Raid (Episode #309H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 8, 2017 -- 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.

Meal in a Pan (Episode #413H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Nov 8, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

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.

Budget Stretchers (Episode #412H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Nov 7, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 7, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

On The Table In 20 (Episode #601H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 6, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

No time to cook? No problem. Sara's got great recipes to help you get food on the table fast. First up: Indian scrambled eggs with the crunch of the Indian flatbread paapadum. On Ask Sara, Sara answers a viewer's question about eggs; especially how to hard boil them without that ugly green ring around the yolk. She also visits a dairy where every cow is a lady and is treated like one, down to a daily shampoo of her tail. Finally, Sara's brother Peter joins her to make steak and butter. And they really are making butter. It's easy! Recipes: Indian scrambled eggs with paapadum, Steak and butter.

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

KQED Plus: Mon, Nov 6, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

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.

Pasta in a Pan (Episode #709H)

KQED 9: Sun, Nov 5, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

Leftovers are a blessing, not a curse, when Sara transforms them with these simple recipes. Leftover spaghetti gets a delicious new life with bacon, eggs and breadcrumbs. Yesterday's roast chicken becomes todays comforting tomato chicken and tortilla soup. Yum.

Not Just for Kids (Episode #408H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Nov 5, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

Parents rejoice! Sara has two kid-friendly recipes, fast and easy for a weeknight, that will satisfy a picky palate but tasty and sophisticated enough to please an adult. First up: Beer Batter Shrimp, then Sara and the kids cook up Pasta Pizza. And for a lunchbox treat, there's Sara's Jiggly Orange Wedges.

Super Bowls of Soup (Super Bowl Stunt) (Episode #605H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 3, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

The big game and a cold night are both perfect times to enjoy a heart bowl of soup, like Sara's take on traditional New England chowder, her smoky fish chowder, made even more delicious with bacon. On Ask Sara, she shows ways to pack for a tailgate, including safely transporting hot soups. Then she joins Brazilian chef Leticia Moreinos Schwartz on a shopping trip to a Brazilian market before they make Leticia's chicken, shrimp, peanut and cashew stew. Soups on! Recipes: Smoky fish chowder, Chicken shrimp, peanut and cashew stew.

Double Down (Episode #704H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Nov 3, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

Good and good for you, fish is a staple in so many cuisines. Noted Indian chef Floyd Cardoz joins Sara to cook wild striped bass curry from his native Goa. Then Sara has a hearty one-pan dish of Greek shrimp, farro and greens. We'll also take to the woods to search for edible wild plants with a professional forager who sells her finds to New York's top chefs.

5 Ingredients Spells Dinner (Episode #706H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 2, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

The best chefs know that beans can round out a meal with extra flavor and texture, and today we have two of the best chefs. Joey Campanaro of New York's Little Own makes an amazing salad dressing chicken with escarole and bean salad on the side, and chef Ming Tsai joins his old buddy Sara to make black bean scallops and zucchini. Then, it's a fascinating visit with an expert on raw milk cheeses Mother Noella Marcellino, a microbiologist and Benedictine nun.

Leftover Show (Episode #410H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Nov 2, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

Embrace your leftovers with Sara's quick and clever recipes using last night's meal in an entirely new way. You'll love Tomato, Chicken and Tortilla Soup, and any kind of cooked pasta can star again in Sara's Brie, Bacon and Spaghetti Frittata.

Cook Once, Eat Twice (Episode #308H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 1, 2017 -- 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!

Cooking Ahead (Episode #409H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Nov 1, 2017 -- 7:30 AM

Sometimes the easiest way to get dinner on the table on a weeknight is to cook ahead on Sunday. Eat these hearty comfort meals on Sunday, then reheat or use them in tons of other ways during the week. Sara's got Braised Brisket with "Flying Discs" and Rice with Broccoli Rabe Pesto. Plus, she'll teach you everything you need to know about grains.

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