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Sara's Weeknight Meals Previous Broadcasts

Carnivores Unite! (Episode #217H)

KQED Life: Fri, Mar 27, 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.

Picnics and Tailgates (Episode #403H)

KQED Life: Thu, Mar 26, 2015 -- 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.

The Bird Is The Word (Episode #419H)

KQED Life: Wed, Mar 25, 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.

Gone Fishin' with David Pasternack (Episode #212H)

KQED Life: Tue, Mar 24, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Seafood expert David Pasternack, from New York's fish temple Esca, shows why he loves food with fins with three favorite recipes from his arsenal: Fettuccine with Rock Shrimp, Corn and Jalapeno; Grilled Mahi Mahi with Panella and Chickpeas and Salt-Baked Pesce per Due with Braised Greens. Cooking fish this way makes it easy and accessible.

Turkish Home Cooking (Episode #310H)

KQED Life: Mon, Mar 23, 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.

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

KQED Life: Fri, Mar 20, 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.

Hot Day, Cool Kitchen (Episode #402H)

KQED Life: Thu, Mar 19, 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!

Two for One (Episode #202H)

KQED Life: Wed, Mar 18, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

To truly save time in the kitchen, Sara's got a simple solution: cook once, eat two completely different meals. Her Grilled Lamb Chop with Steak Butter is fantastic on its own, but it makes a second meal special when the lamb is ground into Herbed Lamb and Feta Burgers. Peruvian Baked Chicken Thighs are going to be a hit with your family. Who knew they could be reincarnated so successfully into Chicken and Tomatillo Salsa Nachos? Genius!

Locavore In Napa with Joey Altman (Episode #211H)

KQED Life: Tue, Mar 17, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Sara travels to a beautiful vineyard in Napa, California to cook farm fresh meals locally sourced with Bay Area chef Joey Altman. They whip up Grilled Salmon, Arugula & Grilled Corn Salad and Sweet Pea & Avocado Crostini. With Grilled Duck Breast, Honey-Roasted Carrots, Farro-Herb Salad and Cider Jus, the best of the farm is on the plate.

Pantry Raid (Episode #309H)

KQED Life: Mon, Mar 16, 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.

Vegged Out (Episode #215H)

KQED Life: Fri, Mar 13, 2015 -- 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?

Mexican Cocina (Episode #401H)

KQED Life: Thu, Mar 12, 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.

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

KQED Life: Wed, Mar 11, 2015 -- 12:30 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!

Holiday Food Gifts (Episode #210H)

KQED Life: Tue, Mar 10, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

A thoughtful gift you make yourself speaks volumes, and food is the present everyone loves! Sara releases your creative spirit by teaching how to make Homemade Marshmallows with a Hot Chocolate Mix. For the wine enthusiast, her Homemade Cheese Crackers pair beautifully with some cheese and wine. Peppermint Bark looks very expensive but couldn't be easier to make. As an added bonus, we'll have creative packaging ideas that will make your gifts everyone's favorites.

Cook Once, Eat Twice (Episode #308H)

KQED Life: Mon, Mar 9, 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!

Mi Famiglia: Italian Family Style with Giuseppe Fanelli (Episode #214H)

KQED Life: Fri, Mar 6, 2015 -- 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!

Turkish Home Cooking (Episode #310H)

KQED Life: Thu, Mar 5, 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.

Dinner at 8 (Episode #418H)

KQED Life: Wed, Mar 4, 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.

Soups On! (Episode #209H)

KQED Life: Tue, Mar 3, 2015 -- 12:30 PM

Hearty soups are meals in themselves, and Sara's are both substantial and easy to make. There's a cool Seafood Gazpacho, loaded with juicy shrimp and crab with a little kick of heat. Nothing warms the belly more than the New Orleans-inspired Red Beans and Rice Soup with smoky ham. And for some winter sunshine, you can't beat Sunny Squash Soup, as yellow as the sun with a crispy fried zucchini garnish. Soup - it's a tasty bowl of comfort!

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

KQED Life: Mon, Mar 2, 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.

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