Sara's Secrets for Weeknight Meals
Heeding the pleas of modern multitasking home cooks, Television Food Network’s Sara Moulton returns with 200 delicious and quick main dishes, sides, and desserts for busy workweek dinners.
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As the host of Cooking Live and Sara’s Secrets, the food
editor of Good Morning America, and the bestselling author
of Sara Moulton Cooks at Home, Sara Moulton is one of this
country’s most popular and accessible celebrity chefs. It
was while touring the U.S. promoting her first book, in
fact, that Sara's fans begged her for fast, tasty, and
wholesome weeknight entrees. She realized that she, too,
had a need for those kinds of dishes, which was all her
busy schedule would allow. In writing this book, Sara
rethought dinner itself, so that mealtimes no longer
featured the same predictable recipes. Instead she
offers “breakfast for dinner” or hearty soups or
sandwiches. The result is a cookbook filled with easy and
popular ethnic dishes to spice up the repertoire, her own
versions of American classics, dishes to whip up from
pantry staples as well as supermarket salad bar and deli
items, and slow-cooking recipes for leisurely weekends.
With recipes that will satisfy taste buds as well as time
constraints, Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals covers the
spectrum from entree salads (Thai-style Steak Salad with
Spicy Mint Dressing), substantial sandwiches (Scampi
Heroes), hearty soups for supper (Creamy Cauliflower Soup
with Chorizo and Greens), breakfast foods for dinner
(Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Fried Eggs), pasta
(Quick Asparagus Lasagna), seafood (Steamed Mussels in
Curried Coconut Broth), vegetable plates (Exotic Mushroom
Pot Pie), meat dishes (Meatloaf Burgers), double-duty
dishes (leftover rice in Cheatin' Jambalaya), weekend
dishes to cook ahead (Slow-cooked Chinese Spareribs),
recipes that either can be put together in no time with
prepared supermarket ingredients (Crispy Polenta Slices
with Gorgonzola and Leeks) or from a well-stocked pantry
(Linguine with White Bean, Sun-dried Tomato, and Olive
Sauce), to delectable desserts (Chocolate Bread Pudding,
Gingerbread Pancakes with Butterscotch Apples, Nectarine
and Plum Upside-down Cake).
Recipes include hands-on cooking time and total cooking
time as well as suggestions for side-dish pairings. Twenty-
four beautiful color photos, warm and friendly headnotes,
and lots of Sara's tips and shortcuts (including advice on
stocking a pantry, basic recipes, simple sides, quick
sauces, and mail-order sources) make this another cookbook
for Sara’s fans to cherish.
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