Sweet Potato and Grilled Corn Salad with spicy cilantro dressing

This recipe was the most similar to foods I cooked prior to starting Sara’s book. Sweet potatoes, corn, and black beans are a delicious combination. The cilantro dressing did take this recipe to the next level for us. Derek took the leftovers for lunch the rest of the week. It’s in the side dish chapter,…

Speedy Korean Chicken Noodle Soup

It’s time to start tackling some of the recipes that I feel less comfortable with, starting with this one. I needed kimchi. In the cookbook there is a recipe for making your own kimchi, but I don’t feel ready to go there yet. I did know what kimchi is, but I have never had it….

Smashed Crispy Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem artichokes. Also known as sunchokes. Yep, I had no idea what these were. I had to go to our specialty food store to find them and it took me asking two people before I finally located them in the produce section. Here is one pound of Jerusalem artichokes – actually not an artichoke at…

Blasted Chicken

I’ve roasted many a chicken in the oven before, but Sara’s “blasted” chicken cooks at a super high temperature. This created a crispy skin and a juicy inside. As I set the table I realized I didn’t make anything with a sauce to accompany this chicken, but we didn’t need it. It was delicious on…

Skillet Borscht with Meatballs

This recipe is in the meal in one pan chapter and it is easy to see why. It was hearty and tangy and filling. Sara’s comments say her husband can eat borscht hot or cold. My husband and I both agreed we couldn’t eat it cold, but it was a good dish piping hot! page…

Country Pork Soup with cornmeal dumplings

If you like ham, make this soup. It was packed with pork flavor. A hearty soup to make when the weather outside is cold. Simmering away before removing the ham bone. The cornmeal dumplings on top cooked up as a nice cornbread complement. That process reminded me of watching my mom make chicken and dumplings…

Lemony Carrot “Fettuccine” with toasted pistachios

This final recipe looked nothing like the picture in the book. I definitely need a do-over on this one. First of all, I didn’t have the proper tool. I tried using a hand-held vegetable peeler, but the pieces were way too thin. So I got out my mandolin and used the slicer blade, but those…

Sautéed Fish Fillets with creamy mustard-tarragon sauce

This was a tasty fish dish. My sauce ended up much thicker than it was supposed to (and as it looked in the picture) but that did not negatively impact the taste. I enjoyed this dish and will make it again. I especially liked the tarragon flavor. There are directions for how to make a…

Roasted Cabbage with warm bacon-and-blue cheese dressing

Delicious! I’m not sure how healthy this dish is (even with a wedge of cabbage) but it has a roasted vegetable covered in blue cheese and bacon. Yes, I will order that! If you also like that combination of food, this recipe will not disappoint. page 299