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Weeknight Kitchen with Melissa Clark

Weeknight Kitchen with Melissa Clark takes on one of the biggest dilemmas of busy people: what are we going to eat? In each episode, you’ll join cookbook author and New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark in her kitchen, working through one of her favorite recipes and offering helpful advice for both beginners and seasoned cooks. It’s a practical guide for weeknight eating, from the makers of The Splendid Table. Follow along and get more recipes at weeknightkitchen.org. Produced by American Public Media.

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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There Are Always Eggs

Melissa comes home to an empty refrigerator save for eggs, scallions and some sad sage, and ends up showing us an amazing recipe and technique for Olive Oil Fried Eggs with Scallions, Sage and Turkish Red Pepper.

13mins

11 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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Sheet Pan Magic

In this episode, Melissa explains why the sheet pan is a game-changer for home cooks with a simple recipe for Harissa Chicken with Leeks, Potatoes & Yogurt.

19mins

4 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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Top Chef's Gail Simmons Stops By

Melissa’s friend and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons stops by to work through a recipe she first tasted in Bali. Her Shrimp and Grapefruit Salad with Ginger-Chili Dressing is simple and absolutely delicious. Plus, the secret to super-flavorful poached shrimp, how to make a grapefruit multitask, and the importance of an ice bath. Gail’s latest book is Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes From a Life of Adventurous Eating.

19mins

2 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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Up Your Chicken Game

Melissa tells us how to change our weeknight chicken game with one technique, spatchcocking, and puts it to work with her recipe for Chicken and Grapes with Sherry Vinegar. Also, to rinse or not to rinse your raw chicken, why you should be excited about gizzards and necks, how to help get crispy skin, and an essential lesson in how to make a pan sauce. Equipment Used in This Episode: Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears, Marble Mortar and Pestle Set, Nordic Ware Sheet Pans, Silicone Oven Mitts.

16mins

9 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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Shredded What?

You will not believe what happens to a block of extra-firm tofu when you shred it on a grater. Melissa’s recipe for Shredded Tofu with Spicy Ground Chicken and Edamame comes together in less than 15 minutes and is a master technique for the weeknight cook. The ground chicken is a seasoning here, not the main event and a good lesson in how paying attention to the details of an ingredient, here the texture, can change the way you use it. Also, other unexpected ideas for shredded tofu, the importance of heating a pan before sautéing – and stop stirring! Related Links: Heidi Swanson books, Cuisinart Boxed grater, All-Clad classic 3-quart, 10 1/2-inch, straight-sided sauté pan with lid

11mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #5