Sara and I used to work together at the Real Simple magazine test kitchen when we were at Time, Inc. in NYC. Yet another amazing person I feel fortunate to have shared time with. Note: The following is an excerpt from The Good Neighbor Cookbook website which she co-authored. She is now working at doitDelicious.com and occasionally making headlines in The Enquirer as Jerry Seinfeld's love interest (for real not for real)...
Sara is very aware of the irony that she is coauthor of The Good Neighbor Cookbook yet lives in a 46-floor high-rise in New York City, where she knows barely a handful of neighbors. In her defense, she has spent her adult life cooking for others, first as a restaurant owner/chef, then as a recipe developer/food stylist for Real Simple magazine. She is currently food/web director atdoitDelicious.com, a website for beginner cooks. You can also view her work at saraquessenberry.tumblr.com.
Kitchen equipment I can’t do without: My grandma’s 70 year-old cast iron skillet.
Go-to dinner favorites: Fall: roasted cauliflower and sage pasta. Winter: roasted chicken with lots of lemon and garlic. Spring: lamb chops and mint sauce. Summer: sliced tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, basil and grilled bread.
What I most love to cook: dishes that simmer: pasta sauces, curries, soups, stews.
Home-alone dinner: Soft boiled egg on buttered toast. If I’m feeling fancy, maybe some broiled asparagus, too.
Dream kitchen must-have: Counter space.
Good-neighbor pledge: To cook for the sweet old ladies who live on my floor.