I may have never discovered the cooking videos of Everyday Food editor Sarah Carey if it wasn't for my friend's kids, who are huge fans. But it took the enthusiastic insistence of a six and eight year old to finally guide me to watch Sarah Carey's short, charming, and very informative video recipes.
The fact that I hadn't heard of these videos before now is a bit embarrassing because besides being a huge cooking video watcher, I make my living writing about food so I'm supposed to be on top of these things. But now I'm hooked. Do you know who Sarah Carey is and do your kids watch her, too?
Maybe it's her crazy mop of bright red curls or her energetic, friendly, and occasionally goofy way of presenting, but kids sure think that Sarah Carey is cool. I think this is great because getting kids interested in cooking, especially the good, simple, from-scratch cooking that Carey does, is a sure way to help them form good eating habits. Plus, I'm a big fan of having kids participate in cooking the family meal and having a role model like Carey really encourages this.
Just in case you're worried that she's too kid friendly, be assured that Sarah Carey's food and cooking has just as much appeal for adults. There are almost 350 video recipes available in the Everyday Food's easy to search archives (or on their YouTube channel). Here you will find recipes for Quick Roasted Chicken with Potatoes, Onions, and Watercress; Fennel-Crusted Pork; and Shrimp Po'boys. There's also dishes like Vietnamese Steak and Asparagus Salad; Barley Salad with Chicken and Corn; and even easy French Macarons.
Carey's style may be playful but it's clear that she's a well-informed, experienced cook. On occasion she may make a small mistake or fumble with something but that only makes these video recipes more authentic and appealing. The recipes are classic Everyday Food: fairly quick and easy, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients that you can pick up at most grocery stores.
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