Minnesota chef Sara Watson cooks up a good read with her first cookbook

Somehow, in the middle of all of this, Sara Watson is the most relaxed she’s been in months.

Her restaurant, Blackboard, outside of Vergas, Minnesota, keeps her busy, as does steady catering gigs. And then there’s keeping up with her kids’ schedule. The workload is the same as any other holiday season, but one thing that’s no longer on her plate is creating a cookbook.

Watson published her first cookbook, “Cabin Chef,” late last month, a project that occupied most of the last year.

Sara Watson says squash, like this stuffed acorn squash with roasted vegetables, is good year-round. Photo courtesy of Scott Thuen / Special to The Forum

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Watson loves cookbooks and had discussed the idea of creating their own with her husband, fellow chef Eric Watson, who said it would be a lot of work on top of their day jobs.

The culinary power couple started out with a catering company, then opened their own restaurants, Mezzaluna in Fargo and Rustica in

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