#RRWhatchaEatin featured cook of the week: @delish_thoughts

Written on April 16, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week” to appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.

 

Blogger and Instagram user, @delish_thoughts is giving us some serious food envy! Her beautiful photo of brunch time huevos rancheros definitely displays the epitome of the #RRWhatchaEatin challenge. We would love to dive into this dish right now! For more of her gorgeous photos and recipes, check out her food blog here.

 

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Technique Tuesday: Preserved Lemon

Written on April 15, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

A Moroccan pantry staple, preserved lemons are traditionally made by brining the whole fruit in lemon juice with plenty of salt. After a few weeks, the citrus becomes super soft and entirely edible. If you can’t find preserved lemons at a specialty-food store, you can make them at home. To get the same results in a fraction of the time, try our genius test kitchen shortcut from our recipe for Moroccan Lemon-Herb Chicken Skewers. Removing the peel from the lemon and cooking it in a salty solution re-creates the intense flavor and satiny texture of slow-cured preserves in just 10 minutes.

 

HOW-TO: In a small skillet, combine 1/4 cup thin lemon peel strips, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and 1 tablespoon salt. Cover and simmer until the peel is tender, about 10 minutes. Drain. Tip: Use your preserved lemon to brighten up all sorts of dishes. Below are some of our suggestions.

MUDDLE with fresh lemon juice and simple syrup, then top with some club soda for a sparkling preserved lemonade.

 

FINELY CHOP with fresh parsley and garlic and toss with EVOO and pasta or with roasted carrots.

 

WHISK with white wine vinegar, EVOO and a touch of honey for a vinaigrette. Toss with leafy greens or a three bean salad.

 

PUREE with room temperature butter in a food processor. Serve with hot rolls or put a pat on top of grilled fish.

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Takeout Made Meatless

Written on April 14, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

When you’re stuck in a dinner rut, your first instinct might be to pick up the phone and order takeout. But there’s no need when you can make your same restaurant favorites right in your own kitchen! These takeout recipes are easy to follow and can be on your table in the same amount of time it takes to call for delivery. Even on Meatless Monday, you can make restaurant-quality dishes at home.

 

Craving Thai food? Our Veggie Pad Thai is full of veggies and flavor without all the extra salt or fat!

 

How about Italian? Crispy coated eggplant rounds are baked instead of fried in our Cheesy Eggplant Parm.

 

More in the mood for Mexican? Rach’s Seven-Layer Burritos are full of protein-packed ingredients like refried beans and avocados so you won’t miss the meat!

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Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

Written on April 12, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

It seems as though every day is some sort of food holiday, but today is definitely at the top of our list of ones worth celebrating: It’s National Grilled Cheese Day! Whether you’re a grilled cheese purist or the sandwich version of Jackson Pollock, there’s a recipe for just about everyone. We love grilled cheese because it’s super quick to put together and no matter what you have in your kitchen, you’re bound to find a delicious combination of ingredients. We love adding hearty veggies, a mixture of cheeses and even fruit preserves to our sammies. From classic to crazy, try some of our best recipes for lunch or dinner (or both!) today:

 

Basic Grilled Cheese

 

Turkey & Grape Grilled Cheese

 

Eggplant-Parm Grilled Cheese

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Fast Idea Friday: Apple-Cheddar Fondue

Written on April 11, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

If there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that cheese fondue will never go out of style. It’s been circulating restaurants and kitchens alike since the 1960′s, and seeing as there’s nothing quite like a bubbling pot of gooey cheese, we don’t see it going out of style any time soon. If you’re looking for an excuse to get cheesy, look no further: It’s National Cheese Fondue Day! Friday night is the perfect time to kick back and relax around a pot of fondue (in, nonetheless, Rachael Ray’s Fondue Set — use the code MAGFREE for free shipping!). So grab your bread, veggies, fruit and some friends and make this Apple-Cheddar Fondue tonight:

 

 

Looking for the perfect pot for your fondue? Rachael Ray’s Stainless Steel 2-Quart Fondue Set is just what you need.

 

 

For a limited time only, you can receive FREE shipping on any of Rachael Ray’s best-selling products! This is an offer exclusive to our readers and will only last until April 13th. Click here for the coupon, and be sure to use the coupon code, MAGFREE, at checkout.

 

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @loccrush

Written on April 9, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week” to appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.

 

 

How adorable are these mini apple pies made by Instagram user @loccrush?! It may not be Thanksgiving or Christmas, but we think these individual tarts would satisfy just about any sweet tooth, no matter the season.

 

Keep taking those #RRWhatchaCookin and #RRWhatchaEatin photos! You, too could be featured on our blog next week!

 
 

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#trendingtuesday: Passover

Written on April 8, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

With Passover less than a week away, it’s time to start stocking up leavening-free recipes. Matzo is always a big staple in many of the meals, but rather than just slathering it in marinara sauce and cheese and calling it pizza, switch things up with recipes that utilize matzo in creative ways that won’t leave you feeling underwhelmed before the seder is even over. Treat it like bread crumbs or crackers in these dishes, and you may even find yourself making them after the eight days are over!

Matzo Meatballs

In a food processor, pulse 1 sheet matzo until it resembles dry breadcrumbs. Moisten with a splash of water. Mix with 1 lb. ground beef and a handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley. Roll into twelve 1 1/2-inch balls and bake at 400 degrees until no longer pink in the center, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with marinara sauce (and over pasta after Passover!). Serves 4.

 

 

Matzo Brei & Brie

Soak 2 sheets matzo in warm water until slightly softened, about 20 seconds. In a nonstick skillet, melt 1 tbsp. butter over medium heat. Crumble matzo into bite-size pieces and add to skillet. Add 2 beaten eggs. Cook, stirring until set, 1 to 2 minutes. Top with a handful of dried cherries and 2 oz. diced Brie. Sprinkle with chopped chives. Serves 2.

 

 

Matzo-Crusted Maple Salmon

In a resealable plastic bag, finely crush 1 sheet matzo; season with cayenne and salt. Brush 2 salmon filets (6 oz. each) with pure maple syrup. Press the matzo crumbs onto the top of the salmon to coat. Transfer to a greased baking sheet and drizzle with EVOO. Bake at 400 degrees until opaque in the center, about 10 minutes. Serves 2.

 

 

Matzo Bark

Place 3 sheets matzo in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. In a saucepan, boil 1 stick butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar, stirring until thick, 3 minutes. Pour over matzo. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Immediately top hot matzo with 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips. Let soften; spread. Top with 1/2 cup white chocolate chips. Soften in oven 1 minute. Drag toothpick over top to swirl. Chill. Serves 8.

 

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Cheers to National Beer Day!

Written on April 7, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

We know it’s only Monday, but here’s a reason crack open a cold one: It’s National Beer Day! If you’re looking for the perfect beer to take the edge off, consider one of these two appetizing ales from Founders Brewing Co.

 

 

Curmudgeon Old Ale is blended with molasses and then oak-aged for a strong, rich and malty flavor. The result is a smooth and drinkable beer, perfect for a rich dinner on a chilly spring night. But get it while you can! This beer is only offered from April to June.

 

Is light beer more your thing? Try Founders’ best-selling All Day IPA, which was developed due to the need for a full-flavored IPA with a lower ABV (only 4.7%!). What you’re left with is a complex, aromatic beer with a very clean finish. The IPA is offered year round, and is also available in 15-can packaging (the first major craft brewery to do so), which they are rightfully calling a “Brewer’s Dozen.”

 
 

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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: Radishes

Written on April 5, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

This stellar spring ingredient is meant for more than just the crudités platter! Here are just a few reasons why you should be buying it now:

 

 

The Product

There are about 100 radish varieties, ranging in size from tiny to tremendous. (The world’s heaviest, from Japan, weighed more than 68 pounds!) Some of the most common varieties (pictured above) include cherry bellies, plum purples, burpee whites, white icicles, French breakfasts, watermelons and Easter eggs. Talk about some fun names!

 

Why You Should Buy It

Radishes have a sweet and peppery flavor, which sines when roasted under a chicken, pickled in vinegar, braised in broth or beer, buttered and salted on toast or shredded into coleslaw.

 

How You Should Use It

From completely raw to slowly cooked, here are some delicious radish recipes to take advantage of this spring:

 

Sauteed Radishes with Herbs

 

Grilled Bread with Ricotta and Radishes

 

Mango-Radish Coleslaw

 
 

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Fast Idea Friday: Scallion Hush Puppies

Written on April 4, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Doesn’t it just feel like one of those days where you need a crispy, spicy, doughy treat? If your answer is yes, we’ve got the perfect fast recipe for you: Scallion Hush Puppies

 

 

Rich sweet potatoes and hearty corn muffin mix come together in just minutes. Add a hint of green by way of scallions of fry up these hush puppies until golden. The only accompaniment you’ll need is your favorite hot sauce and a beautiful tray to serve these on, like Rach’s beloved Baguette Tray with Dipping Cup:

 

 

And now for a limited time only, you can receive exclusive FREE shipping on any of Rachael Ray’s best-selling products! This is an offer exclusive to our readers and will only last until April 13th. Click here for the coupon, and be sure to use the coupon code, MAGFREE, at checkout.

 

 

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