Written on October 4, 2013 at 11:08 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
…Is what my mom said when Patty Smyth—the singer/songwriter aptly known for “Goodbye to You”—attempted to repo our stove.
You see, the coastal Brooklyn house my mom bought in 1976 had long been a second home to Patty, whose stepmother, Cookie, had grown up there. The stove that came with the place was indeed a beauty: the same vintage Chambers model Rach used to have on her set, except ours was powder blue, not yellow.
Every once in a while Patty would swing by the house to see how the stove was doing. Well, to say hi to the family, too, but mostly to make sure her cherished heirloom was still around.
Once, when I was in college, my mom called me and said, “John is here and wants the stove.”
Me: “John who?”
Mom: “Johnny Mac.”
Mom: “Yeah—and I told him over my dead body.”
Yes, she summarily shot down the era’s most famous tennis player—who also happened to be Patty’s husband.
My mother loved that stove. Never mind that we had to light the burners with a match. Or that the oven wasn’t spacious enough to hold a decent turkey (sort of crucial when you host Thanksgiving every year). Or that the merest breeze would kill the pilot light along with the burners, and we’d have to wait at least 30 minutes before turning the gas back on—or risk getting blown off our feet by a gas surge (believe me, I know from personal experience).
Despite all the stove’s shortcomings, her love for it was unflinching, no matter how much her culinary-minded children pleaded for an upgrade. After all, this stove had been her trusty sidekick throughout her adult life. Those burners heated the first meal she made as a homeowner—and the water for my first bottle. That oven helped us celebrate every conceivable family milestone—and achievement, big or small.
But after this 36-year love affair, everything changed in an instant: The night Sandy hit, five feet of water swallowed the stove whole.
You know the rest of this story by now—about the devastation and loss that reached far and wide. And while the household essentials were comparatively minor casualties, my mother couldn’t bear to part with the stove. She often said it had a soul; the prospect of discarding such a beloved being broke her heart.
Now, even after her herculean mold-, rust-, grime- and debris-removal efforts, the poor thing is still “resting” outside while we search for ever more advanced resurrection methods.
In its place sits a shiny new oven big enough to hold a 40-pound turkey—much to her children’s delight. But somehow, mom hasn’t quite gotten used to the idea that knobs alone can fire up burners. No matches required.
Patty did stop by the house after Sandy to make sure we were okay. And of course, to check on the Chambers. She was saddened by its streaks and corroded innards, but relieved it was still there.
I’ve urged my mother to pay it…backward and relinquish the stove to Patty. And you know what? Mom’s almost there. But I have a feeling that “almost” could last for a while.
Written by Chris Jette, Meredith senior marketing manager
Written on September 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
It’s that time of year again! The Tailgating Tour has hit the road. Stop by our tent in the cities listed below to for a game-day experience like you’ve never had!
TAILGATE TOUR DATES
Week 1: Atlanta on August 31st
Week 2: OKC on September 7th
Week 3: Austin on September 14th
Week 4: Notre Dame on September 21st
Week 5: Arkansas on September 28th
Week 6: South Carolina on October 5th
Week 7: Kentucky on October 12th
Week 8: Clemson on October 19th
Week 9: Ohio on October 26th
Week 10: Jacksonville on November 2nd
Week 11: Michigan on November 9th
Week 12: Auburn on November 16th
Week 13: LSU on November 23rd
Week 14: Gainesville on November 30th
Learn more about The Tailgate Tour here.
Written on September 4, 2013 at 10:51 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Guess who’s here to dish on cooking with the nation’s most beloved nannas (and poppas)! Daily Show vet Mo Rocca, whose Cooking Channel series, My Grandmother’s Ravioli, kicks off its second season this month.
By David Farley
Q: How did the show get its name?
A: My granmother made pasta from scratch, and her ravioli were big pockets stuffed with ground beef, spinach and garlic with a light tomato sauce. They were delicious – and large and light and delicate. So when Nora Ephron was a guest on my NPR show, Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!—and I was talking about the inspiration for my new cooking show—she pointed out that My Grandmother’s Ravioli was the obvious name. I loved going back to the network people to say not only did I have a great name, but Nora Ephron helped me come up with it.
Q: How do you decide who will be featured?
A: We want people who really care about cooking. They also have to have a good personality, but not in that crazy reality TV way. These are people you actually want to be related to.
Q: The show has you cooking with grandmas from everywhere. Have you found a universal ingredient?
A: Garlic. Everyone uses it. In fact, my own Italian grandmother’s apartment always smelled like garlic.
Q: What’s been the biggest surprise?
A: Almost none of the grandmothers measure ingredients. And grandfathers measure even less! They’re extreme non-measurers!
Q: Beyond recipes, what have you learned?
A: How to cut onions without crying. From a Pakistani grandfather, actually, I learned that you should drink a glass of red wine before cutting them. Though he may just have wanted an excuse to drink wine.
Explore more of our celebrity interviews here.
Written on September 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
We get it. It’s back-to-school season, which means Sundays are crazy hectic. Which is why we’re here to help! Meredith brands have joined forces to hand-pick family-friendly, healthy dinners you can whip up in a jiffy Sunday night to help start the week off on the right foot. We’ll be sharing our Sunday Suppers during the entire month of September. All you’ve gotta do to join the movement in your own home is check out below where we’ll be posting our good-for-you recipes and photos all month long!
- Explore our Pinterest board full of our most popular healthy dinners.
- Look for the hashtag, #SundaySupper for recipes, tips and stories.
- Share your own photos and experiences with us on Twitter and Instagram. (And don’t forget to include #SundaySupper!)
- Become familiar with MyPlate, The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion’s guide to healthy, well-balanced meals.
Stay tuned for this week’s featured #SundaySupper meal!
Written on September 3, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
When done right, pizza dough is crispy and crunchy and delicious. The secret? A long, slow rise. Follow our step-by-step lead for the best-ever 6-ingredient pizza dough!
Learn how to mix, pour, turn, oil, punch, shape, rest and finally roll out the best-ever pizza dough.
More technique tips:
Written on August 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Canning and pickling are back in a big way, and it’s easier than you think! If you know how to boil water, you can stock away sweet, juicy, peak-season produce in a few simple steps.
After gathering and sterilizing your utensils, it’s time to parcook the food. This is also the time to season or add flavorings like spices or sweeteners. Learn how to parcook your food, plus what comes next here.
Explore our full slideshow for the step-by-step canning breakdown. Then, get five more spicy, smoky or even sweet home canning recipes.
More technique tips!
Written on August 23, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
“There was so much to love about my journey in Morocco: The food was scrumptious, the people were friendly and I even got to ride a camel! I brought my camera everywhere I went so I could share my favorite family memories with you,” Rachael Ray.
“In my family, we celebrate milestone birthdays with a shared experience. It makes the most memorable gift, whether you’re on a shoestring budget or have limitless money to spend. When my sister Maria’s 50th birthday was approaching, there was no question about where we’d go: Morocco. That’s me and my sister, Maria. To me, riding a camel felt like riding a bumpy sofa!”
”You can find some beautiful things at wonderful prices, like these handmade metal lamps.”
“My photo tip? Don’t center your travel buddy (yup, that’s John!) or a landmark. It’s a more interesting shot if it’s a bit off-kilter.”
Written on August 9, 2013 at 10:29 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
At Every Day with Rachael Ray, we’re no strangers to reader feedback. We were surprised, however, to learn that we have a doggie critic. This week, the food site First We Feast published a thorough and thoroughly opinionated review of our pet-friendly recipes, from the canine point of view. It was so rigorous, in fact, that a special rating system called “Wagat” (five tail wags is tops) was put in place to rate our puppy suppers, which, the human author noted, can be eaten by man and best friend alike (pictured). The recipes tested include the cheesy Cinco de Mayo Bowl, the refreshing Power Pooch Smoothie, and meaty Dog Sliders. To find out which ones Oscar (and his owner) liked best, and to view a slideshow of really cute pics and video chronicling the pup’s reactions (did we mention they’re really cute?), click here.
—Gabriella Gershenson, Food Features Editor
Written on August 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
There are burgers… and then there are restaurant burgers: those over-the-top concoctions built for maximum wow and deliciousness. To find the best of this special breed, we tapped the country’s top chefs— all recent regional winners of prestigious James Beard Awards—to share the burgers they devour most on their home turf. Then we tracked down the recipes, cooked up a storm and cast our votes. The result: Our (slightly simplified) recipe for the best burger in America, plus 51 more of the coolest, craziest, most crave-worthy burgers to ever grace a bun— and how you can make your own burgers better!
Categories: Every Day Scoop, Food, Travel | Tags: Bruce Sherman, Burger Battle Royale, Burgers, Chris Hastings, Dan Kluger, Gabe Rucker, Hugh Acheson, James Beard, James Beard Foundation, Linton Hopkins, Maricel Presila, Matt Molina, Paul Qui, Tim Cushman, Tory Miller
Written on August 8, 2013 at 12:06 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
CHEF MATT MOLINA
of Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, CA
Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef at jamesbeard.org.
Chef Matt Molina’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the West
1. CHOPPED SIRLOIN Jar, Los Angeles, CA
Open-face, so it’s a definite knife-and-forker, with fried egg and green-pepper sauce.
2. THE PIKEY BURGER The Pikey, Los Angeles, CA
Chargrilled beef, aged cheddar, tomato and worcestershire aioli.
3. NUMBER ONE BURGER 25 Degrees at the Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Buttery crescenza and gorgonzola cheeses on a bacon burger.
4. ULTIMELT BURGER Go Burger, Los Angeles, CA An upscale twist on the patty melt with bacon and a special sauce between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
5. THE PUG BURGER The Hungry Cat, Hollywood, CA
Organic Niman Ranch beef with house- smoked bacon, avocado and Danish blue cheese on a brioche bun.