Written on August 3, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
In honor of National Mustard Day, we’re sharing with you one super mustard-obsessed man: Barry Levenson. He knows the exact moment he started collecting mustard: 2:30 a.m, October 28, 1986—after the Red Sox lost the World Series. Despondent, he pushed a cart down the aisles of a 24-hour market (“a good place for a walk”). He knew it wasn’t healthy for a grown man to be so depressed over a game. I need a hobby, he thought. Just then, he looked up to see jars of mustard. “They seemed to say to me, ‘If you collect us, they will come.’” Barry quickly snapped up the 30 mustards sold nearby, then mail- ordered more. And more. The local paper ran a story about his collection once it reached 500 jars. A friend of his quipped, “What is this, the Wisconsin Mustard Museum?” For Barry, it was a lightbulb moment. “I didn’t want to look back at my life and wonder what if?” he said. So he quit his day job—as an assistant attorney general for the state—and rented a 1,400-square-foot space. The National Mustard Museum now displays more than 5,300 jars and welcomes 35,000 visitors a year. If you’re one of them, you’ll be able to buy—and taste—450 varieties, watch a video on mustard’s 700-year history and tackle some trivia questions. [Does American yellow mustard get its color from a) saffron; b) food dye; c) turmeric; or d) crayons? If you guessed “c,” you are correct.]
If not for mustard, Barry wouldn’t have met his wife, Patti. She heard Barry on the radio, singing a fight song for “Poupon U,” the museum’s so-called university. Patti tracked him down and asked him to organize a tasting at her social club. “I guess you could say it was love at first squeeze,” he said. Barry actually talks like this. He also signs his e-mails “Condimentally yours” and, in reference to a lunchtime interview, quipped, “I’ll bring the mustard!” At the museum, if you’d like to watch a video, you’ll have to do it in the “Mustardpiece Theatre.” What about the condiment inspires this level of devotion (and this many puns)? Barry’s quick to rattle off its attributes: It’s healthy, with a rich history and versatility. “Mustard is a blank canvas,” he says. “You can paint works of art with a little creativity.” To that end, artisans add lemon, lavender and even root beer. Barry insists that each deserves a special place on his shelves. He thinks back on the supermarket trip that started it all: “What struck me was that I’d never be lonely, because I would belong to a community of mustard lovers, and every year we’d all meet up at a collectors’ convention. It turns out nothing like that existed.” In opening his museum, he created something even better.
Get one of our favorite mustard-inspired recipes: Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette!
Written on August 2, 2013 at 6:04 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
We followed up with our beauty and travel editor, Abbie Kozolchyk, to see how things went at the second annual Beauty Editors Day at New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue. As the name would suggest, the day brings beauty editors—bunches of them, in fact—to the selling floor, where each is partnered with a particular counter. Abbie was stationed at Penhaligon’s, where she met with several women—and a few men!—whose $30 entrance fee went entirely to Look Good Feel Better, an organization that helps cancer patients cope with the outward side effects of treatment.
What was the topic people asked about most?
AK: After fragrance (because we were at a fragrance counter, after all), brows were the biggest beauty topic of the day. Conveniently, we have this on our site: 3 Ways to Groom Your Eyebrows.
What was the most memorable aspect of the day?
AK: For me, it was a tossup between the very first guest —a remarkably lovely and upbeat woman whose daughter has been a Look Good Feel Better participant—and a surprise afternoon appearance by the illustrator we used for our July/August travel feature. I never would have recognized Danielle Kroll (pictured below), who was part of a four-woman posse that visited me at the Penhaligon’s counter, but her identity was revealed by a rightfully proud friend about halfway through our session. I was star-struck.
Did you fall in love with any new fragrances yourself?
AK: I was getting a little out of hand with Penhaligon’s newest scent, Vaara, and wouldn’t be surprised if my whole apartment smells like saffron, magnolia and sandalwood for the next month. Or year. I also love the back story—the fragrance was commissioned by the Maharaja of Jodhpur to commemorate the birth of his granddaughter—but of course, now I’m going to have to think twice about gifting onesies or Is Your Mama A Llama.
Did anyone want to talk travel?
AK: India came up pretty regularly, thanks to the aforementioned royal grandpa. And I’m always happy to talk about that country, as it’s one of my favorite places on the planet—though I outgrow even my most generous waistbands after, like, two days there.
Written on July 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
To beat the clock and get beautiful bread in no time, you’ve gotta bake smart. Our recommendation: Start with store-bought dough (it’ll be our little secret!), then shape and flavor it how you like. These treats are pretty enough for any breadbasket.
Red Onion Pinwheels are the savory sister of the cinnamon bun and full of swirls of flavor.
Try these Salty Sticks – that remind us of pretzels! — when you’re tired of your average breadstick!
Grapes add a bit of sweetness in our Grape Focaccia, which is a traditional pillowy Italian bread.
Written on July 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Come out this Thursday, August 1, for the second annual Look Good Feel Better Beauty Editor’s Day at Saks Fifth Avenue! There are still a few spots open, so you can join our very own beauty and travel editor, Abbie Kozolchyk, at the Penhaligon’s counter, where she’ll be doling out beauty (and if you want, travel) advice during one-on-one sessions. Sign up now to be part of this great cause. All proceeds go to the Look Good Feel Better foundation for cancer patients.
To help you get to know Abbie a bit before the big day, we sat down and asked her “5 Questions.”
1. How did you get into being a beauty editor?
AK: Happy accident: As a college student, I interned at the now defunct Mirabella and fell really hard for the magazine. I gladly would have gone back for any gig there; the one that just happened to be open when I graduated was in the beauty department.
2. If you had to name one product that is your favorite, what would it be?
AK: Impossible to say, given that beauty editors are essentially human guinea pigs, and always trying new products. But I will say that one of the first fragrances to become a favorite was Penhaligon’s neroli-spiked Castile—I’m kind of an orange blossom junkie—so I’m especially happy to be camping out at the Penhaligon’s counter this Thursday.
3. What’s the best beauty advice anyone has ever given to you?
AK: One word: Sunscreen. Okay, two more: high SPF.
4. Your title is beauty and travel editor. Odd to combine the two?
AK: Oddly, no! I’ve been a travel writer (and travel addict) for almost as long as I’ve been a beauty editor, so I’m perfectly used to, say, filing an article on Reese Witherspoon’s bangs from a Tibetan yak-herding village. (True story.) Needless to say, I love that we cover both topics at Every Day with Rachael Ray.
5. So what products are you always sure to pack?
AK: See number 3.
Written on July 26, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Italy is the place where I feel most at home when I’m not at home. John and I were married in Tuscany, and every year we go back for a long weekend with our family and close friends. Then we take a week for just the two of us to celebrate our anniversary.
Written by Rachael Ray
I love to go to markets when I travel. That’s how you get to know the people, the food and the personality of the region. It’s also the most fun and affordable way to eat during the day.
We make no plans whatsoever. Mostly, we walk around all day, trying to get in enough activity to keep up with how much delicious food you’re eating! (A lot.) But I always end up trying to feed all my Tuscan friends so I can cook at the villa as much as possible.
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Written on July 24, 2013 at 4:59 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Benefitting a great cause, Look Good Feel Better, editors will be taking over the Saks Fifth Avenue beauty department from 12pm to 7pm on Thursday, August 1st. Abbie will be hanging with the ladies at Penhaligon’s, perfumers to no less than the royal baby’s family (stay tuned to find out whether the newborn, who’s third in line to the throne, will get his own scent)! Whether you’re interested in general beauty advice, tips on finding your perfect fragrance, or hearing about life as a beauty and travel editor at Every Day with Rachael Ray sign on up!
- Visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org/register now to book your 20-minute appointment at the second annual Beauty Editor’s Day on August 1 from 12 to 7 at Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship in New York City
- A $30 donation will get you a 20-minute editor consultation and free gift
- Proceeds go to Look Good Feel Better, a program that helps cancer patients to cope with the outward side effects of treatment. For more information, visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org
Written on July 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
CHEF TIM CUSHMAN
of O Ya, Boston, MA
Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef atjamesbeard.org.
Tim Cushman’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Northeast
1. SPICY TUNA BURGER Parish Cafe, Boston, MA
Fresh tuna seared and slathered with soy glaze and sriracha-spiked mayo.
2. NEPTUNE BURGER Neptune Oyster Bar, Boston, MA
Fried oysters, garlic mayonnaise and relish top this beefy burger.
3. BURGER MY WAY Deep Ellum, Boston, MA
Smoked tomato aioli, bacon-onion jam, aged cheddar and homemade pickles.
4. APOCALYPSE NOW BURGER Nosh Kitchen Bar, Portland, ME
Crispy pork belly, foie gras, cherry jam and mayo.
5. PORK TONKATSU BURGER O Ya, Boston, MA
Breaded pork patty with sake-braised pork butt, seared foie gras, shiso cabbage slaw and a sweet-savory sauce.
Written on July 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
CHEF LINTON HOPKINS
of Holeman & Finch, Public House, Atlanta, GA
Linton Hopkin’s Top 4 Favorite Burgers in the Southeast
1. DOUBLE CHEESEBURGER Holeman & Finch Public House, Atlanta, GA
A double stack with red onion, American cheese, homemade ketchup, mustard and bread-and-butter pickles.
2. HUSK CHEESEBURGER Husk, Charleston, SC
Two slim bacon-infused patties with sliced onions, melted American cheese and tangy sauce on a benne-seed bun.
3. 50/50 BURGER Seven Lamps, Atlanta, GA
Grassfed pancetta burger with cheddar cheese, onions, pickles and thousand island dressing.
4. TENNESSEE STACK The Oak Bar at the Hermitage Hotel, Nashville, TN
Pepper jelly, sweet onions and hot mustard on a double burger.
CHEF HUGH ACHESON
Hugh Acheson’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Southeast
1. BOCADO BURGER STACK Bocado, Atlanta, GA
Two juicy beef patties band together with melted American cheese and homemade pickles.
2. HUSK CHEESEBURGER—Again!
3. APACHE-STYLE DOUBLE BURGER Grind House Killer Burgers, Atlanta, GA
A griddled patty on a potato bun with pepper jack, grilled onions and roasted New Mexico green chiles.
4. GRASSFED BEEF BURGER Farm 255, Athens, GA
Topped with Tennessee cheddar, bread-and-butter pickles, chicken-liver mousse and dijon mustard.
5. CHEESEBURGER ADD Drug Store, Athens, GA Small, simple cheeseburgers with crinkle-cut fries and ketchup and mustard on the side.
Written on July 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
CHEF DAN KLUGER
of ABC Kitchen, New York, NY
Dan Kluger’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in New York
1. “OFF-MENU” BURGER Gramercy Tavern, Manhattan
An off-menu special with aged cheddar, pickled cipollini and grainy mustard.
2. AKAUSHI CHEESEBURGER ABC Kitchen, Manhattan
A wagyu beef burger with raw-milk cheese, pickled jalapeños and arugula-basil-chive mayo.
3. BASH STYLE BURGER Burger & Barrel, Manhattan
Smoky-sweet onion and bacon jam on a burger dressed with a garlicky, spicy sauce.
4. BARK BURGER Bark Hot Dogs, Brooklyn, NY
It’s all about the creamy special sauce on this angus burger.
5. BACON CHEDDAR BURGER Perry St., Manhattan, NY
Bacon, melty cheddar, homemade Russian dressing.
Written on July 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
CHEF TORY MILLER
of L’Etoile and Graze, Madison, WI
Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef at jamesbeard.org.
Tory Miller’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Midwest
1. GRAZE BURGER Graze, Madison, WI
Rich, winey caramelized onions and super-rich beef on a squishy bun.
2. BEET AND WALNUT BURGER Graze, Madison, WI
A veggie burger made of ground beets and walnuts topped with cucumbers, tomatoes and dill-flecked yogurt.
3. BRICK BURGER Village Bar, Madison, WI
Thick slices of brick cheese, a cheddar- like local specialty, seasoned salt and a juicy beef patty on a no-frills bun.
4. BOB’S BAD BREATH BURGER Weary Traveler Freehouse, Madison, WI
A garlicky organic burger piled with cream cheese, green goddess dressing and sweet Jamaican Pickapeppa sauce. Don’t forget your mints!
5. LAMBWICH Honeypie, Milwaukee, WI
Ground lamb, local Creama Kasa, a triple- cream-style cheese, and red pepper– oregano oil on a grilled focaccia bun.
Get the entire “Burger Battle Royale” story here