Lauren Katz

Is it 5:00 yet?

Written on April 24, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Come 5:00, we all know what time it is: time for a cocktail. But this past month more than ever, users are extra thirsty and looking for a good drink recipe. According to Yahoo Trend Expert Lauren Whitehouse, cocktail recipe searches have been spiking off the charts since March, and the top 10 favored searches include White Russian, Margarita, Sangria and Moscow Mule. So now that you know what your equals are craving, get to it! Here are some recipes to get you started:

 

Classic Margarita

 

Sparkling Pomegranate Sangria

 

Moscow Mule

 
 

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @wickeddeliciouskate

Written on April 23, 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.

 

 

Once we found out today was International Macaroni Day, there was no way we could pass up featuring instagram user @wickeddeliciouskate‘s mouth-watering photo of Applewood Smoked Bacon and Peppered Ham and Sharp Cheddar Mac and Cheese! Kate asks, “Anything containing bacon and cheese is a winner?” and we would definitely have to agree! Looking to celebrate the food holiday yourself? Try one of our 20 Most Popular Macaroni and Cheese Recipes!

 
 

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@loccrush’s mini apple pies

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#TrendingTuesday: Mason Jars

Written on April 22, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Maybe it’s just us New Yorkers, but it seems like every bar or restaurant we go to now serves at least one item out of a Mason jar. These adorable retro jars are great for preserving and pickling, as their air-tight lid is virtually foolproof, but the jars also make a fun alternative to the classic beer glass, ice cream cup or even dry goods container. Check out some of our favorite ways to use Mason jars, and happy canning!
 

DIY Preserves

 

Sweet Heat Iced Tea

 

Your Very Own Granola

 

Jicama-and-Watermelon Salsa

 
 

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#barbecue

#maplesyrup

#zucchini

Fast Idea Friday: Kale & Barley Salad

Written on April 18, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

If you’re looking for a light and refreshing dinner that you can whip up after a busy day, look no further. Our new Kale & Barley Salad is packed with crisp veggies, hearty barley and sprinkled with salty queso blanco. You’re going to want to eat this salad just as fast as you put it together, and we promise, we won’t judge.

 

 

Get the full recipe for Kale & Barley Salad here. Happy Friday!

 

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#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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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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