Lauren Katz

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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Drink Up! It’s Mango Season

Written on April 3, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

It’s officially mango season, and we couldn’t be happier! Not only are mangoes super healthy (they’re jam-packed with nutrients like beta-carotene and vitamin C, just to name a few!) and ever-so versatile (chile-rubbed mangoes? mango slaw?), they also make the perfect natural sweetener to a number of boozy (or virgin!) beverages. Check out some of our top picks below, and get blending!

 

Frozen Mango Daiquiri

 

Mellow Yellow Margaritas

 

Keep these Mango-Ginger Mocktails virgin, or replace the ginger ale with ginger beer!

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#RRWhatchaEatin featured cook of the week: @seasthedai

Written on April 2, 2014 at 10:09 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.

At Every Day with Rachael Ray, we’re all about MYOTO (make your own take-out, that is!), and instagram user @seasthedai has certainly one-upped that idea. Her homemade version of a Mexican fast food favorite has left our mouths watering and our brains churning for more MYOTO ideas! We certainly have #RRWhatchaEatin envy of this one.

 

Keep those photos coming! Whether you’re eating out or cooking at home, don’t forget to tag your instagram photos with either #RRWhatchaCookin or #RRWhatchaEatin hashtag for a chance to be featured on our blog! Happy eating!

 

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Technique Tuesday: DIY Buttermilk

Written on April 1, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Though we don’t use it a lot, buttermilk is a great addition to recipes for a tangy, tender bite. But rather than buying a whole bottle only to throw most of it out, you can make your own buttermilk using ingredients you most likely always have on hand! Simply pour 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (or any other acidic fruit juice, such as kiwi) or white vinegar into a liquid measuring cup. Then, pour in enough milk to measure 1 cup. Let the mixture sit until it curdles, 5 to 10 minutes, and start cooking! The only April Fool here will be your taste buds!

Use this homemade buttermilk in pancakes, biscuits, chicken and more. Here are some recipes to get you inspired:

 

Buttermilk Chicken Kebabs with Chopped Salad

 

From Seersucker Brooklyn, Chef Rob Newton’s Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits

 

Buttermilk Cake with Candied Citrus

 

Grilled Cheese-and-Chicken-Sausage Waffles

 
 

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Money Talk with Danny Seo

Written on March 29, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Your money has never looked greener! “Making a few changes to end our wasteful habits can mean big savings. No more money in the trash, down the drain or out the window,” says Danny Seo, author of the syndicated column “Do Just One Thing.” Check out his top tips to greenify your house and fattify your wallet—to the tune of $1,000 or more a year! Plus, enter to win our Danny-approved Eco-Friendly Gadgets Giveaway!

 

 

1. Pop Star

Twenty-five percent of your heat could be going right out the windows—if they’re poorly insulated. Double your windows’ heat efficiency with an easy trick used by top plant nursery owners: Each winter spray your windows with water, then stick sheets of bubble wrap (or heavy-duty plastic) onto the glass. Savings: $166 a year, if you spend the U.S. household average heating cost of $665 each winter

 

2. Chimney Sweep

“Letting heat escape can cause a huge money loss,” Seo says. A big part of the blame goes to leaky chimneys, which can suck up about 8 percent of the warmth you’re paying for. Trap it inside with a no-cost chimney plug. Cut a piece of cardboard or foam core to fit snugly inside the flue. Just remember to take it out before you light a fire. Savings: $53 a year, if you spend $665 on heating

 

3. Finishing Touch

The next time you paint a room, pick semigloss or satin-finish paint instead of flat. The sheen on those paints reflects more light so you can use fewer lamps. And while you’re at it, make sure bulbs have had a good dusting: Dirt dims light, and clean bulbs can increase brightness by 50 percent. Savings: $48 a year, if you use five fewer lamps and clean your bulbs

 

4. Black Out

It’s simple but bears repeating: Turning off the lights can put easy money in your pocket. Turn off lights you’d usually keep on all day long and you can save up to 5 cents per bulb, per day. So next time you leave the house for the day, hit the switch. Savings: $37 a year for every two bulbs you turn off for eight hours or longer

 

5. Wash In

Doing more laundry may not be high on your fun list, but adding to the pile can save you serious cash. Check your clothing labels carefully: A label that says “dry clean only” means a trip to the cleaners, but if it says simply “dry clean,” like many do, wash at home on the delicate cycle and hang or lay flat to dry. Savings: Up to $150 a year, what the average American household spends on dry cleaning annually

 

6. Freshen Up

Ease up on the laundry detergent! High-efficiency washing machines use less water, yet most of us still pour in the same amount of detergent—on average, double what we actually need. Not only is that wasteful, but that extra detergent leaves clothes stiff and faded— and can even create mold in your washer. Savings: Up to $62 a year when you wash 300 loads (the annual U.S. average)

 

7. Hot Stuff

We love a good hot shower, but most water heaters are automatically set higher than they need to be, at 140°. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lowering yours to 120°—a temperature difference your family won’t even notice—will save you $5 a month on your electric bill. Savings: Up to $60 a year

 

8. Tire-Less

Ditch your spare tire— even car manufacturers are doing it! Carrying that extra weight (an average of 50 pounds for the tire and tools to change it) can reduce your car’s fuel efficiency; losing it saves you about 3 cents a gallon. “Keep a can of tire inflator in the trunk instead,” Seo says. Savings: $26 a year, if you spend $2,900 annually (the U.S. average) at the pump

 

9. Cruise Around

Use cruise control when you’re driving long distances. Setting your speed means no more gas-wasting acceleration surges. Staying at an even speed between 55 to 70 mph will improve fuel economy by up to 15 percent. With current gas prices averaging $3.30 per gallon, that’s up to 50 cents off a gallon! Savings: Up to $200 according to the Center for Automotive Research

 

10. Curb Appeal

Mulching your yard or garden can cost you a pretty penny. Instead of buying mulch at the store (which costs about $4 per bag), get it for free from your local parks or roads departments, which regularly haul away fallen trees and limbs and grind them into mulch that’s free for the taking. Savings: $48 for a 24-by-12-foot garden with a 2-inch layer of mulch

Fast Idea Friday (Home Edition): Lettuce Eat!

Written on March 28, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Here’s a fast idea for a hostess gift that’s both beautiful and useful: an edible salad bouquet! Here’s the how-to:

 

 

Buy starter plants– green-leaf (like oak), red-leaf (like ruby) and flavorful mesclun mixes (arugula, kale)– at farmers’ markets or gardening stores and transfer them to a planter or pot. Add a note on a gardening tag, then let your friends dig in. Your hosts can enjoy it all season long!

 

 

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Behind the Scenes: Making Mezcal Cocktails

Written on March 27, 2014 at 11:14 am , by

In our May issue, we explore tequila’s rival sibling, mezcal, a smoky, slow-roasted, double-distilled liquor also made from the agave plant. We tasted tons of mezcal cocktails from the country’s best bartenders and adapted two favorites–plus created one of our own! Go behind the scenes and explore our mezcal cocktail-making process. Then, get our fabulous cocktail recipe that was the result of one tasty testing session. ¡Salud!

Test Kitchen Associate, Charles Grayauskie and Test Kitchen Director, Janet McCracken doing some delicious research.

 

Lots of different ingredients go into making the perfect cocktail! The green Vida bottle (left) is actually many bartenders’ go-to mezcal: easy to find across the country and very easy to drink.

 

 Pouring up Old Major’s La Rosa Bonita

 

From our test kitchen, The Smokin’ Dog–our own riff on the Greyhound!

 

6 oz. fresh grapefruit juice (pink or yellow)

1 oz. mezcal

Splash of club soda

1 grapefruit twist

Fill a rocks glass with ice, then add grapefruit juice and mezcal. Stir to blend; top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with the grapefruit twist. Makes 1.

 

Cheers to National Spanish Paella Day!

Written on March 27, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

It’s National Spanish Paella Day — you know, that rice and seafood dish stemming from Spain. And what goes better with a great paella than a great Spanish cocktail like Sangria to wash it all down? ¡Salud!

 

Tropical White Sangria

 

Watermelon-Plum Sangria

 

Spanish Kalimotxo

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#RRWhatchaCookin #allwrappedup challenge winner: @cleanish_eats

Written on March 26, 2014 at 10:22 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.

 

Instagram user @cleanish_eats brought a whole new meaning to our #allwrappedup challenge! Her healthy lunch, consisting of chicken, avocado and cilantro is beautifully wrapped around thinly sliced cucumber. Its beautiful and healthy, and the dash of Tapatio hot sauce completes the true California look.

 

NEXT WEEK: We know how much you all love to cook, but now we want to see what you like to eat when you’re out! Use the hashtag #RRWhatchaEatin and show us what you’re chowing down on, whether it’s at your favorite lunch spot or a new restaurant for date night. Happy eating!

 
 

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#TrendingTuesday: Barbecue

Written on March 25, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

The festivities at SXSW may be over, but ya’ll are more determined than ever to find the perfect barbecue recipes. According to Lauren Whitehouse, Yahoo Web Trend Expert, over the past month Yahoo users have been searching up just about every kind of BBQ recipe, including sauce, ribs and even chicken pizza. We’ve pulled some of our top barbecue recipes that are just as easy to make at home as they are to devour with friends or family. If you missed out on Rachael’s SXSW Feedback Party in Austin, TX this year, don’t worry! We’re sharing one of the recipes she served up below, plus more Southern specialities, too.

 

From Rach’s SXSW Feedback Party: BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos

 

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

 

Barbecue Beef Subs

 

Baby Back Ribs with Apricot BBQ Glaze

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