Lauren Katz

Fast Idea Friday: Smoked Trout Chips

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

Did you know today is National Potato Chip Day? While our first instinct would be to just eat them straight out of the bag, here’s a fast idea that fancifies even the simplest of snacks: Smoked Trout Chips. Whether you’re entertaining a crowd or just want a special weekend treat, this recipe is salty, creamy, crunchy and fresh, all in one bite.

 

 

Get the full recipe for Smoked Trout Chips here, or watch our how-to video here.

 

 

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Thirsty Thursday: What’s the Deal with Sweet Tea?

Written on March 13, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

In our brand new April issue, we explore the Southern side of brunch, including a fabulous recipe for Sweet Tea Punch. But what makes Southern sweet tea different from regular iced tea? Only the way you order it. Traditionally in the north, if you were to order iced tea, it would come unsweetened. However, most southerners are drinking their tea sweet, and must specifically ask for unsweet tea if that’s how they prefer it. No matter your tea choice, there are plenty of twists and takes that will brighten your day, any time of year.

 

 

Try this recipe for Sweet Tea Punch at your next brunch or get-together, plus get our best sweet tea tips:

 

Sweet Tea Punch

9 black tea bags

3/4 cup honey

1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar

1 large bunch fresh mint

2 pints blood orange or regular orange sorbet

1 – 2 cups American whiskey, such as bourbon or rye

Soda water

3 limes, sliced into rounds

 

In a large bowl, combine the tea bags, honey and sugar with 6 cups boiling water and stir until the honey and sugar dissolve. Let steep for 4 minutes. Discard the tea bags and add half the mint. Let cool completely at room temperature. Strain; discard the mint. Chill until cold, about 3 hours.

Add one scoop sorbet to each of 8 pint glasses. Top with 2 to 4 tbsp. whiskey and a few torn mint leaves. Divide the tea among the glasses, then top with a splash of soda water. Garnish each glass with a lime slice. Serve with a straw or a long spoon. Makes 8.

 

Tip: Classic Southern sweet tea is made with white sugar, but the combination of honey and brown sugar gives this version a richer flavor. Spike the punch with as mush whiskey as you’d like.

 

Tip: The tastiest way to make iced tea is to brew it with hot water–a steamy soak extracts more flavor. But it can also make your drink murky if the tea cools too quickly. For the best results–minimal clouds and maximum flavor–let the prepared tea come completely to room temperature before sticking it in the fridge.

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin #saucy challenge winner: @homemadedelish

Written on March 12, 2014 at 10:25 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 and blogger, @homemadedelish, certainly knows how to get #saucy! We could definitely go for her Stuffed Blue Cheese Burger with Buffalo Sauce right about now, oozing with spicy, creamy goodness. We love a good Buffalo dish, and this burger version certainly takes the cake! Check out more of her delicious recipes on her blog here.

 

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE:  We love a hearty knife-and-fork meal, but now we want to see your best #fingerfoods! So whether you’re whipping up a batch of cupcakes or assembling sliders for friends, show us your finger lickin’, bite-sized treats. Remember to tag your photos with both #RRWhatchaCookin and #fingerfoods for a chance to be featured on our blog!

 
 

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#TrendingTuesday: Maple Syrup

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

Now that it’s officially maple syrup season (late February through early April), we’re craving the stuff on just about everything. Forget pancakes and waffles; the sweet, yet woodsy flavor of maple syrup goes well with lunch, dinner, snack time and even cocktail hour. While we’re plenty happy dousing, dipping and dunking into it, here are some unique ways to use maple syrup that will make you want to stock up all season long:

 

Maple Rosemary Almonds make a perfect cocktail party snack

 

Vegetarians and carnivores alike will appreciate the depth of flavor in this Sweet and Spicy Potato Ravioli

 

Kabocha squash makes for a hearty addition to this Maple Kabocha Cake

 

Keep your morning sweet with this healthy breakfast of Maple-Raisin Oatmeal

 

Even your cocktail can benefit from a splash of the sweet stuff. Try this Applejack Toddy, perfect for a chilly night

 
 

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Indian Made Meatless

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

Chickpeas, tofu, curry, oh my! One of the easiest cuisines to make meatless yet still feel full and satisfied has got to be Indian. A big bowl of curry is full of exotic flavors and spices to keep things interesting, while hearty vegetables and protein-packed chickpeas are sure to give you that Meatless Monday energy that you’re craving. Here are some of our top meatless Indian recipes, plus a brand new recipe from our April issue, on newsstands tomorrow!

 

Tofu Coconut Curry

 

Indian Chana Masala with Roti

 

Winter Vegetable Curry in a Hurry

 

Start with our brand new recipe for Silky Tomato Soup and transform it into

Curried Chickpea Soup with the following ingredients:

 

In a medium skillet, heat 1 tbsp. EVOO over medium-high. Add 1 chopped onion, one 15-oz. can chickpeas (drained and rinsed) and 1 tbsp. mild curry powder; cook until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add to soup. Top with chopped cilantro leaves and toasted fennel seed.

 
 

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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: A Waffle for Every Occasion

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

Have you noticed an influx of waffle-centric recipes and menu items lately? We’re spotting waffle hot dogs in Hawaii, made-to-order waffle sandwiches in DC, the beloved Wafels & Dinges in NYC and we can’t forget to mention Rachael Ray’s 2nd annual Waffle Week! The breakfast staple is no longer reserved for morning, and why should it be, when you can add savory ingredients like herbs and spices, toppings like spicy jam and dijon-mayo and even batter mix-ins like cornmeal? So before you finalize your grocery shopping list for the weekend, make sure you have the waffle 4-1-1 (trust us, your family will thank you):

 

The Product

Frozen, fresh or from scratch, waffles are taking menus and recipe ideas by storm.

 

Why You Should Buy It

They’re versatile and essentially a blank canvas for a myriad of ingredients. Sandwich buns? Croutons? The perfect chip replacement for dip? The possibilities are endless.

 

How You Should Use It

Whether you’re cooking for your family or hosting a get-together, turn your average recipes up a notch by replacing regular breads and buns with waffles. Here are some ideas to get you started:

 

Entertaining? Make these mini Chicken ‘n’ Mini Waffles for an almost-instant appetizer

 
 

Why use French bread croutons when you can have waffle croutons in this breakfast-inspired Bacon, Egg & Spinach Salad?

 
 

The perfect sandwich for breakfast, lunch or dinner: Cheddar-Whole Wheat Waffle BLTs

 
 

Spice up your morning with these Savory Ricotta Waffles with Red-Hot Jam

 
 
 

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Fast Idea Friday: Citrus Gin Spritzer

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

Despite the recent country-wide cold fronts, spring is just around the corner (March 20th, people!). That means you’re going to need a fully loaded recipe repertoire that will put you in the mood for sunnier, happier times. Here’s a fast idea that’s sure to put a spring in your step: A Citrus Gin Spritzer. Fresh, fruity, bubbly and strong– it is Friday, after all.

 

 

Bottoms up, get the full recipe for Citrus Gin Spritzer here!

 

 

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Thirsty Thursday: Ring Around the Rita

Written on March 6, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Just because the Olympics are over, doesn’t mean your cocktail rims have to go back to being bare. With warm weather approaching soon, we’re getting ready for margarita season, and there’s always more than one way to top your tequila! Pair fruity margaritas with these new sweet and spicy rims, and you’ll have yourself enough margarita combinations to last you through spring!

 

 

1. Cantaloupe Margarita: Cinnamon & Sugar

Add sugar and spice, and this drink will taste nice! The warm heat of the cinnamon pumps up the mellow taste of the canteloupe.

 

2. Pineapple Margarita: Old Bay Seasoning & Black Pepper

This savory mixture may seem more at home in a bloody mary than on a margarita rim, but the black pepper and secret spices give the sugary juice a kick!

 

3. Strawberry Margarita: Cocoa Powder

One taste and you’ll swear you’re sipping on a chocolate-covered strawberry. How decadent does that sound?!

 

4. Cranberry Margarita: Sugar & Grated Lime Zest

Pucker up: This pairing starts out sour (thanks to a lime juice rim*), turns sweet, then finishes with a tart, cranberry-filled exclamation point!

*Tip: Dampen the rim with a lime wedge before dipping it into the mixture

 

 

 

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Weekend Bites: The 2014 Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Written on March 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm , by

It’s that time of the year again: Time for the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival! Each year, the culinary excellence and culture of Charleston is celebrated during a weekend-long festival around the city. The extensive guest list includes some of the most locally and nationally renowned chefs, personalities, authors, pitmasters, farmers, drink masters and more. This year, Every Day with Rachael Ray will be a media sponsor and host two culinary events: A Sandwich Showcase and At Home with Celebrity Tastemakers, where guests can meet the celebrity chefs and authors behind some of the year’s hottest cookbooks, and sample some of their brand new recipes. As usual, our Editor-in-Chief, Lauren Purcell, will be attending the events, so be sure to check out her coverage on her Twitter and Instagram.

 

Will you be in Charleston over the weekend? You can still attend the events! Click here to buy tickets for the Sandwich Showcase and here to buy tickets for the Celebrity Tastemakers event.

 

And just to get you excited, here are a few of Lauren’s pics from last year’s festival!

 

Lauren helps NYC celebrity chef April Bloomfield break down a pig

 

Enjoying a fabulous lunch at Husk Restaurant

 

Letting the pros at Xiao Bao Biscuit choose dinner

 

Slurping down local oysters at The Ordinary

 

Starting the morning off with a Bloody Mary from The Grocery

 

 

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin #easybeinggreen Challenge Winner: @ahomechef

Written on March 5, 2014 at 10:19 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.

 

We asked you to incorporate all things green into this week’s challenge, and instagram user @ahomechef‘s Basil Pesto with Broccoli definitely lived up to the challenge. It’s not always easy incorporating healthy ingredients into favored dishes like pasta, but earthy broccoli seems like the perfect addition to a fresh and flavorful basil pesto. Plus, it basically blends right in! See, it can be easy being green.

 

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE: In honor of March being National Sauce Month, we want to see your sauciest pictures! So whether you’re dousing an ice cream sundae in homemade chocolate sauce or tossing ravioli in a spicy marinara, be sure to tag your photos with both #RRWhatchaCookin and #saucy for a chance to be featured on our blog. Good luck!

 
 

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