Written on September 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm , by Nicole Witko
Summer internships can be boring and brutal. However, lucky for me, being the only editorial intern for Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine, my summer was filled with surprises. Here are some of my favorite moments:
1. The Pillsbury Dough Boy taking over the office. Who knew he could fit in so easily?
2. Getting the wonderful opportunity to help out in the test kitchen. I might be cutting a package of meat over a stove, but at Every Day with Rachael Ray, anything is possible.
3. Attending a food photo shoot on my last day at the office.
4. Seeing my byline for the first time on the website. Nothing is more satisfying than realizing that what you wrote, or the work you did, is seen nationwide.
5. Meeting a staff that invited me and welcomed me into their family starting from Day 1. It did not matter which department I was working with or which of the five desks I got to take over, I received support and encouragement every single day.
My parting gift from Editorial Assistant, Morgan Gibson, before leaving.
The list doesn’t end here. From representing the magazine at press events, to attending taste tests, I could not be more grateful and appreciative for my experience at Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. Who knows, for the girl who had to be convinced by Lauren Purcell, Editor-in-Chief, to do an editorial internship, it just might be the thing for me.
Written on August 13, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Nicole Witko
Fashion designer, TV personality and author, Lauren Conrad, has teamed up with Downy to tackle the importance of fabric softener. While providing free laundering services for locals to show how amazing their products are, Lauren sat down with our Associate Food Editor, Ariana Phillips, to share some insider secrets about herself. Here’s what we found out:
- If you could spend a weekend cooking with Rachael, what would you make? I’d love to learn how to roast a chicken, like with garlic and lemon — mine just never come out quite right.
- Drink of choice? Green tea — I’m ALWAYS drinking it (and she actually was during our interview)!
- What fashion trend are you most excited about right now? Tulle. I actually have a couple of pieces in my LC Lauren Conrad collection for Kohl’s right now that I love. When it’s done right, it can be so romantic. I also love knit dresses with a chic body to them — they’re so easy to wash and can go from day to night.
- What’s your #1 guilty pleasure? Online shopping — I really need to quit!
- You have an afternoon completely free to do anything you want — what’s it going to be? Nothing! I’d love a day to just lay around and sleep and watch reruns. I could use one of those days.
- What’s your go-to dish if you want to impress someone? Pie. I usually make apple, but I just made a peach one the other day and it turned out delicious. It’s so easy to impress someone with dessert.
To learn more beauty tips and insider secrets, visit LaurenConrad.com.
Written on August 8, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Nicole Witko
Roast chicken, cooked pasta, and lettuce are foods we always have in our fridge. The unfortunate problem: These leftovers won’t last forever. So, in effort to waste less food, save money and try new recipes, here are a three dishes that will breathe new life into last night’s dinner.
For leftover roast chicken try Rachael Ray’s “Thai It” Chicken Noodles 30-Minute Meal. It’s Rach’s version of takeout, but from home! But saves you money and calories. Win, win!
Spruce up your leftover plain pasta with this easy Pasta Bake. Throw it in the oven for only 12 minutes and you no longer need to spend your night cooking. And don’t think we sacrificed flavor for time–this dish is tasty!
Lettuce take you on a journey from salad to succulent soup! With this Lettuce Soup you will finally use up that head of romaine you have sitting in your fridge.
Written on August 6, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Nicole Witko
A live cooking demonstration at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, celebrated the talented Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur and TV personality, Bobby Flay. Delivered at his first and only steakhouse, The “Savor Borgata Culinary Series” offered participants the chance to receive a signed copy of Bobby’s new book, Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, learn some of his favorite tips and techniques and dine with the Iron Chef. Our Associate Food Editor, Ariana Phillips, was lucky enough to sit down with Bobby for a few moments. Find out what he had to say!
- If you could challenge Rachael to a throw down, what would it be? Either a stoup (stew-soup) or blue cheese burgers. I’ve had them at her house and they’re really delicious.
- Drink of choice? Rose wine — especially since I’m trying to get myself into a summer state of mind.
- What culinary trend are you most excited about right now? Spanish/Mediterranean cuisine. I’m opening a new restaurant in NoHo later this year called Gato, and I’m really excited about those flavors right now.
- What’s your #1 guilty pleasure? Ice cream — especially pistachio. Or gelato!
- You have an afternoon completely free to do anything you want — what’s it going to be? Cook! I do it for a living, but I also do it to relax. I’d grill lobsters and rib eyes and open a large-format bottle of rosé.
- What’s the best gift you’ve ever given? My wife’s engagement ring — I certainly hope she liked that gift!
- What would you make for your last meal? A cheeseburger with two slices of cheese and an ice cream sundae—fully loaded!
- What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? My father told me when I was just starting out to “always do the right thing.” You can always take a shortcut in life, but when someone looks at you and tells you to do the right thing, you know what that means and you know what to do. It’s all about that gut feeling.
- What’s your go-to dish if you want to impress someone? Lobster tamales.
To find out more about Bobby, visit BobbyFlay.com
Written on July 26, 2013 at 9:30 am , by Nicole Witko
Is tea really the new coffee? You can decide that on your own. But for those of you who are tea fans like myself, let’s take a look at how our bodies benefit from drinking different types of teas. Not a tea drinker? Then it might be time to convert! With the six different types of tea below, you’ll have no problem finding one that’s right for you!
Compared to other teas, black tea has the highest caffeine content and helps to maintain cholesterol levels, cardiovascular function and a healthy circulatory system.
2. Green Tea
Green tea is often popularized as one of the healthiest teas and with good reason too! Green tea has shown to prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, improve cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of stroke and neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
3. Oolong Tea
Often served in Chinese restaurants, oolong tea can be a healthy part of your weight loss plan. When it comes to skin disease like eczema, a study revealed that if drinking one liter of oolong tea can provide moderate improvement in your skin after a month.
Add a little glamour to your cup of tea with this Sparkling Tea made from black tea
4. White Tea
White teas are full of healthy antioxidants and are the best tea for your skin and complexion. As white teas are the purest and least processed of all teas, they have the most potent anticancer properties and need to be brewed carefully.
Herbal teas such as peppermint, ginger and lemongrass are rich in vitamin C. In addition, they help relieve stress, aid with stomach and digestive problems and strengthen your immune system.
6. Chamomille Tea
Chamomille tea comes from a flowering plant like a daisy and can reduce menstrual cramps, control your cold and help with sleep.
After a stressful day at work, try out this Relax Already Apple Tea made from chamomille
Source: teavana.com and healthmeup.com
Written on July 25, 2013 at 11:30 am , by Nicole Witko
If you’re like me, you’ve heard all about how great kale is for you, but find it hard to incorporate it into your diet. Don’t worry though, because we’ve found three simple, easy and healthy ways to enjoy kale. Whether it’s for a low-key date night, a barbecue bash or lunch at the office, you’ll have no problem having a flavorful kale meal you’ll love!
Whether it’s a dinner for two or a dinner party of ten, Fettucine with Sausage & Kale is a quick and filling dish for everyone! It’s great a beautiful Fall day filled with colorful leaves and a hefty appetite.
Stir up your summer diet with this Tuscan Kale & Farro Soup. It’s a great option for a hearty lunch or healthy dinner and can be made for approximately $2.50 per person. What the farro is farro? Find out more about farro’s health benefits and recipes here.
Written on July 20, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Nicole Witko
Whether you call ‘em lollipops or suckers, these treats on sticks are pure happiness. In honor of National Lollipop Day, we’ve shared some fun facts, our fave store-bought pop and even a recipe you can make at home!
One handmade sucker weighs more than two baseballs! We’ll have two, please.
Fun lollipop facts:
- The famous 1958 “Lollipop” song was written after Julius Dixson arrived late for a song writing session with Beverly Ross. He explained that his daughter had gotten a lollipop stuck in her hair, and that had caused him to be late. Ross was so inspired by the word “lollipop” that she sat down at the piano and produced a version of the song on the spot. The song was written for the duo, Ronald & Ruby, but most successfully covered by The Chordettes.
- The original machines made 40 lollipops per minute. Today’s machines produce 5,900 lollipops in one minute.
- The world’s largest lollipop weighed a whopping 7,003 lbs. and was 4 feet 8.75 inches in length, 3 feet 6 inches in width and 5 feet 11 inches in height. Talk about a lot of licks to get to the center of that lollipop!
Never thought you could make your own lollipops? Here’s how…
Get the recipe: Chewy-Centered Lollipops
More Candy Recipes:
Sources: wikipedia.com, guinnessworldrecords.com and candyusa.com
Written on July 17, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Nicole Witko
Happy National Peach Ice Cream Day! It’s summer, and there’s no better time to enjoy a nice juicy peach than right now. So stock up! This recipe ensures those peaches won’t go to waste.
5 Tips for Making Homemade Ice Cream:
1. To decrease prep time, store the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer, wrapped tightly in a plastic bag.
2. Add mix-ins, such as nuts and chocolate chips, for only the last minute of churning.
3. To ensure proper aeration, only fill the ice cream maker three-quarters of the way.
4. Make sure the ice cream “batter” or custard is cool before putting it into the machine.
5. To prevent ice crystals from forming in the freezer, place a piece of plastic wrap on the top surface and press down.
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Written on July 13, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Nicole Witko
It’s National French Fry Day so what better way to celebrate than with some crispy tots? Whether you prefer classic, garlic or sweet potato fries, there’s a recipe out there for you. No matter the occasion — you can throw a French fry tasting party or simply make a side for your burger — but today’s the day to make a batch of this summer favorite.
Fun facts about the French fry:
- French fries account for more than 1/4 of all potatoes sold in the U.S.
- The average American eats 30 pounds of French fries per year.
- Thomas Jefferson cultivated the potato and popularized its eating in the US.
Try out one of these homemade potato favorites, like our Bistro-Style Pommes Frites!
Get the recipes: Flavorful French Fry Recipes
Source: farmflavor.com and frenchfries.com
Written on July 10, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Nicole Witko
Emily Maynard has officially launched her very own jewelry line! With the help of Jessica Stanfield and Christi Pack, founders of Towne & Reese — a line Emily wore often on her season of The Bachelorette — she developed unforgettable, style-savvy accessories with personal touches. Her 63-piece girly-with-an-edge collection can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. See a few of Emily’s favorite pieces, plus learn about more of her favorite things below!
Favorite meal on The Bachelorette? “Every night in Prague my producer and I would go to the hotel restaurant and get a great dover sole dish.”
Her daughter’s favorite? “I make this green chicken recipes with tons of herbs and also a baked fried chicken with crushed pretzels.”
Guilty pleasure food? Ranch dressing and diet coke
Ice cream flavor? Pistachio
Summer grill-out dinner? Cheeseburgers
From left to right: Jessica Stanfield, Judi Peña (Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief), Lauren Smith (Web Editor), Emily Maynard, and Christi Pack.
Check out EmilyMaynard.com for more info.