Written on July 7, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Judith Pena
If you’re like me, you don’t need a specific holiday to encourage you to eat chocolate. However, when those special holidays do come along, you celebrate them with such dedication and gusto that some people may believe that you truly only save chocolate for special occasions–hah! That being said–high-fives all-around–because today’s the day to go crazy for cocoa, it’s World Chocolate Day!
Get the recipe: Spicy Chocolate Wings
Written on June 22, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
In honor of National Onion Ring Day, here are some fun facts you probably didn’t know about the one vegetable that makes us cry:
- The origin of onion rings is not confirmed. Some believe that a 1933 Crisco ad featured in The New York Times Magazine was the start to a deep-fried revolution. Some trust the Pig Stand restaurant chain, founded in Oak Cliff, Texas to be the founder. Nonetheless, A&W is credited with popularizing the novelty, while some people simply think this was a randomly selected day to eat some yummy food. Whose side are you on?
- Recently, The Riders 4 Relief National Onion Ring Eating Championship Presented by The Warehouse Stean n’ Stein was officially announced! First place wins $700 and a trophy. Time to get your eat on!
- According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest onion ever grown was in Silsden, England at a whopping 10 lbs. 14 oz.
For your next barbecue bash, try out one of our twists on the classic recipe like our Olympic Onion Rings!
Get the recipes: 5 Amazing Onion Rings
Written on June 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
June is National Iced Tea Month, but today is the day to make your own! Sweetened, sparkling, or frozen, the decision’s yours! It’s summer, and it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a good ole glass of iced tea. Below are our top five suggestions to making your glass extra special! -Nicole Witko
Fun Facts About Iced Tea:
- The oldest known recipe for sweet ice tea was published in 1879 in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree.
- Attempting to salvage the hot summer day in St. Louis in 1904, Richard Blechynden poured his brewed tea over ice, and the quintessential English tradition of taking tea was forever changed.
- In 2003, Georgia state representative, John Noel, tried to pass a house bill making it mandatory for all restaurants to serve sweet tea. Mr. Noel insists it was an April Fools’ Day joke but admits he wouldn’t mind if it became law.
- Americans consumed over 55 billion servings of tea (over 2.5 billion gallons) in 2007 with approximately 85% of the tea consumed as iced, according to the Tea Association of the USA.
Get the recipes:
You can’t go wrong with the classic Southern recipe! Try out this sweet and tasty delight.
Written on June 7, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Allyson Dickman
Whether you like your doughnuts glazed, sprinkled, cream-filled or in holes, today’s the day to go out and get yourself a dozen because we’re celebrating the 75th annual National Doughnut Day!
This foodie holiday has a long history, originally created in 1938 to honor the women who served the flaky, sweet pastries to WWII military men, it is celebrated on the first Friday of every June. Not like we need an excuse to indulge! Before heading out to buy your assorted dozen, take a bite out of these doughnut-loving facts:
- One of Rach’s fave cities, Austin, TX, is home to one of the oldest, most beloved doughnut shops in the country! Round Rock Donuts (originally named Lone Star Bakery) first opened its doors in 1926.
- By the numbers: 10 Billion doughnuts are made in the US each year; the average person eats 34 doughnuts a year; collectively, we spend $2 billion on doughnuts annually!
- The most popular doughnut goes to the ultimate classic: Glazed! They sell three times more often than any other flavor.
- Stack ‘em up: The tallest stack of doughnuts was made with 1,764 rings, measuring 43.5″ high.
- The largest doughnut ever made was a jelly-filled version that weighed 1.7 tons!
For more fun doughnut facts check out this mouth-watering infographic, provided by offers.com.
Got a doughnut craving? Check out our favorite doughnut-inspired desserts:
- Banana Doughnuts with Banana Frosting
- Breakfast Doughnut-Sausage Corn Dogs
- Cider Doughnut Holes
- Fake-out Doughnut Hole Croquembouche
- Michael Symon’s Doughnut Holes with Caramel Almond Sauce
- Grilled Doughnut Shortcake
Written on June 3, 2013 at 9:30 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Are you an egghead? If not, then it’s time you become one! Try one of our top five favorite egg dishes for B, L or D–breakfast, lunch or dinner–and tell us what you think in the comments below.
5. 6-Minute Egg
After boiling eggs for only 6-minutes, give them a quick dunk into an ice bath before peeling off their shells. When you dig your fork in, the yoke will surprise you — it’s still soft! Serve on top of toast, polenta grits or even oatmeal.
Written on May 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Why bake from a box when you can make this? Our creamy-dreamy chocolate cake with almond-coconut filing is a cinch and will serve up sweet savings as it costs only $1.60 per slice versus $7 restaurant slices.
Get the recipe: Almond Joy Layer Cake
Written on May 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm , by Judith Pena
As the saying goes there are few things as American as Apple Pie. So join us today, May 13th, as we celebrate this traditional dish and salute some of our favorite tasty variations for National Apple Pie Day.
This quintessential American dessert is always welcome whether it’s a
casual 4th of July picnic or a fancy Thanksgiving dinner.
Get the recipe: Classic Apple Pie
Written on May 10, 2013 at 11:00 am , by Judith Pena
Get the recipes: 15 Easy Shrimp Dinners
Did you know…
- Shrimp packs 18 grams of protein per a 3 ounce serving with only 83 calories and 1 gram of fat
- Shrimp has 45 micrograms of selenium, an antioxidant mineral that helps protect most body systems form unwanted damage, in every four ounces. In addition, research studies show that selenium found in shrimp can be well-absorbed into the human body.
- Although “shrimp” and “prawns” are both classified as crustaceans, the terms cannot be used interchangeably, as they belong to two different suborders pleocyemata and dendrobranchiata, respectively.
And lastly, “There’s a million ways to cook shrimp… shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich…” –Bubba in Forrest Gump
Written on April 30, 2013 at 5:33 pm , by Judith Pena
Once, in a moment of utter confusion, I asked my friends “So, when is the Cinco de Mayo happening?” to which they responded with only laughter until I figured out what I said wrong. “I meant, the party, people. When is the Cinco de Mayo party happening?!” With the “fifth of May” quickly approaching, we’re doing a round up of margaritas for this day of celebration!
Cinco de Mayo, not to be confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While only a minor holiday in Mexico, Mexican-Americans and Americans widely observe the day by celebrating Mexican heritage and culture through parades, music, food and parties (like the aforementioned)! So what cocktail would be a better choice to cheers with than a margarita featuring Mexico’s very own homegrown spirit, tequila? Take a look at a few of our favorite recipes below.
Written on April 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by Judith Pena
Celebrate National Prime Rib Day or any special occasion by sinking your teeth into this premium cut of meat using our seriously simple Roasted Prime Rib recipe. When buying prime rib, ask your butcher to trim some of the excess fat but leave a layer of fat to protect your meat as it roasts.