Written on December 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by Lauren Katz
As you’re checking off your gift list, make sure you’ve covered everyone on your list: Including the foodie! When it comes to home cooking, you can never have too many pots, pans, utensils and cooking accessories. So this year, pick up a few of Rachael Ray’s best-selling kitchen tools, and give your friends a reason to make YOU a home-cooked meal!
Gift Pick #1: Rachael Ray 14 Piece Cookware Set
This gift is ideal for someone who’s just moved into a new home or needs to restock their kitchen. It includes all of the pans needed to equip your kitchen with the most-used cooking pieces, like sauce pans, stock pots and skillets. With deep sides, you’ll make the most of each pot and will have plenty of room for one-dish meals. The pots are hard-andonized, which means they’re exceptionally durable, heat quickly and evenly and reduce “hot spots” that can burn foods. They’re also dishwasher and oven safe with nonstick interiors and rubberized handles that can withstand temperatures up to 350 degrees. These pots are everything a home cook could need, and more. You may want to pick up an extra set for yourself! Purchase the set here.
Written on December 9, 2013 at 11:24 am , by Lauren Katz
Christmas time is upon us, and what better way to count down the days than with cookies? Over the next three weeks, we’ll be sharing 16 different cookie recipes. The best part? They all start with the same base dough, so you can mix and match flavors as you please! Holiday baking just got a whole lot easier.
For our inaugural #RRcookiecountdown post, we’re sharing the recipe for our Buttery Holiday Cookie dough that’ll be the base for the rest of your doughs. But don’t worry–if you want to stop here, the dough is just as delicious by itself or covered in frosting!
Buttery Holiday Cookies
2 sticks butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. coarse salt
1. In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium until pale and fluffy, 5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl. Beat in the yolks and vanilla until just combined.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour and salt, then combine with the butter mixture on low speed until just incorporated.
3. Halve the dough, flatten into disks, wrap in plastic and chill 1 hour.
4. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies, transfer to cookie sheets and chill 15 minutes.
5. Bake at 350 degrees until golden, 17 to 20 minutes. Cool cookies on racks. Decorate with Easy Icing and sprinkles.
In a medium bowl, stir 2 cups confectioners’ sugar with 3 tbsp. whole milk and 3 tbsp. melted butter. Thin with a few drops of water to desired consistency.
Written on December 6, 2013 at 11:20 am , by Lauren Katz
Nothing makes us happier than seeing our ideas in YOUR homes! Two very special readers put our November issue to the test this Thanksgiving holiday and we were wowed the by results. Check is out!
Jaime Hollander, Every Day with Rachael Ray merchandising director, made all six of our gravy wheel recipes and turned them into a full on gravy bar. She completed the spread with a chalkboard platter that’s both informational and super cute (you know how much we love chalkboards!).
The Spivak family from Potomac, MD used two ideas from our “15 Holiday Table Tricks from the Pros” story: David Stark’s apple centerpeiece and Alison Caporimo’s kids’ tablecloth. We think it was a smashing success!
Written on December 6, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Your holiday cheese plate is only as good as its pairings. Our five favorite fromages–each perfect on its own–become utterly sublime when put together and served with their best sidekicks.
Cheddar: Strong English-style cheddars can stand up to bold, salty meats, like salami (though garlicky ones will overtake the cheese’s complex flavor). Walnuts bring out cheddar’s earthiness.
Blue: When serving a blue, think sweet: honey (its classic match), bittersweet chocolate, dried dates and even that seasonal standby, fruitcake.
Triple-Créme: Truth is, you don’t want to muck up an already perfect triple-créme with anything fancy. For textural contrast, munch on a handful of hazelnuts.
Goat: Tart dried fruits like apricots or cranberries compliment the tang of goat cheese. Crumbly, buttery pine nuts are small enough to press right into the cheese.
Sheep’s-Milk: Take a cue from Spanish tapas bars and serve sheep’s-milk cheese with sweet, slightly tart membrillo (quince paste), available at cheese shops and many supermarkets. Roasted almonds bring out the cheese’s nutty, salty flavors.
Tip: Contrary to popular wisdom, not every cheese should be eaten with bread or crackers. Harder cheese don’t have much moisture, so the combination can be unappetizingly dry. Eat those on their own and save the carbs for creamier cheeses.
Written on December 5, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Because the holiday gatherings deserve better than the stuff in the carton, we’re sharing our favorite recipes for Eggnog! Just start with our classic recipe for Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Eggnog, then can change it up…two different ways!
Change it up based on the Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Eggnog: In Step 1, whisk 1/2 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread and 6 tbsp. cocoa powder into the egg yolk-sugar mixture; substitute brandy for the bourbon; omit the nutmeg. To serve, moisten the rims of 8 glasses with water, then dip them in 1/2 cup finely ground hazelnuts Fill the glasses with ice and then the eggnog. Garnish with dark-chocolate shavings.
Change it up based on the Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Eggnog: In step 1, substitute 1 cup canned cream of coconut for the 1/2 cup sugar and spiced rum for the bourbon; omit the nutmeg. Pour into glasses and top with scoops of coconut sorbet or ice cream. Sprinkle with large flakes of toasted coconut. Serve with spoons.
Written on November 29, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Happy day after Thanksgiving! If you’re anything like us, you got up at the crack of dawn for some epic Black Friday shopping (or you’re already home from those crazy 3 am sales). Which just goes to show, the holiday season is both wonderful and crazy at the same time. So you’re going to need snacks to keep you energized all season long. And we’ve got just the recipe for you: Our fast and easy Trail Mix Granola?
Store-bought trail mix combined with sweet cinnamon-y oats and baked to perfection–what could be bad about that? Make a big batch for your whole family to enjoy. Watch the step-by-step video here.
More Fast Ideas
Written on November 28, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Not only is it Thanksgiving, but it’s also Thirsty Thursday! We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to give you some quick, last-minute cocktail ideas that pair perfectly with your holiday meal. Now that’s something to be thankful for!
To wash down all that heavy turkey and stuffing, try a refreshing Rum-Spiked Ginger Beer Cocktail.
A Cran-Limoncello mirrors the flavors of homemade cranberry sauce.
With flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, a Gingersnap goes great with pumpkin, apple or pecan pie!
From everyone at Every Day with Rachael Ray, Happy Thanksgiving!
Written on November 23, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Give your guests something to be extra thankful for by sending them home with a tasty favor box. Since those Thanksgiving dishes you spent all day preparing deserve better than plastic wrap, set out empty containers (find cute boxes at craft stores or at papermart.com) and some ribbon as you’re cleaning up and let folks load them up with leftovers. Seal the deal with a cute sticker or tag and rest assured that everyone will enjoy a home-cooked lunch tomorrow!
Click here to download our Thanksgiving take-home bag stickers and tags, plus 20 Thanksgiving leftover recipes!
Photograph by Johnny Miller
Written on November 22, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Last week, we asked our Facebook fans if and how they’ll be celebrating “Thanksgivukkah,” the hybrid holiday of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Many of you said you WILL be taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, since the next time the two holidays will overlap won’t be for almost 78,000 years! You gave us some really creative and tasty ideas, but if you’re still looking for that perfect Thanksgivukkah dish, consider this our gift to you: Three side dish recipes that perfectly pair Thanksgiving food with traditional Jewish fare.
Potato latkes are a Hanukkah staple. Rather than topping sweet potatoes with marshmallows, sub them in to Sweet Potato-Apple Latkes with Cranberry Sauce, your Turkey’s favorite condiment!
No Thanksgiving table is complete without stuffing. Make a sweet version using Challah, a traditional Jewish bread, for Fruited Brioche Stuffing.
And because every holiday party needs a great appetizer, make these Smoked Salmon Bagel Bites, a finger food-version of a typical Sunday morning Hanukkah breakfast.
Written on November 21, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Thanksgiving is all about family traditions, and who better to find out what those traditions are than our readers? The results are in; Here are our Thanksgiving tradition stats. Where do you fit in?