Holidays/Special Occasions

Our Issue in Action!

Written on December 6, 2013 at 11:20 am , by

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!

 

Be sure to tag your photos of our recipes and crafts on Twitter and Instagram (@rachaelraymag) for a chance to be featured on our blog!

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Charm Them with Cheese!

Written on December 6, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

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.

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Cocktails, Anyone?

Written on December 5, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

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!

 

 

 

Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Eggnog


Chocolate-Hazelnut Eggnog

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.

 

Coconut Eggnog Floats

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.

 

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Fast Idea Friday: Trail Mix Granola

Written on November 29, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

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.

 

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Thirsty Thanksgiving

Written on November 28, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

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!

 

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Written on November 23, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

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

 

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Thanksgiving + Hanukkah = Thanksgivukkah!

Written on November 22, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

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.

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Thanksgiving Traditions

Written on November 21, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

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?

 

 

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Thanksgivingukkah Takeover

Written on November 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by

You’ve heard of Christmasukkah, right? Well this year, prepare for the epic holiday mashup known as Thanksgivingukkah. This year Hanukkah occurs on November 27, the evening before Thanksgiving–which means the second night of Hanukkah actually falls on Turkey Day! This rare occurrence (the last time these two holidays collided was in 1888) poses a conundrum for Jewish Americans. The solution? Thanksgivingukkah! Already there are websites devoted to this faux holiday, including an online store where you can buy a menorah shaped like a turkey (called a menurkey, appropriately), t-shirts, aprons and posters.

 

For foodies, it’s an especially exciting moment. While traditional Hanukkah fare spans latkes (potato pancakes), brisket and fried doughnuts, Thanksgiving is known for its sweet potatoes, turkey and stuffing. So what should you serve at your Thanksgivingukkah feast? Here are a few menu suggestions:

Brisket with Sweet-Potato Tzimmes

Great Balls of Stuffing

 Cider Doughnut Holes

Enjoy your foodie fusion fun. Thanksgivingukkah won’t happen again for another 70,000 years. Gobble Tov!

Witten by Jacquelynn D. Powers

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Life is Short, Eat Pie for Dinner

Written on November 18, 2013 at 11:10 am , by

As the holiday season approaches, we’re all beginning to think about our favorite pie recipes that we just can’t wait to cook up and devour–whether it’s pumpkin, pecan or lemon chiffon. Put a Meatless Monday spin on your favorite dessert and try a savory pie for dinner. They may not be loaded with all things sweet and fruity, but they do promise cheesy, vegetable goodness that’s sure to leave you slicing up seconds.

 

Tomato Blue Cheese Tart

 

Vegetable Shepherds Pie

Spinach Ricotta Pie

 

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