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?
Written on November 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
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:
Enjoy your foodie fusion fun. Thanksgivingukkah won’t happen again for another 70,000 years. Gobble Tov!
Witten by Jacquelynn D. Powers
Written on November 18, 2013 at 11:10 am , by Lauren Katz
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.
Written on November 16, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
During the holidays, nothing is more guaranteed than leftovers. Don’t let these goodies go to waste! There are plenty of items you can freeze and store for later in the year, but only if you pack them properly. Here are our best freezing techniques and tips to keep freezer burn at bay.
Use Heavy Duty Foil
To wrap foods already wrapped in plastic or parchment to add extra protection. Why? It’s less porous and much thicker than regular foil, and less prone to snagging and tears.
Use Freezer Paper
To prevent air exposure and moisture loss. The goal is to wrap tightly to keep air out. Why? The paper is thick and durable and has an air-resistant coating on one side that keeps food from drying out.
Use Freezer Bags
But make sure to leave an inch free at the top so you can press out the air when sealing. Why? Resealable plastic freezer bags are thicker and often have sturdier seals than regular storage bags.
No More UFO’s
Ban Unidentified Frozen Objects by noting the contents and freeze date on labels or tape with a permanent marker.
Written by Cheryl Slocum
Written on November 15, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
This month, raise awareness — and a glass — for a cause: Movember. Movember is a global charity dedicated to raising awareness for men’s health. Throughout the month of November, the charity encourages men to grow a mustache and ask their friends and family to donate to the cause. Women can participate too — all they have to do is register and urge their loved ones to donate. You may be familiar with No-Shave November, which raises cancer awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose. The campaign asks the public to take the money they would usually spend on shaving and grooming and donate it to cancer prevention. Whether you’re sprouting a ‘stache for Movember or have given up shaving for No-Shave November, there’s no better way to embrace the good deed than by celebrating!
Throw a ‘Stache Bash! Give everyone the chance to don a mustache (real or fake) for the night, serve facial hair-themed finger foods and throw out some mustache trivia questions. Give your guests the option to donate to the cause, and send them home with some fantastic mustache party accessories to remember the fun night. Check out some our stache-tastic recipes below!
Written on November 14, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
In a 21st-century twist on the holiday soup kitchen, several food trucks bearing all kinds of Thanksgiving goodness are hitting the road to help those in need. Check out what’s on offer, and how you can help
Photo courtesy of American Lunch Truck
American Lunch Truck will be delivering everyone’s favorite incarnation of the holiday’s leftovers– turkey sandwiches loaded with trimmings– to the city’s homeless. Donate: americanlunch.org
Los Angeles, CA
Global fusion truck Wicked Kitchen will be subbing turkey into some of its most popular chicken dishes, from tikka masala to Cajun jambalaya, and taking them to homeless shelters. Donate: wickedkitchen.com
San Antonio, TX
Thanksgiving will kick off a week early when the health-minded Chow Train starts delivering the fixings of a traditional feast to the homeless and hungry. Donate: thechowtrain.com
People’s food truck will take wood-fired grilled turkey ribs and other Southern fare to those in need not only on T-Day, but before and after as well. Donate: peoplesfoodtruck.com
Written by Jessica Colley