Written on March 28, 2014 at 10:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Here’s a fast idea for a hostess gift that’s both beautiful and useful: an edible salad bouquet! Here’s the how-to:
Buy starter plants– green-leaf (like oak), red-leaf (like ruby) and flavorful mesclun mixes (arugula, kale)– at farmers’ markets or gardening stores and transfer them to a planter or pot. Add a note on a gardening tag, then let your friends dig in. Your hosts can enjoy it all season long!
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Written on March 27, 2014 at 11:14 am , by Lauren Katz
In our May issue, we explore tequila’s rival sibling, mezcal, a smoky, slow-roasted, double-distilled liquor also made from the agave plant. We tasted tons of mezcal cocktails from the country’s best bartenders and adapted two favorites–plus created one of our own! Go behind the scenes and explore our mezcal cocktail-making process. Then, get our fabulous cocktail recipe that was the result of one tasty testing session. ¡Salud!
Test Kitchen Associate, Charles Grayauskie and Test Kitchen Director, Janet McCracken doing some delicious research.
Lots of different ingredients go into making the perfect cocktail! The green Vida bottle (left) is actually many bartenders’ go-to mezcal: easy to find across the country and very easy to drink.
Pouring up Old Major’s La Rosa Bonita
From our test kitchen, The Smokin’ Dog–our own riff on the Greyhound!
6 oz. fresh grapefruit juice (pink or yellow)
1 oz. mezcal
Splash of club soda
1 grapefruit twist
Fill a rocks glass with ice, then add grapefruit juice and mezcal. Stir to blend; top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with the grapefruit twist. Makes 1.
Written on March 27, 2014 at 10:00 am , by Lauren Katz
It’s National Spanish Paella Day — you know, that rice and seafood dish stemming from Spain. And what goes better with a great paella than a great Spanish cocktail like Sangria to wash it all down? ¡Salud!
Written on March 26, 2014 at 10:22 am , by Lauren Katz
Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week” to appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.
Instagram user @cleanish_eats brought a whole new meaning to our #allwrappedup challenge! Her healthy lunch, consisting of chicken, avocado and cilantro is beautifully wrapped around thinly sliced cucumber. Its beautiful and healthy, and the dash of Tapatio hot sauce completes the true California look.
NEXT WEEK: We know how much you all love to cook, but now we want to see what you like to eat when you’re out! Use the hashtag #RRWhatchaEatin and show us what you’re chowing down on, whether it’s at your favorite lunch spot or a new restaurant for date night. Happy eating!
Written on March 25, 2014 at 10:00 am , by Lauren Katz
The festivities at SXSW may be over, but ya’ll are more determined than ever to find the perfect barbecue recipes. According to Lauren Whitehouse, Yahoo Web Trend Expert, over the past month Yahoo users have been searching up just about every kind of BBQ recipe, including sauce, ribs and even chicken pizza. We’ve pulled some of our top barbecue recipes that are just as easy to make at home as they are to devour with friends or family. If you missed out on Rachael’s SXSW Feedback Party in Austin, TX this year, don’t worry! We’re sharing one of the recipes she served up below, plus more Southern specialities, too.
From Rach’s SXSW Feedback Party: BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos
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Written on March 24, 2014 at 10:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Usually when we think of German cuisine, bratwurst, schnitzel and other meat-centric dishes come to mind. But there’s a whole vegetarian side of German food that’s just waiting to be discovered. While many dishes are potato-heavy, they can be lightened up with fresh and flavorful vegetables. So while we’re still slowly transitioning into spring, try some of these meatless German comfort foods. Don’t forget the Hefeweizen!
Written on March 22, 2014 at 10:00 am , by Allyson Dickman
At first we thought, no way, but the proof is in the sudsing! We put our editors to the test with a blind scrub-off of soaps, from popular supermarket brands to the fancy stuff, to see if their hands and noses could tell the difference. And it turns out, they can! Our priciest pick, Caldrea, at $9 per 16 ounces, won with triple the votes of any other soap. But you don’t always need to spend that much–most upscale brands deliver soothing, complex scents (Basil Blue Sage? Yes, please!), a richer, silkier lather and softer skin. In our book, anything that could make you look forward to washing the dishes is worth a few extra bucks!
Left: Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Lavender Dish Soap ($4 for 16 oz.; mrsmeyers.com)
Middle: Method Sea Minerals Dish Soap ($4 for 18 oz.; methodhome.com)
Right: Caldrea Mandarin Vetiver Dish Soap ($9 for 16 oz.; caldrea.com)
Written on March 21, 2014 at 10:05 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
When it comes to giving back, there’s nothing we care more about than a food-related charity. Whether it’s focusing on nutrition education or making sure children in schools don’t go hungry, there are plenty of organizations who make it their mission to keep America well fed. Rachael Ray is a philanthropist herself and has her own non-profit, Yum-o!, which empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking. If you’re looking to get involved, we’re big fans of the two food-centric charities below. Well, what are you waiting for?
Photo courtesy of Share Our Strength
Working to “shine a national spotlight on the crisis of childhood hunger in America,” Share Our Strength strives to connect children with effective nutrition programs such as school breakfast and summer meals. The No Kid Hungry network is made up of private citizens, government officials, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions within their communities.
As a part of their Single Barrel Dinner Series, Jack Daniels will host a charity dinner in NYC next week on March 26th to benefit Share Our Strength. Renowned chefs such as Food Network’s Chopped chefs Amanda Freitag and Aarón Sanchez, Ed’s Lobster Bar’s Ed McFarland and Daniel’s Mark Fiorentino will kick off the event with an intimate dinner and cocktail pairings. Tickets are limited–buy them here.
Photo courtesy of Recipe for Success
Recipe for Success provides hands-on nutrition education aimed towards preventing childhood obesity and encouraging long-term health. Each month, 4,000 children reap the benefits of the organization’s signature Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education initiative, which strives to help America’s youth understand, appreciate and eat their food.
In Houston? Join Recipe for Success on March 26th at Neiman Marcus for a Dress for Dinner fashion show and dinner with Nannette Lepore. Tickets for the fashion show or both the show and Dinner with the Designer are still available here. The best part: 100% of all ticket purchases will benefit the organization.
Written on March 21, 2014 at 10:00 am , by Lauren Katz
When 3 p.m. rolls around, there’s nothing we crave more than a crunchy snack that’s satisfying but doesn’t leave us feeling guilty. This seemed to be a bit of a challenge, until we tried Kettle Head Popcorn. Located in Denver, CO, the folks at Kettle Head combine organic popcorn with local ingredients for five stellar popcorn flavors, each one more unique and crave-worthy than the last. Each flavor is gluten-free, as well as either all-natural, vegetarian or dairy free, too.
Our mid-day snack craving was sufficed with the Toasted Cinnamon, Spicy Southwest, Denver Cheddar and Kettle Corn flavors, and it was truly tough to pick a favorite. The original kettle corn was just sweet enough and definitely left us feeling a bit nostalgic to the carnival days. Toasted Cinnamon was sweet and warm; we’d imagine it would go great with mixed nuts. The Denver Cheddar was savory and succulent, and tasted completely natural (no bright orange fingers here!). And the Spicy Southwest definitely warmed up our taste buds, with flavors of chili peppers and southwest spices. We hear it goes great with beer!
Kettle Head delivers nation-wide and delivery is free in Denver and the surrounding areas. You can order a small bag just to try it out or even a 1-gallon tin to feed the masses. Trust us, this stuff will go fast, so be prepared to share.
Written on March 20, 2014 at 10:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Happy first official day of spring! Whether you’re surrounded by sunlight or still shivering in your sweaters, use today as an opportunity to drink something seasonal: our Green Machine. Made with earthy green tea, tart lime juice and a sprig of mint, this green cocktail is perfect for brunch or a night in. You may even gain a little bit of hope for warmer weather!
2 ounces chilled prepared green tea
1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce agave nectar or honey
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add green tea, lime juice and agave nectar or honey; shake well. Strain into 2 flutes, then top with champagne. Garnish with fresh mint.
Tip: Look for matcha green tea to create the greenest hued cocktail.