Written on February 13, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Just two short days stand between you and the weekend, and even less time stands between you and happy hour. No matter what time your drinking activities begin, you should enjoy this blushing twist on a brunch classic: The Rosy Mimosa.
Not only do you swap out champagne for sparkling rosé wine, but also try using the juice of a Cara Cara orange, an extra juicy, low-acidity navel orange that’s pretty in pink. Here’s the full recipe:
1 part Cara Cara orange juice
2 parts sparkling rosé
Combine juice and rosé in a champagne flute and enjoy! Does it get much simpler than that? Cheers!
Written on February 12, 2014 at 11:05 am , by Lauren Katz
Ever see Marsala wine in a recipe and wonder, “Can I just drink it?” Guess what: You can sip the Sicilian beverage (especially today, on National Drink Wine Day)! It tastes great with cured meats and aged cheeses. But remember that it’s fortified, so a grape spirit, such as brandy, has been added to preserve the wine. There are dry and sweet versions: Dry has a rich, smoky flavor that’s ideal for sauces (think chicken marsala); sweet is sometimes used to give tiramisu its boozy kick. Try using it in these dishes:
Written on February 12, 2014 at 9:00 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 and blogger @andrea__hood is a certified health coach and a dedicated foodie to all things delicious! Her Kale & Quinoa Minestrone Soup and Spicy Grilled Cheese Sandwich is definitely something we’d want to enjoy while curled up on the couch. There’s no food combo more quintessential than the tomato soup and grilled cheese combo. It just screams “comfort food” so much to us that we knew we had a winner for the #comfortfood challenge! Get more of Andrea Hood’s healthy recipes and lifestyle advice on her website here.
NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE: We want to see your tallest, most stackable creations, using the hashtag #piledhigh. So whether you jam pack your sandwiches, or pipe your cupcakes with a little too much frosting, show us what you’ve got!
Written on February 11, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Buy a bag of frozen shredded spuds, then mix, pan-fry and top your way to the best-ever breakfast potatoes.
1. Lumberjack Special
Stir it in: chopped browned breakfast sausage
Top it off: butter, maple syrup
2. Spicy Ranchero
Stir it in: shredded pepper jack cheese, spicy salsa
Top it off: sour cream, chopped cilantro, squeeze of lime
3. Cheeseburger & Fries
Stir it in: browned ground beef, shredded yellow cheddar
Top it off: pickle slices, finely chopped onion
4. Veggie Confetti
Stir it in: shredded carrots, parsnips and beets, squeezed dry
Top it off: chopped fresh thyme, sage and parsley
5. French Onion
Stir it in: caramelized onions, chopped fresh thyme
Top it off: shredded gruyere
6. Everything but the Bagel
Stir it in: sliced red onion, capers
Top it off: sliced smoked salmon, cream cheese
By Nina Elder
Written on February 10, 2014 at 1:28 pm , by Lauren Katz
Bacon lattes, crazy guacamole combinations and Vegemite Toast: When it comes to trying exotic foods and flavor combos, the staff at Every Day with Rachael Ray is always down. But this idea had us a little mind-boggled (not to mention sweaty after consuming): Chocolate-covered jalapeño peppers!
FTD is an online flower and gift shop that, just like most retailers, is gearing up for Valentine’s Day. These spicy treats definitely caught our attention! Each pepper is hand-dipped in milk, dark or white chocolate and arrives perfectly chilled and fresh. But beware! Each pepper is raw, so watch out for a mouth full of seeds, the spiciest part of the pepper.
The thought of eating spicy peppers with chocolate was pretty foreign to us, but after one bite we knew we had found a winning flavor combination. The chocolate cuts through the raw heat of the pepper, but still leaves your mouth a little toasty (depending on your spice tolerance). This is a treat we’d love to share with our Valentine — as long as they’re just as open to trying to new things as we are. Click here to save $10 on your purchase, and still get it in time for the big day!
Written on February 10, 2014 at 11:29 am , by Lauren Katz
By this point, you probably have a stash of #MeatlessMonday recipes up your sleeve. If we had to bet, we’d say you’ve probably already made a veggie burger or meatless chili – maybe even more than once! Craving something new? Our newest installment of Meatless Monday is here to deliver, by taking your taste buds around the world. We’ll be featuring a different set of international dishes to keep Mondays tastier than ever, and hopefully expose you to some new foreign flavors. First up: The flavors of Italia!
Written on February 8, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Before you head out to the grocery store this weekend, make sure you know which egg whites are most cost- and time-efficient.
It may seem tempting to buy a box of egg whites, but fresh whites come with some savings and a built-in bonus: yolks!
Why You Should Buy Them
Fresh whites are not only half the price of packaged whites, but also their pure eggy flavor and fluffy texture make the effort of separating your own eggs well worth it.
How You Should Use Them
Written on February 7, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
We’re at the 1-week countdown to the most romantic day of the year! We know proving to your sweetheart just how romantic you can be can seem intimidating, especially when Valentine’s Day lands on a weekday, but here’s a fast idea that’s impressive, yet simple enough for any rushed morning. Send your honey to work with a homemade English Danish in hand. They might even forget that it’s a weekday, after all!
Wouldn’t it be cute to cut out hearts in the center? They always say everything tastes better with love! Get the full recipe here.
More Fast Ideas
Written on February 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm , by Lauren Katz
Last night, Rachael celebrated her #1 pooch, Isaboo’s 9th birthday with a delicious doggie cake that looked good enough for humans!
The adorable cake was made with ground lamb, barley, carrot and parsley. And don’t worry, that frosting isn’t full of sugar. She whipped together cream cheese, beet juice and bacon crumble to create the pink topping–delish! If that doesn’t scream “puppy love,” we don’t know what does!
Written on February 6, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Six weeks into the new year, you may feel a little less motivated to stick to some of those New Year’s resolutions. But all it takes is some smart decision-making and a little bit of effort to make healthy food exciting again. What could be easier than water?! It’s something you drinking regularly anyway, so let’s give it a facelift. Here’s how to stay hydrated and healthy.
Instead of floating a few wan slices of cucumber or orange in your H2O, puree the produce with a little water, strain it and mix in some more water. The refreshing result, known as agua fresca, will taste like a liquid distillation of the ingredient. Try it with any fruit or vegetable you love. Hydration just got a whole lot tastier!
Agua Fresca Fiesta
2 cups diced cantaloupe, pineapple or English cucumber, or 2 cups whole raspberries or pomegranate seeds
6 cups cold filtered water
Ice, for serving
1. Place the fruit (or vegetable) in a blender with 2 cups water. Blend on low speed until finely chopped but not pureed.
2. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve set over a bowl; press on the solids. Transfer to a pitcher; add the remaining 4 cups water. Skim and discard any foam that rises to the top. Pour the drink into ice-filled glasses, and enjoy all day long!
By Tula Karras