Written on November 9, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
If you’ve broken off one too many corks in the necks of wine bottles, a high-speed, push-button, supposedly-error-free electric corkscrew probably sounds appealing. But after testing a variety of models, we’re electing not to go electric (and save up to $30). Here’s why:
They’re space suckers
You have to devote counter space and an outlet to the charging dock. And if you forget to juice it up before party time, you’re right back to corkscrewing by hand. Plus, electric ones are bulky. A manual corkscrew fits in your silverware drawer; one of these guys–as big as 10 inches high and 3 inches wide–needs a permanent home on the countertop docking station or space in a cabinet.
There’s plenty of room for operator error
To uncork a bottle, you line up the electric opener over the cork, then press down while you turn on the motor. To pull the cork out, you switch the power button into reverse. But be warned: If you don’t have a good grip on the bottle or the right amount of pressure on the opener, your wine bottle could start shaking or, worse, spin out of your hands. And, sorry to say, you may not have seen the end of decapitated corks. Misalign the “worm” (the pointy spiral part) and the cork won’t just break, it will become lodged in the device, and to get it out, you’ll have to putt apart the protectice plastic shield. Good luck putting that back together again.
The wine world is going screw-top anyway
(Or at least the wine in our world is! Check out all of these great screw-top sippers.)
By Lambeth Hochwald; Photograph by Levi Brown
Written on November 8, 2013 at 5:11 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Whether you need a pre- or post-Thanksgiving moment of Zen, take advantage of our exclusive spa deals, or go the DIY route with luxe tub treats.
1. The Body Shop Honeymania Moisture Bubble Bath Melt
…creates extra-creamy suds. ($14, thebodyshop.com)
2. Lush’s Enchanter Bomb
…is citrus-spiked and fizzes and froths as it dissolves. ($6.25, lushusa.com)
3. Le Couvent des Minimes Orange Blossom Foaming Bath
…creates sublimely scented bubbles. ($25, usa.lecouventdesminimes.com)
4. Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Bath & Body Oil
…yields silky, sweet-smelling skin. ($20, sephora.com)
5. h2o+ Sea Salt Skin Smoother
…will take care of any rough patches. ($27, h20plus.com)
Sign yourself up for a fab 50-minute Swedish Massage at any Elizabeth Arden Red Door spa between now and December 31, mention “Rachael Ray 13″ when booking, and pay $99 for a service that normally costs $125-ish. (reddoorspas.com)
If you need a megadose of de-stressing, go for Bliss Spa’s 24-Heaven body treatment at a location with a wet room. First comes an oatmeal mask with a heated wrap, then a Vichy shower (you’re hotizontal under a bunch of nozzles) and for the grand finale, a body blam rubdown. The service regularly costs $155, but present this page at checkout to get 20% off between now and December 31. (blissworld.com)
by Abbie Kozolchyk
Written on November 8, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Did you know November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month? Here’s a fast way to celebrate: PB & B Burritos, complete with crunchy peanut butter, bananas, yogurt and honey. It’s the perfect healthy snack to make you feel like a kid again.
Watch our step-by-step video on how to make these sweet and crunchy treats here.
Written on November 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm , by Lauren Katz
Throughout the month of November, our editor-in-chief, Lauren Purcell, will be sharing Thanksgiving tips on the food section of NowThis News, as well as their instagram, @NowThisFood. Turkey tips in 15 seconds? It doesn’t get much easier than that–or more fun! Check out the intro video here on our Instagram and watch the first video on @NowThisFood, where Lauren explains how to roast a turkey without a rack!
Written on November 7, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
A proper holiday party needs a few key items: good company, tasty finger food and a great signature cocktail. While having a fully stocked bar may be ideal, it’s just as special (and way more cost-efficient) to have one or two drinks that you can proudly say you mixed up yourself. Whether you like sweet and sparkly or stiff and tangy (or both!), here are a few holiday cocktail ideas to get you started:
Ginger + Lime Juice + Club Soda + Vodka = Fizzy Ginger Limeade
Pomegranate Juice + Prosecco + Tangerine Juice = Tangerine Pomegranate Sparklers
Rosé + Grape Juice = Blushing Rosé Punch
Written on November 6, 2013 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 @greedygirlcooks is just like us: she’s totally into fall flavors right now, and we can tell with this Pumpkin Sausage & Raisin Rice dish! She used homemade stock, fresh pumpkin, savory breakfast sausage and fresh sage. Does that just scream, “fall” or what?! Get the recipe on her blog here.
Written on November 5, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Fuel your fall adventures (and save money) by making your own healthy snacks. Whip up a batch of one of these tasty trail-mix combos created by Nekisia Davis, the genius behind Brooklyn, New York’s wildly popular Early Bird Granola. Then get outside!
1 cup salted roasted almonds – 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots – 1/2 cup golden raisins – 1/2 cup broken wheat crackers – 1/8 tsp. cinnamon – generous pinch salt – makes 2 1/2 cups
2 cups salted popcorn – 1 cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped – 1 cup salted roasted pistachios – 2 tsp. cocoa powder – generous pinch salt – makes 4 cups
3. Kid Stuff
1 cup peanut butter puff cereal – 1 cup yogurt-covered pretzels, broken into bite-size pieces – 1/2 cup raisins – 1/2 cup salted sunflower seeds – makes 3 cups
4. Protein Fix
1/2 cup sliced beef jerky – 1/2 cup store-bought kale chips – 1/2 cup salted roasted pecans – 1/2 cup rice crackers, broken into bite-size pieces – 1/2 cup carrot chips, broken into bite-size pieces – pinch salt – makes 2 1/2 cups
5. Far Eastern
2/3 cup salted roasted cashews – 2/3 cup sesame sticks – 1/2 cup sliced dried mango – 1/2 cup puffed rice cereal – 1/2 cup dried wasabi peas – 2 tbsp. sliced candied ginger – makes 3 cups
6. Health Nut
2/3 cup salted roasted walnuts – 2/3 cup salted roasted almonds – 1/2 cup dried blueberries – 1/2 cup dried sour cherries – 2 tbsp. hemp seeds – generous pinch salt – makes 2 1/2 cups
Written on November 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm , by Lauren Katz
It’s that time of the year again: When pumpkins stop being carved into Jack-o-Lanterns and start getting cooked into pies. Yep, we’re talking about everyone’s favorite food holiday, Thanksgiving. Whether it’s your first time hosting Turkey Day, or you’re a seasoned pro looking for more adventurous dishes, our November 2012 issue features six different menus for every kind of cook. (And psst, just got nominated for a FOLIO: Award for Best Overall Design along with our FOLIO nominated story, Honk If You’re Hungry!) Find a menu fit for your Thanksgiving feast below!
For the first-timer, we show cooks how to make and carve a wonderfully easy Herb Butter Turkey with Cranberry Grapefruit Sauce, 4-ingredient Maple-Mashed Sweet Potatoes and a classic, yet simple Pecan Pie with Bourbon Ice Cream.
Our speedy menu guarantees dinner on the table in 2 hours. The timeline includes Cherry-Chipotle Turkey Breast, Microwavable Quick Cauliflower Puree and Chocolate Cream Puffs with Cranberry Compote made from store-bought puff pastry.
For the adventurous cook, we packed a serious flavor punch with an Indian-inspired menu featuring Tandoori-Spiced Turkey with Cracked Pepper Gravy, Naan & Cashew Stuffing and Cardamom-Vanilla Custards.
Don’t think we forgot about the vegetarians! This meatless menu consists of plenty of seasonal veggies that taste just like the holidays: Roasted Spiced Squash, Pistachio-Pomegranate Chopped Salad and Brown Butter Pumpkin Layer Cake, because vegetarians like dessert, too!
For the thrifty cook, we keep a budget at $40 to feed a crowd of eight. Here’s how we do it: Buttermilk-Marinated Turkey with Onion Gravy, super-cost-efficient Creamed Cabbage and fancy but frugal Gingered Carrot & Kale Ribbons.
Finally, our Make-Ahead Menu provides a timeline that begins the cooking a week in advance for a stress-free holiday. Cornmeal Stuffing Muffins are made a week ahead, Sweet Potato and Apple Gratin is made 2 days ahead and all that’s left to do on Thanksgiving Day is cook the Brined Dijon Turkey with Pan Gravy.
Written on November 4, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
We’ll always have a soft spot in our hearts for the standard potato, but lately, the sweet potato has crept into all of our favorite recipes. Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A and fiber, and they add a natural sweetness to any dish. If you thought the recipes ended at casserole and fries, think again. We’re taking some classic potato recipes and subbing in the sweet kind.
Potatoes au Gratin is now Sweet Potato & Apple Gratin
We’re swapping out your regular mash for Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Potato Pancakes can be sweet too! Try Sweet Potato Latkes with Cinnamon Sour Cream
What’s your favorite way to use sweet potatoes? Tell us in the comments below!
Written on November 2, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
As Thanksgiving approaches, the last thing you want is extra work. So why struggle with a corkscrew? We taste-tested dozens of twist-off wines under $20 that taste great with turkey and all the trimmings.
1. Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012, $15
This New Zealand white is fruity, crisp and so drinkable our editor-in-chief orders it by the case.
2. Lapostolle Casa Grand Selection Chardonnay 2011, $12
Many chardonnays are too rich for Thanksgiving but this unoaked version won’t compete with the food.
3. Lorenza Rosé 2012, $17
Satisfy both red and white wine drinkers with this slightly dry and floral goes-with-anything Italian rosé.
4. Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Pinot Noir 2011, $19
You can sip this jammy, all-around staff fave straight through to the pumpkin pie.
5. Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Red Syrah 2012, $10
The hint of spice in this syrah blend is a great match for herb-loaded side dishes.
6. Montes Twins Malbec 2011, $14
This blend of malbec and cabernet sauvignon is full-bodied enough to please the “big red” lovers but still works with turkey.
Wine Cheat Sheet
Can’t find our picks? Ask your wine seller for whites and rosés that are crisp, citrusy and not too heavy. Request reds with a medium amount of fruit, easy on the oak.
By Elizabeth Jenkins