#RRWhatchaCookin #easybeinggreen Challenge Winner: @ahomechef

Written on March 5, 2014 at 10:19 am , by

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.

 

We asked you to incorporate all things green into this week’s challenge, and instagram user @ahomechef‘s Basil Pesto with Broccoli definitely lived up to the challenge. It’s not always easy incorporating healthy ingredients into favored dishes like pasta, but earthy broccoli seems like the perfect addition to a fresh and flavorful basil pesto. Plus, it basically blends right in! See, it can be easy being green.

 

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE: In honor of March being National Sauce Month, we want to see your sauciest pictures! So whether you’re dousing an ice cream sundae in homemade chocolate sauce or tossing ravioli in a spicy marinara, be sure to tag your photos with both #RRWhatchaCookin and #saucy for a chance to be featured on our blog. Good luck!

 
 

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#TrendingTuesday: Mardi Gras

Written on March 4, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

You may not be roaming Bourbon street, sipping on hurricanes and munching on beignets, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still embrace the New Orleans-famous holiday of Mardi Gras. It’s Fat Tuesday, people, and you should be celebrating. Whether you’re looking for a snack native to the Bayou or a full blown Big Easy dinner, we’ve got the perfect recipes to suit your fancy. So dig out your beads and masks and get cooking, y’all!

 

Shrimp & Grits

 

Battered Okra Bites

 

Chicken Andouille & Shrimp Jambalaya

 

Beignets

 
 
 

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Happy Mulled Wine Day!

Written on March 3, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Here’s a fun fact that’s sure to ease your Monday blues: It’s Mulled Wine Day! Mulled wine is a classic cocktail that’s perfect for these chilly nights. It’s spicy, sweet and just strong enough to warm you from the inside out. While we usually associate white wine with being chilled, here’s a mulled wine recipe that calls for pinot grigio. It’s light, spiced and just sweet enough, it may even make your Monday feel like Friday. Cheers!

 

 

Spiced Mulled White Wine

 

1 lemon

1 (750ml) bottle white wine, such as pinot grigio

1/2 cup honey

1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced into rounds

8 whole cloves

6 star anise pods

1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns

 

Using a peeler, zest lemon. In a saucepan, bring zest and remaining ingredients to a simmer over medium. Remove from heat, cover and let steep 10 minutes. Makes 4.

 

 

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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: National Frozen Food Month

Written on March 1, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Did you know March is National Frozen Food Month? Not only is this a great excuse to keep your freezer fully stocked, but also it gives you a reason to try some great freezer-aisle products. So before you head to the grocery store this weekend, make sure to check out these two new breakfast items that deserve a prime spot in the ‘ol ice box:

 

Good Food Made Simple Breakfast in a Bowl pairs bacon, sausage or veggies with egg whites for a fab fuel-up. ($3.49)

 

 

 

Made with organic eggs, cheddar and bell peppers, PJ’s Organic Denver Breakfast Burritos are portable A.M. meals. ($3.39)

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Fast Idea Friday: Sweet Potato Hash

Written on February 28, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

As we turn the calendar from February to March, let’s take advantage of our last chance to celebrate National Sweet Potato Month: With a hash. Our brand new Sweet Potato Hash is smoky and just spicy enough to get your morning going. Serve it under some friend eggs and you’ve got yourself a balanced Tex-Mex breakfast or brunch.

 

 

Get the full recipe for Sweet Potato Hash here. Happy brunching!

 

 

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Thirsty Thursday: What’s a Horchata?

Written on February 27, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

You may have heard of this authentic Mexican beverage, and you may have even tried one at some point, but do you know what, exactly, a horchata is? Made from rice or almond milk, a horcahta is a refreshing, cinnamon-spiked beverage with an extensive history tracing back to ancient Egypt. As the story goes, the horchata was created to serve on hot summer days without the risk of spoilage (a true horchata is dairy-free), and is comprised of a mixture of homemade almond and rice milk, cinnamon and sugar. Our version, however, is quick and easy, but still tastes authentic as ever. The best part? You can serve it warm for these chilly winter days!

 

 

Cinnamon Horchata

4 cups unsweetened rice milk

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

1 1/2 tsp. pure almond extract

ground cinnamon

 

In a saucepan, bring rice milk, sugar, cinnamon sticks and almond extract to simmer over medium. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, 5 minutes. Serve hot, or let cool and pour over ice. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Serves 4.

 

 

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Rachael’s SOBEWFF 2014 Burger Bash!

Written on February 26, 2014 at 6:13 pm , by

This past weekend, Rachael headed down to South Beach for her annual Burger Bash at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. We can only imagine what a delicious task it is to judge some of the country’s best burgers, and we were more than thrilled to see Rach tweeting about each delicious burger she sampled. This year, the chefs let their imaginations run wild, and came up with some of the most unique things between two buns. Rach flipped for Shake Shack‘s SmokeShack, which took first place in the Best of the Munchies award, as well as Blue Bell, PA’s Phil’s Tavern‘s burger with mashed potatoes right on top!

 

Shake Shack’s SmokeShack, Photo by Andrew Kaplan

 

 

Phil’s Tavern’s Burger with Mashed Potatoes, Photo by Rachael Ray

 

 

Other mentionable burgers? Rach thought Chicago’s Lillie’s Q‘s Pimento Cheese Burger with Koolaid Pickles “might take it,” and said NYC’s Commerce Restaurant‘s Patty Melt was a top contender. She made note of the only seafood entry this year, NYC’s Ed’s Chowder House‘s Skuna Bay Salmon Burger and Miami’s Pincho Factory‘s Toston Burger, in between two fried plantain buns explaining, “We are in Miami after all.”

 

With more than 20 burgers to sample and salivate over, the judges had their work cut out for them! We must admit, though, it would definitely be a job worth the mess!

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin #latenighteats challenge winner: @judena20

Written on February 26, 2014 at 10:08 am , by

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.

A dark setting and savory dumplings fresh out of the pan? This dish, created by instagram user @judena20, just screams #latenighteats! We’d say there’s never a wrong time to be noshing on pork, veggie or chicken dumplings, but these little pockets of Asian-y goodness seem particularly appropriate for an extended evening out… or in!

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE: We’re loving all of your #RRWhatchaCookin challenge photos and have noticed a rise in the amount of healthy dishes you’re posting. So for next week’s challenge, we want to see your best dishes that prove its #easybeinggreen. Whether you’re slurping a spinach smoothie for breakfast, munching on a kale salad for lunch or even just dipping into a hearty guacamole for a midday snack, show us how you’re cooking with nature’s favorite color. Remember to use both the #RRWhatchaCookin and #easybeinggreen hashtags in order to be considered!

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Trending Tuesday: Zucchini

Written on February 25, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

When it comes to making healthy choices, utilizing zucchini may not be at the top of your list. But now more than ever, people are appreciating the versatility of this member of the squash family and using it as a substitute for carbohydrates in many unique ways. According to Yahoo Web Trend Expert, Lauren Whitehouse, searches for zucchini recipes are up 1830% this month, and include things like zucchini noodles, zucchini lasagna, zucchini fries and baked zucchini chips. But Zucchini has a sweet side, too. Users are still looking for those classic chocolate zucchini cake and zucchini muffin recipes to stick to a healthier diet, even through dessert. Try some of our top zucchini recipes and you may never look at it as just a side dish veggie again!

 

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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Asian Made Meatless

Written on February 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm , by

The next stop on our vegetarian culinary journey brings us to Asia. We know it’s easy to call up for some veggie stir fry or miso soup, but why stick to the basics when you can have things like vegetable dumplings and nutty noodles? So drop the take-out menu and try one of our healthy, hearty and oh-so flavorful recipes this Meatless Monday that may even replace your go-to restaurant altogether.

 

Nutty Asian Noodles with Carrots & Edamame

 

Mushroom-Stuffed Asian Eggplant

 

Vegetable Dumplings

What other ethnic cuisines would you like to see made meatless?

 

 

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