Written on September 4, 2013 at 10:51 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Guess who’s here to dish on cooking with the nation’s most beloved nannas (and poppas)! Daily Show vet Mo Rocca, whose Cooking Channel series, My Grandmother’s Ravioli, kicks off its second season this month.
By David Farley
Q: How did the show get its name?
A: My granmother made pasta from scratch, and her ravioli were big pockets stuffed with ground beef, spinach and garlic with a light tomato sauce. They were delicious – and large and light and delicate. So when Nora Ephron was a guest on my NPR show, Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!—and I was talking about the inspiration for my new cooking show—she pointed out that My Grandmother’s Ravioli was the obvious name. I loved going back to the network people to say not only did I have a great name, but Nora Ephron helped me come up with it.
Q: How do you decide who will be featured?
A: We want people who really care about cooking. They also have to have a good personality, but not in that crazy reality TV way. These are people you actually want to be related to.
Q: The show has you cooking with grandmas from everywhere. Have you found a universal ingredient?
A: Garlic. Everyone uses it. In fact, my own Italian grandmother’s apartment always smelled like garlic.
Q: What’s been the biggest surprise?
A: Almost none of the grandmothers measure ingredients. And grandfathers measure even less! They’re extreme non-measurers!
Q: Beyond recipes, what have you learned?
A: How to cut onions without crying. From a Pakistani grandfather, actually, I learned that you should drink a glass of red wine before cutting them. Though he may just have wanted an excuse to drink wine.
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Written on September 3, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
When done right, pizza dough is crispy and crunchy and delicious. The secret? A long, slow rise. Follow our step-by-step lead for the best-ever 6-ingredient pizza dough!
Learn how to mix, pour, turn, oil, punch, shape, rest and finally roll out the best-ever pizza dough.
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Written on August 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Canning and pickling are back in a big way, and it’s easier than you think! If you know how to boil water, you can stock away sweet, juicy, peak-season produce in a few simple steps.
After gathering and sterilizing your utensils, it’s time to parcook the food. This is also the time to season or add flavorings like spices or sweeteners. Learn how to parcook your food, plus what comes next here.
Explore our full slideshow for the step-by-step canning breakdown. Then, get five more spicy, smoky or even sweet home canning recipes.
More technique tips!
Written on May 14, 2013 at 11:05 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
A perfectly browned sear on everything from steak to stew meat creates a flavorful crust and juicy interior. Just follow these four easy searing commandments.
Commandment #1: Thou shalt pat the meat dry.
If excess moisture (aside from butter, oil or fat) is present, the meat will steam, not sear.
Commandment #2: Thou shalt get the pan hot.
Intense heat creates the tasty, burnished crust you’re looking for.
Commandment #3: Thou shalt be patient.
Hands off–and we mean it! If the meat isn’t touching the hot pan
(because you keep moving it), it won’t brown properly.
Commandment #4: Thou shalt take turns.
(Illustrations by Claudia Pearson)
To achieve a uniform sear, each side of the meat needs equal attention. However, try to keep flipping of the meat to a minimum as it will dry and toughen the meat.
Written on May 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm , by Lauren Smith
Roasting peppers teases out their sweetness and gives them a smoky edge (And they make Rachael’s Birds in a Nest with Peppers & Sausage oh so good.) Jarred roasted peppers are a good shortcut, but you’ll get a fresher flavor and firmer texture by making your own. It couldn’t be easier: Follow our to-do tutorial below, heat up the broiler and get cooking!
Get Rach’s Birds in a Nest with Peppers & Sausage recipe!
1. Place the peppers on a rimmed baking sheet or broiler pan and broil, turning often with tongs, until blistered all over, about 8 minutes.
2. While warm, stick the peppers in a glass or metal bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let stand until cool enough to handle.
3. Remove the peppers from the bowl and peel off the skin. Cut out the stem and ribs, toss the seeds and you’re done!
Illustrations by Emma Kelly
That’s it! Now, get roastin’ and share your success stories with us below in our comments!
Written on April 10, 2013 at 5:55 pm , by Lauren Smith
Here’s an almost-instant dessert: Orange & Ice Cream Trifles. All you need are oranges, orange marmalade, lemon juice, pound cake and vanilla ice cream. What’s better than a 5-ingredient recipe on a weeknight? Get the recipe here. Then, keep reading to learn how to make it one pretty treat.
Upgrade your dessert by cutting your oranges into pretty segments (“supremes in chef lingo). Just follow our how-to steps below!
Cut a small slice off the top and bottom, exposing some of the flesh. Stand the fruit up on one flat side.
Cut from top to bottom along the curve of the fruit, removing the peel and bitter white pith.
Over a bowl, make a slice on each side of each segment along the membrane and use the knife blade to lift out the freed fruit wedge.
Illustrations by Emma Kelly
Written on April 9, 2013 at 10:24 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
“I blend creamy almond milk into smoothies, stir it into my tea and pour it on my cereal. It’s easy to make your own—plus, homemade tastes fresher and is way cheaper!” —Katie Barreira, Senior Test Kitchen Associate
- To make 4 cups of almond milk, soak 2 cups raw almonds and 5 cups water in a bowl for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Mix the almonds and water in a blender on high until frothy and smooth, about 5 minutes. (It will seem like a really long time, but just keep blending!)
- Line a strainer with 4 layers of
cheesecloth; place over a bowl. Add half of the almond mixture; let sit 10 minutes, then squeeze out the liquid. Discard the solids; repeat with the rest of the almond mixture.
Try your delicious homemade almond milk in our tasty Almond Hot Chocolate!