Rachael Ray Home: Watch Rach LIVE on our Facebook!

So you’ve got Rach on your TV, on your bookshelf, in your pantry, on your stovetop, in your dog bowl and, of course, in the magazine. Ready for what’s next? She’s got her very own furniture line, so you can have her basically anywhere you want! Rachael Ray Home launched earlier this year after two long years of doodles, daydreams and hard work. “I want everyone to feel as welcomed home by their own spaces as I do mine,” she says.

You may have already seen teasers in the magazine — check out the cutest bar cart ever in the June 2016 issue, and a dog bed in Rachael’s Holiday Gift Guide in the December 2016 issue (on newsstands now!) — but Rachael dove even deeper in a Facebook Live on our page on 11/18. Read on to learn more about Rachael Ray Home. With three different collections reflecting three different styles close to Rach’s heart, there’s something for everyone in this line.

The Highline Collection was inspired by the heart of New York City: bold and fresh with clean, modern styling and rich textural finishes, so you can relax without all the clutter, and unwind in beautiful surroundings.

Above: Tuxedo Sectional from the Highline Collection 

The Soho Collection, with a touch of retro, brings an eclectic mix of unique finishes, simple silhouettes and functionality inspired by Rachael’s New York apartment. Read more


Why Thanksgiving Is Actually Good For You

The upside to devouring that piled-high plate at Thanksgiving? Most of the food is actually good for you. Dig in to Turkey Day’s hidden health benefits and enjoy the best meal of the year even more.

TURKEY

Rachael Ray’s Whisky-Brined Turkey

There’s plenty of reason to gobble up turkey, especially as we head into cold and flu season. “It’s a lean protein with all the essential amino acids you need to keep up the immune system,” says Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, coauthor of The SuperFoodsRx Diet. As with most poultry, the skinless white meat tends to be the lowest in calories and saturated fat, but be sure to grab a thigh, too: Dark meat has twice the iron of white, and four times the vitamin B12, crucial for a good metabolism.

 

PUMPKIN PIE

Deep-Dish Pumpkin Pie

One slice delivers four grams of fiber—as much as four prunes, but so much tastier. The antioxidants in pumpkin Read more


How to Make a Cranberry Sauce “Rose” for Thanksgiving

You’ve seen avocado roses all over Instagram — probably on our account, too, if you follow @rachaelraymag — but now it’s time to take this fun, play-with-your-food trend to your Thanksgiving table. That’s right: now you can give canned jellied cranberry sauce, that wiggly, jiggly Thanksgiving classic, a much-needed makeover by turning it into a rose. Follow the simple steps below to make it bloom!

Cranberry-Sauce Rose

Step 1: Carefully shake the sauce out of the can and onto a cutting board; freeze 1 hour. Slice the cylinder in half lengthwise.

Step 2: Arrange the halves, cut side down and end to end, creating a long half-cylinder. Cut into slices about 2 ridges wide, keeping slices together. Read more


50 Thanksgiving Recipes

Welcome to the only Thanksgiving recipe roundup you’ll ever need! You can bookmark this page for later, or dive right in to one of these 50 delicious, crowd-pleasing, test-kitchen approved recipes from the Rachael Ray Every Day Turkey Day archives. Happy planning!

TURKEY

1. Miso-Buttered Turkey with Shiitake Gravy

2. Smoky Turkey with Apple-Cider Gravy

3. Classic Roast Turkey

4. Spicy Fried Turkey with Hot Honey Gravy

5. Rachael Ray’s Whiskey-Brined Turkey

6. Tandoori-Spiced Turkey with Cracked Pepper Gravy

7. Buttermilk-Marinated Turkey with Onion Gravy

8. Dry-Brined Turkey and Gravy

9. Brined Dijon Turkey with Pan Gravy

10. Roasted Turkey with Thyme Gravy Read more


The Major Differences Between Amazon Fresh, Peapod, FreshDirect and Instacart

The benefit of ordering your groceries: no lines, no heavy bags and no danger of bumping into someone you know without your mascara on. But do these services, well, deliver? We took them for a test drive to find out!

For our sample cart, we comparison-priced this list with four popular services: gallon of milk, dozen eggs, pound of chicken breasts, container of Greek yogurt, head of romaine, pint of blueberries, box of Kashi cereal, two rolls of paper towels, pound of sirloin steaks, block of cheddar, loaf of sandwich bread, jar of peanut butter, bag of coffee beans, carton of orange juice, pound of spaghetti and a pint of ice cream.

Amazon Fresh: Available in many cities nationwide and parts of California

How does it work? Amazon fans will recognize the site’s familiar interface and annual subscription model ($299 a year gets you unlimited grocery deliveries over $40 and Prime membership). It also allows you to order artisanal products from nearby shops.

What’s the ETA? Same day if you order by 10 A.M.

Our bill: $70.02

Is it for me? You can buy your groceries, local chocolates, and, heck, a new TV from the same site ( a great night, huh?). The food arrived in good shape, but $300 is steep unless you use it a lot.

FreshDirect: Available in the NYC metropolitan area, plus parts of the mid-Atlantic

How does it work? Surfing FreshDirect’s site feels a little like strolling through a high-end market—you’ll find most of the basics, plus some things you didn’t know you needed. Depending on your location, the minimum order is $30 to $99, plus a $5.99 to $15.99 fee.

What’s the ETA? Next day

Our bill:

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Produce Pro: The Cutest New Fruit

Fun up your fruit bowl with kumquats, the mini orange look-alikes that are popping up in produce departments across the country. The one- to two-inch darlings have an intense, sweet-tart flavor and, unlike oranges, you can eat these beauties whole, skin and all. (FYI: You might run into a few seeds.) At dinnertime, toss whole kumquats, green olives and some rosemary springs in the bottom of the pan for a zesty roasted chicken.

For dessert, try Candied Kumquat Pavlovas for a sweet-tangy treat.

Need a drink? Kumquat-Pomegranate Punch is a great way to embrace the season. Read more


3 Ways to Keep Your Pet Happy in a Halloween Costume

Dogs in costumes? Cute. Getting your dog into a costume? Ruff. But this advice from Sylvia Reutens, whose 10-year-old corgi has beat out hundreds of other dogs for the Best in Show title at the famed Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City, will fetch some results.

1. Learn his style. Maybe you break into a sweat whenever you have to wear a turtleneck. Well, your four-legged friend also has likes and dislikes when it comes to clothing. “My dog, Harry, doesn’t like to have things under his body or between his legs,” says Reutens. “Placing a super-light box on top of him—with his head and ears completely free—doesn’t bother him at all.” As much as you want your pet to look adorable, it’s more important that he’s comfortable. Help him try on a few outfits to see what he’s cool with. Read more


Empty Nesters: Moving On

Home and Market Editor Lisa Freedman and her husband just bought a house two hours outside of New York CityYay! The only issue? They don’t have anything to put in it. Follow her as she shops, tackles some DIY projects and works her decorating magic.

In just a few short months, our house has become a home. Although we are nowhere near being done, we accomplished way more than I thought we would have by this point. We filled a living room, painted two bedrooms, ordered appliances and more.

We have a lot more work to do, but unfortunately, this blog is coming to an end. Why? Because after two great years, I’m leaving Rachael Ray Every Day. My job is amazing and the people are some of the best—but it’s all based in New York City. As you know, my house is in Upstate New York. I am lucky enough to have found a new job that will allow me to work remotely. And now I’ll be able to spend more time in this house you’ve seen me build.
With that, I suppose I’m officially signing off. Thanks for reading!

DIY Spooky Mood Lighting for your Halloween Party

Kill it at this year’s Halloween bash with kooky, creepy mood lighting you can make yourself!

The eyes have it

Let guests know you’re keeping an eye on them! Use a craft knife to cut a half-inch X into a Ping-Pong ball. Slide the “flame” of a battery-powered tea light into the slit. With fine-point markers, draw an eye (preferably bloodshot!) on the opposite side of the ball. Make several pairs and plant them in dark corners.

 Facing your fears

Let a creepy guy scare guests who pass by. Choose a lightweight mask with relatively flat sides. Then buy a wood plaque slightly larger than the mask from the crafts store and stain or paint it. Working from the inside of the mask, tape sheets of colored tissue paper over the eye and mouth openings, so that light shines through. Attach two battery-powered tea lights to the center of the plaque with glue dots (also from a crafts store). Use more glue dots to mount the mask to the plaque, then hang.

Flying flames

Candles can mysteriously levitate with a little bit of black magic—in the form of thin, clear fishing line. Tie a length of it around the bottom of a battery-operated candle’s “flame” (look for a metal loop or simply tie it around the base of the fake flame) and use clear packing tape or hooks to attach the other end to the ceiling.

Uncharming snakes

Slithering snakes on a candle! Use straight pins to attach rubber snakes to wax pillar candles. You can even make it look like one is about to chomp down on the wick. (If you’re having trouble getting it just right, snip the head off the body and pin it to the back of the candle.) Brush acrylic paint on the snakes and pinheads and let dry.

Jarring science jars

In the right setting, white asparagus pieces look like amputated fingers, knotty ginger doubles as mummified bones, and lychees appear to be eyeballs. Fill jars with your creepy body parts of choice, insert cracked glow sticks, and top off with water dyed with yellow food color for added glow. Also try cauliflower (to resemble tiny brains), gummy worms (ground-up flesh!) and more. You’ll never look at food the same way!

– By Taryn Williford; Photography by Aaron Dyer


Inside Our Test Kitchen: Mix It Up with Giardiniera

You’ve probably seen giardiniera dressing up antipasti platters at your favorite Italian joint, but the brined vegetable medley is much more than a pretty face. Packed with a variety of vegetables—like cauliflower, peppers, carrots, celery and spicy chiles—it’s like getting a bunch of different pickles in one jar! You can buy it from the supermarket or make your own with this recipe.

Easy Giardiniera

In the October 2016 issue, Rach chops some up to make an easy burger relish—and here a few more ideas for adding a little tang to your day.

1. Spice up your sides. Stir chopped giardiniera into potato or pasta salad.

Try it here:

Creamy Potato Salad

2. Give cocktails a kick. For a drink with extra zing, use the brine in a dirty martini. Garnish with a few of the olives or cauliflower.

Try it here:

Pickled Dirty Martini

3. Make grilled cheese greater. Roughly chop giardiniera and place between Read more