Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff

Negroni Mania!

The classic Italian cocktail is getting shaken and stirred into all kinds of delicious treats. During Negroni Week, June 1-7, participating bars and restaurants around the country are serving up fresh takes on the tipple and donating at least $1 from each sale to a charity of choice. Check out some of our picks for places to get your Negroni on. Cheers!

The Negroni pie at Brooklyn’s Butter & Scotch stars a custard of Campari, gin and vermouth. (butterandscotch.com)

 

For a dessert of pillow-soft Negroni marshmallows, hit Cambridge, MA’s Ames Street Deli. (amesstreetdeli.com)

 

Gin-flavored ice cream meets vermouth, Campari and Cheerwine in the Cheergroni float at Chuck’s in Raleigh, NC. (ac-restaurants.com/chucks)

 

The Negroni pop at San Francisco’s Humphry Slocombe blends the cocktail’s spirits with grapefruit juice. (humphryslocombe.com)

 

Serve yourself! To make a classic Negroni, stir equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth in an ice-filled rocks glass (strain to serve if you wish). Garnish with orange peel.

 

By Erin Meister

6 Reasons to Keep That Leftover Pickle Juice

Next time you polish off a jar of pickles (dills, radish, bread-and-butters or any kind you fancy), don’t toss the juice! Put it to good use in a variety of tasty dishes.

 

Stir it into coleslaw, potato salad or pasta salad for extra zing.

Add it to water when boiling potatoes to infuse them with a bit of extra flavor.

Stir it into Bloody Marys, martinis or micheladas.

Whisk it with olive oil, minced herbs and lemon zest for a tangy dressing.

Use it as a marinade for chicken before grilling. Let sit overnight to help tenderize the meat.

Or boil it until the brine is reduced by half to concentrate flavor, then whisk with butter to make a bright sauce for drizzling on cooked fish or vegetables.

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Top Chefs Share Their Favorite Mother’s Day Advice and Recipes

No offense, cooking school, but the best kitchen wisdom comes from Mom. This Mother’s Day, top chefs share their favorite advice and recipes from that one special lady.

 

Anne Burrell

Anne Burrell and her mom, Marlene, at home in upstate New York in 1999.

 

4 Cool Ways to Use Leftover Beans

Left with a pantry full of canned black beans after Cinco de Mayo? Dinner–or dessert!–is only a few ingredients away.

 

Black Bean Salad Bites

Toss 1 can (15 oz.) drained, rinsed black beans with sliced scallions, a diced bell pepper, a handful of chopped cilantro, a pinch of cumin, 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice and EVOO. Season. Serve in scoop-shaped tortilla chips topped with sour cream.

 
 

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The 4 Best Restaurants to Get Matzo Balls

Matzo balls, the Passover staple made from ground, unleavened bread, are getting ever cheffier spins. Try to catch one near you!

 

At Philadelphia’s Sbraga, chef Kevin Sbraga fries his matzo balls, then adds house-made sauerkraut, Russian dressing and pickled apple.

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The 5 coolest things we saw at the Housewares show

Lisa Freedman, Every Day with Rachael Ray’s Home and Market Editor, walked (many) miles through the 2015 International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago last week. While she attempts to catch up on emails—and sleep—you can check out the five most ingenious new products on display at the show. Note: These photos aren’t the prettiest, but you try trekking through a convention center while carrying hundreds of catalogs, armed with a measly iPhone camera!

 

OXO Bright Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer

This fall, OXO will debut small kitchen electrics—that’s right, it will be the first time the company releases anything with a plug! The line includes coffee makers, toasters, an immersion blender and, our favorite, a hand mixer. It has an LED light that shines when the beaters turn, so bakers can actually see what they’re mixing. Genius! oxo.com, $80

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TV Kitchens to Love: Modern Family

Modern Family

 

The cluttered epicenter of an on-the-go American family

The kitchen in Phil and Claire Dunphy’s house is not meant to be relaxing or peaceful. “This set reflects true family life, where it feels lived-in and highlights the busyness that every day brings,” says production designer Claire Bennett, who took over for the original designer, Richard Berg, before Season 5. The photo below was snapped at a rare moment of organization.

 
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TV Kitchens to Love: Castle

Castle

 

A masculine kitchen for a single guy– and his daughter… and his mom

The entire kitchen was built around the $1,300 Kohler faucet because production designer Alfred Sole fell in love with its innovative look. From there, Sole worked with the actors who play mystery writer Richard Castle and his live-in mom, Martha, to create a space they felt comfortable in.

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DIY March Madness Pillow Cases

If March Madness means your television is turned to college hoops all month long, show your school pride by giving your couch a spirited makeover: Temporarily transform your favorite team tees into game-day decor. Don’t worry– your shirts are still wearable when the season’s over. What a slam-dunk DIY project!
 

 

1. Gather your supplies

Clear off a workspace and have your supplies handy. Slide the pillow form into the T-shirt, making sure the logo is centered. Lay the pillow flat on your work surface with the front of the shirt face down.

 

Supplies:

Square pillow form

Team logo T-shirt

Colorful felt

Peel-and-stick Velcro tape

Safety pins

 

2. Pin it down

Fold the next of the shirt over and down the back of the pillow and secure with safety pins. Fold both sleeves in, making sure the design on the front of the shirt remains centered and smooth. Finally, fold up the bottom of the shirt and secure with more safety pins.

 

 

3. Make your backing

trim the felt so that it is 1 inch smaller than your pillow on all sides. Remove the backing from one side of the Velcro tape and secure it to the felt, placing it 1/4 inch from each edge. Remove the remaining tape backing and turn up the 1/4-inch runover of felt so it wraps around part of the Velcro.

 

4. Put it together

Flip the felt back over and center it on the back of your pillow, making sure to cover up all the safety pins. Press down on the adhesive Velcro to secure the edges.

 

When the season’s over, remove the Velcro and pins and your tee is as good as new!

 

 

6 Spins on Mac & Cheese

Everybody’s favorite comfort food gets a delicious upgrade with these fun mix-ins. Imagine the pastabilities!

 

 

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