Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff

The Best Personal Sommelier Apps for Your Smart Phone

The convenience of grabbing wine at the grocery store cannot be beat. But how to pick the best bottles? These three free apps come to the rescue. Cheers to that!

 

 

Best for Social Drinkers: Crushed Wine

If you want to know what your social network is drinking (and loving), then this app’s for you (seen above). With an interface akin to Instagram—instead of “liking” a pic, users can “cheers” your vino as a virtual vote of confidence—and posting capabilities on Facebook and Twitter, Crushed forgoes ratings systems in favor of sharing.

 

Best for On-Trend Imbibers: Delectable

Used by many sommeliers for sharing real-time recommendations (that means fresh insider info for you!), this app’s newest feature is label-image recognition. Snap a pic of the bottle on the shelf to pull up its origin, ratings and user reviews instantly.

 

Best for Frequent Quaffers: Vivino

Like Netflix for wine lovers, the Vivino app generates picks based on your preferences. The more wine you rate in its four-million-bottle database, the more spot-on its suggestions.

 

Cooking School Lesson 8: Whip up the Perfect Salad Dressing

Want to transform humdrum dinners into mealtime magic? It’s easy! Hit the kitchen armed with these genius tips and simple recipes from our Every Day experts, and your friends and family will wonder if you went to cooking school on your lunch break!

 

Lesson 8: Dress for Salad Success

For stunning salads, reach for a mixing bowl instead of a bottle. Homemade vinaigrette is easy and the flavor combos are endless. Just remember “One part acid to three parts oil,” and you’ll be a greens goddess.

 

 

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4 of the Craziest Food Mashups Across the Country

Looking to dine out, but can’t decide on a craving? Everyone’s been there. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. In our September issue, we tackle some of the hottest “mash-up” dishes to sweep New York City (complete with recipes so you can D-I-Y at home!). For those outside the Big Apple, fret not: these hybrid creations are popping up all across the country. Here are just a few of the dishes that prove definitively that, when it comes to food, we really can have it all.

 

Photo courtesy of Food Spotting

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The Best Food Trucks are Coming to a City Near You!

Is it just us or is every food imaginable served on wheels these days? The Vendy Awards are back for their 10th anniversary and Every Day with Rachael Ray‘s second as the media sponsor! This five-city festival honors the best street cooks in the country, and tomorrow just so happens to be the New York City event on Governor’s Island. Whether you’re in the mood for organic sandwiches, empanadas, authentic churros or even a ramen burger, you’re sure to find at least a few trucks to suit your fancy. But make sure you go on an empty stomach! Check out these highlights from a decade of deliciousness.

 

Everyone wants a bite! The first food truck competition in the country shows no signs of slowing down.

 

Our editor-in-chief, Lauren Purcell, center, joined in the fun as a judge last year.

 

Luke’s Lobster won the People’s Choice Award for NYC in 2013– we see why!

 

It’s not too late! You can still purchase tickets for the NYC Vendy Awards here.

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Big News: Our Love Your Kitchen Challenge Begins Tomorrow!

We’ve partnered with the pros at TheKitchn.com to help you get your kitchen looking (and cooking) its best. So starting tomorrow you can follow along with our four-week Instagram challenge and transform your space with just one easy change a day. By the end, we promise you’ll love your kitchen more than ever! Even better: Every time you complete the daily challenge and upload a photo using the #RRKitchenLoveSweepstakes hashtag on Instagram, you’ll be entered for a chance to win $2,500 to upgrade your own kitchen! Now, check out the first week of challenges below and show your kitchen some love.

Monday, September 8: Wake up your walls
Spruce up your kitchen with a painting, photo or other piece of art.

 

Tuesday, September 9: Stack ‘em!
Organize your cookbooks and show us where you keep them.

 

Wednesday, September 10: Pantry Staple Wednesday
Clean out your pantry (toss anything questionable; donate anything you’re not planning to use) then cook from one of the staples left behind.

 

Thursday, September 11: Contain yourself!
Find a pretty (and useful) way to store something. Transfer grains to canisters, put your dish towels in a basket or set out a tray to hold countertop items.

 

Friday, September 12: Suds up!
Freshen up your dishwashing routine. Show us your fresh new sponge or a smell-good dish soap.

 

Saturday, September 13: Weekend Project
Prep a backup meal: Make and freeze a dish large enough to feed your family so it’s there when you need it.

 

3 Ways to Enjoy Your Kitchen

Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand of the popular site TheKitchn.com are famous for their tips and recipes — which is why we’re thrilled the October issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray features an exclusive sneak peek at their new The Kitchn Cookbook. It’s essentially a road map for organizing the busiest room in your house, stocking your pantry and implementing simple tweaks that will make cooking faster, more delicious and more fun. You can read the full story in the magazine — on newsstands September 9th. And in the meantime, you can whip up some of their bonus recipes they shared exclusively with us!

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Cooking School Lesson 3: Slice & Dice Like a Pro

Want to transform humdrum dinners into mealtime magic? It’s easy! Hit the kitchen armed with these genius tips and simple recipes from our Every Day experts, and your friends and family will wonder if you went to cooking school on your lunch break!

 

Lesson 3: Slice & Dice Like a Pro

Get more out of your chef’s knife! These sharp tips will make your mealtime prep faster, easier and way more efficient, no matter what you’re cooking tonight.

 

 

 
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Cooking School Lesson 2: Your Broiler is Your New BFF

Want to transform humdrum dinners into mealtime magic? It’s easy! Hit the kitchen armed with these genius tips and simple recipes from our Every Day experts, and your friends and family will wonder if you went to cooking school on your lunch break!

 

Lesson 2: Befriend Your Broiler

Every oven has one, but when’s the last time you used yours? The high-heat hero cooks many cuts of meat and seafood in 10 minutes or less (our faves: scallops and 1-inch-thick ribeyes), and fruits and veggies are ready in a flash (try pineapple rings or sliced peppers). Bonus: A broiler is your cold- weather grill. Its intense heat gives food an appealing, smoky flavor. Here’s the perfect starter recipe:

 

Broiled Plums with Orange-Vanilla Sugar

 

Tart and juicy plums get lightly coated with a layer orange zest, vanilla bean and sugar, creating the perfect crust and the broiler works its magic. The result, a warm and sweet forkful of summer, guilt-free!

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4 Up-and-Coming Hot Sauces You’ve Gotta Try

Sriracha has proven itself as the spicy condiment of the moment. Seriously have you tried the sriracha flavored popcorn and potato chips lining the shelves in the grocery store? We’ve even been known to throw it into a compound butter to add a little oomph to our dinner rolls. But what’s next? The hottest trends in hot sauce are right there in the international aisle, burning to be discovered by you!

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Cooking School Lesson 1: How to Make Sauce Using Your Food Processor

Want to transform humdrum dinners into mealtime magic? It’s easy! Hit the kitchen armed with these genius tips and simple recipes from our Every Day experts, and your friends and family will wonder if you went to cooking school on your lunch break!

 

Lesson 1: Get Saucy!

Amp up chicken, veggies — everything! — with a no-cook sauce. Each takes just five minutes and is as easy as pushing a button on your food processor or blender. Try one of these three fabulous sauces to give your dinner an instant upgrade.

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