Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff

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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From Chilled to Grilled

 

Give your oven the summer off! Use your grill to heat up your favorite frozen foods and add smoky flavor, too.

 

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Stirring Up Change

The new collaboration between Rach’s charity, Yum-O! and FoodCorps, an organization that’s the culinary version of the Peace Corps, is creating quite the buzz. It sends young folks out for the yearlong stints around the country to help educate kids about healthy eating. Why is that so important? Because one in four children in the U.S. struggles with hunger and one in three is obese — largely because their families don’t have easy access to healthy food. Let’s change that, people! FoodCorps has a hands-on approach: Its service members teach kids about gardening (in the garden!) and cooking (in the kitchen!). Here’s how Yum-O! played a part in this important mission — and how you can, too.

 

 

1. Yum-O! and FoodCorps

Yum-O! donated funds to help promote FoodCorps’ growth and expansion across the U.S. Next Year, they’ll add two more locations to their current list of 15, as well as 55 more service members, for a total of 180.

 

2. What’s Next?

This fall, Yum-O! is helping launch an award program with FoodCorps. The money will go to the community served by one stellar service member. Stay tuned!

 

3. Get Involved

It’s easy! You can support FoodCorps by donating online or even volunteering alongside service members. To find out how you can get involved, go to foodcorps.org.

 

 

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Just ‘Cue It!

Barbecue expert, cookbook author and executive chef of the Hill Country Barbecue Market restaurants, Elizabeth Karmel shares her best barbeque secrets.

 

 

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