Despite the millennium-long lifespan of squash, butternut is relatively new to the game–it wasn’t introduced until 1936! Now it’s one of America’s most popular squashes, and for good reason! Butternut squash is hearty, sweet and oh-so versatile. We love it in soup, salad and even dessert. But you already knew all that. Here’s what you may not know about this delicious gourd.
Move over craft beers–the hard-cider market is going gangbusters (it grew 102 percent in 2013)! Here are four new arrivals and some fun uses–other than straight swigging!
Baked potatoes are the ultimate blank canvas. The options for fancying them up? Endless. Whether you’re building a twice-baked masterpiece or sprinkling your favorite fixings on top, don’t even think about dressing your taters without reading these crucial tips first.
Think outside the box–It’s not just for breakfast anymore! Sprinkle these morning treats into other meals for a sweet surprise.
It wouldn’t be the Thanksgiving without Grandma’s potatoes, Aunt Harriet’s broccoli casserole or your sister’s cranberry sauce. Every household has a few signature dishes that are always on the menu, and this year we’re sharing the best from the extended Rachael Ray clan—in fact we had so many dishes that we couldn’t fit them all in the November issue (on newsstands now) and are putting even more online! Welcome to the family!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.