Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff

Jess and Bob’s Excellent Adventure

Our art director and her husband are hitting the road in a souped-up campervan for a full-on Wild West adventure! Sleeping in the desert. Crazy road food. The works! Follow them here for the best of what they’re doing, seeing, and eating en route.

 

 

Welcome to our summer road trip! I’m Jess, Every Day with Rachael Ray’s art director, and joining me is my husband Bob Martus, a photographer. Road trips have always been a big part of our relationship, from the first one we took over Memorial Day weekend five years ago to our two-month Canadian honeymoon in 2012. This time, we’re headed out west in something a bit fancier than our trusty Subaru: a Jucy rental van with a bed and a kitchen! Desert, here we come!

 


Day one: After a long flight from NYC to Vegas and a 15-minute cab ride from the airport, we picked up our new home on wheels and checked out the digs: folding chairs, linens, cookware…we’re set! Next stop, a grocery store to load up on supplies! After that, Hoover Dam, Lake Meade and on to the Valley of Fire!


Loved our first night camping in the van. On the evening’s menu? Pasta and salad with of course some gin and tonics!

Not bad when you can wake up to the mountains out your window!!

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Pet Project: Chow Time!

Not all dog bowls are created equal– or are even suitable for each and every dog. Find the perfect fit for your furry friend with these shopping tips.

 

Your Bowl Buying Checklist

 

The Right Size

Pooches with longer snouts need deeper dishes, while snub-nosed dogs prefer shallow bowls. Deep and narrow feeders are ideal for long-eared dogs– so their ears won’t dip into the food or water.

 

Choice Materials

Top-of-the-line bowls are made of stainless steel. Unlike plastic or ceramic, it doesn’t scratch or chip, so it’s easy to clean and won’t harbor bacteria. If you have a super-playful pup, opt for a bowl with a nonskid base to prevent slipping and spilling.

 

Special Features

Raised bowls reduce joint and neck strain and limit air intake, so they aid digestion and can decrease gas and bloating. For speedy eaters, try “anti-gulp” bowls with ridges inside that force dogs to forage, which slows them down.

 

Click here to see a slideshow of the latest and greatest in doggie dinnerware!

 

By Sarah Zorn

 

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Bake Your Heart Out: Blondies

We love brownies, and we’re  also sweet on blondies, their caramel-flavored cousin. Start with our simple recipe, then fun it up with the same mix-ins and toppings for our Mind-Blowing Brownies (ours are studded with dried cherries).

 

 

Basic Blondies

1 1/2 sticks butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 tsp. salt

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups flour

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch-square baking pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang. Coat the foil with cooking spray.

2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Off heat, whisk in both sugars, vanilla and salt. Whisk until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well between additions. Add the flour; stir until just blended. Pour into the pan.

3. Bake  the blondies until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 40 minutes. cool in the pan set on a wire rack. Using the foil overhang, lift the blondies out of the pan. Cut into squares.

 

 

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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: What the Heck is Ponzu?

This citrus-spiked soy sauce is a Japanese cooking staple. It’s a go-to ingredient because its components hit on all five flavors: sweet (mirin, or rice wine), sour (rice wine vinegar), salty (soy sauce), bitter (yuzu, a Japanese citrus fruit, or a combination of lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange) and umami (seaweed and dried bonito flakes). To really make your stir-fry sing, add a healthy dash of ponzu during the last few minutes of cooking. you can also use it as a dumpling dipper, a fish marinade or a salad dressing– whisk it with a bit of sesame oil before tossing with greens.

Try ponzu in our Shrimp & Snap Pea Stir-Fry!

 

 

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Bar Coach: Master the Muddle

You don’t need to buy a cocktail muddler to make smashing good drinks. Chances are, you have a tool that can crush herbs already on hand. Three to try: the handle of a wooden spoon or spatula (the fatter the better), the handle of an ice cream scoop or the flat end of a tapered rolling pin. Now that you’ve got the gear, here’s how to use it (like in our brand new Cucumber-Basil Smash!):

 

 

 

1. Place the ingredients you want to muddle (usually fresh herbs and sugar) in the bottom of a pint glass, shaker or sturdy pitcher (for big batches).
2. Using the muddler, press down on the mixture in the bottom of the glass and gently twist. Stop as soon as the herbs release their aromatic oils. (You’ll smell ‘em!) And go easy with the squishing! The idea is to release the fragrance of the herbs without ripping the leaves, which can unleash bitter chlorophyll into your cocktail.

 

Here are some more cocktail ideas for you to muddle up!

 

 

Almond-Coconut Mojito

Pink Grapefruit and Basil Mojito Mocktail

Blackberry Cooler Cocktail

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Where’s the Beef?

Moo-ve over, hamburger! These new patties prove that summer grilling can sizzle even without red meat.

 


 
 

1. Make a smoky turkey burger

 

The patty: Ball Park Flame Grilled Turkey Patty ($8.29 for 6)

The bread: Whole-wheat bun

The toppings: BBQ sauce, sliced smoked cheddar, pickles, red-leaf lettuce
 
 
 
 
 
 

2. Make a masala burger

 

The patty: Gardein Garden Veggie Burger ($4.49 for 4)

The bread: Grilled naan

The toppings: Greek yogurt with curry, sliced tomato, cilantro

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

3. Make a brat burger

 

The patty: Johnsonville Cheddar Bratwurst Grillers ($4.49 for 4)

The bread: Kaiser roll

The toppings: Sweet and sour red cabbage, German potato salad, grainy mustard

 
 
 

4. Make a brunch burger

 

The patty: MacKnight Atlantic Salmon Burgers ($4.97 for 4)

The bread: Pumpernickel toast

The toppings: Sliced red onion, sliced cucumber, cream cheese with fresh chives
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: Color Me Curry

Most Thai curry pastes that you find at the supermarket have the same base: garlic, shallots, herbs and spices like coriander and cumin seed. But chiles are what give these flavor-packed sauces their colorful personalities. Spicy red curry paste gets its brick-like hue and earthy flavor from dried red chiles. Yellow curry paste, the mildest of the bunch, is usually a combo of red chiles and turmeric or curry powder. Fresh green chiles give green curry its tint, which may lead people to believe it’s mild. But since green chiles (like the legendary bird’s-eye) can be screaming hot, this one often packs the most heat of all. Bring on the coconut milk!

 

For Red Curry Paste Try:

Vegetable Red Curry

 

For Green Curry Paste Try:

Curried Lamb

 

For Yellow Curry Paste Try:

Smoked Sausage Soup

 
 

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In this corner, featherweight champion of the breadcrumbs: fresh! And in the other, the workhorse of the breadcrumb world: dry! In this culinary bout, we’d be hard pressed to pick a winner. The dry guys are best for coating foods, especially those that you’re gonna fry because they don’t absorb too much oil. Fluffy, fresh breadcrumbs are a little larger, so they add a nice crunch when broiled on top of a casserole. They also soak up lots of liquid, making them a great binder for meatballs. Whichever kind your recipe requires, they’re easy to make at home!

 

 

FOR FRESH

1. Remove and discard crusts from a few slices of day-old bread. (Fresh bread can clump together in the food processor.)

2. Tear bread into large pieces.

3. In a food processor, pulse to pea-size crumbs.

 

 

 

FOR DRIED

1. Spread fresh breadcrumbs (see above) on a baking sheet.

2. Bake at 325 degrees until dry and light-golden, 10 to 12 minutes.

3. In a food processor, pulse to very fine crumbs.

 

 

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Meatless Monday: Tofu 101

Tofu’s texture ranges from firm and chewy to soft and silky. Next time you shop, use our handy chart to pick the right block of bean curd for your meal.

 

 

EXTRA FIRM: Dense and dry. Holds its shape during high-heat cooking. Marinate cubes or thick slices, then grill or sear as you would steak.

 

 

FIRM: Springy and tender. Holds its shape but crumbles easily. Crumble and sauté for a tofu scramble or cut into cubes or thin slices and stir-fry.

 

 

SOFT: Delicate and moist. Just firm enough to hold its shape, but mashes easily. Dice and stir into soups like miso, or mash with a fork, season and sub for ricotta in stuffed shells.

 

 

SILKEN: Smooth, creamy and very moist. Blend into creamy dips instead of sour cream, or use in smoothies in place of milk.

 

 

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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: Battle of the Guacamole

We love a good guac, but between homemade and premade, do you know which kind you should be buying? We explore the options:

 

Homemade

Making guac at home puts you in the driver’s seat–chunky or smooth, spicy or mild, plain or fully loaded, the choice is yours! The fresh taste and absence of additives easily offsets a few extra pennies.

 

Store Bought
Many refrigerated guacamoles from the deli section or produce aisle contain natural ingredients and tastemuy bueno.(Skip any with ingredients you wouldn’t use at home.) These convenient dips get the green-light when you’re tight on time.

 

It’s a tie!

Choose whichever method is most efficient for you, then use it in all kinds of recipes, like these:

 

Shrimp and Guacamole Lightening Rounds

 

Guacamole-Bacon Corn on the Cob

 

Surf ‘n’ Turf Tacos

 

 

 

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