Lauren Katz

The 6 Best Ways to Celebrate Doughnut Day

There’s never a day we’d turn down a doughnut, but on National Doughnut Day, they’re particularly crave-worthy. Since it’s summer, we thought we’d share our favorite summery doughnut recipes you can make at home to celebrate. You’ll find some surprising combos and cooking techniques (hello, grill!), but we promise they will not disappoint.

 

Grilled Doughnut & Pear Sundaes

 
 

Grilled Doughnut Shortcakes

 
 

Whats Doughnut Day without some doughnut holes? Use our Vanilla Doughnut Hole recipe and then add different fillings and glazes to make the following:

The Campfire

 
 

Strawberry Lemonade

 
 

All That and a Bag of Chips

 
 

Mango Chile

How to Makeover Your Backyard–And Win $5,000 to Do it!

Wish you could take your outdoor space from plain to Pinterest-perfect? You can—and we’re here to help! In the July/August issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray (pick up your copy on June 9th!), we teamed with with the pros at Porch to share four drool-worthy backyard upgrades and tell you how to get each look. This cozy, built-in fire pit with lush landscaping cost the homeowners $40,000, but for those who don’t have that kind of cash to spend (read: most of us!), we explain what’s involved in getting an expert to do a less involved project and how to create an inviting yard in a weekend—on a budget. All you need to pull it off? A few stylish-yet-inexpensive pieces:

 

photo via Alderwood Landscaping

This Wood-Burning Fire Pit measures almost 30 inches in diameter, so there’s plenty of room for a crowd to gather around. $99, Garden Treasures, lowes.com

Use this Outdoor Rectangular Pouf Footstool to sit by your pit; it’s surprisingly lightweight and comfy. $50, Threshold, target.com

Load up the Hartman Adjustable Firewood Storage Rack. It allows air to circulate around your wood to help prevent rot and mold. $60, Crosley, bedbathandbeyond.com
 
 
We’ve got three other transformative upgrades in the issue, and the deal of the summer: Our friends at Porch and Cost Plus World Market have teamed up to give one lucky winner $3,000 worth of expert work and $2,000 to decorate their space.
 
The collaboration between these two companies seems like a match made in heaven. Porch is a site that helps consumers get connected with home improvement professionals that they can trust. Simply browse by job type (from home cleaning to kitchen remodeling), leave a note about your budget and time frame and hit submit! You’ll be contacted by a reliable professional to get your project going. Once your space is clean and remodeled, head over to World Market, where you can find original and handmade decor, kitchenware, furniture and more from around the world.
 
To enter the sweepstakes, click here. And hurry! Contest ends June 30 (and summer ends September 23).

Grill-Your-Heart-Out Weeknight Meal Planner

Happy June! We’re kicking it into high summer mode this week with five dinners that are meant for the grill. So get your seasonal veggies ready, your patio furniture dusted off and your charcoal nice and hot. It’s officially grilling season.

 

Monday, June 1st

Grilled Pizza Three Ways

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How to Make the Ultimate Mint Julep

The Kentucky Derby may be over, but its famous cocktail, the Mint Julep, lives on– it’s National Mint Julep Day! So in honor of this fresh and strong cocktail, we’re sharing our best recipe. T-G-I-Saturday, right?
 

The Ultimate Mint Julep

1 teaspoon confectioners sugar

5 fresh mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish

1/2 cup bourbon (4 ounces)

Crushed ice

 

Directions

Add the sugar, the mint leaves and a few drops of the bourbon to a chilled glass. Muddle or crush the mint with a spoon to create a thick paste.

Add a handful of crushed ice to the glass. Place a straw so that it reaches the mint paste at the bottom of the glass. Pour the remaining bourbon over the ice.

Add more crushed ice, making a mound that reaches to the top of the glass and leaving about 1 inch of the straw peeking above the rim.

Garnish with a mint sprig.

 

For a fun twist on the Mint Julep, try our Rye Julep, with a hint of grapefruit!

A Weeknight Meal Planner Worth Celebrating

The upcoming week might not seem like anything special, but we beg to differ: it includes Memorial Day, Hamburger Day and Biscuit Day! If those three holidays aren’t reason enough to get in your kitchen, these recipes should do the trick. Happy celebrating!

 

Monday, May 25

Happy Memorial Day! Grilled Sausage with Fennel Slaw

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Warm Weather Weeknight Meal Planner

Warm weather means it’s finally time for light, produce-packed dinners and plenty of grilling. This week, we’re filling you up with veggies galore and dishes that are meant to be enjoyed outside. Happy spring!

Light & Lemony Primavera with Asparagus, Zucchini and Herbs

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How to Celebrate World Whiskey Day

It turns out that whiskey is such a beloved spirit, it doesn’t just get a national holiday—it gets a global one! Today we’ll celebrate World Whiskey Day by imbibing one of the most versatile and delicious liquors out there. And, since it wouldn’t be a true holiday without a sweet ending, we’ll put a splash of whiskey in our dessert, too. Cheers to that!

Cherry Whiskey Sour

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Our Favorite Recipes for Mother’s Day Brunch

It wouldn’t be a proper Mother’s Day without a delicious brunch spread that aims to please all of the mothers in your life. Whether she likes sweet treats or savory goodies, these brunch recipes can be made just as quickly as they’ll be scarfed down! Choose your favorite recipe to be the main star, or mix and match dishes as you please. Just make sure mom doesn’t lift a finger.

 

Whole Grain Pancakes

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7 Ways to Celebrate Burger Month

May is National Burger Month, and if there’s someone who knows how to make a great burger, it’s our leading lady Rachael. She creates a brand new unique and delicious burger every single month, and we haven’t met one we didn’t love (and drool over!). So in honor of Rachael of National Burger Month, here are some of our favorite things to happen between two buns.

 

Lamb Burgers with Smoked Pepperoni & Provolone

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The Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Menu

T-minus five days until Cinco de Mayo and you know what that means: crunch time. Whether you’re throwing a full-blown fiesta or looking for a simple, celebratory family dinner, our Mexican recipes can’t be beat. Just don’t forget the margaritas–it wouldn’t be a holiday without them!
 

Beef & Mango Tostadas

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