Lauren Katz

Six Delicious Ways to Get Your Fresh Veggie Fill

Did you know today is National Fresh Veggies Day? While we love a good salad, there are plenty of other ways to get your fresh veggie fix. Check out some of our most colorful recipes, perfect for a summer evening. They’re so delicious, even the pickiest of eaters will find one they like!

 

Raw Puttanesca

 
 

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How to Create an Outdoor Living Room–and Get $5,000 to Do It!

Whether you’re craving a cozy fire pit or a calming water feature, our friends at Porch have a solution to makeover your backyard. Our July/August issue features four different yards and advice on how to achieve the look either from the pros or over a weekend on your own budget. While the outdoor living room below could set you back $25,000 with the help of a professional, you can steal the look for much less with our suggested essentials!

 

Photo via AAA Landscape Specialists

 

Take cover under a Portland Pergola; it’s a fraction of the cost of most other kits on the market. $900, newenglandarbors.com

Bring the feeling of the inside out with a weatherproof Tangier rug, which is woven out of recycled plastic. Bonus: It’s reversible! From $37, fabhabitat.com

Made from acacia wood, this Ozark 4 Piece Lounge Seating Group is a modern set that won’t bust your budget. $432, Safavieh, wayfair.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.

 

To enter the sweepstakes, click here. And hurry! Contest ends June 30 (and summer ends September 23).

Five Weeknight Dinner Salads You’ll Love

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: summer dinners should be light, flavorful and full of fresh produce. Have you been feeling a bit lacking in the crunchy department lately? That’s where we step in, with five flavorful salads, each one more exciting than the next. Just throw all the ingredients together in a big beautiful bowl and voila! Dinner is served.
 

Monday, June 15

Mexican Chopped Salad


 
 
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Chill Out with These Chilled Wine Cocktails

The best way to celebrate Wine Wednesday during the summer? Chill out! A bottle of white wine on ice is great, but a pitcher of sangria or a fruity spritz is even better. So try one of these deliciously cooling cocktail this evening, and Wine Wednesday may never be the same again.

 

Tropical White Sangria

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Al Fresco Dinner Recipes

After spending a long day in an office, we can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the weather. We like to take every opportunity we can to dine al fresco with a fabulous meal that looks just as beautiful as the sunset. If you’re looking for some warm-weather inspiration (veggie-packed pastas, grilled kebabs, you name it), we’ve got you covered.

 

Penne with Asparagus, Mint and Pistachios

 
 

Beefsteak Tomatoes Stuffed with Tuna & White Beans

 
 

Tropical Chicken & Rice

 
 

Greek Salad with Beef Kebabs

 
 

Skinny Crab Cakes and Peach Summer Slaw

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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