For Merchandising Director, Jaime Hollander, the first story she reads in every issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray is Express-Lane Suppers. So when she saw the recipes in our July/August issue, she finally decided to try her hand at making all the meals and, yes, fitting her entire list’s worth of groceries in one bag. We asked Jaime a little about her experience and we hope it inspires you as much as it inspired us!
RR: What was your favorite recipe between the Steak Tacos with Corn Salsa, Fresh Corn & Ricotta Pasta and Asian Steak Salad?
JH: We liked the tacos the best, hands down – I made some with hot salsa and some with mild salsa for my 2-year-old.
RR: Did you learn any new cooking techniques from this experience?
JH: I never think to marinate steak as I’m cooking – I always think of that as an overnight process, so the quick 15-minutes or so for the taco marinade was great — quick and delicious.
RR:Did you make any additions, substitutions or changes to the recipes?
JH: For the salad, I also tossed in some edamame – we always have some in the freezer, and it was a nice addition. I also ended up making way too much of the corn salsa mixture, but it was actually a good topping for a lot of foods. I put it in a turkey wrap and even on top of a baked potato with some beans. Why not?
RR: So, did it really all fit in one grocery bag?
What could be easier than throwing all of your favorite cocktail ingredients into one vessel and pressing a button? Nothing. That’s why we’ll be spending happy hours this summer blending up our favorite slushy beverages– and we don’t just mean margaritas. Plus, we’ll be making big batches of simple syrup to have on hand at all times. It’s the fastest way to add just the right amount of sweetness to your drink!
Simple syrup is made by heating equal parts sugar and water until the sugar dissolves. But there’s also a no-cook method: Use a jar and shake it ’til you make it!
You know it’s officially summer when one of Yahoo‘s trending topics is watermelon. Users are making all kinds of watermelon-related searches, from salad and margarita recipes to nutrition facts and preparation tips. So whether you’re buying a whole 15-lb melon or just a small wedge, here are some ideas that capture the essence of summer:
Watermelon Cups with Feta and Mint make an adorable appetizer or party starter
One way to upgrade your Mini Fruit Kebabs: grill ‘em!
Watermelon-Tomato Gazpacho with Shrimp provides a sweet and fresh twist on this traditional summer soup
We can’t forget about cocktail time! Our Melon Patch is sweet and refreshing, with a hint of rosemary
We’ll be the first ones to admit it: We love a spicy meal in the winter mainly because of the heat factor. But how can we achieve that same spicy experience during warmer days? We’re putting our favorite spicy condiment–sriracha–to the test, in search of fabulous summer recipes with a kick.
Grill up some chicken to toss on Banh Mi Bites, topped with a creamy sriracha sauce and fresh root veggies.
Sriracha Honey Butter would be a great addition to grilled corn
Switch up burger night with Asian-Style Salmon Burger BLTs, complete with “special sauce”
Got some tomatoes that haven’t ripened yet? Whip up some Fried Green Tomatoes and dip them in sriracha mayo
Take your pooch out on the town! Kelly E. Carter, author of National Geographic’s new The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel, has sniffed out America’s pup-friendliest eateries (and watering holes). Bone appetit!
Whatcha craving, Fido? Check out these top-notch spots!
While you enjoy, say, duck confit at Bistro 17 in Hilton Head, SC, your furry friend can order off his own menu (chicken with rice, anyone?). Even better: Half the proceeds from each $6 doggy dish go to an animal rescue organization. (bistro17hhi.com)
Pups can toast to having their own dog run at all four outposts at the Lucky Labrador Brewing Company in Portland, OR. Perhaps to make canines feel extra welcome, the beers range from Dog Day IPA to The Mutt, even if the place is BYOT (treat). (luckylab.com)
You and your pooch can get a little sweet fix at Carmel Bakery in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. Try the famed buttery Scottish shortbread–and a pink or blue dog bone with the words, “Good Girl” or “Good Boy” drizzled in white icing. (chefpepe.com)
Ice Cream Parlor
Beyond serving tasty dairy treats and burgers for humans, many New York City Shake Shack branches have a “Woof” menu. The drool-worthy, frosty Pooch-ini pairs dog biscuits with vanilla custard and peanut butter sauce. (shakeshack.com)
By Sarah Zorn
There’s no better feeling than having a full week of delicious, healthy and quick meals planned for you and your family. So, to make your life easier, we’re sharing five fast and simple recipes for the upcoming week. Dinnertime just got a whole lot better!
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There’s no better way to celebrate dad than to throw a big party around his favorite household appliance: the grill! But don’t wait until Sunday morning to prep for the big celebration. Our make-ahead grilling recipes tips will insure you have a stress-free Father’s Day full of fun, food and family time!
1. Start with a simple salad
Whether you can cook, bake, grill or none of the above, this gorgeous Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad can be made in advance and assembled at the last minute. It’s simple and fresh but still has that “wow” factor that dad will love.
2. Night-before prep is key
It’s a lot easier to cook up some meat and toss it in an already-made dressing than it would be to have one hand on the grill and one mixing up a vinaigrette. You can make the Vietnamese Vinaigrette for this grilled shrimp the night before. Just grill, toss and serve the day of!
3. It’s all in the family
Keep it family style. You can eat at your leisure and guests don’t feel like they have to finish everything on their plate.
4. It’s better with butter
Make and chill a flavored butter up to two days in advance for grilled steak. Be sure to make an extra batch for crusty bread!
5. Keep it cool
Save yourself time and space in the kitchen: It takes about three hours to chill bottles in the fridge, but only 30 minutes in a bucket filled with ice and water.
Since we couldn’t choose just one grilling recipe for you to make this weekend, we’ll stick to one category: kebabs! Kebabs are the perfect weekend activity – they’re quick-cooking, fun, get the whole family involved AND make for great leftovers. Here are some of our favorite kebab recipes, PLUS, how to use up your leftovers.
One of the best parts about summer grilling is the fact that you can eat outside underneath the sun. But no outdoor meal is complete without a fabulous cocktail to keep you cool. So while you’re grilling this week, here are our recommendations of what you should be sipping on:
It wouldn’t be a proper Grilling Week without being able to have a 3-course meal made entirely on the grill. Now that we’ve given you some great side dish options, it’s time to explore the sweeter side of grilling: desserts! Here are some of our favorite grilled dessert recipes that really capture the essence of summer desserts: