Food

Our 5 Most Popular Recipes of 2015

This past year has definitely been a delicious one, full of soul-satisfying burgers, amazing 30-minute meals, easy dinners, boozy brunches and sweet treats. But the recipes that stuck out the most are some of our all-time classics. Here are the top 5 recipes our readers loved the most this year on RachaelRayMag.com—did any of your favorites make the list?

 

Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

 
 

Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia

 
 

Slow-Cooker Chicken & Dumplings

 
 

Eggs in Clouds

 
 




Grilled Sweet-and-Sticky Chicken Thighs with Asparagus and Harissa

5 Festive Recipes to Ring in the New Year

New Years Eve is so close we can taste it–literally! We’re planning a stellar menu of finger foods and festive eats that our guests are sure to love. These recipes are easy to make, fun to eat and, most importantly, only require one hand, leaving that other hand wide open for a cocktail or glass of bubbly. We’ll drink to that!

 

Roast Beef Crostini with Arugula Mayo

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Christmas Appetizer Hack: Puff Pastry

Between decorating the tree, crafting the perfect cocktail and making sure the roast doesn’t burn, Christmas entertaining can be stressful. One part that shouldn’t feel like a chore is making a crowd-pleasing appetizer. This introduction to your party should mimic the vibe: welcoming, easy-going and of course, delicious. And when it comes to making an appetizer that meets all three requirements on top of being a cinch to throw together, our secret weapon is store-bought puff pastry. We love it for its versatility, ease to work with and quick cooking time. These five savory (and one sweet!) puff pastry apps will make you want to have a Christmas party every day of the year!

 

Asparagus in a Blanket

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5 Festive Holiday Roasts

Whether you’re gearing up for Christmas dinner or you’re just hosting friends for the holidays, there’s no better way to wow your crowd than by serving a roast. Stick to classic holiday flavors or change it up with spices, glazes and even veggies. No matter which dish suits your fancy, it’s guaranteed to steal the holiday spotlight!

 

Cuban-Style Pork Roast

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The Pastry School Diaries: It’s Not Always a Cake Walk

Editorial Assistant Lauren Katz is enrolled in the part-time Pastry & Baking Arts program at New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education. Follow her each week as she shares her sweet experiences! 

As our second unit came to an end, I was happy to be leaving breads and doughs behind for something a little lighter: cakes!

 

 

I’m familiar with a wide variety of cakes: red velvet, carrot, angel food, flourless chocolate, pineapple upside down–you get the idea. But I had no idea how many different methods there were to making cakes, and that each method has a never-ending list of ways to tweak, flavor and recreate it into a brand new dessert.

 

 

Of course we’re beginning with the simplest methods and recipes, like the creaming method, where you beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy then alternate adding your wet and dry ingredients. We’ve made carrot cake, chocolate cake, crumb cake, muffins and more pound cake than I can even comprehend. But out of all the subjects we’ve covered so far, I’m most excited about what I’ve learned so far about cakes–and can’t wait to learn more!

 

Something I’ll definitely have to get used to, though, is how to tell when a cake is ready to come out of the oven. With breads and pastry dough, more color means more flavor. You can decide when your bread is done based on how dark you want the crust to be. That is not the case with cakes, as some treats shouldn’t be darker than a light bronze.  A few extra minutes in the oven may not seem like a big deal for a loaf of bread, but those same few minutes could dry out and potentially ruin a cake or muffin. It’s a race against the clock, but I’ve enjoyed the attention to detail, not to mention the final product very much!

 

Class is breaking for the holidays (yay!), so check back in 2016 for more sweet updates.

 

Our Best Winter Slow-Cooker Recipes

Winter and slow-cookers go together like hot chocolate and marshmallows, but with so many different comfort food recipes to choose from, picking just one can seem a little overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve rounded up our top winter slow-cooker dishes that’ll make you feel as snug as a bug in a rug. Start these dishes on a snowy morning, and by nightfall you’ll have a cozy meal that not only tastes good, but makes your whole house smell amazing.

 

Low & Slow Chipotle Maple Beef

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The Pastry School Diaries: Saying Goodbye to Gluten

Editorial Assistant Lauren Katz is enrolled in the part-time Pastry & Baking Arts program at New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education. Follow her each week as she shares her sweet experiences! 

 

As gluten intolerance and its awareness grows, I’ve become more and more grateful that my body allows me to eat whatever I want. Being so invested in food, cooking and baking, I can’t imagine the struggle that 18 million Americans go through being sensitive or intolerant to gluten. For 12 hours a week, I am completely immersed in flour, doughs, cakes and tarts—a celiac’s worst nightmare. But this week, we explored the (wider than I expected) world of gluten-free baking.
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Five Weeknight Chanukah Meals

Tonight is the first night of Chanukah, and besides latkes and doughnuts, there are plenty of other dishes to get you into the festive spirit. Whether or not you celebrate, let these delicious Mediterranean and Jewish comfort foods find a place at your dinner table this week. Happy holidays!

 

Monday, December 7

Spicy Tomato-Poached Eggs

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Our 7 Best Cookie Swap Recipes

There’s nothing better than a gathering of friends and family for an indulgent afternoon of treat trading. But you don’t have to be a professional baker or aspiring Dominique Ansel to win “most popular” at your cookie swap–no matter your baking style, taste or level of experience, we’ve got the perfect recipe for for you. Happy holidays!

 

If you’re looking to make a traditional dessert a little more exciting: Red Velvet Crinkles

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