Food

Cooking School Lesson 8: Whip up the Perfect Salad Dressing

Want to transform humdrum dinners into mealtime magic? It’s easy! Hit the kitchen armed with these genius tips and simple recipes from our Every Day experts, and your friends and family will wonder if you went to cooking school on your lunch break!

 

Lesson 8: Dress for Salad Success

For stunning salads, reach for a mixing bowl instead of a bottle. Homemade vinaigrette is easy and the flavor combos are endless. Just remember “One part acid to three parts oil,” and you’ll be a greens goddess.

 

 

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A Fall-Flavored Weeknight Meal Planner

Fall officially begins tomorrow, and you know what that means: Hello pumpkins, apples, squash and comfort food! To help you transition from bright and sunny summer produce to heartier meals and ingredients, we’ve gathered a weeknight meal planner that lands somewhere in the middle. Plus, we’re helping you use your Italian pantry staples on Wednesday to complete the Love Your Kitchen Challenge of the day!
 
 

Monday, September 22

Butternut & Sage Papperdell

 
 

Tuesday, September 23

Broiled Miso Steak

 
 

Pantry Staple Wednesday, September 24

Bow Ties with Zucchini & Hot Chili Pepper Pesto

 
 

Thursday, September 25

Coriander Chicken with Chickpeas and Kale

 
 

Friday, September 26

Thai Pork Wrap-Ups

 
 
 

More Weeknight Meals

Mediterranean

Italian

End-of-Summer

The Apple (Orchards) of Our Eye

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: apple picking time! There are few things we love more than spending a brisk fall weekend roaming through row after row of fragrant apple trees and stealing bites of tart, crisp, juicy, fresh apples. But besides the fresh produce, we love a good apple orchard with other things to offer, such as hay rides, Halloween specials and, oh yeah, FOOD! So whether you’re living on the east coast or west, or somewhere in the middle, there’s an apple orchard for all your fall fixes. Here are some of our favorites:

 

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, LaFayette, NY

 

Photo courtesy of Beak & Skiff

 
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4 of the Craziest Food Mashups Across the Country

Looking to dine out, but can’t decide on a craving? Everyone’s been there. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. In our September issue, we tackle some of the hottest “mash-up” dishes to sweep New York City (complete with recipes so you can D-I-Y at home!). For those outside the Big Apple, fret not: these hybrid creations are popping up all across the country. Here are just a few of the dishes that prove definitively that, when it comes to food, we really can have it all.

 

Photo courtesy of Food Spotting

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Cooking School Lesson 7: Stock Up on These Three Types of Salt

Want to transform humdrum dinners into mealtime magic? It’s easy! Hit the kitchen armed with these genius tips and simple recipes from our Every Day experts, and your friends and family will wonder if you went to cooking school on your lunch break!

 

Lesson 7: Shake Up Your Salt

Salt is essential to a dish. It highlights flavors and brings them into sharper focus. But not all salt is created equal. Step away from the iodized table salt and stock the three below. Your food (and everyone who eats it) will thank you.

 

Sprinkle dark chocolate ice cream with flaky sea salt to make the flavor

really pop and add an enticing crunch.

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Bringing Cool Lunch Back

Getting into the back-to-school mentality can be a little tricky, especially when it comes to lunch duty. Juggling multiple picky eaters plus your own desire to keep your family eating healthy can be a hefty task. But have no fear: We’ve put together some lunch ideas that will solve all your problems in one! These recipes are quick, easy and subtle enough for any picky palate while still being healthy enough for your own lunch! Your kids may never ask for lunch money again.

 

Have your kids made a habit out of PB&J? Try a healthy, fun alternative side dish in the form of these Crunch Apple & Almond Butter Rounds. Plus, if your school is peanut-free, you won’t have to worry!

 

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Asian-Inspired Weeknight Meal Planner

We’re going around the world in Weeknight Meal Planners, and this week’s stop may be the biggest yet: Asia! Show your family that this favorite cuisine can be made at home and will taste just as good as the restaurant (if not better!). All you’re missing is a fortune cookie!

 

Monday, September 15

Nutty Tofu Noodles

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5 Peanut Recipes That Go Way Beyond PB&J

Today is National Peanut Day! We love these legumes (yep, they’re not actually a nut!) for their crunch, creaminess and soft flavor that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Not to mention they’re also high in protein and healthy fats — and can basically be used in any form (roasted, raw, whole or chopped!). Obviously these babies have tons of potential. To celebrate their special day, whip up one of these recipes that go way beyond the jar.

 

A sprinkling of chopped peanuts over these Baked Coconut Chili Lime Wings will enhance the marinated coconut flavor — plus, it’ll add a nice buffer from the spicy chili peppers.

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The Best Food Trucks are Coming to a City Near You!

Is it just us or is every food imaginable served on wheels these days? The Vendy Awards are back for their 10th anniversary and Every Day with Rachael Ray‘s second as the media sponsor! This five-city festival honors the best street cooks in the country, and tomorrow just so happens to be the New York City event on Governor’s Island. Whether you’re in the mood for organic sandwiches, empanadas, authentic churros or even a ramen burger, you’re sure to find at least a few trucks to suit your fancy. But make sure you go on an empty stomach! Check out these highlights from a decade of deliciousness.

 

Everyone wants a bite! The first food truck competition in the country shows no signs of slowing down.

 

Our editor-in-chief, Lauren Purcell, center, joined in the fun as a judge last year.

 

Luke’s Lobster won the People’s Choice Award for NYC in 2013– we see why!

 

It’s not too late! You can still purchase tickets for the NYC Vendy Awards here.

Related Links

Behind the Scenes at the 2013 Vendy Awards

The 2013 Vendy Awards: Meet the Finalists

Behind the Scenes at the NYC Burger Bash

Pantry Staple Wednesday: 3 Reasons to Clean Out Your Pantry

Our first Pantry Staple Wednesday task for the Love Your Kitchen Challenge will set you up for success during the rest of the challenge and beyond! Here’s what you need to do: Toss anything questionable; donate anything you’re not planning to use before it expires; remove products that have been sitting unopened for far too long. These products are taking up space in your pantry that could be otherwise used for the important and useful ingredients, tupperware, wrapping materials and more.

 

Now, make a recipe using one or more of your staples that are left behind! Here are some tasty ideas we’re dying to make during the challenge:

 

Use canned chickpeas and canned tuna in our Chickpea Tabbouleh Salad with Tuna.

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