Food Holidays

The 2nd Annual Pizza Month Meal Planner

Here at Every Day with Rachael Ray, we really love pizza. And since October is National Pizza Month, we really love October! Last year, we gave you five delicious pizza-inspired recipes that you could make during the week, and we’re back for a second year with new recipes to whet your whistle. So get ready for a week full of crust, sauce and cheese. And if that’s not enough for you, we’ve got dozens more recipes on our site.


Monday, October 5

Broccoli Rabe Pizza Bread

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Not-Your-Average Burger Recipes

As summer begins to wind down, there’s no better way to savor the last of the season than with a great burger. Lucky for us, today is National Burger Day, and you better believe we’re planning on celebrating. But rather than the average beef patty and American cheese, we’re getting a little fancy today with these cool combos. Happy grilling!


Graze Burger

Brunch Burgers

Tenderloin Burgers with Horseradish Sauce

Chorizo Burgers with Sweet Corn Guacamole

Eat-Your-Greens Burgers with Avocado Ranch Dressing

5 Ways to Dress Up Corn on the Cob

If you’re hearing of a new food holiday on a daily basis, you’re not alone. It seems like every day is dedicated to some sort of fruit, vegetable, dessert, cocktail or snack– but that just means more cooking opportunities! So in the height of corn season, it’s only appropriate that today is National Corn on the Cob Day. But we won’t be knawing down on any old ear– we’re dressing ours up with herbs, butters, cheese and spice! Here are a few of our favorite ways to dress up corn on the cob.

red onion + dill pickle relish + white cheddar = Ballpark Corn on the Cob


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3 Fun Ways to Celebrate National S’mores Day

There’s nothing wrong with the graham cracker-marshmallow-chocolate campfire classic, but sometimes you just have to change things up a bit. We’ve reinvented everyone’s favorite summertime treat three different ways– just in time for National S’mores Day!



The Big Chipper

Top a potato chip (go for large, flat, sturdy chips) with a square of dark chocolate. Set it near the fire so the chocolate can soften while you roast a marshmallow Top with the roasted marshmallow, then another chip.

Strawberry S’mores Cake

Split a store-bought biscuit. Top the bottom with sliced strawberries and a few squares of chocolate. Add 2 roasted marshmallows and the biscuit top.

Banana Split Sandwich

Spread a waffle cookie or pizzelle with strawberry jam; top with sliced bananas. Spread another cookie with chocolate-hazelnut spread. Sandwich the cookies with 2 roasted marshmallows.

Recipes by Stacy Adimando



4 Ways to Celebrate Lasagna Day… in the Summer!

We’re not quite sure who comes up with all of these whacky food holidays, but whoever it was has a thing for lasagna. Why else would they want to celebrate one of the best cold-weather dishes in the middle of summer? Whatever the reason, we’re still ready to celebrate. These four recipes are a lighter version of this Italian staple. They don’t compromise on flavor, but you’ll still feel like you can run after the ice cream truck afterwards.


Vegetable Lasagna Stacks are super light but still capture that Italian goodness.


No need to stand over a hot stove sautéing ground beef with this Vegetable Lasagna


Pasta Pinwheels allow you to keep the portions on the lighter side


Or, try something completely new like this Mexican Raw Lasagna


4 Ways to Celebrate National Hot Dog Day

What does it take to make a winning weiner? Pair the newest franks and condiments with fun, fresh toppings. Your crowd will give these top marks!


From top:


Cool Crunch

Applegate Natural Uncured Beef Hot Dog ($6.49) + Frank’s RedHot Slammin’ Sriracha ($3.49) + cucumber + onion rings


Hawaiian Twist

Hillshire Farm Jalapeño & Cheddar Smoked Sausage ($4.99) + Slawsa Spicy (kicky slaw meets relish; $3.99) + pineapple + scallions


California Club

Ball Park Applewood Smoked Chicken Frank ($5.79) + Hidden Valley Cucumber Ranch ($3.59) + avocado + red onion + bacon


Chili Bowl

Oscar Meyer Chili Cheese Dog ($3) + French’s Twangy BBQ Mustard Sauce ($1.99) + Fritos corn chips



Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

How to Make the Very Best Chocolate Pudding

We love a good chocolate pudding and we know you do too: it’s one of our most popular chocolate desserts ever! In honor of National Chocolate Pudding Day (that’s today!) we’re sharing an updated version of the classic dessert. It’s warm and luscious and just sweet enough. You’re going to want to make extras!



Warm Chocolate Pudding



1/2 cup plus 2 tsp. sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

Pinch salt

3 cups milk

2 egg yolks

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Whipped cream, for serving


In saucepan, whisk 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk in milk and yolks over medium heat. Stir in chocolate. Simmer, whisking, until melted. Divide pudding among ramekins; let cool slightly. Top with cream.


If you’re looking for something more out-of-the-box, try our slow-cooker version or our Amaretto-spiked version.

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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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 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



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!