The new collaboration between Rach’s charity, Yum-O! and FoodCorps, an organization that’s the culinary version of the Peace Corps, is creating quite the buzz. It sends young folks out for the yearlong stints around the country to help educate kids about healthy eating. Why is that so important? Because one in four children in the U.S. struggles with hunger and one in three is obese — largely because their families don’t have easy access to healthy food. Let’s change that, people! FoodCorps has a hands-on approach: Its service members teach kids about gardening (in the garden!) and cooking (in the kitchen!). Here’s how Yum-O! played a part in this important mission — and how you can, too.
1. Yum-O! and FoodCorps
Yum-O! donated funds to help promote FoodCorps’ growth and expansion across the U.S. Next Year, they’ll add two more locations to their current list of 15, as well as 55 more service members, for a total of 180.
2. What’s Next?
This fall, Yum-O! is helping launch an award program with FoodCorps. The money will go to the community served by one stellar service member. Stay tuned!
3. Get Involved
It’s easy! You can support FoodCorps by donating online or even volunteering alongside service members. To find out how you can get involved, go to foodcorps.org.
This past weekend, Rachael headed down to South Beach for her annual Burger Bash at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. We can only imagine what a delicious task it is to judge some of the country’s best burgers, and we were more than thrilled to see Rach tweeting about each delicious burger she sampled. This year, the chefs let their imaginations run wild, and came up with some of the most unique things between two buns. Rach flipped for Shake Shack‘s SmokeShack, which took first place in the Best of the Munchies award, as well as Blue Bell, PA’s Phil’s Tavern‘s burger with mashed potatoes right on top!
Other mentionable burgers? Rach thought Chicago’s Lillie’s Q‘s Pimento Cheese Burger with Koolaid Pickles “might take it,” and said NYC’s Commerce Restaurant‘s Patty Melt was a top contender. She made note of the only seafood entry this year, NYC’s Ed’s Chowder House‘s Skuna Bay Salmon Burger and Miami’s Pincho Factory‘s Toston Burger, in between two fried plantain buns explaining, “We are in Miami after all.”
With more than 20 burgers to sample and salivate over, the judges had their work cut out for them! We must admit, though, it would definitely be a job worth the mess!
Last night, Rachael celebrated her #1 pooch, Isaboo’s 9th birthday with a delicious doggie cake that looked good enough for humans!
The adorable cake was made with ground lamb, barley, carrot and parsley. And don’t worry, that frosting isn’t full of sugar. She whipped together cream cheese, beet juice and bacon crumble to create the pink topping–delish! If that doesn’t scream “puppy love,” we don’t know what does!
Gift Pick #3: Rachael Ray 3 Tier Stacking Salt Box
Do you know someone who spends most of their time over the stove sauteeing and stirring? This Rachael Ray Wooden 3-Tier Stacking Salt Box is the gift for them. Crafted from acacia wood, this salt box has a convenient stacking design with a top lid, allowing for easy storage of three different salts, peppers or other seasonings. Cooks can quickly grab and sprinkle whatever they need–be it salt for pasta water, oregano for marinara sauce or pepper for scrambled eggs. The box looks perfect on any counter or stove top, and can be purchased here.
Gift Pick #2: Rachael Ray 3 Piece Lazy Tool Set in Orange
Rachael Ray’s tools are built to make your time in the kitchen just as fun as it is efficient. This bright orange set contains a slotted spoon, a lazy spoon and tongs, all built to last through the toughest of cooking challenges. As the tools can resist up to 500 degrees of heat, you can feel comfortable resting them on the edges of hot cookware, which is made even easier with their built in side notch. The nonstick material is dishwasher safe and makes for easy cleanup. So easy! Purchase a set of these spoons here.
As you’re checking off your gift list, make sure you’ve covered everyone on your list: Including the foodie! When it comes to home cooking, you can never have too many pots, pans, utensils and cooking accessories. So this year, pick up a few of Rachael Ray’s best-selling kitchen tools, and give your friends a reason to make YOU a home-cooked meal!
Gift Pick #1: Rachael Ray 14 Piece Cookware Set
This gift is ideal for someone who’s just moved into a new home or needs to restock their kitchen. It includes all of the pans needed to equip your kitchen with the most-used cooking pieces, like sauce pans, stock pots and skillets. With deep sides, you’ll make the most of each pot and will have plenty of room for one-dish meals. The pots are hard-andonized, which means they’re exceptionally durable, heat quickly and evenly and reduce “hot spots” that can burn foods. They’re also dishwasher and oven safe with nonstick interiors and rubberized handles that can withstand temperatures up to 350 degrees. These pots are everything a home cook could need, and more. You may want to pick up an extra set for yourself! Purchase the set here.
Summer internships can be boring and brutal. However, lucky for me, being the only editorial intern for Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine, my summer was filled with surprises. Here are some of my favorite moments:
1. The Pillsbury Dough Boy taking over the office. Who knew he could fit in so easily?
2. Getting the wonderful opportunity to help out in the test kitchen. I might be cutting a package of meat over a stove, but at Every Day with Rachael Ray, anything is possible.
3. Attending a food photo shoot on my last day at the office.
4. Seeing my byline for the first time on the website. Nothing is more satisfying than realizing that what you wrote, or the work you did, is seen nationwide.
5. Meeting a staff that invited me and welcomed me into their family starting from Day 1. It did not matter which department I was working with or which of the five desks I got to take over, I received support and encouragement every single day.
My parting gift from Editorial Assistant, Morgan Gibson, before leaving.
The list doesn’t end here. From representing the magazine at press events, to attending taste tests, I could not be more grateful and appreciative for my experience at Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. Who knows, for the girl who had to be convinced by Lauren Purcell, Editor-in-Chief, to do an editorial internship, it just might be the thing for me.
The New York City Burger Bash is one of Rachael’s favorite events of the year. A few years ago, Rach and friends welcomed 20 meat masters who fought for first place, while everyone else ate, drank, danced and enjoyed the delicious aromas of the night. Rach mingled with Bobby Flay, who won the People’s Choice Award and tons of other Food Network stars! Read on to see who made it to the party.
Giada DeLaurentiis and her hubby, Todd.
Katie Lee stopped by, who apparently opts for a burger with just American cheese. Now that’s minimalism at its finest!
And Anne Burell and Alex Guarnaschelli, who talked about the crazier side of burgers, such as condiments like Kimchi and fried squid. Yum!
It was definitely a night to remember. What’s your favorite way to eat a burger?
Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week” to appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.
We’re truly impressed by @jcaonguyen and his venture into making a homemade Ramen burger! His dedication proves that you don’t need to wait in line for something truly delicious- you can make it at home yourself! Who knows, maybe someone will even try a homemade Cronut one of these days…
Want more fantastic burger recipes that taste just as great as a restaurant? Check out Rachael’s 25 Most Popular Burgers here.
You’ll be dying to make the hot new casserole recipes—from green chile chilaquiles to mu shu pork—in our exclusive October issue tear out booklet. But before you hit the kitchen, grab one (or all!) of these great bake-and-serve casserole platters for your table.
1. Go retro with a two-tone 1.5 quart family style dish. Corningware Etched Green, $21, target.com
2. Breakfast casseroles, like our booklet’s Hash Brown Bake with Eggs & Smoked Salmon, belong in the morning bird. Revol Happy Cuisine Poultry Dish, $70, bloomingdales.com
3. This heavy duty dish makes casseroles and doubles as a dutch oven for stocks, stews and chili. Calphalon Simply Cast Enamel, $100, wayfair.com
4. Serve up individual portions of our booklet’s Shrimp & Pasta Mini-Bakes in individual-sized (8-oz.) cocottes. Mini Cocotte in Red, $50, fab.com
5. Go classic with Rach’s easy-to-grip 4.25 quart Casseroval, available in 8 colors. Casseroval, $50, rachaelraystore.com
6. This pumpkin doesn’t turn into a carriage—it turns into a delish casserole! Add the single-portion dish to your table for some seasonal fun. Petite Pumpkin Cocotte, $30, lecreuset.com
7. Fill up the crowd with these traditional minis. Available in green, blue, red, orange and white. Omniware 5 oz. Cocottes, $35 for 4 piece set, macys.com
8. Make them quack up with this woodsie serving piece. Also available with a rabbit or chicken top. Apilco Duck Casserole Dish, $120, williams-sonoma.com
9. You’ll be surprised how fast the food disappears from these 12″x8.5″ dishes, buy two to make seconds! Italian Onda Bakers, $30, surlatable.com