Rachael Ray

Flashback Friday: Rach Talks to Howie Mandel

Have ya’ll been watching America’s Got Talent? Judge Howie Mandel has seen it all this season, from magicians to ice skaters to even comedians like himself! But Rachael talked to him back when he was still hosting Deal or No Deal and got the scoop on his love of takeout and the reason behind his scarcely stocked fridge.

 

Rachael Ray: Hey, Howie. I hear we’re going to see you on Deal or No Deal five nights a week. That’s great! If you were at home watching the show from your couch, what would you be eating for dinner?
Howie Mandel: Anything that was ordered in. I don’t know if you noticed, but there’s no food in my fridge.

RR: Yeah, it looks like you’re on a liquid diet. Who is the cook in the house? You, your wife, your kids?
HM: Neither my wife, Terry, nor I cook. Actually, as a way to discipline the kids, she threatens to prepare dinner — that’s how bad her cooking is.
RR: Well, I guess you weren’t lured by your wife’s cooking skills when you were dating!
HM: Nope. She made toast once and burned it, but I’m OK with that. I’m not a home-cooking kind of guy. I’ve lived in this house for eight years, and the price sticker is still stuck inside the oven. We call ourselves a green family because we don’t waste energy turning on the stove.
RR: That’s a good way to look at it! And you’re not interested in learning how to cook?
HM: I love your food and think that cooking is definitely a true talent, but it’s not one that I care to partake in. I prefer restaurants. We eat out at least five nights a week with our three kids.
RR: Well, at least you spend quality time together that way.
HM: I think eating together is probably the most important part of raising a family because you have good conversations over good food. It’s just that, in my case, there’s usually a waitress with us, too!
RR: So, I see a lot of soy milk and rice milk in your fridge. Is someone in your family lactose intolerant?
HM: They’re for our morning cereal. My wife is kind of a health nut, so we don’t eat or drink dairy. I realize how weird that sounds. First I tell you that we only eat out, and then I say my wife’s a health nut, but it’s true.
RR: So, Howie, if you could invite anyone, living or dead, over for a dinner party — or a takeout dinner party — who would you invite?
HM: Oh, definitely somebody living. Because dead people just aren’t as much fun around the dinner table!

 

Explore more of Rachael’s behind-the-scenes moments here.

Flashback Friday: Rach’s Trip to Morocco

“There was so much to love about my journey in Morocco: The food was scrumptious, the people were friendly and I even got to ride a camel! I brought my camera everywhere I went so I could share my favorite family memories with you,”  Rachael Ray.

 

“In my family, we celebrate milestone birthdays with a shared experience. It makes the most memorable gift, whether you’re on a shoestring budget or have limitless money to spend. When my sister Maria’s 50th birthday was approaching, there was no question about where we’d go: Morocco. That’s me and my sister, Maria. To me, riding a camel felt like riding a bumpy sofa!”

 

 ”You can find some beautiful things at wonderful prices, like these handmade metal lamps.”

“My photo tip? Don’t center your travel buddy (yup, that’s John!) or a landmark. It’s a more interesting shot if it’s a bit off-kilter.”

Flashback Friday: Rach’s Tuscan Vacation

Italy is the place where I feel most at home when I’m not at home. John and I were married in Tuscany, and every year we go back for a long weekend with our family and close friends. Then we take a week for just the two of us to celebrate our anniversary.

 

Written by Rachael Ray

 

 

I love to go to markets when I travel. That’s how you get to know the people, the food and the personality of the region. It’s also the most fun and affordable way to eat during the day.

We make no plans whatsoever. Mostly, we walk around all day, trying to get in enough activity to keep up with how much delicious food you’re eating! (A lot.) But I always end up trying to feed all my Tuscan friends so I can cook at the villa as much as possible.

 

More related links:

Rachael and John’s Italian Wedding

The Little Italy’s of America

Italian-American 30-Minute Meals

Hot Diggity Dog!

It seems that every summer one very important question lingers in the air “Hamburger or hot dog?!” and while we’re a fan of the burger (Rach wrote a whole book on ‘em!) we can’t argue against the love for a delicious bite of a grilled dog sandwiched between a pillowy bun. And it looks like we’re not alone—July 23 marks national hot dog day and for good reason! According to recent polls, a quarter of Americans eat only hot dogs during grilling season!

Want some more hot dog celebrating trivia? According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, we eat about 7 billion hot dogs during the summer—that’s 818 hot dogs per second! With all that hot dog eating, the mustard and relish combo might get a little old, so check out our 10 twists on a hot dog (pictured above) to spice up your cook out. Try more of our favorite recipes—from classic toppings to hot dog kebabs—like these favorites:

Cheese-Stuffed Hot Dogs with Spicy Onions

Cheese-Stuffed Hot Dogs with Spicy Onions

 

Chili-Cheese Dogs in Beach Blankets

Chili-Cheese Dogs in Beach Blankets

 

Hot Dog Pizza-Dillas

Hot Dog Pizza-Dillas

 

Hot-Dog-a-Bobs

Hot-Dog-A-Bobs

 

Classic Coney Island Hot Dogs

Classic Coney Island Hot Dogs

 

More Summer Grilling:

Onion Ring Recipes

52 Best Restaurant Burger in the United States

Cocktails, Anyone? Drink Posts

Flashback Friday: Feedback Party Proposal

Remember that one time a guy proposed to his girlfriend on the main stage at Rachael’s annual South by South West Feedback Party? And she said yes! We sure do. What an unforgettable moment.

But talk about a tough act to follow! The rest of the bands put on a great show and it was quite a day to remember. Do you have any summer concert plans? Tell us about them in the comments below!

Flashback Friday: Italian Eats

“One night in Tuscany, I had Risotto Tuscano made with fresh walnuts. It was mind-blowingly delicious! The walnuts were so young and fresh-picked, you could literally crack them with your bare hands. Inside was a walnut unlike any I’ve ever tasted! Check out my take on Tuscan-Style Risotto with Fresh Walnuts.”

– Rachael Ray

 

  Then try Rach’s always-delicious Spicy Ground Lamb Ragu!

 

More related links:

The Little Italy’s of America

8 Italian Sauces from Lidia Bastianich

Italian Cooking Tips from the Test Kitchen

#30DaysOfBurgers: Worcestershire Burgers with Swiss, Mushrooms & Ranch Dressing

I top these burgers liberally with ranch dressing, sherry mushrooms and swiss cheese–they’re deliciously messy! Try the dressing with iceberg wedges or as a veggie dip, too. -Rachael Ray

 

Worcestershire Burgers with Swiss, Mushrooms & Ranch Dressing

 

Rach loves burgers and so do we! Celebrate summer grilling season with us by following our burger bonanza! Each day in June, we’re bringing you a different, juicy and delicious burger recipe, so you can get creative and never make the same burger twice. Find all of our “30 Days of Burgers” to date on storifytwitter or pinterest.

 

More Grilling Recipes:

 

Summer Cookout Recipes

6 Secrets to Great Grilling

 5 Techniques for Great Grilled Chicken

 

#30DaysOfBurgers: Pimento Cheese Patty Melts with Bacon

If you love sandwiches made with pimento cheese–that creamy Southern mix of mayo, cheddar and tangy red peppers–you’ll love this griddled version with my juicy worcestershire-spiked burger and bacon. It’s the tastiest mashup yet! –Rachael Ray

Pimento Cheese Patty Melts with Bacon

Get the recipe: Pimento Cheese Patty Melts with Bacon

 

Rach loves burgers and so do we! Celebrate summer grilling season with us by following our burger bonanza! Each day in June, we’re bringing you a different, juicy and delicious burger recipe, so you can get creative and never make the same burger twice. Find all of our “30 Days of Burgers” to date on storifytwitter or pinterest.


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Flashback Friday: Past Covers

Looking through past issues is like flipping through a photo album for us–so many memories! Check out our June cover from 2009 (that’s four years ago, folks). Boy, does time fly!

June 2009

Explore more past covers here. Then, tell us which one is your all-time fave in the comments below!

Meatless Monday: I Heart Artichokes

 

Artichoke

 Artichokes may look intimidating, but with a little prep, you’ll find that this fiber-rich and versatile veggie has a heart of gold. (Get it–because the center of an artichoke is called the heart?! Hah.) Anyway, as an excellent source of minerals such as copper, calcium, potassium and iron, these green globes makes a great go-to ingredient for Meatless Mondays or vegetarian dishes any time. Check out three of our tastiest artichoke recipes below!

Baby Artichoke Crisp

This stunning Artichoke Crisp features baby artichokes which, despite their name, are actually fully mature. (They’re the buds harvested from the lower shoots of the artichoke plants.) Serve this one pot dish for B, L or D–breakfast, lunch or dinner.

 Artichoke Bruschetta

For your next party, trade in your normal Spinach and Artichoke dip for this classy and super simple Artichoke Bruschetta appetizer made with white wine and parmesan.

Grandpa's Stuffed Artichokes

This Stuffed Artichoke recipe comes straight from Rachael’s family, specifically her grandfather, Emmanuel. These artichokes are delicious at room temperature, so you can make them ahead and they’ll be ready whenever you are. Anytime you serve artichokes, be sure to place small dishes on the table to collect the leaves.

 

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