Every Day Scoop

Our favorite Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner recipes

If you know Rachael, you know she loves a good BLD dish — a.k.a. something that’s delish for breakfast, lunch or dinner. That’s why she made her “Burger of the Month” in our latest issue a BLD Burger: a sausage-spiked patty topped with meaty bacon, chives and a fried egg and sandwiched between two English muffins. Whether it’s 7am or 7pm, that sounds pretty darn good to us! Check out that recipe below, along with some other anytime-of-day faves from our archives.

BLD Burger

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Corn recipes for every type of craving

What are you in the mood for right now? Something salty? Spicy? Cheesy? We all have those dishes we just can’t get enough of — the ones we could happily make for dinner every single night if our families would let us, or the ones we just have to order every time we see it on a menu. Our July/August 2016 cover shows off our favorite corn-toppers for summer, all inspired by classic comfort flavors we love. So the next time you’re craving creamy queso or fresh avocado or buttery garlic, reach for some fresh corn cobs and top ‘em to your hearts content!

Think you could you polish off this Spicy Cilantro Queso all by yourself?

Try Jalapeño-Lime Corn on the Cob!

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Empty Nesters: How to make your own knife block

Home and Market Editor Lisa Freedman and her husband just bought a house two hours outside of New York City. Yay! The only issue? They don’t have anything to put in it. Follow her as she shops, tackles some DIY projects and works her decorating magic.

Ready for the world’s easiest DIY project? Inspired by these knife blocks (I actually have two at my city apartment, but think they’re too modern for the house), I decided to make my own with a tin and some eight-inch bamboo skewers. I washed the tin super well and, when it was dry, I filled it with skewers. See? Easy!

One thing to note: I did use a LOT more skewers than I thought I would (I ended up needing 1,100 of them!), but I found them for a good price at Food Service Warehouse. In total, this project cost me less than $25 and it’s way more personal than a plain lacquer box. My hope is to make another one with a short, narrow tin for my steak knives…whenever we get steak knives, that is.

Check back soon to see what else I’ve been up to.

Around the world in 5 skewers

Looking for cookout inspiration? There’s a whole universe of meat-on-a-stick out there! Take a global grilling tour and get fresh ideas for dinner, courtesy of these five skewered specialties.

Shish Kebab — This term has become the catch-all for grilled skewered food. The cross-cultural specialty is claimed by cuisines in South Asia, the Caucasus and Russia (where it’s called shashlik), the Balkans (cévak), the Middle East and beyond.

Try this: Kofta Kebabs with Herb Salad

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10 sweet treats for the Fourth of July

Burgers and hot dogs seem to get all the attention on the Fourth of July, but dessert is the best time to show off a healthy dose of red, white and blue! Check out these 10 recipes that pay tribute to our grand ol’ flag and all the berry goodness that’s in season right now.

This Mixed Berry Lattice Cobbler will be a major hit at your party — and on Instagram!

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Kitchen Cameo: Jesse Tyler Ferguson makes Chicken Tikka Masala

He serves up big laughs on Modern Family, but Jesse Tyler Ferguson is currently dishing out drama as a restaurant reservationist in the one-man Broadway play Fully Committed through July 31. He and Rach get along great on her show, so we challenged him to whip up one of her recipes. First things first, we asked him about his cooking cred.

Rachael Ray Every Day: On the spectrum of “I burn everything” to “I’m a master chef,” where do your skills fall?

Jesse Tyler Ferguson: “I’m closer to being able to run my own restaurant.”

RRED: What kinds of foods to you like?

JTF: “I love Mexican, Asian and Indian flavors. Spicy is always good!”

RRED: Do you like to entertain?

JTF: “I love cooking dinner and feeding friends and family. I love meals I can prep and leave alone while they cook to enjoy my company.” Read more

30-Minute Meals: Salads for Supper!

You already know salads are good for you, and that one big salad every day could make an impact on your day-to-day health. But if the thought of having a salad every day is leaving you feeling kind of blah, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Salads can be so much more than your go-to tomato-cucumber-ranch combo. Once you start varying textures, temperatures, proteins and flavor profiles, your greens will be anything but boring. Check out Rach’s summer-y dinner salads from our June 2016 issue, which are full of flavor and won’t leave you hungry — we promise!

Sicilian Panzanella Salad with Grilled Swordfish

Wouldn’t it be nice to take a Sicilian vacation this summer? This salad might be the next best thing! Garlic, olives and Italian herbs in this citrus-y swordfish salad will transport you to the Italian coast. Read more

Empty Nesters: Obsessing over beds in a box

Home and Market Editor Lisa Freedman and her husband just bought a house two hours outside of New York CityYay! The only issue? They don’t have anything to put in it. Follow her as she shops, tackles some DIY projects and works her decorating magic.

 

After we closed (read: signed a million pieces of paper and handed over the biggest check we’ve ever written), our biggest priority was to get some beds. We only had the box springs from the previous owner, which made it hard to sleep there and get stuff done.

We needed to order something that could be shipped and left on our porch while we were in the city. To me, the solution was clear: I wanted to try out those super popular bed-in-a-box companies. I had spent a few hours on some for a story in our May issue and I was excited to give them a longer test run. We were in the market for four (4!!!) mattresses, and we decided to try four different options: Casper, Lull, Leesa and Ghost Bed.

Our UPS, FedEx and USPS workers must
think we have a mail-order addiction.

Each one was ordered, shipped and delivered without a hitch. What I loved most was that these companies only offer one mattress (in the various sizes), so we didn’t have to stress out about picking materials or firmness levels. The boxes were heavy, but it was so much easier to push them up the stairs than a flat, cumbersome mattress would have been. And actually, a king mattress, which we needed for the largest bedroom, would never have fit through our narrow staircase if it wasn’t rolled up and vacuum-sealed. All four were packaged similarly: shrink wrapped inside a cardboard box. We opened each one in their respective rooms and watched in amazement as they literally unfolded in front of our eyes.

A man (not my husband) and a shrink-wrappedmattress.
Image: Casper.

We’ve now slept on all four and we couldn’t be more obsessed. They’re firm, but not hard (the Ghost Bed is the firmest of all), and we have some of the best sleep of our lives on these beds. And, because they all have a foam core (instead of coils), they don’t make a sound when my husband changes positions a million times. There are even more companies offering beds in a box now and, if the four I’ve tried are any indication, I imagine they’re all great. There’s even a new brand, called Sonno, which can be flip for different comfort levels.

The ability to sleep (well) up there is key. And now that we have beds, we can tackle the other empty rooms! Check back soon to see what we’ve been working on during our waking hours.

 

Is it hot in here?! 5 recipes for chile season

Chile peppers thrive in summertime, so as the weather heats up, so should your dishes! From Anaheim (mild) to Fresno (medium) to Habanero (spicy) and a million chiles in between, there’s a pepper out there for everyone who can stand a little heat in the kitchen. Our June 2016 issue has the rundown on how to buy, store, prep and cook chiles, plus cool fun facts. (Did you know that 89% of a chile’s heat is concentrated in its veins, the white spongy sections inside a pepper? Stop blaming those seeds!) Try these five recipes to put a little pep in your step this summer.

Grilled Habanero Steak Sandwiches

Some like it hot, and this sandwich is for them! Habaneros, which are fruity and super-fiery, likely originated in Cuba; the name means “from Havana.” Read more

The 10 best smoothies: store-bought vs homemade

As the weather gets warmer, we find ourselves craving smoothies all the time. So what did we do about it? We taste-tested over 100 store-bought smoothies to find the very best ones! In the Battle of the Bottled, we found five awesome winners available at your local supermarket— check them out in our June 2016 issue. But if you’re more of a DIY type, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite homemade smoothie recipes, too. Slurp’s up!

Best Tropical

Store-bought: Evolution Fresh Defense UpStick a tiki umbrella in this combo of pineapple, mango and orange juices. It has no artificial sweeteners and delivers 310% of your recommended daily amount of vitamin C per serving. ($4.99 for 15.2 oz.)

Homemade: Kiwi-Pineapple SmoothiesIf you love tart and fruity smoothies, this one’s for you. Try adding coconut milk to make it more like a piña colada.

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