No cocktail party is complete without a signature drink, but that doesn’t mean you need to whip up some crazy concoction with a zillion different mix-ins. Keep it simple (but still impressive!) with a four-ingredient cocktail. It’s contains just enough flavors to make your guests think that you’re a master mixologist. This week’s pick? A Mint Julep because this classic sipper never goes out of style. We love it for summer because it’s minty-fresh, sweet and just strong enough!
1 teaspoon confectioners sugar
5 fresh mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish
1/2 cup (4 ounces) gin
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.
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 1: Get Saucy!
Amp up chicken, veggies — everything! — with a no-cook sauce. Each takes just five minutes and is as easy as pushing a button on your food processor or blender. Try one of these three fabulous sauces to give your dinner an instant upgrade.
Snacking should be guilt-free and super-satisfying — so we’re here to prove that that’s possible! This month, the Every Day with Rachael Ray staff will be sharing their favorite snacks on Instagram every afternoon so you can get a behind-the-scenes peek at what we munch on when we get our wacky cravings, too! And we want YOU to join! Follow us @rachaelraymag where we’ll be posting our salty and sweet snacks (and sometimes a combo of both!), then show us what you’re snacking on by using #RR30Days.
Take a peek at some recipes we’re looking forward to trying in the next month. Trust us, you’re going to want to try ‘em, too!
You’re not seeing things — dreams really do come true! It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. But with so many food holidays throughout the year, you may be asking yourself: Why is this day different from all the others? Because there are so many ways to celebrate that go way beyond the cookie jar!
There’s no better feeling than having a full week of delicious, healthy and quick meals planned for you and your family. So, to make your life easier, we’re sharing five fast and simple recipes for the upcoming week. Dinnertime just got a whole lot better!
Monday, August 4th
Once considered a weed, blackberries have definitely made a comeback, sneaking into all sorts of pies, sauces, cocktails and parfaits. But these burgundy beauties have a savory side, too! Regardless of how you want to use them, blackberries are at their most ripe, delicate and flavor-packed state in the late summer, meaning you should definitely pick up a farm-fresh carton this weekend and use them right away in these recipes (if they don’t all end up in your stomach, first!):
Herb-Marinated Tilapia Kebabs
No cocktail party is complete without a signature cocktail, but that doesn’t mean you need to whip up some crazy concoction with 14 different ingredients that you’ll never use again. Keep it simple, but still impressive with a four-ingredient cocktail that features one unique flavor that makes your guests think you’re a master mixologist. Due to its refreshing effervescence and hint of sweetness and spice, we’re declaring this Ginger and Juice the official cocktail of August (aka tomorrow!).
Health nuts, hipsters and foodies, rest a little easy: our so-called “kale shortage” may not be a shortage after all. According to NBC News, the rumored kale deficit is not as dramatic as it was made out to be. While Bejo Seeds, a major Australian-based kale supplier reported a shortage of seeds and “very, very tight” supply, the U.S. has not fallen victim to the lack of inventory… yet. Since 2007, the amount of kale grown in the U.S. has risen by 57%, and while we know how much you love kale in pasta, stir-fry, pesto and chips, there are plenty of other ways to get your fix of greens without putting this delectable leaf in danger. The next time you’re craving kale, try spinach or Swiss chard instead:
The third annual Look Good Feel Better National Beauty Editors Day event at Saks Fifth Avenue is finally here! On Thursday, August 7th our Beauty and Travel Editor, Abbie Kozolchyk, will be hosting her second round of one-on-one consultations. This year, she’ll be partnering with the ladies at the Trish McEvoy counter. Stop by to pick up great makeup and skincare tips, hear about life at Every Day with Rachael Ray or even talk travel with our sightseeing guru. We gave you a little bit of an intro to Abbie before last year’s event, but get to know our #1 beauty gal even better (now!) by reading three more must-know answers from Abbie to kick off the beauty celebration!
1. What’s your favorite beauty product of all time?
AK: I wish I were that decisive! I have a lot of favorites. But because we’re in the middle of summer, I’m especially focused on sunscreen right now. For a basic running-around-town workday, I like L’Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer Face Lotion. And for more intense exposure, I’ve sworn by Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream since I tested the formula a few years ago on an island in the Philippines where the average daily temperature was 300 degrees, with 300 percent humidity.
2. What’s your best piece of beauty advice for women of all ages?
AK: Sunscreen. Early and often. And yes, clearly, I can be insufferable on this topic. But here’s why: My very first week at a magazine involved a trip to the New York Public Library, where I’d been dispatched to dig through piles of microfiched melanoma images for a story. And I’ve assigned—or been assigned—at least one sun care story a year in the 22 summers since then. So I have a pretty vivid idea of what failure to protect your skin looks like—and wow. Best not to go there.
3. What’s one thing you’ve learned within the last year that you really want to share on Beauty Editor’s Day?
AK: That Look Good Feel Better, the organization that gets the day’s proceeds, makes a real difference. The whole idea is to boost the self-image of people who are undergoing cancer treatment, and the participants I’ve met during the year are hugely grateful to be involved — as are the people who work with them
Get a full recap of last year’s event here, and be sure to register for this year’s event here!