Besides her magnetic personality and “EVOO” tagline, Rachael is probably most well known for her easy and delicious 30-Minute Meals. So for her birthday (today!) help us celebrate by cooking up a meal for your loved ones. Then, share your pics on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #HappyBirthdayRachael. To get you inspired, we’re sharing eight of her most popular 30-Minute Meals of all time — including hearty pastas and meaty mains. Happy birthday, Rach! We hope your day is full of food, family and so much fun.
As the end of summer approaches, take advantage of all the delicious produce (and your outdoor grill!) with these five fresh and fast weeknight recipes. You’ll have dinner on the table so fast, there will be plenty of time afterwards for s’mores around a bonfire.
Monday, August 25
No matter the time of day or day of the week, we always love a good ice cream sandwich. But now that it’s the weekend (TGIF!), we’re in the mood for something truly decadent, delicious and reminiscent of our childhood. So grab your mixer (no ice cream maker necessary!) and that bright red food coloring and get to work on some Red Velvet Meltcakes. Seriously, they’re worth every bit of effort.
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Happy Thirsty Thursday! Relax this evening with a drink that’ll quench your thirst and put a smile on your face (queue Pharrell’s “Happy”). The best part? This four-ingredient cocktail won’t have to be slaving away in the kitchen (but don’t tell your guests — this drink is so impressive, they’ll think you’re a master mixologist!).
As the magazine’s beauty and travel editor, I wind up in some…unusual situations. From marital maintenance to power-tanning, here’s one I couldn’t help but write about.
When travel writers and editors hang out, you can count the seconds before everyone’s talking about recent trips, upcoming trips—and the art of cramming laundry, bills and marriage into 12-hour stopovers at home. But at last weekend’s Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference (the best one to attend if you happen to be an aspiring travel journalist, by the way), conversation turned toward something totally out of character for this crowd: skincare.
Photo courtesy of Candace Rose Rardon
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 3: Slice & Dice Like a Pro
Get more out of your chef’s knife! These sharp tips will make your mealtime prep faster, easier and way more efficient, no matter what you’re cooking tonight.
Get your Italian on this week with five delicious recipes inspired by Rach’s favorite vacation spot. These meals are quick, easy and full of flavor, guaranteed to be loved by your whole family. So dust off your red and white checkered table cloth and load up on the garlic and EVOO for five recipes that scream, “buon appetito!” (But don’t forget to save room for gelato!)
Monday, August 18
Ah, the weekend. The time of the week where traditional daily schedules are meant to be broken. You can wake up at 1 p.m. and not be judged for eating breakfast. You can spend all day in the kitchen whipping up something fabulous for dinner, and not have to worry if it’s on the table right at 6 p.m. sharp. You can snack all day on whatever your heart desires. And snacking is what we’re encouraging today! Our Instagram #SnackAttack is well under way, as our staff shares photos of their favorite sweet and salty cravings. But during the weekend when we have more time to spend in the kitchen, we like our snacks to be homemade. Here’s a fun, fast and healthy idea: Try making our Spicy Veggie Sliders. You can nibble on one or two without feeling guilty, but they’ll keep you full until dinnertime. Plus, you can make extra and save the leftovers for Meatless Monday!
There’s nothing quite like a tart, crisp pickle on a hot summer day. And while we could just run out to our favorite sandwich shop to pick up a sliver or two, something about making them ourselves sounds so much more appealing. So this weekend, grab some cucumbers, mason jars and a few pantry ingredients and you’ll have freshly pickled– well, pickles, in just three days! Try classic Bread & Butter Pickles to layer onto burgers, hoagies or to chop and stir into egg or tuna salad. They’re easy-breezy!
Besides delicious, brunch should be a few things: easy to make, fun for the whole family and stress-free. While we love a good Bloody Mary or sangria bar in the early afternoon, sometimes you just need a simple cocktail to wash down your pancakes. That’s why we love this Pineapple 75, a light and fresh champagne cocktail, that’s not-your-average-mimosa. The best part? It only requires 4 ingredients!
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons gin or vodka
Chilled sparkling wine
1 cup ice (freebie!)
In a cocktail shaker, shake ice, pineapple juice and gin until thoroughly mixed; strain into a Champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine. Using a vegetable peeler, cut a strip of lemon peel and curl over rim.