The Le Creuset dishes I’ve accumulated over the years get a lot of love in my kitchen, from the classic 5 qt. oven to my treasured tarte tatin pan. So when I was invited to visit the Le Creuset foundry, in Fresnoy-le-Grand, France, the birthplace of this iconic cookware, where all of the company’s cast iron products have been produced since 1925, I jumped at the chance!
Paul Van Zuydam, the Chairman of the company, bought Le Creuset in 1987 at a time when it was unclear whether or not the company would survive. Not only did he bring it back to life, he managed to turn it into one of the most prestigious cookware companies in the world.
After a 2 hour drive north out of Paris (and a lovely lunch with Paul Van Zuydam of quiche, salad, cured meats and local cheeses), we entered the lobby, complete with a mini museum with some classic pieces since retired, like these yellow beauties from 1945-1955.
Frédéric Sallé, the most affable plant manager, gave us the tour of the foundry, which recently expanded just in time for the company’s 90th anniversary. I was so impressed by how he warmly interacted with the workers like they were family.
Our first sight upon entry to the factory was bins full of Dutch Ovens and skillets. Be still my heart! We were all a bit floored when we found out they were seconds, soon be melted down and re-cast.
The best way to celebrate Wine Wednesday during the summer? Chill out! A bottle of white wine on ice is great, but a pitcher of sangria or a fruity spritz is even better. So try one of these deliciously cooling cocktail this evening, and Wine Wednesday may never be the same again.
After spending a long day in an office, we can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the weather. We like to take every opportunity we can to dine al fresco with a fabulous meal that looks just as beautiful as the sunset. If you’re looking for some warm-weather inspiration (veggie-packed pastas, grilled kebabs, you name it), we’ve got you covered.
There’s never a day we’d turn down a doughnut, but on National Doughnut Day, they’re particularly crave-worthy. Since it’s summer, we thought we’d share our favorite summery doughnut recipes you can make at home to celebrate. You’ll find some surprising combos and cooking techniques (hello, grill!), but we promise they will not disappoint.
Whats Doughnut Day without some doughnut holes? Use our Vanilla Doughnut Hole recipe and then add different fillings and glazes to make the following:
Wish you could take your outdoor space from plain to Pinterest-perfect? You can—and we’re here to help! In the July/August issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray (pick up your copy on June 9th!), we teamed with with the pros at Porch to share four drool-worthy backyard upgrades and tell you how to get each look. This cozy, built-in fire pit with lush landscaping cost the homeowners $40,000, but for those who don’t have that kind of cash to spend (read: most of us!), we explain what’s involved in getting an expert to do a less involved project and how to create an inviting yard in a weekend—on a budget. All you need to pull it off? A few stylish-yet-inexpensive pieces:
photo via Alderwood Landscaping
This Wood-Burning Fire Pit measures almost 30 inches in diameter, so there’s plenty of room for a crowd to gather around. $99, Garden Treasures, lowes.com
Use this Outdoor Rectangular Pouf Footstool to sit by your pit; it’s surprisingly lightweight and comfy. $50, Threshold, target.com
Load up the Hartman Adjustable Firewood Storage Rack. It allows air to circulate around your wood to help prevent rot and mold. $60, Crosley, bedbathandbeyond.com
We’ve got three other transformative upgrades in the issue, and the deal of the summer: Our friends at Porch and Cost Plus World Market have teamed up to give one lucky winner $3,000 worth of expert work and $2,000 to decorate their space.
The collaboration between these two companies seems like a match made in heaven. Porch is a site that helps consumers get connected with home improvement professionals that they can trust. Simply browse by job type (from home cleaning to kitchen remodeling), leave a note about your budget and time frame and hit submit! You’ll be contacted by a reliable professional to get your project going. Once your space is clean and remodeled, head over to World Market, where you can find original and handmade decor, kitchenware, furniture and more from around the world.
To enter the sweepstakes, click here. And hurry! Contest ends June 30 (and summer ends September 23).
Happy June! We’re kicking it into high summer mode this week with five dinners that are meant for the grill. So get your seasonal veggies ready, your patio furniture dusted off and your charcoal nice and hot. It’s officially grilling season.
Monday, June 1st
The Kentucky Derby may be over, but its famous cocktail, the Mint Julep, lives on– it’s National Mint Julep Day! So in honor of this fresh and strong cocktail, we’re sharing our best recipe. T-G-I-Saturday, right?
1 teaspoon confectioners sugar
5 fresh mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish
1/2 cup bourbon (4 ounces)
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.
For a fun twist on the Mint Julep, try our Rye Julep, with a hint of grapefruit!
We’re so happy it’s National Biscuit Day– biscuits are the perfect food to eat for every meal! When it’s time for dessert, make a cobbler. Top it off with this simple and delicious biscuit topping that can be made two different ways: it can be rolled and cut into shapes or, even easier, turned into rustic drop biscuits. The difference? Just a few tablespoons of cream.
The upcoming week might not seem like anything special, but we beg to differ: it includes Memorial Day, Hamburger Day and Biscuit Day! If those three holidays aren’t reason enough to get in your kitchen, these recipes should do the trick. Happy celebrating!
Monday, May 25
Happy Memorial Day! Grilled Sausage with Fennel Slaw
The classic Italian cocktail is getting shaken and stirred into all kinds of delicious treats. During Negroni Week, June 1-7, participating bars and restaurants around the country are serving up fresh takes on the tipple and donating at least $1 from each sale to a charity of choice. Check out some of our picks for places to get your Negroni on. Cheers!
The Negroni pie at Brooklyn’s Butter & Scotch stars a custard of Campari, gin and vermouth. (butterandscotch.com)
For a dessert of pillow-soft Negroni marshmallows, hit Cambridge, MA’s Ames Street Deli. (amesstreetdeli.com)
Gin-flavored ice cream meets vermouth, Campari and Cheerwine in the Cheergroni float at Chuck’s in Raleigh, NC. (ac-restaurants.com/chucks)
The Negroni pop at San Francisco’s Humphry Slocombe blends the cocktail’s spirits with grapefruit juice. (humphryslocombe.com)
Serve yourself! To make a classic Negroni, stir equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth in an ice-filled rocks glass (strain to serve if you wish). Garnish with orange peel.
By Erin Meister