Every Day Scoop

Enter to Win a Year’s Supply of Nutrish Pet Food!

We don’t know about you, but our pets are some of the best sous chefs we’ve ever had. They’re always in the kitchen to keep us company, they’ll eat anything we make and we can always rely on them to clean up the mess on the floor. We’re paying special tribute to our favorite kitchen companions by making today’s Love Your Kitchen Challenge all about them.

 

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Shhh — We Won’t Tell if You Don’t!

Though we really do love a four-ingredient cocktail, sometimes four ingredients just won’t cut it. Don’t worry: We’re not going to drive you crazy with all sorts of mixologist-level ingredients, but we are going to request you gather just five easy-to-access cocktail ingredients (plus ice — always a freebie) to whip up a fabulous and refreshing Grapefruit Vesper for your next party or get-together.

 

 

Ingredients

1 ounce vodka

1 ounce gin

1 ounce grapefruit juice

1 ounce sauvignon blanc

1 1/2 teaspoons honey

1 cup ice

 

Directions

In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, gin, grapefruit juice and sauvignon blanc. Add the honey and ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Makes 1.

 

 

More Easy Cocktail Recipes

Strawberry Suckers

The Smokin’ Dog

Homemade Margaritas

 

We’re Giving Away 10 Copies of The Kitchn Cookbook!

We’ve teamed up with the gals at The Kitchn this month to inspire you to transform your kitchen into the perfect space to cook, eat and socialize in. From a full-length feature in our October issue on how to love, love, LOVE your kitchen, to our month-long Love Your Kitchen Challenge, we’re pulling out all the stops in preparation for the time of year when your kitchen works the hardest: the holidays.

 

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Pantry Staple Wednesday: Reorganize!

Now that your pantry is stocked and ready for any cooking emergency, our next Love Your Kitchen Challenge asks you to transform that pantry into a place of harmony:

 

Reorganize your stocked pantry so that ingredients you use together are stored together. Group items for Italian dishes in one place and Mexican recipes in another. Then, make a meal using one of your staples.

 

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The Best Personal Sommelier Apps for Your Smart Phone

The convenience of grabbing wine at the grocery store cannot be beat. But how to pick the best bottles? These three free apps come to the rescue. Cheers to that!

 

 

Best for Social Drinkers: Crushed Wine

If you want to know what your social network is drinking (and loving), then this app’s for you (seen above). With an interface akin to Instagram—instead of “liking” a pic, users can “cheers” your vino as a virtual vote of confidence—and posting capabilities on Facebook and Twitter, Crushed forgoes ratings systems in favor of sharing.

 

Best for On-Trend Imbibers: Delectable

Used by many sommeliers for sharing real-time recommendations (that means fresh insider info for you!), this app’s newest feature is label-image recognition. Snap a pic of the bottle on the shelf to pull up its origin, ratings and user reviews instantly.

 

Best for Frequent Quaffers: Vivino

Like Netflix for wine lovers, the Vivino app generates picks based on your preferences. The more wine you rate in its four-million-bottle database, the more spot-on its suggestions.

 

Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off Finale Recap

It was an emotional day for the kids, parents and mentors of Team Rachael and Team Guy, as the season 2 competition came to a close. Sean was in the lead with six gold stars, closely followed by Amber with five and Finn with four, but the winning title was anyone’s game. The final challenge required the kids to throw their very own food festival — cooking 35 portions of a signature dish. A challenge so special could only call for three guest judges of the same caliber: Host of Cooking Channel’s The Real Girl’s Kitchen, Haylie Duff, California chef and restaurateur, Brian Malarkey and celebrity chef Curtis Stone.

 

Photo courtesy of The Food Network

 

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Love Your Kitchen: Week 3

We’re halfway through with the Love Your Kitchen Challenge and your kitchens (and ours!) are looking better than ever. Week 3 focuses on organizing and storage, getting you prepped for the next 7 days to decorate, create and treat yourself (and your pet!). Don’t forget to enter up to once daily to win $2,500 through Instagram by tagging your challenge photos with #RRKitchenLoveSweepstakes. Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

Week 3 Challenges

Monday, September 22: Zone out

Create a cooking zone—a space that holds your most-used items (like olive oil, garlic and salt) close to where you use them most: the stove!

 

Tuesday, September 23: Find your sweet spot

Your treat stash needs a home! Show us where you keep your candy, salty snacks and other crave-worthy goodies.

 

Wednesday, September 24: Pantry Staple Wednesday

Reorganize your stocked pantry so that ingredients you use together are stored together. Group items for Italian dishes in one place and Mexican recipes in another. Then, make a meal using one of your staples.

 

Thursday, September 25: Don’t fall flat

Find a new spot to store oversized items (like cutting boards and baking sheets) so they don’t take up too much drawer space. Try a large basket or stack them vertically on a shelf.

 

Friday, September 26: Pet show

Animals can make your kitchen an even happier place. Snap and share a photo of your furry friends in the heart of your home.

 

Saturday, September 27: Weekend project

Get out the drill! Add a new storage solution to your kitchen: hang a shelf on the wall, install a magnetic knife strip or put up a new pot rack.

A Fall-Flavored Weeknight Meal Planner

Fall officially begins tomorrow, and you know what that means: Hello pumpkins, apples, squash and comfort food! To help you transition from bright and sunny summer produce to heartier meals and ingredients, we’ve gathered a weeknight meal planner that lands somewhere in the middle. Plus, we’re helping you use your Italian pantry staples on Wednesday to complete the Love Your Kitchen Challenge of the day!
 
 

Monday, September 22

Butternut & Sage Papperdell

 
 

Tuesday, September 23

Broiled Miso Steak

 
 

Pantry Staple Wednesday, September 24

Bow Ties with Zucchini & Hot Chili Pepper Pesto

 
 

Thursday, September 25

Coriander Chicken with Chickpeas and Kale

 
 

Friday, September 26

Thai Pork Wrap-Ups

 
 
 

More Weeknight Meals

Mediterranean

Italian

End-of-Summer

The Apple (Orchards) of Our Eye

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: apple picking time! There are few things we love more than spending a brisk fall weekend roaming through row after row of fragrant apple trees and stealing bites of tart, crisp, juicy, fresh apples. But besides the fresh produce, we love a good apple orchard with other things to offer, such as hay rides, Halloween specials and, oh yeah, FOOD! So whether you’re living on the east coast or west, or somewhere in the middle, there’s an apple orchard for all your fall fixes. Here are some of our favorites:

 

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, LaFayette, NY

 

Photo courtesy of Beak & Skiff

 
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4 of the Craziest Food Mashups Across the Country

Looking to dine out, but can’t decide on a craving? Everyone’s been there. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. In our September issue, we tackle some of the hottest “mash-up” dishes to sweep New York City (complete with recipes so you can D-I-Y at home!). For those outside the Big Apple, fret not: these hybrid creations are popping up all across the country. Here are just a few of the dishes that prove definitively that, when it comes to food, we really can have it all.

 

Photo courtesy of Food Spotting

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