Bed, Wrath and Beyond

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

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Cooking School Lesson 3: Slice & Dice Like a Pro

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.

 

 

 
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We Got Our Hands on the New Lay’s Chips

Last month we heard the exciting news about four new Lay’s Do Us A Flavor chips soon to be hitting shelves. Today, the Every Day with Rachael Ray staff got their hands on three out of the four flavors, and the results are in.

 

 

Wasabi Ginger (our fave) had a nice kettle-cooked crunch and was reminiscent of wasabi peas, with the perfect amount of heat.

Cappuccino had a very potent artificial sweetened coffee smell, but there’s just something about coffee beans and fried potatoes that didn’t sit well on our palates.

Mango Salsa, though it smelled less offensive, tasted like mango bath soap. The fake flavor lingered for far too long.

Anyone try the Bacon Mac & Cheese yet? Let us know your thoughts!

 

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Mama Mia! Your Weeknight Meal Planner is Here!

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!)

 

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Venetian-Style Spaghetti allArrabbiata

 

 
 

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#SnackAttackSaturday

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!

 

Get the full recipe here and make sure to tag your favorite snack photos on Instagram with #RR30Days.

 

 

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Pickle Perfect

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!

 

 

 

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A Pineapple 75 is the Brunch Cocktail You Never Knew You Needed

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!

 

 

Ingredients

1/4 cup pineapple juice

2 tablespoons gin or vodka

Chilled sparkling wine

1 lemon

1 cup ice (freebie!)

 

Directions

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.

 

 

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4 Ways to Celebrate National Sandwich Month Right Now

You already know that August is National Sandwich Month, but not every sandwich is created equal. According to Yahoo! Search Trend Expert Lauren Whitehouse, these four sandwiches ranked as the month’s most-sought-after: chicken salad sandwich, egg salad sandwich, Reuben sandwich and Monte Cristo. But rather than your average run-of-the-mill sammie, turn things up with some truly unique and delicious recipes. Here are some ideas to get you started:

 

Say buh-bye to boring chicken salad! These 10 twists will keep your lunch lively

 
 

Looking for an exotic egg salad? Try our Curried Egg Salad Sandwiches

 
 

Swap out rye bread for potato pancakes in our Latke Reuben

 
 

Crunchy bacon and sweet cranberry sauce makes this Turkey & Bacon Monte Cristo so much more decadent than the original

 
 

You tell us: What’s your favorite twist on a classic sandwich?

 
 
 

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Cooking School Lesson 2: Your Broiler is Your New BFF

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 2: Befriend Your Broiler

Every oven has one, but when’s the last time you used yours? The high-heat hero cooks many cuts of meat and seafood in 10 minutes or less (our faves: scallops and 1-inch-thick ribeyes), and fruits and veggies are ready in a flash (try pineapple rings or sliced peppers). Bonus: A broiler is your cold- weather grill. Its intense heat gives food an appealing, smoky flavor. Here’s the perfect starter recipe:

 

Broiled Plums with Orange-Vanilla Sugar

 

Tart and juicy plums get lightly coated with a layer orange zest, vanilla bean and sugar, creating the perfect crust and the broiler works its magic. The result, a warm and sweet forkful of summer, guilt-free!

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Paying the Bill? There’s an App for That

Besides being a positively delicious experience, dining out is meant to be relaxing and stress-free. From making reservations to finding out previous diners’ favorite dishes, Open Table is always finding a new way to enhance your restaurant experience, and now they’ve taken it to the next level.

 

Photo via First We Feast

 

The next time you make a reservation using the app, you can expect to pay your bill the same way. There are three simple steps to paying your bill:

 

1. Make a reservation at any participating restaurant on Open Table

2. Click to view your check once you are ready to leave

3. Choose your tip and slide to pay — your receipt will arrive via email

 

Easy as 1, 2, 3! We can’t wait to try this out at some of our favorite restaurants.

 

You tell us: Pay by your phone or waiter/diner interaction: Which do you prefer?

 

Via First We Feast

 

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