It’s Tailgating Time!

Ah, football season. The time to bring out the face paint, team cheers, pom poms and, most importantly, delicious tailgating food and drinks! The idea of an on-site tailgate can seem a little overwhelming, but an at-home tailgating party can be simple, delicious and so much better than the actual game. So choose your own adventure: whether you want to cheer for a specific team, showcase the flavors of fall or have an all-out Mexican tailgating fiesta, we’ve got plenty of recipes to keep your fans full.

 

For a Fall-Flavored Tailgate

Start your guests off with Pumpkin Quesadillas and beer, to get them ready for fall flavors. Then, really win them over with homemade Baked Veggie Chips and Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip. Finally, when the weather’s still pleasant, fire up the grill for Chicken Wings with Jala-Peach Sauce

 
 

To Cheer on the Home Team

Fan of the Miami Dolphins? Rep the green and orange with Buffalo Chicken Sliders. Or maybe you like the Kansas City Chiefs? Show your red and white pride through Pizza Sliders. If you like one of the many teams with blue in their jerseys, try our Sticky Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip or Sweet & Spicy Double-Blueberry Salsa. If you just want to promote good sportsmanship, you can never go wrong with our Pimiento Cheese Football Sandwiches (pictured above).

 
 

Throw a Mexican Tailgate Fiesta!

You can’t go wrong with a big plate of Bean Dip Nachos. Spice things up with a Jalapeno Margarita, or give your guests an excuse to start the festivities early with these Steak ‘n’ Egg Quesadillas.

 

Happy football season!

 
 
 

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4 Foodie Adventures to Try this Weekend

We’ve got a question for you: How well do you know the food in your city? Are you the type of person who likes to try a new restaurant every week, or do you you visit the same eatery with frequency? Do you know every Mexican, Italian and pizza joint around town? How about the bakeries and ice cream shops? Well, if you’re looking to become more familiar with your town’s best dining establishments, use this weekend as the perfect opportunity: create your own foodie adventure! No matter where you live, there are plenty of opportunities to explore your favorite cuisine or novelty. And while the weather’s still nice, you can hop, skip or jump from location to location. Here are just a few ideas for inspiration:

 

 

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Four-Ingredient Mezcal Cocktial

Tequila will always have a special place in our hearts, but sometime we’re looking for a spirit that’s a little more complex. Meet mezcal: tequila’s close cousin, also originating from the agave plant. While tequila can be fruity, earthy or oaky, mezcal takes on more of a smoky flavor, due to the slow-roasting of the agave hearts in hardwood fire pits in order to produce it. But the fancy knowledge stops there: Mezcal can be used in a wide array of simple yet delicious drinks that are perfect for your Thirsty Thursday. One of our favorites, The Smokin’ Dog, only requires four ingredients!

 

 

Ingredients

6 oz. fresh grapefruit juice (pink or yellow)

1 oz. mezcal

Splash of club soda

1 grapefruit twist

 

Directions

Fill a rocks glass with ice, then add grapefruit juice and mezcal. Stir to blend; top with a splash of soda. Garnish with grapefruit twist. Makes 1.

 

 

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Celebrity Chefs Earn the Stamp of Approval

Music icons, presidents, sports cars and more: The U.S. Postal Service definitely has a knack for grabbing our attention (and educating us!) when it comes to their stamps. With the growing interest in the restaurant industry, food-consciousness and the term, “foodie,” it can only be expected that the newest stamps will echo the American trend. Starting on September 26th, you’ll be able to stamp your envelope with one of the five faces of the original “celebrity chefs,” who are men and women the USPS has dubbed as aspirational, yet approachable as they introduced American palates to new and different flavors from all over the world and fed our passion for cooking.

 

Photo courtesy of usps.com

 

Who can you expect to see greeting you on that love letter or party invite?

 

James Beard, an advocate of local ingredients, after whom the James Beard Foundation was established to help promote excellence in the food and beverage industry.

Julia Child, the leading lady in French cuisine who demystified recipes and gave us the confidence to create them in our own kitchens with the help of her television shows and cookbooks.

Edna Lewis was also known as “The Grande Dame of Southern Cooking” due to her efforts to bring Southern cuisine to the forefront of American cuisine.

Joyce Chen, helped introduce Chinese food to American palates through restaurants, cookbooks and even a PBS television show.

Felipe Rojas-Lombardi is to thank for small plates since he introduced this traditionally Spanish tapas concept to American restaurants as well as Caribbean and South American food in general.

 

Wouldn’t it be cool to see our very own Rachael Ray’s face on a stamp one day?

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Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand of the popular site TheKitchn.com are famous for their tips and recipes — which is why we’re thrilled the October issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray features an exclusive sneak peek at their new The Kitchn Cookbook. It’s essentially a road map for organizing the busiest room in your house, stocking your pantry and implementing simple tweaks that will make cooking faster, more delicious and more fun. You can read the full story in the magazine — on newsstands September 9th. And in the meantime, you can whip up some of their bonus recipes they shared exclusively with us!

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Cooking School Lesson 5: Two Ways to Cook Your Veggies

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 5: Be a Veggie Whisperer

 
There’s no one right way to cook a vegetable. Use high heat and fast cooking for fresh, bright-tasting sides, or go low and slow for a richer, earthier flavor. Your dinners will be forever free of boring broccoli… or beans… or greens!

 

 
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6 Ways to Celebrate National Chicken Month

Happy September and — coincidentally — National Chicken Month! With the number of healthy, baked and fried chicken recipes you probably make for dinner on a regular basis, it could feel like every month is National Chicken Month. Make September extra special with some fun and flavorful meals that go way beyond the ordinary — we’re talking truly decadent dinners. Here are (drumroll, please!) six ways to make this month something worth celebrating.

 

Whip up a homemade comfort food classic: Cajun Chicken and Waffles.

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Mediterranean Meal Planner

We’ve all heard about the amazing benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, but if you’re not ready to go full-on EVOO, here’s a warmup week of five Mediterranean recipes to try out. Explore the flavors of garlic, oregano, basil, olives and fennel and see why everyone’s raving about the cuisine from this part of the world.

 

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3 Labor-Free Ways to Celebrate Labor Day

Labor Day weekend can be bittersweet: On one hand, it means a long weekend to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. But on the flip side, it means the end of summer. So to curb your end-of-season blues, we’re sharing stress-free recipes to celebrate the beginning of something new: September!

 

Talk about easy prep and clean up! Just throw Carla Hall‘s Maryland Blue Crab Boil with Beer and Old Bay into a giant pot and onto the grill. Then dump all the yummy fix-ins onto a newspaper-lined picnic table and have guests wrap up their remnants as they go.

 

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Weekend Treat: Chocolate-Dipped Almond Biscotti

As our Instagram Snack Attack comes to an end, we’re reflecting on some of our favorite treats of the month. We’ve loved seeing all of yours — from @cheftini’s avocado smash and @thelaughingcowusa’s raisin bread with Swiss and strawberries to @wickeddeliciouskate’s smoked paprika popcorn and chex mix and @gsdreams’ crackers with fig preserves.  Now, we want to send August out with a BANG! So whether you’re hosting friends for drinks on Saturday, a family brunch on Sunday or you’re just looking for a sweet treat, we’ve got the perfect recipe for you: Chocolate-Dipped Almond Biscotti.

 

 

Thanks to everyone who participated in our snack attack!

 

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