Barley: The Hull Truth

We love nutty, hearty barley, but shopping for the tasty little grain can be confusing. Use this handy cheat sheet to make sure you’re buying the right stuff for your recipe.

 

 

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Warm Cocktails for Cold Nights

If the weather outside is frightful, you need a cocktail to warm you up from the inside out. While we love a good hot toddy or mulled wine, we appreciate a creative spin just as much. So this winter season, sip on something spectacular, and then serve it to your friends! They’ll never know what hit them.
 

Sherry Hot Cocoa

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January is National Slow-Cooker Month!

We’re so excited to dedicate the entire month of January to slow-cookers! Whether you’re in a party planning conundrum, a lazy mood or you simply don’t feel like turning on the stove, a crock pot is the way to go. We’ll be celebrating our favorite slow-cooker dishes throughout the month of January, and we want to see yours, too! Tag your slow-cooker pics on instagram with #RRSlowCookerMonth and we might¬† regram you! In the meantime, check out some of our most popular slow-cooker recipes for any occasion.

 

Low & Slow Chipotle Maple Beef

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A Weeknight Meal Planner to Keep Your Resolutions

Happy first week of 2015! If you’re still recovering from your new year’s festivities while trying to maintain your resolutions, have no fear. We’ve got five great weeknight meals that are healthy and delicious, and sure to kick off 2015 on a healthy note. These recipes are bright and bountiful– they’ll fill you up without filling you out!

 

Monday, January 5th

Southwestern Tofu Hash

 
 

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Late Night Snacks for New Year’s Eve

While your New Year’s Eve meal is sure to be delicious, decadent and a definite crowd-pleaser, there’s another meal that needs to be considered: fourth meal. Your satisfying snack after a long night out; your sneaky indulgence to cure any cravings; your guilty pleasure, whether it’s sweet, salty or both. You know what we mean. So for 2015, sink your teeth into something you definitely won’t regret. These recipes are just what you need after ringing in the new year, and the best part is they can be assembled in a snap!

 

Chocolate Banana Melts

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Last-Minute New Years Eve Menu

If you don’t want to go through the hassle making making last-minute reservations for New Years Eve, look no further. We’ve put together a quick and delicious menu that is sure to bring you happiness and health in the new year. No matter how many people you’re cooking for, your guests are sure to love this showstopping menu.

Greet guests with a Gin and Honey Champagne Cocktail

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Meatless Monday Recipes for 2015

Starting the year off on a healthy note can be easier said than done, especially while it’s still comfort food season. However, even resolving to eat meat-free one day a week can make a difference. You already know we love a good Meatless Monday recipe, so now you can have a great, seasonal recipe for every Monday in January! They delicious, hearty and quick to throw together. Does it get any better?

 

Braised Fennel with Lentil-Quinoa Pilaf

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Pots, Pans… and Now Apparel?

We all know and love Rachael for her fabulous recipes, her giant TV personality and her sturdy line of cookware. Now, you can wear the Rachael Ray brand… literally! Flavour Gallery has created an entire line of shirts, tanks and totes inspired by Rachael’s personality. From her quirky sayings to her favorite foods, you can take a piece of Rachael everywhere you go. And in true Rachael fashion, the tops are super soft and comfortable.

 

Photos via Flavour Gallery

 

Shop the entire collection here!

 

 

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A Four-Ingredient Christmas Eve Cocktail

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and stress levels were high.

You needed a quick cocktail; a drink– on the fly!

You’ve wrapped all the presents, boxes and bags,

So now it’s time to settle, sit down and relax.

Just four ingredients?! Nuh-uh, no way.

A true Christmas miracle, just like Santa’s sleigh.

Mix Bailey’s with rum, and a pinch of nutmeg,

To make it a true nog, don’t forget the egg!

So mix up a drink, you’ll need it– trust us

It captures the true Christmas spirit, without all the fuss.

Cheers!

 

Baileys Spiced Nog

 

Ingredients

2 ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream

1/2 ounce Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

1 egg

1 pinch nutmeg

 

Directions

Mix Baileys, Captain Morgan and egg. Pour into a sniffer. Garnish with a sprinkle of grated nutmeg.

 
 
 

More Festive Cocktails

Coffee Mate

Double Orange Spritz

Sweet Ruby

 


Our Favorite Wine Stoppers

It’s hard to know what will make you smile more:

these cute and quirky stoppers or the fact that there’s wine left!

 
 

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Never overlook bottles again with a Glasses Bottle Stopper. $14, givesimple.com

Toast your favorite team (Rach says Go Jets!) using NFL Football Helmet Bottle Stoppers. $20, fanatics.com

A Wine Splash Bottle Stopper ironically keeps spills at bay. $7, perpetualkid.com

If you like it then you should put your name on it with a Gold Monogram Wine Stopper. $34, cwonder.com

An etched glass Spinning Globe Wine stopper saves your favorite imports. $19, wineenthusiast.com

Proud pooch owner? Top a bottle with a labrador Mariposa Bottle Stopper. $23, gracioushome.com

A Vintage Pool Ball Bottle Stopper is your ace in the hole. $30, winevineimports.com

What’s funnier than a Rubber Chicken Bottle Stopper. $12, shopplasticland.com

After you’ve had a hoot, stop up bottles with Woodland Park Owls Bottle Stoppers. Kate Spade, $30 for two, bedbathandbeyond.com

Take off and leave the wine for later using an Aviator Bottle Stopper. $20, zgallerie.com

Use a Chalkboard Bottle Stopper to mark the date your bottle was opened. $8, crateandbarrel.com

A Stopped Up! Bottle Stopper keeps bottle plugged tight. $11, pangeaoutpost.com

 
 
 

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