The 6 Best Ways to Celebrate Doughnut Day

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.

 

Grilled Doughnut & Pear Sundaes

 
 

Grilled Doughnut Shortcakes

 
 

Whats Doughnut Day without some doughnut holes? Use our Vanilla Doughnut Hole recipe and then add different fillings and glazes to make the following:

The Campfire

 
 

Strawberry Lemonade

 
 

All That and a Bag of Chips

 
 

Mango Chile


How to Makeover Your Backyard–And Win $5,000 to Do it!

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).


Grill-Your-Heart-Out Weeknight Meal Planner

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

Grilled Pizza Three Ways

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How to Make the Ultimate Mint Julep

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?
 

The Ultimate Mint Julep

1 teaspoon confectioners sugar

5 fresh mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish

1/2 cup bourbon (4 ounces)

Crushed ice

 

Directions

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!


The Easiest Biscuit Topping You’ll Ever Make

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.

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A Weeknight Meal Planner Worth Celebrating

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

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Negroni Mania!

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


6 Reasons to Keep That Leftover Pickle Juice

Next time you polish off a jar of pickles (dills, radish, bread-and-butters or any kind you fancy), don’t toss the juice! Put it to good use in a variety of tasty dishes.

 

Stir it into coleslaw, potato salad or pasta salad for extra zing.

Add it to water when boiling potatoes to infuse them with a bit of extra flavor.

Stir it into Bloody Marys, martinis or micheladas.

Whisk it with olive oil, minced herbs and lemon zest for a tangy dressing.

Use it as a marinade for chicken before grilling. Let sit overnight to help tenderize the meat.

Or boil it until the brine is reduced by half to concentrate flavor, then whisk with butter to make a bright sauce for drizzling on cooked fish or vegetables.

More Ideas

How to Make Refrigerator Pickles

How to Make Your Own Preserves

Jam, Jelly & Preserve Recipes


Warm Weather Weeknight Meal Planner

Warm weather means it’s finally time for light, produce-packed dinners and plenty of grilling. This week, we’re filling you up with veggies galore and dishes that are meant to be enjoyed outside. Happy spring!

Light & Lemony Primavera with Asparagus, Zucchini and Herbs

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How to Celebrate World Whiskey Day

It turns out that whiskey is such a beloved spirit, it doesn’t just get a national holiday—it gets a global one! Today we’ll celebrate World Whiskey Day by imbibing one of the most versatile and delicious liquors out there. And, since it wouldn’t be a true holiday without a sweet ending, we’ll put a splash of whiskey in our dessert, too. Cheers to that!

Cherry Whiskey Sour

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