Saturday Supermarket Smarts: Vegemite

In the brand-new March issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray, we share eight delicious toast topper ideas. One of them is Vegemite Toast, a classic salty Aussie spread that is finally hitting it big in the U.S. But what the heck is this stuff?


The Product

Vegemite is an Australian breakfast staple, which celebrated its 90th birthday last October and is still going strong.


Why You Should Buy It

Made from brewer’s yeast, the super-savory, slightly nutty spread has a concentrated flavor and a tarlike texture, so a little bit goes a long way.


How You Should Use It

Vegemite toast is the most classic use, but also try stirring a tablespoon of the umami-rich condiment into a Bolognese sauce, or mixing a few tablespoonfuls with honey and EVOO to make a marinade for grilled chicken.



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Cocktails, Anyone? The Rosy Mimosa

Just two short days stand between you and the weekend, and even less time stands between you and happy hour. No matter what time your drinking activities begin, you should enjoy this blushing twist on a brunch classic: The Rosy Mimosa.



Not only do you swap out champagne for sparkling rosé wine, but also try using the juice of a Cara Cara orange, an extra juicy, low-acidity navel orange that’s pretty in pink. Here’s the full recipe:


Rosy Mimosa

1 part Cara Cara orange juice

2 parts sparkling rosé


Combine juice and rosé in a champagne flute and enjoy! Does it get much simpler than that? Cheers!



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Technique Tuesday: Hash Brown Heaven!

Buy a bag of frozen shredded spuds, then mix, pan-fry and top your way to the best-ever breakfast potatoes.

1. Lumberjack Special

Stir it in: chopped browned breakfast sausage

Top it off: butter, maple syrup


2. Spicy Ranchero

Stir it in: shredded pepper jack cheese, spicy salsa

Top it off: sour cream, chopped cilantro, squeeze of lime


3. Cheeseburger & Fries

Stir it in: browned ground beef, shredded yellow cheddar

Top it off: pickle slices, finely chopped onion


4. Veggie Confetti

Stir it in: shredded carrots, parsnips and beets, squeezed dry

Top it off: chopped fresh thyme, sage and parsley


5. French Onion

Stir it in: caramelized onions, chopped fresh thyme

Top it off: shredded gruyere


6. Everything but the Bagel

Stir it in: sliced red onion, capers

Top it off: sliced smoked salmon, cream cheese


By Nina Elder


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Fast Idea Friday: English Danishes

We’re at the 1-week countdown to the most romantic day of the year! We know proving to your sweetheart just how romantic you can be can seem intimidating, especially when Valentine’s Day lands on a weekday, but here’s a fast idea that’s impressive, yet simple enough for any rushed morning. Send your honey to work with a homemade English Danish in hand. They might even forget that it’s a weekday, after all!



Wouldn’t it be cute to cut out hearts in the center? They always say everything tastes better with love! Get the full recipe here.



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Fast Idea Friday: Maple-Raisin Oatmeal

Between late nights, morning commutes and early meetings, it seems like no one has time for breakfast anymore. But–as you’ve heard before–breakfast is the most important meal of the day! You don’t need to slave away in the kitchen to make something hearty, healthy and yummy. Our Maple-Raisin Oatmeal takes less than 10 minutes to put together and contains a ton of fiber and protein to keep you full until lunch time. So bring your breakfast habit back for good. Your body, mind and taste buds will thank you.

Get the recipe here.

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @greedygirlcooks

 Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week” to appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.

What a way to start off the morning! Blogger and Instagram user @greedygirlcooks is already gearing up for Valentine’s Day with all-chocolate-everything recipes, including  this drool-worthy Chocolate French Toast! Adding cocoa powder to the batter and making a chocolate maple syrup turns a breakfast staple into a morning masterpiece. We don’t think we can wait until February 14th to try this one out! Get the recipe here.

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @jenjenkk

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“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week” to appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.

As if these waffles and home fries aren’t beautiful enough, our mouths seriously started watering when we read what’s in them. Instagram user @jenjenkk cooked up asiago & rosemary savory waffles with sweet potato home fries and fresh maple syrup. We always love a good B-L-D (breakfast, lunch or dinner) recipe, and this one definitely fits the bill.

Check out more decadent breakfast recipes, perfect for those lazy winter weekends, here!


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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @nutellasum

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“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.

Instagram user @nutellasum‘s vegan pancakes with chocolate pumpkin butter and fresh strawberries are seriously putting us in the breakfast mood! We love her genius idea of adding cocoa powder to pumpkin butter, and those juicy strawberries make for a beautiful, magazine-worthy presentation. Natalie has been kind enough to share the recipe on her instagram page, but you can also check out her other amazing recipes on her blog.

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Meatless Monday: Easy Egg Bake

Go vegetarian this Meatless Monday with an Easy Egg Bake inspired by a Fried Egg and Spicy Tomato Sauce dish I had at Danny Meyer’s Maialino. As they’re unfortunately no longer serving the dish on their brunch menu, I decided to re-create the dish and add a bit of Southern flavor–in the form of cheese grits(!)–into the dish.


Feel free to get creative and add mushrooms or more veggies to grits or sauce. Serve this dish as either a hearty breakfast or brunch or as a meatless lunch or dinner with a side salad any time. Even better, make all of the components a day (or night) in advance and build the grits and tomato sauce layers and store in the fridge until you’re ready to top with eggs and bake everything off.

Easy Egg Bake

Photo by Judith Pena


As I sometimes go about cooking with a no-recipe philosophy, here’s a quick talk-through of how to make this tasty dish:

  • Make Moroccan-inspired spiced tomato sauce and let simmer to intensive flavor
  • Make grits and add cheese
  • Layer grits into a baking dish, layer tomato sauce on top of grits, crack two eggs on top and sprinkle with grated cheese
  • Bake until eggs are cooked and other layers are warmed. Top with herbs (optional) and serve.

Prefer more detail?

Get the recipe: Easy Egg Bake



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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook: The Sparkle Kitchen

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week!

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This week’s Featured Cook, The Sparkle Kitchen, has delighted us week after week with her tasty food photos of everything from empanadas to ravioli and granola to cupcakes. We especially loved this photo of her “his and hers” meals because it reminded us that half the fun of dining is eating with someone else–even when they’re not eating the same thing as you! While we don’t necessarily see ourselves making two separate meals for dinner anytime soon, we appreciated The Sparkle Kitchen’s carnitas for him and sweet potato, chevre cheese, crushed red pepper hash with cilantro, avocado, tomato and corn for her. Thanks for sharing your photos with us and we can’t wait to see what you cook up next!


Click here to find out how you can make your own hearty hash at home! 



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