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Fast Idea Friday: Bacon-Cheese Sliders

May might be National Hamburger Month, but the second week of May (which started yesterday) is National Hamburger Week! You told us some of your must-have burger toppings, which included the standby cheese, tomato, onions and ketchup, as well as more out-of-the-box toppings like grilled pineapple, fried egg and potato chips. No matter how you like to top your patty, here’s a fast idea that’s sure to satisfy even the biggest of burger connoisseurs: Bacon-Cheese Sliders.

 

 

Although these sliders are simple and quick to make, they’re packed with flavor from smoky bacon, sharp cheddar cheese and tangy pickles. Perfect for a casual night with friends or family dinner, you really can’t go wrong (especially during National Hamburger Month). Get the full recipe here.

 

 

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Fast Idea Friday: Spicy Poblano Ketchup

Are you in a condiment rut? Felling “meh” about mustard? Tired of tartar sauce? Sick of salsa? Have no fear: this fast idea is just what your dip repertoire was missing.

 

 

Spicy Poblano Ketchup is light, bright and packs some serious heat. You can whip it up in about 20 minutes and it’ll taste great on just about anything and you would normally douse in hot sauce or regular ketchup. Try it this weekend with scrambled eggs or sweet potato fries.

 

 

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Fast Idea Friday: Kale & Barley Salad

If you’re looking for a light and refreshing dinner that you can whip up after a busy day, look no further. Our new Kale & Barley Salad is packed with crisp veggies, hearty barley and sprinkled with salty queso blanco. You’re going to want to eat this salad just as fast as you put it together, and we promise, we won’t judge.

 

 

Get the full recipe for Kale & Barley Salad here. Happy Friday!

 

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Fast Idea Friday: Apple-Cheddar Fondue

If there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that cheese fondue will never go out of style. It’s been circulating restaurants and kitchens alike since the 1960′s, and seeing as there’s nothing quite like a bubbling pot of gooey cheese, we don’t see it going out of style any time soon. If you’re looking for an excuse to get cheesy, look no further: It’s National Cheese Fondue Day! Friday night is the perfect time to kick back and relax around a pot of fondue (in, nonetheless, Rachael Ray’s Fondue Set — use the code MAGFREE for free shipping!). So grab your bread, veggies, fruit and some friends and make this Apple-Cheddar Fondue tonight:

 

 

Looking for the perfect pot for your fondue? Rachael Ray’s Stainless Steel 2-Quart Fondue Set is just what you need.

 

 

For a limited time only, you can receive FREE shipping on any of Rachael Ray’s best-selling products! This is an offer exclusive to our readers and will only last until April 13th. Click here for the coupon, and be sure to use the coupon code, MAGFREE, at checkout.

 

 

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Fast Idea Friday: Scallion Hush Puppies

Doesn’t it just feel like one of those days where you need a crispy, spicy, doughy treat? If your answer is yes, we’ve got the perfect fast recipe for you: Scallion Hush Puppies

 

 

Rich sweet potatoes and hearty corn muffin mix come together in just minutes. Add a hint of green by way of scallions of fry up these hush puppies until golden. The only accompaniment you’ll need is your favorite hot sauce and a beautiful tray to serve these on, like Rach’s beloved Baguette Tray with Dipping Cup:

 

 

And now for a limited time only, you can receive exclusive FREE shipping on any of Rachael Ray’s best-selling products! This is an offer exclusive to our readers and will only last until April 13th. Click here for the coupon, and be sure to use the coupon code, MAGFREE, at checkout.

 

 

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Fast Idea Friday (Home Edition): Lettuce Eat!

Here’s a fast idea for a hostess gift that’s both beautiful and useful: an edible salad bouquet! Here’s the how-to:

 

 

Buy starter plants– green-leaf (like oak), red-leaf (like ruby) and flavorful mesclun mixes (arugula, kale)– at farmers’ markets or gardening stores and transfer them to a planter or pot. Add a note on a gardening tag, then let your friends dig in. Your hosts can enjoy it all season long!

 

 

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Fast Idea Friday: Smoked Trout Chips

Did you know today is National Potato Chip Day? While our first instinct would be to just eat them straight out of the bag, here’s a fast idea that fancifies even the simplest of snacks: Smoked Trout Chips. Whether you’re entertaining a crowd or just want a special weekend treat, this recipe is salty, creamy, crunchy and fresh, all in one bite.

 

 

Get the full recipe for Smoked Trout Chips here, or watch our how-to video here.

 

 

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Fast Idea Friday: Citrus Gin Spritzer

Despite the recent country-wide cold fronts, spring is just around the corner (March 20th, people!). That means you’re going to need a fully loaded recipe repertoire that will put you in the mood for sunnier, happier times. Here’s a fast idea that’s sure to put a spring in your step: A Citrus Gin Spritzer. Fresh, fruity, bubbly and strong– it is Friday, after all.

 

 

Bottoms up, get the full recipe for Citrus Gin Spritzer here!

 

 

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Fast Idea Friday: Sweet Potato Hash

As we turn the calendar from February to March, let’s take advantage of our last chance to celebrate National Sweet Potato Month: With a hash. Our brand new Sweet Potato Hash is smoky and just spicy enough to get your morning going. Serve it under some friend eggs and you’ve got yourself a balanced Tex-Mex breakfast or brunch.

 

 

Get the full recipe for Sweet Potato Hash here. Happy brunching!

 

 

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Fast Idea Friday: Pineapple & Pomegranate Salad

Happy Friday! Here’s a fast idea that’ll take your taste buds to sunnier times: Pineapple & Pomegranate Salad. It doesn’t get more tropical than the flavors of pineapple, pomegranate and lime, with just a hint of fresh grated ginger. Serve it in a hallowed-out pineapple, and you may even forget about that storm outside.

 

 

Get the full recipe for Pineapple & Pomegranate Salad here.

 

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