The New York City Burger Bash is one of Rachael’s favorite events of the year. A few years ago, Rach and friends welcomed 20 meat masters who fought for first place, while everyone else ate, drank, danced and enjoyed the delicious aromas of the night. Rach mingled with Bobby Flay, who won the People’s Choice Award and tons of other Food Network stars! Read on to see who made it to the party.
Giada DeLaurentiis and her hubby, Todd.
Katie Lee stopped by, who apparently opts for a burger with just American cheese. Now that’s minimalism at its finest!
And Anne Burell and Alex Guarnaschelli, who talked about the crazier side of burgers, such as condiments like Kimchi and fried squid. Yum!
It was definitely a night to remember. What’s your favorite way to eat a burger?
Have ya’ll been watching America’s Got Talent? Judge Howie Mandel has seen it all this season, from magicians to ice skaters to even comedians like himself! But Rachael talked to him back when he was still hosting Deal or No Deal and got the scoop on his love of takeout and the reason behind his scarcely stocked fridge.
Rachael Ray: Hey, Howie. I hear we’re going to see you on Deal or No Deal five nights a week. That’s great! If you were at home watching the show from your couch, what would you be eating for dinner?
Howie Mandel: Anything that was ordered in. I don’t know if you noticed, but there’s no food in my fridge.
RR: Yeah, it looks like you’re on a liquid diet. Who is the cook in the house? You, your wife, your kids?
HM: Neither my wife, Terry, nor I cook. Actually, as a way to discipline the kids, she threatens to prepare dinner — that’s how bad her cooking is.
RR: Well, I guess you weren’t lured by your wife’s cooking skills when you were dating!
HM: Nope. She made toast once and burned it, but I’m OK with that. I’m not a home-cooking kind of guy. I’ve lived in this house for eight years, and the price sticker is still stuck inside the oven. We call ourselves a green family because we don’t waste energy turning on the stove.
RR: That’s a good way to look at it! And you’re not interested in learning how to cook?
HM: I love your food and think that cooking is definitely a true talent, but it’s not one that I care to partake in. I prefer restaurants. We eat out at least five nights a week with our three kids.
RR: Well, at least you spend quality time together that way.
HM: I think eating together is probably the most important part of raising a family because you have good conversations over good food. It’s just that, in my case, there’s usually a waitress with us, too!
RR: So, I see a lot of soy milk and rice milk in your fridge. Is someone in your family lactose intolerant?
HM: They’re for our morning cereal. My wife is kind of a health nut, so we don’t eat or drink dairy. I realize how weird that sounds. First I tell you that we only eat out, and then I say my wife’s a health nut, but it’s true.
RR: So, Howie, if you could invite anyone, living or dead, over for a dinner party — or a takeout dinner party — who would you invite?
HM: Oh, definitely somebody living. Because dead people just aren’t as much fun around the dinner table!
Explore more of Rachael’s behind-the-scenes moments here.
“There was so much to love about my journey in Morocco: The food was scrumptious, the people were friendly and I even got to ride a camel! I brought my camera everywhere I went so I could share my favorite family memories with you,” Rachael Ray.
“In my family, we celebrate milestone birthdays with a shared experience. It makes the most memorable gift, whether you’re on a shoestring budget or have limitless money to spend. When my sister Maria’s 50th birthday was approaching, there was no question about where we’d go: Morocco. That’s me and my sister, Maria. To me, riding a camel felt like riding a bumpy sofa!”
”You can find some beautiful things at wonderful prices, like these handmade metal lamps.”
“My photo tip? Don’t center your travel buddy (yup, that’s John!) or a landmark. It’s a more interesting shot if it’s a bit off-kilter.”
Italy is the place where I feel most at home when I’m not at home. John and I were married in Tuscany, and every year we go back for a long weekend with our family and close friends. Then we take a week for just the two of us to celebrate our anniversary.
Written by Rachael Ray
I love to go to markets when I travel. That’s how you get to know the people, the food and the personality of the region. It’s also the most fun and affordable way to eat during the day.
We make no plans whatsoever. Mostly, we walk around all day, trying to get in enough activity to keep up with how much delicious food you’re eating! (A lot.) But I always end up trying to feed all my Tuscan friends so I can cook at the villa as much as possible.
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Remember that one time a guy proposed to his girlfriend on the main stage at Rachael’s annual South by South West Feedback Party? And she said yes! We sure do. What an unforgettable moment.
But talk about a tough act to follow! The rest of the bands put on a great show and it was quite a day to remember. Do you have any summer concert plans? Tell us about them in the comments below!
“One night in Tuscany, I had Risotto Tuscano made with fresh walnuts. It was mind-blowingly delicious! The walnuts were so young and fresh-picked, you could literally crack them with your bare hands. Inside was a walnut unlike any I’ve ever tasted! Check out my take on Tuscan-Style Risotto with Fresh Walnuts.”
– Rachael Ray
Then try Rach’s always-delicious Spicy Ground Lamb Ragu!
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To start off our weekly “Flashback Friday” series, why not share the most important day in Rachael’s life? Her wedding! Take a peek at some of the best shots, then see more here.
Rach in her beautiful flowing wedding dress on top of the Tuscan castle, Castello di Velona, where the wedding was held.
A cozy, peaceful place, Castello di Velona has beautiful 360-degree views. From every location you look out over cultivated, manicured land, dotted with grapevines.
Rach and John embrace at the altar after they’ve recited their vows.
Rachael with her mom Elsa and sister Maria, moments after the ceremony. See the kiss, the cake, the first dance and more beautiful moments.