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Six reasons to visit Japan

Last fall I had the pleasure of going on my very first visit to Japan. It was an otherworldly experience that’s taken some time to process—I mean, the taxi doors open by themselves, the toilets bowls wash you and vending machines dispense delicacies like warm sake and fresh brewed coffee, ground to order. In other words, if life is about the details, it seems that the Japanese have mastered the art of living. I already knew I loved Japanese food. But here are a few more things that I learned during my time in Tokyo and the neighboring Saitama and Chiba prefectures:

 

1) The cats in Japan are really cute

The cats who oversee Goi station in Ichira, Chiba, get their breakfast from none other than the train conductor. Photo by Gabriella Gershenson

If you’re familiar with my Instagram feed, then you know I’m cat crazy. Well, not only is Japan home of Maru, the world’s cutest and most famous Internet cat. It’s also home to the phenomenon of the feline station master. It is what it sounds like—cats who live in train stations and are in charge of them, too. I felt very fortunate to catch these three bosses eating breakfast at Goi station on the Kominato Line in Ichira, Chiba.

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3 Ways to Enjoy Your Kitchen

Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand of the popular site TheKitchn.com are famous for their tips and recipes — which is why we’re thrilled the October issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray features an exclusive sneak peek at their new The Kitchn Cookbook. It’s essentially a road map for organizing the busiest room in your house, stocking your pantry and implementing simple tweaks that will make cooking faster, more delicious and more fun. You can read the full story in the magazine — on newsstands September 9th. And in the meantime, you can whip up some of their bonus recipes they shared exclusively with us!

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#RRWhatchaCookin featured cook of the week: @jjchildress2002

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“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.

We love @jjchildress2002‘s idea of putting a healthy spin on a game day favorite.This homemade salad is full of buffalo chicken, fresh berries and bleu cheese. Check out that color combo!

Looking for more tailgate inspiration? Check out our favorite Game-Day Recipes here.

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook: Norma Sheikh

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“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! Keep calm and cookin’ on!

 

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Our mouths started watering as soon as we saw this delectable, dual-flavored cake roll from @pansyNsnowdrop. Chocolate and vanilla? Yes, please! Check out this week’s Featured Cook, Norma’s, other Instagram photos for more of her creative and fun cake roll designs including one with an intricate giraffe pattern. Keep up the delicious work Norma, we can’t wait to see what you cook up next!

 

 

 

Wanna make a delicious marble cake of your own? Download our FREE Instant Expert! Mix & Match Cake booklet here.

 

 

 

 

More #RRWhatchaCookin Cooks:

Josie’s Mixer Berry Cream Puffs

Theresa’s Creative Grilling Technique

Alisa’s Fajita Night

 

 

 

The proof is in the pudding

Tapioca pudding is a deliciously unique dessert. We love the fun texture, sweet taste and, of course, all the different dishes you can make with those wee little bubbles. So celebrate National Tapioca Pudding Day with our roundup of favorite bubbly recipes—dig in!

This Coconut Tapioca Pudding recipe has coconut, ginger and mango. Perfect for summer!

 

Tapioca is also used in a bunch of other dishes besides puddings. Our recipe for Halo Halo (a popular dessert from the Philippines that traditionally contains beans, jellies and ice cream, plus flan and evaporated milk) calls for berries and is ultra refreshing.

 

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Meatless Monday: Edamame

Be a lean, green, protein-eating machine with edamame, one of our favorite meat-free muscle foods! Edamame has approximately 17 grams of protein per cup and is full of heart-healthy fiber, unsaturated fats and antioxidants. You’ve probably seen these green peas as a sushi bar appetizer, but these young soybeans can also be found in the freezer section of the grocery store and are sold shelled or in the pod (just pop ‘em out with your teeth).

 

To cook up these tasty (green) beans for Meatless Monday, simply toss them into your favorite stir-fry. Need a little more guidance?

Try our recipes below:

Pea & Edamame Soup with Grilled Cheese Sticks

Pea & Edamame Soup with Grilled Cheese Sticks

Double Rice Pilaf with Creminis & Edamame

Double Rice Pilaf with Creminis & Edamame

Nutty Asian Noodles with Carrots & Edamame

Nutty Asian Noodles with Carrots & Edamame

Green Alien Ravioli

Green Alien Ravioli

 

More Meatless Monday Recipes: 

Vegetarian Curries

Mushroom Meals

Whole Grain Dinners

 

#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: Alisa

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 is a gluten-free gourmand who has impressed week after week with her tasty food photos. Since we love a Tex-Mex meal, we couldn’t resist picking Alisa’s colorful fajita night set up! Great job, Alisa, we can’t wait to see what you cook up next!

Click here for some of our favorite Tex-Mex 30-Minute Meal recipes! 

 

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Berry Delicious Recipes

Take a bite out of summer with our new collection of easy berry recipes!
Take a peek below at our favorite recipes. We promise they’re all berry delicious!

Get the recipes: Easy Berry Desserts Slideshow

 

 

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Technique Time: Searing Secrets

A perfectly browned sear on everything from steak to stew meat creates a flavorful crust and juicy interior. Just follow these four easy searing commandments.

Cooking Tips: How To Sear Meat, Step

Commandment #1: Thou shalt pat the meat dry.

 

If excess moisture (aside from butter, oil or fat) is present, the meat will steam, not sear.

Cooking Tips: How To Sear Meat, Step 2

Commandment #2: Thou shalt get the pan hot.
Really hot.

 

Intense heat creates the tasty, burnished crust you’re looking for.

Cooking Tips: How To Sear Meat, Step 3

Commandment #3: Thou shalt be patient.

 

Hands off–and we mean it! If the meat isn’t touching the hot pan

(because you keep moving it), it won’t brown properly.

Cooking Tips: How To Sear Meat, Step 4

Commandment #4: Thou shalt take turns.


To achieve a uniform sear, each side of the meat needs equal attention. However, try to keep flipping of the meat to a minimum as it will dry and toughen the meat.

 
(Illustrations by Claudia Pearson)

 

 

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Meatless Monday: I Heart Artichokes

 

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 Artichokes may look intimidating, but with a little prep, you’ll find that this fiber-rich and versatile veggie has a heart of gold. (Get it–because the center of an artichoke is called the heart?! Hah.) Anyway, as an excellent source of minerals such as copper, calcium, potassium and iron, these green globes makes a great go-to ingredient for Meatless Mondays or vegetarian dishes any time. Check out three of our tastiest artichoke recipes below!

Baby Artichoke Crisp

This stunning Artichoke Crisp features baby artichokes which, despite their name, are actually fully mature. (They’re the buds harvested from the lower shoots of the artichoke plants.) Serve this one pot dish for B, L or D–breakfast, lunch or dinner.

 Artichoke Bruschetta

For your next party, trade in your normal Spinach and Artichoke dip for this classy and super simple Artichoke Bruschetta appetizer made with white wine and parmesan.

Grandpa's Stuffed Artichokes

This Stuffed Artichoke recipe comes straight from Rachael’s family, specifically her grandfather, Emmanuel. These artichokes are delicious at room temperature, so you can make them ahead and they’ll be ready whenever you are. Anytime you serve artichokes, be sure to place small dishes on the table to collect the leaves.

 

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