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Ah, the weekend. The time of the week where traditional daily schedules are meant to be broken. You can wake up at 1 p.m. and not be judged for eating breakfast. You can spend all day in the kitchen whipping up something fabulous for dinner, and not have to worry if it’s on the table right at 6 p.m. sharp. You can snack all day on whatever your heart desires. And snacking is what we’re encouraging today! Our Instagram #SnackAttack is well under way, as our staff shares photos of their favorite sweet and salty cravings. But during the weekend when we have more time to spend in the kitchen, we like our snacks to be homemade. Here’s a fun, fast and healthy idea: Try making our Spicy Veggie Sliders. You can nibble on one or two without feeling guilty, but they’ll keep you full until dinnertime. Plus, you can make extra and save the leftovers for Meatless Monday!

 

Get the full recipe here and make sure to tag your favorite snack photos on Instagram with #RR30Days.

 

 

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Are You Ready for Our Snack Attack?

Snacking should be guilt-free and super-satisfying — so we’re here to prove that that’s possible! This month, the Every Day with Rachael Ray staff will be sharing their favorite snacks on Instagram every afternoon so you can get a behind-the-scenes peek at what we munch on when we get our wacky cravings, too! And we want YOU to join! Follow us @rachaelraymag where we’ll be posting our salty and sweet snacks (and sometimes a combo of both!), then show us what you’re snacking on by using #RR30Days.

 

Take a peek at some recipes we’re looking forward to trying in the next month. Trust us, you’re going to want to try ‘em, too!

 

Cinnamon-Maple Seed Clusters

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @mckennasfood

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.

 

 

Head Chef at Desert Cliffs Fitness Spa, Marine wife and mom of 3, @mckennasfood definitely proves she can balance being family-friendly and health conscious with this gorgeous photo of flourless peanut butter cookies sprinkled with pink sea salt. We’re always so inspired by her delicious creations, and a healthy yet satisfying cookie seems like the perfect mid-week treat. (We’re totally stealing her idea of putting sea salt on our PB cookies!) For more photos and recipes, visit her blog here.

 
 

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@sstoeck4′s baked oatmeal

@wickeddeliciouskate’s cheddar mac & cheese

@delish_thought’s huevos rancheros

#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @wickeddeliciouskate

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.

 

 

Once we found out today was International Macaroni Day, there was no way we could pass up featuring instagram user @wickeddeliciouskate‘s mouth-watering photo of Applewood Smoked Bacon and Peppered Ham and Sharp Cheddar Mac and Cheese! Kate asks, “Anything containing bacon and cheese is a winner?” and we would definitely have to agree! Looking to celebrate the food holiday yourself? Try one of our 20 Most Popular Macaroni and Cheese Recipes!

 
 

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@loccrush’s mini apple pies

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#RRWhatchaCookin #allwrappedup challenge winner: @cleanish_eats

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.

 

Instagram user @cleanish_eats brought a whole new meaning to our #allwrappedup challenge! Her healthy lunch, consisting of chicken, avocado and cilantro is beautifully wrapped around thinly sliced cucumber. Its beautiful and healthy, and the dash of Tapatio hot sauce completes the true California look.

 

NEXT WEEK: We know how much you all love to cook, but now we want to see what you like to eat when you’re out! Use the hashtag #RRWhatchaEatin and show us what you’re chowing down on, whether it’s at your favorite lunch spot or a new restaurant for date night. Happy eating!

 
 

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#fingerfoods challenge winner: @townsendkitchen

#saucy challenge winner: @homemadedelish

#easybeinggreen challenge winner: @ahomechef

#RRWhatchaCookin #fingerfoods challenge winner: @townsendkitchen

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.

 

Now here’s a dish that’s worth getting our fingers messy! Instagram user @townsendkitchen created these homemade jalapeño poppers that look pretty close to identical to our version! Spicy, cheesy and toasted to perfection, these look like the perfect appetizer or party snack for any time of year (or day!).

 

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE: We’re keeping warm this season and your food should too! For next week’s challenge, we want to see your food that’s #allwrappedup! So whether you’re having a casual enchilada night, a sophisticated crepe-filled Sunday brunch, or a sushi-making party, show us what foods you’re wrapping up! Remember to use both #RRWhatchaCookin and #allwrappedup hashtags for a chance to be featured on our blog.

 
 

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#saucy challenge winner: @homemadedelish

#easybeinggreen challenge winner: @ahomechef

#latenighteats challenge winner: @judena20

#RRWhatchaCookin #saucy challenge winner: @homemadedelish

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.

 

 

Instagram user and blogger, @homemadedelish, certainly knows how to get #saucy! We could definitely go for her Stuffed Blue Cheese Burger with Buffalo Sauce right about now, oozing with spicy, creamy goodness. We love a good Buffalo dish, and this burger version certainly takes the cake! Check out more of her delicious recipes on her blog here.

 

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE:  We love a hearty knife-and-fork meal, but now we want to see your best #fingerfoods! So whether you’re whipping up a batch of cupcakes or assembling sliders for friends, show us your finger lickin’, bite-sized treats. Remember to tag your photos with both #RRWhatchaCookin and #fingerfoods for a chance to be featured on our blog!

 
 

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Weekend Bites: The 2014 Charleston Wine + Food Festival

It’s that time of the year again: Time for the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival! Each year, the culinary excellence and culture of Charleston is celebrated during a weekend-long festival around the city. The extensive guest list includes some of the most locally and nationally renowned chefs, personalities, authors, pitmasters, farmers, drink masters and more. This year, Every Day with Rachael Ray will be a media sponsor and host two culinary events: A Sandwich Showcase and At Home with Celebrity Tastemakers, where guests can meet the celebrity chefs and authors behind some of the year’s hottest cookbooks, and sample some of their brand new recipes. As usual, our Editor-in-Chief, Lauren Purcell, will be attending the events, so be sure to check out her coverage on her Twitter and Instagram.

 

Will you be in Charleston over the weekend? You can still attend the events! Click here to buy tickets for the Sandwich Showcase and here to buy tickets for the Celebrity Tastemakers event.

 

And just to get you excited, here are a few of Lauren’s pics from last year’s festival!

 

Lauren helps NYC celebrity chef April Bloomfield break down a pig

 

Enjoying a fabulous lunch at Husk Restaurant

 

Letting the pros at Xiao Bao Biscuit choose dinner

 

Slurping down local oysters at The Ordinary

 

Starting the morning off with a Bloody Mary from The Grocery

 

 

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin #easybeinggreen Challenge Winner: @ahomechef

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.

 

We asked you to incorporate all things green into this week’s challenge, and instagram user @ahomechef‘s Basil Pesto with Broccoli definitely lived up to the challenge. It’s not always easy incorporating healthy ingredients into favored dishes like pasta, but earthy broccoli seems like the perfect addition to a fresh and flavorful basil pesto. Plus, it basically blends right in! See, it can be easy being green.

 

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE: In honor of March being National Sauce Month, we want to see your sauciest pictures! So whether you’re dousing an ice cream sundae in homemade chocolate sauce or tossing ravioli in a spicy marinara, be sure to tag your photos with both #RRWhatchaCookin and #saucy for a chance to be featured on our blog. Good luck!

 
 

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#latenighteats challenge winner: @judena20

#piledhigh challenge winner: @gsdreams

#comfortfood challenge winner: @andrea_hood

#RRWhatchaCookin #latenighteats challenge winner: @judena20

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.

A dark setting and savory dumplings fresh out of the pan? This dish, created by instagram user @judena20, just screams #latenighteats! We’d say there’s never a wrong time to be noshing on pork, veggie or chicken dumplings, but these little pockets of Asian-y goodness seem particularly appropriate for an extended evening out… or in!

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE: We’re loving all of your #RRWhatchaCookin challenge photos and have noticed a rise in the amount of healthy dishes you’re posting. So for next week’s challenge, we want to see your best dishes that prove its #easybeinggreen. Whether you’re slurping a spinach smoothie for breakfast, munching on a kale salad for lunch or even just dipping into a hearty guacamole for a midday snack, show us how you’re cooking with nature’s favorite color. Remember to use both the #RRWhatchaCookin and #easybeinggreen hashtags in order to be considered!

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#comfortfood winner: @andreahood

#inabowl winner: @thischeesylife