Rachael Ray

Tito of Tito’s Vodka

Tito’s Handmade Vodka founder and master distiller Bert “Tito” Beveridge (yup, that’s his real last name… clearly he was born for this business) has endured a long road to success with a lot of sips of vodka along the way (he tests every single batch himself)! The native Texan started out as a geophysicist, worked on dynamite-blasting oil reserves, dabbled in sub-surface mapping and analyzing ground water, and even tried out mortgage banking before he found his true calling: vodka distilling. What began as a hobby (he used to make small batches for friends) has become his passion. Today, Tito’s is one of the fastest-selling and fastest-growing micro-distilleries on the market and was just named the exclusive vodka of United Airlines. We sat down with him (over a drink, of course) to find out more:

Tito and Stella

  1. If you could spend a weekend cooking with Rachael, what would you make? Asian vegetable stir fry with tofu. Chicken fried venison with cream gravy. Dove breasts sautéed with garlic. Redfish with lemon. Breakfast would be French toast one day and chip beef on toast the next.
  2. Drink of choice? Titos with sparkling mineral water, a squeeze of lime and a squeeze of orange.
  3. What cocktail trend are you most excited about right now? Fresh fruit muddled with Titos and seltzer water
  4. #1 guilty pleasure? Rum raisin ice cream
  5. Best gift you’ve ever received? Kids
  6. Best gift you’ve ever given? An Audi
  7. What would you want your last meal to be? (Calories don’t count!) Deluxe Mexican dinner at blanco cafe in San Antonio. It is a beef taco. A chalupa. Guacamole. 3 cheese enchiladas with beef sauce and onions. Rice and beans. Flour tortillas and a Big Red to drink.
  8. You have an afternoon completely free to do anything you want — what’s it going to be? Go fishing on a creek.
  9. What’s your #1 rule to live by?  Try hard with a lot of love in your heart.
  10. What’s your go-to dish if you want to impress someone? Turkey

Tito and Roscoe

 

-Ariana Phillips

 

Visit titosvodka.com for more info.

5 Questions with The Bachelorette’s Emily Maynard

Emily Maynard has officially launched her very own jewelry line! With the help of Jessica Stanfield and Christi Pack, founders of Towne & Reese — a line Emily wore often on her season of The Bachelorette  — she developed unforgettable, style-savvy accessories with personal touches. Her 63-piece girly-with-an-edge collection can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. See a few of Emily’s favorite pieces, plus learn about more of her favorite things below!

 

emily maynard jewelry

Explore more of Emily’s jewelry.

 

Favorite meal on The Bachelorette? “Every night in Prague my producer and I would go to the hotel restaurant and get a great dover sole dish.”

Her daughter’s favorite? “I make this green chicken recipes with tons of herbs and also a baked fried chicken with crushed pretzels.”

Guilty pleasure food? Ranch dressing and diet coke

Ice cream flavor? Pistachio

Summer grill-out dinner? Cheeseburgers

 From left to right: Jessica Stanfield, Judi Peña (Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief), Lauren Smith (Web Editor), Emily Maynard, and Christi Pack.

 

Check out EmilyMaynard.com for more info.

 

National Sugar Cookie Day

Celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day with these bite-size treats. The best thing about sugar cookies? There’s no need for a new recipe, just pick out different cookie cutters, frosting colors and toppings for the different holidays. Our recommendation? Spend a night cutting, frosting, and sprinkling cookies with the kids and while you’re baking, share these fun facts with them!

 

-On September 5, 2001, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania adopted the sugar cookie as its official cookie.

-The sugar cookie as we know it today was created by Protestant settlers in the Nazareth colony of Pennsylvania in the 1700s. They baked their cookies in the shape of a keystone, the state’s symbol.

 

Try our Spice Girl Cookies! Tip: We added a dash of cinnamon for boost of flavor.

 

More Treats to Try:

Festive Cookie Recipes

Stuffed Holiday Cookies

Seasonal Chocolate Desserts

Source: ehow.com

Watermelon Cocktail Time

I love our Get Fresh column because, even though I freely confess to a dependency on Lay’s potato chips, I’m also a fresh fruit and vegetable enthusiast, especially in the summer. So I encourage you to check out (and tear out) “Get Fresh with Watermelon” in our July/August issue, which is full of fun facts and helpful tips.

 

What we didn’t have room to include is the recipe for my favorite watermelon cocktail. My sister, Anne, and I concocted it for our Sisters’ Secrets to Confident Entertaining newsletter long before I became editor of Every Day with Rachael Ray, but you guys are my priority now, so I’m sharing!

—Lauren Purcell, Editor-in-Chief

Watermelon Quencher
Makes 2 drinks
2 ounces fresh watermelon juice*
1 ounce vodka
½ ounce triple sec
½ ounce fresh lemon juice

 

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake 10 to 15 times to chill. Pour, with ice, into a glass rimmed with a mixture of half sugar, half salt.

 

Extra credit: Tint the sugar-salt mix with a couple of drops of red food coloring.

 

*To help you with portions: We bought a watermelon wedge that weighed about 2 1/2 pounds. That yielded about 4 cups of chunks. Puree those in the food processor (if you’re not using a seedless melon, please remove the seeds first), strain the mixture through a sieve, and you get about 1 1/2 cups of juice—enough for six cocktails. For kids and designated drivers, the watermelon juice, with or without a squeeze of lemon, is great straight up or mixed with seltzer.

 

More related content:
Get Fresh…with Strawberries!

Summer Cocktail Recipes

Easy Cocktail Upgrades

 

Flashback Friday: Feedback Party Proposal

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!

Summer Picnic Essentials

If you can’t stand the heat in the kitchen—get out of the house and host a picnic! We’ve got the best gear for a summer day in the park, at the beach or on the lawn—all you have to do is provide the food. Check out our fave products:

1. Forget schlepping around a bulky, boxy basket—this insulated picnic tote holds everything you need and keeps food at the right temp! $42, macys.com

2. Easily carry this large picnic mat to whatever spot you choose—the waterproof bottom means you can lay it wherever you want! Plus, store extra essentials in the hidden pocket. $32 and up, picnicfun.com Special note: 10% of all pink mat purchases will go to breast cancer research.

3. Keep food safe from bugs while you play with these hand-painted food domes. $30 and up for set of three, depending on size, worldmarket.com

4. Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style! You’d never guess these servers, with intricate rope detailing on the bottoms, are melamine. Available in three colors. $18.50, potterybarn.com

5. Need inspiration? Look no further than Tori Finch’s “A Perfect Day for A Picnic” loaded with tons of decorating and recipe ideas for your outdoor party. $17, amazon.com

6. Don’t forget the wine! This three-bottle-tote ensures the vino keeps flowing all day long! $30, builtny.com

7. These bright, printed melamine plates will survive the trip outside—and impress your company! $4.50 each, westelm.com

Pair your picnic gear with these delish just-for-summer recipes:

 

More Picnic Posts:

7 Portable Cocktails

3 Small and Portable Chargers

10 Outdoor Party Ideas

 

 

#30DaysOfBurgers: Cobb-Style Burgers

This mile-high burger, inspired by my favorite salad, is rich and refreshing at the same time. Crisp lettuce, creamy blue cheese, smoky bacon, ripe tomato, avocado and red onion get piled atop a juicy patty on a toasted brioche bun. Hungry yet? -Rachael Ray

Cobb-Style Burgers

 Photo by John Kernick


Get the recipe: Cobb-Style Burgers

 

Rach loves burgers and so do we! Celebrate summer grilling season with us by following our burger bonanza! Each day in June, we’re bringing you a different, juicy and delicious burger recipe, so you can get creative and never make the same burger twice. Find all of our “30 Days of Burgers” to date on storifytwitter or pinterest.

 

Cool drinks to pair with your burger:

Taste Test: The 10 Best Domestic Beers

5 Easy Cocktail Party Pitchers

Sangria Recipes

 

#30DaysOfBurgers: Brie-Stuffed Burgers with Bacon

Here’s our solution to cheese that melts everywhere: stuffed patties! Just form your meat around a piece of cheese, then grill. Now you’ll get melted cheesiness when you bite into your burger instead of all over your grate. This will also help prevent the common raw-in-the-middle problem. And stop pressing on those patties while they grill! You may think you’re helping them cook faster, but you’re only squeezing out the delicious juices.

 

Photo by John Kernick

Get the recipe: Brie-Stuffed Burgers with Bacon

 

Rach loves burgers and so do we! Celebrate summer grilling season with us by following our burger bonanza! Each day in June, we’re bringing you a different, juicy and delicious burger recipe, so you can get creative and never make the same burger twice. Find all of our “30 Days of Burgers” to date on storifytwitter or pinterest.

Flashback Friday: Italian Eats

“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!

 

More related links:

The Little Italy’s of America

8 Italian Sauces from Lidia Bastianich

Italian Cooking Tips from the Test Kitchen

#30DaysOfBurgers: Worcestershire Burgers with Swiss, Mushrooms & Ranch Dressing

I top these burgers liberally with ranch dressing, sherry mushrooms and swiss cheese–they’re deliciously messy! Try the dressing with iceberg wedges or as a veggie dip, too. -Rachael Ray

 

Worcestershire Burgers with Swiss, Mushrooms & Ranch Dressing

 

Rach loves burgers and so do we! Celebrate summer grilling season with us by following our burger bonanza! Each day in June, we’re bringing you a different, juicy and delicious burger recipe, so you can get creative and never make the same burger twice. Find all of our “30 Days of Burgers” to date on storifytwitter or pinterest.

 

More Grilling Recipes:

 

Summer Cookout Recipes

6 Secrets to Great Grilling

 5 Techniques for Great Grilled Chicken