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Technique Time: How to Make Easy Vegetable Ribbons

All you need for pretty vegetable ribbons is a peeler. Oh, and vegetables: Zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, parsnips, cucumbers–basically any vegetable that has the shape to become long strips is a good candidate.

Technique: How to Make Vegetable Ribbons

Illustration by Claudia Pearson

1. Trim the ends and peel the vegetable if needed.

2. Peel the flesh lengthwise, using a little pressure to make 1 ⁄16 -inch-thick ribbons (thin enough to fold nicely but thick enough not to break).

3. Blanch, if desired (cook for about 1 minute in boiling salted water, then rinse with cold water). But raw is nice, too!

 

Add vegetable ribbons to pastas or turn them into a salad like in the recipes below.

Get the recipes:

Grilled Salmon with Squash Ribbon Salad

Grilled Salmon with Squash Ribbon Salad

Vegetable RIbbon Pasta

Vegetable Ribbon Pasta

Zucchini RIbbon Salad

Zucchini Ribbon Salad

 

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Everything is Better with Chocolate

Chocolate Better Quote

If you’re like me, you don’t need a specific holiday to encourage you to eat chocolate. However, when those special holidays do come along, you celebrate them with such dedication and gusto that some people may believe that you truly only save chocolate for special occasions–hah! That being said–high-fives all-around–because today’s the day to go crazy for cocoa, it’s World Chocolate Day!

 

Spicy Chocolate Wings Do you agree with Jo Brand’s “everything is better if it’s made of chocolate” philosophy? I certainly do! And to prove it, I’m daring you to try our spicy and savory chocolate chicken wings. These Mexican-mole inspired wings combine the earthy flavors of superfood dark chocolate with hot chili pepper to make an addictive, finger-licking good appetizer or party snack. For an added kick of flavor and heat, sprinkle the wings with a touch of cayenne pepper before serving. (Bonus: Chocolate and cayenne pepper are known to boost your metabolism.)

Get the recipe: Spicy Chocolate Wings

 

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#30DaysOfBurgers: Bacon-Burger Melts

Here we are at the end of our “30 Days of Burgers,” and we saved this juicy, mouthwatering burger for the end. Behold this burger beauty–a burger and grilled cheese combo topped with bacon!

Bacon-Burger Melts

Get the recipe: Bacon-Burger Melts


Rach loves burgers and so do we! Celebrate summer grilling season with us by following our burger bonanza! Each day in June, we shared 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” on pinterest.

 

Stay tuned as we share our Burger Battle Royale featuring America’s best restaurant burgers and top picks from well-known chefs the James Beard Foundation.

 

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How to Make a Burger Patty [Video] 

 

 

Meatless Monday: Terrific Tofu Recipes

Mix up your Meatless Monday meal by adding tofu to the menu! Also known as bean curd, tofu is popular in many Asian countries and is an adaptable, versatile and protein-packed main ingredient–one 4-ounce serving is only 94 calories and has 10 grams of protein. Take a look at a few terrific tofu dishes to try this Meatless Monday!

 

Get the recipes:

Nutty Tofu Noodles

Nutty Tofu Noodles

This nutty noodle dish is delicious both hot and cold. Make an extra large batch and serve up leftovers for lunch all weeklong.

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Onion Rings

In honor of National Onion Ring Day, here are some fun facts you probably didn’t know about the one vegetable that makes us cry:

 

  • The origin of onion rings is not confirmed. Some believe that a 1933 Crisco ad featured in The New York Times Magazine was the start to a deep-fried revolution. Some trust the Pig Stand restaurant chain, founded in Oak Cliff, Texas to be the founder. Nonetheless, A&W is credited with popularizing the novelty, while some people simply think this was a randomly selected day to eat some yummy food. Whose side are you on?
  • Recently, The Riders 4 Relief National Onion Ring Eating Championship Presented by The Warehouse Stean n’ Stein was officially announced! First place wins $700 and a trophy. Time to get your eat on!
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest onion ever grown was in Silsden, England at a whopping 10 lbs. 14 oz.

 

For your next barbecue bash, try out one of our twists on the classic recipe like our Olympic Onion Rings!

Olympic Onion Rings

Get the recipes: 5 Amazing Onion Rings

 

-Nicole Witko

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @FreckledFoodBeast

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!

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This week’s featured cook, Becca van S. got us in the mood to grill out and chill out! We loved her comment on fighting over the dark meat with her hubby and couldn’t agree more with her #foodgasm hashtag more. Bring on the summer grilling!

 

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#30DaysOfBurgers: Buffalo Thigh Sliders

This savory and succulent burger is a great gourmet bite in a small juicy package.  You can’t go wrong with a brioche bun and oozing emmentaler cheese. Get ready to delve in!

Buffalo Thigh Sliders

Get the recipe: Buffalo Thigh Sliders 

 

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 twitter or pinterest.

 

 

Meatless Mondays: Awesome Asparagus Eats

3 reasons to get your asparagus fix now–before the peak season is over:

 

1. It has only 5 calories per spear, zero fat and cholesterol, and almost no sodium. Talk about a dieter’s dream!

 

2. It  is one of the most concentrated veggie sources of protein: 1 cup offers about 10% of your daily protein and fiber needs–a one-two punch that helps keep you full longer, so you can avoid overeating.

 

3. It has more glutathione–one of the most powerful cancer fighters–than any other fruit or vegetable. Glutathione also helps your body absorb nutrients and slows down the aging process.

 

Asparagus

Photo by Lisa Hubbard

 Shopping Tip: Look for bunches with tightly closed buds on top–and eat them right away, because the nutrients fade fast.

 

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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!

 

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The Little Italy’s of America

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Italian Cooking Tips from the Test Kitchen

#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook: The Sparkle Kitchen

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, The Sparkle Kitchen, has delighted us week after week with her tasty food photos of everything from empanadas to ravioli and granola to cupcakes. We especially loved this photo of her “his and hers” meals because it reminded us that half the fun of dining is eating with someone else–even when they’re not eating the same thing as you! While we don’t necessarily see ourselves making two separate meals for dinner anytime soon, we appreciated The Sparkle Kitchen’s carnitas for him and sweet potato, chevre cheese, crushed red pepper hash with cilantro, avocado, tomato and corn for her. Thanks for sharing your photos with us and we can’t wait to see what you cook up next!

 

Click here to find out how you can make your own hearty hash at home! 

 

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