This month, I’m dialing up the flavor with spicy and fun foods to cook while listening to music that’s way too loud. Turn up the volume!


Rachael Ray's Baja Beer-Battered Fish Tacos

baja beer battered fish tacos
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

Whip up one of these beer-battered bad boys next time you're craving fish tacos. Which is pretty much always, right?

Rachael Ray's Spicy Spinach Pasta with Chile, Preserved Lemon & Pistachios

spicy spinach pasta
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

The Sicilian in me loves this eat-your-vegetables and greens-are-good-for-you pasta. I could eat the whole pound myself!

Rachael Ray's Chicken & Chile Fried Rice

chicken chile fried rice
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

Make this the day after you order takeout as a use-up for cold white rice. Or follow the directions in this recipe for cooking and quick-cooling rice on a baking sheet.

Rachael Ray's Hard-Shell Red-Eye Tacos

hard shell red eye tacos
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

Tacos are great when you're partying. The greasy food soaks up maybe "one too many." Even better, these tacos have a nice shot of caffeine. Red eyes, meet the food equivalent of hair of the dog.

Rachael Ray's Curry-Spiced Fried Green Tomatoes with Cucumber-Jalapeño Raita

curry spiced green tomatoes cucumber jalapeño raita
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

DIY Curry Powder

Don't have any curry powder? Just mix 4 tsp. each ground cumin, coriander, and turmeric and 1 tsp. each granulated garlic, granulated onion, and ground ginger.

Rachael Ray's Boilermaker Buffalo Shrimp & Corn on the Cob with Blue Cheese Butter

boilermaker buffalo shrimp corn blue cheese butter
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This shrimp really knows how to party—there's a boilermaker (that's a shot of whiskey and a beer) in it!

Rachael Ray's Flank Steak with Shishito-Shiso Salsa Verde & Beet Carpaccio

flank steak shishito shiso salsa beet carpaccio
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

I love shishito peppers because they're a gamble. Most are mild, but occasionally you get one that's hot as hell. Here, the seared peppers are part of a citrusy, salty chunky green sauce for sliced steak—maybe it's hot, maybe it's not!

Rachael Ray's Hanger Steak with Scallions & Lime with Anda Bhurji (Indian-Style Scrambled Eggs)

hanger steak scallions lime anda bhurji
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

This is a high-protein, big-flavor meal great at any hour of day or night. night. If I have time, I love to serve this with my curry fried green tomatoes.

Rachael Ray's Spaghetti Carbonara with Mushrooms

spaghetti carbonara mushrooms
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I make carbonara for my husband, John, after every big show he plays in NYC. This is an earthy and meat-free version of his favorite dish.

Rachael Ray's Baked Chilaquiles with Tipsy Tequila Shrimp

baked chilaquiles with shrimp
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne