No matter how hectic the day has been or how spent you may feel come dinnertime, meals still need to get on the table, and for those times when you’re left uninspired, Rachael Ray has a few tips for not just cooking food but relishing that experience in the kitchen too. At her live demo during this winter’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Rachael explained to a packed audience that the key to enjoying cooking involves both a relaxed state of mind and preparation. Read on below to hear what she had to say.
“Get yourself in a good mood somehow,” Rachael said. For some, that may involve music, and for others, a glass of wine may do the trick. “You can also get way ahead,” she suggested, explaining that on days when you’re not pressed for time, invest the effort in preparing a few make-ahead dishes, so that you’ll have them when you need them.
When it comes to hosting a party at home, there are two groups of people: those who panic and those who prepare. If the mere thought of cooking for a crowd sends you into cold sweats, chances are you’re part of the first group, but it doesn’t have to be that way. All it takes to be prepared for your next big bash is having a plan for the meal, and for that, Rachael Ray likes the bar approach.
During a live demo with her husband at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival last month, Rachael dished on what she calls “a cheap and cheerful way to entertain.” She set up a bar of fixings for her chicken fajitas, like lettuce, radishes, cheese and crema, and explained that when re-creating the meal at home, each guest could be responsible for bringing just one portion of the spread. “Everybody can participate,” she said. That means that instead of all the pressures of the party — the shopping, the cooking, the plating (and the panic) — being put on you, the host, your friends can help out by contributing to the meal. And with everyone creating their own versions of their ultimate meal, like fajitas or tacos or pizza, you can be sure that each guest will get exactly what he or she wants.
At this year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival, Rachael Ray was all about Thanksgiving — but not the huge blowout meal you might be thinking of. Instead, she took this meal of all meals off its anxiety-inducing pedestal, revealing tricks for a no-sweat day of and day after. Whether it’s nixing the giant bird altogether or going big with leftovers, her tips make it easy to keep your Turkey Day celebrations budget-friendly and meltdown-free. Here are the takeaways, which can be used on the big day itself or any day of the year:
The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the Internet by storm, getting support from countless Facebook users and celebrities alike. Our own Food Network personalities and chefs have pitched in as well, pouring freezing-cold water — and some other interesting additions — on themselves in the name of charity. Check out which stars have participated so far.
This August, the competition heats up as Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off returns to Food Network. This season promises to be even more explosive than the last, with all-new challenges to really test the ‘kid’-testants’ culinary prowess in the kitchen.
Eight multi-talented young chefs will be divided into two teams — one coached by Rachael and one by Guy — and the kid chefs will have to go through a mini challenge and a main challenge each episode, winning stars based on their recipes and cooking talent. With amazing guest judges, including Alex Guarnaschelli, Jeff Mauro and Robert Irvine, this season is a perfect combination of food and fun.
This weekend, catch a sneak preview of Rachael Ray‘s new show hitting Food Network this fall, The Big Tip with Rachael Ray. In this brand-new series, Rachael will travel to one town each episode and meet three incredibly hardworking people who have been serving as waiters and waitresses for years. Each of these deserving individuals will receive a life-changing tip — but only one of them will receive the big tip.
This year’s Daytime Emmy Award nominations are out, and the cooking-show sector was well represented among the nominees. Food Network was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with five nominations. Cooking Channel got four. PBS and syndicated culinary shows were also among the nominees in various categories.
Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis were both also nominated in the category of Outstanding Culinary Host for Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction and Giada At Home, respectively, as was Rachael Ray for her Food Network show Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day. The Mind of a Chef hosts April Bloomfield and Sean Brock shared a nomination, rounding out that category.
She dishes up great gossip on her daytime talk show, and even better food on TV and in her new cookbook, Week in a Day, but there’s still lots you don’t know about this Food Network megastar. Get the inside scoop on fun facts she shared during her Grand Tasting demo at the New York City Wine & Food Festival.
1. She’s a burger fanatic. “Meat for dinner is my favorite. I’m a burger-obsessed person. I love burger night — I love ground meat of any kind!” she says.
2. She loves a man who cleans. The way to her heart isn’t through food — it’s through washing dishes. “A man in the kitchen is very sexy,” she says. “Gentlemen: Get your butt behind the sink and you will be dessert!”
Over the years you’ve come to know both Rachael and Guy from their many Food Network shows. Fans can easily recognize each one’s cooking style, recipes and, above else, personality — Rachael with her trademark show 30 Minute Meals and her “yum-o!” motto and Guy driving around in a red Camaro looking for the best eats on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. But, in fact, how well do you know this pair who together host Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off? Now it’s your turn to find out. Take the quiz below to see if you’re a Rachael and Guy superfan and watch the premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 8pm/7c.