Each month, Rachael pens a personal letter to the readers of her magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray. Here’s what’s on Rach’s mind for May, and don’t forget to get your copy of the issue, out on newsstands now!
You all know I’m not one for the heat, but one thing I do love about summer is the way we eat. We all seem to get a little thinner and trimmer this time of year because we are keeping cool with dishes that are packed with refreshment, and that often means salad. Check out our feature “Chefs’ Salads.” Get it? Instead of the traditional chef’s salad, we’re talking amazing main-dish salads from some of our favorite chefs: April Bloomfield’s loaded salad sandwich; Mike Isabella’s grilled and fresh vegetables with salami-spiked vinaigrette; Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier’s creamy lobster roll in salad form; and more. These summery recipes will make you very happy about eating your veggies.
Another thing to be happy about: the soda fountain revival that’s sweeping the country! When I was a kid, I was a fountain girl at the local Howard Johnson’s each summer, so I’m thrilled that fountain drinks for kids and grown-ups are back in style. My husband, John, is a wonderful mixologist and we make shakes and floats (with or without a splash of spirits) all the time. Get the scoop on how you can, too, in the June issue!
This issue is full of fun ideas for your summer vacation. If you’re hoping to hit some amusement parks, don’t make plans until you check out our Travel List: It steers you to the latest, greatest thrills, from the longest free falls and loopiest roller coasters to the craziest water parks. If you love to travel but don’t have a lot of patience (like somebody else I know, ahem, me), check out Word of Mouth, which shares our secrets for skipping the long lines at hot vacation spots. And if, like me, you just have to stay cool, you might want to spend part of your summer in Alaska. Our story takes you on a tour of its stunning natural beauty via America’s only scenic marine “highway,” which recently celebrated its 50th year—and happens to be one of the most affordable ways to travel around the state. Check out the DIY cruise that’s packed with flavor.
My last, best word of advice to get you through the long, hot days of summer: Don’t let the heat make you too cranky. Stay cool… and stock up on water pistols!