A Note from Rach: Ring in the New!

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 the start of 2014, and don’t forget to get your copy of the issue, out on newsstands now! 

Now that the busy holidays are over, ’tis the season to slow-cook. I braise just about everything in January and February—you can even slow-cook a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, including dessert! Take a slow ride to our delicious warm-you-up recipes and ideas. And remember—if you don’t own a slow cooker, you can always cook slow and low in your oven.

The Super Bowl is happening this year at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey (home of my beloved Jets), and John and I will be watching from our place in upstate New York. As always, we have tons of ideas for your Bowl party: 11 easy twists on guacamole, big-batch, finger-lickin’-good wings and tips for serving it all in an over-the-top way: snack stadiums. And here’s a bonus tip: Set up an interactive buffet such as a chili bar with multiple toppings for your guests to choose from. And make it BYOB—bring your own beer!

Whenever I’m interviewed around the New Year, people ask me what’s on my resolutions list. I make a daily resolution that I will try to do better than I did the day before. Every day is a clean slate for every one of us, so, in my opinion, April 28th is as important as January 1st. Any day can be the first day of the rest of your life. My general goals for the year? To take my Italian class more seriously, read more actual (not digital) books, get back into my drum lessons… train for a half marathon? (That dream may be a mile or two too far!)

Whatever is on your list for the year, I hope it includes happiness and good health, lots of time in your kitchen and at your table with those you love and, most certainly, more sharing of good food.

Rachael Ray

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