A Note from Rach: Say #Cheese!

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 April, and what’s cookin’ in the magazine. Don’t forget to get your copy of the issue, out on newsstands now!

Shooting a magazine cover when everyone is hungry can be challenging—as you can see from the photos above! We were at the potluck party my chef pals and I threw for this issue: It had a #TBT (Throwback Thursday) theme, and everyone (OK, everyone except Isaboo) brought a favorite retro dish, the one that made him or her fall in love with cooking. Mike Symon came with his mom’s Greek Keftedes, or mini meatballs; Sunny Anderson, her famous Southern Style Collards; Adam Perry Lang, or APL as I call him, Potato Chip Chicken—how crazy-cool is that?! I won’t give it all away (turn to page 94 to see the rest of the menu and fun) but suffice it to say that I made a big lasagna, John mixed up cocktails and we all had a blast. You will, too, when you throw a #TBT potluck with your friends, laughing over old photos (share them and post them with the hashtag #RRTBT). And who doesn’t love a potluck? It’s my go-to for entertaining—always affordable and super fun, and everyone contributes by bringing a dish that’ll really shine.

April is a busy month with Easter, Passover and all those baby and wedding showers. This issue is packed with ideas for every occasion. It’s also a season when 30-Minute Meals come in handy. I really mixed it up this month (page 84). Looking to make your own takeout? Try Thai Pesto with Rice Noodles & Shrimp. Date night? Milanese-Style Tagliatelle with Mushrooms, Asparagus & Peas. My husband’s fave: Umami Chili (baby, it’s cold outside!). Mom’s is the Lemony Risotto with Mascarpone. For me, it would be a coin toss: Spicy Lamb Sausage Ragu or Braised Chicken & Greens. We’re also bringing back one of our most popular stories ever with all-new recipes: “20 Dinners Under $2” (page 65). Yep, that’s right—just $2 for quick and easy dishes that taste like a million bucks!

The springiest meal of the season is Sunday brunch. (Let’s be honest: On Sundays, we all sleep way too late for breakfast.) In our Makeover Meal booklet (page 104), we’re going all-out with Blueberry Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas, Portobellos Florentine and Huevos Rancheros Salad—and guess what? They’re all healthy! Yes, please!

Spring may have officially sprung, but where I’m from in the Adirondacks of New York, it’s still cold and dreary out there. If you’re in the same boat, just remember: April showers do bring May flowers, so don’t let the gray get you down. The world is in full color somewhere!


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