A Note from Rach: Take it Outside!

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

Summer is all about being outdoors, getting together with family and friends—and not spending too much time in a hot kitchen. That’s why A-list summer recipes are fast, fresh and fun, like the star of the season: burgers. I love how burgers speak to us. They say everyone is welcome, we’re going to have a great time and, go ahead, eat with your hands! You can even have a burger for breakfast—check out my Burger of the Month on page 12, with green chiles, two kinds of cheese and a fried egg. I’ve also written a few bonus burgers into my 30-Minute Meals this issue, like the Big Smacks burger (I have to say, my special sauce really is special).

If hot dogs are more your thing, try my ultimate pig in a blanket: a Hot Dog Flauta with all the fixin’s on page 90. And if you’re a barbecue lover, the tear-out Makeover Meal booklet has healthy versions of ribs, brisket and other all-American classics. “Can do!” is one of my favorite expressions, and it speaks to another fun grilling technique, beer-can chicken. If you’ve never made it before, try our six new ways you “can do,” too, using different kinds of beer and other canned drinks (page 28).

Many of my family members celebrate birthdays in the summer, including my mom, my brother, my nephew, my husband—and me! Summer birthdays are a perfect reason to make one of the showstopper no-bake icebox cakes on page 100. Stay cool with these fun desserts, created by some of the country’s most clever bakers.

This issue is also packed with ways to enjoy the great outdoors. California chef Ben Ford (Harrison’s son!) shows you how to throw a clambake at the beach or on your grill (page 106). And our special feature on camping (page 51) has everything you need for a vacation outside, from the coolest campgrounds and gear to recipes for cooking over an open flame. We even have campfire cocktails!

I hope this issue inspires you to have some fun in the sun, eat great food, hang out with friends and feel like a kid again. It’s summer, time to run and jump and climb some trees. Rolling around in the grass is as fun as dogs make it look. Try it!

Rachael Ray 

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