Let’s Go Autumn-atic!

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

September is my favorite month, and this is a really big September for me: John and I are celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary on September 24 by getting remarried in Italy! But I’ve always been a September fan. I was one of those kids who really looked forward to going back to school. I planned my outfit for weeks, and I loved notebook shopping, picking out just the right Trapper Keeper and making paper-bag covers for my textbooks. (Yep, I was a super geek.)

Thinking about my love of getting back to school inspired me to make adult versions of kids’ favorites in 30-Minute Meals (page 86). I’m proud to say I have a grown-up fried bologna sandwich, a mac ’n’ cheese that will make you weak in the knees and yes, people, even grown-up chicken nuggets!

Kids are going to go crazy when they see that Elmo is cooking one of his recipes from the new Sesame Street cookbook in our kitchen. I can’t wait to cook up a big ol’ pot of our furry friend’s chili (page 55).

Finally, I’m excited to feature three chefs I am a huge fan of. Ana Sortun, John Besh and Anne Quatrano are not only awesome cooks, but accomplished farmers, too (page 102). My husband and I started backyard farming a few years ago, and I cannot believe the difference it makes in our annual food costs and in the pleasure of eating food that we tended with our own hands. So hooray for the harvest season and everything associated with it. Get your autumn on, people!

Rachael Ray

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