A Note from Rach: Merry & Bright!

Each month, Rachael pens a personal letter to the readers of her magazine, which was recently re-named to Rachael Ray Every Day. Here’s what’s on Rach’s mind as the magazine celebrates ura brand-new look and the holidays approach. Don’t forget to get your copy of the issue, out on newsstands now!

I’ve written 21 books in the in the past 15 years and each one holds a special place in my heart. They’re each a part of me the same way a child would be. But I have to say, my 22nd book, Everyone Is Italian on Sunday, is one big baby—and I think it’s my favorite child. It’s a true labor of love: When I delivered the manuscript, it was more than 700 pages, single-spaced! It’s a scrapbook of my life as much as it is a book of recipes, and it’s got a lot of dishes you might not expect from the likes of the 30-Minute Meal girl. Slow-cooked Sunday-style meals, braised meats, soups, stews, homemade pastas. In the ways that these meals bring us all together, they prove that everybody is an Italian on Sunday. Please don’t miss our special sneak peek on page 100 for a menu of some of my favorite recipes: Linguine with Crab, Easy Rib Roast with Roasted Garlic and Herbs, Olive Oil Cake and more.

Another great reason to celebrate? It’s the holidays! This month’s 30-Minute Meals are designed to feed a crowd—perfect this time of year when family and friends seem to come and go for like, what, a month and a half?! Turn to page 80 for my go-tos. I especially love Italian-Style Rotisserie-Chicken Noodle Soup with Green Beans after a day of sledding or snowball fights, and the Moussaka-Style Shepherd’s Pie. Yum! 

You are gonna love love love our cookie hacks on page 90: no-bake cookies, easy frosting tricks, fun ways to dress up store-bought sweets. You don’t need to be a master baker—or even a baker!—to whip up these treats.

For a special-occasion dinner you can really feel good about, tear out our Makeover Meal booklet to make a rich steakhouse feast for a fraction of the calories and fat. As I’ve always said, if your favorite date destination is a steakhouse, all the more reason to make dinner instead of a reservation. You save money and control the ingredients, but more importantly, it shows you really care.

If you have the travel bug around the holidays, eat your way around cities like New York, Chicago, New Orleans and more by visiting all the new food halls that are cropping up (page 24). Happy sampling, holiday travelers!

Remember: The ho ho happiest of Hanukkahs and Christmases are the ones that aren’t perfect. Don’t try to make your table look like the pictures in this or any other magazine. Enjoy each other’s company and don’t take yourself or your food too seriously.

Check ya in the New Year!

Rachael Ray 

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