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A Letter from Rach: We Got the Beat!

Each month, Rachael pens a personal letter [1] to the readers of her magazine, which was recently re-named to Rachael Ray Every Day [2]. Here’s what’s on Rach’s mind as we get ready for March. And don’t forget to get your copy of the issue, out on newsstands now!

I consider the South by Southwest music festival, held every March in Austin, a holiday—my second-favorite after Christmas. Our special section “Eat to the Beat,” honoring two main facets of SXSW—food and music—starts on page 40. It includes chefs who dabble in music (and musicians who dabble in food!); my #BandWidowDinner Instagram posts from when my husband’s band, the Cringe, was touring with Mötley Crüe; guitar- themed kitchen tools; and four great cities where you can eat well and rock out.

Another way to eat well? Make pizza! Who doesn’t love a pizza par-tay [3]?! All you need is the special excerpt from my new book, Everyone Is Italian On Sunday [4], and you can forget waiting for the delivery guy. I’ll walk you through how easy it is to make an amazing pie with my One-Hour Dough [5] and recipes for Hot Soppressata Pizza [6]Capricciosa Pizza [7] and more. Have a few friends over and peace out with your pizza!

This month’s 30-Minute Meals has something fun for everyone. I’m trying to bring back the burrito with three twists, for every taste. Check out my Spanish-style Arroz con Pollo & Chorizo Burritos [8]: saffron rice, chicken, spicy sausage, all wrapped up in a delicious bundle—what’s not to love? More of a chili lover? Try the White Chili Burritos [9]: lots of great flavor, full of protein and fiber. From Texas? Maybe you’re in the mood for a Fritos burrito [10]! That’s right—beef, Fritos and cheese in a blanket [11]. Yum!

Or maybe you’re from the Deep South. Then, you’re gonna want to make this month’s Fried Chicken Thighs & Cheesy Grits with Green Onions [12]. My daddy’s from Louisiana, so he’ll love those and my Louisiana-style meat loaf with spicy mashed potatoes [13].

We all want to wake up our weeknight meals, and this issue is packed with delicious, good-for-you ways to do it. Cook from our Healthy Weeknight Meal Kit tear-out booklet, then turn to page 84 and rip out the “Stock a Healthy Pantry” story. With these staples on hand, all you need is to pick up one or two fresh things to make 10 flavorful meals.

Here’s wishing you a delicious spring!

Rachael Ray