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A Note from Rach: Let’s Celebrate!

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!

This issue brings you tons of recipes and tips for entertaining, and to me, it works out nicely that this is also the month of Mother’s Day. Take some time to celebrate Mom, Grandmom, and the moms-in-law in your life! I’m double-lucky. My mom is and has always been my inspiration and icon for so many reasons, from her compassion for animals, to her advocacy for children and those less fortunate, to her tireless work ethic and her ability to see beauty in just about everything, including work itself. She is an easy mom to love and celebrate. And my mother-in-law is unflappable: steady, calm and loving, even under the toughest of circumstances. She always wears a smile on her face – even when she’s sleeping! She has an appetite for life, good food, good wine, and laugher. She is always dressed smartly, even when the rest of us are in jeans and sweats (we need to raise our game here, Mom!)

Whatever your mom’s personality, I bet the one thing she wants more than anything this Mother’s Day is time with her family. That’s right: The one thing most moms want doesn’t cost a nickel. As a Mother’s Day treat for me, my loving pitbull daughter, Isaboo, returns to the magazine as co-cover girl and guest editor of some special bonus pet stories that we created in partnership with Nutrish, the pet food line I launched seven years ago. One of the things I’m proudest of is that 100 percent of my personal proceeds from the line funds Rachael’s Rescue, which procides food, medical care and more for animals in need. Recently, donations made by Rachael’s Rescue topped $14 million, so a huge thank you to our customers on behalf of the countless lives saved in the pet community.

Check out this month’s second cover with Isaboo!

And of course, Isaboo’s and my funny double cover celebrates another reason to entertain: Cinco de Mayo, baby! As you can see, we both wanted to dig into the Mile-High Nachos Supreme. Go to page 9 to make them yourself, and turn to page 71 for eight twists on the classic margarita. (My husband, John, also makes a great ‘rita: fresh lime juice, St-Germain elderflower liquer and tequila. Yum!) Plan the rest of your fiesta – or any party – with our 10 road tested entertaining tips (page 40) and some truly ingenious dinner party hacks (page 94). Then, don’t forget to invite Mom!

Love,
Rachael

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