A Note from Rach: Thank Goodness for Lists!

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

I’m a list-loving woman. All of my recipes for this magazine, everything for my daytime show, every cookbook I’ve ever written—they all started with me taking pen to paper and writing a list. So my biggest Thanksgiving tip is this: Love the list! Whether you’re tackling the shopping or figuring out how to break up the prep for the big meal, lists are your friend.

I’m thankful for lists, and I’m thankful for so many other things. Here are just a few, in list form (obviously!):

Added-value recipes

You’ll find them throughout this issue. Some of my 30-Minute Meals can double as sides for your Thanksgiving dinner (like Green Bean & Mushroom Mac Casserole on page 100, and Brown-Butter Polenta with Sausage & Mushroom Ragu on page 99), and three delish dishes work as leftover use-ups.

We also have a spectacular short-rib ragu (page 85) that can sit alone for hours on the stove while you tackle one of the million other things on your list!

Skillet baking!

I’m not much of a baker, but the skillet makes it so, so easy. I love my culinary producer Grant Melton’s recipe for Oatmeal-Fennel-Raisin Skillet Cookie (visit for the recipe), and you gotta try the Berry Upside-Down Chocolate Cake on page 42.

New ways to do Thanksgiving

I’m kind of a social-media moron. I Instagram my recipe illustrations, what I made for dinner, shots of the dog—so I love stories like “Happy #Trends-giving!” (page 106). Check it out to learn the coolest food ideas on social media and the Web, and make your Turkey Day tasty and trendy.

That I’m not hungry

This time of year, I try to remind myself, my friends and my readers to be grateful that we have plenty of food. Spend time at your local food bank. Offer your help, your food, your pots and pans, your love.


I’m grateful that you share your time with me. I’m grateful for the job I have, and for my huge extended family, and I’m so glad you’re a part of it.



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