Letter from Rach: Get Fired Up!
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 June, and what’s cookin’ in the magazine. Don’t forget to get your copy of the issue, out on newsstands now!
We’ve got lots of grilling this issue—happy summer! My husband is the official griller in our family and it makes me happy that he smells like a smoky piece of beef jerky all summer long. Fire up your own BBQ with our grilled Dinners for a Deal (page 45) and some of our top picks for grilling tools (page 63). (PS: If you’re buying for Father’s Day, check out my spice grinders on store.colavita.com. These tasty blends are great for your steaks, burgers and more.)
Of course, even if you’re no grill master, you can still join in the outdoor summer fun. Why not plan an awesome picnic? I love the idea of picnics, but I’m not really good at being at them. Bugs love me, and I end up with so many bites, I look like a pepperoni pizza. But if you’re a picnic person, go to page 77 for a menu of foods fit to travel, like a Prosciutto & Smoked Mozzarella Muffuletta, Romaine Wedge Salad with Hearts of Palm Dressing, Chocolate Cream Slab Pie and more—plus, up your game with the coolest picnic gear on the market. Enjoy your outdoor party—I’ll be cooking these dishes inside! And check out our raspberry story on page 41. My sister Maria’s favorite thing to do with them is to whiz them up in a juicer, add lots of Lillet Blanc and prosecco and pour over ice. Mmm! Cheers to raspberry season.
A couple of years ago, because so many of my family and friends started eating in so many different ways—vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten-free, vegan and so on—I decided to challenge myself to cook for them. The trick is to write a recipe that doesn’t just appeal to those on the eating plan, but to make the food sound so mouth-watering that no matter what you usually eat, you’ll want to take a big bite. So check out page 88 for my all-gluten-free 30-Minute Meals, a serious challenge for me to write! (If I don’t get pasta every 48 to 72 hours, you don’t want to be near me!) But I’ve gotta tell you, I love everything about these recipes: high-protein pizzas made on chicken paillards, a breadless croque madame, a noodle-less noodle salad and more. I’d eat all 10 dishes—maybe even in one day! So let’s dig in.