Rachael Ray

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    October 4, 2013

    Rachael Ray Serves Up Big Bucks to Citizens for Animal Protection

    Citizens for Animal Protection has won $40,000 in the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge, a national contest where animal shelters try to raise their adoption numbers to win much-needed grant money. CAP "found homes for 1,807 pets during the three-month competition, an increase of 625 lives saved over th ... More >>

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    January 1, 2013

    Top 5 Cooking Shows to Watch in 2013

    The New Year brings new series and the return of some of the best cooking shows on television. With today being the first day of 2013, we ranked our top five cooking shows for this year. Some are new and some are veterans, but all of them are enjoyable (or at least predicted to be) to watch. Here a ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Mayor Annise Parker Gives In, Adopts BARC's Dog Of The Week

    Mayor Annise Parker has been busy posing with the bold, the beautiful and the sad animals of BARC in an effort to win a $100,000 challenge by TV's Rachael Ray. Today cuteness, or a sense of duty, or just wanting to help took control. "I confess. I couldn't resist temptation. Took the BARC Dog of t ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Five Things (Besides Muffins) To Make In A Muffin Pan

    The Muffin Pan: It's not just for muffins anymore. It took making this week's Pepperoni Pizza Puffs for me to realize that I'd been completely underutilizing this splendor of a kitchen tool. In both mini and regular-size versions, these pans are nonstick, portioned perfectly, and make for some rea ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    Annise Parker Tries to Get You to Adopt World's Saddest Cat

    Meet Callie!!! This wee ball o' fire is just about to bound out of Mayor Annise Parker's arms and straight into your heart with all the exuberance of a fun-lovin' furball!! Or, on the other hand, maybe she's the single most depressed cat ever seen. Her eyes: Either a sullen realization that the a ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Adoption Time: Are You On Team Annise Puppy Or Team Annise Kitty?

    The city and BARC are continuing their hard sell to win the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, and if that means getting the mayor to pose with cute widdle animals, she's up for the task. Not looking to limit potential adoptee's options, Mayor Annise Parker sat with a puppy and a kitty in a valiant ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Look Out, Rachael Ray: Annise Parker Is Coming After Your $100,000 in ASPCA Cash

    Mayor Annise Parker announced today the kickoff to a plan to get 2,100 dogs and cats adopted out of Houston facilities in order to win a $100,000 grant sponsored by TV food guru Rachael Ray. Houston's BARC is one of 50 operations across the country to qualify as a finalist in the ASPCA Rachael Ray ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Five Years Later: Food Trends That Fizzled Out

    I'm still waiting for Mupcakes to catch on.​It's that time of year again: No, not the time when society's ever-emphasized consumerism is rammed even more forcefully down our gullets, disguised in festive Christmas trimmings and manipulative Coca-Cola commercials. It's the time of year when eve ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Broccolini

    Photo by John SuhLovely broccolini​What is it? Often mistaken as young broccoli since it's sometimes called baby broccoli, broccolini is actually more closely related to Chinese broccoli (or gai lan) than American broccoli. It has smaller florets and longer stalks than American broccoli and ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Top 5 Celebrity Chefs I Wish Would Relocate to Mars

    Yum-o???​It does not surprise me that people who cook well become popular. What shocks me is that many of these people remain famous even after revealing their less savory personalities and sometimes substandard skills. Here are five celebrity chefs I hope take their "talents" to another plan ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Racing Rachael: Steppin' Out

    Carrie Applegate Jaeger​After complaining last week about the number of chicken recipes that Rachael Ray seemed to whip up, I thought I'd do a little research to see if it was, in fact, her or if I was just gravitating to the poultry. After a little search on, my suspicions we ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Racing Rachael: Hot Topic

    Carrie Applegate Jaeger​I'm not really a fan of chicken pieces with nuts. *Insert inappropriate comment here, kids.* However, since my husband dog-eared this 30-minute recipe, I thought I'd give it a go. Is it a keeper? The food: Chipotle Cashew Chicken with Brown Rice and Glazed Spinach ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Racing Rachael: Taqueria in 30

    Carrie Applegate Jaeger​I'm starting off this week's post with a complaint. Although delicious, I don't think that taquitos and burritos alone constitute a complete meal. I think this "meal" is a bit of a cop-out on my dear friend Rachael Ray's part. So, I'm automatically deducting a couple ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Racing Rachael: Tool Shop

    Carrie Applegate Jaeger​According to the Food Network website, Rachael Ray created this meal using her favorite kitchen tools. Looking through the recipes, I assume that she is referring to the food processor and box grater used to make these two dishes. Really? Of all the gadgets out there ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​The whole wheat pasta Carrie Applegate Jaeger used in this week's race with Rachael Ray got Bruce R curious about where to find the good stuff: Carrie, I think I tried Hodgson Mill wheat spaghetti and maybe one or two others, but I gave up. I did find that wheat spaghetti works well when m ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Racing Rachael: South of the Border

    Carrie Applegate Jaeger​First, my confession...I did it again. I relied on the trusty old cookbook and didn't look at the web versions of these recipes. My apologies for the inconsistencies between the cited recipes and my creations. Regardless of where these recipes are found, they are sti ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Racing Rachael: Endless Summer

    Carrie Applegate Jaeger​Nothing says summer better than some hundred degree weather, a nice cold beer, and a hot dog, right? Now, generally, I'm not a hot dog eater, but every year I smell a wiener on the grill and I chow down a dog or two. I don't usually love it, but it's such a quintessen ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Racing Rachael: Turbo Classics Meal

    Carrie Applegate Jaeger​Rachael Ray makes whipping up a meal in 30 minutes look like a breeze, but we all know that there's a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on. Last week it took me, sans television magic, 47 minutes to make one of her meals. How will I do this week? The food: Garli ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Racing Rachael: Mini Meat Loaves with Mac & Cheese and Seared Greens

    Carrie Applegate Jaeger​So, here's the thing...Even though Rachael Ray's TV persona drives me up the wall with the overuse of her cutesy catch phrases (specifically "EVOO" and "Yum-O," if you need a reminder), I can't help but be intrigued by the 30 Minute Meals concept. Can a regular Jane wi ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Beyond the EVOO

    The bewildering array of oils at Central Market. ​There is one isle in Central Market that mystifies me more than any other: the oil aisle. I mean, how many types of oil does one need? As an avid Food Network watcher, it seems I've fallen under the Rachael Ray curse of cooking only with EVOO. ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    SXSW: The 10 Best Of The Fest This Year

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​

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    March 19, 2011

    SXSW Saturday: Hot Sauce Hawker Billy Gibbons Smokes Elmore James At Rachael Ray Party

    Craig Hlavaty​ Billy Gibbons sat in with The Cringe at Rachael Ray's Feedback Party at Stubb's just after lunchtime for a cover of Elmore James' blues standard "Dust My Broom". The ZZ Top guitarist also mentioned his BFG hot sauce line, which he had a bottle of in his back pocket.

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    March 4, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Joe Apa of Rudz

    ​After chatting at Rudyard's and sampling some food and beer (see the rest of our conversation here and here), chef Joe Apa and I took an impromptu road trip to Conroe's Southern Star Brewery. Immediately, we were in awe of this grass-roots operation. It's a total craft brewery. Tall fermentin ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Red Cabbage

    ​What is it? Red cabbage is exactly what it sounds like. While it isn't as exotic as a lychee or Chinese broccoli, it wasn't something I ever ate growing up in Southeast Texas, so it is exotic to me. Until later in life when I experienced some tart, sweet and savory red kraut at a German rest ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Wait a minute, where the hell are the Fritos?​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where procrastination is (note to self: think of some clever definition and insert it here later). We started the week off with one of our favorite things: a recounting of time spent jud ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    In Defense of Rachael Ray

    ​It's funny how culture seems to creep in via osmosis. Take, for example, a dinner I made on the fly the other night. I found myself staring into a near-empty refrigerator at around 7:30 p.m. on a school night, trying to find something to make for dinner. A container of pre-made basil pesto c ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Worst Politician Hair: 13 Bi-Partisan Horrors

    It's mid-term election season again, and no doubt you have been subjected to seeing Governor Rick Perry's suave Steve Reeves-style pompadour in his campaign commercials, or Democratic candidate Bill White's righteous chrome dome testing the limits of your HD television with it's high-gloss sheen dur ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Perfecting the Meatball, Part 1

    ​The October 2010 issue of Bon Appétit magazine featured a piece on one woman's quest to perfect the meatball. I intended to try out this version, because clearly Molly Wizenberg, a former vegetarian turned meatball enthusiast, has put some serious effort into perfecting her recipe. But then ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Heather Vaughan of Chef Heather's Personal Chef Services

    ​Yesterday we sat down with private chef Heather Vaughan. Today we continue the conversation. Eating Our Words: Since you spend so much time cooking, do you prefer cooking for yourself when you get hungry or do you like going out to eat? Heather Vaughan: I still enjoy cooking. I find myself ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    Battle Celebrity Chef: Cat Cora v. Rachael Ray

    ​One is a bona fide chef, while the other is a self-described cook. One has made headlines because of her unique method of getting pregnant; the other appears on the pages of the supermarket rags because she is apparently about to get a divorce once a week. One is friends with that creepy "cha ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Rachael Ray's You Won't Be Single for Long Vodka-Cream Sauce: Part 1

    ​Who doesn't love Rachael Ray -- with her big smile, bouncy hair and corny jokes? Even if you find her constant perkiness annoying, she's too nice too really hate. And her 30 Minute Meals show is often good for a meal idea or two. I've been watching it on and off for years, so when I saw her c ... More >>

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    July 5, 2010

    Post-Fireworks Meat: 5 Things To Do With Leftovers

    ​First things first: I now thoroughly enjoy leftovers but that wasn't always the case. In the days of yesteryear my dad worked overnight every third day-of-the-week at the fire station and my mom would only serve my brother and me the scraps from the previous nights meals. I suppose new food w ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Fine Living No More: The Cooking Channel To Debut May 31

    ​If you think that food-oriented television couldn't get any worse or lowbrow than Sandra Lee's infamous Kwanzaa cake or the frosted tips of Guy Fieri traveling the nation in search of burgers, burgers and more mediocre burgers, you're in for a shock: There is much worse programming on the men ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    Kitchen Items We Could Live Without But Wouldn't Want To

    ​We've heard from both Katharine Shilcutt and Becky Means about their kitchen must-haves. But for us, it's more about what we wouldn't want to live without in our kitchens. We would definitely be fine without these kitchen essentials, but they sure make our lives easier. 1. Hamilton Beach Ha ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    More Breaking Touring News: Vans Warped Tour 2010 Houston Stop Includes Andrew WK, All-American Rejects, Etc.

    Katharine ShilcuttA pensive Andrew WK at Rachael Ray's 2010 SXSW party.​ Earlier today, Sam Houston Race Park announced the Houston date for this year's edition of the Vans Warped Tour. The long-running punk-rock/emo summer tour hits the northwest side July 2. Start hydrating now. The festival has ... More >>

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    March 20, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: Rachael Ray's Party Pics

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttRachael Ray and husband John Cusimano, lead singer of The Cringe.​John Popper of Blues Traveler (although our favorite Popper role is as himself on the HBO series Z Rock) livened up The Cringe's otherwise banal set at the Rachael Ray party on a cold, gloomy Saturday ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    The Big Three: Feta, Kalamata Olives and Sundried Tomatoes

    Last week we brought you a trio of scrumptiously sweet ingredients aimed at improving your breakfasts and desserts. This week, we thought we'd give you a few simple ideas for some fast, delicious dinners. We are big fans of Mediterranean cooking - its fresh and unprocessed goodness leaves you feelin ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

    ​For our annual Houston Press Holiday potluck lunch, I decided to invent a new dish called "Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes." I baked the sweet potatoes, and scooped them out of the skins just like you do when you're making twice baked potatoes. But instead of sour cream and all that, I cooked chop ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Chicken Soup in Less than 30 Minutes

    Photo by Jane Catherine Collins​This is not a Rachel Ray recipe, so just wipe that thought out of your mind. We can't stand Rachel Ray and have banned her show from our house. We do all like a fast meal, though. So here's our version of a 30-minute dish: chicken soup:

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    October 29, 2009

    Dives and DIY Shepherd's Pie

    Our readers weigh in.

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    April 8, 2009

    Cooking Shows Are Going to the Dogs

    In today's world of cooking shows on every network from PBS to Bravo to the Travel Channel, there's a format for every viewer. Like cutesy meals that don't require a lot of effort?  Rachael Ray or Sandra Lee.  Enjoy watching people digest ungodly and ill-advised foods?  Andrew Z ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Okay, so maybe this week didn't start out so hot. First of all, Robb Walsh made the mistake of ordering a hamburger at BB's Cajun Café, a place renowned for its excellent poor boys, not so much its burgers. So not only did his week start out with a dry-ass hamburger, poor Robb was then plagiarized ... More >>

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    March 21, 2009

    SXSW: Rachel Ray at Maggie Mae's

    We valiantly attended the Rachael Ray party at Maggie Mae's on Sixth, braving free food curate by the talk show host and Rose's Mojitos by the gallon. Hometown boy Bob Schneider opened the show upstairs, doing his old reliable ladykilling jams. While downstairs New York's Semi Precious Weapons pree ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    How About Some SXSW Day Parties? A LOT of SXSW Day Parties?

    We here at Rocks Off are only about a week away from chafed inner thighs, weird Japanese punk bands puking in hotel pools and sweating out our morning mojitos while walking to an art space off 4th Street. South By Southwest is now only a week away. It was all fun and games in December when we were ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008

    Hurricane Rachael Ray

    Here she comes to save the day

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    October 29, 2008

    Just A Simple Wedding For 50 At Minute Maid Park

    They survived Hurricane Ike. Now they'll have to survive Rachael Ray. Fifty Houston couples whose wedding plans were disrupted by Ike will now have a very special wedding thanks to Ray, who in our limited knowledge of such things seems to be a Martha Stewart knock-off. By "very special wedding," w ... More >>

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    March 15, 2008

    SXSW Photos: The Rachel Ray Party

    Mojitos are proof that God loves the hungover and the weary. She was totally not into me taking her picture. Especially after like the sixteenth one. I feel I may have been crossing a line.

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    July 10, 2007
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    July 10, 2007

    Brit-Indi is the New Tex-Mex

    British Indian food is like Texas Mexican food -- a cuisine unto itself. British-Indian TV chef Manju Malhi coined the term “Brit-Indi” (an awkward nod to Tex-Mex) to describe this style of Indian cooking for the British kitchen. With her “10 Minute Curries” and utterly relaxed approach to I ... More >>

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    April 16, 2007


    Parade Magazine released its annual “What People Earn” report yesterday. The results of the 2006 salary survey range from depressing (foster-care recruiter Angela Pratt earned only $23,000, while Rachel Ray got $6 million) to the surprising (Arnold Schwarzenegger earned $0, the deceased Albert ... More >>

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