Tag Archives: Rachael Ray

Coffee Table Cookbook

I recently bought this cookbook. It’s a gorgeous hardcover with a colorful cover, and many beautiful pictures of delicious-looking food inside. It was an impulse purchase. I’d been shopping for a dress for my wedding (yes, yes, the store at … Continue reading

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Cardoons, Roman mayonnaise and Facebook. And some writing.

I’m always excited to try a new vegetable, and I’d been noticing cardoons for sale at Russo’s, where I buy most of my groceries. Cardoons look sort of like a big bunch of celery, though they’re actually more closely related … Continue reading

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Fixing the recipe as you go

If you do a lot of cooking, you start to notice that some cookbooks are better than others. Not just because the food you make from the recipes tastes better. Some cookbooks are also better than others at giving instructions … Continue reading

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Shame on you, America’s Test Kitchen!

After all my dissing of Rachael Ray and her so-called 30 Minute Meals, and my holding up of America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks as a sort of star pupil in the school of Giving Realistic Time Estimates For Recipes … the … Continue reading

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Pasta is not a 15-minute meal!

The latest Rachael Ray recipe I tried, Cheesy Pasta Presto, from Just in Time! was supposed to take only 15 minutes. It took 53! When you think about it, there’s no way pasta is a 15-minute meal. It takes 15 … Continue reading

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Mark your calendars!

Last night, I prepared a Rachael Ray recipe that was supposed to take 60 minutes … and it did! 62 minutes, to be exact. But well within an acceptable margin of error. The recipe was “Spicy Lentil Stoup”, from Just … Continue reading

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Serves 4!

I think I might have mentioned how Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Meal recipes, in addition to being impossible to finish in 30 minutes, also serve way more people than the recipe claims. The cookbooks always say that the recipe serves 4. … Continue reading

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30 Minutes, at last

I finally cooked a Rachael Ray meal that took less than 30 minutes (28, to be exact). “Pea and Parsley Soup with Canadian Bacon.” (or “peameal bacon” or “back bacon”, as we refer to it in Canada) From Just in … Continue reading

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Another “30-minute” meal

I’m a big fan of Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Meals cookbooks. I own four of them. In case anyone is unfamiliar with these (or the accompanying TV show on the Food Network), the premise (not surprisingly) is that each meal can … Continue reading

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