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Rachael Ray Appearance Game Day ideas

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When I started this blog almost 6 years ago my dream was to meet Rachael Ray. I met Rachael when I was on the Dr.Oz show. I admire how hard of a worker she is. When I got this opportunity to be on her show I was beyond thrilled. In this clip I give you some fun game day ideas for this weekend. Enjoy!

Checkout the clip http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipes/24430_super_bowl_snacks_easy_football_shaped/

 

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Food!!

Stuffed Bleu Cheese Burger with Buffalo Sauce

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At your next BBQ this is a must try burger on your grill. The all American burger just got that much better. Stuffed Bleu Cheese Burger with Buffalo Sauce, oozing with spicy, creamy goodness. I mean who doesn’t love a good buffalo dish packed with flavor?  Instead of enjoying  chips on the side I went ahead and placed it as a topping.  Grab a beer and you’re good to go. This recipe was actually featured on EVERYDAY Rachael Ray website for an #RRWHATCHACOOKIN and also is in my cookbook.

Ingredients:
1 ½ lb ground beef (80/20)
salt & ground pepper, to taste
¼ cup chives, chopped
4 teaspoons blue cheese crumbles
½ cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo sauce
¼ cup ranch dressing
arugula, topping
lightly salted potato chips, topping
4 whole wheat buns
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Preparation:
1. Place ground meat in a medium bowl. Season with salt, pepper and chives. Mix everything together. Shape meat into 4 (1/2 inch) patties.
2. Make a well in the patties. Add a teaspoon of blue cheese crumbles into the meat. Fold over the meat until the cheese isn’t visible. Place to the side.
3. In a skillet or grill pan over medium to high heat, drizzle olive oil into the pan. Add the patties, flipping only once. Cook 4 to 5 minutes for rare burgers and 8-10 minutes for well.
4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl add Frank’s Red Hot sauce and ranch dressing, and stir.
5. Next take a bun place patty on it. Top with sauce, arugula and chips. Serve.

Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #SummerSoiree below:

Feed Me Phoebe: Greek Lamb Burgers with Mint Tzatziki
The Lemon Bowl: Filet Burgers with Tahini Garlic Mayo
Creative Culinary: The Canyon Creek Burger from Ted’s Montana Grill
Healthy Eats: Beef and Beyond: 6 Reasons to Cook More Burger
Weelicious: BBQ Chicken Burgers
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Crispy Mexican Black Bean Burgers
Homemade Delish: Stuffed Bleu Cheese Burger with Buffalo Sauce
The Mom 100: Buffalo Turkey Burger Sliders
FN Dish: Now, That’s the Stuff: Stellar Stuffed Burgers

A Platter of Thoughts

Famous Favorite Cooks!

Here is my first poll, I am interested in seeing what you guys think of my 3 favorite cooks.  Here is a little info on them in case you don’t know who they are.

Lidia Bastianich – Where do I even start?  A star of a variety of public television shows, Lidia Mattticchio Batstianich is widely regarded as the “First Lady” of Italian cuisine and restaurants in the United States.  She came to New York in 1958. Her television show, “Lidia’s Italian Table” was released in September 1998 together with her companion book of the same name. Lidia is the owner of the award-winning Felidia restaurant.  ESCA, Becco, Kanasas City Lidias Italy, Pittsburgh Lidias Italy, Del Posto, Eataly and Bastianich Winery are all other amazing restaurants and wines.  Lidia enjoys sharing her cuisine with a number of talented young Italian and American chefs at her restaurants, where she continues to prepare traditional and authentic Italian food together with them. Lidia speaks highly of her family, 2 things that she is very passionate about are Food and Family.  Lidia has about 6 books out now and they truly are amazing. Both her children Tanya Bastianich Manuali and Joe Bastianich have been part of her show, sharing there expertise on cooking and wines.  Lidias famous words as she signs off of her cooking show are “Tutti a tavola a mangiare!” (Italian for “Everyone to the table to eat”).

Jacques Pepin- is one of America’s known chefs. He is the author of 24 books. He has also hosted nine public television cooking series, the most recent of which is called More Fast Food My Way. Pepin was born in rural France and his first exposure to cooking was in his parents’ restaurant, Le Pelican. He began his formal apprenticeship at the age of thirteen and went on to work in Paris as the personal chef.  He moved to the United States in 1959 and studied at Columbia University.  Pepin is currently a columnist for Food & Wine Magazine and formerly served as a columnist for The New York Times. Having founded The American Institute of Food and Wine, Pepin has served as The French Culinary Institute’s Dean of Special Programs, a position he’s held since 1988 and is an adjunct professor at Boston University. 

Rachael Ray- you either love her or hate her.  Millions adore her quirkiness and down-to-earth style.  Others, including many celebrity chefs and food writers, heap criticism upon her.  Entire blogs are devoted to slamming the self-proclaimed Anti-Martha Stewart but I guess to each their own. Rachael says she was born into cooking.  “My first vivid memory is watching mom in a restaurant kitchen. She was flipping something with a spatula. I tried to copy her and ended up grilling my right thumb! I was three or four,” says Rachael. “Everyone on both sides of my family cooks.” She is one of the most popular personalities on The Food Networks.  Rachael the the  star of 30 Minute Meals, Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels, and Inside Dish with Rachael Ray.  She’s the author of nearly a dozen  cookbooks, and now has her own magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray.  She even has her own daytime talk show, Rachael Ray, which premiered in  September 2006.