Rachael-isms: A Glossary of Terms Used by Rachael Ray

I just noticed this feature on the website for Every Day with Rachael Ray. I thought it would be helpful for newer Rachael Ray fans, or maybe people who don't obsessively TiVo her shows, to know her abbreviations and terms for things. Use of these terms reflects Rachael's attitude that cooking is fun and should not always be taken so seriously, especially by people interested in making a meal in only 30 minutes.

Here is a glossary of Rachael Ray Speak:


EVOO
EVOO is extra-virgin olive oil. I first coined "EVOO" on my cooking show because saying "extra-virgin olive oil" over and over was wordy, and I'm an impatient girl—that's why I make 30-minute meals!

YUM-O!
I say this if something is so good that "yum" just isn't enough of an exclamation. The accent is on the "O" as in, "Oh! That is so good!"

DELISH!
Extra Yum-O!

TWO TURNS OF THE PAN
I write in freehand equivalents because measuring, to me, takes away from the creative, hands-on process of cooking. Two turns of the pan with EVOO is about two tablespoons.

GOOD TO GO
You're all set.

EYEBALL IT
I measure in my palm and use my eyes to estimate amounts; a tablespoon is a full palm of dried spices.

YOUR NOSE WILL KNOW
Cooking is about using your senses. A dish is done when it smells done and looks good to you.

EAT WELL, EAT MORE!
Rather than dieting, I live by this rule. If you eat lean meats, lots of veggies and limit (rather than eliminating) your carbs, you can eat lots of food, still fit into your blue jeans and not worry about counting the calories.

GH
In recipes designed specifically for kids, this means Grown-up Helper, the big person who acts as assistant to the young chef, handling heavy pots, boiling water and other tasks. It's like having a Designated Hitter, or DH, in baseball. A GH is an important member of any kid's kitchen team.

HOW GOOD IS THAT?
This question is rhetorical. Pat yourself on the back and just start eating.

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3 comments:

  1. the term you use for stirring something up, or flipping ingredients in the pan...Zjush? How do you spell that and is it really a word or one of your Rachelisms?

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  2. Oooh Rachael Ray... I'd love to see a line up of just the words, in a loop... that would crack me up!

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  3. Rach, how did you come up with your Rachael-isms? They sound like words my mother used back in the 60's. She was ahead of her time.

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