Rachael Ray Roundup

Can you believe they let me back in the country? Yeah, me either, but they did and here I am. Thanks to Kate for posting for me while I was gone. We got back Tuesday and I am just starting to feel like a normal person again.

The trip was just amazing. It snowed in Munich when we arrived, but we still drank beer at many a beer garden and made some new friends. My husband tried about 8 different things with "wurst" on the end of the name, while I tried spaetzle, potato soup and potato pancakes with applesauce, to name a few. I would definitely go back to Munich.

Italy was a treat. I think we ate gelato at least twice a day (we even visited Rachael's pick in Rome, San Crispino). My favorite was definitely the Amarena (black cherry). Luckily, we walked everywhere so burned all that gelato off quickly. After eating a restaurant near the Spanish Steps, I was inspired to perfect my own carbonara recipes, using Rachael's as a starting point, of course. Check out some of my food pics at the end of this post.

But back to business, here are some post from around the blogosphere from this week (and last) about Rachael Ray. If you see something that would be great for the Roundup or write a post about Rachael Ray or one of her recipes yourself, please e-mail me so I can make sure to include it in the Roundup! Happy Easter!

  • After the recent pet food scare, lots of folks are talking about cooking for your pets at home, including Chris at Apartment Therapy, who checks out some of Rachael Ray's recipes for pets.
  • Cate at Sweetnicks fired up her grill to make Rachael Ray's Buffalo Chicken Chili (one of my new favorites) and her new Spinach, Artichoke, and Cheese Wrap Dip recipe. While the chili inspired trips for seconds, the dip ended up being a dud, but will likely get a second chance due to some technical difficulties. I guess we know what to get Cate for Christmas now.
  • Peppers and Pollywogs discusses the Sweet Sixteen Standoff featured on Rachael Ray's talk show.
  • There is some dismay that New York won the Chicago v. New York pizza challenge on the Rachael Ray show. Hey, someone had to win, right?
  • Here's another example of how being on Rachael Ray's show can make a product an overnight success. The Boston Globe shares the story of the creator of the Gabbybaby t-shirts, who says that since the show aired: "It's been unbelievable. I haven't slept."
  • That Journalist dug into the archives and found a post where she discusses why she is thankful for Rachael Ray (and other things too).
  • Mike at TV Food Fan gets to the point about a recent article regarding Rachael Ray's husband and he celebrated his birthday, too. Happy belated birthday, Mike!
  • Bill Pitcher at Second Helpings highlights a recipe by Rachael Ray to use up your extra thin mint girl scout cookies (if you have any!).
  • Shawnda at Foodie Bride shares the best pizza dough recipe she has run across and it's from Every Day with Rachael Ray, of course.
  • Erin at Erin Cooks tried the Asparagus Parsley Pesto Risotto Bake from Every Day with Rachael Ray. It wasn't a winner at first, but became delicious as leftovers. I always feel that way about chili.
  • Jacob at Food Network Addict points out a little something that drives me crazy.
  • Rachael Ray had stunt hands for her Chefography, according to the Newtown Bee.
  • Tracy Thompson at Foodie Obsessed highlights the new 10 Ingredient Challenge from Rachael Ray's magazine.
And, just for some Friday fun, I thought you might like to see some of the food we encountered on our trip. Most of the food is missing a couple bites because I was usually starving by the time we found somewhere to eat:

Currywurst and potato soup in Munich:


The Viktualienmarkt (like a farmer's market) in Munich:


Apple Strudel in the alpine town of Fussen:


Street food in Florence - focaccia pizza:


A salami and gruyere panino eaten at a sidewalk cafe in Rome:

5 comments:

  1. How fun! And that panini in Rome looks delicious.

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  2. It was outstanding. We ate it at this little cafe near the Colosseum (I learned it's actually named the Flavian Ampitheater - who knew?). I walked up with my Rick Steves book in my hand and the waitress ran up to me to tell me she was in the book. It was really cute. They even had a special Rick Steves menu.

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  3. Welcome back! Sounds like a great trip. Our Minneapolis StarTrbune reported today that Rachael planned and help cook for a prom in Alabama. The high school was destroyed by a tornado and some students were hurt. Show will air in about 2 weeks. She really walks the walk!

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  4. Love the pics with the bites taken out. Too funny. It all looks really good!

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  5. Uncle Stephen - I am posting about that tomorrow! She has been getting tons of well-deserved press about it. Definitely a good deed.

    Leigh - Good lord I was so starving. We walked freaking everywhere, so you gotta do what you gotta do.

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