Is there anything So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley won't eat? She's taking the "Rachael Ray Food Quiz" and has some answers you might not expect!
Spanish Stewed Chicken Thighs
"What grows together goes together!" I'd choose a Spanish wine, like a juicy/spicy Mencia from the Bierzo region, like Palacios "pétalos." Another good option would be to do a rosé. The Crios Malbec Rosé from Argentina (about $14) has enough flavor that it’s not overpowered by the strong flavors of the dish, but it will also cool down some of the heat from the chilies.
If I had to choose one, I'd do red Lambrusco. The good stuff, not Riunite! And not on ice! Serve it chilled and in a wine glass. My favorite producer is Lini 910, but there are so many good ones now! Camillo Donati, Cleto Chiarli, Medici Ermete, Luciano Saetti and many more. Good Lambrusco is dry, red and frothy. It is full-flavored with a little bit of earthiness and some tannin (the drying material that helps it pair well with meat). They are so versatile because the bubbles serve to clean your palate and it is so flavorful that it won't get overpowered by the really strong flavors of Buffalo-style spices. And the best part? You couldn't spend more than $20 if you tried and most are below $15.
Jerry Springer explains what cilantro and communism have in common when he takes the "Rachael Ray Food Quiz!"
Gretta is being challenged to put together outfits for $50 or less all season and today's look is well under budget! Get the details, plus her top shopping tips for winter accessories that won't break the bank.
Dress: JC Penney $24
Tights: Free - Gretta borrowed from Rachael.
Shoes: Buffalo Exchange $11
Belt: Free - taken from another dress in Gretta's closet
Earrings: Target $.49
Ring: H&M $.50
Have you made your "to-do" list for some of the resolutions you hope to tackle in 2013? Relationship expert Andrea Syrtash suggests that making a "to-be" list is just as important! For example, who do you want to be and who do you want to be around? Make your relationships even better in the year ahead by following her top three relationship resolutions:
#1: Surround yourself with people who bring out your best.
Time is limited, so why would you spend time with people who don't make you feel good? If you have friends and you’re constantly arguing, or you’re trying to convince someone you're dating of your worth, that’s not your match. So don’t just think about who the people you’re spending time with are, look at how and who you are when you're with them.
#2: Sweat the small stuff.
If you want to make big changes in your relationship, it really starts with small steps and gestures. People notice what you do or don't do, and those little things can end up defining our relationships. So don’t think in terms of “all or nothing” or you’ll end up with nothing! In fact, one study shows that for every negative interaction you have in a relationship, you need five positive interactions to negate it. So, keep depositing those positive interactions into your "account." It may mean calling a friend to say you’re thinking of her, or warming your partner’s car on a cold day. These little things go a long way.
#3: Disconnect to connect.
For my last book I interviewed an 85-year-old woman who said that the most important thing you can offer in a relationship is your presence – I love that! When we’re looking down at our phones during dinner, we’re not offering our presence. We’re actually saying, “The email I’m sending now is more important than you across the table.” Is that the message you want to send? I’ve interviewed couples who complain that there is no time for romance, but they admit to checking Facebook for an hour before bed! We need to know when to power off because disconnecting can be the key to connecting.
Here’s to great relationships in 2013!
For Rachael's stroganoff, you'll need a red wine to stand up to those bold flavors, but you don't want anything too dry because of the smoky chipotle peppers. I love Austrian reds for this job. They are the perfect balance of being food friendly (soft, juicy with mouth-watering acidity), wallet/pocketbook-friendly (there are a bunch of obscure grapes that don't cost nearly as much as a good Cab) and they offer you the possibility to try something truly special and unique. Zweigelt is a uniquely Austrian red grape that is soft, juicy, lively and has great flavors of warming spices to pair with the beef. Check out the 1 liter Berger Zweigelt for only $12-$13. It is a great example of this grape/wine region and a great price!
You hear his opinions about fashion on his hit reality series Project Runway, but what's Tim Gunn's top choice when it comes to food? Find out as he takes the "Rachael Ray Food Quiz!"
What's the one food Nick Lachey requests on his birthday but wife Vanessa won't make because she doesn't like it? Find out when she takes the "Rachael Ray Food Quiz"!
Tingly Szechuan Pepper Beef Noodles
There is nothing better than Szechuan cuisine and a great Riesling; it is a sommelier's tried and true go-to pairing. You'll always find groups of wine pros at Chinese restaurants in New York City bringing their favorite bottles of Riesling to pair. Szechuan food is characterized by an intense but fruity spiciness, and the sugar in the Riesling (and its cold temperature) will serve to cool down your palate and get you ready for the next bite. One of my favorites is the Hermann Wiemer Semi-Dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes region in New York State. It is slightly sweet but well balanced and at around $15, it’s an outstanding value.
SNL's Fred Armisen explains why he won't eat avocado as he takes the "Rachael Ray Food Quiz"!
Pork Chops in Mulled Cider Brine with Onion Gravy
Pinot and pork are perfect pairings! Pinot Noir often has sweet baking spice flavors, which marry so well with the cider. I love the Montinore Estate, an organic, value-oriented Pinot from Oregon ($15-$16), or for a splurge try one of the Hirsch Pinot Noirs from the cooler Sonoma Coast.
Spicy Chicken Cacciatore
With a spicy dish, you need a wine that will cool off your palate. An aromatic white such as a Riesling, Gewürztraminer or Gruner Veltliner would be a great call. But since this dish has tomato sauce, I really like to go with a red. In this case, I'd choose a light-bodied, soft and juicy red, but one that you can chill, like a white wine. Try a Beaujolais! Beaujolais is one of my favorite wines because of its great value and food-pairing versatility. It is made from the Gamay grape from a region in France just south of Burgundy. One of my favorites is the Marcel Lapierre Raisins Gaulois for about $13. Try to find a smaller producer. They make much better wine here than the bigger guys.
Rigatoni with Creamy Mushroom Ragu
This dish is rich and creamy, but also has great earthy flavors from the mushrooms. A great wine for this would be from the Nebbiolo grape. Nebbiolo is one of the few red grapes that has very high acidity and grows almost only in Northern Italy. It is full of earthy, mushroomy flavors and tart berry notes. It makes some of the world’s greatest (and most expensive!) wines, such as Barolo and Barbaresco, but if you seek out less fancy wine, you can get all those great flavors at a much lower price. Seek out a Nebbiolo d'Alba or Langhe Nebbiolo from a good producer or from the Lombardy region, or try the wine Sandro Fay Valtellina for under $20.
Al Roker, Rachael's first "Mystery Taster" of 2013, explains where he draws the line when it comes to desserts when he takes the "Rachael Ray Food Quiz"!
See how Gretta pulled off this look for $50 or less!
Dress: JC Penney $24
Shoes: Alloy $14
Earrings: Target $2.38
Tights: Target $2.50
Rings: H&M $4.19
Nate Berkus takes the "Rachael Ray Food Quiz!"
Grainy Mustard Chicken Thighs
This dish just reminds me of one of my favorite dishes, the Bavarian combination of pretzel, white sausage and honey mustard. And when you're in Germany, the perfect pairing for this is a wheat beer. To me there is nothing better than the pairing of that sweet-tart honey mustard glaze with the slight bitter, effervescent wheat beer. For this pairing, I love to go with a classic like the German Schneider Weisse and if you're being adventurous, the Brooklyn Brewery recently teamed up with an Italian Brewery and made a delightful light wheat beer called "Ama," which we serve at all our restaurants.
Find out how Gretta pulled off today's head-to-toe look for under $50!
Dress: Buffalo Exchange $26.00
Belt: Buffalo Exchange $7
Bracelets: Old Navy $1.99
Shoes: Marshalls $12.00
After showing you how everyone can wear red lipstick, our backstage beauty team shares tips in this bonus video. Watch the first installment of the "Sleep Late and Still Look Great" series for ideas from the hair and makeup team that styles all our guests before they meet Rach!
Greek Meatballs and Toasted Orzo
I have been a huge fan of Greek wines and as they say, "What grows together, goes together!" So what would be better than a Greek wine to pair with these Greek meatballs? Greece is known for its crisp, “minerally” white wines, which pair seamlessly with their abundant seafood, but they also make some really exciting red wines, such as the tricky to pronounce, yet delicious to drink Aghiorghitiko and the dry earthy Xinomavro. To pair with this dish, I'd try out one of my favorite Aghiorghitikos, the Domaine Skouras "St. George" Nemea for about $15. It's fuller bodied and dark with sweet black fruit and baking spices, all flavors that really complement Rachael's meatballs.
Hang out backstage with Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson as they take the "Rachael Ray Food Quiz"!
After Buddy's Family Bake-Off, the ribbing continues backstage between Buddy, his brother-in-law and cousin!
**Top:** $13.48 Target
**Pants:** $9.99 Alloy
**Shoes:** $11 Buffalo Exchange
The actress and food blogger shares her thoughts on eating brains when she takes the "Rachael Ray Food Quiz"!
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