What do the guys in OneRepublic always snack on when they're on tour? Find out as they take the "Rachael Ray Food Quiz"!
Easy Boneless Roast Lamb with Roasted Potatoes and Tomatoes
I'm going to go with another classic pairing here. Lamb and Syrah were made so that they can make each other taste better. Lamb has a little gaminess and Syrah can be ripe and fruit-forward when from the New World (America, Australia) or dry and earthy when from Europe (mostly the Rhone Valley in France). You can go either way; choose a New World wine and you’ll tamper down some of the earthy quality of the meat with the ripe fruit or choose an Old World Syrah to bring out those savory, gamey flavors. For a New World Syrah, I love Copain Syrah "Tous Ensemble" or Wind Gap. In the Old World, try Chave Cotes du Rhone "Mon Coeur", a rare Cotes du Rhone made from a great producer and mostly from Syrah.
Banh Mi Dog
There is nothing better than a beer and a hot dog! But for these Asian-influenced dogs, I would choose my favorite beer out of Japan, Hitachino Nest White Ale. It is a combo of a Belgian Witte (white beer) and a Japanese Ale and comes together to make a delicious, refreshing beer. In the Belgian-style, it is lightly spiced with lemon zest, coriander and clove, the perfect thing to complement the hot dogs; all 3 of them!
What was Scott Baio's favorite childhood treat? He's answering backstage as he takes the "Rachael Ray Food Quiz"!
Smoky Tex-Mex Sloppy Josés
This recipe is a smoky, sloppy, tasty take on the sloppy Joe and I just don't feel right pairing it with a wine. A Negro Especial would be especially good. It’s light and crisp and cleans up your palate after all the beefy goodness. Below is a great recipe to go with one of my favorite cocktails. We serve the Sandia del Fuego at Anfora – it’s smoky, spicy (if you choose to infuse the watermelon) and has just the right amount of sweetness.
Sandia del Fuego
3-5 cubes of the infused watermelon (infusion is optional)
1 3/4 oz blanco tequila
3/4 oz lime juice
1/2 oz agave
In a mixing glass, add watermelon, tequila, lime and agave. Add ice. Shake very hard. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
To infuse watermelon, add cubed watermelon to an airtight container. Fill with tequila and 6 chili peppers. Cover. Strain off in 24 hours or to taste.
Smash's Megan Hilty raves about the food backstage at our show, so what would she serve Rachael if she dropped by her house? Find out in this extra clip!
Beef Stew with Bacon and Butternut Squash
This dish screams for a Pinot Noir! But I wouldn't go with a French Pinot Noir, which tends to be more delicate and earthy; I'd do something a bit riper from America. The trick here is to find a Pinot that is a bit riper but still has the balance and elegance that we love in Pinot. A few of my favorite producers that accomplish this are Hirsch, Sandhi, Ceritas, Chanin, Tyler, Peay and Au Bon Climat. They all make beautiful, compelling wine from the cooler areas of California, which are balanced and aromatic. One producer that makes wine in this style, but at a very reasonable price is Lioco. I love their wines – we’ve always served them at L'Apicio and their Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is an excellent example of this style. For something a bit fuller, check out the Lioco Indica, which is mostly Carignan (a Southern French grape most often used in blends) from very old vines and has a bit extra spiciness and body.
Julianne Moore heads backstage and takes the "Rachael Ray Food Quiz" and shares an adorable childhood story that she calls her most awkward food moment!
Corned Beef Melts with Sweet & Sour Onions & Wilted Cabbage
This dish has acid, fat, a touch of sweetness and a lot of tasty flavors! For me, all roads point to a wine that is flavorful, but has enough crispness to tame the corned beef and a touch of sweetness to balance the onions. The winner is...Riesling! Riesling hits on all of those points. It is an aromatic grape, has lots of acidity and a bit of sweetness, depending on the brand. A dry Riesling could definitely work here and you'd find a bunch of great examples in Alsace, France and Austria, where they prefer the drier styles. However here I'd like a touch of sweetness since we do have the sweetness from the onions. A classic example of a German off-dry Riesling is the Dr. Loosen Riesling 2011 (for about $12). It is fresh, crisp and aromatic with some sweetness. I also recently had the Montinore Estate "Almost Dry" Riesling from Oregon and loved it. That organic estate is making beautiful wines at reasonable prices.
You've seen him use his creativity and skills to win Top Chef All-Stars, but you might be surprised by the dish Richard Blais calls his favorite meal! Get the details as he takes the "Rachael Ray Food Quiz!"
I would definitely pair this with a spicy Greek red wine. In Greece, especially central Greece, they eat a ton of lamb and drink their local reds. As I always say, what grows together, goes together! Also, Greek wines represent a high amount of value and a truly unique tasting experience. One of my favorite Greek reds is a local grape called Agiorgitiko, which can be full-bodied, but soft and juicy. Some producers make these into great, very age-worthy wines, but I love the fresh, unoaked or lightly-oaked ones. Skouras makes a great version, called "St. George," which is from the top growing area of Nemea, but still is approachably priced at under $20.
We're a few months into the new year, so it's a good time to ask: How are your resolutions coming along? Relationship expert Andrea Syrtash suggests you make sure your resolutions are "SMART" - it's a simple exercise that can help you stay on track throughout the year.
SMART stands for goals or resolutions that are:
3) with Action & Accountability
5) with a Timeline
For example, did you resolve to improve your friendships? It's not too late to modify your goal to something more realistic, specific and attainable. How about committing to spending more time with close friends who you really miss? Then set up 5 steps you're going to take to get back in touch with them and make this a priority. What will be your first step? It may start with calling or emailing specific people to say that they're on your mind and you'd love to catch up. (It's amazing how much we avoid getting back in touch with people we love because we think too much time has passed!) Then, you may want to suggest a regular lunch date or enroll one to join you on your new workout program. The bottom line is that if you want to improve your friendships, put action behind your words.
No matter what your goals are, whether it's losing weight, finding friends or anything at all, make sure to make your resolution S.M.A.R.T so you're setting yourself up for success!
Tournedo Burgers with Pizzaiola Butter
Nothing is better than a burger and a beer, but that's no reason that it shouldn't be a great pairing. If you want to make things interesting, try a sour beer. Sour beers are a historic style of beer and they have a tart, acidic flavor which usually comes from the brewers using native yeast for fermentation instead of a purchased one. These beers are great with a variety of cheeses, but I also love them with charcuterie and hamburgers. These are high-octane, full-flavored intense beers, but they are also incredibly delicious, unique and a versatile pairing with a variety of foods, especially if they are rich foods. Many American craft brewers are experimenting with this style, but I still love one of the originals, Rodenbach from Belgium.
Find out what you should never do with potatoes when Sara Moulton shares an extra tip backstage!
Head backstage as Jenni Garth shows you more of the autographed bunny's in the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity auction, to benefit Autism Speaks, plus check out Rachael's contribution!
Dress: Macy's - $12
Shoes: Buffalo Exchange - $11
Tights: Target - $2.50
Belt: Buffalo Exchange - $7
Ring: H+M - $1.48
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett chat backstage and offer up more details about their newest mini-series on the History Channel — The Bible. Plus, click here to watch clips, interviews with the actors and more!
Egg Tagliatelle with Ham and Peas
When you visit the beautiful city of Bologna, you can find a plate of egg tagliatelle on every corner. In this case, I like to drink the local wine that is made to go with that dish; the bubbly red Lambrusco. Lambrusco has ancient origins and had a spike in popularity in the '70s and '80s before falling out of flavor, but today it makes some of the tastiest, most food-friendly and excellent valued wines in the world. I'd go with one of the smaller producers like Lini 910, Cleto Chiarli, or Medici Ermete, which can all be found for around $15.
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