Rachael Ray In Season Holiday 2021

In Season is a magazine from everybody’s favorite TV foodie, Rachael Ray! Our Holiday 2021 issue is bursting with ideas to help you create an unforgettable holiday season. From sparkling sippers and easy dippers, a mix and match guide to planning your best menu for any holiday (Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve), and favorite holiday comfort foods from chefs around the country, we’ll help you make entertaining effortless. Plus, great gifts for your loved ones, what your dog is really thinking and Rach’s 30 Minute leftovers bonanza. We’ve got your back as we all get back into the holiday groove.

United States
Meredith Operations Corporation
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
rach’s letter

Well, it’s been yet another weird year! Like so many workers, John and I have been living a hybrid life, filming from our home in the Adirondacks for stretches and then going into the studio in New York City. It feels like that requires twice the organization, twice the scheduling—where am I supposed to be today? Then, just as we started taping, Hurricane Ida sank our apartment in NYC. Then some workers hit our main water pipe and sunk it again. Yes, it’s been a time. I expected 2021 to be better and easier than 2020. I thought that with the new year would come the promise of Americans coming together with fresh joy and new freedoms. But it seems that year two of the pandemic has turned us all into…

5 min
share the love

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7 min
what’s fresh

Brie & Blackberry-Shallot Jam Bites ACTIVE: 20 MIN TOTAL: 45 MIN 1 tbsp. canola oil • 1 medium shallot, sliced • 10 oz. frozen or fresh blackberries • 3 tbsp. granulated sugar • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar • 6 oz. Brie, cut into 1-inch cubes • 1 package (1.9 oz.) store-bought phyllo shells • Black pepper and mint, for garnish Preheat oven to 400°. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add oil and shallot. Cook until shallot is soft and starts to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add blackberries, sugar, vinegar, and 2 tbsp. water. Simmer until thickened and jammy, 20 to 30 minutes. Season with salt. Place Brie in phyllo shells; bake until Brie is melted, about 5 minutes. Top with jam and garnish with pepper and mint. Makes 12 to…

6 min
rach’s sunday dinner

"By the time Thanksgiving rolled around last year, I’d already been making turkey in some version for weeks. Since everyone was looking for ways to make a smaller holiday feel special, we did a lot with boneless breasts. I stuffed this one and whipped up a special gravy and simple sides. And it was stupid good, as I like to say! Spending the holiday with only a few immediate family members forced us to rethink a whole lot of our traditions, and maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe it’s made us more mindful of what Thanksgiving should be: simple." —adapted from This Must Be the Place WHEN YOU WALK DOWNSTAIRS TO PUT THE BIRD IN THE OVEN, ARE YOU THINKING, ‘YAY! LET’S ALL ENJOY EACH OTHER AND THE BOUNTY WE’RE BLESSED…

5 min
the right stuff

Chewy Cookie Dough (Base) ACTIVE: 30 MIN TOTAL: 3 HR (FOR ALL COOKIES) 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature1¼ cups packed light brown sugar½ cup granulated sugar2 large eggs, plus 1 yolk1½ tsp. pure vanilla extract3 cups all-purpose flour1 tsp. baking soda1 tsp. kosher salt 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and both sugars on medium until well combined, about 1 minute. Add the eggs and yolk and vanilla; beat until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl, about 1 minute. 2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the mixer on low until just combined. 3. Chill dough for at least 2 hours or overnight. The dough can be refrigerated for up…

14 min
taking comfort

CHRISTMAS EVE ADRIENNE CHEATHAM, AUTHOR OF THE FORTHCOMING SUNDAYBEST Chicago-born chef Adrienne Cheatham says her family’s gumbo was a holiday fixture—they’d make several batches between Thanksgiving and Christmas, stashing them in a snow bank (a.k.a. nature’s refrigerator) between meals. In fact, when she met her New Orleans–born husband, Stephen, Cheatham bragged about her mom’s Acadian-style gumbo, which is rich with seafood, chicken, and sausage (but omits the okra common to the Creole version). Cheatham, who lives in Harlem, N.Y., will share a similar dish in her next cookbook, SundayBest (out in March), honoring the breadth and beauty of Southern and soul food CHRISTMAS EVE Holiday Gumbo SERVES 8 TO 10 ACTIVE: 45 MINTOTAL: 1 HR 30 MIN 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. duck fat, peanut oil, or canola oil1¼ cups all-purpose flour1 head celery, chopped4 large…