I was a little skeptical about attending the Rachael Ray show; I have always had this thing about celebrities and the way they act once they “hit it big.” I think that sometimes people forget where they came from and I was afraid Rachael might have that very attitude. I am happy to report that I am BEYOND pleasantly surprised after attending Rachael Ray’s Annual Benefit Show; this celebrity chef is not only true to her roots but she acts as if she is just another face in the crowd.
1. ALWAYS buy big. For example: get the whole chicken not separated and pre-cut pieces. Buy an entire root vegetable not pre-sliced/packaged veggies. This will help you have more on hand-you can use EVERYTHING that you buy. (see tip 2)2. Think before you throw away. The stems from root veggies are awesome for soup stocks or some sauces (pesto) and chicken bones are used for flavor too! Research how your food can be used to the fullest.3. Put your citrus in the microwave to get more juice. Nuking your lemons for 20 seconds can get you almost double the juice!4. Her mother always told her: your two best instruments in the kitchen are your hands. Don’t be afraid to get dirty! Rachael reached right into the bowl to stir at her show while her assistant “Cappy” made fun of her.5. Anytime you make pasta, add the starchy water to your sauce! It gives your sauce more flavor and the pasta a better stick.