Rachael Ray's Big Orange Book: Her Biggest Ever Collection of All-New 30-Minute Meals Plus Kosher Meals, Meals for One, Veggie Dinners, Holiday Favorites, and Much More!

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Rachael Ray's Big Orange Book By Rachael Ray"In the 10 years since she served up her first 30-minute meal¨´and thousands of delectable dinners later¨´ Rachael Ray has learned just about all there is to know about getting a great tasting meal on the table in

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In the 10 years since she served up her first 30-minute meal--and thousands of delectable dinners later--Rachael Ray has learned just about all there is to know about getting a great tasting meal on the table in a hurry, whether it is one of her patented 30-minute miracles or something just a tad more involved for a special gathering. Rachael’s Big Orange Book is the ultimate resource for busy cooks. Need kitchen inspiration? It’s all here and it’s all new--and bigger than ever!

Just one for dinner tonight? Forget the cold cereal. Rach has a chapter of recipes that make dining on your own a thoroughly civilized occasion, with great meals that won’t leave you with a fridge full of leftovers. Vegetarians on the guest list? No problem! Choose from dozens of meat-free meals that are every bit as satisfying as your tried-and-true standards and savory enough to please the carnivores in your crowd. Observing a Kosher menu? Check out the selection of menus just for Kosher cooks, all ready in less than, you guessed it, 30 minutes. There's even a mother lode of burger recipes for fans of the bun—so many options you could make a different burger every day for a full month!

In addition to her latest 30-minute creations, Rachael has put together an array of menus and recipes for easy entertaining, from quick snacks to serve for game night and easy hors d’oeuvres, to soup-to-nuts menus for her favorite holidays and special occasions. Whip up a pasta buffet for a special mom on Mother’s Day, please a crowd with a super-simple Oscar party menu, and give thanks for not one but four fantastic menus that keep holiday stress to a minimum by getting you out of the kitchen in record time.

Best of all, these recipes have all the huge flavors you’ve come to expect from Rachael, with something to please every taste--and every food budget. You’ll even find the treasured family recipes that Rachael and her husband, John, have enjoyed for years; see if they don’t become beloved family traditions in your home as well. Whether this is your first introduction to cooking the 30-minute way or you are a long-time convert, you’ll find irresistible new recipes here to make the most of every second you spend in the kitchen.

Rachael Ray's Smoky Tomato Soup with Mini Grilled Cheese and Bacon Sammies
Sammie nights are always fun; this one brings out the little kid in me. --Rachael Ray

Smoky Tomato Soup with Mini Grilled Cheese and Bacon Sammies
(Serves 4)

1 tablespoon EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)
4 slices smoked bacon, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
Salt and pepper
4 cups chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano
1 (28-ounce) can crushed
fire-roasted tomatoes, partially drained (if you only have diced or whole fire-roasted tomatoes, don't sweat it; it all gets ground up later)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons hot smoked paprika, 2/3 palmful
1/4 cup heavy cream
Butter, for the skillet
16 slices of party-size rye, pumpernickel, or whole wheat bread, such as Pepperidge Farm
8 square slices of extra-sharp cheddar cheese, 1/4 inch thick
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
1-1/2 cups (a single-serving bag) white cheddar popcorn

Heat the EVOO in a medium soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the crispy bacon to paper towels to drain and reserve for the mini grilled cheese and bacon sammies.

To the same pot, add the garlic, onions, celery, and carrots and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Scoop the veggies into a food processor, add about 1/2 cup of the chicken stock and the marjoram, and puree until smooth. If the tomatoes you are using are whole or diced, add them to the processor with the veggies and puree.

Return the pureed veggies to the pot, place back over medium-high heat, and add the remaining chicken stock, the crushed or pureed fire-roasted tomatoes, the sugar, and the smoked paprika. Bring the soup up to a bubble, stir in the cream, and keep warm over low heat while you make the sammies.

Heat some butter in a large skillet over medium heat. While the butter is melting, lay 8 of the bread slices on a cutting board. Top each one with a slice of cheese, a sprinkle of the reserved bacon, some chives, and another slice of bread. Transfer 4 of the mini sammies to the hot skillet and cook until the sandwich is toasted on both sides and the cheese is melted. Repeat with the remaining 4 sammies.

Serve the smoky tomato soup with some popcorn floating on top and the grilled mini grilled cheese and bacon sammies alongside.

Rachael Ray is a bestselling author and the host of Food Network's popular 30-Minute Meals and Tasty Travels as well as her daytime syndicated show, Rachael Ray. She is also the founder of Yum-o!, a charitable foundation dedicated to helping parents and children develop a healthy relationship with food. This is her fourteenth cookbook.

  • Trade paperback
  • 360 pages

Customer Reviews:

  • Best RR cookbook ever
    I love the new cookbook, so many easy and inexpensive new and healthy recipes to try. I love the vegetarian section. Its a winner!...more info
  • Excellent "Go To" book anytime!!
    I checked the book out of the library and cooked several meals from it for my family . . . all seemed to be winners!! Then I had to return it to the library . . .so I asked Santa for it. Since I received it a little early, I even cooked Christmas dinner from the book . . . .look towards the back - another winner!! Now I can continue my dinner winning streak and keep trying the great ideas!! Even though I swore I would never own a Rachael Ray cookbook . . . this is the book to own!! ...more info
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  • Big Orange Book by Rachel Ray
    This was received in excellent condition. I highly recommend this service. The book is in brand-new condition, with no flaws at all.
    "Big Orange Book" is a must-have, particularly for a busy mom, with not much time for cooking. Rachel Ray provides hints and recipes that are delicious, creative and take only minutes. She also uses practical methods and makes everything easy! ...more info
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    great book, ideas. purchased for college student living off campus and he loved it so that he will not eat out every night--instead find a recipe from book. Easy to read and great helpful facts for a new cook....more info
  • Great book, but needed more pictures
    I got this book for Christmas, I love it...the only thing is that it needs more pictures so you know what you are making should look like. The other thing is some of the ingredients are like WHAT IS THAT....she needs to try to be clear or give other substitute items. When I go to the market and I ask for the item they don't know what i'm talking about. So if she is more clear it would be better and it would make it easier to shop. Over all I love her show books and everything she does....more info
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    This book has something for everyone. And easy. Rachel really knows how to put together everyday things for even the beginner. I'm not a great cook and I can put together most of these things. Like I said, something for everyone. Buy it....more info
  • Amazing Recipes..Easy to Make
    This book is amazing. The recipes are delicious and are very easy to make. I highly recommend the Beef with Beer and Mustard Mashed Potatoes (pg 250-251). I was a little skeptical about the mustard in the mashed potatoes, but it turned out to be a very good combination. I also recommend the South Philly Cheesesteak Mac 'n' Cheese (pg 42-43). If you like philly cheese steaks or mac & cheese, you will love this recipe....more info
  • gave 4 as gifts for Christmas
    I didn't actually look in the book, but everyone who received it was very happy and it was a great price...more info
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    I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my daughter. I looked through it and I know she will get lots of use out it. It has very practicle recipes in it.
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  • Rachel does it again!
    This is a wonderful cookbook......great for the beginner or a seasoned cook. Giving this as a Christmas present after my daughter admired mine! Would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys the kitchen.......more info
  • Rachael Rays Big Orange Book
    I gave this book to my brother-in-law who loves to cook. My sister says they have something new 2 or 3 times a week that he has tried from this book. She loves that he is doing most all of the meals! And he really enjoys trying all the new recipes. Also, he never misses her daily show. He is planning our Christmas meal for the entire family using many of Rachael's ideas and I can't wait. ...more info
  • Big Orange Book
    Book covers everything one can desire. Especially the 30 minute recepies for working people. Good rounded selections for all to enjoy!!!...more info
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    I haven't tried the recipes yet but, they seem very budget and family friendly. I'm excited about trying them out....more info
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