Foodie Friday: Cookbook: EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY by Rachael Ray

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All of those orange post-its are TONS of pages I have saved for recipes that I want to make.

Hi every furry and human!! Before I turn today’s post over to my Mom, I wanted you to know that YES, I am once again proud to be an Ambassadog for Rachael Ray Nutrish, (stay tuned, my duties will resume SOON and I have some exciting things up my paw that I will be sharing with you), but this post that Mom is writing today was not sponsored by Nutrish.  My furiends at  Nutrish DID surprise Mom with the cookbook last Fall, however, Mom was under NO OBLIGATION to share it with you. Mom is so ecstatic about  EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY by Rachael Ray:

rachael ray cook book my cover  and because she is a “foodie” to beat the band, there is no way that she was not going to tell you about what in her opinion is, the FINEST, most COMPREHENSIVE, photographically beautiful, heartfelt  and “delish” cookbook that Rachael has penned thus far.

Why does Mom say this? Look below, the photo you will see is just a PARTIAL compilation of Mom’s cookbook collection written by  Rachael Ray.

rachael ray cook book collection mine

And now I will turn the post over to Mom!

Thanks Dakota! Dakota was correct that the above photo depicts only PART of my Rachael Ray cookbook collection. Also missing from the photo are the boxes upon boxes of magazines with Rachael’s recipes.

As I have stated many, many times on Dakota’s blog, authenticity is important to me. It is a pleasure to write about a person/brand that I have been following since many, many years before I ever began blogging.  I began my Rachael Ray cookbook collection so long ago, that I have no clue what year it was, but I recently found a slip from a book signing that I got up at 4:30 in the morning for, on a FREEZING December day back in 2007 (see slip in photo below), where I stood in line at 5:30 in the morning for at least an hour freezing my butt off,  to claim my wristband for Rachael’s book signing that took place that evening.

rachael ray cook book autograph

I nearly died when I was face-to-face with Rachael as she was signing my book for my husband and I. Normally talkative me was beyond tongue-tied. I could say NOTHING intelligible. So much so that the staff at Borders hurried me through the line like the scene from A Christmas Story where Ralphie is pushed down the slide. My “quiet” husband, suddenly became animated and spoke with Rachael (and she responded!) as if they were the best of friends. Go figure….

So, when I tell you that EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY is what I consider to be the pinnacle of Rachael’s cookbooks  thus far, I KNOW what I am talking about!


In Everyone Is Italian on Sunday, Rachael Ray brings you her long-awaited collection of Italian recipes. From traditional classics to her own twists on Italian-American cuisine, this new book is an essential guide of more than 500 recipes for anyone who wants to bring these favorite dishes into their own cucina.

The above description in NO WAY does this book justice. This hard-cover delight is nearly 400 pages. It is so visually stunning that I do not store mine away with my other cookbooks. I have it proudly displayed on my coffee table.

Inside you will find:

An Introduction

FROM RACHAEL RAY IN  EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY: “For me, this book is the single most important work of my life. It represents decades of enjoying and working with food and the people I love most in this world.”

Recipes For:


Starters, Salads, and Small Bites


RIBOLLITA from page 72. PHOTO BY FRANCES JANISCH. From Rachael Ray: " What makes my ribollita a bit different from the rest is that I always toast my torn, stale bread until it is deep golden brown, very nutty, and fragrant. Also, I add a rind of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to the stock or the soup itself. I puree half the beans to give the broth some weight."


Pizza, Calzones and Focaccia

Pasta, Gnocchi, Polenta, and their Sauces







Risotto and Grains


Pork and Lamb

Beef and Veal


rachael ray cook book devil chicken cooked


(My photo, I made this from the book!) The recipe is on page 289 “This is a crispy, spicy chicken that can be served hot, cold or at room temperature” It is FABULOUS!!

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CACCIATORE (Hunter-Style Chicken) from page 292 PHOTO BY: FRANCES JANISCH

 (This chicken is the next one that I am planning on making!)







Even Cody wanted to get in on the action!!

Even Cody wanted to get in on the action!!

FROM EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY “anyone can be an Italian on Sundays, and any day can be made to feel like a Sunday. The magic of an Italian Sunday is in human connections. Food is the great communicator, connecting generations and helping build memories and friendships. It gathers us together and teaches us the importance of sharing not just food, but the best of ourselves.”

“Italian food makes us smile.”

“The meaning of being Italian on Sunday is to prepare food with love, to savor it, and to share it with others, sometimes loudly, always with gusto. Being Italian on Sunday is about bringing out your lust for life and passion for all things:food, storytelling, wine, music, and each other. Being Italian on Sunday is about emotion and finding beauty in every delicious moment of our lives.”

EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY by Rachael Ray is no ordinary cookbook. There is so much information,  in the recipes themselves, and the tips and snippets that Rachael offers throughout the book,  that I encourage you to linger over it as you would a delicious meal. It’s THAT good!


Publisher: Atria Books

ISBN: 9781476766072


Kung Pao for Pekingese by Suzie Snow Peas! Book 5 from by John Morris: Enter to Win!!

Anyone hungry? Oh, you are going to be after you read my book review of Book 5 in the Real Dogs Cook series of:

Click to visit the website and to order!

Click to visit the website and to order!

If you missed the other books in the series, just click on the titles below to read all about them!

Pastry for Poodles-Chef Fifi LeFay
Barbeque for BulldogsChef Butch Waddles
Spaghetti for SheepdogsMona Lassie Buonarroti
Tex Mex for TerriersChef Terry Scraps

Young Chef Suzie would like to re-energize your repertoire by introducing you to some delicious (and some might say exotic) dishes you can cook up in a single wok. Sure, they’ll look and taste marvelous when you set them out for your guests, but you won’t have to find a specialty Chinese food store or spend all day in a hot kitchen to prepare these fun-tasting (and even fun-sounding) masterpieces of the ancient art of the Orient.

And one of the things she’ll teach you is: When you’re traveling in a strange country, one of the best ways to make new friends is to cook them dinner!

Being a HUGE fan of Asian food, I decided to do something different this time! Reading the recipes in Kung Pao for Pekingese made me sooo hungry, so I decided to make a dish from the book! Here are some of the recipes you will find in Kung Pao for Pekingese:

  • Mongolian Beef Fire Pot
  • Kung Pao Shrimp

and more!

I did change a few things but the end product came out DELICIOUS!

Here is the recipe that is in the book, the photo below is of THEIR end result! (my “tweaks are listed next to the ingredient where I changed it)

Their finished product! photo courtesy of Real Dogs Cook

Their finished product! photo courtesy of Real Dogs Cook

Logs Gliding Down River of Happiness

Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauces

1 scoop shrimp-shelled, deveined, julienned (I was lazy and bought FROZEN COOKED shrimp! I translated 1 scoop as being one cup)

1 scoop lean boneless pork, shredded (I love pork but husband doesn’t eat it, so I left it out)

1 scoop liver (or lamb) dog chow, chopped (I left that out too!)

1 bowl peanut oil (I used 2 tablespoons because I BAKED my egg rolls, I didn’t fry them!)

1 can mung bean sprouts ends removed (bought a can, who knows if they were “mung” and I never removed the ends)

1 egg white beaten (I skipped that)

Salt, sugar, soy sauce (skipped salt because everything is already salty!)

12 spring roll wrappers (I used Nasoya, fewer calories than normal ones!)

(Because this post will be too long, I am NOT posting the entire recipe instructions, if you want to read the details you can purchase the book or enter to win our give-away at the end of this blog post). But here are some photos of my preparation and MY FINISHED PRODUCT!!

Kung Pao for Pekingese collage

I have to say, even with my “tweaks” they were delicious!!!!! I made one of the dipping sauces too, but it came out a little to “ketchupy” for me, that could have easily been my fault!

As is the case with all of the books in this series, it is fun, humorous and the recipes DO work!! NOTE: obviously do NOT feed these recipes to your dog, it wouldn’t be good for them!

Another FUN feature of Kung Pao for Pekingese is that it has a section on Table Manners!!!  Some suggestions are:

  • Always wash your paws before you sit down
  • No bullying little dogs and puppies. Everyone is equal around the dinner table.
  • Drooling IS acceptable. (What better way to flatter your host?)

And a few more super fun ones!!

Before I tell you about our give-away, Chef Suzie wanted me to share this fortune from a fortune cookie that she opened up for you!

Your future will be as bright as the shining sun, and your table will be laden with treasures beyond counting

I couldn’t agree more! Especially when you order this FUN book! I give it 4-paws up!

$9.99 (or less) paperback — $2.99 Kindle

To order the paperback or Kindle version from Amazon, click here:

To order from the CreateSpace eStore (paperback only), click here:


ENTER TO WIN!!! Once again our generous friends at are offering FIVE of my readers who reside ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD to enter to win a copy of Kung Pao for Pekingese !

ENTERING IS EASY!! Just leave a comment below telling me WHY you want to win! That’s it!! The give-away is open NOW and will end on Wednesday, July 22nd at 5pm EST. Winners will be announced on or around Friday, July 24th. GOOD LUCK!!!


In full disclosure: I received no compensation for this review/give-away, I received a copy of Kung Pao for Pekingese in exchange for my honest review.