I first discovered Rachael Ray during my obsession with the Food Network.  I loved watching 30 minute meals and $40 a day. The show $40 a day was awesome I loved how she was able to show you how to eat for $40 a day in so many places! This was back in 2002 and I still love to watch Rachael Ray to this day. $40 a day is no longer on but I can get my Rachael fill on 30 minute meals or on her daily talk show.

The great thing about Rachael is that she always has made cooking look simple, like something I could do easily in a short amount of time. She is very relatable and she seems like someone who could be your friend just talking to you while cooking dinner. The first recipe I ever made was a 30 minute bolognese sauce from The Rachael Ray Show. It was one of the best bolognese sauces I have ever had and I am not just saying that because I made it!

The other inspiring thing about Rachael Ray has nothing to do with cooking but with her love for animals and for the health of our children. Rachael created a charity website “Rachael’s Rescue” which highlights organizations that are dedicated to animals in need. She has also launched a pet food: Rachael Ray Nutrish. A portion of the sales from the products go towards the organizations featured on her site. Please check out Rachael’s Rescue http://www.rachaelray.com/pets/rescue.php

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In 2006, Rachael Ray launched a nonprofit organization called Yum-O! The mission of Yum-O! is to “empower kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking. This is achieved by teaching families to cook, feeding hungry kids, and funding cooking education”. To learn more about Yum-O! check out the website http://www.yum-o.org/

So this week I want to thank you Rachael Ray for being an inspiration in so many ways! Who is the food star that inspires you to cook?