Learning How To Make A Valentine’s Day Treat From Cake Boss Star Buddy Valastro – Recipe Included!

Julianne Buddy and Rachael

 Julianne Hough will be on the Rachael Ray Show today to chat about her new movie that opens today, Safe Haven, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel.  Julianne chats about the movie, her Valentine’s Day plans with Ryan Seacrest Julianne and Rachael also got a little lesson in Valentine’s Day treat making from Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro.   He shows the ladies how to whip up Linzer Tarts and we have the recipe for you below!

The show airs today!


Linzer Tarts

1 3/4 cups vegetable shortening (such as Crisco)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/4 cup cold water

2 extra-large eggs

1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for flouring your work surface

3 cups pastry flour (see Note)

Heaping cup of raspberry jam

1/2 cup powdered (10X) sugar


1) Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350°F.

2) Put the shortening, granulated sugar, salt, baking powder, vanilla and lemon juice in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle. (You can use a hand mixer if you allow the shortening to soften at room temperature before beginning.) Start on slow then increase to medium speed to get out all lumps, about 2 minutes. With the motor running, add the water slowly. Add the eggs one at a time, paddling for 1 minute after each egg. Stop and scrape. Add the all-purpose and pastry flours. Restart the mixer slowly and blend just until the flours are absorbed and the mixture is free of lumps, 2 to 3 minutes. Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

3) Flour your work surface generously. Divide the dough into two equal pieces and roll half out to a rectangle about 20 by 15 inches and 1/4-inch thick. Cut fifteen 4-inch hearts with a cookie cutter. Punch 1-inch hearts in the center with a punching tool or the back of a #7 pastry tip.

4) Return any scraps to the bowl with the remaining dough and briefly knead together. Roll the dough from the bowl out to form a rectangle about 20 by 15 inches and 1/4-inch thick. Cut fifteen 4-inch hearts with the same cookie cutter you used in step 3.

5) Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, using nonstick spray or a dab of butter in each corner to glue the paper in place. Arrange the hearts on the sheets. Bake in batches until the edges are golden-brown and the cookies are firm to the touch, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven. As soon as the cookies can be moved, use a spatula to transfer them to a rack and let them cool.

6) Spread the bottom cookies (the ones with no holes in the center) with raspberry jam. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the tops (the ones with the holes), then apply one top to each jam-covered base. (Sprinkling the sugar on the tops before affixing them to the cookies ensures the sugar will stay off the jam.)

7) The cookies may be enjoyed right away, or kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. These are also delicious if you spread with the chocolate-hazelnut spread Nutella instead of jam.

Note: You may replace the pastry flour with all-purpose flour but you will lose some elasticity.



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Isla Fisher Shares Her Thanksgiving Plans With Rachael Ray

Bachelorette‘ star Isla Fisher sat down with Rachael Ray this morning to talk about her new animated movie ‘Rise of the Guardians‘, and to share her holiday plans with husband Sacha Baron Cohen and their daughters, Olive and Elula.

Isla plays the voice of the Tooth Fairy in the movie (releasing next Friday).  She shared her memories of losing  teeth as a child: “I actually did tie the door to my tooth once, I really did, I put a string around my wobbly tooth then I slammed the door, it did not work, so do not try that at home.”

She says of her favorite animated movie growing up: “I always remember loving Watership Down, do you remember that? 1970’s British oh my gosh bright eyes with the bunnies over the field, but then some of them died, and I was traumatized.”

Isla and Sacha’s Thanksgiving plans:   “Well I’m Australian, and my husband Sacha is English so, but we’ve embraced Thanksgiving. I have a lot to be grateful for I’m thankful for, because my husband no longer wears the mankini that he did in Borat so I’m very grateful this year. We’re actually going to be in London , we’re heading home to spend time with the family.”

Isla loves to cook during the holidays: “I love to cook I’m not good like you, but I enjoy cooking so, but yeah I have a meat thermometer so I make sure no one gets food poisoning, but I particularly love Mother’s Day, I think that’s very sweet. I have two kids so I think theirs nothing better than waking up to breakfast in bed, and their little faces are so cute.”

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Nick Cannon Talks Halloween Costumes and American Idol With Rachael Ray

Nick Cannon sits down with Rachael Ray tomorrow morning (October 12th) to chat about everything from Halloween costumes to his wife, Mariah Carey’s spat with her American Idol co-worker, Nicki Minaj.   Here are some snippets from Nick’s interview – which airs on the Rachael Ray Show in full tomorrow.

Nick thinks his son looks just like Mariah!:  I think my son looks just like my wife, I always say that.”

Nick’s idea to be Roger Rabbit for Halloween is shot down:  I was thinking about being Roger Rabbit, but Mariah has to be something fabulous.”

Nick on Mariah’s American Idol feud and why she’s enjoying the show:  There’s always drama but I think she is enjoying it. She’s enjoying being able to connect with these young talented people. In her mind this is kind of her dream in return because she started off as a teenager and there was no American Idol. So she had to wait tables. Sleep in people’s cars.”


Photos by David M Russell/Rachael Ray Show

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Sherri Shepherd Will Give You A Wig And A Car To Have Her Baby


Funny lady and The View co-host Sherri Shepherd sits down with Rachael Ray to talk babies and marriage in an episode airing on Monday, October 1st.   Sherri dished in her typical hold-nothing-back humor.  Here’s a first look at the interview.

Sherri on her next baby“And I’m trying to have another baby you know, I’m still trying to have another baby, still looking for a uterus. I’ll give you a free weave and a Hyundai for a year. I don’t know how we’re going to have this baby because I’m in my forties and I can’t even remember my first son’s name but I’m going to have another baby because I’m feeling good.”

Sherri’s husband (writer Lamar Sally) on getting a “different woman” every night: “The problem with wearing a wig is when I get home I take it off and I fling it so he wakes up in the morning and sees this big piece of hair so he’s… the thing is he doesn’t complain because he says it’s like he has 9 wives because I am like a different woman every night with the hair.”

How Sherri spent her 1st wedding anniversary:  “We didn’t do anything specifically special. We went to Karaoke.”

Sherri on how she finds time to spend with her hubby: “We calendar it. Can you believe it? In fact I think I’m supposed to be having sex tonight. I find being married it takes saying “no” to a lot of stuff cause my husband said to me “I get 2nd best”


Photos by Rachael Ray

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Michelle Obama Talks Grilling And Her Girls With Rachael Ray

First Lady Michelle Obama chats with Rachael Ray (in an episode of Rachael Ray Show airing on Thursday May 31st) about her garden, her grilling skills and her girls.  Here’s a sneak peek at their chat:

The First Lady says she’s griller in the household:

“You know, he [President Obama] doesn’t mind grilling but I was the griller in our household. I was the griller, I love to grill anything.”

The First Lady on the memories her daughters have built at the White House:

“It’s the little memories; there are certain relationships that the girls have with trees in certain seasons. There’s a tree over there, an Asian tree where the girls like to climb up and read. So each season they have different memories. The first winter here, we got a pretty big snow, and they were able to take lunch room trays and sled down what is a little bit of a hill.”

The First Lady says they keep the White House garden “Fairly Simple:”

“We keep things fairly simple. We’re growing a lot of, a ton of greens, lots of herbs, snap peas, string beans, things that are pretty hearty. Broccoli, the broccoli is good, we ate some broccoli last night. I had a wonderful snap pea salad with broccoli and little garlic buds on it, delicious.”

The First Lady’s vision for her book ‘American Grown:’

“The vision for the book was that I thought about my girls. It was important to tell the story not just of this garden, but of all these gardens and the way that they’re building community, the way they’re encouraging education and conversations about nutrition. It’s happening regardless of the area.”


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