First Lady Michelle Obama Talks Fitness With Her Daughters And More With Rachael Ray


First Lady Michelle Obama stopped to chat with Rachael Ray (episode airing on Wednesday, March 5th) about everything from healthy eating to her favorite workout music and more.  She also dished on how her daughters get in plenty of physical fitness, too.

On what foods made her say “ew” as a kid:  “Oh, yeah….Brussel sprouts. Uh, liver…  Liver was a dark day in our household. It was dark…We were angry.”

On her favorite workout tunes:   “Oh, I love Pharrell’s “Happy.  It’s just such a happy song. I mean, it literally makes you happy.”

On whether her daughters workout with her:  “You know, actually they don’t.  You know, we’re blessed to have our kids in a school system where they play sports and they have PE, and then they have activities outside of school so they, you know, are pretty much done….But we do things on vacations….We hike. All the kids are old enough now where going on hikes is a really fun family thing.  You get to talk on those long hikes and in ways that you’re not distracted. You’re out in nature, you get to hear what’s going on in your kids’ lives, so the older they get, the more we can do that together.”



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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First Lady Michelle Obama Talks Motherhood and Fitness With Rachael Ray

First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by Rachel Ray’s new studio set to chat about health, fitness and motherhood.  The episode will air on Monday, September 17th.  Here’s a sneak peek at the interview.

How the First Lady gets her daughters, Sasha and Malia, to eat their vegetables:  “They’ll let their opinions be known, but they have to eat what’s on their plates. If theyr’e not hungry I always say finish your vegetables, and then don’t come back for desert, and that usually gets them to finish everything.”

How she stays fit while traveling:  “It’s definitely not easy, because first of all food is comfort, and when your traveling for the campaign, you’re like ‘oh I just want a hamburger and French fries,’ so yeah this is the tough time, but I try to bring a jump rope. I’ll go to the gym, but sometimes being the first lady being in a gym in a hotel kind of messes up the gym experience for everybody else in the hotel so I try to stay in my room.”

The First Lady passes the girls’ math homework off to President Obama:  “Well there are subjects they excel in more than, and you know I just try to make them feel good about themselves. I think it starts with the day to day kind of stuff, I try to give them support so like math, and I’m not great at math. I try to pass the math on to Barack, but sometimes he’s busy.”

She gets up at 4 a.m. to squeeze in her workout time: “Early riser. I’m not a night owl, because I’m up at four o’clock, so I’m asleep at nine. To workout, got to get the workout in before you get on the plane.”


Photos by Rachel Ray Show

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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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Curtis Stone Talks Fatherhood With Rachael Ray

New dad Curtis Stone stops by the Rachael Ray Show to chat about fatherhood.  In an episode airing tomorrow, May 16th, the ‘Around the World in 80 Plates‘ host talks diaper duty and sleepless nights.  Here’s a sneak peek:

Rachael asks Curtis if his son, Hudson, sleeps through the night:

Oh no. You know he sleeps through the night in increments. You know what? He’s so cute I don’t care.

Curtis on how he helps out with the baby:

That’s sort of my gig, changing the diapers and getting him back to sleep. His mother ‘s (Lindsay Price) in charge of the milkshakes still.

The Chef is not prepping Hudson ’s food just yet:

I’m not preparing his food just yet, but I’m doing everything else right there with her and she’s unbelievable.


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