The ever-effervescent Ms. Ray doesn't want to leave anything to chance this year, and, most of all, she doesn't want to hear anyone whine about not having anything new to cook. To banish all excuses, she's come up with Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats, a whole year of her signature 30-minute meals.

You can peruse, choose or start at day one with a Top Drawer Dinner that includes Scallion Fritters and Creamy Parmesan-Peppercorn Spinach and cook your way through the year to a big bowl of Christmas Pasta made with veal, beef, sausage, red wine and lots of garlic. Ray uses master recipes and their tasty spin-offs to wonderful advantage. For instance, Balsamic-Glazed Pork Chops with Arugula-Basil Rice Pilaf easily converts to Balsamic-Glazed Chicken and Balsamic-Glazed Swordfish with equally interesting variations on the pilaf.

She guides you through every step with reassuring, encouraging precision and, because the recipes are not arranged in the conventional way, you'll find groupings romantic dinners, good for a crowd, super fast supper, etc. that allow for a quick pick and a year of dazzling dining.

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