Rachael Ray feels the love as she gets a kiss from her husband John Cusimano


The holidays are fast approaching.

And Rachael Ray was feeling the love as she got into the Christmas spirit with her husband John Cusimano for her magazine’s Holiday 2021 issue.

The talk show host, 53, beamed with happiness as her husband planted a kiss on her temple in a shot from the latest issue of her publication, Rachael Ray In Season. 

Holiday kisses! Rachael Ray was feeling the love as she got into the Christmas spirit with her husband John Cusimano for her magazine's Holiday 2021 issue

Holiday kisses! Rachael Ray was feeling the love as she got into the Christmas spirit with her husband John Cusimano for her magazine’s Holiday 2021 issue

Though November has only just begun, the couple were already a vision of the holiday spirit as they posed beside a quaint wreath.

Rachael was lightly bundled up in a white coat while her beau wrapped up warm in a windbreaker jacket and scarf.

On the cover of the magazine, Rachael couldn’t have looked any happier preparing for the festive season.

The TV icon flashed her trademark bright smile as she carried the pinecone-adorned wreath in her hands.

Cover girl! On the cover of the magazine, Rachael couldn't have looked any happier preparing for the festive season

Cover girl! On the cover of the magazine, Rachael couldn’t have looked any happier preparing for the festive season

The last year and a half has not been easy for Rachael and her husband, however the talk show host struck a positive tone in a letter she wrote for her magazine.

The couple’s pit bull Isaboo passed away in June 2020, and several months later they lost their home in upstate New York to an accidental fire.

In September, their New York City apartment was flooded. 

Looking up: The last year and a half have not been easy for Rachael and her husband, however the talk show host struck an optimistic tone in a letter she wrote for her magazine

Looking up: The last year and a half have not been easy for Rachael and her husband, however the talk show host struck an optimistic tone in a letter she wrote for her magazine

‘Like so many workers, John and I have been living a hybrid life, filming from our home in the Adirondacks for stretches and then going into the studio in New York City,’ Rachael reflected in a letter. 

‘It feels like that requires twice the organization, twice the scheduling—where am I supposed to be today? Then, just as we started taping, Hurricane Ida sank our apartment in NYC. Then some workers hit our main water pipe and sunk it again. Yes, it’s been a time.’

Despite the difficulties and the ongoing pandemic, Rachael said: ‘I’d designated 2021 as my year of gratitude.’

Staying positive: Despite the difficulties and the ongoing pandemic, Rachael said: 'I'd designated 2021 as my year of gratitude'

Staying positive: Despite the difficulties and the ongoing pandemic, Rachael said: ‘I’d designated 2021 as my year of gratitude’  

‘I think most experts would say gratitude is what we need most in a year like this. Being thankful for what we have rather than dwelling on what we don’t is the salve for our challenging times. 

‘I’m trying to put that into action in these pages, filled with good food, spirits that raise your spirits, and stories about what really matters. Because being here, being with each other, in groups big or small, is what it’s all about.

‘This holiday season, I hope that, whatever precautions we still have to take, and however strained things still feel among us, we can gather friends and family to break bread and be together, and that we can look at our lives and find more good than not. That’s not quite there, but it’s somewhere, and I’ll take it. ‘

Strike a pose: Ray pictured dressed in black in 2019

Strike a pose: Ray pictured dressed in black in 2019 

Rachael reflected on the hardships on Extra when asked what she had been grateful for after the past year and a half.

‘Being alive. When I lost my dog I was so grateful that I could be with her the last several month of her life,’ Ray said.

‘She died in my arms… I felt guilty and grateful at the same time…,’ Ray explained.

‘People suffered actual human loss from COVID or because they couldn’t get care… and how many people died alone,’ she added.

Ray and Cusimano had owned their home in Lake Luzerne since 2013, with Rachael opening up about how the fire started.

‘The fire, the chimney burped under the roof, that’s just life. So many people wrote to me and reached out and said we lost so much too, I mean that’s just bad luck,’ she said.

As for her apartment flood, she added, ‘we weren’t there’ when the flooding took place.

‘Leaks became bigger and the roof became worse and we thought we had repaired everything… then Ida… the whole apartment, was just raining inside,’ she added.

Picture perfect: The chef beamed with joy in New York City in early 2020

Picture perfect: The chef beamed with joy in New York City in early 2020

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