One of the biggest challenges this time of year is how to stay healthy (and look gorgeous) through the holiday season. It all starts with Halloween candy, and then we usually go on an eating binge right up until the last of the champagne is finished on New Year’s Eve. I have always struggled with keeping my weight in check. Some holidays I have been successful and some… not so much. But this year I am determined to not let it get the best of me. So here is my holiday season stay in shape plan… (more…)
When I was younger, I used to make microwave dinner. I thought they were quick and easy, and I wasn’t as concerned with health. Looking back, they were very unsatisfying and never very filling. I was always hungry an hour later. One of my favorites was Swedish Meatballs because it’s not something I thought I would ever make myself. So I decided to change than and try to make a gluten free and dairy free version. (more…)
The other night I was watching TV with my boyfriend, PET (those are his initials, and no, he doesn’t like it when I call him my pet). We started watching an episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Cooking Channel, and the episode was dedicated to regional dishes. PET got so excited that his home state of Rhode Island was being represented by their wieners (don’t call them hot dogs, Rhode Islanders don’t like that).
My home state of Massachusetts was represented by the Boston Cream Pie. Now Boston Cream Pie is not a pie, it’s a cake…and before you go judging, just remember that New England is buried in snow and ice most of the year so we’re a little cuckoo around these parts.
Typically it’s two white cakes with a custard in between and a chocolate ganache or frosting on top… so I guess you could say it’s more of a sandwich than a pie…. maybe we should call it a Boston Cream Cake Sandwich? Anyway, PET suggested I make one, so I set off on a quest to make my own version. (more…)
If there is anything I’ve learned from my favorite books, The Bombshell Manual of Style, is that Bombshells love Ambrosia…. and they also love animals. So this vegan ambrosia is perfect. I used this recipe, but I omitted the marshmallows because I couldn’t find vegan ones in my grocery store… I didn’t miss them. This is a great recipe to bring for a potluck, especially in the summer.
One of my all-time favorite films is How To Marry a Millionaire. It’s Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, gorgeous fashion, and hot dogs and champagne… what’s not to love? So I decided to make a healthy hot dog with a whole grain bun, and an Applegate Turkey Hot Dog (the healthiest dog I could find)… and I added some organic ketchup. Served with some champagne and my favorite flick, I was in Starlet heaven… now all I need is a millionaire (but my boyfriend would probably prefer I become one myself)…
Usually when I try to redo a retro recipe I try to make it healthier. In this case, I was aiming to recreate a classic recipe of my grandmother’s. It’s not exactly healthy (except that angel food cake has less fat than regular cake).
My Grandmother was a home ec teacher, as well as an amazing cook with a sweet tooth… so, as you can imagine, she always had sweets around. Anytime my grandmother made a cake, her go-to was an angel food cake with raspberry frosting. Gram past away several years ago, but since this week would have been her birthday I thought I would share her recipe with you Starlets as a tribute. (more…)
Even though I have lived in New England all my life, it has taken me most of that time to grow an appreciation for seafood. Fish has just never been my thing… until recently. After trying it on several trips to Cape Cod, I have acquired a taste for white fish, and I especially love it fried (which is not so great for my waistline). So I have been trying white fish in different ways, and so far these Cod Cakes are my favorite. I adapted this recipe for quinoa salmon cakes, but I substituted freshly sautéed cod for the canned salmon. The use of quinoa makes them gluten-free, and since they are just pan fried they are lower in fat than a deep fried fish dinner. One bite and I am completely transported to a summer breeze on Cape Cod… (more…)
Sometimes, on a rainy day, popcorn and a movie classic are just what’s needed to make you feel like a Starlet. So I glammed up my popcorn with some truffle butter using this Ina Garten recipe from her Food Network show Barefoot Contessa, and watched a Humphrey Bogart/Ava Gardner Classic, Barefoot Contessa. Staring at the gorgeous Ava Gardner and her movie star outfits while eating truffled popcorn is the best way to shake rainy day blues… (more…)
As a young Starlet-in-training, few things got me as excited as Rice Krispie Treats. They are the ultimate kid friendly snack, and the perfect dessert to bring to summer parties because they are easy to make, easy to transport, and they can hold up in any weather. My mother always made hers with peanut butter in the mix. It really gave them some added flavor. (more…)
One of my favorite Marilyn Monroe films (after Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, of course) is The Seven Year Itch. It’s such a simple film that feels almost like a stage play (probably because it started out as a play). In the movie, Marilyn indulges in potato chips with champagne. I decided to do just that, but I had to glam it up. So I made Homemade Rosemary Parmesan Truffle Baked Potato Chips. I started with a basic recipe from The Food Network, and substituted the regular olive oil for EVOO with white truffles and added some parmesan… and, of course, some champagne. The result was sinfully good… just like the film… (more…)
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