SANDRA LEE

A NEW TWIST ON PORK CHOPS

The TV chef-and girlfriend of New York's new governor-elect, Andrew Cuomo-shares a family dinner favorite

PORK CHOPS WITH APPLES AND WINTER SQUASH

Serves: 4

4 boneless pork chops, cut about ¾-in. thick, trimmed

1 tbsp. grill seasoning

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced

1 box (12 oz.) frozen winter squash, thawed

1 can (10.75 oz.) condensed cream of celery soup

1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

¾ cup apple cider

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. dried thyme

1 large tart apple, peeled, seeded and sliced

1. Season chops with grill seasoning.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; when hot, add the oil. Add chops and brown about 4 minutes per side. Transfer chops to plate.

3. Add onions to the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until they begin to soften, stirring often. Add the squash. Cover and cook for 3-8 minutes or until barely heated through, stirring occasionally.

4. Stir in the condensed soup, broth, cider and mustard. Add the thyme, rubbing it between your fingers as you add it to the pan. Return pork chops to pan and top with apples. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Serve over rice.

Adapted from Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade: The Complete Cookbook, available now.

TEA GETS HOT!

From Lady Gaga to Donald Trump, stars are creating a brew-ha-ha over the beverage

PADMA LAKSHMI

"The tea ritual is a fashionable way for people to get together, and of course it's not as fattening as a big lunch," says the Top Chef host, who developed her own brand of teas and tea accessories. Easy Exotic by Padma Lakshmi Aladdin Teapot with Blooming Teas, $34.95; hsn.com

DONALD TRUMP

"There is a level of sophistication associated with tea and tea drinkers," says Trump, who recently launched a luxe tea line. "It's no surprise that the trend is exploding right now." Trump Tea, $12.95 per tin; trumptea.com

Ted Allen's

SPICED BOURBON TEA

The Chopped host's recipe for a "subtle, exotic" tea cocktail

1 tea bag, Earl Gray or black tea

2 star anise pods

5 cardamom pods

2 oz. Maker's Mark or other high-quality bourbon

1 oz. simple syrup

1 orange slice

1. Place tea bag and spices in a large mug. Fill with 6 ounces of boiling water. Steep for 3-5 minutes, then remove tea bag.

2. Leave spices for another 10 minutes. Remove spices.

3. Add bourbon and simple syrup. Stir lightly. Garnish with orange slice.

TEA IN THE NEWS

• LADY GAGA: In her dressing-room rider (posted on thesmokinggun.com) the singer has a "very important" backstage request: organic ginger-and-lemongrass tea.

• Tweeted MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY: "Got my family and friends hooked on Dr. Teas [tea]." Inside scoop: His roommate owns the company.

• On Nov. 5 GERARD BUTLER and COURTNEY LOVE got into a bidding war over tea with ADRIEN BRODY during a charity auction at NYC restaurant Millesime.

Suri's

SWEET SPOT

The owners of Wonderland-esque Alice's Tea Cup in N.Y.C., where Suri Cruise and mom Katie Holmes are regulars, recently released the Alice's Tea Cup cookbook. $24; amazon.com

Jennifer Nettles'

ATLANTA

Born and bred in Georgia, the Sugarland singer shares her top hometown haunts

1. KUDZU ANTIQUES

"I like to go 'junking,' but it's not really fair to call what they have junk. They have lots and lots of treasures!" Info: kudzuantiques.com

2. THE ATLANTA CUPCAKE FACTORY

"My favorite is the Chocolate El Diablo. It has cayenne pepper in it. I love it-it's hot and sweet!" Info: theatlantacupcakefactory.com

3. EDDIE'S ATTIC

"It's a great place to hear music. It's actually where Kristian [Bush, her bandmate] and I got our start." Info: eddiesattic.com

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