07:23 PM EDT 05/17/2013
Celebrity Diners Club
Originally posted 04/09/2013 12:45PM
Curtis Stone's new cookbook What's For Dinner? Delicious Recipes for a Busy Life is designed to help make meal time easy, fun and tasty despite everyone's hectic schedules. And the Aussie chef and host of Top Chef Masters certainly knows about that challenge from first-hand experience.
"Our lives are so varied," Stone says about life in L.A. with his fiancée, actress Lindsay Price, and their son Hudson, 14 months. "The only thing that's constant is there is no consistency."
Which makes the few quiet traditions they have that much more meaningful. One of Stone's favorite rituals is their post-day hangout. "When we get home from work, Lindsay and I sit at the kitchen bar and have a glass of wine," says Stone. "Hudson will sit and have a snack while we reflect on our day. It's pretty special."
Originally posted 04/07/2013 12:40PM
Kimberly Schlapman is having some weekend. As one-quarter of the award winning country music group Little Big Town, she – along with them – is up for four Academy of Country Music Awards.
But between vying for prizes and touring, Schlapman is also enjoying the second season of her cooking show, Kimberly's Simply Southern.
On her next episode (Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. ET), Schlapman is joined in the kitchen by fellow country singer Josh Turner, and the two bond over mushrooms and their kids.
Originally posted 04/05/2013 06:45PM
Pop quiz, Mad Men fans: What does popular L.A. restaurant Border Grill have to do with the hit series?
Turns out there are a few connections. The series films across the street from Border Grill's downtown Los Angeles location. Actor Ben Feldman, who plays opinionated copywriter Michael Ginsberg on the show, is chef Susan Feniger's nephew. And the show's breakout star Jon Hamm used to work for years for Feniger and her business partner, chef Mary Sue Milliken, as a waiter.
That, of course, makes Feniger and Milliken the perfect chefs to recommend some culinary treats to serve at your Mad Men viewing party Sunday night.
Feniger suggests a ceviche dish inspired by her nephew's favorite on the Border Grill menu.
"Ben is a total foodie and because I'm the good Jewish aunt, I always feed him way too much,” she tells PEOPLE. "Although the ceviche has tons of strong flavors, it's light and really satisfying."
Adds the chef, "It's also the perfect dish to have with a martini, and what is more Mad Men than a martini?"
Milliken recommends treating your guests to a yummy torta de tres leches.
"When Jon worked at the Border Grill in the late '90s long before he became Don Draper, he ate platefuls of our torta de tres leches," Milliken says. "It also had a '60s N.Y.C. look and feel to it and is always a crowd pleaser."
Read on to create the perfect full meal to dine like a Mad Men character:
Originally posted 03/31/2013 12:10PM
Easter may conjure up images of colored eggs, Peeps and bunnies for some – but for Enrique Iglesias, it's just another excuse to drink!
"Easter is a time where you have a lot of dinners and vacations and parties," the Atlantico rum owner, 37, tells PEOPLE. "It's probably one of the weeks where people go the most on vacation. Rum is just one of those drinks that is perfect when you think of vacation."
Stepping out of his performance background to work with the liquor brand that "had absolutely nothing to do with what I do," Iglesias is happy with his decision to try a new venture on top of his regular projects.
Originally posted 03/31/2013 12:00PM
On her show Chef Wanted, Anne Burrell helps test up-and-coming chefs for top spots at premiere restaurants. But this week she's getting a culinary dream job of her own.
On Monday, the Food Network star will be cooking for attendees at the White House's Easter Egg Roll.
"I am so super excited," Burrell tells PEOPLE. "The White House is such a beautiful place, and I can't wait to visit and see the President and the First Lady and, of course, to do something fun for the kids."
On Burrell's menu: orecchiette with broccoli rabe pesto and sausage (which comes from her cookbook Cook Like a Rock Star) because, as she says, "A pasta dish is a great way to get kids to eat veggies."
Originally posted 03/26/2013 02:00PM
Think Drew Barrymore is feeling the pressure to lose all her pregnancy weight?
Well, think again. "I don't feel pressure," she tells PEOPLE. "It took nine months to build it, it will take nine months to unbuild it."
But the actress and new mom to 6-month-old daughter Olive is serious about slimming down in a healthy way, so she's been following nutritionist Kimberly Snyder's food plan.
Originally posted 03/23/2013 02:00PM
Chef Anne Burrell puts aspiring chefs to the test on her show Chef Wanted, but only your dinner guests will judge your take on her "healthy and delicious" asparagus recipe! For a complementary side dish to your next meal try the recipe below:
Originally posted 03/20/2013 04:00PM
Here's one burger not for the faint of heart.
Chef John DeLucie has created a signature dish – considered one of N.Y.C.'s most "over-the-top" burgers – for N.Y.C.'s The Lion.
The hot spot has all-star patrons including Cameron Diaz, Sienna Miller, Leonardo DiCaprio, and newly single exes, Katy Perry and John Mayer. But if you don't live in The City That Never Sleeps, you can now cook up a version of the 7 oz. treat at home. Just don't expect DeLucie to give up all his secrets: The special sauce will have to be your own creation. All he'll tell PEOPLE is it's "sweet, tangy, slightly salty and utterly satisfying."
Originally posted 03/09/2013 09:30AM
For the past 13 years, Kimberly Schlapman has been on the road with her Grammy-winning country group Little Big Town. But before she was singing "Pontoon" at sold out shows, Schlapman was at home learning her mother's secret recipes.
"I always watched my mama," she explains. "She was always cooking for people – when anyone had something to celebrate or grieve, she was at their door with supper or some kind of homemade goodie."
Taking cues from mama's specialties of biscuits and homemade pies, Schlapman's style of southern comfort food is seen in her own cakes, casseroles and fried chicken. The singer is now passing down what she learned to her daughter, Daisy, and to her fans as host of GAC's Kimberly's Simply Southern.
Originally posted 02/22/2013 02:40PM
Excitement is at an all time high for what promises to be a star-studded Oscar night, but for East Coast Academy members and celebrities that don't make the trek to L.A., Daniel is the place to be for the ceremony. Chef Daniel Boulud's namesake restaurant on the Upper East Side will be "the supporting actor" to the evening, Boulud says, revealing that the dishes he has planned are "a celebration of the movies" and "fun – not too cerebral."
Boulud also admitted he could not choose all the nominees to pay homage too. "[I] loved Argo, but except for giving you a big pile of caviar or a soup with saffron, I am not versed on Iranian dishes," he said at a preview of the meal earlier this week, adding he does "love the rice with butter" common to the country's cuisine.
As for the movies he did pick – No, Life of Pi, Kon-Tiki, Amour, Royal Affair and Les Misérables – he created six hors d'oeuvres inspired by the story and its setting. For Les Mis that means a bread basket of finger sandwiches because Boloud says "there will always be bread." And for Royal Affair he pairs smoked fish and potatoes for a "very Danish dish."
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