My mom, Patty P called me to tell me about this recipe in the back of Country Living Magazine. She said it sounded so good I should try it. So I did. The recipe is simple, and I love McCormick. The end result was delicious.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Mix brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and pecans in large bowl until well blended. Add flour mixture; mix well. Reserve 1 cup of the batter. Spread remaining batter into lightly greased foil-lined 13×9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes or until firm.
Microwave caramels and milk in microwavable bowl on HIGH 2 to 3 minutes or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after every minute. Cool 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Pour over baked layer in pan, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edges. Drop reserved 1 cup batter by spoonfuls over caramel layer. Cut through batter with knife several times for marble effect.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Lift from pan. Cut into bars.
AWARDS SEASON IS HERE AND IT’S TIME TO ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET AND CELEBRATE WITH FRIENDS. HERE ARE FIVE ESSENTIAL STEPS TO PULLING IT OFF WITH STYLE, FEATURING INSIDER TIPS, PLUS RECIPES FROM ONE OF HOLLYWOOD’S HOTTEST CELEBRITY CHEFS, LULU POWERS.
- THE BALLOT -
For the first and last word in Oscar® ballots, vote like a pro with our specially designed PRINTABLE PDF and go glam by printing it on shimmery paper, like this metallic gold sheet from PAPER SOURCE.
- THE DRESS CODE -
Inject a dash of red-carpet red or other pop color to the GENTS party look and a little something sparkly for the LADIES.
- DOOR PRIZE -
Hollywood’s go-to chocolatier VALERIE CONFECTIONS has custom-made chocolate Oscars® for Tinseltown’s most elite parties for years. This season, a limited number of Valerie’s chocolate Oscars® are available to the public so you can send home the winner of the ballot with some super-chic edible statues of their own.
- THE FOOD -
Celebrity chef Lulu Powers suggests keeping things stylish yet simple with an over-the-top cheese plate served on a rustic cutting board, and her addictive popcorn that gets a fancy twist with the addition of fresh herbs. “Use great bowls to serve the popcorn and other store-bought snacks,” advises Powers. “It makes it look like you went to a lot of effort.”
- THE DRINK -
Scatter some beautiful cocktail napkins around on tables, such as these BLACK DIAMOND LINEN NAPKINS from Los Angeles-based textile design firm, Heather Taylor Home.
And last, but not least, enjoy the signature Lulu’s Oscar Spritz. We love the red and gold colors of this glamorous cocktail, not to mention it’s delicious!
Photos courtesy of The Paper Source (ballot); Valerie Confections (door prize); Lulu Powers by Nicole Lamotte (food and drink); and Heather Taylor Home (napkins).
The Award of Merit statuette, “OSCAR®”, “A.M.P.A.S.®” and the “Oscar” design mark are the trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
I love having things in my fridge that I can make into a delightful and easy meal. I almost always have black beans and roasted red pepper tapenade ready to go. It’s a simple way to add flavor and color to any meal, especially tacos! Put a splash of cholulah on it, and you’re set.
Black Bean Spread
black beans 15 oz can
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp chopped jalapeno
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup pulled cilantro
1 tsp cumin
1/4 cup water
add all ingredients to cuisinart and pulse til combined.
Red Pepper Tapenade
10 small peppers, julienned
3 cloves garlic sliced
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Combine ingredients and place on sheet pan with silpat, roast at 350 degrees F. for 20 min until some peppers have blackened color on them. Cool and store in a glass jar, great for tacos, crackers, crostinis, or salads.
Heat up a few tortillas on the flame of your stove, layer black beans, pulled roasted chicken, onion, feta, mint and cilantro. Garnish with roasted red pepper tapenade, and enjoy. The flavors will keep you coming back for more.
Well, I know you know it’s almost Valentines . Stevie is always the one to make coffee every morning, warm the milk, and get me out of bed so we can share “coffee talk” in the nook, a great little room off my kitchen. This valentines day I will make him breakfast in bed and I am giving you some really easy ideas if you choose to do the same.
Hello Bisquick!!!! Fast, easy and delicious with some of my favorite toppings. I cooked my biscuit in a little cast iron skillet. Just another fun way to bring your dish from oven to table.
Lulu’s Breakfast Strawberry Shortcake
2 1/3 c. Bisquick 3 tbsp. sugar in the raw 3 tbsp. melted butter 1/2 c. milk
Combine Bisquick and sugar in bowl. Add melted butter and milk. Mix until combined. Press into greased mini lodge pan and bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.
Mix greek yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla bean paste. Top shortcake with generous amount of mixture and berries. Garnish with a sprinkle of sugar and fresh mint leaves.
I LOVE eggs!!!! Soft boiled especially, and Stevie can’t get enough of avocado toast. You can top it with basically anything, but I like to keep it simple. His favorite olive oil, truffle salt and a sprinkle of ground Harissa.
Writing with white pen on a colored paper is a unique way to make your message stand out. I always have a lot of corks so it was perfect to cut a slit in the cork and slide my message in.
Lets face it. Valentines day is all about the candy, all kinds, but especially Hershey kisses. You can always find a hershey kiss in my house. I have been obsessed with them since I road up in the big hershey kiss as a kid while in Hershey, Pennsylvania visiting the chocolate factory. Ahh, good memories.
And I couldn’t resist adding in a little afternoon sneeky.
Strawberry Piña Colada
1 1/2 cups Strawberries
15 ounce can coco lopez
6 ounce can of fresh pineapple juice
Put your coco lopez and strawberries in the blender (use the can to measure rum and ice)
1 can light rum, 1 can filled with ice . Add pineapple juice and blend away. Add more rum if you like. Enjoy!
If your looking for the perfect valentines day gift, whether if be for your partner, or your best friend. Giving someone a new scent always brightens the mood.
Carnal flower was given to me as a gift from my friend Colleen Bell. I just recently spritzed my last spritz (Stevie are you reading this….) It makes me feel like I’m surrounded by fresh flowers.
My sweet sister gave me a bottle of La fille de Berlin which took me a month to open. I usually don’t like perfumes with roses, but I was so wrong. This perfume is incredible and I always get asked what I am wearing
Happy 2015 to you all. My resolutions this year are to learn to relax , meditate (Unplug Meditation in Brentwood), and get stronger physically. I’m learning to back away from the stress and take some much deserved me time. Getting wrapped up in the craziness of life can drain you. All the worries of others, I am going to just shake it off -thank you Taylor Swift, and breathe because I love to dance and re charge. I’ll let you know how I do.
I am a fly by the seat of your pants kind of chef. I just see a vegetable or a spice or read something about cauliflower or a friend telling me about her cauliflower pizza crust and I am inspired . While making some fresh mint tea in my kitchen, I looked over at these tomatoes on the vine (probably grown in a hot house somewhere ) I had and decided to make roasted tomato soup. In my fridge I also had grapes and carrots and I always have garlic. I put them all on a pan along with some thyme and rosemary that I picked from my plants outside. Added a little olive oil and roasted away. This soup is delicious. Please let me know if you try it. My husband Stevie and my best friend Alison loved it.
Lulu’s Roasted Tomato Soup
Take 2 lbs vine ripe tomatoes, 2 cups carrots, 1 cup grapes, 2 garlic bulbs (cut off head), 2 sprigs rosemary, 2 sprigs thyme, lightly coat with olive oil and place on a silplat covered baking sheet. Roast for 55 min at 400 degrees F.
Take out of oven and let cool to room temperature. Place all roasted vegetables in Vitamix (squeeze garlic like a lemon to pop out roasted cloves) with 2 cups chicken broth, 1/4 cup basil, and puree.
add 1 teaspoon of crush red pepper flakes ( if you don’t like to spicy add less), 2 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, and 1 teaspoon of Harissa Blend. Finish in Vitamix until smooth. I found this blend of Harissa : hot chili peppers, red peppers, and serrano peppers at an incredible kitchen shop in San Fransisco called March.
Tear kale leaves and rub lightly with olive oil or sometimes I spray with coconut spray. Place on Nonstick Oven Crispers (I found mine at HSN) but you can always use a pizza crisper pan. Bake at 300 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. Touch it and you can see if it needs to be more crispy. When done to your satisfaction takeout and sprinkle with salt and lemon zest.
You can add some fresh basil and toast for a complete meal. Serve and enjoy.
What’s better than a glass of champagne this New Year’s Eve? Punch, that’s what. We’re not talking about some sad sea of melted ice cubes with floating pieces of tropical fruit. Punch is back and cooler (and stronger!) than ever. This recipe, which includes champagne, is virtually guaranteed to keep your guests in good spirits, and a bowl of premixed punch lets them help themselves, meaning no endless topping off of glasses for the hostess. Think of it as having all the adult appeal of a craft cocktail minus the expense of hiring a bartender. So break out your punch bowl, mix up a batch, and prepare to field more than a few requests for the recipe.
Rosé Regent’s Punch Serves 15-20
4 ounces granulated sugar
2 cups brewed green tea (two tea bags, steeped for five minutes)
8 ounces cognac or brandy
2 ounces dark rum (preferrably Jamaican)
2 ounces white rum (Rhum Barbancourt or Banks 5 Island)
2 ounces maraschino liqueur
2 750-ml bottles brut rosé champagne
cranberries, orange slices, and mint for garnish
1. Peel the lemons and oranges (avoiding the white pith underneath) using a vegetable peeler. Muddle the peels and sugar together, then let sit for at least 30 minutes.
2. Make 2 cups green tea, using two tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes, then strain into the bowl with the citrus and sugar, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
3. Juice the lemons and oranges into the mixture, stir well, and strain everything into a punch bowl, pressing the peels and pulp well to extract every drop of essence.
4. Add the cognac, rums, and maraschino to the mixture.
5. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for an hour or two until chilled. To serve, pour into a punch bowl and gently stir in two bottles of brut rosé champagne.
6. Garnish with cranberries, orange slices, and mint.
Three quick and easy ideas from my very creative friend Carrie Carr wife to Adam and mother to the cutie petutie Sweet Caroline. Oops and very proud mother of Paco, my boys (teddy, mister and Sparky’s) buddy. Note he is under the coffee table.
Carrie had us all for dinner last night. On her coffee table she had a big chunk of St Andre cheese with fig and cranberry crackers, bowls of roasted nuts, olives and sweet potato chips along with a bowl of her very own salmon “pate” and toasted pumpernickel bread. Easy and divine
When I asked Carrie for the Salmon recipe she responded with a text”…Hey going into a massage sorry couldn’t pick up…. so smoked-salmon or whatever lox u like, dill, capers, shallot, I add a little mayo, cream cheese and mix with lemon and stir in, and then a squirt of Siracha. I get party pumpernickel and toast in oven”
Carrie’s house is beyond. She has so many treasures and vignettes to look at. Her tablescape was a feast to the eyes.
Ol school, plaid tablecloth, name cards, gifts for the ladies. She used a terrine and filled it with baby apples as the centerpiece. Tip: fill the terrine with paper towels or crumbled up newspaper and put apples on top then you will not need as many. She had bowls of candy which I love. Flawless.
Check out some of my favorite recipes featured on E!’s 50 FOOD TRENDS YOU MUST EAT & DRINK BEFORE 2015!!
⅓ cup popcorn kernels
3 tbs coconut oil
3 tbs brown sugar (optional: 1 tbs brown sugar for topping)
½ tsp pumpkin spice mix
salt to taste
In a medium to large saucepan, place 3 tbs of coconut oil and 3 (yes 3) popcorn kernels.
While the oil is heating up, measure out the 3 tbs brown sugar and place in a bowl.
Once the popcorn kernels start to pop, add in the ⅓ cup of kernels and continuously move the pan over the heat.
After about 1 to 2 minutes stir in the brown sugar, cover, and continue to move the saucepan over the heat until the kernels start to pop.
Move the saucepan rapidly over the heat (be careful) holding onto the lid until the kernels stop popping.
Place in large bowl, wait for it to cool a bit, and top with pumpkin spice, salt to taste, and extra brown sugar (optional). Stir.
Fill ice cube tray with rose petals and mint leaves on bottom, pour a thin layer of water just to cover the cranberries. Make sure they do not float to the top. Freeze. Once frozen fill tray to top and put back in the freezer. This allows your cranberries to stay at the top of the ice cube.
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It’s 12 days until Christmas, and I wanted to share some of my favorite things. Sometimes it’s easy to find the perfect gift for loved ones, but what about the Hostess at our annual get together? Our favorite neighbor who always drops in, or the friend who has just about everything. These gift ideas are simple and will bring some cheer to anyones holiday.
Copper has been making an appearance in a lot of my tablescapes lately. It is a simple way to make your table look sophisticated and chic. These pieces from Alchemade are amazing, and the perfect Hostess gift.
Diptyque candles have quickly become a staple in my home. I love the unique variety of scents they offer. They are great by themselves, or you can mix and match them to make a custom scent of your own.
Lets not forget about your four legged family members. My three little gentleman love to hang out with me throughout the day. Oversized pillows keep them comfy and add style to any decor. Henry Bendel has great fabrics. Mixing different patterns is so chic.
My Husband Stevie invites his best bud Toni over for weekly backgammon tournaments. I can tell how much fun they are having by the amount of times they yell at each other for cheating. A backgammon set is a great way to spend the afternoon together.
My sister in law Leslie Danelian has been fighting stage 4 Glioblastoma since 2013, an incurable brain cancer. She has chosen to shift her focus to hope and helping find a cure! Help us fight this. Tickets are available thru https://giving.ucla.edu/BrainstormProject
Every Saturday my Dad would make soup. This is one of my favorite recipes of his.
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
2 medium onions, minced
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large bunch broccoli, trimmed and chopped
6 cups chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 cup heavy whipping cream
¼ cup golden mustard seeds
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1. Melt the butter in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in the potatoes and broccoli, cover with chicken broth, and season with salt and pepper.
2. Add the cream and stir. Transfer the soup to the bowl of a food processor and puree. Return the soup to the pot and stir in the mustard seeds and Parmesan. (If the soup seems too thick, thin it with some milk.) Reheat the soup if needed and serve hot.
Note: The mustard seed flavor becomes more pronounced as the soup sits, so you may want to make the soup a day or so in advance.