Sparky’s Favorite Bolognese!

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 oz sliced pancetta or bacon , finely chopped
  • 2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine or champagne
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • S and P to taste


Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Then add the pancetta, onions, carrots, celery, and garlic, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, 12 to 15 minutes. Add veal,pork and Italian sausage and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up any lumps, until meat is no longer pink, 6 to 10 minutes. Stir in wine, milk, tomato paste and thyme. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until most of liquid has evaporated but sauce is still moist, about 1 hour.

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I like to use Cipriani Pappardelle pasta. It’s the best and it tastes like you have made it yourself.

Parmesan is optional.

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Lulu’s Irish Soda Bread


St Patrick’s day to me conjures up many fun memorable moments. As a kid it was the St Patrick’s Day parade in NYC, wearing all green even down to the elastic in my hair. Trying to find a four leaf clover in our grass, and calling my cousin Patty Powers Smith to say Happy Birthday!

My father always wearing his green hat from Ireland, which now proudly sits a top the bust on my bar in the living room.

Memories are travels for the soul.



Lulu’s Irish Soda Bread
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk,
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup julienned apricots
½ cup crystalized ginger

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer add the butter and the flour mixture on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour. With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk and the egg in a measuring cup. With the mixer on low, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture.
Now add the cranberries, apricots and crystalized ginger. Mix to combine.
The mixture may seem a bit wet but dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. You may want to make 2 smaller loaves out of your dough. Place the loaf or loaves on the prepared sheet pan with parchment paper.
Optional: Brush with egg wash: 1 tsp milk and 1 whole egg mix with fork. This will make your loaf shiny.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
Ideas: All divine!
Serve warm with butter.
Eat plain.
Toast and put a triple creme brie on it with a drizzle of truffle honey.


My favorite butter to use at the moment it Kerrygold. Smother a warm piece of fresh bread with this butter and it is heaven.

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McCormick Cinnamon Carmel Swirl Bar

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.
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 eggs
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 package (14 ounces) caramels, unwrapped
1/4 cup milk

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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.

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Inject a dash of red-carpet red or other pop color to the GENTS party look and a little something sparkly for the LADIES.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Anyday Tacos!


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.

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Valentine Breakfast in Bed


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
1 cup greek yogurt
1 tbs maple syrup
mint leaves for garnish
1/2 cup fresh cut berries
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

Light rum

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


La fille de Berlin, Surge Lutens

See below for some of my other Valentines Day gift Picks.

I wish everyone a happy Valentines Day,spread the love.  Smiles are contagious.  They can even change your mood.   Smile,smile smile!!!!

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Shake it off… Lulu’s Roasted Tomato Soup


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.


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It’s all about the punch!


Happy new year!!! It’s all about “the punch the punch the punch” thank you Meghan Trainor and The Salonniere for bringing it to my attention. Hee hee.

Making a punch is easy. You can make it in a big quantity and is a great easy sneeky for people to help themselves.

One kings lane inspired me with this punch they posted. Recipe below, as well as my recent dinner with Carrie Carr.


8 piece punch bowl set, One Kings Lane

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


  • 2 lemons
  • 3 oranges
  • 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”


AERIN Three Heart Nesting Dishes

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.

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Check out some of my favorite recipes featured on E!’s 50 FOOD TRENDS YOU MUST EAT & DRINK BEFORE 2015!!


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  • 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


  1. In a medium to large saucepan, place 3 tbs of coconut oil and 3 (yes 3) popcorn kernels.
  2. While the oil is heating up, measure out the 3 tbs brown sugar and place in a bowl.
  3. Once the popcorn kernels start to pop, add in the ⅓ cup of kernels and continuously move the pan over the heat.
  4. 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.
  5. Move the saucepan rapidly over the heat (be careful) holding onto the lid until the kernels stop popping.
  6. 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.
  7. Enjoy

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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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Lulu’s Holiday Gift Guide


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.


  Alchemade Moscow Mule Mug

 Alchemade Copper Jigger Set

Alchemade Copper Straws

Alchemade Copper Ladle


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.


Diptyque Limited Edition Set of Candle Holder Feu de Bois, 6.5 oz.

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.

Henry Bendel Sleeping In Stripes Dog Bed

A matching Pajama set is always the coziest of gifts. Perfect for godchildren, nieces or nephews. You can’t go wrong with a matching set from Jcrew.


Jcrew Pajamma set in plaid flannel The satchel is my go to bag. I can fit everything and anything I need for a day of entertaining. Plus when it comes in my favorite color who can resist?


Reed Krakoff Satchel 

 SEL MAGIQUE offers a variety of products including seasonings, chocolate, and even great salts to accompany your afternoon sneeky. Makes an excellent stocking stuffer.


 Sel Magique Brands Salt and Pepper Blend Jar, Large, 6 Ounce
Sel Magique Brands Solid Dark Chocolate, Classic Blend


Finding unique gifts, ones that inspire, or allow someone to be creative are always a winner. This kit from Urban Outfitters combines my love of all things SNEEKY and a diy element.


Urban Outfitters Hella Bitter Craft Your Own Bitters Kit

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.

Cambor Games Designer Backgammon Set

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