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.Read More
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.Read More
As much as we want to whip up mouthwatering holiday meals for all our friends and family, sometimes the thought of all the planning and prep can be more than a little overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be!Read More
I always have candles lit in my house. I love scents and for me candles have a calming effect. I had my friends Dena Cook & Mary McDonald for an impromptu dinner last night and they both asked what the incredible smell was when they entered my house.Read More
This week I teamed up with One Kings Lane to talk about the wallpaper I covet in my home, as well as my bar and accessories. As you can tell I'm obsessed with color, fabrics, and unique finds. I can find a gem in any thrift shoppe or swap meet, but my favorite place is my local Goodwill. I love partnering with One Kings Lane because I get to showcase my love of home decor and design. Being an Entertainologist is so much more then just food. Designing a space in a particular way creates ambiance and sets the tone for any soiree. Take a look at some excerpts from my feature below, and make sure to swing by my Bar Sale.
Entering the home of entertaining guru and celebrity chef Lulu Powers is like stepping into a world where creativity reigns supreme. “It’s a happy house,” says the Connecticut native of the 1927 West Hollywood bungalow she shares with her photographer husband, Stephen Danelian. With a growing entertaining empire and a new moniker, The Entertainologist, Powers has a free-spirited and fun-loving approach to food and hosting that beautifully translates into her decorating choices, with bold colors and daring wallpapers around every corner. It’s the offhanded ease with which Powers pulls everything together, though, that really sets her home apart. “There is no rhyme or reason to how I do things, even in my cooking,” she says. “If I think it will look or taste good I just add it.”
Having lived in her house for almost 20 years, Powers has become a master at reinventing her interiors, which may explain her fearlessness when it comes to color. “I just picked a color from our living room rug, and I happen to love blue,” she says of Benjamin Moore’s Bainbridge Blue, the vibrant hue she chose for the walls. An oversize mirror from her husband’s bachelor days anchors Powers’s collection of black-and-white photography, which she’s been amassing since she was 16. “If I like it, I get it,” she says simply of her collecting strategy. After a friend cast them off, Powers re-covered the pair of chairs in her living room using orange velvet curtain panels she found at Ikea and stained the legs a dark brown to up the elegance. “The possibilities are so endless if you think outside the box,” she says.
Filling an unused corner of the living room with stacks of books creates an eye-catching display that’s easy to move when it comes time to mix up the furniture arrangement.
As a genius birthday present for her “backgammon fanatic” husband, Powers completely refurbished an old game table she found in a neighbor’s garage. One flip of the backgammon board and the surface becomes a fully functioning desk.
“When I see glasses that are not your norm I can’t help myself. I have to get them. My parents always had an array of cocktail glasses on their bar, and I realize now it was so chic!” —Lulu Powers
To add impact to the house’s diminutive entryway, Powers papered the walls in Cole & Son’s Lilac Dove wallpaper, which she discovered at Walnut Wallpaper, her go-to source for all the wallpaper in her home. “I love that place,” says Powers. “The owner, Norinne DeGal, is amazing. I could spend hours in there just looking.” Keeping with her eclectic style, Powers tempered the glitz of the wallpaper’s silver sheen with a rustic vintage console and antique rug.
For a more in-depth look into the rest of my home. Check out OneKingsLane.com
I had the pleasure of being featured on setsipserve.com alongside Mary Alice Haney, the personality behind the new high end, luxury clothing line, Haney.
"On this night for Mary Alice, Lulu Powers, The Entertainologist, created a beautiful dinner party with a chic colorful table. Lulu has designed the most fun, creative party tents/canopies that she set up in Mary Alice’s backyard where we all gathered to enjoy Lulu’s “Sneeky”. From there, we all got to sit at the dining room table that was filled with eclectic small vases holding colorful flowers. Lulu is a genius when setting a table. Her flair for originality comes out in the details such as the gold objects on each of our plates."
Lulu's Tarragon and Mint Frozen Lemonade with Vodka
1 Can or 12 oz Frozen Lemonade 1 1/2 Cans vodka (use the can as your measuring cup) 1/2 can chopped cucumber 1/2 can pulled tarragon 1/2 can pulled mint 1 can club soda
Step 1: Put the lemonade,vodka,cucumber,tarragon,mint and ice into a blender and blend well.
Step 2: Pour the contents into a pitcher, add the club soda and stir
Step 3: Pour over a glass filled with ice, and add a fun straw, a slice of clementine,cucmber or whatever fruit you have on hand. Enjoy!!
*Recipe Courtesy of Lulu Powers
*Photo by Stefanie Keenan
Lulus Spinach Kale Bites with Sweet Potato Aioli Adorned with Armenian Labne
For Kale Bites: 1 medium chopped onion 2 cloves minced garlic 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp. salted butter 6 ounce fresh baby spinach (5 oz. of frozen) 2 cups packed fresh kale 2 scallions thinly sliced 1 egg 2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs, plus extra for coating ( I toast Udi’s bread then put in food processor and pulse for gluten free) 3⁄4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese Salt and pepper to taste Dash of Cholula (my fav hot sauce) more if you want Olive oil cooking spray
For Sweet Potato Tapenade: 3 Sweet potatoes baked and peeled 3/4 cup almonds 2 cloves garlic 3/4 cup parmesan 1 lemon juiced and zested 1/4 cup canola oil or olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Optional: 1 stp or more of Cholula
For Armenian Labne: 1/2 cup lane or sour cream 1 tsp pomegranate molasses 1/2 tsp Za'tar
For Kale Bites: Step 1: Preheat Oven to 375 Degrees F
Step 2: In a frying pan, heat and melt butter with olive oil. Add onion and garlic. Saute until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add spinach and kale and cook until they wilt, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Step 3: Place cooked contents into a food processor along with scallions and pulse for several seconds. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl.
Step 4: Add one egg, ⅔ cup breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese. Mix with a spoon until well combined. Add salt and black pepper to taste and a dash of Cholula.
Step 5: In a small bowl or flat dish, put some bread crumbs. Take a teaspoon full of the spinach and kale mixture into your hand. Make small ball with your hands. You can use mini ice cream scoop too. It’s up to you to decide what size you would like to make them.
Step 6: Gently roll ball into panko bread crumbs to coat evenly.
Step 7: Lightly spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the spinach and kale bites onto baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm
For Sweet Potato Tapenade: Step 1: Put everything in the Cuisinart but the sweet potatoes.
Step 2: Pulse till chunky, then add peeled sweet potatoes. Pulse to your likeness.
Notes: Bake sweet potatoes and pull skin off when hot, it’s easier. Add the sweet potatoes when they are warm. It seems to mix better this way and enhance all the flavors.
For Armenian Labne: Step 1: Mix all together
To Serve: Put a dollop of the sweet potato aioli on your spinach kale bite and finish with the armenian labne. Please substitute if you do not have the Za’tar and maybe add finely chopped scallions or chives.
*Photo by Stefanie Keenan
Check out the spread in Angeleno magazine below featuring Kale Salad with Mint Pistachio Pesto
Pesto: 2 cups Mint 1 cups pistachio Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Pulse the pesto ingredients in a good processor.
Salad: One head of kale, washed, dried, and julianned.
Toss kale with one tsp. olive oil, one tsp. lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add pesto and toss.
Stevie's Salad Dressing: 1 cup olive oil 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar 2 tsp. Dijon mustard 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 lemon juiced 1 tsp. Tabasco 5 cloves garlic, pressed
Pull out a glass jar, add ingredients, and shake, shake, shake!