Not every night can be ravioli or chicken cutlet night
if you’re Mike “The Situation”
from MTV’s Jersey Shore
. “If you want to look somewhat like The Situation, which is definitely going to be pretty hard, you need to get that protein in your diet,” he says, pointing to his ripped abs. Along with “hittin’ the gym,” here are some lean, protein-rich recipes to help you “look like Rambo with his shirt off.”Korean Sizzling Beef
(pictured)Mango-Glazed Turkey BreastTofu with Spicy Meat Sauce
Find more of the Best Healthy Recipes Ever here
One of these things is not like the others: sports hero, fashion icon, glitterati mainstay, culinary student.
David Beckham, one of the world’s most recognizable athletes, seems increasingly set on mastering all things gastronomic. Since launching his healthy food line from GO3 back in 2008, Beckham has shuttled between Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan, and it seems his most recent spell in Milan has inspired Beckham to enroll in a 120-hour cooking class concentrating on the finer points of Italian cuisine (as Eater reported yesterday from The Daily Mirror). While Beckham already mastered fresh pasta, ragù and carbonara, he has stated that the ever-tricky risotto looms. To help him avoid embarrassment in the kitchen classroom, we suggest a recipe from a pro: a version of the classic Milanese Risotto from F&W's Grace Parisi.
Bored with their intense daily routine of G.T.L. (Gym. Tan. Laundry.), Mike “The Situation”
and DJ Pauly D
from MTV’s Jersey Shore
decided to play practical jokes on their sleeping roommates, Nicole “Snooki”
, by hiding smelly foods in their bedrooms.
Since pickles are Snooki’s favorite food (“Pickles is my thing,” she says), The Situation figures that she’ll probably like “the nice aroma” of the pickle slices he scatters around her room. “Yeah, she likes pickles in her mouth, but pickles in her nose is just as good,” he says.
Under Vinny’s bed, The Situation places a bowl with a special concoction he calls “Haterade.” “Vinny's been hating on me, and he always talks about me behind my back like a rat, so I decided to get some parmesan cheese, add a little milk, a little Caesar dressing, a tiny bit of mayo and a little bit of Snooki's pickle juice,” he says.
Here are some recipes for pickles and creamy dressings that are too good to hide:Garlicky Chile PicklesWiney Briny Quick PicklesSpicy Dill Quick Pickles
(pictured)Creamy Feta VinaigretteTangy Ranch DressingCreamy Herb Dressing
© Patty’s Royal Dandie Miniature Pet Pigs
Even if they don’t win an award at the Golden Globes
this Sunday, January 17, nominees like Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and George Clooney might go home with more than the usual swag: They can adopt a tiny Dandie Extreme
pig (pictured) in the GBK Gift Lounge. The micro pigs, which can weigh as little as 15 pounds and are said to be as intelligent and affectionate as dogs, are becoming the celebrity pet du jour
: Paris Hilton has one named Princess Pigelette
and Victoria and David Beckham have two, named Pinky and Perky
. After all, a gold-and-marble statuette can’t keep you warm at night, but a mini pet pig—that’s another story.
Throwing a Golden Globes Party? Here are some delicious starters to honor the nominees:
• French Hors d’Oeuvres: 10 excellent hors d’oeuvres
to honor Julie & Julia, like warm Camembert with wild mushroom fricassee
, pork rillettes
and a caramelized-onion-and-Gruyère tart
• Italian Antipasti: 10 delicious antipasti
to root for Nine, like sautéed cauliflower frittata with thyme
, red wine bagna cuda (the classic Piedmontese anchovy-and-olive-oil dip) with crudités, and super-crunchy grissini (Italian breadsticks)
• Spanish Tapas: 10 terrific tapas
to celebrate Broken Embraces, like open-face crab empanadas
, crispy chicken croquettes
and flatbreads with shrimp and romesco sauce
, a slightly smoky puree of roasted red peppers, garlic and almonds
The New York Times’s blog, The Lede, has amazingly in-depth coverage of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti on Tuesday, including ways to help out. One method endorsed by the White House is texting “HAITI” to “90999” to donate $10 to the American Red Cross (the charge will appear on your cell-phone bill). To be able to donate even more, I invite you to throw a fundraising party with drinks like the Haitian Apricot (prepared with rum and apricot brandy) and Caribbean dishes like fried sweet plantains.
© Tina Rupp
I threw a holiday open house a few weeks ago and learned a few lessons for next year. Hot hors d'oeuvres were a big hit: I'll definitely serve fried wontons and Chorizo-Filled Dates Wrapped in Bacon
(above) again—both can be cooked ahead of time and warmed in the oven during the party. I'll only set out food that can be picked up with one hand: When we passed a platter of Smoked Bluefish Pâté
already spread on crackers, it disappeared; anything left in a bowl for people to serve themselves tended to linger.
As for non-food lessons, I finally found a solution to the snowy-boots-on-wood-floors problem: a four-foot-square "Waterhog" floor mat
from L.L. Bean. The look is utilitarian, but it's a big improvement over the piece of painter's paper my husband has taped down in the past, which made the entryway look like a construction site.
on MTV’s Jersey Shore
is the last guy I’d expect to see drinking a girly cocktail, but surprisingly his pre-partying drink of choice is his eponymous “Ron Ron Juice,”
a fuchsia-colored concoction of watermelon, cherries, cranberry juice and copious amounts of vodka blended with ice, which he always prepares bare-chested. “It gets the night going,” he says. “Whenever that stuff [sic] comes out it’s always a filthy night.”
Ah yes, “Ron Ron Juice” does often serve as useful fuel for one of Ronnie’s many bar fights.
“It’s the root of all evil,” says DJ Pauly D
. Plus, there’s nothing like a little “Ron Ron Juice” to provide the energy to “beat up the beat” of house music at da club. “First, we start off by banging the ground, we’re banging it as the beat builds ‘cause that beat’s hittin’ us so we’re fightin’ back, it’s like we beat up that beat,” says DJ Pauly D.
Here, a more refined selection of fruity cocktails to get fists pumping:Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails
(pictured)Watermelon SangriaWatermelon Coolers
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When he isn't fist pumping, tanning or scavenging for women, Mike "The Situation"
from MTV's Jersey Shore
(2.5 million viewers' guilty pleasure—and mine, too) is cooking.
In the controversial reality show's latest episode, The Situation and his male roommates decide to make an "unbelievable dinner" and stay at home with Nicole "Snooki," who is recovering from being punched (by a man!). "There's going to be a feast on the dinner table, but 'The Situation' has got it under control," he says.
When The Situation refuses to help clean up after the "feast" of lobster, steak, asparagus, grilled corn and salad, his short-lived flame Sammi "Sweetheart" picks a fight with him. (In a previous episode, the two flirted while preparing sausage and peppers together.)
His retaliation: "From now on you are excluded from dinner then. You are excluded from surf and turf night. You are excluded from ravioli night. You are excluded from chicken cutlet night."
Oh no! Anything but chicken cutlet night!
Here are some recipes for Sammi and anyone else who might get banished from one of The Situation's "crazy meals" in a future episode:
Surf and Turf NightEric Ripert's Surf and Turf
Ravioli NightShrimp-and-Lobster RavioliPecorino Ravioli with Walnuts and Marjoram
(pictured)Sweet-Potato Ravioli with Brown Butter
Chicken Cutlet NightChicken Stuffed with SpinachChicken with Cherry Tomato Pesto SauceAnne Byrn's Chicken Piccata with Artichokes and Olives
© Tina Rupp
Super-Crispy Fried Chicken
Like every teenage girl in America today, I'm super-excited about seeing the new movie New Moon
, based on the second book in the Twilight
saga by Stephenie Meyer. When Bella Swan (the heroine of the saga) is not being hunted by bloodthirsty vampires or obsessing about her hottie vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen, she's often in the kitchen making home-cooked meals, like Super-Crispy Fried Chicken
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I have finally tasted what real chili is after testing Tom Mylan’s Chili with Guajillo and Ancho Chiles and Hominy recipe, from the new December issue. This chili is a deeply flavored bowl of red, beefy goodness that I could not stop eating. There are no tomatoes and no beans—just whole dried chiles, soaked and pureed, plus ground meat, onion, garlic and cumin. Tom adds corn flavor with hominy and a bit of cornmeal to thicken, but I was loving the dish even before I added the corn elements. It has a lightness to it that makes you feel great. I think powdered chiles, tomatoes, beans and bacon are distractions (and give me indigestion).
So without these other elements, the type and combination of dried chiles used are crucial. You want a blend of rich, sweet and hot—the best trio is anchos, guajillos plus just one of the spicy New Mexicos, and all are widely available. I am lucky to grow my own. Every year, I am always amazed at how productive my potted pepper plants are. My garden was bursting with assorted peppers and chiles in late summer, and I’ve just finished putting them up. I pickle the orange and yellow ajis, roast and freeze the poblanos and pimentos, and dry the sweetly hot corno di toro rossos, good-and-hot aji Colorados and long red Koreans. I will use a combo of those to create my own blend. Now that I know there is a chili I can eat and enjoy, I will be making Tom’s recipe all winter.