Bob and Cortney Novogratz Blog: Our Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Originally posted 02/12/2016 06:46PM

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Bob and Cortney Novogratz are a design duo—and parents to seven children—who recently bought a 1920s-era castle in the Hollywood Hills. Check back regularly on PEOPLE.com as they blog about the rewards, risks, messes, and successes of the project, giving their expert tips and tricks for home renovation. You can follow them on Twitter at @TheNovogratz.

Everyone who’s been in love has been guilty of buying a Valentine’s Day gift at the very last minute at least once in their lives — it feels like the holidays are barely over by the time stores are putting out candy hearts and teddy bears. Robert and I have surely gone years without making a big deal over Valentine’s Day; raising our seven kids and running a business often take precedence.

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Hungry Girl: My (Guilt-Free!) Valentine’s Day Dessert for Two

Originally posted 02/11/2016 02:59PM

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
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How to Make Adorable Pink Puff Pastry Hearts for Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

Originally posted 02/11/2016 12:19PM

The Institute of Culinary Education is one of the largest culinary schools in the world, offering both professional and recreational programs in New York City. Here, Chef Jenny McCoy of their School of Pastry & Baking Arts gives PEOPLE her recipe for Pink Palmiers.

This Valentine’s Day, you can do better than chocolate-dipped strawberries. Impress your sweetheart with a foolproof recipe for romance: a heart-shaped pastry that’s easier to make than it looks. At the Institute of Culinary Education, we’ve reinvented the palmier—or “elephant ear”—with homemade pink sugar for an extra D.I.Y. twist.

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Pink Palmiers
Makes about 18 cookies
1 cup sugar
Red food coloring
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg white, lightly beaten

1. Place one cup of sugar in a bowl and add a few drops of food coloring. Wearing gloves, rub the food coloring into the sugar using your hands. Continue to add food coloring until you have reached the desired intensity of color.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place puff pastry on cutting board horizontally.

3. Brush the entire surface with a thin layer of egg white. Sprinkle with an even layer of sugar. Fold the left and the right sides of the dough inwards so they meet in the center. Press the dough lightly to adhere the two layers together. Repeat this process.

4. Brush the surface of the dough with egg white again, and sprinkle with sugar. Fold the left column of pastry dough onto the right, like a book. Brush the entire outside surface of the folded dough with egg white and sprinkle with sugar.

5. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into ¼-inch slices. Lay the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving 2- to 3-inches of space in between each cookie. Pinch the bottom and gently spread the top portions of the cookie to create a heart shape. Cover with parchment paper and another baking sheet to ensure the cookies stay flat while baking.

6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cookies are light golden brown. Remove the top baking sheet and parchment paper and cool until just warm, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to completely cool.

RELATED: Make Kourtney Kardashian’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe for Valentine’s Day

Pro Tips for total success:
1. Be sure to buy all-butter frozen puff pastry. It may be a bit more expensive, but it’s well worth the flavor and light, flaky texture.

2. Frozen puff pastry thaws quickly, so remove it from the freezer about 10 minutes before you are ready to assemble the cookies. Folding it while still cold makes it easier to handle.

3. Brushing egg white over your dough ensures the sugar stays in place during folding.

4. Spice things up by adding ground cinnamon or a vanilla bean to your pink sugar.

5. Transfer your cookies to a cooling rack while they are still a bit warm. If you let them cool entirely, the caramelized sugar will cause the cookies to stick to the paper.

6. This is a great make-ahead cookie recipe. Simply assemble the cookies, slice, shape and freeze. They can go directly from the freezer into the oven when you are ready to bake.

For more more information about ICE’s Pastry & Baking Arts program or to sign up for recreational classesvisit their site.

 
 
 

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Camila Alves Blogs: How to Make My Favorite Valentine’s Day Recipe Ever

Originally posted 02/09/2016 11:37AM

Our lifestyle blogger Camila Alves is getting you ready for the most romantic night of the year. She shares a Valentine’s recipe that is not only easy-to-make, but is also a beautiful dish.  For more tips and recipes from Camila, check out her website WomanOfToday.com and follow her on Twitter at @iamcamilaalves, Facebook at iamcamilaalves and Instagram at iamcamilaalves!
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Hungry Girl: How Technology Can Help You Lose Weight

Originally posted 02/08/2016 02:24PM

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
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Richard Blais Blogs: These Fried Chicken ‘Oysters’ Are Even Better for Game Day Than Wings (No Bones About It)

Originally posted 02/05/2016 05:11PM

To celebrate Super Bowl 50, we’ve partnered with Taste of the NFL and their chef partners all season long. The charity helps to raise awareness and funds via the season-long Kick Hunger Challenge. For more information or to donate to your favorite team’s city, visit their website, and be sure to check PEOPLE.com every Thursday for a new game day recipe from your favorite celebrity chefs. Here, Chef Richard Blais gives us his recipe for fried chicken “oysters” from his San Diego eatery The Crack Shack. Follow him on twitter @RichardBlais

I love this dish because it’s creative but also familiar. The brine and tartar sauce kind of trick you into thinking you are having seafood, but at the end of the day they are a nice upgrade on fried chicken wings — football’s favorite tailgate food. But when you are watching a good game, who’s got time for bones?
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Hungry Girl: Why You Should Make Your Own Peanut Butter (It’s Easy!)

Originally posted 02/01/2016 11:39AM

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
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Sally’s Baking Addiction: Score Big Points at Your Super Bowl Party with These Buffalo Chicken Poppers

Originally posted 01/27/2016 12:21PM

Baking enthusiast Sally McKenney Quinn is the author of the popular blog and cookbook Sally’s Baking Addiction as well as a food blogger for PEOPLE.com. Check back each month for her latest easy-to-follow recipes! You can order her new cookbook, Sally’s Candy Addiction, hereWarning: Don’t read when hungry. 

I love whipping up snacky comfort food for the Super Bowl.

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Hungry Girl
Courtesy Lisa Lillien

Hungry Girl: The Healthy 8-Layer Dip You Need to Make for Super Bowl Sunday

Originally posted 01/25/2016 12:35PM

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
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Lay’s Reveals Their 4 New Flavor Hopefuls — Will You Try Them?

Originally posted 01/21/2016 12:02PM

Lay's
We at PEOPLE like to think we have refined palates. When we sampled Lay’s mystery potato chip flavors last week, we carefully analyzed each one, with our testers claiming to detect the the meatiness of bacon, the fire of ghost pepper and one fancy foodie even notoriously declaring that she was picking up notes of banh mi (we know — so obnoxious, right?).
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