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Delicious Party Snacks Inspired By Oscar-Nominated Movies

Written on February 24, 2012 at 11:26 am , by

Katie Lee enjoys spicing things up in the kitchen. (Photo courtesy of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!)

Katie Lee knows how to host one festive, tasty event. The food critic, cookbook author and former Top Chef host and judge has thrown countless parties and has big plans for Oscar Sunday this year! But before her big soiree, we caught up with Lee to snag her top three Academy Award-worthy tips:

  1. Get everyone involved. “Bring the glamour of the red carpet into your living room. Details as small as gold or silver cocktail napkins, draped red table cloths and glitzy champagne glass charms can make a big impact.”
  2. Add festive details. “Create simple ballots on festive stationery that allow your guests to predict the winners of each category. The guest with the most correct picks wins a fun prize!”
  3. Set up party stations. “Encourage guests to mingle by creating separate food and drink stations around the room. This will allow your party to flow well, but also encourage guests to meet one another throughout the night. For an added attraction, theme each station to one of the best picture nominees!”

Chili Parmesan and Peanut Popcorn (Inspired by Moneyball)

You can't watch a baseball game—or an awards show—without popcorn! (Photo courtesy of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!)

Serves 18

  • 18 cups plain popped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spread, melted
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  1. Put popcorn in large bowl.
  2. In small bowl, combine melted spread, chili powder and salt; drizzle over popcorn and toss until evenly coated.
  3. Add peanuts and cheese; toss.

Nutrition information per serving: 110 calories, 8 grams of fat

Now that we covered the savory, Lee passed along a sweet idea. Click below for the recipe!

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Cookbook Author Katie Lee Hits the Waves and the Bookshelves

Written on June 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm , by

Katie Lee enjoys the waves in Malibu. (Photo courtesy of Katie Lee)

Katie Lee enjoys the waves in Malibu. (Photo courtesy of Katie Lee)

Dinner was the main event in Katie Lee’s home as she grew up. Starting at age four, Katie learned to cook from her Grandma Dora and her love of food only grew—she’s now the author of two comfort food cookbooks, is The Early Show‘s contributor on all things food and even hosted the first season of Top Chef.

But when Katie stumbled upon hard times, she decided to take up a new sport: surfing. The experience (she researched while surfing in Mexico) helped to inspire her first novel, Groundswell, which was released today! We spoke with Katie to learn about her new hobby and how she stays so fit while around so many tempting treats.

How did you make the transition from chef to novelist?

I have wanted to write a novel for years, but I never could find the right story to inspire me. I tried so many times, but I always thought the story had to involve food and I just couldn’t get it right. I guess writing is kind of like love: If you’re looking for it, you’ll never find it. It’s when you least expect it that it sweeps you off your feet.

What inspired you to begin surfing?

I was going through a rough time in my personal life and wanted to try something completely out of character to “get out of my head.” I was always enamored with the ocean, but terrified of it at the same time. One day, I was on the beach watching the surfers and thought I’d give it a shot. I signed up for lessons and went to my local surf camp.

What have you learned about yourself from the sport?

I’ve never been particularly athletic or good at sports, so I was really surprised that I was able to surf! I’m by no means a great surfer, but I love it and the mind-body connection I experience while surfing. It gave me a new sense of confidence and achievement.

Besides surfing, how do you stay in shape?

I exercise about six days a week. I live to eat, rather than eat to live, so I have to really work out hard! I do Core Fusion, SoulCycle, yoga and run on my treadmill.

Do you watch what you eat?

I do, but don’t count calories. I try to eat a mostly plant-based diet, making my plate 70 percent vegetables and 30 percent protein. During the week, I don’t eat sugar and save my indulgences for the weekend.

Since we couldn’t talk with the Southern food connoisseur without asking for a meal suggestion, click below for one of Katie’s favorite crowd-pleasing recipes!

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