Friday, October 31, 2008

Pumpkin Martini for Hallowini!

If you want a leener version of a classic Halloween Martini for your last minute cocktails to celebrate tonight with your friends and family, we present to you Paula Leen's Leenie-Hallowtini:


Ingredients:
3 1/2 oz Vodka
1/4 oz Sugar-Free Vanilla syrup
1/4 oz Pumpkin liqueur or Pumpkin spice syrup
1 Tbsp PURE Pumpkin Filling (Libby's 100% is perfect!)
1 Tsp Fat-Free Whipped Topping or Whipped Cream
Cinnamon stick for garnish


Preparation:
Pour the Vodka, Vanilla and 'Pumpkins' into a shaker filled with ice.
Shake REALLY well.
Strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with cinnamon.
Top with a teaspoon of Fat-Free Cool-Whip or Whipped Cream.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Then dress your liver up as a working organ.

"If the pumpkin fits, DRINK IT!" -Paula Leen

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Butter your bread, with Paula instead!

Okay y'all, "A" It's Genius. "B" It's terrifying.

Paula Deen's Halloween costume this year on the holiday episode of Paula's Party was this:




Yep. Paula Deen is dressed as butter.


"Y'all, does this mean I should go as PAM® Cooking Spray?"
-Paula Leen


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Going Negative

We at Paula Leen like to think in terms of "best" and "positive" and "sunny side of the street" (with at least 30 SPF), but the Men's Health guide to the "20 Worst Foods In America" is an eye-opening positive negative. Ever enjoy a Jamba Juice Chocolate Moo'd Power Smoothie(30 fl oz)? Raise your bingo wings because this baby has:

900 calories
10 g fat
183 g carbs
(166 g sugars)

"Jamba Juice calls it a smoothie; we call it a milkshake. In fact, this beverage contains more sugar than two pints of Ben and Jerry's Butter Pecan ice cream."

And that's just the tip of the Ranch dressing topped iceberg, check out the worst "healthy" burger, worst dessert, and much more here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's a Good Thing, but Amy Sedaris is BETTER!

Martha Stewart Signs Copies of "Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook" - October 22, 2008 Williams-Sonoma, NY (Photo: Wireimage.com)


Martha's latest cookbook edition...er...addition focuses on 'the art and science' of cooking where she explains such differences between broiling and braising via the more than 500 color photographs and over 200 never-before-published recipes.

"The wheel's still turnin', but the hamster's dead, honey." -Paula Leen

Publisher's note:
Imagine having Martha Stewart at your side in the kitchen, teaching you how to hold a chef's knife, select the very best ingredients, truss a chicken, make a perfect pot roast, prepare every vegetable, bake a flawless pie crust, and much more. In "Martha Stewart's Cooking School," you get just that: a culinary master class from Martha herself, with lessons for home cooks of all levels.


We here at PaulaLeen.com have scowered the internet and found the best price for you over at BUY.COM:

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Now then as a bonus, here are the highlights from one of my FAVORITE episodes with one of the best guests EVER on Martha Stewart, Amy Sedaris:

Monday, October 27, 2008

Paula's Playlist! Week Two!


Here are the ITUNES links to this week's 30-45 minute cardio playlist ya'll:

What A Feeling, Irene Cara
All Fired Up, Pat Benatar
Ray Of Light, Madonna
Head Over Heels, Go-Go's
Holding Out For A Hero, Bonnie Tyler
Footloose, Kenny Loggins
She Works Hard for the Money, Donna Summer
Wanna Be Startin' Something, Michael Jackson
Come To Me, France Joli
String Enough, Cher

"By the end of this playlist, you should be hotter than a two-dollar whore on the 4th of July...or at least as sweaty as after she gets off work..." -Paula Leen

Friday, October 24, 2008

Are YOU what YOU eat?

If you watch or have ever heard of BBC America, they have this terrifying show called: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.

It is BRUTAL y'all, but it puts everything in perspective.

I'm telling you, the lady who hosts this is the Simon Cowell of health shows.

HERE IS A CLIP:


They run down what you eat in a week, they show you...ON A TABLE... what ALL the food looks like you eat...I could go ON and ON but you HAVE to watch the clip so you can see what YOU may be doing to your body...and they don't even mention the butter that people (or CERTAIN people...you know who I'm talking about) put in the recipes...

"Y'all, we're here for you so that you don't become so fat that if you sat on a rainbow, Skittles would pop out!"- Paula Leen

Thursday, October 23, 2008

MY SOUTHERN FRIED DOPPELGANGER

Hey y'all! My darlin' friend and southern fried doppelganger, Micah McCain will be on Kath & Kim on NBC tonight!

If 'she' can push rugs, we're pushin' rouge!

As we are all workin' on ways to make ourselves beautiful from the inside out, sometimes we want to take care of the outside first. So here are a few of the latest, hottest beauty products that won't make your wallet as lean as YOU want to be ...


MAC Cosmetics is offering FREE SHIPPING through OCTOBER 25TH! I just bought three, count 'em THREE of their new Dazzleglasses.The IN-store selection of colors seems a little different than online, but I'm telling you if you are feeling "IT" one night and you want to slap on a new color of paint, you have GOT to pick these up in the shades of Miss Dynamite and Love Alert!
“I am SO happy with these! If I was any happier, I’d be twins." -Paula Leen


Now then, the only thing you should be baking is your food (and NOT YOU), so "fake your bake" with Laura Mercier's Bronzing Gel. I have lived by this for YEARS! It's lightweight, blends evenly AND hydrates! This product is PERFECT if you wear little to no foundation.

(AND if you spend $75 or more from a single, participating make-up brand during Macy's 150th Birthday celebration, you'll receive the Macy's Beauty Box! FREE!)


If you're in the south this month, on Halloween stop by Ulta in Dunwoody, GA (770-698-8337) or swing by Sephora in Austin, TX (512-327-4600) on Oct. 25th and be a part of TOO-FACED's Lash Bash!




Finally, while I was in Greece (home of the FABULOUS homeopathic, organically-grown, and Anti-Synthetic Korres Product line) I found the perfect Blush to warm your checks with. Try their PERFECT Skin Rejuvenating Blush (Cheek Color #18 Peach will work perfectly on ANYBODY) available at Sephora where they give you FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50, 3 free samples with every order AND no hassle, FREE returns!


Healthy Skin, Healthy Food, Healthy Lifestyle...check back to Paula's Blog EVERY DAY Y'ALL!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"Dow" and out in Beverly Hills?

With the economy going up and 'dow', your trainer may be a luxury you can't afford. Thankfully Fitness Magazine has found an affordable way to make a trainer luxurious with fitness HOW-TO'S for your IPOD!

Each 'training' session shows you AND tells you how to do each exercise correctly and effectively.

Having just returned from a FABULOUS cruise in the Mediterranean (It's the south of Europe, y'all! -Paula Leen) I took Pilates while aboard the ship and LOVED it. If you click around on FitnessMagazine.com you can catch Kristi Yamaguchi demonstrating her favorite Pilates routine (Yamaguchi said Pilates was the way she got toned up for Dancing With The Stars) if you're not into muscle tone via weights.

The Nov/Dec 2008 issue is on newstands now.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Paula's Playlist!


Here are the ITUNES links to what is currently on my 30-45 minute cardio playlist ya'll:

Sober, Kelly Clarkson
I Run To You, Lady Antebellum
New Attitude, Patti LaBelle
Turn The Beat Around, Gloria Estefan
Delicious, Pure Sugar (Ironic that a song called 'delicious' by a group named 'Pure Sugar' is on my playlist? I think not!)
I Can Fly, Louise Thomas
Fade Away, Celine Dion
Never Again (Dave Audé Radio Mix), Kelly Clarkson
Don't Stop The Music, Rihanna
No More Tears (Enough Is Enough), Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer (The short version if you want to do only 30 mins or the full length release if you want to do 45!)

"This music will have you workin' harder than a cat covering crap on a linoleum floor!" -Paula Leen

Monday, October 20, 2008

Take the 'car' out of your cardio.

Leen Lesson #102: 
HAVE A REASON WHILE YOU DO YOUR CARDIO!



A big reason that people decide NOT to do their cardio is because being on a staircase to nowhere(If Led Zeppelin ever does an exercise CD, that BETTER be the first track, y'all! -Paula Leen) gets you...well...NOWHERE! anywhere.

Literally.

When you incorporate errands into your cardio AND dress the part , your mind and body will know that you are working hard to become the best 'YOU' that you want to be. 

So, walk to the video store, walk to the post office and/or walk to the grocery store. 

You'll be getting stuff done for both your life AND your body while not feeling like you're wasting your time.

Friday, October 17, 2008

STICKY and BitterSWEET Divorce Dessert

Divorce sucks, but so does the process of divorcing one of your thighs from the other (CARDIO, PEOPLE. Cardio!), that's why we here at Paula Leen have created our homage to Madonna, Guy Ritchie and the entire divorcing process with our: Sticky and BitterSweet Truffle Spectacular.


"Y'all, when you're done makin' these, you'll be JUST like Madonna: Low-Fat and Semi-Sweet with balls in your hand!" -Paula Leen


Ingredients:
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (1/4 teaspoon for more heat)
4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1 cup cocoa powder, sifted + extra for ball rolling
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted + extra for ball rolling

Directions:
Melt chocolate chips in microwave. (Should take about a minute.) Stir until completely smooth. Blend in cinnamon and cayenne.

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add melted chocolate and mix until completely blended. Slowly add cocoa powder (so all the powder doesn't blow up in your face like a night at Studio 54), working it into the chocolate-cream cheese mixture until completely combined.

Working it like you're Jacques Torres will have the mixture come together and stay together fabulously...unlike Madonna and Guy.

Now then, apply the same principle to working in the powdered sugar until you have made a chocolatey ball of playdough. Pinch off small balls (holding for laughs) and roll in the palms of your hand until well-shaped. Lightly roll the balls in sifted cocoa powder or powdered sugar -- shaking off any excess (just like Madonna did) and you should get at least 20 truffles. (Okay: real world "I-licked-some-off-my-fingers-and-spilled-some-on-the-floor" count is 18, but the point is they're ONLY 82 calories each and if you wanted to, you could use Splenda instead of sugar to make yourself feel even better about this dessert... but the Paula Leen camp stands by it's preference of natural sweeteners.) Note: You can skip the powder rolling altogether for particularly sticky balls.

Place balls on a wax paper-lined baking sheet (or something flat and portable) and chill for at least an hour... or seven and a half unhappy years...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

This news has us workin' on OUR first cookbook!

On Monday, the one and only Paula DEEN was doin' a book signing @ Border's Bookstore Columbus Circle (NY, NY) of the newest addition to her written library: MY FIRST COOKBOOK.

Now this ain't her first cookbook BY ANY MEANS...it's actually her ninth...but what Paula has done different this time, is that she has shared with you her favorite recipes from childhood designed for the young ones to help make with you.

"Ya'll, is she callin' me stupid?" -Paula Leen

As we start to get our first cookbook together of our Southern Comfort Foods For A More Comfortable Waistline, we invite you to head over to Cooking.com where Paula Deen's My First Cookbook is available at over 30% off the retail price.

Those good folks over there are ALWAYS findin' ways of makin' sure your wallet keeps it's weight on!


Photo: WireImage.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

On the tofu tip

Our posted recipe for Live and Let LeanLoaf is a tasty combination of turkey and tofu. When creating the recipe we considered just turkey, but previous turkey meatloaf experiences were, well, turkeys. The unctious moistness of a real meatloaf is what we craved. Some of us only thought of tofu as soy-sauce soaked strips o'sponge, but tofu is remarkably versatile and when groped and squeezed and squished with ground turkey it makes moist magic. While we're all soy milk crazy, sales of tofu have actually fallen considerably since 2004. So what's the problem? Tofu is soy. The Washington Post talked to Jen Lin-Liu, author of "Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China" who offers this soy attitude adjustment suggestion: "Think of it as cheese. It's really like the cheese of China, where people have been eating it for 4,000 years".

So there you have it, think of tofu as cheese. To-cheese. Actually, don't do that. Just give it a try and see if you don't agree.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tofu IS 'fo you!

We got a lot of questions about why we included Tofu in our fabulous LeanLoaf, SO we thought we tell ya'll ALL about it.


Starting now:

Tofu is made from soybeans, water and a coagulant, or 'curdling agent'. (Yea, it's sounds disgusting, but it's really just science helping you to a leaner life). The production of tofu from soy milk is similar to the production of cheese from milk.

Tofu is low in calories, high in protein and calcium, contains beneficial amounts of iron (especially important for women of child-bearing age) and has no saturated fat or cholesterol.

There is a wide variety of tofu available in both Western and Eastern markets. and despite the daunting varieties available, tofu products can be split into two main categories: fresh tofu, which is produced directly from soy milk, and processed tofu, which is produced from fresh tofu. 

Look for tofu in the produce section of your regular grocery store... and tell 'em Paula Leen sent 'cha!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Baskin-Robbins' "Death Shake"

Reports on how many calories/grams of fat fast food has are abundant and usually a"duh"dant. We've grown numb to the bad-for-you math, e.g., 1 small bag of french fries = 2,750 cups of plain popcorn (or, say, close to that). But every once in a while we can still get sugarshocked. Indeed it's almost hard to fathom how they can even get the plastic lid on, and straw pushed through, all the crap ingredients, calories, saturated fat, and milligrams of cholestrol in the Baskin-Robbins' Heath Shake (Large). The Miami New Times breaks it down here.

You had me at "good fat"

Scientists from the University of California at Irvine have found that "good fat" in olive oil, nuts and avocados helps prevent snacking between meals. Oleic acid ("good fat" sounds so much cozier) apparently triggers a reaction in the body that staves off hunger pangs and tells the brain, 'I feel full' and 'I love that color on you!' (latter not actually in the olive oil study published in the journal, Cell Metabolism, but obvious conclusion could be reached).