Believe it or not, some celebrities cook, and they’re actually not half bad at it. Check out these links to seven star-struck recipes that might just leave you hoping their creators will give up show biz and open restaurants instead.
1. BEYONCÉ’S MOM’S CAJUN GREEN BEANS
Queen B raves about mama Tina’s Cajun stir-fried green beans, saying they taste just like steak. Who are we to argue with Sasha Fierce?
2. CHRISTINA HENDRICKS’S STUFFING
Mad Men’s Joan mixes cornbread with biscuits and pork sausage to make her family’s time-honored stuffing. The Old Fashioneds and Lucky Strikes are all on you.
3. TRISHA YEARWOOD’S SWEET AND SALTINES
Country’s queen of the ballad likes to blend sweet and salty, covering good old saltine crackers with caramel and chocolate for a combo as comfy and unpretentious as a broken-in pair of Lucchese cowboy boots.
4. STANLEY TUCCI’S CACCIATORE
No surprise that the star of food-centric movies like Big Night and Julie & Julia is right at home in the kitchen. Check out his recipe for chicken cacciatore, and make sure to save some of the white wine for yourself.
5. PATTI LABELLE’S MAC 'N' CHEESE
The Queen of Rock and Soul knows a thing or two about soul food. Her mac 'n' cheese includes four different cheeses plus Velveeta to ensure a sauce as rich and smooth as the original R&B diva’s voice.
6. GWYNETH PALTROW’S DAD’S PANCAKES
Gwynie shared dad Bruce’s recipe for these “world-famous” flapjacks in her cookbook, My Father’s Daughter. They get their delicious flavor from an overnight rest in the fridge.
7. JASON MRAZ’S CHOCOMOLE PUDDING
A healthy chocolate mousse with no sugar or tofu? That’s right, this San Diego native combines avocados, dates, raw cacao, carob powder, and cocoa powder for a delicious and healthy Cali dessert classic. Talk about the remedy.
Photo Credits: Beyoncé cooking / VH1, Tina & Beyoncé Knowles / Uptown Magazine, Christina Hendricks cooking on Mad Men / Entertainment Weekly, Trisha Yearwood’s chocolate-covered saltines / Food Network, Stanley Tucci cooking / Gourmet, Patti LaBelle cooking mac 'n' cheese / CBS News, Gwyneth Paltrow eating pancakes / NPR, Jason Mraz’s pudding / Parade Magazine
Leena Trivedi-Grenier is a Bay Area food writer and cooking teacher with an undying love for pot stickers. She earned her master's in gastronomy from Le Cordon Bleu. Her writing appears on her blog Leena Eats and in various food-based encyclopedias.