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Love Potions – Champagne Risotto and Shrimp

October is National Seafood Month, so we thought we’d bring back one of our favorite Love Potions dishes for your dining pleasure.

1?Tbsp. of unsalted butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1 cup of Arborio rice
1/2 cup of? dry Champagne
1 can of low sodium chicken broth (14.5 oz.)
1/2 pound medium uncooked shrimp
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
A few sprigs of finely minced fresh parsley


Place butter and olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.? Add onions and saute 1-2 minutes until onion is translucent..? Add the rice and saute 2 minutes coating rice with the butter mixture.? Add Champagne; simmer until the liquid is almost evaporated, stir frequently while simmering.? Add the broth, simmer until rice is almost tender, stir with a wooden spoon, stir frequently for about 15 minutes.? Add the shrimp and simmer, stirring frequently until the shrimp is cooked through and the rice is al dente, add small amounts of broth if the mixture is too thick.? Stir in the parmesan cheese.? Taste and season with salt and pepper.? Serve on warmed plates and sprinkle top lightly with minced parsley.? Serves 2

You can steam some fresh asparagus and serve the rice over the aspargus with the tips pointing out.

The Love Potion recipe was contributed by Heatherr Jumah.

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Love Potions – Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Cookies
For our Love Potions, romantic recipes, we’ve selected this Candy Corn Sugar Cookie recipe from our friends at Bake Space.
To celebrate Halloween, try this simple and easy recipe that is not only delightful to look at, but you’ll have fun nibbling on them with your next online date or at a Halloween costume party.
  • Cooking Time: 9-11″
  • Preparation Time: 10″
  • 18 oz tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 2 t lemon zest
  • 2 t orange zest
  • 1/4 t vanilla
  • yellow food coloring
  • orange food coloring
  • 1/2 c white chocolate chips
  • organ and yellow sanding sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Beat flour into cookie dough, then divide into three parts.
  • Beat lemon zest and yellow food coloring into 1 part; set aside.
  • Beat orange zest and orange food coloring into another part; set aside.
  • Beat vanilla into remaining plain part.
  • Roll each section into a long rope.
  • Lay side-by-side on a lightly-floured surface, with the orange in the middle.
  • Use a rolling pin to roll (lengthwise), forming one sheet of dough with three stripes – plain, orange, yellow.
  • Use a knife or pastry cutter to cut into triangles.
  • Bake 9-11″ and let cool for 1″ before transferring to rack to cool completely.
  • Microwave chips for about 1″ to melt, then dunk some of the tips or backs into the chocolate and sprinkle with colored sugar.

Love Potions courtesy of Bake Space and Tyler’s Aunt

Love Potions – Superfood Chocolate Candy

Love Potions


My friend Rose Cole shared with me her most popular recipe from the?Wellness With Rose Cookbook.

Enjoy the health benefits of chocolate while still indulging here and there.


1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup organic raw almond butter
4 Tbsp agave nectar
1/4 cup organic unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup hemp seed protein
1/2 tsp liquid Stevia or 3 tsp powdered Stevia (6 packets)
1 Tbsp organic vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup raw chocolate cacao powder (may substitute Chatfield’s roasted carob powder)
1/3 cup goji berries (optional)


1. Spray on ice cube tray with nonstick spray and set aside or use mini cupcake tins and papers.
2. Melt coconut oil under hot water or spoon into saucepan and melt over low flame. When coconut oil turns to a liquid, pour oil into a medium bowl.
3. Slowly whisk in almond butter, cinnamon, Stevia, and agave nectar one at a time.
4. Next, whisk in vanilla.
5. Then slowly stir in cacao (or carob), almond meal, coconut, and hemp seed protein one at at time, sprinkling evenly as you go.
6. Batter should run off of spoon. Spoon into ice cube tray, or cup cake papers and chill in freezer for 15
6. Sprinkle goji berries on the top.

Fun Optional Add-ins

1-3 drops of your favorite edible essential oil: peppermint, lavender, lemon, rose, tangerine. You can find the best essential oils at
1/2 tsp Course Celtic sea salt
1/4 cup Chopped Golden berries, also known as Incan Berries.

Love Potions – Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Cookies

Love Potions - Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Cookies

Love Potions - Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Cookies

My friends at have been featuring different cookies every day this week.

If you are in the mood to get decadent and don’t mind avoiding counting the calories, here’s one of my favorites.


* 4 Tbsp butter, softened
* 8oz cream cheese, softened
* 1 egg
* 1/4 tsp vanilla
* 1 box yellow butter cake mix
* 1 bag chocolate chunks


1. Combine first five ingredients and stir in chocolate chunks.
2. Drop dough by Tbsp on cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 9-11 minutes at 350 degrees, being careful not to overcook.
4. Raspberries, blueberries also good in place of chocolate chunks.

This Love Potion recipe was contributed by kmmahon2 at

Love Potions – Mariel’s Breakfast Smoothie

orange drink
Did you have an all-nighter with your cyber-beau? Feeling a little bit guilty about it?

Start the day with a refreshing recipe from Mariel Hemingway’s latest book, Mariel’s Kitchen.
You ?may feel some remorse about the night before, but this healthy drink will start your day off with a smile.

Breakfast Smoothie?

1 cup fresh organic orange juice
1 cup fresh organic carrot juice
2 cups organic GMO-free soy milk or almond milk
2 cups organic bananas, peeled and quartered
2 scoops whey protein isolate powder (about 4 tablespoons)
2 teaspoons Xylosweet, optional

Combine all ingredients with about 2 cubs of ice cubes in a blender.
Blend until combined and frothy. Serve immediately.

This love potion was graciously contributed by Mariel Hemingway, author of Mariel’s Kitchen.

Love Potions – Easy Pear Appetizer


Love Potions - Easy Pair Appetizer

At my recent book signing event at Donald J Pliner in Beverly Hills, the Italian caterer, La Piu Bella Tavola treated us to delicious limonada cookies. This month they are sharing their secret recipe for the Easy Pear Appetizer for our Love Potions.

Easy Pear Appetizer?

  • 2 Pears?
  • 1 Container of Mascarpone Cheese (in dairy case)
  • Cracked Pepper?
  • Whole Toasted Walnuts?

Remove the core and pits from a pear. Slice pear into 1/4 inch slices, slicing through the entire pear. Whip mascarpone cheese with fork. Add a dollop of mascarpone cheese to the top of the pear slice. Sprinkle cracked pepper lightly on top of the cheese. Top with lightly toasted walnut. Enjoy!?

Love Potions – Mariel’s Blisscuits

Mariel's Blisscuits

Mariel's Blisscuits

How would you like your life to be filled with bliss? Or at least have you and your loved one’s tummy filled with Mariel Hemingway’s Blisscuits? Mariel shares her special recipe in her new book, Mariel’s Kitchen: Simple Ingredients for a Delicious and Satisfying Life.


2 cups almond meal
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons whey protein isolate powder
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon Xylosweet
1/2 cup finely shredded coconut
3 tablespoons coconut flour
2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/4 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 cup coconut oil
3 large egg whites
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon almond extract


1. Preheat oven to 300-degrees Farenheit. Cover two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together well. In a medium bowl, whisk together coconut oil, egg whites, and vanilla and almond extracts. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix together well.
3. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into 2-inch squares. Or form into 2-inch patties, 1/4 inch thick, with your hands. Place on prepared baking sheets and bake until golden, 15-20 minutes.
4. Let cool before storing in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to a month.

Suggestion from Mariel: “Divide dough into 1-cup amounts and wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then in foil. Blisscuit dough can be frozen for up to 2 months. This way you can defrost a cup at a time and bake fresh Blisscuits whenever you like.”

Love Potion was generously contributed by Mariel Hemingway.

Love Potions – The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie


Who doesn?t love a great chocolate chip cookie? Chocolate chip cookies probably bring back the most childhood memories and of course, if you?ve ever tried them, Mrs. Field?s chocolate chip cookies are the absolute best!

So what?s a cookie cravin? girl to do when she can?t get a hold of Mrs. Field?s delectable delights? That?s right! Pull out the cookie sheet and make your own!
Todd Wilbur of the fabulous website Top Secret Recipes creates perfect clones of famous brand name products. And luckily, he has a clone recipe for Mrs. Field?s chocolate chip cookies!

So grab that spatula, mixing bowl, and bake the best chocolate chip cookies that money can buy! ?Nibble on a few with your latest cyber-date and soon you will be in cookie heaven!

Love Potion contributed by Heather Jumah, Wealth, Success, and Women.

Love Potion – Chewy Chocolate Espresso Cookies


Chewy Chocolate Espresso Cookies

6 Tablespoons of all purpose flour sifted
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces of?high quality semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
3/4 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of instant espresso powder (Medaglia D?Oro or Ferrara)
2 large eggs
2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract (good quality)
1 cup high quality semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.? Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat such as Silpat.? Mix the flour, baking powder and salt with a fork in a small bowl, set aside.? Melt the 8 ounces of?chocolate chips and the butter over low heat.? Remove from the heat.? In a medium bowl add the sugar, espresso powder, vanilla and eggs, using an electric mixer, beat until well blended.? Stir the sugar/egg mixture into the warm chocolate mixture using a spatula or wooden spoon.? Stir in the flour mixture and the 1 cup of chocolate chips, mix well.?

Drop the cookie mixture by the tablespoon onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing cookies 2 inches apart.? Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the tops crack but the cookies are still soft.? Cool 5 minutes before removing from the baking sheet.? Transfer cookies to a rack for further cooling.? Makes 2 dozen cookies.


I recently attended a book signing for?Fabulous Parties: Food and Flowers for Elegant Entertaining,?where Peggy Dark of the well loved caterer, The Kitchen, graciously was autographing her book co-authored with Mark Held and Richard David of Mark’s Garden, an elegant florist in Los Angeles.

The event was held at the Karen Lynne Gallery in Beverly Hills. I must say, this beautiful book gives examples and tips on how to entertain in style. Both Mark’s Garden and the kitchen have catered to celebrity clients including Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Diane Keaton, George Clooney, Teri Hatcher, Tommy Hilfiger, Donatella Versace, and many more.?You don’t need to live in Los Angeles or to be famous to create the party themes and recipes included in the book. ?And the bonus for those mingling in the gallery – a portion of the proceeds of the book sales benefitted Aviva Family and Children’s Services, a non-profit agency providing care and treatment to abandoned, neglected, abused, and at-risk youth and families in the Los Angeles area since 1915.