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My first time on a red carpet was at my friend’s Netflix celebration, which took place at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles a few months ago. Sparkly gowns, diamond necklaces, stilettos: the whole shebang.
In my too-big white dress from the clearance rack at Ross, I fit in as well as a dairy cow at a dog show. A big fat one, too.
While it would be awesome to say that I’m completely at home on the red carpet, at big celebrity gigs, or attending all the other events that come along with the entertainment industry, I’m all too happy to sit here at my computer on a slow Saturday night. Black leggings, an oversized swim sweater, and messy hair that hasn’t met a brush in three days–that’s my kind of weekend in a nutshell.
Of course, networking and big parties play a big part in the entertainment world, which is why I’m slowly working my way up to the big screens. Last week, I made my first TV appearance (!!) on The Price is Right. My family even recorded the episode so I could come home and watch for myself with them. My friends and I appeared a grand total of four times.
…Okay, I actually only made it on three times, since they seated me right at the very edge of the room and the panning camera didn’t even bother with my little dairy cow corner.
Moo. (Then again, one of the shots also showed one of my friends asleep on national television, so I felt slightly less bad about it afterward.)
The only other times I’ve been in the presence of
supernaturally good-looking people endowed with a top rung on the hierarchy of popular culture celebrities, the encounters have been fairly anticlimactic. On my list to date, I’ve met or seen/spoken to in close quarters: Morgan Freeman, Kim Jeong, Drew Carey, the cast of Expelled, half of the Netflix shows’ stars, and Kit Harrington.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m always excited to meet someone famous–more for the experience than anything else. But I find that I’m ten times more nervous about meeting with my boss than I am with that (admittedly attractive) B-list star from the latest dystopia/YA fantasy movie.
In a way, this realization is oddly reassuring. I guess somewhere along the line I actually did outgrow my tween hormones and set my priorities straight.
The only famous person who ever made me sweat bullets and nearly pee in my pants before I talked to her was the author of Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine. Do you remember this book? I will never forget the first time I opened my Scholastic book bundle and found this iconic Newbery Honor Medal cover staring back up at me.
A few years ago, I was interning at a children’s literature agency in San Diego and when the summer ended, the agent invited all of us to attend his annual publishing world party in L.A. Naturally, I was excited–but imagine my near-hysterical state when he poked his head into my office the next week and said: “By the way, guess who’s coming as a plus-one to the event?”
I’m pretty sure his eardrums regretted the name that followed.
For the next three weeks, I sat in a state of increasingly nervous celebrity awe. I took to eating ice cream straight from the tub. I alternately averaged baking four batches of rocky road brownies a day and refusing to bake anything at all out of sheer nerves. It was terrifying. And awesome.
I’ll admit it: I spent the first 2 hours of the party flitting around with the other interns and our agent’s assistant, craning my neck at all the names and faces I had only ever seen on paper but whose talent I revered (Jon Sciezka and Mac Barnett are the only ones I remember now). About 20 minutes into the game, I spotted Gail Carson Levine–I had made sure to Google Image search her face extensively before arriving–and promptly ducked behind a big pillar in the room. I spent the next hour and 40 minutes ducking around the venue, at a far enough distance to not seem too creepy and yet close enough to seem really, really creepy.
Well, as it turns out, my agent had a lot firmer head on his shoulders than I did. He accosted me as I was chatting with the director of Saved By the Bell and basically dragged me over to meet Gail once he heard that I hadn’t talked to her yet. He introduced me as his intern, told me I loved her books, and left us to chat.
I certainly was not the smooth charmer I am these days *cough*, but we managed to have a pretty decent conversation. I asked her some offhand questions about her life and how she came up with the idea for Ella Enchanted, and she rattled off some answers while fandangling the last grape popsicle from one of the passing waiters. (Like a good starstruck fan, I did not attempt to eat anything on a churning stomach.) I watched, fascinated and most certainly gaping, as this 80-some year old woman actually stuck her entire face under the popsicle to eat the last piece before it slipped off the stick and fell on the floor.
If I wasn’t a fan before, this moment did it. –> #fangirl4life. I guess there are some things in life you never really outgrow.
Anyway, what are your celeb stories? Any fun ones to share? Let me know in the comments!
And of course, enjoy these amazing, easy-to-assemble Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Crumble Peanut Butter Mousse Layer Parfaits + all the other #SundaySupper recipes for a tasty Red Carpet Party this weekend.
For the gluten-free chocolate chip cookies [Adapted from Alton Brown|http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/the-chewy-gluten-free-recipe.html]
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 whole egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups brown rice flour (I used Bob's Red Mill
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons tapioca starch (you may also use cornstarch for version with corn)
- 1 teaspoon ground flax seeds (can use xanthan gum)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups dairy-free semisweet chips
For the peanut butter mousse:
- 2 cups peanut butter (or other nut butter--Nutella would also work!)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk), and more as needed
For the gluten-free chocolate chip cookies Adapted from Alton Brown
- In a large bowl, cream together coconut oil and both sugars.
- Mix in egg, egg yolk, coconut milk, and vanilla extract.
- In a medium bowl, sift together rice flour, tapioca starch, flax seeds, salt, and baking soda. Add to wet ingredients and stir in until just combined.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours before baking.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
- Scoop out 1-inch dough balls and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. (If your dough is crumbly, just shape it together as best as you can with your hands! Or if you're not planning to give these away as cookies--only in crumble form--just plot them onto the cookie sheet in one-inch blobs.)
- Bake in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes, until set and golden around the edges but still soft and chewy in the center. Allow to continue cooling on baking sheet for ten minutes. In the meantime, make your peanut butter "mousse"...
For the peanut butter mousse:
- In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients, adding more coconut milk as needed to achieve desired, creamy consistency.
- Set out approximately 20 paper baking cups, using more or less as needed. Crumble half of your cookies to start with and fill 1/3 of each cup with the crumbs. Scoop a dollop of peanut butter mousse on top. Fill cups with remaining cookie crumbles--you can crumble more cookies as needed at this point. (If you prefer more PB taste and run out of mousse, just whip up another batch!)
- Serve up and enjoy at your next (red carpet) party!
Nominees for Best Supporting Appetizers:
- Beef Sliders with Sautéed Mushrooms, Onions, Bleu Cheese and Bacon by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Black and White Olive Cheese Puffs by Peaceful Cooking
- Cheddar Olives by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Chicken Boursin by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Citrus Avocado Shrimp Cocktail by Seduction in the Kitchen
- French Onion Sliders by Momma’s Meals
- Herbed Butter and Cheese Popcorn by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Italian Guacamole with Pesto by Food Done Light
- Lobster Bruschetta by The Texan New Yorker
- Melon and Prosciutto Skewers by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Mini Cheese Balls by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Moroccan Beef Kefta Briouat by Manu’s Menu
- Mushroom Pate by Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Oysters Rockfeller by Noshing With The Nolands
- Pea Pesto Crostini by Ruffles & Truffes
- Pear, Proscuito Polenta Bites by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp by Casa de Crews
- Raspberry Brie Bites by Love and Confections
- Roasted Red Pepper Pinwheels by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Smoked Trout Stuffed Baby New Potatoes by Food Lust People Love
- Spinach Bites by Shockingly Delicious
- Sweet Chili Chicken Skewers by Nosh My Way
Nominees for Best Course in a Leading Role:
- Broccoli Calzones by eating in instead
- Bow Ties and Tails Galore by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Chicken Oscar by Palatable Pastime
- Indulgent Lobster-Champagne Risotto by The Weekend Gourmet
- Oscar Worthy Cantonese Lobster with Coconut-Ginger Rice by Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Steak Oscar by Nik Snacks
Nominees for Best Supporting Sips:
- Apple Ginger Martini by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Blood Orange Rosemary Spritzer by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Cherry Almond Sparklers by Magnolia Days
- Iced Espresso Martini by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Mixed Berry Martini by The Messy Baker
- Oscartini by Family Foodie
- Red Carpet Sparkler by Rhubarb and Honey
- Thank You Peary Much by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Nominees for Best Delectable Desserts:
- 7-Layer Bark by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Caramel-Almond Latte Ricotta Cookies by What Smells So Good?
- Champagne Truffles by Brunch with Joy
- Chocolate Covered Cherries by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Decadent Flourless Brownies by Recipe for Perfection
- Edible Oscars Envelopes by Sunday Supper Movement
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Crumble Peanut Butter Mousse Parfait Cups by Wallflour Girl
- Imitation Game Guinness Brownies by NinjaBaker.com
- Mini Strawberry Galette by Basic N Delicious
- Mini Strawberry & Chocolate Cheesecakes by Happy Baking Days
- No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake Shooters by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Popcorn Puppy Chow by Pies and Plots
- Sweet and Salty Popcorn Ball Bites by The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Tuxedo Cake by The Redhead Baker
Nominees for Best Dressed Table:
- DIY Glitter Vases by Sunday Supper Movement
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