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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cooking with Eli Manning, Faith Hill and Nick Katsoris

As much as I love the Super Bowl, it’s a drag. I mean after stuffing your face with buffalo wings, Dos Equis and tri-tip sandwiches, you have the hit the treadmill non-stop for a week just to get back to normal. Surviving Super Bowl Sunday just got a little more difficult.

(c) 2011 by NK Publications, Inc.

New York attorney Nick Katsoris gathered more than 50 celebrities in his pleasingly illustrated new LOUKOUMI’S CELEBRITY COOKBOOK for children and their families. The second best part – after the food of course – is that Katsoris is donating a minimum of $2 from the sale of each book to Chefs for Humanity and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Click here to order.

A quick scan reveals a plethora of celebrity cuisine:

Rachael Ray’s French Toast Cups with Fresh Fruit
Oprah Winfrey’s Corn Fritters
Ellen DeGeneres’ Vegan Sliders
Beyoncé’s Easy Guacamole with Corn Chip Scoops
Betty White’s Chicken Wings
Nicole Kidman's Rice Pudding
Mario Lopez’s Chicken Enchiladas

By far, my two favorites are Eli Manning’s Lace Cookies and Faith Hill’s  Coca-Cola Cake. Not to worry, I have the recipes below. Happy cooking!

Eli Manning’s Lace Cookies

"My mom made these cookies for us all the time and they are my favorite. She still makes them every time I make a visit home" – Eli Manning


2 Cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 Tablespoon Flour
2 Cups White Sugar
½  Teaspoon Salt
2 Sticks Melted Butter
2 Eggs Beaten
1 Teaspoon Vanilla


1. Put the Oats, Flour, Sugar & Salt in to large bowl & mix well.
2. Pour very hot melted butter over mixture & stir until the sugar has melted.
3. Add Eggs & Vanilla - Stir Well.
4. Preheat oven to 325 Degrees.
5. Cover Cookie Sheets with ungreased aluminum foil.
6.  Drop ½ level teaspoons of the mixture on foil - 2 inches apart.
7.  Cook about 10-12 minutes.
8. Watch Carefully – When cookies are completely cooled, foil will peel off.
9. Store in airtight containers.
10. Makes about 6 dozens.

"Y'all should try my lace cookies..."


“I love this Coca-Cola Cake.  It is so rich and decadent…you need to drink a lot of milk with it.” – Faith Hill

2 Cups unsifted flour
2 Cups sugar
2 Sticks butter
2 TBSP. cocoa
1 Cup Coca-Cola
½ Cup buttermilk
1 teas. Baking soda
2 Eggs, beaten
1 TBSP vanilla
1 ½ cups miniature marshmallows

  1. Sift flour & sugar in bowl
  2. Heat butter, cocoa and coke to boiling point.  Pour over flour/sugar mixture.
  3. Add buttermilk, baking soda, eggs, vanilla and marshmallows. (Batter will be thin and marshmallows will float to top)
  4. Pour batter into greased and floured 9x13 pan.  Bake @ 350º for 30-35 minutes.  Ice cake while hot
Icing for Coca-Cola Cake

½ Cup butter
3 TBSP cocoa
6 TBSP Coca-Cola
16 oz. confectioners sugar

  1. Combine all ingredients & heat to boiling.
  2. Pour over cake while hot.
Recipes reprinted by permission from Loukoumi’s Celebrity Cookbook Featuring Favorite Childhood Recipes by Over 50 Celebrities by Nick Katsoris. Copyright (c) 2011 by NK Publications, Inc.