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Blake Lively's cooking video: 5 things we learn about her
"Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively recently took over the Bedford Post Inn's kitchen to showcase her puff pastry recipe and culinary skills for a Vogue video posted to YouTube.
Sure, her segment with Vogue's Elettra Wiedemann is informative, but Newsday Westchester's further analysis yields five more things we can learn about the Bedford resident that go beyond the four balsamic vinegars recommended for this recipe.
1. Lively likes nice things. In fairness, who doesn't? But in addition to taking over the kitchen of one of her favorite Hudson Valley restaurants, her puff pastry's ingredients include figs, raspberries, shallots, brie and maple syrup. By comparison, I will shove pre-made mac 'n' cheese into a microwave and take great care in finding a spoon that doesn't have too much residue on it from the last time I microwaved mac 'n' cheese.
2. She knows her way around a kitchen — even if it's not her own. I've always considered chefs more impressive when they're less concerned with formal measurements and more about finding the right flavor profile given the available ingredients. In addition to showing off that kind of ability, Lively drops the words "confit" and "compote" as if they were concepts as familiar as peanut butter and jelly. No wonder she got to learn a butterscotch recipe at Per Se, one of New York City's top restaurants.
3. She's applying the same approach to redecorating her Bedford home as she does with her fashion choices. Wiedemann commended Lively for her sartorial style, noting that the actress doesn't hire a stylist for her fashion choices on and off the red carpet. "You know, it's all the same concept," Lively noted. We're guessing she won't retile her bathroom floor in Christian Louboutin shoes, as she claimed one of her sisters did.
4. Her egg skills are everything they're cracked up to be. Most people can crack an egg with one hand, but few can do without getting shell bits everywhere. Not only does Lively pull that off, but she tucks one half of the shell into the other, all in one motion.
5. She says she doesn't drink. "I actually don't like the taste of alcohol, so I don't drink ... but I cook with so much alcohol," Lively said. "I like the rich velvety notes of it, without that medicinal kick."
What else did you learn from Blake Lively's cooking tutorial? Tell us in the comments section. And check out Newsday Westchester's article and photo gallery focusing on stars who have dined at the Bedford Post Inn and other restaurants in the Hudson Valley.