Cooking Solo
South Of The Border

Celebrated chef Katie Lee enters new territory with her first fictional novel “Groundswell,” that touches on themes she's quite familair with: celebrity relationships, surfing, and of course, international cusine. SheKnows got the details straight from Lee about the book along with a few fresh Mexican recipes to eat while you read.

Many know her as the former Mrs. Billy Joel. And now, in addition to being a model and a chef, Katie Lee is adding fiction novelist to her credits.

Katie Lee Groundswell Book Signing

In her debut book Groundswell, Lee follows our heroine Emma from her marriage and divorce to a Hollywood A-lister, her subsequent escape to Mexico, and into the healing process and a new relationship with her surf instructor.

"This is a book that any girl who has had her heart broken can relate to," Lee told SheKnows at her signing party hosted by Gilt City LA at the W Los Angeles – Westwood. "Emma loses everything in this relationship, and lost herself in it. This is about Emma's journey finding out who she is solo."

One thing that isn't typically a solo activity is eating Mexican food, often served in large, family-style portions. Luckily, Lee has provided SheKnows with her favorite tasty Mexican meal to get the recent divorcee through a sweltering summer.

The "Single Girl Taco Salad"

"I do what I call a single girl salad and I make a mixture out of beans, ground turkey, chili powder, onions, cilantro, a little salsa and then I put that on the salad," Lee dished. "I devour it! I love, love that meal. It's good Mexican for one."

And once a girl recovers from heartache and is ready to entertain again, Lee also has a couple great Mexican drink recipes for a group.

Tequila

"When I was writing Groundswell I spent a month in Mexico doing research," Lee told SheKnows. "I like to think the tequila got the creative juices flowing."

Tequila Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle chilled prosecco
  • 2 cups sliced fruit and berries
  • 2 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • ½ cup triple sec

Directions:

In a large pitcher, mix all ingredients. Serve over ice.

Pink Grapefruit Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • Kosher salt, in a shallow dish, for rimming the glass
  • 1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice (fresh or store-bought)
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  • 2 cups triple sec
  • 2 cups good-quality silver tequila
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Rub the outside rim of each margarita glass with one of the lime wedges. Press the top of each glass in the kosher salt to coat the rim.
  2. Combine the grapefruit juice, sugar, triple sec, and tequila in a pitcher. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Serve on the rocks, or blend with ice for frozen. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Want to know more about Lee's passion for cooking?

Foodie Profile:

-Favorite ingredient: "It's summertime, so I'm really into vegetables right now because everything is so fresh. I live in the Hamptons and we have these great farm stands and I pick whatever vegetable looks best. I also think garlic is such a key ingredient. And a handful of basil or cilantro really kicks up any dish."

-Favorite dish to see on a menu: "I like to see when they have something that is from the area. If I'm in Miami and it's a Cuban dish, or I'm here in L.A. and I find a great Mexican restaurant, or there's a local fish on the menu in Montauk…that's what I'm excited to see."

-Top person to have a burger and a beer with: "My grandpa. He was the original foodie. He loved to eat more than anybody and I'd love to be able to share a burger with him. But more than anything I'd like to have some seafood with him. That was his favorite food. He loved oysters and I loved to sit at the beach with him and have a big plate of fried oysters."

For more of Lee's fabulous recipes check out her cookbook, The Comfort Table.

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Comments on "Celebrity chef Katie Lee dishes Mexican meal ideas for the single lady"

coolpillow July 01, 2011 | 12:06 AM

Why does anyone pay attention to this golddigger? If she likes Mexico so much -she should move there. Quit using Billy Joel - she's not married to him anymore.

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