Haylie Duff is a girl who seems to have it all… yet somehow manages to stay completely down to earth, unpretentious and downright fun. She’s already a triple threat talent (actress, musician and food blogger) and now she’s just added the title of “cookbook author” to her resume with the recent publication of The Real Girl’s Kitchen — a gorgeous, completely approachable collection of Haylie’s best recipes that she tested and styled herself. So excited that she invited us into her welcoming, light-filled Hollywood Hills home for a day of cooking and letting us in on the secrets behind her laid-back entertaining style. Click through for the too-pretty-for-words images shot by Belathée Photography… and don’t miss the recipe for Haylie’s Kale “Love” Salad. Perfect way to kickoff a new year of healthy eating!
The restaurant meal I’ll never forget:
The incredible meal I enjoyed with friends at Chef Ludo’s pop up restaurant Trois Mec.
My signature entertaining dish:
Literally all of my friends have enjoyed my herb roasted chicken, kale salads and brussels sprouts.
Current favorite color palette for parties:
Neutrals! Linen, white, and burlap.
My dream dinner guests:
Someone I could never meet but would like to… like Jackie O, Julia Child, or Bonnie & Clyde.
The perfect dinner party playlist includes:
Easy going stuff… Ray Lamontagne, Alabama Shakes and any and all oldies. People tend to dance when the oldies come on!
My entertaining style in 5 words or less:
Relaxed, welcoming, lively, experimental and tasty!
My must-have entertaining tool:
A wine opener!
The entertaining rule I rarely break:
I try not to set too many rules! I associate entertaining with fun. Rules? Not so much…
A colorful Moroccan pouf at Haylie’s Hollywood Hills home.
What scares you about entertaining?
Not much, actually! I try to keep the recipes simple so that I’m comfortable cooking and talking with my guests.
The taste I’m always craving:
Savory! I don’t have much of a sweet tooth.
According to Haylie, it only takes a few key elements to make a really beautiful charcuterie plate…
1. When plating, use a big cheese plate or board. I love to use a rustic wooden board for a more relaxed feel or a big piece of slate.
2. Use the delicious combos of salty, buttery or nutty flavors.
3. Don’t be afraid to include some out-of-the-box additions like my Rosemary Macrona Almonds or Parmesan Crisps.
Haylie’s entertaining words of wisdom:
Test out new recipes on smaller groups in case something goes wrong!
Always in my refrigerator:
Lemons, eggs, yogurt and fresh herbs.
Haylie’s Kale “Love” Salad
Find more of Haylie’s simple, elegant recipes in her cookbook, The Real Girl’s Kitchen.
My standard host / hostess outfit:
Usually a comfy pair of jeans, simple sweater and a pair of flats…or barefoot!
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