NYC Housewife Ramona Singer Reveals Her Favorite Christmas Traditions and Signature Dishes (EXCLUSIVE)

Move over Martha Stewart, here comes Ramona Singer.

The feisty Real Housewife of New York is known as an astute businesswoman, wife and mother, but leave it to the holidays to bring out her kitchen savvy, from baking with her daughter Avery to decorating the Christmas tree.

“My favorite thing about Christmas is how traditional it is with our family,” Singer told Celebuzz.

“I love being in our home and doing what we do each year. Ever since Avery was a little girl, we would make sugar cookies together. I did the same with my mom when I was little.

“I would do most of the work while Avery watched and then she would get to sprinkle on the sugar at the end,” she added. “But 18 years later the roles have reversed. Avery does most of the baking while I watch and then I get to sprinkle the sugar on at the end!”

Singer’s holiday party plans include her annual pre-Christmas bash with her closest friends when she gets the chance to dazzle them with her culinary skills.

“I always throw a pre-Christmas gathering so we can celebrate with our friends,” said Singer. “I invite 20 of our nearest and dearest over and cook all of my signature dishes. I really look forward to everything about this holiday season.”

So what’s one of her foodie favorites on this year’s menu? Baked chicken with artichokes and white wine, she said.

Singer also fondly remembers passing down one special tradition to her daughter, even though it came with a hefty price tag.

“When I was pregnant with Avery, I was strolling down Madison Avenue and saw 50 percent off Christmas ornaments and I purchased hundreds of dollars worth!” she said. “My husband looked at me like I was nuts! But I told him, ‘These will be our first ornaments with Avery and we will keep them forever.’”

Now the gold and burgundy décor fill her Hamptons home with memories.

“They are still my favorites,” she said, “and we hang them every year along with ones we have added along the way.”

Here is Singer’s favorite holiday recipe for baked chicken with artichokes and white wine:

4 chicken breasts, skinned, boneless and split in half
20 white button mushrooms, sliced
1 or 2 cans artichoke hearts (14 oz each), drained well, and cut in half
Lemon juice (1 lemon)
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup Ramona Pinot Grigio or other white wine

Put salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken breasts and coat with flour
Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium heat
Then cook the chicken on both sides for about 3 to 4 minutes each (until cooked,
depending on thickness.)
Remove from pan
Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for one to 2 minutes
Then add the artichokes, chicken broth, wine and lemon juice
Bring to a boil then simmer until the sauce is reduced and add chicken breasts

*Optional: Serve with pasta, pesto sauce and parmesan cheese

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Parents-to-Be Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum Preparing for Their Best Christmas Ever, Says Source (EXCLUSIVE)

Parents-to-be Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum are looking forward to their best Christmas ever now that the 32-year-old actress is pregnant with their first child.

And the happy Hollywood couple doesn’t care if they have a boy or a girl, just as long as the baby is fit and healthy, a source close to the family has revealed to Celebuzz.

The American Horror Story: Asylum actress is is having mixed emotions as she comes to terms with her new parental role.

“They are both ecstatic — it is the perfect Christmas gift and it will make this year’s holidays very special,” the insider revealed to Celebuzz.

And whether the former Step Up co-stars are having a boy or a girl is still up in the air.

“Jenna and Tatum don’t know if it is a boy or a girl yet and they’re still getting used to her being pregnant,” added the source. “But they are totally excited and they do not care about the sex of the baby just as long as he or she is fit and healthy.”

The couple only announced the pregnancy a few days ago with Dewan spotted out and about running errands in Los Angeles Dec. 19, looking like a stylish mom-to-be in hot pink t-shirt and hoodie with comfortable leggings matched with ballet pumps.

It’s unknown how far along The Playboy Club star is, but she’s now showing a slight baby bump and so far the pregnancy has not slowed her down.

“She is doing well, she is fit and strong. Both Channing and Jenna always wanted to have kids, so they are delighted that she is pregnant. If it was a surprise, then it was a welcome one.

“All their family and friends are delighted for them and it was great news especially at this time of year,” the insider added.

The Magic Mike star admitted in a recent interview with PEOPLE that the couple were ready to start a family and they had not ruled out having a lot of kids.

He revealed that three kids might be the perfect number, but added that he had joked with his wife about having 15 — but he knew that idea wouldn’t go down too well: “It’s really easy for us guys to say, ‘I want like 15 kids. Jenna will be like, ‘Well you better get another wife!’” he said.

The happy couple originally met in 2006 on the set of Step Up before Channing popped the question in September 2008 while on vacation in Hawaii. They sealed their love by getting married on the grounds of church Estates Vineyards in California in July 2009.

What do you think … how many kids do you think Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum should have? Let us know your thoughts below.

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Parents-to-Be Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum Preparing for Their Best Christmas Ever, Says Source (EXCLUSIVE)

Parents-to-be Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum are looking forward to their best Christmas ever now that the 32-year-old actress is pregnant with their first child.

And the happy Hollywood couple doesn’t care if they have a boy or a girl, just as long as the baby is fit and healthy, a source close to the family has revealed to Celebuzz.

The American Horror Story: Asylum actress is is having mixed emotions as she comes to terms with her new parental role.

“They are both ecstatic — it is the perfect Christmas gift and it will make this year’s holidays very special,” the insider revealed to Celebuzz.

And whether the former Step Up co-stars are having a boy or a girl is still up in the air.

“Jenna and Tatum don’t know if it is a boy or a girl yet and they’re still getting used to her being pregnant,” added the source. “But they are totally excited and they do not care about the sex of the baby just as long as he or she is fit and healthy.”

The couple only announced the pregnancy a few days ago with Dewan spotted out and about running errands in Los Angeles Dec. 19, looking like a stylish mom-to-be in hot pink t-shirt and hoodie with comfortable leggings matched with ballet pumps.

It’s unknown how far along The Playboy Club star is, but she’s now showing a slight baby bump and so far the pregnancy has not slowed her down.

“She is doing well, she is fit and strong. Both Channing and Jenna always wanted to have kids, so they are delighted that she is pregnant. If it was a surprise, then it was a welcome one.

“All their family and friends are delighted for them and it was great news especially at this time of year,” the insider added.

The Magic Mike star admitted in a recent interview with PEOPLE that the couple were ready to start a family and they had not ruled out having a lot of kids.

He revealed that three kids might be the perfect number, but added that he had joked with his wife about having 15 — but he knew that idea wouldn’t go down too well: “It’s really easy for us guys to say, ‘I want like 15 kids. Jenna will be like, ‘Well you better get another wife!’” he said.

The happy couple originally met in 2006 on the set of Step Up before Channing popped the question in September 2008 while on vacation in Hawaii. They sealed their love by getting married on the grounds of church Estates Vineyards in California in July 2009.

What do you think … how many kids do you think Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum should have? Let us know your thoughts below.

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30 Days of Giving & Receiving: Star Couple Gift Guide

Newlyweds Chris Lambton and Peyton Wright Lambton have been inspiring beautiful backyards across the country in their new HGTV series “Going Yard,” but for Celebuzz’s 30 Days of Giving & Receiving their tackling another kind of task.

What will star couples be gifting each other this holiday season? The Lambton’s have put together a list of gift picks best suited for five of Hollywood’s hottest couples.

The perfect gift for Brad Pitt to give Angelina Jolie? What might Jessica Simpson find under her tree this year?

LAUNCH THE GALLERY ABOVE TO FIND OUT.

Chris and Peyton’s HGTV series, Going Yard, will return with new episodes in 2013. For more info, check out hgtv.com.

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‘Million Dollar Rooms’ Star Carter Oosterhouse Shares Tips and Tricks for Turning Your Home into a Winter Wonderland (EXCLUSIVE GUEST BLOG)

Writing exclusively for Celebuzz, Carter Oosterhouse — lifestyle expert and host of HGTV’s Million Dollar Rooms, Carter Can and Celebrity Motor Homes — shares her secrets on how to festively glam up your home for the holiday season:

The holidays are my favorite time of year, especially since I’m on the road so much. To make things even sweeter, this year I’m doing something I’ve never done before — I’m providing design insight and inspiration to a life-size gingerbread house at Great Wolf Lodge. Throughout the month of December, when families dine inside these edible creations, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Some of the design inspiration that I’ve added to these sweet treats include, icing icicles dripping from the roof, candy button wallpaper, poinsettias made of gingerbread and a sled out front giving the houses some candy curb appeal.

Families that visit one of the 11 Great Wolf Lodge properties nationwide can get inspired to create their own winter wonderlands at home.

A really easy, fun and inexpensive decoration families can do together is a festive holiday photo frame.

With a simple wood frame found at your local craft store, kids can get creative by decorating with glue sticks and candy. Red and green Pop Rocks, Nerds and peppermints are some of my favorites.

This is a great indoor project kids can do when it’s too cold to play outside, and the finished project is a perfect treat to hold your holiday family photos all season long.

Additional tips and tricks for turning your home into a winter wonderland this year include:

· When decorating your Christmas tree, use fake snow, clear lights, and ornaments adorned in white and silver alongside glass icicles, to give a snowy, outdoor feel. Don’t forget to use spray snow or flocking before you light and decorate the tree!

· In the dining room, lay a white tablecloth across the table and add a centerpiece of red and silver ornaments or pine cones sprinkled with silver glitter. Include subtle light with candles atop a festive table runner. Adding a dimmer switch in the room will really set the mood at dinnertime with your loved ones.

· Spread cheer throughout the house by introducing new seasonal colors with throw pillows or blankets. Red, green and silver accents will give your home an updated holiday feel without breaking the bank.

· Decorate the windows with spray frost or stickers and place a flameless candle in each window to shimmer on the snow at night.

· To put the finishing touches on your holiday home both inside and out, take the decorating outside by lining the driveway with white lights and hanging icicle lights from the rooftop.

For more winter wonderland design inspiration, head to your nearest Great Wolf Lodge, or visit greatwolf.com/Snowland.

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30 Days of Giving & Receiving: Teri Reeves’ Holiday Shopping Spree (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

With just one day to Christmas, Celebuzz continues our 30 Days of Giving & Receiving with the stars. Today, we’re heading over to Los Angeles’ Tweak: The Originial Giftery where Chicago Fire star, Teri Reeves, is doing some holiday shopping.

What’s the best part of gift-giving for the star?

“It’s just sort of beautiful to feel connected to everybody celebrating for the holidays,” she tells us.

So, what will the lucky recipients on Reeve’s list be getting this year?

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE TO FIND OUT.

Shop all of Reeve’s gift picks at TWEAK The Original Giftery in L.A. (8384 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles 90048), or online at tweak99.com

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30 Days of Giving & Receiving: Inbar Lavi’s Holiday Shopping Trip (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

You may know her as Raviva – the passionate singer/songwriter whose life takes an unexpected turn into motherhood – on the scripted MTV series Underemployed. In real life, 25-year-old Inbar Lavi has her dream job, lives in sunny L.A., and like the rest of us, is getting ready for the holidays.

For our 30 Days of Giving & Receiving, Celebuzz went shopping at Los Angeles’ Tweak: The Original Giftery with Lavi to get some tips on what to gift this season.

One gift that the actress is always pleased to receive?

“I am obsessed with candles because people always think that diamond’s are a girl’s best friend, but that’s not true – candles always flatter you,” she tells us.

So, what else is the MTV star buying for the holidays this year? CHECK OUT THE VIDEO ABOVE TO FIND OUT.

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Shop all of Lavi’s gift picks at at TWEAK The Original Giftery in L.A. (8384 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles 90048), or online at tweak99.com

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Star Teresa Giudice and Her Trainer Reveal Top 10 Holiday Fitness Tips (EXCLUSIVE)

‘Tis the season to indulge — but that doesn’t mean Teresa Giudice is going to let it show.

When the feisty star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey isn’t busy cooking her famous Italian meals for the holidays, she’s putting just as much energy into her workouts.

“It is so rewarding how I feel at the end of the workout, I can’t wait to come back for more,” said Giudice, who also stays busy with her four kids: Gia, 11, Gabriella, 7, Milania, 6, and Audriana, 3. “One of the lessons I learned is that this is a lifestyle change. I’m not just here for a couple of months. I’m in it for the long haul.”

 

 

She’s certainly in good company during her journey: the best-selling author and reality star has been working with personal trainer Nicole Greco-Peepas for the past year.

“Teresa is really positive and always ready to work hard when she gets to the gym,” said Greco-Peepas, who   puts Guidice to the test with boxing, plyometrics, TRX, and heavy weight-training.

“We’ve been doing 30-minute workouts. Teresa has been so pressed for time filming the new season of the Real Housewives, that is all the time I have with her. But we make every minute count.”

 

And now you can too, even during the super-busy holidays. Greco-Peepas is sharing her very best secrets for staying fit with Celebuzz readers — ones she says “everyone should follow to keep themselves on track, be fit and feel fabulous.”

Read on for her top 10 tips:

1. Only drink when you’re at social occasions. It’s easy to enjoy a glass of wine (or two!) when you’re wrapping presents, cooking or even baking, but don’t drink by yourself.

2. Don’t mix it up. Mixed alcoholic drinks  have too much sugar in them, and you’ll pay for it the next morning.

3. Have small meals throughout the day.The ideal number is six — and each meal should include protein and a complex carbohydrate.

4. Eat something before you go to a holiday party. Arriving on an empty stomach will cause you to overeat.

5. Watch your portions! Don’t load up on two or three helpings of stuffing or pie — your waistline won’t be forgiving.

 

6. Work it out! Try to get to the gym for at least 30 minutes, aiming for a mix of cardio and heavy weight training.

7. Vary your cardio. If you’re hitting the treadmill, mix up both the speed — try walking and running — and the incline. Stay away from the long, steady jog.

8. Don’t make excuses. If you can’t make it to the gym, you can still work out with home exercises. Try jumping jacks, lunges, squats, burpees, full body sit-ups and push-ups.

9. Take your act on the road. If the weather is nice, take the kids or the dog to the park. There may be stations set up for a circuit workout; if not, walk for an hour and enjoy the scenery.

10. Remember: staying fit isn’t just about the holidays. Says Greco-Peepas: “It’s not just what you do or eat from Christmas to New Year’s Eve that matters. It is what you do or eat from the New Year to Christmas.”

Click through the gallery, above, to see how Giudice gets in shape with step-by-step fitness moves.

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30 Days of Giving & Receiving: Jill Zarin Is Home for the Holidays

Celebuzz continues our Christmas countdown with a special holiday guide from former star of the Real Housewives of New York City, Jill Zarin for our 30 Days of Giving & Receiving.

Being the New York ambassador that she is, television personality and entrepreneur, Zarin, says that there is nothing like NYC during the holidays.

“From the best shows, stores and activities, there are numerous things you can do around the city to take in the New York spirit,” she tells us.

 

Whether you’re a local or just visiting, check out Zarin’s five favorite New York holiday moments – where to go – what to do and what to see.

 

1/ Go to a Broadway Show on New Year’s Eve (Matinee):
“If I am in NYC during the holidays…this is a great way to see Times Square BEFORE the madness and feel part of it. Get out of the area before 4 pm,” says Zarin.

HINT: “Have lunch at the Marriott Marquis on the 7th floor for a perfect view of all the New Year’s Eve set up activities.”

2/ Saks Fifth Avenue/Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree:
“Visit after December 7th – that is around the time the tree gets lit up. If you’re lucky, you might catch a pre-tape concert for New Year’s Eve. I did! A few years ago we were driving down 5th Avenue at 8 pm around Dec 15th and Katy Perry was pre-taping her hit song in front of 100 people wearing New Year’s Eve hats and noisemakers. We had the best time.”

“Saks Fifth Avenue has everything you need for presents – it’s a one stop shop. Check out their personal shoppers if you need help.”

3/Central Park on New Year’s Eve:

“Most people don’t know this but there are fireworks there on NYE! We can see them from our apartment. Last year Bobby [Zarin] and I stayed home and cuddled in bed watching Ryan Seacrest and fireworks in Central Park.”

4/ Lace Up a Pair of Ice Skates:
If you like to ice skate like I do, Central Park and Rockefeller Center are my favorites. Grab a hot cocoa on me.”

5/ Get Tickets to See “The Nutcracker”:
“When Ally was little, my sister Lisa Wexler and I took our girls, Ally and Joanna to see “The Nutcracker” Ballet at the NY State Theater. If you grow up and only know one ballet…this is it! Add Radio City Music Hall’s “Christmas Show” to your list of MUST-SEE’s before you die!”

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Stick with Celebuzz for more holiday fun with your favorite celebs for our 30 Days of Giving & Receiving.

30 Days of Giving & Receiving: Ali Landry’s Holiday D.I.Y. (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Since this holiday season is all about do-it-yourself projects, Celebuzz decided to meet up with Criminal Minds actress Ali Landry and her daughter Estela at Common Thread Studio in Pasadena to whip up some Christmas crafts for our 30 Days of Giving & Receiving.

“We are making little Santa decorations out of felt,” says master crafter and Common Thread owner, Jin Kim. “They are really very easy to do.”

Need some family fun to fill your holiday afternoon?

Landry and her little one had a blast making these festive yet simple decorations, and you will too. LEARN HOW BY WATCHING THE VIDEO ABOVE.

 

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How Hollywood Avoids Packing on the Holiday Pounds

Holidays are all about family, festivities, and fun. Unfortunately, those are all a recipe for overindulgence and weight gain too. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

We asked the experts responsible for keeping Hollywood’s hottest bodies in shape to share their tips for having a super-sized holiday season without becoming super-sized, yourself!

Follow these tricks to eat, drink and be merry — without kicking off the New year with pounds to lose.

Eat breakfast. Sounds simple and it is! Often how you start your day is how your day will proceed. Eating breakfast revs up your metabolism, and can help you set a healthy tone for the day. If you make time for a healthy breakfast (think: oatmeal with fruit, eggs and toast, yogurt with flaxseed and fruit), you are more likely to make better food choices throughout the day.

Be consistent. As much as possible, maintain your regular sleep, exercise and eating patterns, says Jessica Setnick, Ms, Rd, Cssd, Cedrd, Director of Education and Training at Ranch 2300 Collegiate Eating Disorders Treatment Program in Dallas. This is not the time to “go on a diet” or make drastic changes to your lifestyle. Don’t skip meals, even if you have a big one coming up soon. Eat on time so that you are not starving when you are surrounded by tempting treats.
Watch out for those drinks. Even non-alcoholic beverages can add up. To avoid “drinking your calories,” switch it up as often as possible between soda water with a splash of fruit juice and wine or a cocktail. Water in a fancy glass tinkling with ice cubes, in between “real” drinks will help slow you down and keep you hydrated.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! “The first step in pressing “reset” on January 1 is to re-hydrate,” says Kristy Lambrou, R.D., Culinary Nutritionist at the Michelin-starred Rouge Tomate restaurant in New York City. This means taking a hiatus from sugary drinks and alcoholic beverages and loading up on caffeine-free, sugar-free fluids, especially water – the more of it, the better.


Once is enough. Yes, those leisurely multi-course meals are a standard every holiday. But, really, do you need to eat everything? Nope. Have one serving and enjoy every bite. Also, right now go ahead and decide now which 5 “cheat” items you are going to eat this holiday season, without any guilt, says Kirsten Helle personal chef and nutrition consultant at Mesa de Vida in Seattle. You are not going to gain 10 pounds by eating your favorite treats 5 times over the holiday season. If it is worth it to you, enjoy it!

Eat Real. Skip the marshmallow-topped canned sweet potatoes or the candy you could live without. Instead prepare cleaner, real foods, which will go further in satisfying your cravings without causing more. Think: gorgeous roasted root vegetables with garlic and olive oil. For appetizers, choose nuts, seeds.  For desserts, consider fresh fruit, dark chocolate, and high-quality cheeses.

Spice things up. Add chili pepper flakes to your meals, which studies show can give your metabolism a quick boost and help suppress your appetite.

Get the rest of our expert secrets to staving off the holiday weight gain here.

What are your secrets to warding off the holiday weight gain? Share them below.

See the hottest Hollywood diet fads in the video below.

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