Fame Bites - Eva Longoria
April 4th, 2011
06:00 PM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

Eva Longoria isn't your average "Desperate Housewife" - in fact, she's anything but.

Not only is she a lean, mean, guacamole-making machine, she owns two restaurants - Beso Hollywood and Beso Vegas - and has a new cookbook, "Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends," out in stores now. She'll also be appearing on Piers Morgan Tonight at 9 p.m. ET on April 7.

Who taught you to love food?
"My family. I grew up on a ranch, we had chickens and pigs and cows. We weren’t allowed to eat fast food so it really kind of blessed me with the appreciation of where food comes from. It doesn’t come from a place on the side of the street called McDonald's, it doesn’t come from the supermarket, it comes from the farm.

Having that appreciation and awareness from a family of cooks, putting the ingredients together for me was magical. I thought it was such a talent to put this and this together and it comes out so great."

What is one food or drink you cannot go a day without?
"Egg whites. I’m a big breakfast person. And I eat egg whites every morning. And coffee!"

What is your favorite recipe in your cookbook? It has everything from pico de gallo to red velvet cake.
"The cookbook is really a memoir of my life told through food. It starts with Mexican cooking as I grew up with that and goes into more Americanized cooking. Then it goes into more European cooking. It definitely goes all over the place as my life has been and I have been all over the world. I love the banana nut bread - it reminds me of growing up and how I couldn’t wait until the bananas went bad!"

How did you decide to open Beso and Eve?
"I wanted to open up a hole in the wall taco stand and once I met Todd English, it became a beautiful place. I’m really proud of it and I love the outcome of Beso Hollywood and Beso Vegas. I’m so involved with the restaurants, I go to Beso Hollywood two to three times a week and Beso Vegas once a month. It’s definitely all about location."

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would you dine with and what would you make them?
"I’d love to have dinner with Oprah [Winfrey], Hilary Clinton and Dolly Parton. Kind of an eclectic group. I would definitely cook them Mexican. Definitely make margaritas!"

Eva’s Avocado Guacamole
Serves 6 to 8

6 ripe avocados
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 cup pico de gallo (recipe to follow)
5 Roma tomatoes
1 yellow onion
1 fresh jalapeño
1/2 bunch cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper to taste

For the pico de gallo, quarter the tomatoes and remove the seeds. Do the same for the jalapeño, unless you want some added heat then keep the seeds. Dice the tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapeño, and toss in a small mixing bowl.

Remove the pit of the avocados and scoop into a mixing bowl. Using a large spoon, smash the avocados just a little so that you can work the rest of the ingredients and seasonings into them. Combine remaining ingredients and season with salt and pepper to desired taste.

Serves 10
1/3 cup lard (pork fat)
1 cup water
1 pinch salt
1 cup flour
3 eggs
3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
Oil for Frying

In a medium sauce pot, bring lard, water and salt to a boil. Next, add the flour and mix until the mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the pot, and creates a film.

Remove the pot from the heat and immediately add to the bowl of standing mixer with a paddle attachment. Mix on a low speed until it has cooled to just above room temperature. Add all the eggs and mix until the batter is smooth and combined.

Transfer the batter to a piping bag with a large star tip (#7 tip) and you are ready to fry.

In a bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon, set aside till the end.

Fill another sauce pot with about 1 gallon of oil; use an oil thermometer to bring the oil to 350 degrees. Pipe the churro batter into the hot oil, 3-inch churros works well.

Fry until golden brown, then pull them out of the fryer using a slotted spoon, and toss in the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Devna Shukla is an Associate Producer for CNN's AC360°.

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  1. Ely

    Which brings me to my next point... what the hell is Eva; a actor or something?!?

    April 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  2. Karen

    I bought Eva's book and the recipes are delicious! The salmon, the shrimp, the empanadas, and the strawberry goat cheese salad are all delicious and very easy to make.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  3. Rock

    Id eat that

    April 8, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • Jerv@Rock

      LMAO! What? Eva’s Avocado Guacamole?

      April 8, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  4. Jas

    I would also love to see a picture by each comment AND your profession or trade..... get some value for yourselves......spirituality...education....diet and exercise..... critical people are very unhappy people....generally speaking! BLESS

    April 8, 2011 at 6:08 am |
  5. Jas

    Im saddened by the lack of support and celebration for a strong beautiful and intelligent latina woman that has made it as an actress and now exporing new territory ......furthermore this thread doesnt reflect the common respect and appreciation that the majority of people have for her. wow people wow... value percieves value.......

    April 8, 2011 at 6:04 am |
  6. arch

    Her ideas!....Right! There are people out there that can run circles around this girl when it comes to cooking, but they don't have the name or spotlight like her. She can make a dip.Wow! I doubt she has made anything herself. It all comes from her Mom or Grandma. So, her agent tells her she should tell everybody she is writing a cookbook. He goes out and gets her a writer and the writer sits down and writes the book and she puts he name to it and makes a ton. Only in America. I grew up on a farm. We ate what we raised and grew just like most farmers. When I grew up we didn't have fast food. I'm sure he is probably making the TV tours announcing her new book, etc. She can't act so i guess she is going to try and sell. Next it will be a special line of cosmetics, etc. Please go away or back to your farm in the middle of downtown wherever you came from!

    April 8, 2011 at 4:22 am |
  7. S.Benitez

    Dam yall need to quit hating and let eva do her and make her money. shes tryin to move on with her life. if ur that jealous of her beauty and success get off ur ass and do something about it and quit hating.

    April 8, 2011 at 4:06 am |
  8. Arglebargle

    Eva who?

    April 8, 2011 at 3:39 am |
  9. Tastebud69

    Wonder if she's ever lost one of those fake eyelashes in her food? ...ugh...But I can see the book now.....

    "How To Boil Water : I cant seem to figure out to work the stove but maybe if I take the pot of water outside and stand in the sun long enough, it might just heat the water for me......and I dont have to worry about that sun causing wrinkles because Ive had so much plastic surgery. For instant potatos and Oodles of Noodles delights see page 5"

    April 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  10. to eva

    most of us can't afford to have a farm/ranch as our backyard, and mcdonalds does actually have salads

    April 7, 2011 at 11:17 pm |

    I can't believe all the mean spirited and stupid ass comments! Eva is beautiful and intelligent. Can't say the same about most of you idiots!

    April 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Ben Forrester

      I really don't care if she can boil water. She is one gorgeous lady. Every time I see her I want to lick something.

      April 8, 2011 at 12:06 am |
  12. Dr Perry Fisher

    She looks like a rodent.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Jo

      I already said that!

      April 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
      • Ely


        April 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  13. keyykeyy

    I don't. See whyy everyone is all of a sudden hating on Eva. I mean come on she didn't do anything wrong it was her dumbass husband I'm happyy she left him n know she guna do great in the future. She a well brought up woman and knows how 2 stayy on track with her life and problems and not have ne1 lyk you being her down.... You go Eva do your thing.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  14. old adage

    if they cook in the kitchen means they can't cook in the bedroom, but that changes if they have a kid, suddenly those become bedroom cookers with any and all

    April 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  15. guy

    Well excuse me, is cnn trying to give me a brain tumor due to the frustration this article is starting to cause me? This has to be a joke, since when did celebrities cook? Seems to me she's banking on her reputation to make a little bit of coin by "writing a cookbook" which in reality translates to regurgitating recipes.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  16. evafan

    Love Eva, but not even she can make me watch Piers Morgan..NOT tonight, not Ever!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  17. Truth, Temporary Bachelor

    Pretty lady. I think Tony Parker must have a screw loose to cheat on her.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Mako

      I hear he got tired of her cooking

      April 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  18. Ely

    well atleast she has the looks haha...

    April 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  19. EVA

    i likes to put the sugar on the churro and then tell my publicist to writes a cook books while all my servants do my dishes tee hee!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Selena


      April 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
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    April 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  21. BoBo

    Hope Tony Parker had a pre-nup.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  22. J. Taft

    To say nothing of the churros, calorie-wise! http://www.nyfoodcoach.com

    April 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  23. Tom Leykis

    I'd fap and spackle her face.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Andrew Hoelzel

      Atta boy Tom!

      April 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  24. J. Taft

    Approx. 1 avocado per person? Lots of calories, says New York Food Coach! http://www.nyfoodcoach.com

    April 5, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  25. hrsuz

    she just wants to sell her book.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:30 am |
    • Sinister Sister

      Well duh! That's what a book tour IS! Promoting one's book. If she doesn't get out there and hawk it, how will you, the common person, know to put the name, face and the book all together?

      April 5, 2011 at 7:30 am |
      • Slippity Slappity

        Agreed. I mean after all, we live in a quasi capitalisitc economic system, what the hell is wrong with her selling her book? Nada. Hit the grill while the coals are hot girl!

        April 5, 2011 at 7:57 am |
  26. Marcos

    Guacamole! Oprah! Geez girl, come up with original stuff, aren't you an artist? I guess you were supposed to be creative. More than just adding cumin powder to your guaca.
    Btw, Liz Taylor was a celebrity. Einstein was a celebrity. Churchill was a celebrity. MJ was a celebrity. Now you are gonna tell me Eva Longoria is a celebrity too? Oh please...

    April 5, 2011 at 5:57 am |
  27. william

    thats why her las vegas restuarant filled for bankrupcy , it cant be that good.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:44 am |
  28. CallMeZaq

    One lime per 6 avocados?! That is nowhere near enough in my opinion.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:16 am |
  29. LA Girl

    Good for her...I am familiar with her charitable work personally and in my view, she is a celebrity that genuinely uses her fame and $ for good.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:50 am |
    • Doug

      Really.. I never heard that.. She is know for be a cheap bit-ch from what I've heard..

      April 5, 2011 at 2:58 am |
    • Mama Bear

      Yes. And, just because some have not heard about this, is because she has "class" and doesn't flaunt it. . . .

      April 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  30. Rose Negrete

    I want me some of Eva's guacamole! I can't wait to get your cook book Eva! Also, thank you for all of the hard work that you have done for people with developmental disabilities in San Antonio. I have a very special brother, so therefore have an extra special appreciation, for not just your stunning outer beauty, but your inner beauty as well! Keep up the good work you sexy gal! Oh and I agree on your (dream guest list for dinner). I have met Bill Clinton and very briefly me Hilary. Good people, Oprah also! And who doesn't love, love Dolly!!

    April 5, 2011 at 1:06 am |
    • Bill

      YEAH... I'd like some of her guacamole as well.


      April 5, 2011 at 1:16 am |
  31. echotrain

    She's pretty full of herself. I'm glad I didn't see my name on the list.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:41 am |
    • Mama Bear

      And, she does a lot more for charitable causes than any of you low lifes who criticize her, and never flaunts it. That is what is called "class" . . .

      April 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  32. ChangoMango

    What a stupid ethnocentric racist biatch! She feel obligated to accentuate her Mexican heritage or face the wrath of millions of ingrate, ignorant Mexicans.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:40 am |
  33. MXD

    Eva is one hot tamale.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:27 am |
    • DanIAm

      she should be hot every day not just Tomale.

      April 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  34. Larry

    I can't believe I wasn't on her list. *sigh*

    April 4, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • echotrain

      I was relieved. I'd have to tell her to get bent.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  35. Nishant

    she picked 3 name and all from USA....i guess she doesnt know that there is more to the world than just USA

    April 4, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  36. Orejon

    Avocado guacamole? What other kind is there? Sausage guacamole?

    April 4, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
    • AleeD

      Mmmm .... sausage. ~_~

      April 5, 2011 at 7:10 am |
      • DanIAm

        That's what she said...

        April 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  37. MarioLopez@SBTB

    AC Slater in the house..

    April 4, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  38. MarioLopez@ET

    Everybody just lay off my girl, yeah?

    April 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Jo

      She looks like a rodent.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:43 am |
      • blushoe

        omg, now that you mention it...

        April 5, 2011 at 1:44 am |
      • Tastebud69

        Haha!!! omg she DOES! .......I looked at her again ( first time was bad enuff) and she does look like a rodent. Oh wow I needed a laugh tonight THANK YOU !

        April 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
  39. Quackles

    Eva’s Avocado Guacamole is a horrible name. Guacamole has avocados in it. This is clearly a recipe from the department of redundancy department.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • ChangoMango

      She isn't exactly the brightest bulb in the building.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:41 am |
      • SuperDuper99

        Neither are you ChangoMango...

        April 5, 2011 at 7:02 am |
    • evafan

      good one!

      April 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • nick

      who cares Eva Longoria is so hot, I would show her so much love, have sex with all her orphases, tell her she's the most amazing woman in the world (which she is) and treat hear like a queen..... then dump her

      April 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
      • Jerv@nick

        I bet you could stand on a corner giving out potato chips yellin' "Free Lays!" and not a single woman on this planet would take you up on it, especially Eva Longoria. Go troll some where else.

        April 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
      • runner305

        "orphases"?? Show me a girl's orphas...and I'll show you my testeeecles

        April 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
      • JoJo

        She's attracted to your type so you have a good shot.

        April 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
      • louis

        I'm sure you're doing that with your body pillow already so just leave the poor lady out of it.

        April 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • Tastebud69

      LOL! Good one

      April 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • joseph sidoti

      yes..ridiculous name.and .and more because if i am correct, guacamole is the Nautle ( mexica ) word for the Spanish acuacate and the Portuguese and English avacado...worse even than Pizza Piie...but check my spelling, please

      April 9, 2011 at 6:06 am |
    • Grizzlyzone

      Quackles says: "Eva’s Avocado Guacamole is a horrible name. Guacamole has avocados in it."

      Not some of the supermarket guacamoles. Green does not mean real avocado.

      April 9, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  40. Tony Parker@The Editors

    You can't Moderate Me!! I'm a San Antonio Spur!!

    April 4, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • Brent Barry

      I will find you and settle this once and for all!

      April 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
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