Here’s What We Learned From “Cooking With Paris”
By: Natalia Finnis-Smart
Paris Hilton is back on the TV screen, and this time, with her own Netflix show, Cooking With Paris. The six-episode series, which features Kathy and Nicky Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Saweetie, and Nikki Glaser (to name a few), features Hilton and guests concocting various meals from her personalized, glittery, and bedazzled recipe book. The recipes are all new to Paris, who is expanding her repertoire beyond her usual sliving (slaying + living your best life) nachos, Jell-O shots, and lasagna.
Each segment starts with a fully-glammed Paris (with occasional coordinated rhinestone masks) parading around a grocery store or farmers market in search of required ingredients to execute her dishes based on the episode’s food theme. Hilton’s dining room was transformed into settings like a 1950s retro LA diner, an Italian restaurant inspired by Holywood’s Dan Tana’s, and a Mexican-themed décor (50-pound taco piñata included) for taco night. And let’s just note that supermarket shopping in a gown isn’t always a simple feat—attempt at your discretion.
To recap, we learned A LOT. Below are some key takeaways we believe could be suitable for the next time you attempt a new recipe, cultivate a past one, or have the simple desire to liven up your dish. Bon Appétit!
Cookie Cutters Aren’t Just For Cookies
Apparently, this kitchen tool isn’t exclusive to doughy, sweet treats (or even sandwiches). You can also use them for…marshmallows? You’re probably thinking, “okay, that’s insane.” But it’s not really, emphasis on really. In Episode 1’s Breakfast in the Clouds with Kim Kardashian West, the pair make cut-out star and cloud shapes based on Paris’s Sliving Blue Marshmallows to accompany their Frosted Flakes French toast. All you need is blue food coloring, blue glitter (edible, of course), and powdered sugar to avoid unwanted stickiness. Also, make sure to refrigerate this melted concoction overnight before cookie cutting.
Broiling VS Baking
Throwing a platter in the oven, turning a dial, and walking away can become habitual because you’ll trust it gets the job done. However, this could pose a LITERAL recipe for disaster. As shown in Episode 2’s Taco Night with Saweetie, it’s necessary to 1) always reference your recipe book (as with all new meals you set out to attempt) and 2) ensure the oven dial is on the correct setting. This is where broiling versus baking comes into play. You wouldn’t put ice cream in the fridge and ketchup in the freezer.
Your Dish Isn’t Flavorful Enough, Even If You Think It Is
Though you may believe the dish you’re cooking exudes flavor, chances are, it could use a bit more. Flavor aficionado Saweetie proves this sentiment. When sautéing shrimp as part of her Killer Shrimp Tacos, squeezing lime juice in a hot pan filled with chopped onion, minced garlic, herbs, spices, and LOTS of butter isn’t enough. Throw the whole lime in there! Or like broiling vegetables as part of their Roasted Salsa: don’t remove the burnt areas (IMO, this is way too tempting). But it would be best if you still didn’t do it, according to her. Why? It all boils down to flavor.
Glitter, Glitter, And More Glitter
Glitter is probably the number one recurring “ingredient” in Cooking With Paris. We should’ve known this little tidbit ahead of time, though. I mean, we’re talking Paris Hilton here. Glitter on marshmallows, Unicorn-Oli’s (Italian cannoli’s with oomph basically) in Episode four with Demi Lovato, and a baked turkey (yes, you read that right) in Episode 5 with Lele Pons. We’re not sure if it actually has any twang, however. But we’ll take it as a form of decoration that makes food even more exciting and glamourous, as observed in the show. Maybe we’ll top it off on our morning waffles because the regular syrup is just too monotonous.
Always Keep Latex Gloves On Deck
Handling raw food products in the kitchen always calls for protection against salmonella and other illness-inducing bacteria. These reasons are why latex gloves are an absolute MUST when tackling certain recipe aspects like dry rubbing a whole turkey or creating the egg-infused dough for Paris’s Homemade Heart-Shaped Ravioli. Fashion gloves don’t work in this case.
Haute Couture Your Cuisine
Wearing designer is one thing, but including their logos onto your dish is an entirely different ball game. Do you get what I’m saying? It’s a part of that whole pizzazz factor we discussed earlier. Ditch the bacon bits the next time you prepare a gooey bowl of mac n cheese and opt for some Chanel or Prada food (cake really) toppers instead, like in one of Episode 5’s dishes, Easy Cheesy Mac N Cheese. The same goes for baked Couture Cookies: bright frosting, sprinkles, and obviously, glitter.
Truffle Butter Seems Like The Easiest Dish To Make
You’re going to need at least $1,000 though…for the truffles.