December 11, 2011

Rachel Bilson's skinny tips

In the March edition of Madison, Rachel Bilson gave a few tips on how to dress for your body type. Being so petite, Rachel understands that lengthening your siloutte is key to looking more slender. Rachel says a pair of nude heels is 'the best trick' as they give you a few inches more leg.

The former OC cutie doesn't play into Hollywood drama and doesn't take her beauty and fitness routine too seriously. She wears what she likes with light make up and natural hair.

When friends stop by, she prefers to do her own cooking to entertain. Loving baking, she credits her skills to her Italian mother. Her favourite is an orange coffee cake.

Orange Coffee Cake - recipe by Paula Deen


* 2 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for pan
* 1 (16.3-ounce) can refrigerated biscuits
* 1/4 cup minced walnuts
* 1/3 cup granulated sugar
* 2 teaspoons orange zest


* 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
* 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
* 2 tablespoons orange juice, or more as necessary


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan.

Separate the biscuit dough into 8 biscuits. Place 1 biscuit in the center of the pan. Cut the remaining biscuits in half, forming 14 half-circles. Arrange the pieces around the center biscuit with cut sides facing in the same direction. Brush melted butter over the tops of the biscuits.

In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, granulated sugar, and orange zest. Mix well and sprinkle over biscuits. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine confectioners' sugar, cream cheese, and orange juice. Blend until smooth adding more orange juice, if needed, to thin. Drizzle glaze over the warm coffee cake and serve.

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