Eva Longoria, author of a new cookbook, honed her cooking skills as a child with an Easy-Bake Oven that she used to make casseroles.
"I would put like casseroles in it instead of the brownie mix it came with," she told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith at a recent event promoting her new cookbook, "Eva's Kitchen: Cooking With Love for Family and Friends. "I'm like, 'We're not making that, I'm gonna plan the menu.'"
"And it wouldn't work, really, because it wasn't powerful enough," Longoria added. The light bulb would not cook the casserole and I couldn't understand why."
The Easy-Bake Oven has been popular with children, mostly girls, since its debut in 1963 and used a 100-watt light bulb as a heating source. Its manufacturer, Hasbro has said it plans to launch a new version of it this fall, following news that incandescent lightbulbs will be phased out in 2012.
"Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends" contains more than 100 recipes and full color photographs and took her over a year to complete.
"This one was hard," Longoria said. "I'm a cook not a chef, so to actually measure, I really cook organically and naturally and I throw whatever is in and I go, 'That was good' and I rarely make things twice because it's like an art piece. One of a kind and that was it.
"So, it was hard for me to get that all out of my head and onto paper, but then it was kind of therapeutic, like it was, 'Oh this is great,' and then I got into it and then I had way too many recipes for the book," she added
Longoria, known for her love for fashion, says that if she had to pick shopping for shoes or for produce, she would choose produce. She also said she hopes that those that read her book get inspired and start to cook.
"A lot of people go 'I don't cook' and I think it's becoming a lost art, you know, the modern woman kind of doesn't cook and it's not even to cook for a man or your family, it's to cook for yourself and to kind of have a skill that you can pass on and teach to your kids or to anybody else," she said.
Longoria had so many recipes that she will be releasing another cookbook sometime in the future, adding: "My second one will include the ones that were left out.""Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends" is now available for purchase. Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).