I never really thought too much about Dean Sheremet, arguably the classiest member of the love-rectangle debacle that was the Eddie Cibrian-LeAnn Rimes affair mess in 2009. Eddie Cibrian, of course, was married at the time to future RHOBH cast member Brandi Glanville. To make all of this just a touch sadder and more hilarious, Eddie and LeAnn met on the set of a Lifetime movie called Northern Lights. I haven’t seen that important piece of cinematic history. I think even I would find it unwatchable. And this is coming from a person who would watch Robe Lowe and Kaley Cuoco as Drew and Stacy Peterson in the Lifetime movie Drew Peterson: Untouchable on an endless loop for the rest of my life.
SO imagine my surprise when Dean was a guest on Brandi’s podcast and was a goddamn delight. Seriously. I challenge you to listen to the interview and not be totally charmed by him: http://podcastone.com/pg/jsp/program/episode.jsp?programID=582&pid=1632596
Secretly, I was kind of hoping his cookbook would be a hot mess, but it turns out the Dean is actually a real chef who graduated from the French Culinary Institute and worked at Jean-Georges which = fancy.
During all the US Weekly infused drama that was Eddie & LeAnn, Dean mostly sat out of the debacle, whereas Brandi threw herself in whole-heartedly (and eventually, she ended up on RHOBH because of it). It wasn’t a good look for anybody, except for Dean who came across as the classiest one in the bunch (not saying much, I know).
SO fast-forward to today and Dean is happily married and now a published cookbook author. He doesn’t seem to be bitter at LeAnn anymore, and talked candidly with Brandi about everything. They seem to have a cute friendship. I hate that I don’t have more critical things to say, so onto the book!
In the intro for Eat Your Heart Out, Dean finally comments on the implosion of his marriage. He struggled, was sad, blindsided, yadda yadda yadda. He and LeAnn got married super young and he spent their entire marriage making sure she was in good shape and making her healthy food. This LeAnn is sounding more and more like an ungrateful b that deserves her impending bankruptcy if Ok Magazine is to be believed (which, duh): http://okmagazine.com/photos/eddie-cibrian-leann-rimes-broke-house-foreclosure/photo/1001274615/
Anyway, Dean decided to rebuild his life by focusing on himself this time and attended culinary school and then started working at one of the top restaurants in New York. Eating Your Heart Out is about treating your body well (and I assume, getting that revenge body that US Weekly is always telling us about).
There are a ton of healthy and delicious looking dishes in this book, but a few of the ingredients can be tricky to find where I live, so I decided to make the Shaved Brussels and Apple Salad with Maple, Walnuts and Dijon first. It was a very simple dish with only seven ingredients and I would highly recommend.
The next dish I decided to try was slightly more complicated (well, for my husband as I made him grill the peaches). I made the Grilled Peach and Burrata Salad, only mine had to be a Mozzarella Salad as I went to two grocery stores and both were out of Burrata.
I loved this salad so much I want to make it again for Mother’s Day. It is basically dressed kale with homemade white balsamic vinaigrette, prosciutto, mozzarella (sorry again), and grilled peaches drizzled with homemade balsamic glaze.
So mine wasn’t as pretty, but it still tasted unreal.