Fame Bites - Jewel
January 25th, 2011
03:00 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.

If you were conscious in the '90s and listened to the radio in between, say, episodes of "Beverly Hills 90210" and Jack Dawson "I'm king of the world!" reenactments, singer-songwriter Jewel is no stranger. Her distinctive, folky voice dominated the charts with the likes of "You Were Meant for Me," "Foolish Games" and "Who Will Save Your Soul."

Now, not only are Jewel and rodeo star husband Ty Murray expecting their first child this summer - her single "Satisfied" was recently nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Female Country Vocal Performance” category, and she will act as host of Bravo's upcoming singer-songwriting competition series, "Going Platinum," set to debut later this year.

Do you have any pre-singing food rituals?
"You know singing is physical, but it is all really mental too. People psych themselves out - not worrying is the best approach. I don’t really restrict anything or do anything different. My only tip or trick is that if you are in the studio or live and are hoarse - something really greasy really helps. I keep potato chips on the stage with me whenever I’m singing with my band."

Has food inspired you in your songwriting?
"'You Were Meant For Me' referenced food a lot. 'I got my eggs, I got my pancakes too. I got my maple syrup, everything but you. I break the yolks, make a smiley face. I kinda like it in my brand new place.'

I love food, I’m definitely a foodie, so my passion for food certainly works its way into my music."

Congratulations on your first pregnancy! Have you had any unique cravings?
"I was wondering if I would develop weird cravings but I really haven’t. I’ve been really lucky to have a good diet and know a fair amount of nutrition. I’ve developed a healthy taste; I’ve developed a craving for protein."

Living in Texas, what is your favorite southwestern food?
"Ty and I are huge food fans. Ty was raised in New Mexico so he ate a lot of Hatch green chiles. At home, I cook him a lot of Mexican food like a carnitas and green chile burrito. I keep a lot of avocado on hand in my kitchen. Good fats are very important. I also keep coconut oil around and I cook with that too - especially with stir-fries, it is a really interesting flavor."

Have you tried using coconut oil in non-Asian foods?
"I actually make granola with it - it just compliments it really well. I use it a lot."

How do you make your homemade granola?
"Start with rolled oats, add whatever fruits or nuts you want, and bake it in the oven. I sweeten my granola with stevia because I don’t like my granola extra sweet. Just make sure you bake it at a low temperature until it crisps up."

What was the last meal that made you cry?
"I was at an Indian food restaurant called Poppy in Seattle and I got a little hysterical over it. They made pre-made selected plates. I think the highlight for me was an eggplant French fry with lavender honey."

Why would you say you love food?
"It’s a lot like singing or writing, it has to have great balance. I really appreciate good cooking: the simpler it tastes, the more complex the food is, like a melody. I love the technique and people who dedicate their lives to it - it is such a beautiful craft.

With music, you could say there are only so many chords but there are an infinite number of ways to combine them together. Flavors are the same way. Eating food is like having music explode in your mouth."

What is your advice for a special Valentine’s Day?
"I’m always of the homemade variety - what makes Valentine’s Day special is to make something for each other. I get burnt out after the holidays from shopping so we try to make something by hand even if it is just a love letter. Some years I’ll make an orange-chocolate mousse. I really like fresh things so a fresh biscuit with strawberry shortcake and some champagne."

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

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  1. Anonymous

    Jewel has more pictures of herself, than Kim Kardashian..maybe..lol Beautiful girls, but its funny to watch them be so vain. BREAK OUT THE FAT PEGGO PICS SOON, I KNOW YOU WILL!

    February 2, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  2. Mary

    I love Poppy however I think there should be a few corrections. The food there is not "pre-made" and it is technically not an Indian restaurant although I can understand the confusion. They serve incredible combinations of small dishes (much like a tali plate served in an Indian restaurant) made with local, fresh ingredients and lots of herbs. The tali plates have items on them that compliment each other and can be swapped out with other items upon request but I'd rather not mess with the innovative dishes that the owner/ executive chef, Jerry Traunfeld manifests each night. Food is cooked to order, and Jewel is right. The Egg Plant fries with Lavendar Honey will make you cry because they are soooo good!

    January 26, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  3. That's What's Up

    I'm glad she loves fresh biscuit as much as I do

    January 26, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  4. Truth@RichHead

    Whoever said "Variety is the spice of life" was never monogamous...

    January 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  5. JBJingles@Truth & RH

    Put your tongues back in your mouth boys.

    January 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Truth@Queen

      I know where I would rather...oh, never mind...

      January 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  6. RichardHead@Truth

    I'm gonna tell Kelley!

    January 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  7. Truth

    Why, oh why was she not featured on 5@5 say about three months ago????

    January 25, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      This chick is from a town an hour from mine in Alaska.

      January 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
      • RichardHead@Jdizz

        So would you Fame Bite it?

        January 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
      • Well...

        Oh yeah? Well I used to live in Stephenville, where she lives. Beat that!

        January 25, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
      • JR Jake

        I thought she hung out a lot in So. Cal as a kid? Maybe she has a twin who stole her songs and great looks?

        January 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
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