Paula Abdul was just holding those brownies for a friend
May 27th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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Beware of the baked goods at Paula Abdul's house. That's the lesson Kara DioGuardi learned several years ago after a simple case of the munchies landed her in the hospital.

During a recent appearance on "Lopez Tonight," DioGuardi said she was house-sitting for a vacationing Abdul and decided to have a snack. "The maid at the time found these brownies in the freezer," she recalled. "She took them out, put them in the refrigerator, and I hadn't really eaten much that night... They were these little nuggets, little, you know? I take six, not a lot."

Six hours later, "I was like, 'Hey, what’s going on?'" remembered the host of Bravo's upcoming "Platinum Hit." "I fell out of bed, on the floor and stumbled down stairs... and the ambulance comes, and this guy is like, 'This b— is high as a kite!"'

DioGuardi, who made it clear that the brownies did not belong to Abdul but were left at her home by a friend, added that the incident landed her in bed for three days.

Get the rest of the story at the Marquee Blog and sample our editor's very own, infinitely more lawful (but juuuuuust barely) brownie recipe below.

Legal Vice Brownies
(originally published at Slashfood)

1/2 lb bacon
8 oz butter
10 oz baking chocolate*
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
5 large eggs
Freshly-ground black pepper
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp smoked salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Bourbon**

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Cook the bacon until it is very crisp, drain off the grease and set aside. Pat the bacon dry with paper towels, crumble into tiny pieces, chopping in food processor if possible. Set aside.

Place the pecans in a bowl and just cover with bourbon. When roughly half of the bourbon has been absorbed, scoop out the pecans with a slotted spoon, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until nearly toasted. Reserve one teaspoon of the bourbon, pour the remainder over the pecans, and let them finish toasting. Remove them from the oven and set aside.

In a double boiler, over simmering water, combine the butter and chocolate. When the mixture is nearly melted, remove it from the heat and stir together until blended. Pour the mixture into a medium-sized bowl and let it cool to room temperature.

Once the chocolate mixture is cool, add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, several grinds of black pepper, smoked salt, eggs and reserved bourbon and whisk well to combine.

Add the cocoa powder and stir until thoroughly incorporated. Then stir in the flour 1/2 cup at a time, making sure it is thoroughly incorporated before adding the next portion. Stir in the bacon and pecans.

Use the reserved bacon grease to lightly coat an 8×8 baking pan, and pour in the batter. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the edge comes out dry, but inserted near the center, comes out lightly coated in batter. Let the brownies cool, and cut into squares to serve.

*I used a haphazard mix of 2 oz of a Dagobah organic unsweetened 100% cacao baking chocolate, 6 oz of Dagobah organic semisweetened 59% cacao baking chocolate, and 2 oz of Callebaut dark baking chocolate.

**Jim Beam in this case, but it's not set in stone.



soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. penis joe

    Brownies are made with smoly for people who are ill with cancer or some other deadly illness and as such the THC is ten times more concentrated than just cooking an ozman in a store bought box of brownie mix and having eaten one quarter of one of these medical brownies I can tell you with out question I was loaded for a solid three days!!!!!

    May 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Sara

      Not all brownies are "made solely for people with cancer." They can be made at home with regular marijuana. They don't have 10x the THC. . .

      June 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  2. Peter

    It's always hard to tell how much you're actually getting when you eat. You smoke a bowl, you're high for a couple of hours. You eat the corner of a brownie and you're baked for the rest of the day and hoping you aren't still high when you wake up.

    May 29, 2011 at 6:51 am |
  3. J

    Several years ago? Who gives a s#@t?

    May 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  4. Smokin' Deist

    I can believe that she ended up in bed for a few days. While you cannot eat enough to be dangerous, you can eat enough to feel pretty unhappy and you can sleep for a day or three. It all depends on your experience, amount, concentration, and ability to handle consumables. After she woke up, I bet she ate everything in sight.

    May 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  5. dr cannabis

    Yea this story is a fake Cannabis wont even last longer than 1hr in a high and if u sleep it wears off so this story is a 100% lie. I myself have ate an entire cake of cannabis and have never had this happen to me. Cannabis is safe why do u think pregnant women dont have bad babys with cannabis its not like tabacco.

    May 28, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • BrightBetty

      Yes, cannabis is safe, but 1-eating has a different effect, takes up to an hour to kick in and can last up to 6 hours. So yes, she coulda been, as the medic put it "high as a kite", and if you didn't know what you've taken, you'd probably be flipping out too, which isn't going to make your "buzz" very magical, but terrifying.

      May 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  6. Rider

    In your house–in your freezer–those aint mine--–hahahahahahahah

    May 28, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  7. Doubter

    THC is metabolized by the body in a matter of hours. Three days in bed? I call BS on this whole story. Sounds like she's pulling a publicity stunt to get younger viewers which is the target audience of most advertisers.

    May 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • lulz

      um, knowing paula abdul, it wasnt just pot, probably a mixed bag of random drugs.

      And you CAN eat enough pot to put yourself in the hospital. You won't die, but you'll wish you had.

      May 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Sara

      As an MD, I agree - b.s. That's not going to put ANYONE "in bed for 3 days." If that was the case, she was reacting to something else in the brownies - the chocolate, nuts or even flour.

      Quick, let's legislate chocolate before anyone else suffers.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  8. Bill Clinton

    I never inhaled but,I'd eat both their "brownies".

    May 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Rider

      Watch out for the chocolate icing!

      May 28, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  9. Hee Haw

    'This b— is high as a kite!" LMAO!

    May 27, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • desiree

      same here, like a comedy sketch played out in my head.

      May 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  10. The Witty One

    I'm not a big fan of pecans...can I insert oh-ray-ga-no instead?

    May 27, 2011 at 10:49 am |
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