Tatjana and I are beyond bereft with the news. We have all have just lost another of the all-time great geniuses, and my personal favorite. 2016 seems to be the year of the grim reaper, but my lord what a jam is happening in heaven now. RIP Prince. Love, Julie Anne xo

Nick, Tatjana, and Julie Anne Rhodes back in the day


Tatjana’s first Prince concert was before she was even born. I’m a MAJOR Prince fan, and insisted on dancing (more like waddling) side stage during his concert at Wembley, on my due date, in August of 1986. Every time I sat down to catch my breath (I was carrying a lot of excess baggage after all) his ginormous body guard would rush over to check if I’d gone into labor.

I suppose you could say I had a weakness for slightly built musicians born the beginning of June – Nick and Prince happen to share consecutive birthday’s. Nick was well aware of my massive crush on the maestro of funk, and found it amusing. When I finally met the man I’d crushed on for years, all he had to say to me was “baby” pointing to my gargantuan belly. Not the response I’d hoped for.

Tatjana Rhodes

Well that “baby” insisted we attend the first of Prince’s unprecedented twenty-one night stand at the Forum in Inglewood, on the eve of spending three full days of nonstop concerts at Coachella. Now that is daughterly love for you!

Bigger than life

Ever conscious of his fans, the consummate performer demanded there be $25.00 all inclusive seats available at every show, although you can also opt for the VIP side stage tables for a whopping $500.00 per seat. Clever, those seats probably compensated for the the reasonable ones, and everyone was happy.

Prince in concert

A few years earlier Nick wrangled Tatjana and I seats to see Prince during his nightclub run in Vegas. She spent more time watching me, than the show – laughing hysterically over the fact that someone could reduce her mother to the state of a frenzied teenager.

The only man who can make me dance

“Mom, I knew you liked Prince, but I didn’t know you liked him THAT much,” she chortled. I never dance, but that was Prince singing mere feet away from me! I never sat down the entire night, and I suspect she wanted to see if it was a fluke. It quite obviously was not, but this time she was dancing by my side the whole time too.

Eva Longoria & Prince

We weren’t the only ones who couldn’t sit still. The Forum held over 14,000 people, including George Lopez who introduced the show, and Eva Longoria, yanked onto the stage (from those VIP seats I mentioned earlier) to dance with Prince, as the adoring crowd went crazy…

Go on - I DARE you to sit still.

… and the man with more talent per ounce than any other living being strutted his stuff to all of his greatest classics. My all time favorite – When Doves Cry, Purple Rain, Raspberry Beret, Let’s Go Crazy, Uptown, Kiss, and Little Red Corvette which always reminds me of the bet my ex welshed on.

Is he looking at me?

Nick was adamant that the lyric went “little pink Corvette'” (because the song was actually written about a couple groupies that rode around in a pink corvette that Nick had known too) chiding me for singing “little red Corvette” at the top of my lungs – not a pretty sound I might add. He said, “I’ll bet you $500,000.00 I’m right,” so I shook on it. I’m not a gambler, but any Prince fan would know it was a safe bet. Then Nick refused to pay up!

Thank You LA!

That is a LOT of Prince concert tickets, which he has graciously arranged through the years, so I  suppose you are forgiven, Nick. Thank you for getting us brilliant seats to see my idol, and allowing me the memories of sharing it with our daughter that will last forever.

Julie Anne & Tatjana Rhodes

I’d like to dedicate my newest recipe to Prince for making me feel twenty-one, and inspiring me to get creative at what I do best again.

Raspberry Beret Bars

Raspberry Beret Bars

I’d like to dedicate my newest recipe to Prince for making me feel twenty-one, and inspiring me to get creative at what I do best again after a great concert I went to with my daughter, Tatjana.

Servings: 20
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes


For the Raspberry Puree

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 12 ounces frozen raspberries thawed

For the Shortbread Crust

  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Filling

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups raspberry puree
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate melted (optional)


Raspberry Beret Bars

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9″x13″ baking sheet with butter and flour, shaking off any excess flour.

For the Raspberry Puree

  1. Place the 1/3 cup sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, and stir frequently, until the sugar dissolves into a syrup, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. In a blender, add the thawed raspberries with the cooled syrup, and blend until smooth.
  3. Strain the raspberry puree through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Shortbread Crust

  1. Mix flour and salt together in a medium size bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar together in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle. Once it is well blended and lighter in color, add the flour and salt mixture, and continue to mix on low, just long enough to incorporate the ingredients (don’t over beat).
  3. Pull the dough together into a big ball in your hands, and press into the greased and floured baking sheet, pushing it down and into the sides as well as the bottom of the pan to form the crust. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until beginning to go golden brown. Remove from oven, leaving the oven on, and cool on a cooling rack.

For the Filling

  1. Whisk the eggs, 2 1/2 cups sugar, and raspberry puree with an electric mixer. Add flour, and mix well. Pour into the cooled crust, and baked in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the filling is set.

Serving Suggestions

I prefer these delicious bars straight-up, but if you are in a really decadent mood, spread melted semi-sweet chocolate over the top of the bars, and let cool and harden before cutting.

This post was first published April 25, 2011

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  • April 25, 2011
    5:06 pm

    What a fun blog to read. You have great taste in musicians 🙂
    Raspberry Beret bars sound perfect.

    You can be the President, rather be the Pope


    • April 26, 2011
      9:20 am

      You are officially Pope of our Prince fan club.

      • April 26, 2011
        12:03 pm

        Have you been watching The Borgias by any chance?

      • April 26, 2011
        12:35 pm

        Yes and I love The Borgias.
        The similaritis to The Godfather have me sad that the eldest is going to get it. Hopefully not this season.
        Check out Wikipedia regarding Pope Alexander, specifically how he died if you want to read a bit of poetic justice.
        The painting of him on Wikipedia reminds me of John Luvetz from Saturday Night Live.

  • April 25, 2011
    10:44 am

    Little Pink Corvette??? Oh darling Nikki (yes I went there! Tee hee!)…

    As for those Raspberry Beret Bars…oh my…definitely looking like I’ll be making some of those in the future! They look divine!

    • April 26, 2011
      9:31 am

      Hehehe – Prince played a few bars of Nikki, so I made him some bars.

  • April 25, 2011
    10:44 am

    that’s ok..the last DD show i went to, i took my daughter for her 14th bday (she’s 16 now). several times i caught her watching me, to which i would just give her an innocent “whaaaaat?” and she would just shake her head and go back to watching the show

    • April 26, 2011
      9:30 am

      Isn’t it great to share with them though??? Tatjana can goad me all she wants – I know she will remember those evening fondly long after I am gone.

  • April 25, 2011
    11:18 am

    I LOVE that you were grooving at a Prince show on your due date! I am expecting my first in July and have sworn to my husband if Duran Duran play anywhere near us on or around my due date, we are going and he will just have to accept that our daughter could possibly be born at the show!

    • April 26, 2011
      9:29 am

      We had a driver waiting by to rush me to hospital is need be. My feeling was “what better way to go into labor than dancing to my favorite musician’s music?”

  • April 25, 2011
    11:27 am

    Oh dear … Nick that is just too adorable “little pink corvette”…. *sigh*

    And jewels the rasberry beret bars are soooooooo getting made in my house ASAP! DELICIOUS thank you for sharing!!!

    • April 26, 2011
      9:28 am

      Well he did have a point, he was just wrong about the lyric. The song was written about two very famous groupies (I think in Toronto) that followed every band around in a pink corvette.

  • April 25, 2011
    3:01 pm

    No one in the world like Prince. No one in the world. And even if Sean Connery is more my “type” I–well, I blush just thinking about it.

    Glad you had a ball!

    • April 26, 2011
      9:26 am

      I do turn into a teenager every time I see him – small or gigantic venue. The man never disappoints.

  • April 25, 2011
    3:05 pm

    I remember being 8 months pregnant at a concert at verizon wireless ampitheatre, the staff pro man kept shaking his head and saying “You better not have that baby tonight!” but my favorite concert memory is that my daughter’s 1st concert was Roxy Music, she was 3. Cuz we all need to learn early on how suave Bryan Ferry is…lol I want to make the raspberry beret bars but need to see if I can cut down the sugar required or maybe use raw sugar, not white refined?

    • April 26, 2011
      9:25 am

      Wow – Bryan Ferry, now that is COOL. I’ve never seen Roxy Music live, and would LOVE to. Great beginning to her musical education. I don’t see why you couldn’t cut down on the sugar required, or use raw – it may be a little grittier, but I’m all for it, if it keeps your little princess healthy.

  • April 26, 2011
    6:41 am

    Prince is AMAZING. I will never forget, I got grounded when I was supposed to go to my first Prince concert. My MOM went instead. She still talks about it.

    My Jessica (who is nearly 6) attended her first concert in utero as well. Duran Duran, February 2005. I was supposed to see Green Day later that year (just before my due date in July) but my hubby was too scared I’d go into labor!

    And Raspberry beret bars? YUM! I tried my hand at raspberry butter cream icing this weekend. It was missing something and still had a bit of a bitter taste (it was NOT lack of sugar, I assure you!) Maybe a cream cheese raspberry icing would be better next time. . . .

    • April 26, 2011
      9:19 am

      Whoa your mom is strict! No offense, but I think it is a little mean to go in your place, then tell you how fabulous it was. Hope you got to see him eventually.

  • April 26, 2011
    8:17 am

    I wanted to see Prince for YEARS and I first saw him in 1992 and he must have had one of his tantrums that night because he was awful and I absolutely swore blind I would never go again. However he then did that run of gigs in London at the 02 and tickets were all the same price and I thought, ah what the hell. It now ranks as one of the BEST ever conerts I have ever seen! He was awesome and the 5th row from the front helped. I’m just gutted I never took my camera (venues over here can be awkward) as I would have had some awesome photos. Very very jealous you saw him very recently… I mean if I were to dance in heels that high I’d fall over and do myself an injury!

    On a foodie note, those raspberry beret bars (its one of my fav Prince songs ever!!) look like aq must try. However I am trying to be good to myself, with the distinct possibility of major surgery this year (not serious condition but a big operation) I’m looking at ways of boosting my immune system those bars could be considered a huge treat.! On a purely UK note, we tend not to use cups in measurements, any chance of giving me an idea how to convert to ounces or the dreaded grams

    • April 26, 2011
      9:16 am

      I’ve heard that he will walk off stage if he doesn’t like the audiences response, or is just in a bad mood. Then the opposite happens when he’s pleased – the night we went he was clearly in a very good mood, grinning from ear to ear, and I think he did seven or eight encores!

    • May 13, 2011
      1:52 pm

      Message for Amanda. If you want cup measurements, go to your local supermarket. I’ve got measuring cups from Morrisons, which show the US cup sizes. Hope that helps.

  • April 26, 2011
    9:56 am

    Very nice photos of you and Tatjana.

    • April 26, 2011
      12:03 pm

      I’m pining over them as I write this. Bittersweet, but so happy we have these memories.

  • April 26, 2011
    11:47 am

    I loved this story! I’m a HUGE Prince fan too. In 1985 he came to Austin, Texas and I had my ticket months in advance. I did not go because I was pregnant, past my due date, and too big to fit into any decent clothes. I ended up giving the ticket to my ex for that show, but I have made up for it by seeing His Purple Highness in concert many times since.

  • April 26, 2011
    12:04 pm

    Lucky ex!

  • April 26, 2011
    3:47 pm

    So glad you got to enjoy the show. We all deserve a fangirl moment every so often. It keeps us young…mine just happens to be over Duran Duran;)

    • April 26, 2011
      3:53 pm

      I love DD too Stacy, don’t get me wrong, but Prince has always been my #1 favorite. Nick is a big fan too.

  • April 27, 2011
    3:37 am

    Oh Prince! Please don’t get me started. I am a huge fan also, as is my husband. It has been a while since I saw him down under but boy was he brilliant live.
    I must say the first time I was pregnant and saw a band live was in 2008 with DD. I was in my early stages of pregnancy (did not know it at the time) and was absolutely hysterical. My husband certainly saw a side of me he had never seen before. He still rolls his eyes just thinking about that day. But I can honestly say, I would do it all again. Mia (my daughter) just loves listening to them now.

    • April 27, 2011
      2:40 pm

      Hasn’t lost his touch at all. Still sings, plays, and dances as he did 25 years ago.

  • April 27, 2011
    11:03 am

    Do you remember when Prince had his club in downtown LA? The Glam Slam? I saw him there once, was so great and such a small venue. I saw Bjork there too. I miss that place!

    • April 27, 2011
      2:38 pm

      Must have been while I was living in London and Paris, or I would have been there every night.

  • April 27, 2011
    9:51 am

    Great pics and I’m so glad you were able to share it with Tatjana! I have always wanted to see Prince in concert – heard that he gives an amazing show.

    • April 27, 2011
      2:39 pm

      Oh yeah, and I never tire of seeing him live.

  • April 27, 2011
    2:36 pm

    Hi beautiful girl,Prince is my favorite then Duran Duran.Ciao e un abbraccio da Rome italy

    • April 27, 2011
      2:37 pm

      Me too, but don’t tell anyone…Shhhhhhhhhhh!

  • April 29, 2011
    3:09 pm

    Fun! Those bars look soooo tasty!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  • May 1, 2011
    10:24 pm

    Flipping hilarious

    • May 1, 2011
      10:27 pm

      I’m wetting myself laughing! Can’t believe she did it!

  • May 13, 2011
    1:48 pm

    Oh, you lucky person, meeting my idol Prince. I saw him in concert in 1993. I was right at the front in a football (soccer) statium in Manchester, England and he looked at me for about five seconds, without singing or moving. My whole world stopped still when that happened. Can still remember the tears in his eyes when playing Purple Rain. You can really feel the emotion coming from him when he plays that.

  • May 25, 2011
    12:31 pm

    Kelli (my 17 yr old baby) is my concert date, always. We have seen: Duran Duran 2005 9last w/ Andy), NSYNC, Justin Timeberlake, Cobra Starship, meet and greets. Anyway, you get the point. I just wish she would have been w/ me in 2009 when I got onstage w/ Duran Duran. I love our concert memories. My funniest has to be after Bachman Turner Overdrive concert in Sept 91. I was backstage talking to Randy and his bro when I went into labor w/ my first.