February 01, 2013
Happy Heart (every)Day!!!

Been a while since I wrote one of these - HI!! I have been inundated with filming the Next Food Network Star and our taping schedule is crazy!! It is so great to be back on set with Alton and Bobby... we are like three siblings by now, playing daily pranks on each other and it is a constant challenge to see who can pull one over on the others with more finesse. I’m pretty sure I am winning...

Obviously I have to keep pretty tight-lipped about the contestants but what I can say is - this is going to be a VERY entertaining season so get readdddy!! There’s some good stuff cooking in the FNS kitchen- You’re gonna like!

Other stuff coming up that I am excited about... Valentine’s Day! I always love showing my special Valentines, Todd and Jadey, how much they are loved and appreciated... and it is also a great excuse to indulge in chocccolate!! This year I am trying to think out of the (candy) box for a special heart day surprise and would love your suggestions! I am old-school and still love giving (and receiving!) mixed cd’s, so that is definitely happening. For this cd theme I am gathering “Timeless” love songs... a mix for Todd AND a mix for Jade. She lovvves getting mixed cd’s and having her own music... it’s so cute! A few on my list for Todd are “How Sweet It Is”, “Never My Love”, “Tell It Like It Is”, and “Heartbreaker” by Crazy P because I cannot get enough of that song!! For Jade I have “Baby Mine” (by Dumbo, ever heard of him ;) ), “Love is a Song”, “Bella Notte” (obvs) to name a few. What am I missing?? Tweet me your tunes and make sure you include @GDeLaurentiis so I see them! We can even get fancy with a hashtag if you want - #GiadasMixTape... phew... and I’ve had too much coffee! haha!

Anyway, love your loved ones and show off your heart but also don’t forget to show yourself some love too! My grandmother once told me “You are only as good at loving others as you are at loving yourself.” So get yourself some chocolate! ;)

Also - Miami, I am coming to you the 21st - 24th of this month for the SOBE Food and Wine festival, so come and say hi!! Info & tix for the festival are on my events calendar and I would love to see you there. And bring your books and I’ll sign them for ya after my demo on Saturday!!

Lastly, have fun at your Superbowl parties!! I am not pulling for a side (Todd says “GO NINERS”) but I am pulling for a high scoring, exciting game with at least one defensive touchdown! That’s not too much to ask! Need last minute ideas for party foods? Here ya go!

Avocado Hummus with Crispy Pita Chips
Beer Battered Asparagus
Mini Meatballs with Raspberry-Balsamic BBQ Sauce
Red Pepper Cheesecake
Turkey and Spinach Taquitos

xo G


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