Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis loves holidays and reveals her enthusiasm with the lavish menus she places collectively to have fun. Yet this Valentine’s Day, the culinary queen gained’t be manning the kitchen like she normally does since another person is taking on the cooking.
Despite her love of holidays, De Laurentiis has beforehand admitted that one in every of her greatest kitchen fails occurred on none apart from Thanksgiving. “When I first started catering, I worked for a family, and the first meal I made for them was Thanksgiving. I love cooking Thanksgiving,” she stated, based on Food & Wine. “It’s actually, for me, one of the easier meals to cook because there’s so much planning you can do in advance, that you can plan it out in different stages.”
The household De Laurentiis was cooking for included a four-legged friend who would typically get in the best way. “The thing is, they had a big dog, and I wasn’t used to cooking around dogs,” she revealed. “I tripped over the dog once I put the turkey on the platter. Once the turkey hit the floor, that dog got to it before I did.”
Even although it was early days in her culinary profession, De Laurentiis knew the right way to salvage the meal. “So, there was no longer a turkey for Thanksgiving, but lots of sides,” she recalled. “The woman I was cooking for had some pasta sauces in her pantry, so I whipped up some pasta really fast. It was one of my first jobs out of school. I was pretty horrified.”
Kitchen takeover on V-Day
The Food Network star gained’t have to fret about mishaps for everybody’s favourite coronary heart vacation since her boyfriend, Shane Farley, shall be manning the kitchen to cook dinner De Laurentiis a romantic meal.
“He cooks on special occasions [like] Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, etc.,” she informed Today Food. “I think for V-Day, he’ll make me one of his fave dishes: chicken piccata over pasta.”
De Laurentiis has been in a relationship with Farley, a TV producer, for nearly 5 years. While the chef enjoys a plate of poultry, she would select to organize her selfmade pappardelle with a short-rib ragu if she have been donning the apron on Valentine’s Day. “The sauce has a little bit of chocolate in it, which makes it feel extra special.”
While the culinary icon plans on staying away from the kitchen whereas Farley is at work, she’s already given him some pointers. “I plan on being in another room catching up on one of my binge-worthy shows so I don’t micromanage him in the kitchen,” De Laurentiis stated with amusing. “I always make sure he seasons the meat before cooking it and as for pasta, I always make sure he seasons the pasta water with salt before adding the pasta. Simple tips, but important.”
Gotta have chocolate
Though De Laurentiis gained’t be manning the oven on Valentine’s Day, she plans on having fun with all of the festivities that go together with the romantic vacation. “I love cheesy holidays like this and I love the idea of getting into the spirit of it,” De Laurentiis informed People. “The cheesier the better. It’s lighthearted and fun, and it can be very whimsical as well, so I have fun with it.”
Now the worldwide ambassador for Nutella, the cookbook writer will in some way incorporate the model into the special occasion. “Nutella and Valentine’s day sort of fall hand in hand,” she stated.
De Laurentiis additionally has a Valentine’s Day reward deliberate for her 11-year-old daughter Jade. “Jade loves milk chocolate,” the chef stated. “So I always give her a little assortment of milk chocolate and lollipops from See’s Candies.”
Hopefully De Laurentiis will post some pics of Farley’s Valentine meal!