Giada De Laurentiis

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Sarah Penrod Represents Houston On Food Network Star Season 10

    Food Network is looking for the next star to host a new cooking show this year, and Sarah Penrod, from League City, has been selected as a finalist. Penrod is joined by 11 other contestants vying for the title of Next Food Network Star. But, this isn't her first rodeo. Penrod had a chance at compet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Book Review: Giada de Laurentiis Shares Her Secrets for Healthy Eating

    Giada de Laurentiis released her newest cookbook, Giada's Feel Good Food, in November 2013, and it doesn't focus on Italian food. You've probably wondered, how does someone who makes heavy pasta dishes and adores chocolate look like she does. I've often wondered this same exact thought. De Laurentii ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Bold, Petite, Enthusiastic Fare at Trenza

    At the recently opened Latin-Indian fusion restaurant named Trenza, Susie Jimenez creates dishes that match her physical and personality traits: bold, petite, enthusiastic, and colorful. All over the menu, Indian spices and Latin foods -- and vice versa -- play together in bold strides to create a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Flank Steak, & More

    I love cooking for my fiancé and planning meals for us, but cooking for two often proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week -- my meal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Food Network Star: A Promising New Show Is A Possibility

    It's that time of year once again; Food Network Star premiered Sunday at 8 p.m. for its ninth season. Last year, the three star judges, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Alton Brown, served as judges and mentors to the contestants they chose to be on their team. This year, however, Food Network S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Three Cooking Shows to Watch This Summer

    While most of your regular-season shows will take a break this summer, you can now tune in for new programs and seasons of food and cooking shows. If you're looking for a little inspiration in the kitchen or are just in dire need of a new television show to get hooked on, here are three you definite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    PSYched Out: The Today Show's Obsession With Psy

    One of television's longest-running programs, NBC's Today, has recently gone from venerable to vulnerable within the span of about a year. Thanks to more missteps than a line of drunken novice cloggers attempting the Riverdance, the morning show now finds itself routinely rated behind its main compe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Dinner Party Meal: Short Ribs Tagliatelle

    The first time my mom made this dish, it was an experiment. At this time, we were realizing that you can mix odd ingredients together and come out with something spectacular. After religiously watching Food Network, we decided to take a whack at Giada De Laurentiis's short ribs tagliatelle dish. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Street Foods of India at Kiran's: The Perfect Launch for the Houston Metro Cooking Show and the Curry Digest Video Series

    If you're like most Houstonians, you haven't, in the past week, been swept off your feet and transported to India and back in a matter of hours, experiencing the joy of Indian street foods, upbeat music, age-old traditions, and exotic beverages in between. But to my own and a diverse group of food w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Paula or Pepin? Separate Savannah from Southern France, and Win Tickets to the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show

    The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show is coming to Houston this weekend, and Eating...Our Words has three pairs of tickets to see two of this year's celebrity speakers, Paula Deen and Jacques Pépin (two for Dean and one for Pépin). We would like nothing more than to give them away to you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Low, Slow and EaDo

    Next Thursday night from 7 to 10 p.m., help support Foodways Texas while enjoying some terrific Texan beer and bites at the Saint Arnold brewery with Low and Slow: An Evening of Smoked Food & Film. The evening will feature short films by Keely Steenson about Texas barbecue traditions along with tast ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    13 Celebrity Chef Doppelgangers

    I didn't know Rocco DiSpirito was a Jonas Brother! And was that really Gordon Ramsay starring opposite Will Ferrell in Step Brothers? Who knew! Check out these and more Celebrity Chef Doppelgangers: 13. Rocco DiSpirito vs. Nick Jonas Renowned chef, cookbook author and the fifth Jonas Brother.

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Make a Gourmet Meal in Half the Time with Our Tips and Tricks

    Don't call it cheating; call it a shortcut. Very few of us these days have the time or energy to make phyllo dough from scratch or even to simply chop vegetables. And if you're trying to host a nice dinner for friends or cook a good meal for your loved ones, there's absolutely nothing wrong with us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Romanesque Roots with an American Family: Giada De Laurentiis

    Her lineage destined her for culinary aspirations, but education and hard work put her on your television screen, on the covers of books and magazines and, most deliciously, on your dinner plate. Giada De Laurentiis was in Houston April 3 to publicize her new cookbook, Weeknights with Giada and drew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week?

    Last week's Red Chicken Chili hit the spot. I'm still not sure which way I liked it better; in a bowl topped with a dollop of low-fat sour cream or in a whole wheat soft taco with some homemade guacamole. Either way, I felt good eating it knowing exactly what was in it. I'll be continuing on my jour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    The Best and Worst Celebrity Endorsements

    What is she... Is she literally pouring herself a glass of wine?​A few weeks back, I saw a Tweet from my friend Melissa, who found herself alternately captivated and horrified by what she'd come across in her local Kroger. It was a sign advertising a line of Pinot Grigio from Ramona Singer (ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Domenica Catelli of Catelli's

    Photo by Matthew DresdenDomenica Catelli, outside her family restaurant in Geyserville, CA.​Yesterday on part one of our chat with Domenica Catelli, we discussed how she left Houston to reopen her family restaurant in Geyserville, California. Today, we discuss her work as a Food Network person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    No-Bake Summer Desserts

    ​It's hot. It's so hot I can't even make jokes or try to be witty about it because it's just not funny. And it's only going to get hotter, which kind of makes me want to cry. It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have the world's moodiest air conditioner. It works when it wants to, but once it fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    Guess Those Hands: The Real Food Network Challenge

    These look more like real chefs' hands, but that's a topic of discussion for another day.​It's Memorial Day. You've eaten too much today and gotten too much sun, so you've retreated back indoors to the cold comfort of your computer screen. We understand. Believe me, we understand. And to that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel More Influential as a "Chef" Than Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon

    Suck my wig, serious female chefs everywhere!​Michael Symon is a chef, a restaurant owner and a contributor to magazines like Gourmet and Saveur; in 2009, he won a James Beard award. Michael Ruhlman once credited Symon with saving the entire Cleveland restaurant scene. Giada De Laurentiis, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Recipe Review, Part 2: Giada's Spicy Baked Macaroni

    ​If my review of Giada De Laurentiis's delicious recipe for Spicy Baked Macaroni inspired you to try it for yourself, here is the recipe along with my suggestions for success. Remember to reduce the pasta to 10 ounces, frequently check the consistency of the boiling pasta, and slightly incre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Recipe Review, Part 1: Giada's Spicy Baked Macaroni

    ​Ever since Food Network became a cultural phenomenon, home cooks have had more access to celebrity chef recipes. But the recipes don't always translate to home cooks. In fact, if you search for recipes on, you'll notice many have comments regarding the recipes' inaccuracies and dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    No Reservations: San Francisco

    Photo by Preston CovillaudOutside Pirate Cat Radio in San Francisco​Feeling even more antagonistic than usual, Anthony Bourdain toured San Francisco in this week's episode of No Reservations. He brought the full power of his disdain to the city's organic, local and vegan food by not sampling a ... More >>

  • Film

    July 26, 2007

    No Reservations

    No Reservations is sweet and savory fare. Without the foam