I hope the modifier "Bravo's" as well as the scare quotes around "real housewives" have sufficiently alerted you to the fact that this post is not about admirable culinary innovations made by normal Jane Schmo women who happen to work in the home. Nope. I'm referring to those mass-marketed food and drinks created by
the PR reps of the cray-cray cast members of The Real Housewives ( of Orange County, New York, New Jersey, etc.) reality shows. Some of them actually do manage to squeeze in some food entrepreneurialism in between throwing chairs at each other. Here are five of their products to try:
5. Fabulicious Cookbooks. One word (that's not even a word): INGREDIENTSES. And don't even get me started on the horrific portmanteau that is "fabulicious." Sigh. Teresa's parents certainly seem to know a thing or two about food (see the sausage-making episode). Let's hope maybe some of those skills are genetic.
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4. Ramona Pinot Grigio. Talk about temerity. Despite often explicit requests to the contrary, Ramona Singer brought her own personal supply of pinot grigio to every single social event she attended on the RHNY. So associated with mass consumption of this varietal and this varietal only, she scored her own product line. Now, you too can get blotto on vino regardless of what anyone else is serving.
3. Lisa Vanderpump's Simply Divine. I didn't think it was quite fair to relegate Lisa Vanderpump's most well-known "food products," restaurants Sur and Villa Blanca, to this list because she and her husband started these legitimately successful businesses before the show. Capitalizing these ventures post-RHBH fame has been unsurprisingly for easy for Vanderpump, who offers cute stories as well as tips and recipes for planning seasonal social events in this domestic entertainment guide.
2. Dolci Della Dea Cannoli Kit. Fans of RHNJ can finally re-create Kathy Wakile's scrumptious (supposedly) cannoli with this kit available for purchase on QVC. Although I am not a huge fan of cannoli, I would buy this product as a gesture of respect to Kathy, who unlike some of the wives (Teresa, ahem) has more than a modicum of class.
1. SkinnyGirl. Love or hate Bethenny Frankel, you must recognize at least she managed to turn a homemade light margarita into an international food and drink empire (well, with a little help from Beam Global). Her white cranberry cosmo is decent, but I found the original margarita to be lacking in lime flavor, and, um, alcohol. Drink a whole bottle and you'll be neither skinny nor drunk.