Valerie Bertinelli and her buddy Faith Ford love to cook and test out recipes. Today, it's Valerie's turn, but it's just too hot to cook! She decides to keeps things cool with a deliciously decadent Lobster Club Sandwich, Savory Refrigerator Pickle Spears, a Classic Greek Salad, a Honey-Citrus Southern Iced Tea, and a unique recipe for Microwave Potato Chips. For dessert, she makes a fresh take on Lemon Icebox Cake.
Valerie Bertinelli is reprising an all-girls meet-and-greet tradition to introduce her friends, singer Michelle Branch and lawyer Krissy Lefebvre to some of her other gal pals, writer Kelly Oxford and actress Melissa Peterman. She plans a stress-free summertime bash starting with a trip to her local market, then prepares a menu featuring Queso Fundido, a Fix-it-Yourself Catfish Taco Bar, Jalapeno Ranch Slaw and a delicious Watermelon Cocktail!
Valerie Bertinelli spends all day researching her mom and Nonnie's recipes for her next cookbook, and when she finally comes up for air she realizes it's time for dinner. With no time to go to the market, she pulls together a meal from her favorite pantry staples: Smoky Cheddar Crackers, Pasta al Tonno, and Roasted Artichoke Hearts Provencal followed by tasty Blueberry Cheesecake Filo Cups.
Valerie Bertinelli and her husband, Tom, love to reminisce about old times, but like all long-term relationships and old-school recipes, there comes a time to give them a little update! On the menu is Chopped Iceberg Salad with Roquefort Dressing, Tuna Noodle Casserole, and a new take on an old favorite, Valerie's mother's Cherry Cheesecake Pie.
After Valerie Bertinelli and her husband, Tom, accidentally double-book friends over for dinner, Valerie saves the day by inviting both couples over for a casual backyard barbecue -- delicious, easy and one of the most cost-effective ways to entertain. She whips up Lacquered Barbecue Grilled Chicken, Baked Beans with Brown Sugar and Bacon, Grilled Vegetable Kabobs and a refreshing Lemon-Basil Granita.
Valerie Bertinelli's longtime friend, Jo Stougaard, a food blogger and major authority on the deliciousness of bacon, is coming over, so Valerie's bringing her "A" game with an all-bacon menu! She whips up Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Shrimp with Cherry Cola Barbecue Sauce, a Tomato Salad with a Balsamic Dressing topped with Crumbled Pancetta, and for dessert, Bacon Caramel Scuffins topped with Caramel Clotted Cream.
Valerie Bertinelli pulls out all the stops to celebrate her son Wolf's birthday with a menu of spatchcock roasted chicken with salsa verde, broccoli fusilli, spicy sweet potato fries and vanilla cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting.
Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, is visiting from New York; on the menu, sausage and pepper sliders, spaghetti and meatballs, candied lemon slices, and fresh homemade cannolis
Grilled Italian paninis with provolone, Genoa salami, Black Forest ham and roast turkey served with salt and vinegar zucchini chips, and soft pretzels with chocolate hazelnut dip.
Chicken with prunes and olives; Italian wedge salad with gorgonzola topped with crispy pancetta; vegetable pot stickers; mini zeppoles with a caramel Marsala dipping sauce.
With summer ending and shorter days ahead, Valerie Bertinelli throws one last backyard soiree with her friends and family - husband Tom, chef Stuart O'Keeffe, actress Mackenzie Phillips, and Larry and Angela Robinson. She prepares an all-grilled menu: Salmon Burgers, Avocado and Grilled Corn Salad with Goddess Dressing, Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges and even a Grilled Pound Cake with Grilled Peaches, served with a Cinnamon Simple Syrup. (Episode: VB0313H)