Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Getting Saucy

Caroline explains why she didn't want to be the face of The Brownstone Sauce.

Hello! Happy Sunday! Hope it was a good one!

This episode was so much fun! It was nice to see everyone getting along and doing their thing; let’s hope this is the start of a new, happier trend in Jersey. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got my fingers, toes, and even my eyes crossed!

What a wonderful experience it must have been for Melissa and Gia to perform at Beatstock. We’ve been before, and the crowd is full of energy and ready to have a good time. They both went out there and gave their best. Congratulations, girls, well done!

I’m happy to see Kathy pursue her passion for baking by bringing it to a different level. I’ve been lucky enough to sample quite a few of her desserts, and I can say without a doubt that she is the real deal. Hopefully you’ll see more in the coming weeks. The only problem is as I watch, I want! Maybe I should place an order with her next time so I don’t have to deprive myself. I also like that she went old school and started at a neighborhood ice cream shop that’s familiar to us all. We went as kids, and we still love it to this day. I wish Kathy the best of luck; I hope she remembers to keep the samples coming!

The Fancy Food Show was a lot of fun, and a lot of work! Nothing makes me happier than watching my boys work with my brother and my nephew, Joe. They’re an excellent team that compliments each other. I can understand Chris’ concern, and I’m right there with him. Work hard and play later. However, I did enjoy watching the boys have fun. What Albie said is true; they have been traveling non-stop and busting their butts to get BLK out there. As a matter of fact, I’m sure we’ve even met quite a few of you who are reading right now at a BLK tasting somewhere along the way. If you have been to one, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. It’s also true when Albie said they haven’t made a dime. All the money has been going right back into the company, and they’ve been working for pretty much nothing. Times have been rough, but the reward has been worth it. The BLK booth was gorgeous and Chris was right when he guessed that they would be busy. It was chaos, but a very good chaos. Chris, Albie, Christopher, Joe, and Gianluca knocked it out of the park, and I was so happy to be there and watch it first hand. Check out their website ( to see where it’s carried in your area! P.S. you can also get the BLK t-shirts there too.Oh, I almost forgot! Let’s give a shout out to Miss Patti LaBelle! How adorable was Gregg while he was speaking to her? She was so gracious and kind, and I nearly died when she tried the BLK and loved it. Sometimes I just have to pinch myself, that moment was one of those times. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Miss Patti! xoxo

How cute is my Albert? I love him to death for wanting to put this face of mine on The Brownstone sauce jar, but I agree with the boys, it’s not my sauce! It’s The Brownstone recipe that they’ve been using for over 30 years was derived from Al’s grandparents. I didn’t belong on the jar, and I’m glad Al changed his mind. I will tell you this -- it’s phenomenal. No preservatives, sugar, dyes, gluten free, and made with the best ingredients. I’ve been after Al to jar the sauce for about 8 years now, and it’s been a 5-year process, but it’s finally here! He doesn’t know this, but I’m hoping he will move over to Brownstone packaged goods and semi-retire. Again, fingers crossed! One of my absolute favorite things to watch is the interaction between my boys and their dad as he asks for advice on packaging, shipping methods, food brokers, etc, etc. They tease him relentlessly, but he’s a great sport and is beyond proud of them. Those Manzo men, they’re cuties with brains and heart. XoxoxoP.S. check out The Brownstone Sauce on The Brownstone website -- We have Marinara, Tomato Basil, and Vodka.

OK, I’ve talked too much. As always, thank you so much for watching, and I hope to see you all again next week. xoxo

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Amber Marchese dishes on her first reunion and why Dina Manzo confuses her.

Hello Housewife friends!  Welcome to the jungle baby! My first reunion was a wild ride. Call me sick and twisted, but I had an unbelievable time at the reunion when most, I have been warned, dread it. I felt like it was “The Great Purge” and when I went home I was felt relieved of any built up tension. I don’t care if anyone has a grudge against me, my slate is clean and I harbor no ill feelings towards anyone. I love to argue my point, and I truly stood by all of my convictions this season, so I was ready to say exactly what was on my mind, and then some. 

I know the twins and I went at one another pretty hard, but that is what the reunion is all about. It is an opportunity to get it all out and potentially understand one another's position better. Then we can each make our own decisions as to where we want to go with our relationships. I am very much the type of person that can say some of the meanest things and sling mud, but hug it out at the end forgetting anything negative that was said. It just rolls off my back. I actually think it is healthier to say what needs to be said, and then move on.

One thing I did question after the reunion was if Dina actually has a heart or if I should start calling her the Tin Man. I actually have not figured her out yet. Is she really just a coldhearted bitch, or has she been hurt so many times that she has become warped and jaded. I feel I don’t owe anyone any reason as to why I call cancer “the cancer,” but I will give it once more anyhow. “The cancer” is “the monster” to me. It is a way for me to take away its power and to minimize it. “It” destroys lives, so “it” does not deserve a name. It is just “the cancer” -- it was “the monster” or “the dragon.” Although Dina claims to have an understanding of how devastating cancer is to a family, her actions and blatant lack of empathy proves otherwise.

In addition, I did not think it was appropriate for me to interject into family quarrels at the reunion; however, this is something that I feel strongly about. I have met Jaqueline and I have spoken to her on many occasions. In the very short time that I have gotten to know Jaqueline, I know and have empathy with the struggles she has caring for Nicholas. I felt that Dina’s interpretation of her nephew was callous and completely out of touch with reality. The only thing that keeps playing in my mind is, "You know nothing John Snow."  No, thank God, he is not hooked up to machines with cancer; however, what the Laurita family goes through is extremely difficult on a day to day basis that will continue on for a lifetime. It is emotionally and financially devastating. Although, Dina "visits" children with cancer, at the end of her visit she gets to go home, leaving it behind and goes on with her daily life. Since Dina does work with children with cancer, I pray that she can abstain from a self-absorbed lifestyle and become a loving, involved aunt.