Cast Blog: #RHONJ

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Amber Calls Out Andy Cohen

Dina: What am I Doing Here?

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Teresa: We Love Hard, We Fight Hard

Dina: The Ladybug Event was Perfection

Amber: I Felt I Like I Was Being Hazed

Melissa: Continue to Pray for Teresa's Family

Why Amber Shares Her Cancer Story

Dina: I Was Team Santa

Teresa: I Don't Blame Jim

Bobby's Unacceptable Behavior

Amber: Dina is Jealous

Melissa: "We are Heartbroken"

Dina Reacts to the Sentencing

Kathy Talks Kevin Jonas

Amber: Dina Was Planning a Blood Bath

Jim and Amber Were on Different Pages

Dina on Bobby's "Bizarre" Behavior

Amber Calls BS on Dina

Nicole: Words are So Powerful

Teresa: "Kudos to Dina!"

Teresa: I Love the Show, I Love My Fans

Praying for a Positive Outcome for Teresa

"Tipsy Melissa is My Spirit Animal"

Dina's Lose-Lose Situation

Jacqueline on Her Status with Teresa

Why Teresa Told Dina the Rumor

Amber on Her Cancer Scare

Teresa: There was an Agenda to Hurt My Family

Melissa: I Do Feel for Amber

Dina: Gia's Beautiful Inside and Out

Nicole: This is Not 'Jerry Springer'

Amber on Her Meltdown with Teresa

Amber's Emotional Call to Teresa

Teresa Thanks the Fans

Dina: Florida Will Be the New Scary Island

Teresa: I Wish I Never Heard the Rumor

Amber on the Shocking Rino Rumor

Victoria Gotti's Big No No

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Kathy's ready to take on a sweet new challenge.

I told you all Beatstock was fantastic! Now you can see what I meant. Both Gia and Melissa were amazing. We had so much fun watching them perform. Gia certainly has become a great dancer. We are all so proud of the great job she did. It’s wonderful to see that she has found her passion at such a young age. Melissa really rocked her performance as well, and with each new song you can definitely see that she is coming out of her comfort zone. Her voice and stage presence keep getting better and better.

The Fancy Food Show is a huge trade show. It’s amazing to see how blk started last year with a small booth and has now grown into a huge exhibit. It’s a testament to the terrific partnership that Chris Laurita has formed with his nephews Albie and Chris and the rest of their team. It looks like he may need to crack the whip from time to time, but what are uncles for? How adorable was Greg when he met Patti LaBelle? Come to think of it, they both seemed equally smitten with one another. Lots of luck to Albert and Caroline with The Brownstone Sauce. All of us from the neighborhood have been enjoying it for years, and I’m sure everyone else will love it as much as we do.
No matter where life takes you, it’s always great to remember where you came from. So when I decided to take my dessert making hobby to the next level, I thought Gelotti’s Ice Cream shop in my old neighborhood was a perfect place for me to create some special desserts. “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” And who doesn’t love ice cream (or should I say gelato) in the summer? It was a big step for me to get out of the comfort of my own kitchen and decide to make desserts for the general public. So going back to my roots seemed like the logical place for me to start and produce a sampling. I was thrilled that Sal Sigona our longtime friend and owner of Gelotti’s was receptive to my idea as well. We all go back such a long time. As a matter of fact, Rosie’s first job was working for Sal and his partner when they first opened. It was and still is a favorite neighborhood gathering spot.

I’ve been a stay home mom for the past 17 years and my job has been to keep everyone happy and my household running smoothly. I’ve gotten very good at that part of my life, however, my business sense isn’t something I’ve had to work on in quite a while. I’ve been very fortunate to have Rich to rely on for that, and honestly I’ve always liked that arrangement. So Rich’s little pep talk was great and the push that I needed. But wasn’t I supposed to give the pitch? I’m the one who’s making the desserts and doing the work. Some habits are hard to break, and if Rich’s compulsion to take care of me kicks in, I’ll take it. That’s one habit I’m glad he has, and I hope it never changes. I’m a lucky girl. See you all next week!

As always, you can catch up with me on my website and through my newsletter at www.kathywakile.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @KathyWakile @RichardWakile @VictoriaWakile @JosephWakile.

Red Velvet Cosmo is now available throughout New Jersey and Florida wherever spirits are sold. I have many more exciting things coming soon so stay tuned!

Lots of Love,
xoxo Kathy

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.