When you watch the episode next week, keep in mind that Kathy's mother and my mom are not related by blood. They're not sisters. They were not raised by the same parents or taught the same things... Kathy's mom is my dad's sister and as you know, they didn't grow up together either.
I've always been very open about how my mother taught me to cook and how I'm delighted to share my family's recipes. My cookbooks are called "family" cookbooks. I don't know why Richie and Kathy try to twist that, it makes no sense to me. I spell it out in every book. But they are MY family's recipes, not Kathy's family's. I told this story in my second cookbook 'Fabulicious: Teresa's Italian Family Cookbook' (with really cute photos of my mom as a little girl!) about how my mom was raised by her grandmother, who I was named after, since her mom died when she was very little. My great-grandmother taught my mom to cook and she passed down the recipes to me. I have no idea what Kathy and her mom cook since that's their own family stuff. I'm sure it's delicious, just like my family's recipes are!
All right, I have to end with a good story, so here's my favorite: I had a book signing in Orlando this week and it was CRAZY! So many people came! Thank you all so much for waiting in line for hours to see me! You are the best, best, best fans ever! (Well, you know you're more than just fans, you're like family to me!) More people showed up than the Barnes & Noble expected, so they sold out of all three of my cookbooks! But people were still in line and wanted to meet me, so guess what they started buying? Andy Cohen's book 'Most Talkative'! I lost count of how many of his books I signed for people, but it's a great book and I was happy to do it! Now you just have to sign some of my cookbooks, Andy, and we'll be even!