I loved that this episode started out with my cooking demo at Chef Central! I feel so at home in the kitchen, cooking up dishes with love. I made SO many recipes from my newest cookbook Fabulicious! On the Grill: Flank Steak Alla Consilina (using my Skinny Italian Balsamic Ketchup as a marinade), Parmesan & Paprika Corn on the Cob, Patata Rossa (Red Potato) Salad, and Summer Cassata Cake.
The only one you saw was an appetizer: Kale and Pancetta Bruschetta. I love kale -- it's so good for you, packed with antioxidants and betacarotene and even protein! It's great for Meatless Mondays! When you cook it down, it changes from tangy to mild, and paired with the salty pancetta, it's perfect! I put the recipe up on my blog here: http://teresagiudice.com/food/. You can get Fabulicous!: On the Grill at bookstores or Amazon: http://amzn.to/RtCq8e, and my Skinny Italian food line at: http://www.skinnyitalianfoods.com/
How funny was Gia trying to throw away my sparkly bikini? She's so protective of me. All my girls are. Did you see Audriana chasing Gia to get it back? So cute!
I missed them when we went to Arizona, but I was happy for the chance to hang out with my family and friends again. It's been a long, hard road, but I'm really hopeful that we can stay in a good place.I was really happy after the Milania Hair Care party, because I felt like Penny had put the rumors about me being involved in any Melissa rumors to rest once and for all. Apparently, though, she didn't. I guess no one could. My brother and Melissa are going to believe whatever they want to believe -- even if dead people are telling them! The medium even tells them that there are other people who will meddle in your life and you have to stay strong as a family, just like Dr. V was saying. And still, they don't believe it. How many people can tell them the same thing? At this point, Jesus himself could come down from Heaven and tell them I have never tried to "bring them down," and they wouldn't believe it because they are so desperate to hold on to their hate and anger.
It makes me so sad since he is my brother and they know the truth about me. They know that by constantly accusing me of things in public that some people will believe them because they are my family. Why they keep lying, why they keep believing the worst about ME, I have no idea. I really want to keep my family together especially to set a good example for our kids, but I can't do it alone. What more can I do? I'm done defending myself. At this point, the rest of my family, my friends, and my fans know me better than my brother and Melissa anyway. All I can do is just keep love, love, loving! I do want clear up the Karma comment: I meant nothing by it, I certainly wasn't referring to Jacqueline's son, and I don't even believe in Karma. I'm a Catholic, not a Buddhist or energist or whatever. I don't believe that you should do good things to rack up good points for a later life. I believe you should do good things because that's what God wants you to do, to be a good person. I don't think people have bad things happen to them because they did something bad. Bad things happen to good people all the time. Life is a journey and you need to handle everything that's thrown at you with grace, not superstition. And I certainly don't think Autism is a punishment! It's part of Nicholas' journey, and I believe like Jacqueline has said, that it's a gift. Being a mom of 4, I would never wish harm on anyone else's kids or judge them.
What I was trying to say is an Italian phrase that doesn't really translate well in English. It kind of means that you don't talk about or worry about other people's business because you should be worrying about your own. You shouldn't judge anyone because you don't know the details of their situation and you're not supposed to know. I said "Karma" because honestly it was written all over that resort, they even had sweatshirts in the gift shop that said "Karma." I didn't mean Karma, because I don't mean to sit in judgment of other people. It's not how I live my life, and you’ll see how it all plays out.
Thank you again, always, for loving me, for sticking up for me, and for lifting me up. I love love love you all!