15 Things You Didn't Know About Buddy Valastro
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Regular Tuesday Night Dinner: Homemade Italian Classics
"My wife will probably have made a whole lot of something amazing — veal saltimbocca, roasted eggplant, stuffed artichokes. Whenever I’m not practically inhaling Chinese food over a sink at a bakery, she spoils me."
The First Dish He Mastered: Cream Puffs and Eclairs
"It was all my dad would let me do for quite some time!"
His Favorite Vacation Spot: Family-Friendly, Warm-Weather Escapes
"I love going to Disney with the kids. Nothing beats getting to see the looks on their faces the entire time. Other than that, we do like to unwind anywhere in the Caribbean."
His Favorite Guilty-Pleasure Food: Pizza
His Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla
"Good vanilla ice cream goes a long way."
His Happy Place: Home
Buddy calls New Jersey home. Check out a tour of his kitchen in Food Network Magazine.
His Favorite Smell: Almond Paste
The Strangest Thing in His Refrigerator: Fennel Fronds
"A Ziploc bag of fennel fronds. We eat a lot of fennel, and my wife saves the fronds to add them to broths, salads, fish, etc."
His Favorite Pizza Topping: Sausage
The Ingredient He'll Never Eat: Whipped Cream from a Can
"I don’t judge people who enjoy it; I just can’t do it. It’s not the same."
His Favorite Late-Night Snack: Reese’s Pieces
His Favorite Food Cities to Visit: Near and Far
"Florence or Bologna in Italy. If I’m keeping it local, New York or Chicago."
His Favorite Cake-Frosting Flavor Combo: Shortcake and Whipped Cream
His Favorite Culinary Hack: Whipped Cream the Easy Way
"Using a chilled Mason jar to make whipped cream on the fly."
The 5 Ingredients He Always Has in His Pantry: Sugar, Flour, Salt, Olive Oil, Lemons
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