Valerie Bertinelli's good friend, chef and Food Network personality Alex Guarnaschelli, is visiting from New York. To celebrate her being in town, Valerie brings the experience of Little Italy home by preparing some of her favorite classic Italian dishes. On the menu: Sausage and Pepper Sliders, Mom's Spaghetti and Meatballs, Prosecco with Limoncello and Candied Lemon slices, and fresh homemade Cannolis.
It's a Kids Baking Championship reunion as season two kid chefs Jane Haviland and Matthew Merril drop by for lunch! Valerie Bertinelli does not disappoint and makes Grilled Italian Paninis with Provolone, Genoa Salami, Black Forest Ham and Roast Turkey served with Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips, and Soft Pretzels with Chocolate Hazelnut Dip. As a special treat, Valerie makes Chocolate Cupcakes with Neapolitan Frosting and the kids decorate them with treats sent by Duff Goldman.
Valerie Bertinelli pulls out all the stops to celebrate her son Wolf's birthday. She's got all of his favorites on the menu: Spatchcock Roasted Chicken with Salsa Verde, Garlicky Broccoli Fusilli, Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Homemade Ranch Dressing -- all expanded to feed a party that just keeps on growing. For the birthday boy's dessert, she makes his very favorite Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting!
Valerie Bertinelli is reprising an all-girls meet-and-greet tradition to introduce her friends, singer Michelle Branch and lawyer Krissy Lefebvre to some of her other gal pals, writer Kelly Oxford and actress Melissa Peterman. She plans a stress-free summertime bash starting with a trip to her local market, then prepares a menu featuring Queso Fundido, a Fix-it-Yourself Catfish Taco Bar, Jalapeno Ranch Slaw and a delicious Watermelon Cocktail!
Valerie Bertinelli spends all day researching her mom's recipes for her next cookbook, and when she finally comes up for air she realizes it's time for dinner. With no time to go to the market, she pulls together a meal from her favorite pantry staples: Smoky Cheddar Crackers, Pasta al Tonno, and Roasted Artichoke Hearts Provencal followed by tasty Blueberry Cheesecake Filo Cups.
Valerie Bertinelli and her husband, Tom, love to reminisce about old times, but like all long-term relationships and old-school recipes, there comes a time to give them a little update! On the menu is Chopped Iceberg Salad with Roquefort Dressing, Tuna Noodle Casserole, and a new take on an old favorite, Valerie's Mother's Cherry Cheesecake Pie.
After Valerie Bertinelli and her husband, Tom, accidentally double-book friends over for dinner, Valerie saves the day by inviting both couples over for a casual backyard barbecue -- delicious, easy and one of the most cost-effective ways to entertain. She whips up Lacquered Barbecue Grilled Chicken, Baked Beans with Brown Sugar and Bacon, Grilled Vegetable Kabobs and a refreshing Lemon-Basil Granita.
Valerie Bertinelli's longtime friend, Jo Stougaard - a food blogger and major authority on the deliciousness of bacon - is coming over, so Valerie's bringing her "A" game with an all-bacon menu! She whips up Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Shrimp with Cherry Cola Barbecue Sauce, a Tomato Salad with a Balsamic Dressing topped with Crumbled Pancetta, and for dessert, Bacon Caramel Scuffins topped with Caramel Clotted Cream.
It's one of those nights where Valerie Bertinelli and her husband Tom's cravings are all over the map, so they decide to have it all! Valerie cooks up some of their favorite guilty pleasure dishes: Chicken with Prunes and Olives, Italian Wedge Salad with Gorgonzola topped with Crispy Pancetta, Vegetable Pot Stickers and, for dessert, Mini Zeppoles with a Caramel Marsala Dipping Sauce.
With summer ending and shorter days ahead, Valerie Bertinelli throws one last backyard soiree with her friends and family - husband Tom, chef Stuart O'Keeffe, actress Mackenzie Phillips, and Larry and Angela Robinson. She prepares an all-grilled menu: Salmon Burgers, Avocado and Grilled Corn Salad with Goddess Dressing, Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges and even a Grilled Pound Cake with Grilled Peaches, served with a Cinnamon Simple Syrup.