Each of Giada's Mediterranean celebrations includes a warm atmosphere for guests and a menu of no-fail favorites. Check out all of her crowd-pleasing recipes, like this speedy pasta.
With a cuisine that's as varied as its dramatic landscape, the island of Sicily has become very popular for its wide range of interesting foods. Giada De Laurentiis transports her guests to the exotic island with a Sicilian menu that features Bucatini a la Clams Casino, Cannoli Panna Cotta, Simple Eggplant Parm and Nonna Pizza.
In Giada De Laurentiis' family, Sundays are set aside for family dinners. For a stress-free, traditional family dinner at home, Giada's menu includes casual but hearty dishes like Baby Back Ribs with Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce, Spaghetti with Zucchini and Squash, Baby Lettuces with Spicy Vinaigrette and, for dessert, Double Chocolate Chip Red Wine Bundt Cake.
After a recent trip to Capri, Italy, Giada De Laurentiis hosts a lunch party for her girlfriends that celebrates the island and one of its most inspiring ingredients -- the lemon! The menu includes Sole with Lemon Caper Sauce, Lemon Grilled Cheese, Lemon and Chive Risotto and Lemon Basil Sorbet.
After Jade's big volleyball game, Giada De Laurentiis invites her daughter's teammates to celebrate at a fun-filled after party. It's a delicious but casual menu with all of Jade's favorites: Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu, Charred Broccoli Crostini, Crispy Orzo and Peas and, for dessert, super-fun Gummy Worm Popsicles.
Giada De Laurentiis and her daughter Jade host an Easter-themed family brunch with a menu that includes Giada's spin on traditional Italian holiday dishes. While Jade handles the table decor, Giada whips up Italian Cinnamon Rolls, Red Wine Eggs Benedict, Orecchiette with Lamb and Asparagus, Herb Melon Salad and Rossini Cocktails.
Giada De Laurentiis draws on the fresh flavors of spring as she celebrates Easter in Italian style with a fabulous family feast. The holiday menu includes Giada's Spicy Lamb Bolognese, Creamy Polenta with Spinach, and Asparagus with Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts. Finally, guests enjoy a delicious Strawberry Basil Coffee Cake decorated with real edible flowers.
Giada De Laurentiis hosts a cocktail party and good old-fashioned talent show with her friends in the style of a creative salon. Guests bring their best creative hidden talents, whether it's singing, playing the guitar, magic or juggling. The menu includes Candied Prosciutto, Roasted Carrot Hummus, Crab Crostini with Lemon and Herbs and Calabrian Mojitos.
Giada De Laurentiis invites friends over to sample healthy versions of dishes from around the world. She pulls out an eclectic mix of plates and platters that highlight her menu of Crab Summer Rolls, Warm Arugula Vichyssoise, Caribbean Roasted Pineapple and an Italian Cocktail.
Friends drop by unexpectedly, so Giada De Laurentiis shows how to host a fabulous last-minute party. Her menu includes Focaccia with Clementine and Fennel, Frozen Fruit Sparkling Water, Pantry Mezzi with Rigatoni with Greens, and Smokey Arugula and Apple Salad. Then, Giada shows how to use dishes and decor in cabinets to transform a living room and create a special mood with only a few minutes' notice.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Giada De Laurentiis shares a menu sourced completely from the garden and throws an eco-friendly party with all recycled products. Guests savor a vegetarian feast that includes Escarole and Olive Salad with Raspberry Dressing, Baked Coriander Sweet Potatoes, Beet Risotto with Gorgonzola and decadently rich Amaro Truffles for dessert.
Instead of movie night, Giada De Laurentiis hosts her own mini film festival. Guests are asked to create their own two minute cell phone movies on any topic they'd like, dramatic or documentary. Her decor and food is movie style, like Cacio Pepe Popcorn, Finger Sandwiches Three Ways, Blueberry Focaccia and Spiked Ice Cream Floats.
Giada De Laurentiis hosts a casual weekend brunch with friends, starting things off with Sweet and Spicy Bacon Bites. She wows her guests with a Dutch Daddy and Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast, and Spiked Chocolate and Coffee Milkshakes give everyone a mid-morning boost.