Valerie Bertinelli invites her family over for dinner, and since they all like different things, Do-It-Yourself Personal Pizzas with Homemade Pizza Dough are sure to please all! With Kale Chips -- Three Ways as an appetizer, Pesto Sauce, Sneaky Salad, Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Parfaits, and a kid-friendly Watermelon Spritz, there is something for everyone.
Valerie Bertinelli and her buddy Faith Ford love to cook and test out recipes. Today, it's Valerie's turn, but it's just too hot to cook! She decides to keeps things cool with a deliciously decadent Lobster BLT, Quick Sweet and Savory Pickle Spears, a Classic Greek Salad, a Honey-Citrus Southern Iced Tea, and a unique recipe for Microwave Potato Chips. For dessert, she makes a fresh take on Lemon Icebox Cake.
Valerie Bertinelli loves her many family traditions, but it's never too late to start a new one! To honor some of the special men in her life -- her son Wolf, husband Tom and brother Patrick -- Valerie creates new family favorites: Chipotle Cheeseburgers with homemade Barbecue Sauce, Spinach and Strawberry Salad topped with a Warm Bacon Vinaigrette, and her Mom's Onion Rings served with a refreshing Ginger Beer Lime Rickey.
Valerie Bertinelli loves the idea of Taco Tuesday, with its easy prep and infinite combinations of tastes and textures. She's putting together her own taco-centric spread with plenty of toppings and side dishes for a fast and tasty weeknight meal special enough for her guests, comedian Anjelah Johnson and her husband, musician Manwell Reyes. Valerie's menu includes Chicken Tinga Tacos, Quick Cook Carnitas, Lime Cilantro Rice, Spicy Black Beans, Pickled Shallots and Red Onions. She continues the theme for dessert with Neapolitan Dessert Tacos.
Valerie Bertinelli's friend, actress Melissa Peterman, enlists Valerie's help in preparing a feast for her husband John's birthday. They make Sauteed Scallops in Compound Lemon Butter, Olive and Rosemary Focaccia and Misticanza Salad with homemade dressing, all served with Val's Classic Negroni cocktail. For dessert, there's a festive Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Box Cake.
Valerie Bertinelli's brother-in-law is bringing his family for a visit this summer, but his sons are sad about missing the Virginia State Fair back home. Aunt Valerie comes to the rescue, bringing all the great and unique tastes of the state fair home to surprise two of her favorite nephews. The fair selections include Classic Double Cheeseburgers, Mini Corn Dogs, Spicy Pickle Fries with Ranch Dressing, Five Spice Churros and refreshing Frozen Blueberry Lemonade.
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 is testing out new ways to sneak veggies into her recipes that kids will absolutely love. When her producer's two little grandsons drop by, she makes Baked Mac and Cheese with Hidden Cauliflower, Jazzed Up Sweet Potato Fries, Spinach and Red Pepper Stuffed Chicken, and Zucchini and Ginger Naked Cake with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting.
Valerie Bertinelli has always loved vacationing in Hawaii, where she enjoys the food, relaxed atmosphere and opportunities to surf! She's bringing the aloha vibe home with a Hawaiian-inspired feast for her husband, Tom, and his brother's family. Her menu includes Pineapple Salsa with Taro Chips, a Poke bar and Roasted Pork Sliders. Valerie also puts her spin on the Mai Tai and makes Chocolate Macadamia Candy for dessert.
Valerie Bertinelli challenges herself to use every part of the chicken in a delicious and creative menu, just as her mother and Nonnie used to do as part of their belief that nothing should go to waste. Food Network's Hannah Hart joins Valerie to enjoy the benefits of her chicken challenge. On the menu are Chicken Liver Pate with Red Onion Jam, Un-Fried Chicken, Chicken Broth Braised Turnips with Homemade Chicken Stock, an Arugula and Shaved Mushroom Salad and, for dessert, Chewy Schmaltz Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.
Nothing says summer like a patio party, so Valerie Bertinelli is hosting a "beginning of summer" get-together with her husband, Tom, and their best friends. The seasonal party menu includes Grilled Vegetables with Avocado Yogurt Dip, Tapenade Aioli Dip, Grilled Shrimp Salsa, Skirt Steak with Chermoula and a Hibiscus and Lavender Prosecco Punch to toast in the new season.
Valerie Bertinelli loves a competitive game night at home, and this time she's going all out by matching her menu to the games for her husband, Tom, and their friends. On the sweet side, she makes Red and Black Checkerboard Cookies. Her savory snacks include Bacon and Artichoke Hearts Lavash Flatbread, “Bettor” Butter Lettuce Salad with Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette and Part-Cheesy Twists, and she makes a batch of Gin Rummy Cocktails to keep spirits high.
Valerie Bertinelli is making dinner for her friend, cookbook author David Venable, and she's pulling an array of ingredients out of her pantry for a flavorful meal that's sure to impress. She serves Espresso-Crusted Rib-Eye with Rissole Potatoes and Sauteed Asparagus on the side. For dessert, she makes a Classic Lemon Tart with a Coconut Almond Crust.
Following a trip to Spain, Valerie Bertinelli has developed a love of Spanish foods, especially the small plates, or tapas, that the Spaniards do so brilliantly. When her out-of-town friends come to visit, Valerie serves tapas to fuel their nonstop euchre card game competition. On the menu are Patatas Bravas, Asparagus Wrapped in Serrano Ham, Stuffed Piquillo Peppers, Oven Paella and, for dessert, Creme Catalana.
Valerie Bertinelli's good friends and cutthroat card competitors, Kevin and Kristen, are visiting for a long weekend. In order to spend as much time with them as she can, Valerie is prepping all her foods in advance. Her menu includes Turkey and Swiss Sandwiches with Carrot Slaw, Chopped Salad Trifle with Homemade Ranch, Barbecue Potato Chips and Chicken Tetrazzini. The gang sips on Valerie's Sangria as they enjoy their time together.
It's poker night, and Valerie Bertinelli and her husband, Tom, are joined by their friends: actor Michael Burger, Food Network's Duff Goldman, and TV producer Jenny Johnson. She's got the perfect full house of a menu with Southwestern Eggrolls with Salsa, retro Teriyaki Rumaki, an Orzo, Grape Tomatoes and Radish Salad, and Apple, Ham and Cheddar Sliders served on sweet Hawaiian Rolls.
Valerie Bertinelli prepares a couch-friendly menu for a night of marathon TV-watching with her friend, actress Faith Ford. On the menu, there's Marinated Cucumber Salad, hearty slow-cooked Red Beans and Rice with Homemade Rosemary Pepper Crackers, and of course frosted Classic Gooey Brownies for dessert!
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.
Valerie Bertinelli is developing recipes for every busy mom's repertoire, and she has invited her friend, Aurora, a mom of three young boys, to learn how easy it can be to get a delicious, appealing meal on the table -- even on weeknights. They make Sweet Orange Chicken Drumsticks, Buttery Bowties and Green Bean Fries. Fudgy Avocado Pops are a healthy dessert in disguise, and DIY Chocolate Dip with Marshmallows and Fruit is a surefire kid-pleaser.
Valerie Bertinelli has fond memories of learning how to cook from her beloved grandmother, Nonnie. She's celebrating that connection by preparing favorite dishes from childhood -- with a dash of her own personal style -- for her brother, David, and her nephew, Enzo. Valerie's menu includes Kale and Radicchio Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette, Mom's Lasagna and, for dessert, Pistachio Gelato. She also makes Raspberry Prosecco Cocktails with homemade Raspberry Syrup.
On a prior visit to California, Valerie Bertinelli's friends showed her how to grill breakfast, which started a fierce competition to see who could come up with the best all-day grill menu. Today, Valerie is turning up the heat with Grilled French Toast with Apple Berry Compote and Apple Mascarpone Cream, Grilled Shrimp and Radicchio Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette, Grilled Lamb Meatball Flatbread with Grilled Tomato Sauce, and a refreshing Grilled Citrus Spiked Lemonade.
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.
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 resolves to kick off the New Year right with foods that are filling but not fattening, so she starts her day with a flavorful Vegetable and Egg White Breakfast Fajita. After a hike with her friend, actress Mackenzie Phillips, they prepare a tasty grilled Chicken Salad with Apples and Grapes in Lettuce Cups. Then, for dinner, it's Grilled Chicken Veggie Soup and Mini Pear Compote Crumble with Maple Yogurt.
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.