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Judging Iron Chef America: A Dream Come True PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Valerie Bertinelli   

img_4323.jpgOn Saturday, October 12, I will be celebrating a dream come true, when I make my debut as an official judge on Iron Chef America!

I am a huge fan of the show on Food Network, and I was thrilled when my friend, Alton Brown, the host of Iron Chef America, invited me to be a judge at a taping in the July. Here's my behind-the-scenes look at Battle Oktoberfest!

 
Valerie launches cookware line PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stacy Bertinelli   

With the debut of her first cookbook, One Dish at a Time, Valerie has turned her attention to a new cookware line. 

Like the fashion and housewares that she launched during the 2011 holiday season, Valerie's boutique cooking line is in limited release, although fans may be able to find them at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods. The pots and pans, dishes and utensils come in some of  Valerie's favorite colors - robin's egg blue and red - and they come in handy when you're whipping up something from her new cookbook.

In fact, Valerie saved Thanksgiving for a fan in Canada!

 

 
Jalapeño Popper Redemption Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stacy Bertinelli   

Homemade and lower-calorie!

Jalapeño poppers took a beating in Valerie's first book, Losing It, and with good reason: The fried, cheese-filled snacks ladle on the fat and calories with questionable nutritional content. She readily admits that the poppers were a trigger food when she was eating her emotions (and gaining weight), rather than finding productive, healthy ways of handling stress and losing it!

Because Jenny Craig has yet to introduce a low-calorie jalapeño popper snack, we at the ValerieBertinelli.com test-kitchens (OK, her brother Patrick and I) took it upon ourselves to give her once-favorite, but now-maligned, treat a healthier makeover. For her birthday this year, we presented Valerie with the Jalapeño Popper Redemption Recipe! As with any snack, please enjoy in moderation - even low-calorie treats can add up, if you eat a whole box of them in one sitting!

Warning: The actual cooking of these peppers involves knife-handling skills, open flames and spicy substances. Don't put an eye out, don't rub your eyes and don't let your kids make them unsupervised. According to my husband Pat, I'm not allowed to make them unsupervised either.

 

 
Pat and Stacy's Epic Rib Awesomeness PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stacy Bertinelli   

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In honor of Valerie's forthcoming cookbook, she asked us to share another family recipe from the Bertinelli Test Kitchen, a.k.a. her baby brother Pat's backyard grill. So just in time for your Labor Day barbecueing festivities, we present to you: Pat and Stacy's Epic Rib Awesomeness.

My husband Pat and cousin Ross fancy themselves to be quite the grillmasters, and much debate has ensued around our house about the proper technique for preparing fall-off-the-bone pork ribs: Wet mop versus dry rub? Pre-sear then bake? Bake then post-sear? Typically these debates occur over a beer or two while watching a barbecue cook-off on the Food Network.

Through the scientific method (and untold slabs of experimental ribs), the boys believe they have discovered the secret to rib nirvana! Let us know what you think of these succulent lovelies at your next backyard barbecue. 

 
What's Cooking? My New Cookbook! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Valerie Bertinelli   

One of the most popular features on my website are the family recipes that I post - and we receive so many requests for more!

Your wish (and mine) has been granted! In fall 2012, Rodele Books will publish my very first cookbook, tentatively titled One Dish at a Time! This cookbook will be a great companion to my memoirs Losing It and Finding It, and my workout DVD: Losing It and Keeping Fit.

One Dish at a Time will have the tasty family recipes and tips for a healthy lifestyle that have helped me maintain my weight loss through the Jenny Craig program. This is a project that is a lifelong dream of mine and I can't wait to share it with you. Here's a link to the announcement from Publishers Weekly!

 
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Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean giving up the good things. It just means you have to exercise good judgment: Take a small portion and savor. Look for the red stamp to find my very best indulgences, and remember: A little goes a long way!