Thoughts by Giada De Laurentiis

 

I made lemon spaghetti in an early season of ‘Everyday Italian,’ and to this day people still come up to me and say they love it. It’s very, very simple. Basically, you cook the pasta and mix together Parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon juice and zest and pour it over the pasta.

 

 

Stock up your pantry and your freezer with things that aren’t perishable: Your favorite jar of tomato sauce that lists “tomato” as the first ingredient, lots of grains, olive oils, vinegars, tomato pastes, onions, shallots. When you go to the store, you only have to pick up meats and produce.

 

 

My mother and I, our favorite part of any baked pasta is the top, where the cheese gets crusty.

 

 

I write everything down. I e-mail the second I think of something, or I write notes in my BlackBerry calendar. 

 

Many chefs of a certain caliber do not see me as a chef. I don’t have a restaurant. They see me as a TV food personality, not a chef. I’ve gotten respect, trust me, they respect me, but I think that I can’t hit that particular level of respect from them until I have a successful Vegas restaurant that not only makes money but creates unbelievable food and a fabulous experience.

 

I want my daughter to see a strong woman who goes after what she wants.

 

When you go to the store, you only have to pick up meats and produce.

 

Any time you do anything different in this life, it’s risky. If you want to make a splash, you’ve got to step out on that ledge and jump. And I could land flat on my face and it would be the biggest nightmare of my life. 

 

 

I count on chiropractic sessions to keep my body aligned. Standing for hours can impact my posture, and that can throw the rest of my body out of whack. Acupuncture helps me relax and release stress. I’m also very into massage to help release tension in my back, neck, and shoulders.

 

 

With my crazy schedule, that often means cutting into my sleep. But yoga gives me the energy and focus I need to get through my day. I’m not saying I don’t need a cup of coffee in the afternoon sometimes, it’s the yoga that definitely keeps me centered.

 

 

Everything in moderation.

 

 

It helps immerse yourself in what you potentially want to do. 

 

 

For a healthy alternative to buffalo wings, slide the bone of a human finger into a block of tofu and bake.

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