Eat Like Giada de Laurentiis: 5 Recipes for Foods She Loves

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There is no denying that Giada de Laurentiis can cook up a storm in the kitchen, but it’s her skills describing food we’re concerned with here. The chef, writer, and TV host has been featured numerous time on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, which is shown on the Food Network. With each theme, de Laurentiis manages to talk about a dish with such detail that your mouth will start watering immediately as you crave each sweet, savory, crunchy, chocolatey, or spicy food she that calls one of the best things she ever ate. To sample this smorgasbord of items in your own kitchen, try one of these five recipes.


1. Bar Nuts

At Union Square Café, the bar nuts are a sweet and spicy combination that will keep you snacking all night long. No wonder Giada chose this for the “Snack Attack” episode. This recipe from The Union Square Café Cookbook, via ABC, will make approximately five cups of bar nuts. 


  • ¼ pound each nut (peeled peanuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, and whole unpeeled almonds; or ¼ pound unsalted, assorted nuts)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss the nuts in a large bowl to combine, and spread them out on a cookie sheet. Toast in the oven until they become light golden brown, about 10 minutes.

In the large bowl, combine the rosemary, cayenne, brown sugar, salt, and melted butter. Thoroughly toss the warm toasted nuts with the spiced butter and serve warm.

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