Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Meeting Giada De Laurentiis & Pasta Carbonara

Yes, I met her today, and yes, so did a few hundred other people, but she was quite literally 100% more charming in person than she ever is on TV, and 100% more lovely. No wonder the line wrapped blocks:

My pictures are semi-terrible, the security was intense, but it was a great day with my 2 best friends Melanie and Kelley and that alone was well worth 2 hours of long lines and hot sun. We took the afternoon off work, ate sushi and drank martinis, then proceeded to the event. I love you girls - what would I do without you??!!??
(I'm the one on the right, Melanie is to the left and Kelley is beside her)

My martini (one of them, at least):

For the record, Giada is BEAUTIFUL, her head is normal size, her oft-mentioned chest is 100% authentic and 100% really nice. She is charming, sweet and friendly. We all wish we could hang with her on a regular basis. Todd, her husband, is a lucky guy...and anyone lucky enough to eat her food is blessed.

She signed my new cookbook, Everyday Pasta, which I indoctrinated tonight by cooking a recipe. I, of course, made the recipe my own, but it was my first-ever carbonara and it was quite delicious, as has every recipe of Giada's ever been.

XOXO to Giada, for your health and sanity I am so glad your book tour is done and you are back in LA with your husband, friends and family, thanks for coming to Scottsdale.

This recipe resembles Giada's, but the basics and the inspiration for the cinnamon is all hers, so she gets the credit.

Cinnamon Pancetta Carbonara:
(serves 6)

1 lb spaghetti
4 egg yolks
1 cup whole milk
1 c grated Parmesan cheese
6 oz chopped pancetta
1 tsp cinnamon, mixed with dash ground nutmeg and cloves
Salt and pepper as needed
Chopped flat-leaf parsley

Boil pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain. Meanwhile, saute pancetta and spices until crisp and golden.

Mix milk, cheese and eggs in a bowl.

Add mixture to pancetta. Stir and simmer, don't let boil or eggs will scramble. Pour mixture over warm pasta, add parsley, salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle extra cheese over top. Serve warm and creamy.


Patricia Scarpin said...

How cool, Kirsten!

I'm thinking of buying one of Giada's book, now I want it more!

Kristen said...

I am writing about this tonight, but in advance I'll tell you that I agree 110% with your assessment. She's the real deal!
Glad you had fun :) I made her sausage with rigatoni, peppers and onions and OH MY....delicious. Can't wait to try the Carbonara!

Melanie said...

As your first official comment-maker and one of your best friends - I (of course) LOVE this entry but have to point out to your loyal readers that we took a MUCH better photo than that of the three of us...but SOMEONE chose to post the one that looks best of her. :) xoxo
PS - I made the manicotti with ricotta and crab last night - MMM!

Peabody said...

I really like her recipes...but I still maintain the she doesn't hardly eat anything she cooks and what she does she throws up.

Kirsten said...

Hi Patricia - it was a great/fun opportunity. :)

Can't wait to read your account Kristen. How fun!!

Mel, yeah, my vanity got the best of me. My arm looked not-so-great (fat) in the other one. :) Yesterday was SO fun, thanks for finding out about the event!

Peabody - HA! I will agree with you by saying that everyone I know who LOVES food and cooks OFTEN is not 100 lbs...it's just math. And I will say pics I've seen of Giada looked slightly larger in her pre-Food Network career (still tiny, but more normal)...so I think being scrutinized for your looks all day on a TV show and living in LA must be over-the-top skinny pressure!

Kelley said...

For obvious reasons, this entry is my favorite so far! Although I have to side with Mel in that this pic (nice sun streak on my face) is NOT the attractive one we agreed on, but whatever. I love you anyway, Kirsten. :) The day was SO fun, even despite the sweat and sore feet we endured for the 3 second "meeting" of fabulous Miss Giada. That quick sighting confirmed that she's even more gorgeous and loveable than she appears on TV. So not fair! I can't wait to start cooking (and eating) those pastas... Love you girls!

janelle said...

LOL! I did the same long wait for Ina Garten on her last book tour. I had never done that before... and it was FREEZING cold and we had to wait outside (of course) and I was underdressed and and and... I am glad you had such a lovely line-waiting experience, and got to meet Giada!!!

Kirsten said...

Thanks Mel and Kel for such a fun day! Sorry about the pic. If I can crop out my fat armpit, I'll put up the cuter pic. :)

Janelle - too funny re: Ina. Thanks for your comment!

Chris said...

That is so very cool! I am going to have to get that book! I have been trying to put the breaks on the cookbook purchases....but the tempatation is just too much!

Nate said...

I would just like to state that as someone who makes carbonara often, you do NOT want the eggs to scramble. That is all.

Oh, glad you had a good time!

Russell said...

Great stie Kirsten,

I am trying to find out if the cooking instructors worrked with Giada at the Sur La Table event. Could you let me know. I assume it was a Q&A and book signing, not a cooking demo by her.

amber said...

I am SO jealous! She was in SF, but I was working and just couldn't get away, looks like she's pretty great, and I love your description!

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