Television itself is an intimate medium. It’s in your house. You’re visiting with these people… Not everybody’s going to like it, just like not everybody likes everybody on the playground. I mean, that’s life – especially if your job is to just go out there and be yourself.
Since I never get on a scale, I have no idea how much weight I’ve lost!
The most essential part of my day is a proper dinner.
I live in, literally, the same home when I was swiping my first bank card and wondering if I’d have to put back the Charmin. We still don’t have a dishwasher. My mom has done all these gardens so now my house looks like the garden shack in the middle of Versailles.
You don’t feel as self-conscious if your clothes fit.
I like feeling like an ox at the end of the day. I like working hard.
I used to work in kitchens, doing 12 or more hours a day of physical labor, so today, eight to 12 hours of cooking, chatting or filming feels like a vacation. When I have a scheduled ‘day off,’ I spend several hours writing, then I clean until I crash from fatigue. I don’t relax well.
We created a line of pet food called Nutrish that’s made to human standards, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to animal rescue. One of our top-tier donors is the ASPCA, and they help us challenge animal shelters all across the country to get more animals placed in homes.
I had the lunchbox that cleared the cafeteria. I was very unpopular in the early grades. Because I hung out with my grandfather, I started to bring my lunchbox with sardine sandwiches and calamari that I would eat off my fingers like rings. I was also always reeking of garlic.
I have a fat head – I get freaked-out looking at pictures of me.
I don’t categorize food as bad or a guilty pleasure.
When I do a 30-minute meal, for instance, on Food Network, that’s my food you see at the end of the show and it’s not perfect. And if sometimes things break or drop or the pasta hits the wall when I’m draining it, they never stop tape. They just kind of let me go with...
Good food and a warm kitchen are what makes a house a home. I always tried to make my home like my mother’s, because Mom was magnificent at stretching a buck when it came to decorating and food. Like a true Italian, she valued beautification in every area of her life, and I try to...
I make a dog-friendly version of almost everything that we make for dinner.
Work hard. Laugh when you feel like crying. Keep an open mind, open eyes and an open spirit.
My husband cooks fancier food for himself than I’ve ever cooked on-air. I call him from the road, and he’s making champagne-vanilla salmon or black-cherry pork chop. Half of me is feeling unworthy. Not only am I not a chef, I’m not a better cook than my own husband!
My dream job is to be a rock drummer and the alternate drummer for the Foo Fighters.