Mon­day, Sept. 18

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - TV CHANNELS - By An­drew War­ren TV Me­dia

If you want to see what suc­cess looks like, look no fur­ther than Va­lerie Bertinelli. She’s best known for her ca­reer as a TV ac­tress, hav­ing starred in “One Day at a Time,” “Touched by an An­gel” and “Hot in Cleve­land,” but those var­ied shows are just a frac­tion of her claim to fame.

She’s earned two Golden Globes for her act­ing, is a New York Times best­selling author and is a well­known ad­vo­cate for healthy weight loss and life­styles.

She’s also an ac­com­plished cook, and she loves to share her recipes, tech­niques and ex­per­tise in “Va­lerie’s Home Cook­ing” — a new sea­son of her culi­nary se­ries pre­miered just last week­end. Now air­ing Satur­days on Food Net­work, in the se­ries she in­vites view­ers at home to join her as she in­ter­acts with her friends, fam­ily and neigh­bors and shares the tried-and-true recipes that she loves most, along with some ex­cit­ing new ones that she comes up with along the way.

In this week’s episode, air­ing Satur­day, Sept. 23, Va­lerie shares some of her sources of culi­nary in­spi­ra­tion. Like any cook­ing en­thu­si­ast, she finds in­spi­ra­tion al­most ev­ery­where she looks, in­clud­ing her lo­cal farm stand. She heads on down there this week to see what fresh lo­cal pro­duce is avail­able, and she doesn’t leave dis­ap­pointed.

Once she’s home, she gets to work com­ing up with recipes us­ing the in­gre­di­ents she found at the stand. On the menu are a plum slab pie, a gratin made with the fresh­est sum­mer veg­eta­bles, and a spicy cu­cum­ber salad with spiced yogurt sauce.

The sum­mer heat calls for a cold drink, of course, and Va­lerie has some­thing to fill that need, too: a boozy frozen es­presso that’s sure to get any cof­fee lover’s mouth wa­ter­ing.

And that’s re­ally what “Va­lerie’s Home Cook­ing” is all about: just a food-lov­ing home cook who hap­pens to be fa­mous, pre­par­ing recipes that can find a home on any fam­ily’s menu. Last week, she helped her Cub Scout nephew earn his cook­ing badge by work­ing with him to pre­pare some kid-friendly recipes, and the rest of the sea­son finds the ac­tress do­ing what she loves best: cook­ing for her loved ones.

“Va­lerie’s Home Cook­ing” airs Satur­day morn­ings on Food Net­work.

Va­lerie Bertinelli hosts “Va­lerie’s Home Cook­ing”

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