The per­fect hol­i­day

‘Gi­ada’s Hol­i­day Hand­book’ helps make Christ­mas magic easy

Texarkana Gazette - - COOKING THIS WEEK - By An­drew War­ren

Ev­ery­one has a fa­vorite Christ­mas tra­di­tion, from build­ing gin­ger­bread houses to go­ing out car­ol­ing around the neigh­bor­hood. There are prob­a­bly as many tra­di­tions out there as there are fam­i­lies cel­e­brat­ing the hol­i­day, and new ones are es­tab­lished each and ev­ery year.

Food Net­work per­son­al­ity Gi­ada De Lau­ren­tiis has spent the last few years shar­ing her best tips and tricks in the weeks lead­ing up to the big day in “Gi­ada’s Hol­i­day Hand­book,” giv­ing ad­vice on how to make those fes­tive tra­di­tions go off with­out a hitch in ev­ery episode. Cur­rently air­ing Sun­days on Food Net­work, each episode fea­tures ad­vice on host­ing mem­o­rable get-to­geth­ers, fun and fes­tive games and, of course, some show-stop­ping food that’s guar­an­teed to elicit oohs and aahs from even the pick­i­est of guests.

In this week’s episode, air­ing Sun­day, Dec. 9, Gi­ada trans­forms her house into a beau­ti­ful win­ter won­der­land when she hosts a party for kids. While the chil­dren busy them­selves with mak­ing their very own hand­crafted snow globes, the host shares some warm­ing recipes for pint-sized palates with those of us watch­ing at home. On the menu is home­made tomato soup and crispy chicken sand­wiches washed down with steam­ing triple-cho­co­late hot co­coa. And in case that isn’t enough, there are even Ital­ian flag cook­ies for dessert. Yum!

Next week’s episode is the sea­son fi­nale, and Gi­ada pulls out all the stops for the big day. With her whole fam­ily over for Christ­mas din­ner, she comes up with a fun gift ex­change that gets ev­ery­one ex­cited, and a show-stop­ping meal that in­cludes a stand­ing rib roast, blis­tered baby pep­per salad, ca­vatelli with Gor­gonzola and toma­toes, with a stun­ning panettone tri­fle for dessert.

Whether it’s foods, games or gifts, ev­ery fam­ily has Christ­mas tra­di­tions that are brought out year af­ter year. What­ever your own tra­di­tions may be, “Gi­ada’s Hol­i­day Hand­book” is packed full of tips and tricks to help the hol­i­days run smoothly — and maybe even some sug­ges­tions for a new tra­di­tion or two. The next episode airs Sun­day, Dec. 9, on Food Net­work.

Gi­ada De Lau­ren­tiis stars in “Gi­ada’s Hol­i­day Hand­book”

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