While it was incredibly frustrating to have to continuously glance back at the recipe page while the picture of Giada, cleavage and all, was thrust into my line of vision, I have to say, her recipes speak louder than her blatant, tacky display of sexuality. Nonetheless, her Pizza Rustico was phenomenal. Albeit, it did take a bit of preparation, especially making the crust. But I don’t mind making crust or dough the night before because I have a fool-proof method. Actually, it’s not really my method, per se, it’s Alton Brown’s. The two key items for the perfect crust are a food processor and a large zip-lock bag.
At any rate, Giada’s assortment of salted meats, spinach, and a ricotta cheese mixture are combined to make a pizza pie that is to die for. I can’t imagine any child, or adult, for that matter, that would turn his or her nose up at it. Unfortunately, it’s a bit labor intensive for the mom who must put it together after coming home from teaching class and before heading out again to attend aerobics. I couldn’t have done it unless Cal was keeping Ethan occupied.
On the other hand, the previous night I threw together one of her more simplistic pasta recipes in thirty minutes. It was her thimble pasta which consisted of a mere 4 ingredients, and it was delicious, of course. Is there anything Giada can’t do?