Home cookin'

How Giada De Laurentiis does Valentine's Day at home (and feel free to copy her!)

Giada De Laurentiis' name is synonymous with Italian food, but there's one Italian staple that she rarely ever cooks — except on Valentine's Day. "I do not make ravioli regularly ever," she tells Wonderwall.com, but on Feb. 14, that's always on the menu at home.

The Food Network chef is obviously a wiz in the kitchen and well-known all over the world thanks to her television appearances and cookbooks. But Giada's name is also quickly becoming synonymous with Las Vegas, where she now has two restaurants. On Feb. 10, Giada opened Pronto at Caesars Palace, a fast-casual approach to her food, a contrast from her hugely popular GIADA restaurant across the Las Vegas Strip at The Cromwell, which is certainly more of a fine-dining experience.

Wonderwall.com sat down with the acclaimed chef at the opening of Pronto to chat about Italian food, food trends, her secret one-person focus group (spoiler: it's her daughter) and even how to pull off a Giada-inspired Valentine's Day.

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Q: GIADA has obviously been a huge hit. What makes you want to gamble on a second Vegas restaurant?

A: I wanted to open something that was a little more casual. Listen, I know that people come here for fine dining and to watch entertainment and all that, but a lot of people would just come to see the space in the Cromwell and say, "Oh, I can't afford to eat here, but I wanted to see the space." I was thinking, I need to figure out a way to introduce my brand at a lower price point. I wanted to do something that was more of an introductory to Italian food, like what you'd find at an Italian mini bar, with sandwiches piled high. You press them and everything is fast. When people think of quick serve, I don't think they think of Italian. They don't do it a lot in this country, but they do it really well in Italy. That was sort of the inspiration behind it.

Q: You have a 9-year-old daughter, Jade. Do you do the fine dining thing for her at home or take more of a casual approach?

A: I cook both for her. I just don't do the presentation and twirl the spaghetti so high, and I don't worry so much about the decor of the plate like I do at my restaurants. But I cook both of these things for her. Jade gets a little taste of everything at the end of the day. She actually gives me really good feedback. She was telling me what she liked about this place yesterday. She was working the stations. It's interesting how simplistic children can be if you really listen — it helps simplify things.


Q: What food trends are you loving and hating right now?

A: I will say that our No. 1 sandwich right now is the turkey, bacon and avocado. I feel like avocado-anything will sell like hotcakes, so I love it and I hate it all in one. I love avocado, but I feel like it's become the kale. Remember when kale was everywhere? It's the same. Anything with avocado these days sells. It's kind of like chocolate, although I love chocolate. So yeah, I think I have a love/hate with avocado right now.

Q: Valentine's Day is days away. Give us Giada's guide to V-Day…

A: I do the same Valentine [meal] every year. I do heart-shaped ravioli. I buy wonton wrappers so I don't have to make the pasta dough. I fill them with mixed cheese, usually ricotta and mozzarella or whatever. I don't put green in there because my daughter doesn't like it, otherwise you can put herbs or spinach in there. I do a plain tomato basil pomodoro [sauce]. I lay the pomodoro down first and I put the heart-shaped ravioli on top of it. I don't know why [but when] I think of Valentine's and romance, I think of ravioli. To me, they're light, but they're sexy and very romantic. But the wonton wrappers make them super-simple. I start with that and then usually I'll do a little filet in advance, and I slice it really thin and put it on crostini with a little aioli. And then something chocolate at the end.

Q: Does Jade look forward to it every year?

A: Jade has started to look forward to it now that she's 9. When she was younger she was like, "I want regular pasta with butter." Now she likes it.

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Q: You're famous for the way you pronounce a lot of Italian words. Does it get annoying when people ask you to say spaghetti, for instance?

A: You mean, fluent in Giada! All of this stuff is so unplanned. I remember for years that I wanted to teach people the pronunciation of a lot of things because I feel like it's all bastardized. I'd be talking and talking and I'd say spaghetti (she pronounces it "spi-GHEE-tee") or mozzarella (pronounced "muhz-uh-RELL-a") and I think people picked up on it because it's so different. So it became something that people would stop me and tell me, "Say spi-GHEE-tee" for me and I'd say it. At times I'm like, this is embarrassing, and at times I feel like it's really sweet.

Bynes latest

New disturbing details emerge in Amanda Bynes psychiatric episode

Amanda Bynes was likely living on the Los Angeles streets for days before recognizing she was in trouble and subsequently being put on a psychiatric hold. 

While a bit of unknown remains, the timeline of her last week is being pieced together. TMZ said the "Easy A" star's car was towed on March 15 in Long Beach, Calif., which is located about 40 miles from her home. From there, sources tell the webloid that Amanda either hitchhiked or took public transport. 

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On St. Patrick's Day, she appeared in Hollywood and was caught on camera walking around with another woman. Afterward, Amanda supposedly asked a stranger to give her a ride to Beverly Hills, but she then asked to be returned to Hollywood.

This all led up to the early morning hours of March 19, wherein the "Hairspray" alum was found naked and alone while roaming the streets in downtown L.A. According to reports, Amanda was unclothed when she waved down a car and informed the driver that she was coming off of a psychotic episode. She then called police herself. 

In the wake of the odd incident, Amanda was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold, but that is expected to be extended for another week. Since being hospitalized, the former actress has "started to make improvements," TMZ said.

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Back in 2014, Amanda was placed in a conservatorship, helmed by her mother, following a string of troubling behavior. Since then, Amanda has largely cleaned up her life, and a judge terminated her conservatorship on March 22, 2022. Although a second conservatorship is unlikely on the heels of the latest episode, it's not completely off the table.

Amanda's parents are reportedly taking solace in the fact that the former actress recognized she was in trouble when she flagged down a car and notified police herself.

Prior to the new incident, Amanda had been living independently in her own house and taking cosmetology classes. She was not hurt during the latest episode.

Minor injuries

Dick Van Dyke, 97, injured in Los Angeles car crash

Dick Van Dyke suffered bumps, bruises and a possible concussion during a minor car crash in Los Angeles. 

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The 97-year-old acting legend was driving when he crashed his 2018 Lexus LS 500 into a gate last week. According to TMZ, the "Mary Poppins" star told police that the car slid and he lost control before plowing into the gate. The rainy weather battering Southern California of late has made the roads wet and slippery.

In the aftermath of the accident, Dick was bleeding from the nose and mouth. He was treated at the scene by paramedics but did not go to the hospital. In addition, Dick did not drive home, but was rather picked up by someone else.

In its March 22 report, TMZ was quick to point out that drugs and alcohol were not involved. Police, however, have submitted paperwork to the DMV requesting that Dick take a new driving test. The request is not uncommon for someone of the actor's age. 

The four-time Emmy winner broke into the film industry in 1957 and he's continued to find work. Earlier this year, he appeared as the gnome on the "Masked Singer."

Farewell... again

Report: Why Cameron Diaz is leaving acting again

Cameron Diaz is reportedly throwing in the towel on her acting career again.

The actress is set to make her film return opposite Jamie Foxx in Netflix's "Back in Action," but her acting comeback will be one and done. The "Charlie's Angels" star is finding it difficult to be away from her 3-year-old daughter, Raddix.

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"These back-to-back 10-hour workdays have been a lot on her and she hates being away from Raddix," a source close to Cameron told DailyMail.com on Monday, March 21. "Cameron loves being a mom more than anything in the world."

Cameron hasn't completely been away from her family.

"Although she has gotten to see her family while shooting the film, it is just not the same," the insider claimed, adding that her time on set has apparently "been a lot on" her husband, Benji Madden

"Back in Action,", which is being filmed in London, is set to be Cameron's return to acting after essentially retiring nearly a decade ago. The actress' last film was 2014's "Annie," which coincidentally also starred Jamie.

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The set has apparently not been without its drama. The Sun claimed last week that Jamie had a "meltdown" that resulted in the firing of several crew members. 

"There have been some issues on set and Jamie has had a major meltdown over it all," a source said. "He demanded the problems be sorted immediately and [fired] four of the production staff — as if that would magically improve the situation."

Those supposedly canned included an executive producer, an assistant director, a unit director and Jamie's driver. 

"Some people working on it are totally fed up with how this has played out and Jamie has become pretty unpopular," the source added.

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The Sun added that the film is "in chaos." However, the Daily Mail insider said the tantrum had nothing to do with Cam's decision to return to the Hollywood sideline. The source would be "incredibly surprised if it caused any tension between Jamie and Cameron."

"Cameron is a businessperson and understands that this is necessary at times and, honestly, Jamie is the only reason that she is doing this film and they are still very close," the Mail source said, adding that Cameron "hates" the "drama and confrontation" that comes with working in Hollywood.

"This is why she retired from the business in the first place," the source explained. "She has already proven herself in the industry and has nothing left to prove to anyone."

On hold

Possibility of a second conservatorship raised after Amanda Bynes is hospitalized

Amanda Bynes was placed on psychiatric hold after being found naked and alone while roaming the streets in downtown Los Angeles earlier this week. Still, despite the troubling incident, another parent-helmed conservatorship isn't likely in the works. 

TMZ reported that Amanda was not wearing clothes when she waved down a car in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 19, and informed the driver that she was coming off of a psychotic episode. She then called police herself. 


After being taken to a nearby police station, the former "Hairspray" actress was placed on a psychiatric hold in a hospital. A typical psychiatric hold lasts 72 hours, but they can go longer. 

Amanda was not hurt during the episode, which went down in a potentially dangerous part of L.A.

The "Easy A" alum has led a turbulent life. In October 2014, she landed in a treatment center after lashing out at her father on social media, shoplifting and DUI. The previous year — following an involuntary psychiatric hold, which came after she set off a small fire on a neighbor's driveway — Amanda spent time in a psychiatric hospital and then lived with her parents for several months. Her mom, Lynn, was named her conservator back in 2014.

Also in 2014, she was kicked out of fashion school for her troubling behavior: Other students accused her of attending classes with sunglasses on while high on weed, of paying others to finish her homework and of blatantly cheating off of classmates during tests.

In October 2015, she was allowed to return to the school, and in 2019, she finally graduated.


Since then, Amanda has largely cleaned up her life, and a judge terminated her conservatorship on March 22, 2022. TMZ reported on March 21, 2023, that a second conservatorship isn't off the table, but isn't likely. Amanda's parents are taking solace in the fact that the former actress recognized she was in trouble when she flagged down a car and notified police herself.

Prior to the episode, Amanda had been living independently in her own house and taking cosmetology classes.

Living situation

Bruce Willis' current wife addresses report that Demi Moore is now living with them to help care for the actor after his dementia diagnosis

Demi Moore is sharing the same roof with her ex-husband, Bruce Willis, and his current wife, Emma Heming, according to a new report. A source told RadarOnline.com on March 8, "Demi has moved in, and she is not leaving until the very end."

However, later in the day, Bruce's wife, Emma Heming, denied it. "Let's nip this one in the bud. This is so dumb. Please stop," she wrote on her Instagram Story.

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Bruce and Demi, who were married for 13 years and share three children, have had a close relationship for years. 

"At first no one outside the family could understand what Demi was doing living with her ex and his new wife, but now it makes sense," the source told Radar. "Demi has been a rock for the family and is determined to make sure every day Bruce has left on earth will be filled with love."

Last March, Bruce's family announced that the "Pulp Fiction" star was retiring due to Aphasia, a condition that affects a person's ability to communicate — to speak, write and understand language. Then, last month, the family announced that he has been diagnosed with dementia — this in addition to his battle with aphasia. 

"Now Bruce will leave before [Demi] does," the source claimed. 

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On Sunday, March 5, Emma issued a PSA about her husband after seeing paparazzi images of him getting coffee with friends. 

"If you are someone who is looking after someone who has dementia, you know how difficult and how stressful it can be, just to get them out into the world and navigate them safely – even just to get a cup of coffee," she said. "In the spirit of raising awareness for dementia, it's clear that a lot of education needs to be put forth."  

Emma continued by pleading with paparazzi to give Bruce his "space" if they see him out and about. 

"Allow for our family or whoever is with him that day to get him from point A to point B safely," she said. 

TV return?

Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes 'aggressively pitching' Ellen producers on new show

Former "GMA3" co-hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes are hoping to openly showcase their love on TV.

The duo is "aggressively pitching" a show to the producers behind "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," an insider tells Page Six, adding Amy and T.J. "welcome ongoing coverage" of their relationship.

"It's easier for them to pitch a show if they stay in the news, and they think they're rock stars. They're selling their chemistry," the source said.

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Amy and T.J. are still going strong amid a tumultuous few months. On Nov. 30, 2022, DailyMail.com published a bombshell story alleging that the duo — who were both married to other people at the time — had evolved their friendship into a romantic relationship many months earlier. In the wake of the scandal, ABC pulled both Amy and T.J. off the air on Dec. 5 while the network's president figured out next steps, and nearly two months later on Jan. 27, 2023, both were let go. 

"After several productive conversations … about different options, we all agreed it's best for everyone that they move on from ABC News," an ABC News spokesperson said. 


Both T.J. and Amy have split from their respective spouses and haven't hidden their blossoming relationship, having been photographed in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Mexico. Still, despite their love tour, the couple really wants to be together in front of the camera again. 

"They absolutely believe that their chemistry would sell, because it sold at ABC," the insider said. While at ABC, Amy and T.J. "sold this brother/sister chemistry. Now, they're selling sex," the source said. 

The couple is using another real-life duo as their on-air inspiration, the source continued, claiming Amy and T.J. are "pitching a show a la Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos." The insider noted that the couple received packages from ABC after their axing, but they have to work eventually.

"Whatever deal they got from ABC is not going to sustain them," the source stated.

On set issues

Jamie Foxx's on set 'meltdown' throws Cameron Diaz's acting comeback into 'chaos'

No Foxx given? Cameron Diaz's return to acting hit a major speed bump after her Oscar-winning co-star's on-set "meltdown."

Jamie Foxx has been increasingly upset with production issues on the "Back In Action" set, which resulted in the firing of several crew members, The Sun reported, adding that the film is "in chaos."

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"There have been some issues on set and Jamie has had a major meltdown over it all," a source said. "He demanded the problems be sorted immediately and [fired] four of the production staff — as if that would magically improve the situation."

Those supposedly canned included an executive producer, an assistant director, a unit director and Jamie's driver. 

"Some people working on it are totally fed up with how this has played out and Jamie has become pretty unpopular," the source added. 

The movie, which is being filmed in London, is set to be Cameron's return to acting after essentially retiring. The actress' last film was 2014's "Annie," which coincidentally also starred Jamie.

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Jamie, who has worked with the "Charlie's Angel" star on several other films, managed to convince Cameron to end her acting hiatus for "Back In Action." 

In a phone chat, that was released online, Cameron said: "Jamie Foxx, only you could get me back in action. I can't frickin wait it's gonna be a blast!"

Name game

LGBTQ+ 'Sister Wives' star to change name after marriage

Gwendlyn Brown is ready to a become a wife and leave her last name in the dust.

The "Sister Wives" star, who is one of Christine and ex Kody Brown's six children, plans to take her fiance's surname after she gets hitched to Beatriz Queiroz.

Gwendlyn made her reveal in a special YouTube video, after receiving a Creator Award from the platform for having over 100,000 subscribers.

"It's addressed to Gwendlyn Brown, but since I'm getting married soon, I had the name tag, it says 'For Gwendlyn Queiroz,'" she said. "That's what I'm going to be in, like, five months, less than five months. It's coming up."

Gwendlyn, who came out as bisexual in October 2022, got engaged to her lady love in November 2022 after eight months of dating.  


While Gwendlyn preps for a wedding, her mother has also found her happiness, too. On Valentine's Day 2023, Christine — who left her plural marriage to Kody in late 2021 after 25 years together — made things Instagram official with her new man, David Woolley. 

"I finally found the love of my life, David. The first time he held me close, it felt like my soul took its first breath," she captioned an Instagram selfie on Feb. 14. "He's wonderful and kind, incredible with my children and an adorable grandpa. I never dreamed I could find a love like this. #blessed #soulmate #feelinggood #lovemylife #partner." David shared a different pic of himself with Christine, captioning it "My Queen."

Then, earlier this week, Christine against gushed about her man again, indicating she's "unbelievably happy." 

"I can't express how amazing it's been to have David in my life," she said. "He's an incredible man and he treats me like his Queen." 

Mea culpa

Brooke Shields apologized to college beau Dean Cain decades after romance

Brooke Shields dated Dean Cain decades ago, but she still feels bad about the way she treated the actor during their romance. 

While chatting with People magazine, the actress gushed over her college relationship with the "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" star, calling him "beautiful" and "mouthwatering." However, because Brooke — who called herself the "most famous virgin in the world" — was sexualized early on in films, she couldn't really let herself go with him.

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"We had a great relationship, broke up, got back together again after three years. And that should have been a delicious time for me of reveling in it and feeling proud and free because I was in love," she said. "But it was as if I was just paralyzed from shame, thinking everybody was going to know, thinking of letting my fans down because I had professed one thing."

Brooke has previously said she lost her virginity to Dean, eventually.

"He just was so loyal and loving and just so in love. And I did not make it easy," she told People. 

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After having years to reflect on the romance, Brooke realized she owed Dean an apology for not enjoying the moment more. And, she did apologize to him "a few years back."

"I said, 'I'm sorry for you, and I'm really sorry for me,' " she remembers.