More about that in a second.
Giada had a lovely segment on The Today Show this morning. She talked about her love of lemons (she’s pictured with one on her new book cover).
In the VERY few minutes allotted to her, she showed us a gorgeous looking risotto, which was interestingly finished with mascarpone along with Parmesan, parsley and lemon rind. She served it in lemon cups, which looked fresh and inviting.
Giada also quickly showed us how she tops a veal chop (does anyone still eat veal?) with lemon slices and wraps it in prosciutto. That would be good for chicken or even a portobello mushroom. We got a quick glimpse of iced lemon cookies before the computer switched us to a commercial. The recipes are here.
Now about Matt. Forget the Governor of Alaska (fast forward to 1:30 minutes in this video), Matt Lauer said the dumbest, most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard during Giada’s appearance yesterday, when she showed us Italian kids’ recipes.
Giada was marinating chicken legs in a ziplock plastic bag. She said to marinate them about 2 hours. Matt said, “So you marinate them at room temperature for 2 hours?” and he rushed on to the next thing. Giada, with great restraint, said "It’s RAW chicken, you marinate it in the fridge." He said, "Oh, 2 hours is a bit long", realizing what an idiot he had been and he looked a bit sheepish.
Only then did Giada laugh out loud in acknowledgement of his potentially rather large error. She was more than gracious, though, even when he told her that her, as yet, unglazed chicken didn’t look all that appetizing.
Giada has gotten a lot more comfortable on the Today Show. Both of her segments were excellent. Fun to see were the clips of Jade in the intro video yesterday. Even better, though, were when Todd and precious Jade came out to say hello. THAT is a beautiful baby and really, we all know, that not all babies are.