Drinking with Giada

If Robert isn’t watching golf, football or the Temple Owls playing basketball, he’s got the Food Network on. Usually it’s marathon episodes of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” but often it’s any show with Giada. I’m sure the “Emmy award-winning personality with a household name” (according to her website) has “an impressive background of culinary training”. And I’m sure since Robert does all the cooking in our house he could easily whip up her special carbonara, the first dish she ever learned to make, which sounds delicious. But he doesn’t. In fact, he’s never even attempted any of the recipes from her cookbook that he received for Father’s Day. But he keeps watching.

I don’t care that he claims to want to know how to select a good olive oil or make perfect gravy. Any smart wife can figure it out. Giada’s a hottie. Does she even own a crew neck shirt?
giada_de_laurentiis     Giada
There are plenty of drinking games out there for watching Food Network shows.

Rules include things like:
– Take a sip every time Ina (Barefoot Contessa) says “How easy was that?” or anytime she uses a wicker basket in her garden
– Gulp a brew every time Paula Deen says Y’all (This is called the ‘get wasted in 30 minutes’ drinking game)
– Drink a shot of Jack Daniel’s every time Guy Fieri says “Money” , “Off the Hook” or “full on ride to Flavortown”
– Take a sip whenever Giada uses lemons or olive oil and get a bonus sip when she pronounces Italian ingredients in an Italian accent

But the real Giada drinking game should be simply, take a sip every time Giada wears a low cut shirt, she leans over, or the camera pans on her cleavage. Yup, that would be a sure fire way to forget that your husband is watching her instead of listening to you or that he’s even in the same room as you.

At the end of the day, I don’t mind that Robert watches Giada or any of the Food Network shows because I don’ t have to cook. Which is awesome for both of us. He’s an amazing cook and me, well, not so much.

And I’m actually grateful to Giada for creating this Thanksgiving cocktail. It’s delicious. Perfect for the holidays or for any Food Network Drinking Game that suits your fancy.

Spiced Bourbon, Beer and Maple Martinis
Giada Spiced Bourbon, Beer and Maple Martini
4 servings

– 1 cup chilled boubon
– 1/4 cup chilled dark beer, such as Negra Modelo
– 1/4 cup chilled pure maple syrup (Giada recommends Grade B)
– ice cubes
– 1 whole nutmeg
– 4 small dried red chiles, such as japones, rinsed and patted dry

Combine the bourbon, beer an dmaple syrup in a martini shaker.
Fill the shaker with ice cubes.
Cover and shake about 8 times.
Strain the drink equally into 4 large chilled martini glasses.
Using a nutmeg grater, grate about 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg over each martini.
Add a chile to each martini and stir to blend.
Serve cold.

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis from her show, Giada at Home

DISCLAIMER: Robert claims that he only watches Giada because it’s on during the time that he HAPPENS to be watching the Food Network. Yeah, um, ok. And that’s why I watch Curtis Stone.



  • Jack Gagne November 27, 2014 at 10:52 am


    • Kim & Robert November 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks Jack!

  • Lisa December 4, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Best line “Does she even own a crew neck shirt?”

    Curtis Stone called me sweetie once. Swoon.

    • Kim & Robert December 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Kim is jealous!

  • Lisa December 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    PS–Does Curtis Stone have any cocktails that you could recommend that The Cocktail Couple blog fans could try? If so, I say make sure to have extra pictures.

    • Kim & Robert December 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Great idea. Love doing that kind of research. Maybe it needs to be done in person….?


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