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Gabriele shows us how he really feeds him family when the cameras aren't rolling.
The family has moved to Brooklyn and Debi is eager to show Gabriele her old neighborhood. They learn to brew beer, find a wonderful butcher and fantastic corner store and buy the supplies for their first backyard barbecue. On the menu: Ribs, Sausages Braised in Beer and Spices, Potatoes Grilled en Cartoccio and Beet and Pear Salad With Gorgonzola Cheese.
It's the day before their vow renewal ceremony and Debi and Gabriele decide to test two of the recipes for tomorrow's reception, a Pesto Lasagne and a Shrimp, Farro and Watercress Salad. While making their homemade pesto, Gabriele's grandmother, Nona Lola, stops by for a visit and they get olive oil made from the olives on their property. The next morning is finally the big day. The guests arrive and the happy couple walks down the aisle once again. With a menu full of the delicious and traditional flavors of Tuscany, the party is a success.
Tuscany vow renewal preparations are in full swing when Debi gets a call that her dress probably won't be ready. She begins to panic, but Gabriele swoops in to calm her down with a special treat, Affogato, a warm espresso drink topped with rich vanilla ice cream. Their wedding stress calls for homemade Tuscan comfort food and the two decide to make their traditional three-meat lasagna (Lasagne alla Bolgnese) and sit down for a romantic dinner.
The family takes to the road for an excellent artisan's adventure through Tuscany. They make cheese at an organic dairy farm, authentic bread with a baker and learn how to make fresh ravioli from an Italian Nonna. All these ingredients are turned into a feast back at Gabriele Corcos' mother's home featuring a menu of Pork Loin Alla Focettina, Tartello With Raveggiolo and Mixed Greens and Zucchine Trifolati.
Debi and Gabriele track down their friend Joe Mantegna's old family recipes straight from Italy and make him a meal from his childhood. They also make artisanal Burrata cheese with an Italian friend. Then they astonish Joe and his wife with a meal straight from his memory: Heirloom Tomato Caprese with their own homemade Burrata cheese, a Sicilian specialty of Orange, Red and Olive Salad and Orechiette Al Ragu Di Braciole.
One of Debi's favorite places to go in Florence is the 400-year-old Pharmacy at the Santa Maria Novella. Part museum, part store selling traditional and modern elixirs, oils, soaps and perfumes, Debi has been going here for years. She and Gabriele decide to spend the day showing the girls all of the different ways that the herbs from their land can be used to make fun beauty treatments and delicious food. Debi will give Robert and the girls a "spa day" in their kitchen, then Gabriele will cook a dinner using recipes that highlight the same local Tuscan herbs.
Debi is treated to a wonderful Ricotta Pancake birthday breakfast that Gabriele makes with their daughters Evelina and Giulia. After breakfast, Debi's best friend takes her shopping while the rest of the family plans her biggest birthday surprise. Gabriele and the girls pick out a new vow renewal ring so Gabriele can ask Debi to remarry him in Tuscany. Gabrielle pops the renewal question during Debi's birthday party where he makes homemade Pizza and Orecchiette Pasta with fresh radicchio.
Eager to get his name known in New York culinary circles, Gabriele hosts a party for 24 famous foodies. He goes on a trip to New York's premiere Italian market, Eataly, to get inspiration for his menu. He decides on Ribolita, Beef Tartar, Roasted Potatoes and Rabbit Cacciatore for the big meal.
What's more romantic than Italian wine country? Debi and Gabriele are taking the afternoon to explore the Chianti region, and pick up the ingredients for a fabulous dinner. Before they head out, they make a quick Panino Chianti Giano. They end their romantic afternoon at the breathtaking Fattoria di Montecchio, one of the most beautiful wineries in Tuscany. Back in their kitchen, Debi and Gabriele keep the romance going with Ragu di Cianghiale and they make it a sweet ending with Ricotta Cheesecake. Romance is always in the air in wine country!
Debi thinks that Gabriele has forgotten about her birthday, but doesn't know that while she's out for the day, he's putting together a surprise party. While Debi's enjoying a boat ride in Central Park, Gabriele is getting all the details together and preparing a fabulous meal that starts with a Charcuterie Platter, continues with Eggplant Parmesan and Asparagus Involtini and ends with a beautiful Birthday Cake!
Gabriele and Debi are planning a romantic sunset sail for their anniversary, but Gabriele falls ill and Debi has to nurse him to health. She makes him a Green Smoothie and Nonna Lola's Beef Broth and Lesso Rifatto, a hearty Tuscan stew. Feeling better, Gabriele packs a beautiful picnic including Shrimp, Watercress and Farro Salad for their sail.
The pressure is on for Debi and Gabriele as they take over a Los Angeles restaurant and test out recipes for their new cookbook, including Linguine With Santa Barbara Spot Prawns, Saltimbocca Alla Romana, Sauteed Dandelion Greens and Lemon Sorbet, on some famous foodies -- including Susan Feniger.
Debi, Gabriele and the kids have never gone camping together as a family. Gabriele has always wanted to go, but it has taken a long time to convince Debi how fun camping can be. Finally, Debi has agreed to give camping a shot -- for just one night -- so they pack up the car, the kids and Robert and head upstate to a campground in the Catskills. Gabriele gets the fire started and makes a delicious Camp Fire Flatbread. They take in some local activities, before firing up the grill for the perfect campside stew, Impruneta Peposo. And Debi creates a tasty Farm Stand Salad. It's the perfect camping experience ... until Mother Nature steps in.
Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos share their love of Tuscan cuisine in this series. In the premiere, they build a pizza oven in their yard and have a summer barbecue for friends. Dishes include Grilled Marinated Chicken, Caprese Salad and Grilled Vegetables.
It's finally time for the Mazar clan to head to Tuscany, but the preparations are anything but relaxing. Before they go, Debi and Gabriele decide to teach their daughters the value of a dollar so they have their own money for Tuscan souvenirs and keepsakes, so they open their very first bruschetta stand. For dinner Gabriele makes a meal straight out of the country traditions of Tuscany; Turkey Sausages With Beans (Sausages with Fagioli all "Uccelletta), Fried Artichokes and a traditional Florentine cake for dessert (Schiacciata alla Florentina).
Today, Gabriele and Debi have decided to take a day to prepare the family for the possibility of another major disaster, like Hurricane Sandy, in what they're calling "The Drill." Can the family go the whole day without electricity or any modern conveniences? Can Gabriele and Debi cook dinner for the family without electricity or gas? Can Debi and the girls go a day without the internet? And finally ... what will Robert think of all of this?
New York is an expensive city, but it doesn't have to be! Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos are determined to do a New York weekend on the cheap. They take a bike ride over the Brooklyn Bridge, enjoy some inexpensive treats at a local sweet shop and visit a unique bakery in Spanish Harlem. Then they cap it all off by making dinner for the whole family for under $15.
In honor of Debi's late dog, Dolores, she's decided to host a fundraiser for a dog charity event in her new home inviting Kathy Griffin and other friends to come with their beloved pets while they enjoy Cavatappi al Vino, Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto With Gorgonzola and Brie, Panna Cotta and Schiacciata.
For Evelina and Giulia, the best time of year is finally here -- the last day of school. While the girls take it in, Debi and Gabriele have one more afternoon to themselves and they've decided to use the time to explore the Brooklyn neighborhood Red Hook. They'll stop by the Red Hook Winery for some wine tasting and then they'll hit Cacao Prieto to sample and pick up fresh chocolate to use for dessert. Then they'll pick up the girls at school and head home to cook a special meal to celebrate the end of school and the beginning of summer.
One of Debi Mazar's oldest friends, Fab Five Freddy, has lived in Harlem, NY, for years and wants to show Debi and Gabriele Corcos some of his favorite haunts. They're leaving the girls behind today, so Debi and Gabriele whip up a Torta di Carote for an after-school snack. In Harlem, Freddy introduces them to chef and restaurateur Alexander Smalls. They all head to Alexander's apartment for a delicious dinner of Polenta Incanita with Pork Belly Cubes and Alexander's Black-Eyed Peas and Arugula Salad. It's Tuscan soul food at its finest!
The family heads out to the coast to escape the hot weather and enjoy the fruits of the sea. Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar go on a fishing trip and hook some Branzini for dinner. They grill a gorgeous meal from the sea on a fantastic oceanfront beach that sits directly in front of them with a menu of Branzino a Cartoccio, Cozze Alla Tarantina, Grilled Eggplant, Zucchini and Peppers, Pinzimonio, Annalisa's Speciale and Aperol Spritz.
Gabriele's Nonna has turned 90 and he wants to celebrate! Debi and Gabriele head to the local pastry shop to learn how to make the Torte Della Nonna, a mouthwatering local specialty. Before the family arrives, Debi and Gabriele make a Chicken Liver Crostini appetizer. And then they get started on the birthday feast of Wood Oven Spit Roasted Guinea Fowl and Treviso e Fagioli. It's a birthday Nonna will never forget!
Debi and Gabriele's day begins with making a homemade pasta lunch with fresh zucchini for their daughters Evelina and Giulia to take to camp. As they send the girls off for the day Gabriele asks Debi to go to a shooting range with him so they can take in some target practice. Debi is shocked by this request and even more shaken to find out that their Tuscan home sits on land overrun by wild boar. The day's activity inspires Gabriele to make a traditional hunter's meal for dinner.
It's July in Tuscany and it's hot. Debi, Gabriele and the girls need a break from the heat so Gabriele decides to take them to the Mediterranean coastal town of Livorno for some fun in the breezy sea air and some fresh, light seafood. They'll stop at a local restaurant for some traditional cuisine, take in the boardwalk scene and then they'll hit the big fish market to buy some fresh seafood to take home and cook tomorrow. For dinner, they'll make a Livorno-inspired meal with Gabriele's signature Tuscan twist.
Fascinated by Italian-American food, Robert takes Debi and Gabriele up to Arthur Avenue, the epicenter of Italian culture in New York. They make pasta and mozzarella, purchase homemade Italian salami and even play bocce. In homage to the unique Italian-American cuisine, Gabriele makes his take on baked ziti, a fresh green Salad and Cannoli with orange liquor and orange zest.
To celebrate the anniversary, they plan a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant. Gabriele heads home to make sure their girls are taken care of and gets held up in traffic on his way back to Florence, missing their reservation. Debi is upset but she gets over it when Gabriele offers to cook a special meal for her at home.
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