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Fresh Picks

By Nadia G.

11.10.10 6:55 PM ET

Nadia G.

A fun and fearless female chef tells us what she’s loving right now.

Nadia G. is the creator and host of the new Cooking Channel series Bitchin' Kitchen, and has been hailed the "Julia Child of the Net generation.” Nadia's focus on accessible haute cuisine, fresh organic ingredients, and a hands-on approach inspires audiences of all ages to rock the kitchen. Nadia G. grew up in a boisterous Italian family that never quite gave up the belief that Casalinga-style cuisine is the center of the universe. Nadia G.'s bestselling book, The Bitchin' Kitchen Cookbook: Rock Your Kitchen and Let the Boys Clean Up the Mess, provides recipes and hilarious anecdotes to show that even the most novice cooks can re-create Bitchin' Kitchen cuisine.

Recipe

Give the spaghetti and meatballs a rest by trying out this delicious duo tonight: papardelle and prosciutto.

I love making pasta—it's hearty, affordable, and versatile. I know what you're saying to yourself: " This Italian chick thinks pasta is the answer to everything..." And it is. One of my favorite pasta recipes is papardelle e prosciutto: Tender egg noodles tossed in a light sauce loaded with sweet cherry tomatoes, salty prosciutto, earthy shiitake mushrooms and pecorino shavings. Mmm.

Restaurant

If you’re going to be bad, do it right with this heavenly combo of fried chicken and fresh waffles.  

So many to pick from, but one restaurant really has a piece of my heart, literally: Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles. Half a crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles topped with a heaping scoop of whipped butter, all drenched in sweet maple syrup! It may be a coronary on a plate, but man, what a way to go. 

Cookbook

For a little more light-hearted culinary reading, check out this no-frills publication.

These days I'm loving Two Dudes One Pan, written by the chefs over at Animal in L.A. It rocks because their recipes are straight-up, no pretentions, no useless sprig of rosemary. ...I was eating at a three-star Michelin recently where the sous chef was fussing over a freakin' radish sliver with a pair of tweezers. Come on!

Food Destination

No need to travel far and wide for your next meal: Nothing will ever beat the nostalgia of home cooking.

As the Old Italian saying goes: "Repent! Or the emperor will hang you like a baby goat!" Sorry, but I told you the saying was old, not relevant. Anyway, when it comes to food destinations, I'm gonna go with my mom's. As much as I love a good food adventure, nothing beats home-cooking sprinkled with love (and fear if you don't give the familia props).

Plus: Check out Hungry Beast, for more news on the latest restaurants, hot chefs, and tasty recipes.

Nadia G. is the creator and host of the new Cooking Channel series Bitchin' Kitchen, and has been hailed the "Julia Child of the Net generation.” She is also the author of the bestselling book, The Bitchin' Kitchen Cookbook: Rock Your Kitchen and Let the Boys Clean Up the Mess.