Teresa Giudice Dishes On Cooking, Mother’s Day… And Maybe Baby No. 5
Teresa Giudice may best be known for her feisty and fabulous lifestyle on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. But family feuds and table-flipping aside, she’s not just another catty housewife. As a mom-of-four, author, and all-out domestic diva, she’s taking “happy wife, happy life” to a whole new level.
Now the mom-who-does-it-all is dishing to Celebuzz about her Mother’s Day plans (that always include cooking, of course), if baby No. 5 is in her future, and if she’s leaving all the drama in the past for season 5.
Mother’s Day is coming up. Tell us what a typical Mother’s Day like at the Giudices.
I am grateful to be a mother and Mother’s Day makes me feel so special. Every year my whole family gets together for a celebration. Joe, Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audriana always surprise me with something. My favorite things are the drawings and handmade cards. Joe makes them with the girls and I look forward to them every year.
What will you do this year?
This year we will be doing a big family BBQ and I can’t wait.
As you may have heard (and read) reports have run rampant that you and Joe want to expand the family. So can you tell us the truth and set the record straight — is baby No. 5 in your future?
Joe always said he wanted a boy, but I have my hands full right now. Never say never!
Your newest family-style recipes were recently highlighted on Plated.com. The grilled steak pizzaiola with penne and chicken breast stuffed with artichoke and fontina look devine.
My dishes are from my new cookbook, Fabulicious!: On the Grill. Now that the weather is warming up it is the perfect time to start grilling because it takes the heat out of the kitchen!
Are these the Giudice family favorites?
It is so hard to pick a favorite because we love all of the recipes. Joe and I love to cook for the girls, they get big smiles on their faces when daddy and mommy start the grill because they know something good is cooking up.
You have written some amazing bestsellers and are known as the mom-who-does-it-all. Are we going to see cookbook No. 5?
I hope so! I love to cook and sharing my recipes brings me a lot of joy, so as long as people want more I will continue to share. The most important time for my family is at the dinner table. We call it ‘happy time’ because nobody is allowed to be unhappy at the dinner table, we can only be grateful. Joe and I have found that happy time is the perfect way to end the day at the dinner table and if people can enjoy my recipes with their family, I hope the food brings a little extra joy to their happy time.
You’re not only a cooking expert, but you’re a wife and mother who deals with many of the same issues as many of your fans who adore you. Have you thought about writing a memoir or another type of book about your life and lessons learned?
I haven’t thought about writing a book about life lessons. I think my fans relate to me because I’m not perfect, nobody is. I believe that life is a journey, some days are good and some days are bad, but there is never a day when I think I have all the answers. I admire my fans, they are the ones that I look up to because they are some of the strongest people I know.
Your birthday is coming up on May 18 — are there any special plans for the big day?
Joe and the girls always surprise me on my birthday. I don’t know what they have planned this year but I am grateful for everything and the most important thing to me is spending quality time with my family and friends.
RHONJ’s Season 5 is around the corner and sure to be just as exciting as ever. What can fans expect this time around?
I wish I could tell you all about it, but I can’t say anything right now. All I can say is expect the unexpected.
There are rumors circulating that you’ve reconciled with your sister-in-law Melissa Gorga. Can you tell us how that relationship is evolving?
You have to tune in to the show to see how things evolve with Melissa. I owe it to the viewers to not give it away!
Fans and viewers are so intrigued with your life. As someone who has been on the show from the beginning, are you sick of all the drama? What else do you want people to see other than the family and legal drama?
I’m not going to complain because that would be insulting to people that are also dealing with bigger issues. We all have problems in life and I try to focus on the positive. I try to live in the moment now and not worry about the past or dwell on the future, just enjoy the moment and be grateful for what we have.
Will we see a different Teresa next season?
I think the show is different every season because we are all experiencing life, and the amazing thing about The Real Housewives of New Jersey is that it focuses on family. I think people are invested in our family and Caroline Manzo’s family because they know that even though we all fight hard, we also love hard. We are passionate people because our love is so strong.