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Nadia G.’s Craziest Fan Moments

With our newest episode, Fantastic Foods 2 (tonight at 10pm ET on Cooking Channel), I can’t help but reminisce about how awesome the fans have been. Between typing in ALL CAPS (all the time) and permanently branding oneself with a Bitchin’ Kitchen tattoo, one thing goes without saying: We have the best community EVER! Even the ones who thought posting their telephone numbers on our public page was a good idea, I heart you, too (but you may want to change your number now). Here are my top-three fan moments:

Chopped Outrage
I was more than stoked to be a part of Chopped All-Stars, and I was even more amazed to see how many of my fans came out to show their support when I was eliminated for dropping my balls. In addition to posting, tweeting and sending emails, our community even started redemption petitions! Now you gotta love (or be scared of) fans who will plot revenge missions. Not to mention, they all have a newfound hatred for mango shots. I can’t blame them.

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Be the Superstar of the Potluck Party

Whether you want to admit it or not, at least one of your friends is a hipster. You might not believe it at first, but take a good look: the glasses, the mom jeans, the ironic T-shirts. And now they’ve invited you to their loft for a potluck party.

So what do you bring to this shindig? For starters, no tuna casseroles or Jell-O molds — unless they’re shots. Here’s how to rock the potluck, no matter which course you’re asked to bring.

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Three Food Mood Boosters

With all the pills, nerdy self-help books and doctor shows available, it seems like people are forgetting the best method to curb their crazy: food. Check out some foods that boost or calm your mood, depending on how “emo” you’re feeling.

Chocolate

Everyone knows chocolate makes you happy. And it’s not just the act of ripping off that foil and ravaging it like a baby leopard that will subdue you. Chocolate is loaded with anandamide, which gives you a sense of relaxation as it changes the dopamine levels in the brain. “Take with heartache, happiness and everything in between.” But don’t just stop at the wrapper; enjoy chocolate in delish desserts like Bacon Chocolates and Banana Fritters Drizzled With Chocolate Sauce. Tastes good, does good, should probably come with its own prescription.

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Hangover Tips: FOOD Edition

Nadia G Hangover Cures

Lecturing you on drinking less to avoid hangovers is like lecturing you on not eating all the Halloween candy in one night. I know you’re going to do it anyways, and you know you’re going to regret it. So let’s just make some breakfast and move on:

Grease Works

Everyone knows that grease is No. 1 in prevention. Wanna know why? It coats the stomach the way a mother cradles a baby. Give in to it. Scoffing a cheeseburger will limit the amount of alcohol absorbed into the stomach lining and bloodstream, helping to prevent hangovers. Or allowing you to drink more.

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Five Food Fads I Love

Nadia G. and kale

Ever noticed how food trends pop up more frequently than shoe trends? Well, not all fads are created equal (hello, Crocs). So check out the top five food trends that I think should definitely be here to stay.

Bacon — This fad has beat out all other fads, as far as longevity, social economy and lifestyles go. Really, it’s not enough to enjoy a good slice of bacon anymore. You have to bathe in bacon soap, sleep on bacon sheets and punch anyone who defames bacon. I love bacon.

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Eating Well When You Feel Lazy

Penne Aglio-olio-Anything

Put down the mac and cheese, and back away from that can opener. I know the terrifying depths laziness can take a person, but don’t take it out on your stomach. A Doritos panino topped with Brie cheese and pickles isn’t creative — it’s a cry for help. Here are some foods that taste awesome and don’t require much effort.

Penne Aglio-olio-Anything

No excuse, folks. Pasta practically cooks itself. And this recipe doesn’t call for a trip to the store or to your neighbor’s house to ask for missing ingredients. Just throw in whatever you’ve got and it’s totally good enough.

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3 Ways to Keep Your Bridesmaids Happy

Listen brides — we know that getting married is a really stressful time and anyone who tells you otherwise can seriously suck it. The only magic a groom and his future bride feel is when one of them chugs 30 milliliters of NyQuil and knocks-the-fork-out.

Yeah, we know planning was fun for the first 10 minutes. And if movies like Bridesmaids and 27 Dresses have taught us anything, it’s that being a bridesmaid ain’t all it’s cracked up to be either — they’re the real troopers. Here are a few tips to keep your best buds happy despite your soon-to-be craziness.

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How to Age Gracefully and Awesomely

One day, you’ll look in the mirror and — tsaketa — you’ll find a gray hair. Don’t you worry, my old friends, there’s dye for that! Sure, you may not be the spring organic chicken you once were, but let’s face it: You don’t want to become the next “housewife” of “city X” sporting one facial expression — surprise — with a questionably young boyfriend named Julio on your arm. Wait, Julio is a nice catch. You go, girl. Hot new boyfriends aside, I have some tips here that’ll help you accept getting older in bitchin’ style.

Rock the Silver or Buy Some Dye
The end of your naturally brown or blond locks doesn’t mean the end of a cool hairdo. Be the silver fox you were destined to be, or finally be brave enough to rock that bleach blond or fire red you always wanted to try! And, hey, if you’ve decided to chop it off, make sure it’s hip — getting older doesn’t mean you have to sport purple curls.

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Food to Get You in the Mood for Spring!

Spring Rolls

Like some of you, I’m over winter. In fact, I’m not a fan. I dream of warm sunny days, a glass of chilled sparkling wine and multicolored cork wedges. But nothing gets me as excited as all the fresh food, my friends. To help me get prepared for bikini season (and keep me from seasonal depression) I’ve designed a spring menu I can get really sink my teeth into.

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The Little Things That Make Your Workday Suck Less

Unless you’re living the dream, chances are there are days where you really consider marching into your boss’ office in a violent rage and flipping his desk over. Trust me, not a good idea.

I find that sometimes it’s the little things that get me through the day, so here are a few that I think will help your day suck less.

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