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Denise Vivaldo

Inspired to Be Bossy

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 05.12.2014 | Women
Denise Vivaldo

Growing up, I was always called bossy. I thought it meant I would grow up to be a boss. Why not? I thought bossy was feminine for boss, and to be honest, I like the word bossy.

Marcella Hazan

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 10.02.2013 | Taste
Denise Vivaldo

It was a sign from the universe I didn't miss. If this tiny, smart, biologist turned chef could make it in the kitchen, I had to try.

A Chat With Thomas Keller at the International Association of Culinary Professionals

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 04.29.2013 | Taste
Denise Vivaldo

Last week was the International Association of Culinary Professionals conference in San Francisco. IACP is a culinary networking group started over 30 years ago by some of the world's greatest and most famous cooking teachers.

Letting Go Of The Rope

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 05.27.2013 | Women
Denise Vivaldo

A skier in the water is supposed to hold up a ski, but I didn't have that option. I just couldn't let go of the rope. And when my father asked me why, I said, "Daddy, I had to try!"

Let's Be Decent.

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Denise Vivaldo

America is facing devastating times. We need to pull together, be decent and help each other. I didn't think about whether the folks waiting in line for gas were republican or democrat. I just donated to the Red Cross and prayed for them all.

I Feel Bad for My Vagina

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Denise Vivaldo

I happen to love my vagina. We have been through thick and thin together. The great, the good, the average and the occasional nights we never speak of. Ever.

A Road Trip for Julia

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 10.15.2012 | Home
Denise Vivaldo

The time passed quickly with Stephanie telling me new Julia stories and me reminding her of my favorite moments with Julia. Julia loved having fun and if you were a friend you might have known she played the famous SNL/Dan Aykroyd piece at her own dinner parties.

Frying Chicken

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 09.12.2012 | Home
Denise Vivaldo

Summer is meant for fried chicken, first love, long walks, skinny dipping, music in the park, sunburned noses, berry tarts and vanilla ice cream. Here is my recipe for fried chicken, perfected after all day and night in my test kitchen.

Missing My Mother

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 07.10.2012 | Parents
Denise Vivaldo

It took years after my mother's death before I could dream about her.

Cookbooks

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 06.19.2012 | Home
Denise Vivaldo

Will cookbooks survive? Will paper books totally disappear? Is traditional publishing dead? Cookbooks are all about sales, and they always have been. What has changed is how the author will sell the book.

Why This Chef Said Women Ruin Food

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 05.14.2012 | Women
Denise Vivaldo

I asked for clarification. When women have their periods, they ruin the food? Yep, that was it.

Monsanto, Planned Parenthood and Ellen

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 04.11.2012 | Impact
Denise Vivaldo

I have several paying gigs and deadlines that I should be working on but with all the shit storms of last week, I can't focus on "sharing" my favorite...

Paula Deen and the Slippery Slope

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 03.19.2012 | Home
Denise Vivaldo

Okay, I'm jumping into the fray. I want to go on record first thing by saying that I have never met Paula Deen. I did get a call from her team years a...

Italian Flying Turkeys

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 02.19.2012 | Home
Denise Vivaldo

The miracle every Christmas was that the turkey ever got to the table.

Kitchen Communion

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 01.16.2012 | Home
Denise Vivaldo

My Aunt Celestina was pure Italian. She had a big home. All her closets were full. Three of those closets were refrigerators. She never threw a morsel of food away. A man named Mussolini tried to starve her once and she remained scared for the rest of her life.

Cut Your Turkey

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 01.01.2012 | Home
Denise Vivaldo

His secretary started calling me at noon every Monday with, "He'd like a full turkey dinner for dinner tonight. Okay, bye, bye." There were the strings... tied right to my bag of money. He tugged the strings and I roasted the turkeys.

Linda Evans Is Even Better Than Krystle

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 12.13.2011 | Home
Denise Vivaldo

Her memoir and cookbook is the history of her life. Oh my. What a life she has had.

Steak Diane

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 11.16.2011 | Home
Denise Vivaldo

I decided I had to make a meal worthy of my new beautiful china. It took me a while to decide on the menu but I kept seeing rich, gold tones in my imaginings, and I remembered Steak Diane.

Jimmie the Pig

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 10.10.2011 | Home
Denise Vivaldo

In food styling, like most small businesses, you say, "Yes" no matter what. If the client can think it, we can achieve it. My latest lesson learned in, "I can't make this up" came in the form of a whole pig.

Tips To Success I Have Learned From My Clients

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 08.16.2011 | Business
Denise Vivaldo

Making deals, retaining clients and getting referrals is the life blood of any business, big or small. But I must warn you that handling clients will be much harder than your actual work.

Celebrity Cookbooks, Explained

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Denise Vivaldo

I've worked with many celebrities that write cookbooks. Some are very sincere, some are skanks, some are desperate for the attention, and some want to transition out of what they are doing.

Why My Food Is Always Gonna Look Better Than Yours

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Denise Vivaldo

I love that the camera makes strangers want pancakes, my pancakes, enough to go out and buy some, even though those pancakes are never gonna look as good as mine.

Facebook and the Class of 1969

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Denise Vivaldo

I had no intention of going to my 40th high school reunion. I thought I'd escaped my high school class. Then more invitations and information about the reunion started flowing via Facebook.

Home Entertaining Without Killing Yourself (or Your Loved Ones)

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Denise Vivaldo

Take a nap and be rested. A clean house and a cranky host do not a party make.