Cooking With Giada De Laurentiis for Target

by jerseygirl on December 16, 2011 · 10 comments

Did I get you excited by the name of this post? You probably thought Giada De Laurentiis came to my kitchen to teach me how to make her delicious pasta and beautiful desserts. I wish!

Actually, I was lucky to be chosen by Moms Central Consulting to participate in a blog tour and receive some of the new Giada De Laurentiis for Target products.  A big box was delivered to me last week and I really felt like Christmas came early this year.  Giada De Laurentiis has joined Target with a great new collection of items which include cookware, bake ware, kitchen tools, and specialty food items. With the collection, comes some handy tips and recipes from Giada herself.  Look at some of  the wonderful food products I received. I also received some handy kitchen tools and bake ware.

This is a basket of holiday short cut goodness! I tried a few items and have so much planned for these products. I always like to keep specialty items like this in my pantry. If  guests stop by on short notice, it is easy to whip up an appetizer in a few minutes.  There is a wonderful pepper and eggplant spread that is great on crostini or crackers. I can whip out a bottle of wine and be well prepared for guests at anytime. The marinated mushrooms and roasted peppers are the perfect addition to add to my antipasto plate. To me that is dinner in itself. Or I can whip up a quick meal with some pasta and the wonderful basil pesto. And to finish off a meal or start your morning there is  Giada Blend coffee .

The basic idea of throwing a nice holiday party is to plan ahead (and also plan for surprise guests) but don’t overdo things. Why stress yourself out when you can enjoy the holidays? Giada suggests to not serve more than four or five appetizers. You only need a few simple things to make a night special and all of Giada’s collections of specialty food and kitchen items can cover it. While I love the food items, I also treasure the bake ware which goes from oven to table. It  means less dishes and more enjoyment time for everyone.

As soon as I received my goodie box,I decided to try Giada’s spiced coffee recipe. It is festive for the holidays and who doesn’t like a mildly spiced coffee with home made whipped cream? I know if I serve this at my next holiday brunch, I will be a rock star.

Spiced Coffee with Cinnamon Whipped Cream 
         (Recipe Courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis)
        1 cup granulated sugar
        1/4 tsp ground allspice
      1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon, plus more for dusting
      1/4 tsp ground ginger
         1 cup boiling water
         1 cup brewed Giada Blend Coffee
         1 cup heavy cream
         2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
In a small sauce pan, combine sugar and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and then reduce heat to low. Add allspice, cinnamon and ginger. Simmer for 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove pan from heat and set aside. In a heat proof pitcher or measuring cup, add the boiling water to the coffee/ espresso. Divide among four cups. Add 2 TBS spiced syrup to each cup and stir to combine. Using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the confectionery sugar and beat until stiff. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon to garnish. Add a cinnamon stick if desired. Makes 4 yummy servings!

*Disclosure : I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Giada De Laurentiis for Target and received product samples to facilitate my review.”

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The Japanese Redneck December 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm

How neat that you get cool stuff to try.

I like watching her show.

Cathy W December 17, 2011 at 2:58 am

I love when a box of stuff is waiting for me at the door. 🙂 I'll have to look for this at Target. Giada is pretty cool..

Pegasuslegend December 17, 2011 at 7:11 am

What a great gift and wow this looks delicious! Nice early present!

Anonymous December 17, 2011 at 8:58 am

That is a lot of calories for a drink…try promoting healthier alternatives.

Jill's Comfort Zone December 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm

That was totally cool!!!!

That Girl December 17, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I love Giada!

Jersey Girl Cooks December 19, 2011 at 11:06 am

Thanks for the comments everyone.

To anonymous, while I appreciate the comment, I really don't agree. This is not being promoted as a healthy drink. It is a treat which I even mentioned would be a good holiday gathering drink. I believe in moderation and if you want to cut all cream out of your diet, that is your perogative. Mine is to be healthy but also enjoy food and life. Happy holidays!

Home Cooking Network January 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

It is so neat that you can use products inspired by your favorite online cooking show hosts. Some of the products offered are genuinely useful, while others are more for fun. As a home cook I scrutinize my purchases of cooking gear to make sure that the money I invest will allow me to bring home something that has a value beyond just being tied to a TV personality.

Shelley P. June 26, 2014 at 11:42 am

Do you know where I can get Giada Pepper and Eggplant tomato spread? I cannot find
it at the target stores anymore and I love the stuff!


jerseygirl July 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm


Did you try Target? That’s where I saw it last.


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