Valerie Bertinelli invites three of her best friends over to celebrate two decades of friendship. She'll serve Hot Spinach and Crab Dip, Grilled Eggplant Parm, Warm Brussels Sprout Salad, Apricot Manhattans and a Cream Cheese Cherry Galette.
Valerie tests new ways to sneak veggies into her recipes that kids will love. Her producer's two little grandsons visit. Recipes include baked mac and cheese with hidden cauliflower; jazzed up sweet potato fries; spinach and red pepper stuffed chicken; and zucchini and ginger naked cake with ginger cream cheese frosting.
Valerie's husband Tom, a Midwest native, often bemoans the lack of hearty foods, so Valerie surprises him with some of his Ohio favorites. On the menu are Ohio turkey chili, fried bologna bites with pickled squash, and tomato and Bibb lettuce salad. Then for dessert, there are vanilla and coffee cream puffs.