Cristina Ferrare

Healthy SuperBowl Sunday Appetizers

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Turn your favorite fast food favorites into “healthy” game-winning snacks! A big hit in our house not only on Superbowl Sunday but on any given football Sunday! Here are my twist on some of game day favorites like hot wings & french fries with cool dipping sauce with celery sticks.  Read more »

HOW TURN A SINGLE BOUQUET INTO 3 DIFFERENT FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS!

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This week on Home and Family I share four of my floral arrangement tips on how to a single bouquet ant turn it into three different flower arrangement to fit in any room of your house.  Read more »

DIY PAINTED VASES

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On our show for the Hallmark Channel, “Home and Family” I arrange all the flowers throughout the house every Monday morning. I treat this house on the Universal Studio lot as if it were my own. My partner and co-host Mark Steines and I want everyone who walks through the doors to feel welcome and at home.  That goes for our staff and crew too. Many times the camera crew, producers and staff will come over  to say how much they appreciate me taking the time to do the flowers, that they add life, warmth and color to the house. They always say it with a smile on their face  and always say thanks. I can’t even begin to tell you what that makes me feel like.  We don’t have a big budget for flowers so I do what I can and use things I find around the house and in our craft room to add embellishments. I always keep some fake flowers on hand that I get at Michael’s Arts and Crafts http://www.michaels.com/  that look so real you can’t tell even when you touch them to enhance or add more volume.

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STRACCIATELLA SOUP

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This week on Home and Family I stepped into the kitchen to make my family recipe for Stracciatella Soup. Continuing with National Soup Month, I have put together some great options to not only keep you warm during the winter months but to use whatever vegetables you may have left over in your fridge that are on the verge of being thrown out!  Read more »

SHORT RIBS WITH CREAMY POLENTA

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Polenta is a huge hit with my girls and a staple in our pantry! Super easy and quick to whip up, polenta not only pairs well with short ribs, but also with a homemade tomato sauce as well. You can cool the polenta down, cut it into slices, and grill them up until they are golden and crispy. Top these delectable bites with your favorite sauce!

My husband who is normally not the biggest fan of polenta does enjoy it paired with a fall of the bone short rib. Satisfying everyone’s needs, this recipe makes for a perfect Sunday supper with the family, or a great date night meal! I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

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CHICKEN SOUP WITH CHICKEN MEATBALLS AND PASTINA

Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare welcome Ashley Roberts, the host of NBC's "1st Look." The host of Ovation's "Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty,” Rachel Hunter visits our home. The real life heroes from “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” John Tiegen, Mark Geist, and Kris Paronto join us. Cristina cooks chicken soup with meatballs for National Soup Month. Debbie Matenopoulos takes you behind the scenes of the Golden Globes and answers the question: who wore it best? Matt Iseman and Matt Rogers give you a play-by-play of the best Superbowl party plans. And, Tanya Memme shows you how to make adorable DIY clay magnets. Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: jeremy lee/Alexx Henry Studios, LLC
Chicken Soup with Chicken Meatballs and Pastina is a dish that not only holds a  special place around our family dinner table but has been a staple in my family for years. Pastina with chicken broth was the first type of solid food my children had and is still their go to meal when they feel under the weather. Through out the years we added the chicken meatballs for an extra splash of love or as they like to call them “little baby clouds” these chicken meatballs are the perfect accompaniment to this heart warming soup. I hope you enjoy it!

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