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The arrival of the holidays brings with it the opportunity to enjoy a special time of year with loving family and friends. It can also bring with it added stress as hosts and hostesses cope with the pressure to throw the perfect celebration for their special guests. On Giada

Sunday 11:00 AM et/pt on Food Network
5 Seasons, 32 Episodes
November 8, 2015
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5.2/10
Cast: Giada De Laurentiis
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Giada's Holiday Handbook Full Episode Guide

  • Giada De Laurentiis helps her girlfriends jump-start the new year with a fun gathering that focuses on wellness and self-care. After a poolside stretch and yoga session, Giada serves a buffet menu of her healthy Wedge Salad, Broiled Salmon with Fennel Salad, Herb De Provence Roasted Potatoes and crowd favorite Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies. Following lunch, the guests make their own facial and body scrubs as part of their take-home gift bag.

  • Giada De Laurentiis hosts a gorgeous formal brunch for her family on Christmas day, with a California twist on some favorite Italian dishes. Giada's delicious menu includes Beef Tenderloin with Scallion Salsa Verde, a Crab and Artichoke Frittata, Olive Biscuits and a decadent Chocolate Panettone Sformato for dessert. The festive family gathering ends with a holiday gift exchange.

  • Giada De Laurentiis is on a mission to recreate a family holiday recipe called Miracle Rice with her beloved Aunt Raffy. The dish reflects generations of stories and memories, and, of course, both Giada and Raffy have their own ideas on how it's best prepared. They also create a Simple Sorbet, an easy berry dessert, before ending the night with a grab-bag gift exchange.

  • Giada De Laurentiis invites her cousins to bring an appetizer over for a Christmas party, and surprise guest Aunt Raffy judges which is the best. After the highly competitive game, Giada and her guests dine on a festive buffet-style meal of Pomegranate Glazed Pork, Braised Escarole with Olives and Raisins, Baked Penne with Squash and Goat Cheese, and a colorful dessert of Cherry and Cranberry Cobbler.

  • Giada De Laurentiis and her daughter, Jade, host a holiday party for her friends. Jade helps prepare the menu, prep for the party and plan the activity of making homemade Christmas gifts for a teacher or coach. The menu is a gourmet twist on kid favorites, including Jade's Home Fries, Turkey Parmesan Panini, Brie and Apple Panini and Double Chocolate Mint Cupcakes.

  • Giada De Laurentiis hosts a Thanksgiving on the beach for family and friends. The guests enjoy a menu of Braised Turkey Braciole, Bacon Stuffing with Radicchio and Chestnuts, Brussels Sprouts Agrodolce and Parmesan Apple Pie.

  • Giada De Laurentiis kicks off the season with a harvest-themed festival for her neighbors. They enjoy backyard games before a delicious feast of Roasted Squash and Gorgonzola Pizza, Italian Carrot Salad and Spiced Apple Cake.

  • Giada De Laurentiis is hosting her family for Christmas dinner, and she's pulling out all the stops with a fun gift exchange and an elegant menu.

  • Giada hosts a holiday party for kids. Recipes include: creamy tomato soup; triple Chocolate hot cocoa; crispy chicken sandwiches; and Italian Flag Cookies.

  • Giada hosts a party where guests are asked to come dressed as their favorite holiday song. The guests enjoy Giada's festive menu, which includes a mozzarella bar; chicken piccata skewers; slow roasted mustard salmon; and a sparkling Cosmo punch.

  • Giada hosts an open house and her guests bring their favorite family holiday appetizers to share with the group. She also makes a variety of Italian-themed appetizers like goat cheese-stuffed baby peppers and crispy chicken meat.

  • Giada hosts Thanksgiving dinner. She puts Italian twists on classic holiday dishes like polenta popovers with lemon butter; baked turkey parmesan; sweet and salty mashed potatoes; and chocolate pumpkin cheesecake souffle.

  • Giada kicks off the holiday season with a buffet brunch that features the flavors and ingredients of autumn including Bacon Cranberry Scones, Smoked Salmon Waffles and more.

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