I was invited by Barbara Ann Zippi on Ciao Bella! Living Italian Style. Hear me talk about family, my experience on Rocco DiSpirito’s Dinner Party tv show, my Italian roots, my family and starting Bella’s Biscotti.
Every once in a while I’m surprised by some article or something online about either a long ago acting gig or the biscotti biz that I never saw coming or was notified that I was being written about. It’s strange and gives me a little ego boost, this I can’t deny! Sometimes I need one and this is one of those times. We all have our struggles in life and I’m having the lions share it feels like lately so to see something like this does brighten my day. Correction -no biggie and I’m not going to break the authors stones about it-Rocco’s Dinner Party aired on BRAVO, not the Food Network.
It’s not easy to balance a family that needs me , a small business and a career in the car biz with my voracious appetite to be creative. Sometimes I want to belt out show tunes in the showroom ( I am not a singer) but I think “maybe this wouldn’t be well received by my peers”. Haha in my head it’s a FABULOUS idea! I miss being available to do acting gigs when they come up but lo and behold, Barbara Ann Zippi is filming her pilot season of “Ciao Bella-Living Italian Style” a regional Italian themed TV show in PA that is making it’s way to NJ soon, and she wants me to do an episode next week on women and business. I was going to get a little therapy but frig it, I’d rather be on TV. http://www.delconewsnetwork.com/articles/2015/04/29/entertainment/doc5540dd1f38b45501528151.txt
Lemme tell ya a little something about Barbara Ann Zippi. She and two of her friends about 4 years ago said “hey, let’s do an Italian Festival in the park!” well the first year they had 50 people show up, the 2nd 10000, and the 3rd it grew to 15000 attendees !! So I’m pretty sure she will make this show a success. If three “little Italian ladies” can do it and make their dreams come true, I’m not going to give up hope yet!
Who am I even kidding? I never give up hope. I’ll give up hope when I’m dead. Anyway stay tuned, We’re going to film next Tuesday and I can even bring my beautiful Bella with me. She’s gonna say no, but I’ll drag her with me anyway. These years go by so fast and if I don’t force her sometimes to hang out with me , I fear my days are numbered until she’s like 25 or something.
Woo Woo! Can I tell ya? I was sooooo excited when the editor in Chief of South Jersey Magazine emailed me to give me the good news! So to whomever voted us the best of the best-I humbly thank you. I’m sitting here with Tamer, my webmaster, feeding him lemon blueberry and he tells me that “these are not biscotti, they’re dessert, they’re something the devil gives you before you give him your soul”. I’m going to take that as a compliment and can see it goes with the article’s sentiment that they’re “sinfully delicious”. I REALLY APPRECIATE THE HONOR. As Sally Field said-You like me! You really like me!! hahah.
Natalie Stone is the archetypal Italian mom. The proof is in the pudding. Or in her case, the Caesar dressing.
In Stone’s Medford Lakes house, she recently fed a visitor a Parmesan-drenched homemade salad, cannoli cheesecake and hoagies, most likely an experience that wasn’t too far off from how she treats any other guest who crosses the threshold into her home.
MEDFORD LAKES resident Natalie Mazzu Stone is a busy working actress who also runs a biscotti baking business on the side.
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MEDFORD LAKES-The term actress often brings to mind an image of a pampered woman leading a glamorous life in Hollywood or Beverly Hills. Sheathed in one-of-a-kind designer dresses, she hones her craft on movie sets in beautiful exotic locations and makes millions of dollars for the privilege.
While this may paint an accurate picture of a fortunate few, there are many more working actresses who lead multi-faceted and interesting lives far from LA, filled with networking, following leads and attending auditions that will, hopefully, result in the next paying gig. They are often also holding down full-time or part-time jobs to pay the bills and maybe raising kids, too; but never giving up the search for those elusive roles that fulfill the unrelenting drive and passion to live creatively.
MEDFORD LAKES—You had to like her chutzpa, her moxie, her take-no-prisoners attitude. But despite all that, Natalie Stone, mother of five, owner of Bella’s Biscotti and premiere chef, couldn’t get the $20,000 win on “Rocco’s Dinner Party” show on the Bravo station. The show aired July 20.
But she gave it a good fight, preparing a three-course French, Julia Child inspired dinner in four hours for Rocco DiSpirito’s celebrity guests. She cooked gnocchi with bacon, sole fish and a lemon cake.
Stone made it through the first round of three chefs even though the dish she cooked — pan seared cod with a corn, caper relish — led Rocco to describe it as “looks like the bomb squad got there too late.” But it was tasty enough to get her to the next round.
Because it seems everyone has become a maven of the Mediterranean diet, the task of selecting a delectable dish will not cause pre-mature wrinkles. However, if one wants a true winner, Southern Italian cuisine offers a surplus of unsurpassed options, with Natalie M. Stone hoping readers will savor the flavor of her Pasta with Wild Greens, Ricotta and Cannellini Beans.
The native of the 1100 block of Titan Street has relocated to Medford Lakes, N.J. but retains an affinity for focusing on her old turf’s nutritional upkeep. The Garden State dweller values greens so much, she suggests combining favorites like broccoli rabe, escarole, kale, Swiss chard and others to this concoction, with pine nuts as another flavor enhancer. Try this, and you just might come to believe or feel more intensely that Italians do it better.
In The Kitchen Cooking School. Voted Best of The Best!
Please join us on Friday as we welcome our friend, Chef Natalie Stone! You LOVED Natalie Stone on Rocco’s Dinner Party-now you can cook with her at In The Kitchen Cooking School in Haddonfield, NJ! $75 per class.
July 11 -The menu from her appearance on “Rocco’s Dinner Party” on the Bravo network Spinach, Bacon, and Onion Gnocchi in White Wine tomato Butter Sauce; Stuffed Filet of Sole with Parisienne Sauce; Gateau a l’Orange with Chocolate Ganache
July 25 Classics!
Classic Tableside Caesar; Steak Diane with Roasted Fingerlings; Flourless Chocolate Torte
Release your inner chef at our deliciously fun, technique based, hands-on cooking classes. We have classes for every level-come play with us In The Kitchen, and then dine with us at our farmhouse table.
After all-it’s always about the food! In the Kitchen Cooking School is dedicated to teaching real kitchen skills, not just a menu. So even though most classes present a cuisine, it is the underlying technique that informs our classes. Once you have learned proper cooking methods, let your imagination and palate take you on a culinary journey!
It’s that time again! Join us for The 4th Annual Italian American Heritage Festival at Rose Tree Park June 2, 2013! Talk about a good time! Enjoy ridiculous amounts of food, pastry, & entertainment with us and about 13000 other lovers of Italian Culture! 2013 is the Year of Italian Culture-Celebrate it! Stop by our booth and introduce yourself!
Medford Lakes actress brings many passions to her life. The term “actress” often brings to mind an image of a pampered woman leading a glamorous life in Hollywood or Beverly Hills. Sheathed in one-of-a-kind designer dresses, she hones her craft on movie sets in beautiful exotic locations and makes millions of dollars for the privilege. While this may paint an accurate picture of a fortunate few, there are many more working actresses who lead multi-faceted and interesting lives far from Los Angeles, filled with networking, following leads and attending auditions that will, hopefully, result in the next paying gig. They are often also holding down full-time or part-time jobs to pay the bills and maybe raising kids, too; but never giving up the search for those elusive roles that fulfill the unrelenting drive and passion to live creatively.
Medford Lakes resident Natalie Mazzu Stone is a working actress who is happily scooping up all kinds of jobs across the region. But hers is not the lifestyle of legends, and what she wears is not provided by stylists or for free. One recent wardrobe directive advised her to dress in a manner described as over-the-top New Jersey.