Teresa Giudice has some massive fish to fry.
The “Actual Housewives of New Jersey” star upholds the Italian custom of the Feast of the Seven Fishes at her Christmas Eve dinner desk.
“I believe I do greater than seven fishes,” she advised The Put up. “I make the fish how my mother taught me.”
The Catholic customized of abstaining from meat earlier than a vacation was dropped at the US by immigrants from southern Italy. Many Italian-Individuals like Giudice — whose dad and mom had been each born there — nonetheless observe the custom.
The Paterson, N.J., native makes not one, however two variations of baccala, or salted cod.
“We do baccala in pink sauce and baccala with olive oil and vinegar,” stated Giudice, 50. She additionally places collectively a seafood salad with octopus and shrimp.
The dinner wouldn’t be full with out a pasta course. “I put octopus in my pink sauce for the principle dish of our pasta,” she stated.
The newlywed, who launched the weekly podcast “Namaste B$tches” in September, will host the vacation at her house and has invited her husband Luis Ruelas’ household.
Her daughters — Gia, 21, Gabriella, 18, Milania, 16, and Audriana, 13 — keep out of the kitchen, and as of now, don’t assist with the vacation meal prep.
“They haven’t but,” stated the mother of 4, who is called after her maternal grandmother. “They set the desk.”
The fact star-turned-actress is making her vacation film debut in “Fuhgeddabout Christmas,” which premieres on VH1 on Dec. 21. The movie was a labor of affection for its Italian-American TV stars from New York and New Jersey, together with Staten Island natives Renee Graziano of “Mob Wives” and “Jersey Shore’s” Vinny Guadagnino.
Rapper Justina Valentine, a Passaic County native who stars in VH1’s improv comedy collection “Wild ‘n Out,” based mostly the script about an Italian-American singer on her personal life.
“It’s Justina’s story. I don’t wish to give it away. It’s a must to watch the film,” stated Giudice, who performs Valentine’s Guido Godmother. “Everybody’s gonna like it. You’re gonna giggle.”
Giudice, who just lately competed on Season 31 of “Dancing with the Stars” alongside Guadagnino, stated she by no means really met him whereas engaged on the film, however they related on the dance present.
“Vinny commented on my Instagram put up. He’s like, ‘We maintain doing the identical issues collectively,’” she stated.