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Make Rocco DiSpirito's Italian Chicken | Rocco DiSpirito

Rocco DiSpirito's Italian Chicken

Originally posted 04/06/2013 07:30AM

"It will impress your guests," says Rocco DiSpirito of his Italian Chicken recipe featured in this week's PEOPLE. The bestselling cookbook author shares a healthy entree adapted from a recipe in his Now Eat This! Italian, in stores now:

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Rocco DiSpirito's  Unfried Rice Balls 'Arancini' | Rocco DiSpirito

Rocco DiSpirito's Unfried Rice Balls 'Arancini'

Originally posted 01/25/2013 04:00PM

Since fried foods may rule on Super Bowl Sunday, Rocco DiSpirito's un-fried rice balls are a great addition to your menu. They still taste delicious – and look just as good as their fried counterparts – but have way less fat and calories.

To keep his arancini tasty, the Now Eat This! star uses brown rice and egg whites, plus panko bread crumbs, fresh cheeses and marinara sauce for dipping. Consider this one a winner!

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Judge Bans Rocco from His Own Restaurant | Rocco DiSpirito

Judge Bans Rocco from His Own Restaurant

Originally posted 07/28/2004 09:00AM

It's gotten pretty hot in Rocco DiSpirito's kitchen.

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Rocco Banned from His Own Restaurant

Originally posted 06/09/2004 03:45PM

Given the tensions between Rocco DiSpirito and the owners of his restaurant Rocco's, it took a New York judge to give the TV chef permission to enter the restaurant that bears his name – so he could take photos of himself for a cookbook to be published this summer, the Associated Press reports.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Paula's Menacing Manicure

Originally posted 04/21/2004 01:15PM

INJURED: "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul, 40, is recovering from having the infected nail on her right thumb removed at L.A.'s Cedars Sinai Medical Center after a manicure went awry, PEOPLE reports. "I almost lost my thumb," she said, adding that she couldn't button her pants.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Tori Aims for Shameless

Originally posted 04/19/2004 01:00PM

CAST: Actress Tori Spelling, 31, former resident of "Beverly Hills, 90210," has joined the cast of UPN's comedy pilot "Me, Me, Me," about two good-looking New York women who shamelessly climb the social ladder, says the Hollywood Reporter. Her costar will be Ayda Field. Last seen in the Hallmark Channel's "A Carol Christmas" and the WB's comedy "The Help," Spelling is next due to appear in the movie "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover."

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'Restaurant''s Rocco Splits with Fiancee

Originally posted 04/09/2004 4:07PM

Things haven't been going well lately for celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, star of NBC's "The Restaurant." His flagship restaurant Union Pacific lost a star in its ratings and restaurant magnate Jeffrey Chodorow is suing him for mismanagement. And now on top of it all, DiSpirito has lost his girlfriend.

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'Restaurant''s Rocco Turns Up the Heat

Originally posted 04/06/2004 2:49PM

Last year's reality-show flavor of the season, NBC's "The Restaurant" star Rocco DiSpirito, is finding himself with a bitter aftertaste these days, thanks to a civil lawsuit filed against him by his business partners over his Rocco's restaurant.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Jude Law's Inspiration

Originally posted 02/11/2004 12:04PM

INSPIRED: As a boy, Jude Law dreamed of an acting career after watching performances of Shakespeare's "Othello" at the Young Vic Theatre in London. Now that the theater is in disrepair, Law has offered to donate to a drive to renovate the space, the Associated Press reports. The theater was built in 1970 and was originally intended as a temporary structure. Law, 31, did not divulge the size of his contribution, but the total amount needed is reportedly $22.5 million. Law, meanwhile, is up for a Best Actor Academy Award on Feb. 29 for his performance in "Cold Mountain."

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