Longtime fans of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" will agree the most memorable moment from Season 1 (and maybe ever) is Teresa Giudice's infamous table-flipping scene. But when she says she's reverting to her past ways during Season 5, currently airing on Bravo, those antics are not exactly what she means.
"This season is going to take you back to Season 1, with me anyway," the reality star told Newsday.com Saturday during a book signing at BJ's in East Setauket for her latest cookbook "The old Teresa is back. You'll see a lot of laughing, just having a good time. You'll see tears also. But things are good with my family now and you'll see how we got there, through the journey."
Part of that journey will include two trips with the cast, one to Lake George in upstate New York and one to Arizona, Teresa reveals. She credits team-building activities for helping mend fences with her younger brother, Joe Gorga, and his wife, Melissa, with whom tensions have run high ever since Melissa joined the cast in Season 3.
Though the Giudices and the Gorgas weren't even on speaking terms when filming began on the current season last November, now "everything is good," Teresa says. "Matter of fact Milania and Antonia [Teresa's daughter and niece, respectively] do cheerleading together so they see each other every week."
For Teresa's fourth and newest cookbook, "Fabulicious! On the Grill," she adapted 70 Italian recipes for cooking on the grill, demonstrating that grilling is not just for summer and not just for men.
"Anything that you can make in an oven you can make on the grill," the mom of four says. "I talk about how to make grilling fun."
Husband Joe even got in on the fun, with a few of his favorite recipes making their way into the book. Which begs the question: Who's the better cook in the Giudice household?
"I'm sure he would say me, but he learned how to cook with me," Teresa says. "After we had Milania [age 7] we started cooking together."
As for the best advice this seasoned Bravolebrity has to offer the networks' newest stars, the "Princesses: Long Island," Teresa says they should make the most of everything.
"They're young! If I were them I would just enjoy it. It's not like they have kids they have to worry about or husbands, so they should just enjoy the ride."