TODAY   |  February 07, 2014

Throw the ultimate Olympic viewing party

Chef and TODAY contributor Giada De Laurentiis and skier Lindsey Vonn join TODAY to demonstrate some recipes like spicy citrus popcorn and banana bread, perfect for your Opening Ceremony viewing bash.

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>>> on "today's" kitchen, we have an olympic viewing party. joining forces in the kitchen. hi, ladies.

>> hi.

>> these are snacks for viewing parties?

>> yeah. exactly.

>> you have a recipe, too.

>> my chocolate chip banana bread .

>> and what are you bringing to the party?

>> nothing.

>> classic sort of russian drink. a mint flavored vodka .

>> cheers.

>> it doesn't taste like gasoline. earlier i had lindsey smell it, she said it smells like gasoline, i don't like it. ginger syrup, vodka, and a little citrus. then we have popcorn. i love popcorn. i think any party, make your own popcorn, fantastic. a little bit of butter. and lindsey , you want to put cayenne in there?

>> sure.

>> i pop my own popcorn.

>> okay.

>> go for it.

>> this is not that time or place.

>> you want to make it special. and melt a little bit of butter. a little bit. we're talking heart healthy.

>> a little bit.

>> and a little bit of lemon zest and cayenne and toss, toss, toss, toss.

>> wow.

>> that's a fun thing to snack on.

>> you didn't put a lot of butter in there.

>> yeah. you've got to keep tossing it.

>> she's like, you're doing something for heart healthy and you've got butter and salami. what is that? i would say a little bit of anything and a lot of nothing. i take the salami, and lindsey , you can help me or savannah.

>> always.

>> and i put it on the baking sheet and put the oven at 325 and bake it for about 25 minutes until they become these crispy -- and you can pop these in your mouth and make them the night before and keep them in an airtight container.

>> like chips or something.

>> yeah. go ahead. we'll top them with a little bit of sour cream and add a little bit of bagel to make it pretty. put it there.

>> you want to try one?

>> sure. this seems right at my skill level. it does. there you go.

>> pretty easy, right?

>> yeah.

>> wow. that's --

>> yeah.

>> you pop it in your mouth. and i think of cold, i think of salami. that's why it works really well.

>> on to the next part.

>> lindsey 's banana bread .

>> you cook at home and make this?

>> this is what i made in vancouver before i won the gold medal . i was nervous and baked and baked and baked.

>> you can make some.

>> okay.

>> and we have a trick for you.

>> okay.

>> the most important part of this is that you have to -- you need, obviously, bananas for banana bread . so instead of just peeling it and mashing it up. i use my hands to work it a little bit and get --

>> you prewarm it.

>> she actually --

>> it changes the texture of the banana bread , it makes it -- it's like over mixing ground meat.

>> you've got the mashed banana.

>> yeah, mashed bananas, organic brown sugar , apple sauce . here's the trick, apple sauce to make the bread soft and moist without using butter.

>> oh. that's healthy.

>> i gave her a hard time .

>> when do the chocolate chips come into the picture?

>> exactly. then she dumped a bunch of chocolate chips in it.

>> no butter and add in chocolate chips . compromise.

>> are you going to eat your own banana bread .

>> it's delicious. i could win a gold medal with my circulatory system and now the banana bread .

>> i'm never going to hear the end.

>> no, you're not. find the recipes on you can watch the opening ceremonies tonight