WATCH: Whip Up Alex Guarnaschelli’s Family Marinara Recipe

02/14/2014 at 01:46 PM ET

Ali Rosen is the host and founder of Potluck Video, a food and drink website that takes you behind the culinary scene with celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, producers, mixologists and more.

Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli may seem like she’s always in charge on the Food Network, but get her into the kitchen with her mother and suddenly it’s clear who the boss is.

Guarnaschelli says she started cooking by “watching my mother cook, being a spectator — a spectator more than anything — in her kitchen.” They cooked their way through the books of chefs like Julia Child and James Beard, Guarnaschelli says.

But one of her favorite recipes learned from her mom comes from their family’s Italian roots. It’s an easy version of classic marinara sauce, but with a twist: carrots!

The recipe “is very carrot heavy, it’s got a carroty kind of energy,” the Guarnaschelli says. “It takes 15 minutes from start to finish. I wish I had this ‘grandmother’s seven hour sauce over the stove, stir and wait’ kind of thing but we’re not waiters in our family. We don’t like to wait.”

Watch the video to hear more from Guarnaschelli and get the recipe. Pour it over pasta tonight!

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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I enjoyed seeing Chef Guarnaschelli cookbook with her mom!

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