With this dish, Valerie Bertinelli claims her husband, Tom, outshines her in the kitchen.

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With this dish, Valerie Bertinelli claims her husband, Tom, outshines her in the kitchen.

Valerie Bertinelli may be a Food Network star with an Emmy Award, but she isn’t the only one in her family who is talented in the kitchen.

Tom Vitale, the actor’s husband, has been known to wow guests with his culinary abilities, according to the actress.

And there was one dish in particular that he nailed.

After her divorce from Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, whom she married in 1981, the former One Day at a Time star told AARP she never expected to marry again.

“After Ed and I divorced, I thought to myself, ‘I’ll finish raising my son [musician Wolfgang Van Halen]and go away, have about 40 cats, and just get nice and fat.’ I thought I’d be alone for the rest of my life because I didn’t want the responsibility,” Bertinelli explained.

“Relationships are just too difficult.”

The former Hot in Cleveland star and Vitale, a businessman who was recently divorced, were introduced by the actor’s brother Patrick.

“Val and I had been through a difficult period and wanted to move on, but we didn’t want to trust anyone,” Vitale explained to the outlet.

“We just completely understood each other.”

My family is the same as hers.

It wasn’t love at first sight; it was first sight of family.”

Vitale, it turns out, is a master of the beef rib eye.

Valerie’s Home Cooking includes it because it’s so good.

“If I hadn’t already married him, it would’ve been love at first bite,” she explained on her website.

She said Vitale had an “aha moment” while deciding how to season their steak for dinner.

Vitale experimented with a unique dry rub that resulted in exquisite flavoring with a little creativity and perhaps his own culinary intuition.

Bertinelli continued, “He looked in the cabinet where we keep our seasonings and found a jar of instant espresso, which is always on hand for when I make brownies.”

“I mixed it with some ancho chili powder, salt, and pepper, then smashed the rub into both sides of the steak and let it sit for about 30 minutes, until all that espresso, all that chili, and all that salt and pepper turns from rub into liquid,” she explained.

Vitale’s recipe also requires a…

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