'Real Housewife' Teresa Giudice swaps home cooking for prison chow

Mel Evans/APA police officer walks near a truck carrying children from the home of Teresa Giudice

Goodbye cannoli cupcakes, hello Fruity Dyno Bites: Reality star Teresa Giudice has entered the slammer.

The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star, cookbook author and convicted flimflammer checked in to the gray-bar hotel in Danbury, Conn., early Monday. Giudice pleaded guilty last year to hiding assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitting phony loan applications worth $5 million, according to The Associated Press.

Giudice used her final moments of freedom to choke down an egg sandwich at Elmer's Diner and bid farewell to friends over the phone.

“The last thing she said was, basically, 'Tell everybody I'll be fine,'” her lawyer James Leonard said. “She was very positive, very upbeat.”

On the bright side, the Danbury prison has some celebrity cachet, having hosted singer Lauryn Hill (tax evasion), “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley (fraud) and Piper Kerman (drug trafficking), with Kerman parlaying the experience into memoir-turned-Netflix-series “Orange is the New Black.”

On the dry, tasteless side, the author of “Fabulicious! Teresa's Italian Family Cookbook” is going to have some trouble with Danbury's commissary, which stocks deli meat and “wild berry” frozen yogurt, according to TMZ.

Giudice should have plenty of time to pen new recipes for prison wine and Oreo casserole. She's serving 15 months, after which her husband, Joe, will serve his 41-month term.

QUICK TAKES

Bess Myerson, the first Jewish woman crowned Miss America, died last month at age 90, the New York Times reported Monday. Myerson unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 1980 and reputedly helped New York Mayor Ed Koch win election in 1977 by deflecting rumors of his homosexuality. … Gossip hounds made note Monday of party trucks and flowers arriving at the Beverly Hills home of actress Cameron Diaz and guitarist Benji Madison: today, the pair are either married or recovering from an exceptionally classy kegger. … Dustin Diamond, known for playing Screech on “Saved By the Bell” and pummeling the late Ron “Horshack” Palillo on “Celebrity Boxing,” has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly stabbing a barfly on Christmas Day. … Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds greeted their first child over the holidays.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Raiders cornerback Tarell Brown is 30. … Comedian Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”) is 31. … Actor Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) is 33. … Director John Singleton (“2 Fast 2 Furious”) is 47. … Comedian Rowan Atkinson (“Mr. Bean”) is 60. … Guitarist Malcolm Young of AC/DC is 62.

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