This series is a paean to the importance of mealtime. Over the course of 26 episodes, Emmy-winner Lidia Bastianich conjures simple, seasonal and economical dishes with grace, confidence and love. She teaches viewers to draw on their roots, allow for spontaneity, and cultivate a sense of home in the kitchen. Lidia makes rustic staples, including oatmeal biscuits, apple cider-braised pork shoulder, potato pizza, salmon with mustard sauce, country onion soup, lentil country salad and Grandma Rosa's apple cake. Filled with tips and techniques collected through years in the kitchen and at the family table, Lidia channels her passion for teaching into a fun and trustworthy curriculum of kitchen wisdom.
Lidia's Kitchen Previous Broadcasts
Sundays with Nonna Rosa (Episode #114H)
KQED Life: Thu, Mar 26, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Anyone can make their own seasoned olives! They are a perfect snack or easy homemade gift. Lidia demystifies the process. Homemade pasta is another way to add authentic flavor to your dish. Lidia prepares fresh pappardelle with tender, flavorful Turkey Rolls.
Waste Not Want Not! (Episode #107H)
KQED Life: Wed, Mar 25, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Join Lidia in the kitchen as she makes use of left over lettuce by incorporating it into a creamy Risotto. Using a secondary cut of meat, she creates decadent Veal stew with Onion and Squash, and don't throw away that day old bread, use it in a tasty Bread Pudding with Pears.
Under The Sea (Episode #106H)
KQED Life: Tue, Mar 24, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
With a twist on Linguine alle Vongole, Lidia creates Clam Bruschetta using bread. She takes the mystery out of mushrooms and pairs them with Scallops and Scallions. Talking tuna, she prepares a refreshing salad of grilled Tuna with Mimosa Sauce.
A Light Summery Meal (Episode #224H)
KQED 9: Sat, Mar 21, 2015 -- 12:30 PM
Today, Lidia serves a beautiful Striped Bass with Tomato Pesto over a bed of fennel as the star of the meal. She then creates a tasty dish of Mint String Beans. For dessert, summer is still the theme with Peach Granita, although the granita technique can be made with all kinds of seasonal fruits.
- KQED Life: Mon, Mar 23, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, Mar 21, 2015 -- 12:30 PM
Seafood Symphony (Episode #217H)
KQED Life: Fri, Mar 20, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia has enjoyed clamming with the locals in Le Marche as well as in Long Island, and in this episode she shares two of her most popular clam dishes: Pappa al Pomodoro with Clams is based on the Tuscan classic - tomato and bread soup. Clam and Scallion Risotto, is a delicious variation of the beloved Linguine with Clams.
Rustic and Rich Flavors (Episode #113H)
KQED Life: Thu, Mar 19, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia prepares a rich Meatball and Eggplant Tagliatelle, an easy Vegetable and Meat Casserole, and a rustic Lentil Country Salad.
Classics with a Twist (Episode #105H)
KQED Life: Wed, Mar 18, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia's reinventing Italian classics. Learn to make Lidia's fresh Mozzarella salad not with tomatoes but Celery and walnuts instead. She puts a spin on the classic Pappa al Pomodoro from Maremma by adding clams! Plus, a crowd-pleasing Zucchini Parmigiana, a delicious variation of on tried and true eggplant version.
Time for Brunch (Episode #104H)
KQED Life: Tue, Mar 17, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Brunch Italian Style! Learn to make savory rustic Oatmeal Biscuits. Then have a whole meal inside a plump Gluttonous Tomato - it's an easy dish of tomatoes stuffed with bread, herbs cheese and eggs. On the side, a versatile String Bean salad of with Capers and Basil.
Garden of Goodness (Episode #223H)
KQED 9: Sat, Mar 14, 2015 -- 12:30 PM
Lidia believes in cooking according to season, and when springtime comes, she and her family all work together to create a beautiful garden. In this episode, she shares four delicious recipes that celebrate the bounty of the summertime garden: Tuna Salad with Boiled Zucchini, String Bean Salad with Capers and Basil, Whole What Cous Cous with Cucumbers, and finally Shells with Chicken and Zucchini.
- KQED Life: Mon, Mar 16, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, Mar 14, 2015 -- 12:30 PM
I Love Eggs (Episode #216H)
KQED Life: Fri, Mar 13, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia LOVES eggs, and in this episode, she shares four super simple recipes that feature this amazing ingredient that Lidia recalls fondly from her own grandmother's courtyard in Istria. Oregano Eggs and Anchovy Frittata are delicious appetizers or main courses. The Rustic Salad is a great meal idea with lots of complex textures and flavors. For a sweet finish, Lidia whips up Zabaglione with Fresh Fruit.
Crostini to Parmigiana (Episode #112H)
KQED Life: Thu, Mar 12, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Join Lidia as she makes a quick and easy Tomato and Ricotta Crostini. A Tuna Salad with Boiled Zucchini, and take comfort with Eggplant and Rice Parmigiana.
Two Savory Soups and Ligurian Focaccia (Episode #103H)
KQED Life: Wed, Mar 11, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Sometimes all you need is a little soup and a little bread. Lidia bakes a Focaccia Genovese and serves it with Le Marche Style Bean Soup prepared with sweet and mellow cabbage. With a few pantry ingredients, she creates a simple and hearty Country Onion Soup.
All in the Pantry (Episode #102H)
KQED Life: Tue, Mar 10, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia prepares quick meals right out of the pantry-perfect when you're in a hurry (or just want to clean out your cabinets!). Learn to make hearty Pasta and Bean Soup, flavorful Spaghetti with Quick Pantry Sauce, and a delicate spaghettini with Olive Oil and Rosemary.
Lemony Chicken - A Family Favorite (Episode #222H)
KQED 9: Sat, Mar 7, 2015 -- 12:30 PM
In this episode, Lidia creates a dish that is perfect for family and holiday gatherings. Packed with flavor, this crispy oven baked chicken is bursting with lemon goodness. As a side, she makes a Celery Gratin and a Belgian and Walnut Salad.
- KQED Life: Mon, Mar 9, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, Mar 7, 2015 -- 12:30 PM
Sweetest of Sweets (Episode #215H)
KQED Life: Fri, Mar 6, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Today's episode features a collection of the best of Italian dolce or sweets - from cookies to cake to pudding. Lidia begins this episode with Anise Cookies, then prepares a Mint Granita, a light and heavenly Angel Cake with Fresh Berries, and lastly a Rice Pudding with a Blessing, inspired by one of the convents in Italy.
Just for the Halibut (Episode #111H)
KQED Life: Thu, Mar 5, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia prepares Halibut Baked with Mushrooms in a lemon and white wine sauce, Savory Stuffed Peppers with capers and anchovies, and deliciously golden Anise Cookies for dessert.
A Delicious Elegant Meal (Episode #101H)
KQED Life: Wed, Mar 4, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Join Lidia as she prepares an easy but impressive Tomato and Mint Salad, a simple but mouthwatering Filet Italian Style with Balsamic Reduction, and a tempting gluten-free Torta Caprese.
Piemonte Peppers (Episode #126H)
KQED Life: Tue, Mar 3, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Peppers Piemontese are so much more than roasted red peppers. Lidia shows you how to create this classic dish. A cozy Country Style Fava Soup will send you back in time. For dessert - every culture has a crepe - and in northern Italy, it's Oatmeal Palacinke.
Trio of Heartwarming Pasta (Episode #221H)
KQED Life: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Everybody loves pasta! In this episode, Lidia starts with the simplest - a Spaghettini with Olive oil and Rosemary, then moves on to a hearty dish of Tagliatelle with Meatballs and Eggplant, and finishes with a delicious whole wheat pasta- Baked Whole Wheat Penne with Ceci Beans.