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
Risotto (Episode #317H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jun 29, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
If you can't make it to Milan for a dish of "Risotto alla Milanese" bring the dish to your kitchen! Lidia begins today's meal with a creamy risotto alla Milanese with saffron and marrow bone followed by a succulent quail stuffed with Italian sausage and mushrooms. For dessert, it's an Italian classic - light and creamy panna cotta with seasonal berries.
Seared Steak (Episode #316H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jun 28, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
When talking about a juicy steak, grilling often comes to mind but for Lidia, it's all about the sear. In today's episode, Lidia begins with a crispy Montasio cheese frico stuffed with potatoes and onions. She then makes a seared steak with a perfectly balanced sauce of rosemary, shallots and mixed mushrooms. Her side dish is a braised escarole with olive oil, pepperoncino and garlic-simple and delicious.
Heartwarming Comfort Foods (Episode #212H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jun 25, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Who doesn't love comfort food?? In this episode, Lidia shares some of her most requested and delicious comfort food recipes: Pasta and Bean Soup; Decadent Ham in Marsala Sauce; and her Italian version of one of America's favorites: Hamburger with Homemade Ketchup.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 27, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, Jun 25, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Perfect Roasted Chicken (Episode #305H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jun 24, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Every cook dreams of a perfectly roasted chicken, and today Lidia shows the viewer how to do just that. She starts with an American favorite - a crunchy, cheese Caesar salad. Her lemon roasted chicken goes beyond comfort food with onions, rosemary and lots of lemons. Finally she prepares a free form crostata with juicy plums.
Steak Night with London Broil (Episode #201H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jun 23, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
There is nothing better than a great piece of meat! In today's episode, Lidia takes a less expensive cut, London Broil, and marinates it to perfection. Her menu includes a delicious Vegetable Patty served with green salad which works as an appetizer or by itself as a quick lunch; London Broil with Sundried Tomato Marinade and one of her Grandma Rosa's favorites, Corn and Walnut Cake.
Fresh Pasta (Episode #315H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jun 22, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Fresh pasta is an Italian family tradition passed through the generations. Today she starts with a silky pappardelle pasta dressed with pesto made from walnut, basil and parsley. She then takes the same pasta dough and shapes it into tortelloni stuffed with spinach and ricotta, dressed with a classic marinara sauce.
More Pasta (Episode #314H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jun 21, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
When Lidia talks about pasta in her family, it's never "basta!" Today, she creates three new pasta dishes that everyone will love including a linguine with Swiss chard that is made with walnuts and creamy ricotta. She then makes a simple dish of farfalle with swordfish, prepared with tomatoes, fresh herbs and capers. And finally, there is nothing better than Lidia's spaghetti and meatballs!
Grandma's Favorites (Episode #211H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jun 18, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
In this episode, Lidia honors the Grandmothers of the family. She starts with a delicious and quick Skillet Gratin of Mushrooms and Chicken, one of her mother's favorites. As the chicken is cooking, she heads to the side dish, Celery Potatoes and Tomatoes. Joining her at the end of the show is Lidia's granddaughter, Julia to taste Grandma Rosa's Apple Cake.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, Jun 18, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Eggs (Episode #304H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jun 17, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Eggs were always a favorite at Lidia's home as a kid and they still are. In this episode, she'll prepare savory egg battered zucchini roll ups; a refreshing and simple fennel, red onion and celery salad topped with Italian salami and a luscious frittata filled with ricotta, tomatoes, onion and basil.
Antipasti (Episode #326H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jun 16, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
There is a party in the air with an Italian flair. Lidia teaches the viewer several dishes that will work for any party - including a selection of varies cheese, cured meat and Giardiniera-style vegetables; an easy and quick sweet and sour zucchini dish and lastly stuffed mushrooms made with a delicious mixture of scallions, red peppers and fresh parsley. Lastly there is still time for a delicious salad of poached seafood featuring shrimp, mussels and calamari.
Roasting and Baking (Episode #313H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jun 15, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
The oven is on in Lidia's kitchen, and she is using it for sweet and savory dishes. To start, she makes a springtime crunchy, cheese roasted asparagus dish. Next is a family favorite, baked eggplant with tomatoes, created with cheese, herbs and topped with a baked egg. Then it's time for sweets as she prepares an almond torte with chocolate chips served with a mound of whipped cream.
Savory Baking (Episode #312H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jun 14, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia introduces this episode with "beautiful vegetables and a hot oven: a great marriage!" She then begins the meal with a simple and refreshing sesame and fava bean dip, perfect for flatbreads. Next, she prepares a baked eggplant stuffed with meat and vegetables, topped with a golden, cheesy crust. Her unique version of baked potatoes is made with pancetta and oregano.
A Perfect Weeknight Meal (Episode #210H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jun 11, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Preparing a delicious and nutritious weeknight meal for the family is not always easy but Lidia shares some of her quickest and simplest recipes that will work in any kitchen. The menu includes: Carrot and Apple Salad; Salmon Fillets with Prosecco served with Savory Potatoes and Apple Crumble - a dessert that can be made with almost any seasonal fruit.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 13, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, Jun 11, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Polenta (Episode #303H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jun 10, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia prepares a large pot of bubbling polenta, a dish that she grew up with and loved. From that polenta, she'll bake crostini with mixed mushrooms and cheese which is a perfect starter to any meal. Her granddaughter, Julia, joins her in the kitchen to help assemble and of course, taste! She'll then prepare a hearty polenta dish with bacon and broccoli, a perfect combination. Finally, she'll make sweet skillet sausage with mixed grapes.
Dough and Crusts (Episode #325H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jun 9, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Italians will wrap anything in dough, whether it's savory or sweet, and still have time for a classic. Lidia begins this meal with a savory zucchini and rice crostata. She then turns to the sweets with a celebration of zeppole, a fried delicious dough stuffed with creamy ricotta. Grandma Erminia, who has the sweet tooth in the family, joins Lidia for this segment. Lastly, there is still time for a classic and Lidia prepares an easy steamed mussel dish with white wine, onions, bay leaves and pepperoncino.
Pasta (Episode #311H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jun 8, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Everybody loves pasta and so does Lidia. Today, she makes three dishes that viewers will love. Her first dish is an orecchiette with clams and zucchini, made with scallions, pepperoncino and garlic. Her spaghetti Caruso is made with a hearty sauce of mixed mushrooms, tomatoes, peas and chicken livers. She finishes with a unique dish of rigatoni with cauliflower, saffron and golden raisins.
Fish and Seafood (Episode #310H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jun 7, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
It doesn't get any better in an Italian kitchen than when Lidia makes fish and vegetables. In this episode, she prepares a nice and refreshing pan seared shrimp with arugula pesto. Her next dish is butterflied trout, fried in a pan with bacon and basil served with a zucchini dish made with anchovies and capers.
Cozy Wintertime Kitchen (Episode #209H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jun 4, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Today is a celebration of some of Lidia's favorite comfort foods. The combination of potatoes and pasta in one dish is not unusual in Italy and in her Pipette with Sweet Potatoes, Lidia adds a beloved American ingredient to give it a nutritious and complex finish. Veal Stew with Onion and Squash is the perfect one-pot meal, in which the protein and vegetables come together. Her Tasty Cauliflower is a recipe that can be used with other boiled or steamed vegetables like potatoes, zucchini and parsnips.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 6, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, Jun 4, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Crespelle (Episode #302H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jun 3, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Italians love their crespelle or crepes. In this episode, Lidia teaches viewers how to stuff them with tomato and grated cheese. Today's menu includes: celery, artichoke and mortadella salad, "crespelle manicotti" stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella and for dessert, an Italian classic - beautiful strawberries topped with balsamic vinegar, a Lidia favorite.
Vegetables (Episode #324H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jun 2, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Whether used in soups, roasted or stuffed, the Italians love their vegetables. In this episode, she makes a platter full of roasted peppers stuffed with tuna. She then creates a mellow dish of savory onions stuffed with lamb and sweet raisins. The cauliflower and tomato soup is one that warms the heart and any kitchen table.
Quick and Delicious Braises (Episode #309H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jun 1, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia loves long cooking techniques and braising but often, one just wants to prepare quick and delicious meals using the same technique. In this episode, she teaches the viewer to do just that. Her first dish is a velvety lettuce soup in a fontina gratin; she then makes a juicy but super quick pork tenderloin with balsamic onions. Lastly, she prepares string beans with rocky mashed potatoes made with garlic and olive oil.