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: Tue, Apr 21, 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.
Fall's Flavorful Favorites (Episode #202H)
KQED Life: Mon, Apr 20, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
In this episode, Lidia creates a seasonal meal that says "Family Time! " Pork and grapes are a natural combination, and in today's menu she prepares Pork Medallions with Grapes; Baked Fennel with Sage and for dessert, a colorful and perfect cold weather Orange in Marsala for dessert.
All in the Pantry (Episode #102H)
KQED 9: Sat, Apr 18, 2015 -- 12:30 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.
- KQED Life: Sat, Apr 18, 2015 -- 12:30 PM
Trio of Heartwarming Pasta (Episode #221H)
KQED Life: Fri, Apr 17, 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.
Get to Know Your Grains (Episode #117H)
KQED Life: Thu, Apr 16, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Whole grains are the backbone of a balanced meal as well as this episode. Lidia explains some common whole grains viewers can easily find at their local grocer. She then makes a fresh salad of Cucumbers with Whole Wheat Couscous, a comforting Toasted Grain Soup, and a healthy meal of Baked Whole Wheat Penne and Ceci Beans.
Rustic and Rich Flavors (Episode #113H)
KQED Life: Wed, Apr 15, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia prepares a rich Meatball and Eggplant Tagliatelle, an easy Vegetable and Meat Casserole, and a rustic Lentil Country Salad.
Crostini to Parmigiana (Episode #112H)
KQED Life: Tue, Apr 14, 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.
Steak Night with London Broil (Episode #201H)
KQED Life: Mon, Apr 13, 2015 -- 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.
A Delicious Elegant Meal (Episode #101H)
KQED 9: Sat, Apr 11, 2015 -- 12:30 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.
- KQED Life: Sat, Apr 11, 2015 -- 12:30 PM
Quick Light and Easy Meal Ideas (Episode #220H)
KQED Life: Fri, Apr 10, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
It's another episode dedicated to simplicity and delicious ingredients. Here Lidia chooses three great dishes that can be made in very little time but offer great flavors and complexity. They are great as appetizers, sides or by themselves and include Caprese Salad with Celery and Walnuts, Stuffed Artichoke with Tuna and Scallop Salad.
Seafood Surprises (Episode #116H)
KQED Life: Thu, Apr 9, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia breaks down the artichoke and shows how simple they are to prepare and use. She stuffs them with a delicious light salad of tuna, capers, and hard boiled eggs. She matches Grouper with potatoes and peppers to create a lovely balanced dish. Grandma arrives in time for dessert - jam filled Mezze Lune Frite.
Just for the Halibut (Episode #111H)
KQED Life: Wed, Apr 8, 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.
Comfort Food (Episode #110H)
KQED Life: Tue, Apr 7, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia prepares hot meal for a cold day. A main course of Apple Cider Braised Pork Shoulder with turnips, a comforting side of Mashed Potatoes and Fava Beans, and to finish, a decadent Pear Crumble with brandy and cherries.
Going Fishing (Episode #226H)
KQED 9: Sat, Apr 4, 2015 -- 12:30 PM
It's all about fresh seafood in this episode with three of Lidia's most requested fish recipes: Clam Bruschetta features crusty Italian bread, still warm from the grill with clam sauce; Halibut Baked with Mushrooms in a Lemon and White Wine Sauce is a great weeknight meal as is Grouper with Potatoes and Peppers.
- KQED Life: Mon, Apr 6, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Gnocchi Time Memories with the Grandkids (Episode #219H)
KQED Life: Fri, Apr 3, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia has shared her love for gnocchi and passing on traditions for years, and in this episode, she makes the gnocchi out of cheese. The comforting meal includes: Lentil Country Salad, Cheese Gnocchi with Butter and Sage Sauce, and Pork Pockets Stuffed w/ Pickles and Cheese.
Potato Pizza (Episode #115H)
KQED Life: Thu, Apr 2, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Potato Pizza! Lidia creates a dough made from potatoes and tops it with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, oregano, and Grana Padano. She pairs it with a cozy Barley Soup for a complete meal.
Not Your Typical Burger (Episode #109H)
KQED Life: Wed, Apr 1, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia takes on the hamburger and redefines a classic. Burgers stuffed with mozzarella and basil, then topped with Lidia's own homemade ketchup. As a side dish, a Tasty Cauliflower salad richly flavored with anchovies and herbs.