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
I Love Eggs (Episode #216H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jul 23, 2016 -- 12:30 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.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jul 25, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Quick and Delicious Braises (Episode #309H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jul 22, 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.
A Little Spice with a Hint of Beer (Episode #205H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jul 21, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
There is nothing more delicious than butterflied poultry with super crispy chicken. In this episode, Lidia starts with a Spicy Butterflied Cornish Hen made with hot cherry peppers, rosemary and wine. She then pulls out the beer to add to her Potatoes Baked in Beer. Our favorite Grandma Erminia joins Lidia to taste the Squash and Ricotta Tart.
Baked Pasta (Episode #323H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jul 20, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Everyone loves baked pasta, and in this episode, Lidia prepares a baked penne dish with a comforting pork ragu and zucchini topped with a golden crust of cheese. She also makes an elegant salad of asparagus, scallions and boiled egg and finishes the meal with a delicious and moist chocolate zucchini cake.
Brodetto (Episode #322H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jul 19, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Brodetto is a savory, soup fish preparation that can be found up and down the coast of Italy. Lidia makes her rrodetto with onion, scallion, clams and mussels and lots of parsley and pepperoncino. Lidia's walnut cake is delicate and nutty with just enough espresso to make it truly Italian.
Sweetest of Sweets (Episode #215H)
KQED Life: Sat, Jul 16, 2016 -- 12:30 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.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jul 18, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sat, Jul 16, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Braising Smaller Cuts (Episode #308H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jul 15, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Today it's all about the braise. To start, Lidia makes a unique salad of radicchio and oranges, a perfect blend of bitter and sweet. She then makes a heartwarming braised chicken thigh dish with potatoes and olives, a family favorite. For another braise, she demonstrates a simple technique with cauliflower that brings out the nutty flavor of this underused vegetable.
Garlic and Onion Steal The Show (Episode #204H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jul 14, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Garlic and Onions appear in many Italian dishes, and in this episode they actually become the "star ingredients." Lidia starts the meal with a quick and easy Savory Onion Tart followed by a delicious, mild and creamy Garlic Risotto. For dessert, it's all about chocolate with the moist Torta Caprese.
Gnocchi (Episode #321H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jul 13, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
If there were another name for Lidia's family, it would be the gnocchi family. They love making them together and eating them. Lidia starts with a butternut squash gnocchi that is as soft as a feather and served with a velvety sage and butter sauce. Next, she prepares a marinated bread of chicken seared with shiitake mushrooms, rosemary and sage. Her sauteed earthy Brussels sprouts are made with pepperoncino, garlic and walnuts. They are nutty and spicy.
Savory Baking (Episode #320H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jul 12, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
In this episode, the oven is on for the fish dish, the vegetable dish and for the chicken drumsticks! Lidia creates three great main course ideas that are just right for days when you want to do everything in one dish and put it in the oven until it's ready to serve. She makes a baked fennel with tomatoes and oozing cheese. She then creates a rollatini of sole with flavored breadcrumbs baked in a light and delicate sauce of fresh herbs, lemon and white wine. Her simple and flavorful chicken drumsticks are made with peppers, onions and paprika.
Dinnertime Soup and Sandwich (Episode #214H)
KQED Life: Sat, Jul 9, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Lidia fell in love with the Soup and Sandwich concept shortly after she arrived in America. And soups are one of her favorite creations to make. In this episode, she prepares a velvety Spinach and Chickpea Soup; an Italian style Baked Toast Sandwich and to finish, she enjoys some Oatmeal Crepes with her grandson Ethan.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jul 11, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sat, Jul 9, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
Pizza (Episode #307H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jul 8, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Everybody loves grilling, and everybody loves pizza. Today Lidia puts the two together and prepares grilled pizza which anyone can do - rain or shine - as it's done in her kitchen. She makes a simple Margherita style pizza and another version topped with prosciutto. To start, her fresh and crunchy salad is made with cucumbers, string beans and potatoes. For dessert, she prepares juicy peaches and blueberries soaked in prosecco.
Simple Weekday Dinner Ideas (Episode #203H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jul 7, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Are you always in rush to prepare something quick yet delicious for dinnertime? In this episode, Lidia shares three of her favorite quick and simple meal ideas-all of which can work as an appetizer, a lunch or quick dinner. They include: Scallops, Scallion and Mushrooms; Chicken Breasts with Orange and Gaeta Olives; Tuna with Mimosa Sauce.
Focaccia (Episode #319H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jul 6, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Focaccia is an irresistible, crunchy Italian flatbread. It's great for sandwiches and even to stuff. Lidia begins by making a classic rosemary and lemon focaccia; she then moves on to a filled focaccia with smoky speck and fontina cheese. To finish these two lunchtime and snack favorites, she creates a salad of shrimp, fava and cranberry beans.
Chicken Stock (Episode #318H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jul 5, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Every great kitchen needs a big pot of good stock and with this pot of stock Lidia will make three delicious dishes. She starts by making a flavorful chicken stock made into "Stracciatella," laced with eggs and spinach. She then uses the stock in her succulent stuffed veal chop with oozing fontina. Finally, she prepares a braised kale with bacon, a wonderful dish that she has been eating since she was a child.
More Family Favorites (Episode #213H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jul 2, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
In this episode, Lidia prepares three regional Italian dishes - from Piedmont to Tuscany to Emilia Romagna. Her colorful Peppers Piedmontese are a great addition to any antipasto or buffet table, her Mafalde Michelangelo Style is a delicious pasta dish based on dish attributed to Michelangelo. Lastly she shares a Filet Mignon Italian Style with Balsamic Reduction using this liquid gold from the area of Modena.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jul 4, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Braising (Episode #306H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jul 1, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
There are few things better than a great piece of meat braised in Barolo wine. When accompanied by some braised vegetables, you've got yourself a great meal. In this episode, Lidia prepares a crispy golden Italian style quiche followed by a fork tender beef braised in Barolo. Her side dish is a braised broccoli rabe with garlic and extra virgin olive oil. This is a meal any family will love.