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
Seafood Surprises (Episode #116H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 27, 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.
I Love Eggs (Episode #216H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jan 24, 2015 -- 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, Jan 26, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Cozy Wintertime Kitchen (Episode #209H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 23, 2015 -- 4:30 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.
Classics with a Twist (Episode #105H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 22, 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.
Potato Pizza (Episode #115H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 21, 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.
Sundays with Nonna Rosa (Episode #114H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 20, 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.
Sweetest of Sweets (Episode #215H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jan 17, 2015 -- 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, Jan 19, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, Jan 17, 2015 -- 12:30 PM
Symphony of Pastas (Episode #208H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 16, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
There is nothing like pasta to bring Lidia's family to the table. In this episode, Lidia shares some of her favorite pasta dishes including a comforting Baked Rigatoni with Zucchini, a delicious Penne with Ricotta and Mushrooms and one of her personal favorites, Fettuccine with a Clam and Leek Sauce.
Time for Brunch (Episode #104H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 15, 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.
Rustic and Rich Flavors (Episode #113H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 14, 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, Jan 13, 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.
Dinnertime Soup and Sandwich (Episode #214H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jan 10, 2015 -- 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, Jan 12, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, Jan 10, 2015 -- 12:30 PM
The Oven Is On (Episode #207H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 9, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
There is nothing like a warm oven that makes guests feel invited in a kitchen. The heat and the aromas permeate and bring smiles to everyone's faces. In this episode, Lidia shares three of her favorite oven baked dishes - Eggplant and Rice Parmigiana, Vegetable and Meat Casserole, Bread Pudding with Pears.
Two Savory Soups and Ligurian Focaccia (Episode #103H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 8, 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.
Just for the Halibut (Episode #111H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 7, 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, Jan 6, 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.
More Family Favorites (Episode #213H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jan 3, 2015 -- 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, Jan 5, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
Family Favorites (Episode #206H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 2, 2015 -- 4:30 PM
It's all about family in this episode as Lidia shares three of her favorite family recipes. Marinated Meatballs, Zucchini Parmigiana, Artichoke Carbonara and Jam Filled Mezzaluna are the stars of this episode.
All in the Pantry (Episode #102H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 1, 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.