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
Sweet and Savory (Episode #416H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jan 21, 2017 -- 12:30 PM
It's all about the balance today as Lidia pairs some unexpected ingredients that result in the best of flavors. She starts the meal with her prosciutto and fig bruschetta: grilled bread topped with a salty sweet combination of prosciutto and fig jam; spaghetti with fennel and bitter greens: spaghetti tossed with fennel, escarole and a splash of balsamic; chocolate anise biscotti: the "twice cooked" Italian cookie made with chocolate and anise.
- KQED Life: Sat, Jan 21, 2017 -- 12:30 PM
Ragu (Episode #409H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 20, 2017 -- 4:30 PM
The key to a delicious meal is coaxing a lot of flavor from an ingredient, whether it is meat or vegetables. In this episode, Lidia shares two ragu recipes: lamb and pepper ragu; and a chestnut and mushroom ragu: a heart, flavorful medley of chestnuts and mushrooms that make for a satisfying vegetarian ragu.
Perfect Roasted Chicken (Episode #305H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 19, 2017 -- 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.
Baked Pasta (Episode #323H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 18, 2017 -- 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, Jan 17, 2017 -- 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.
Fresh Pasta (Episode #315H)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 16, 2017 -- 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.
Steak House Favorites (Episode #415H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 -- 12:30 PM
Steak is a favorite in many American households, and this episode is a tribute to the nice juicy dish and showcase not only one of Lidia's preferred preparations but two other recipes that work well for a special steak house evening at home. Featured recipes include seared steak with mushroom sauce and braised escarole; baked potatoes with pancetta and oregano; and an almond cake with chocolate chips.
- KQED Life: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 -- 12:30 PM
Italian Taste for Bitter Vegetables (Episode #408H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 13, 2017 -- 4:30 PM
Italy is one big garden with a year round growing season. Vegetables are often the stars of the meal, and today Lidia will highlight the versatility of delicious bitter vegetables like broccoli rabe, radicchio and escarole. She makes baked radicchio. Sweetened by the cook time this dish caramelizes into a tender hearty bite. broccoli rabe and sausage: a classic combination with sweet Italian sausage and bitter broccoli rabe; escarole and white bean Soup: a heart warming escarole and white bean soup.
Eggs (Episode #304H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 12, 2017 -- 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.
Gnocchi (Episode #321H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 -- 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, Jan 10, 2017 -- 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.
More Pasta (Episode #314H)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 9, 2017 -- 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!
Herbs and Spices (Episode #414H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jan 7, 2017 -- 12:30 PM
Fresh herbs are simply a must in Lidia's kitchen and today she makes three dishes that highlight herbs and spices. She begins the menu with pickled carrots: a quick pickle of tiny carrots packed with the flavors of parsley, garlic and mint; braised beef in guazzetto: rich, braised beef filled with enticing aromas and skillet cauliflower with lemon and mint: cauliflower florettes showered with lemon juice and a sprinkle of fresh mint.
Eggs - All Different Ways (Episode #407H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 6, 2017 -- 4:30 PM
It's an episode devoted to the fresh, simple egg, and it highlights some of Lidia's all-time favorites: stracciatella: a simple chicken stock laced with ribbons of egg and tender spinach; frittata with ricotta: a luscious frittata filled with ricotta, tomatoes, onions and basil; baked eggplant and eggs: a baked dish showing off of one of summer's best vegetables.
Polenta (Episode #303H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 5, 2017 -- 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.
Focaccia (Episode #319H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 4, 2017 -- 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, Jan 3, 2017 -- 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.
Roasting and Baking (Episode #313H)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 2, 2017 -- 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.