Mary Ann Esposito, host of the longest-running cooking show on public television, travels around the United States and Rome, Italy in search of recipes that can be prepared in thirty-minutes or less for a busy audience that has time to enjoy great Italian food but doesn' t always have time to prepare it "the old way."
Ciao Italia Previous Broadcasts
Cooking with Herbs/Cucinando Con Le Herbe (Episode #2219)
KQED Life: Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
The tables are turned when Mary Ann invites Ciao Italia's Director of Photography Bob Tomaselli to come out from behind his studio camera and join her nella cucina to make Halibut in Lemon Sauce, Baked Fennel in White Sauce with Cheese and Herb Flavored Crumbs, and colorful, tasty Green Focaccia.
Strawberries and Raspberries for Dessert/Fragole e Lamponi per Dessert (Episode #2425)
KQED Life: Fri, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Master Pastry Chef Jim Dodge reveals the secret of making the perfect Italian custard called Budino, while Mary Ann returns the favor by sharing her tips on how to make masterful Little Raspberry Thyme Tarts.
Cooking School for Everyone/La Scuola Di Cucina Per Tutti (Episode #2218)
KQED Life: Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann meets a group of eager students who want to learn the art of making pasta from scratch. She shows them how to make the playful-looking Farfalle (Butterflies) and off they go to do it themselves. Then it's on to a Sicilian cookie treat; Cuccidati, a tart, citrusy delight with a lemony frosting. Class dismissed! and happy too.
Something Sweet/Qualcosa Di Dolce (Episode #2217)
KQED Life: Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann pulls out the stops when it comes to a "bomb" of an ice cream treat: La Bomba. She starts with lady fingers dipped in Marsala wine, and adds them to a mold, along with coffee and vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream. Still hungry? How about a comforting Ricotta pudding guaranteed to sooth your soul? Sweets for the sweet.
Fresh Fruit, So Good/La Frutta Fresca, Buonissima (Episode #2301)
KQED Life: Tue, May 19, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Yogurt never had it so good as when Mary Ann marries it with drippy, glazy apricots. Then it's on to Pears swimming in an exquisite Marsala sauce. At a loss for what to do with that summer watermelon? Find out what happy surprise happens when you pair it up with feta cheese. It's a fruit free for all, and you're invited!
Mom's Cookies/Biscotti Della Mamma (Episode #2215)
KQED Life: Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann visits a Pasticerria in Perugia, Italy to admire the many cookies on display. But none can compare to the ones she makes nella cucina: Mom's Dried Cherry, Cranberry and Pistachio Nut Shortbread Cookies, Mom's Date Nut Bars, and the grand finale; Ligurian Tea Cookies. Moms always know best, don't they?
Cooking at the Barilla Academy/Cucinando all'Academia Barilla (Episode #2424)
KQED Life: Fri, May 15, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to Parma, Italy, where she teaches her students at Barilla Cooking Academy, beginning with Veal Cutlets Stuffed with Artichokes. Then the students go off to prepare the rest of their memorable meal; Green Lasagne Bolognese with Ragu Sauce, Stuffed, Oven-baked Zucchini, and for dessert? Don't be frightened, it' Almond Snake Cake.
Pugliese Pasta/La Pasta Pugliese (Episode #2214)
KQED Life: Thu, May 14, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann celebrates the pasta of Puglia by making sauce-holding cavatelli (little caves) and then she creates "Stracnar" a rarely-seen pasta nowadays, that requires a handmade "Cavarola Board" to create its distinctive imprint. All of this and sauce too! A Lamb Ragu for the Stracnar and Prosciutto di Parma and Fava Bean for the cavatelli. Who doesn't love pasta?
Clams/Le Vongole (Episode #2213)
KQED Life: Wed, May 13, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Seafood Super Chef Jasper White brings enough freshly-caught clams to make two fantastic dishes, starting with Mary Ann's Spaghetti with Clams and ending with Jasper's unique and unforgettable, Clams Minestrone - yes, you heard right. Minestrone. One spoonful and you'll agree; fantastico!
Umbrian Cooking/La Cucina Umbra (Episode #2212)
KQED Life: Tue, May 12, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to the "Green Heart of Italy," Umbria, where she teaches her eager culinary students the fine (and tasty) art of Strangozzi Pasta Spoleto Style, Stuffed Guinea Fowl, Farro with Vegetables and for dessert, a fabulous, custard-like Umbrian treat, Crescionda. Viva Italia!
Cooking with the Chef/Cucinando Con Lo Chef (Episode #2211)
KQED Life: Mon, May 11, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Award-winning Executive Chef Daniel Bruce takes a day off from his Rowe Wharf Sea Grille restaurant in Boston, to cook vegetarian with Mary Ann nella cucina, where they prepare Daniel's daughter's favorite; Ricotta and Parmesan Cheese Eggplant Rollatini and then Mary Ann's complements is with her classic Italian favorite, Neapolitan Style Stuffed Red Peppers.
Frittata Party/Una Festa Della Frittata (Episode #2423)
KQED Life: Fri, May 8, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Just when you thought eggs were just eggs, Mary Ann elevates them into two masterful creations, starting with a fantastic street food; Neapolitan Style Frittata. And then she keeps things on the convenient side, with her Mini-Baked Frittata with Greens and Beans, each one baked in a cupcake pan.
Special Pasta/Pasta Speciale (Episode #2210)
KQED Life: Thu, May 7, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Fresh homemade pasta is on the menu as Mary Ann creates uniquely-shaped Garganelli with a velvety-smooth Prosciutto di Parma and Cream sauce. Then she turns ordinary breadcrumbs, eggs and nutmeg into a classic, tube-shaped Passatelli and steeps them in soul-satisfying Chicken Broth.
Vegetable Casseroles/Casseruole Delle Verdure (Episode #2209)
KQED Life: Wed, May 6, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
The bounty of Guy's Garden yields Mary Ann every vegetable she needs nella cucina to make Chunky Vegetarian Vegetable Stew, so rich and satisfying, you'll never look at a can of soup again. Then, with some lovely leeks left, she tops things off with Baked Leeks in White Sauce.
Cooking Abruzzi Style/La Cucina Abruzzese (Episode #2208)
KQED Life: Tue, May 5, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann surprises good friend and Italian Specialty grocery store owner Joe Pace by preparing his favorite Abruzzi recipes: a traditional Spaghetti, Saffron and Asparagus dish, then sumptuous Roast Lamb with Rosemary, and ends Joe's perfect meal with the perfect dessert, a gelato and espresso favorite: Affogato.
Gourmet Vegetables/Le Verdure Del Buongustaio (Episode #2207)
KQED Life: Mon, May 4, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Master Chef and "Cinque Terra" Italian restaurant owner Lee Skawinski brings hard-to-find ramps nella cucina to make his signature dish; Stuffed Swiss Chard, Mushrooms, Grilled Ramps, Prosciutto di San Daniele and Gorgonzola DOP cheese. Mary Ann adds to the fun with her own creation; Onions and Peppers Molise-style. Two chefs, great food, no waiting.
Piedmont Food: Easy, Elegant and Classic/Il Cibo Piemontese: Facile, Elegante, Classico (Episode #2422)
KQED Life: Fri, May 1, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Today it's easy cooking and happy eating, when Mary Ann takes to the castle kitchen to prepare Asparagus Piedmont Style, and then fries up some Croquettes Cuneo Style, and did somebody say "risotto?" How about a classic Risotto with Mushrooms.