Ciao Italia Previous Broadcasts

Two Sweet Tarts/Due Torte Squisite (Episode #2603H)

KQED Life: Fri, Oct 21, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

World-renowned pastry chef Nick Malgieri rolls up his sleeves nella cucina as he and Mary Ann exchange stories, tease each other, and have an entertaining time creating two masterpieces; Torta al Taglierini a pie-shaped, pastry noodle-topped chocolate cake and Torta Neri con le Noci (Chocolate Cake with Nuts) a classic Bolognese treat that's rich as Midas but light as a cloud.

Tuscan Bread/Pane Toscano (Episode #2602H)

KQED Life: Thu, Oct 20, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann travels north of Cortona, Italy to visit American cookbook author and food columnist Nancy Harmon Jenkins. Working in Nancy's cozy kitchen in her restored country farmhouse, Mary Ann and she create Pane Toscano (Tuscan Bread) then fry up some crunchy crostini, for three terrific toppings: Tomato/Basil/Garlic, Chicken Liver and Sage, and Tuna Fish and Caper treat. Buon appetito!

How to Make Easy Fish/Come Si Fa Pesce Facile (Episode #2601H)

KQED Life: Wed, Oct 19, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann teams up with PBS celebrity chef Jacques Pepin to prepare some of the quickest, easiest fish dishes you've ever seen. Jacques' Slow-cooked Tuna Steaks with Tomato Relish takes only minutes to make. Mary Ann's Stuffed Fish with Nuts and Spinach is just as easy, but Jacques' Scallope Seviche is the hands-down winner.

Classic Bolognese Pasta - Lasagne Verdi alla Bolognese (Episode #2525H)

KQED Life: Tue, Oct 18, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Culinary arts students from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI are eager to learn the fine art of creating Bolognese pasta, starting with Lasagne Verdi alla Bolognese. Mary Ann leads them through the process of making Lasagne Spinach Noodles, and layering it over and over with a meaty, Bologna-Style Ragu, and besciamella Sauce. And there's just enough time to make Tagliatelle with Bolognese Sauce. They all get straight A's!

In The Kitchen with Mom - In Cucina Con La Mamma (Episode #2524H)

KQED Life: Mon, Oct 17, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann travels to Buffalo, New York, to spend the day in her mother Louisa's "downstairs kitchen" preparing Mom's Homemade Pasta topped with Walnut Sauce. Then it's on to Mom's Broccoli Salad, and then for dessert, her unforgettable Mom's Famous Nut Roll. Four generations of Esposito women join in at the end to enjoy the fruits of Louisa's labors. Lucky them, and lucky you.

Altamura, The City of Bread - Altamura, La Citta del Pane (Episode #2523H)

KQED Life: Fri, Oct 14, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

The artisanal breads of Altamura are known throughout Italy. Mary Ann visits one of the signature bakeries in this small city in the region of Puglia where she meets the DiGesu family - all five generations of them - and gets a whirlwind tour of their bakery and the classic breads they make, including the dome-shaped "Altamura" loaf, so named for the hilltop site of the city. Watch the breads bake in a 100 year-old wood-fired oven and dream about "smell-o-vision!"

Lina's Cooking - La Cena Di Lina (Episode #2522H)

KQED Life: Thu, Oct 13, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann visits Lina DiGesu and her extended family in Altamura, Italy, where in a kitchen the size of a closet, Lina and Mary Ann - and her sisters and sisters-in-law -- create a Sunday Dinner to die for, starting with two antipasti; crunchy, Deep Fried Onions, and Fried Peppers, then two kinds of pasta with sauce, then a Leg of Lamb, then Potatoes with Lamb Chops, and topped off with a Ricotta Tart. Tutti a Mangiare!

Handmade Pasta - Pasta Fatta A Mano (Episode #2521H)

KQED Life: Wed, Oct 12, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann meets a true artist in Altamura, Italy when 73 year-old Vincenza teaches her how to make Orecchiette. After making the pasta dough by hand with her niece, Vincenza makes "little ears" lightning quick. Mary Ann gives it a try under her watchful eye, gets approval and then goes nella cucina to make Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Orecchiette with Cauliflower.

Cooking with Red Wine - Cucinando Con Vino Rosso (Episode #2520H)

KQED Life: Tue, Oct 11, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann visits vintner Vahe Keushguerian, owner of Le Corte winery in Italy where she learns what it takes to make world-class wines. Then she joins Vahe in his kitchen where he cooks Penne with Wine. Then Mary Ann continues her all-wine program, nella cucina, as she prepares a quick dish, Chicken with Olives. And what's for dessert? You guessed it; Red Wine Cake. Salute e buon appetito.

Homemade Pizza - Pizza Casalinga (Episode #2519H)

KQED Life: Mon, Oct 10, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann visits the small town of Fragneto Manforte, Italy to help her friends, Assunta and Anna, celebrate their town's patron saint, San Niccola, by preparing pizzas for a crowd of people who stop by to join the festivities for Pizza Margherita, Escarole Pizza, Pizza Napoletana, Pizza with Potatoes, with Broccoli, and with Tuna in a wood-fired oven that bakes the thin-crusted marvels in record time. Mangia!

Sunday Dinner - La Cena Di Domenica (Episode #2518H)

KQED Life: Fri, Oct 7, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Sunday in Italy goes hand in hand with food and family - and fun. Mary Ann spends the entire day visiting her husband's cousins and cooking up a storm with matriarch, Anna Esposito who makes a sumptuous Sunday supper starting with handmade orecchiette coated with a spicy Benevento-style Ragu sauce. A second course of Stuffed Meat Rolls follows, plus lamb, plus desserts, plus desserts, plus happiness, plus who wants seconds? Thirds?

Handmade Pastas - Cicatelli E Fusilli (Episode #2517H)

KQED Life: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann visits Castle Montalto kitchen in Fragneto, Italy where two chefs, Antonietta and Filomena, demonstrate the timeless art of preparing unique homemade, handmade pastas from scratch, Cicatelli and Fusilli. Then they create two mouthwatering tomato sauces to go with them. Grab your knife and fork, tuck in your napkin - and bring your appetite.

Cooking with Balsamic Vinegar - Cucinando con Aceto Balsamico (Episode #2516)

KQED Life: Wed, Oct 5, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann travels to Modena, Italy, the heart of balsamic vinegar country, to cook with good friend Beatrice whose simple Omelet with Onions, and a salad go from simple to divine with the addition of fifty year-old, syrup-thick, caramel-colored, sweet and pungent artisanal balsamic vinegar tradizionale.

Cooking with Wine - Cucinando Con Il Vino (Episode #2515)

KQED Life: Tue, Oct 4, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann travels to the heart of Tuscany to cook with Maria Gorelli at Banfi winery, near Montalcino, Italy. They begin by creating classic Tuscan Pici, a hand rolled, thick-spaghetti style pasta that's the perfect base for Poor Sauce, made from toasted breadcrumbs, olive oil, tomatoes and garlic. And to go with it, a hearty Venison Stew guaranteed to chase the winter blues away.

Porchetta (Episode #2514)

KQED Life: Mon, Oct 3, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

When it comes to pork, come to Tuscany, where Mary Ann goes to Da Ventura restaurant in San Seppolcro, Italy where chef/owner, Marco Tofanelli creates a classic Tuscan Rolled Pork Roast, complete with pan-fried potatoes and a sprig of fennel. Mary Ann then goes nella cucina to continue cooking in the Tuscan tradition by making Sweet Pork Sausage with Grapes.

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