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.
Ciao Italia Previous Broadcasts
Candy Wrapper Pasta/La Pasta Di Caramelle (Episode #2414)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 20, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann makes magic with a fresh pasta creation that looks like candy and tastes like heaven, called Caramelle. Each bite-sized, tiny pillow shaped masterpiece, twisted at each end, filled with ricotta cheese, prosciutto di parma, parmigiano reggiano cheese, then goes for a happy swim in a butter sauce, on its way to your waiting fork.
Bigne! (Episode #2413)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 19, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann's got cream puffs on her mind, light as a cloud, crunchy and delicious, and filled with wondrous delights. And who better to make them with than master pastry chef and chocolatier Wilhelm Wanders at the Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont.
Cooking Live with Robert Irvine/Cucinando Con Roberto Irvine (Episode #2621H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 18, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann takes to the stage before a live audience with FoodTV Celebrity chef Robert Irvine and pastry wizard Chef Lynn Mansel to create an autumn-themed program. In between laughter and good natured teasing they create a hearty Minestrone, a Stuffed Turkey Breast with prosciutto di Parma. And Apple Carmel Bread Pudding.
Classic and New Salads/L' Insalate Classiche e Nuove (Episode #2412)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 17, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Guy's garden is in all its glory, when Mary Ann comes to harvest the veggies she need to create some creative salads, starting with a poached-perfect Salmon Salad, a crunchy, crispy Roasted Kale Salad and finishes off with a rarely-seen Italian Agretti Salad.
Shrimp Two Ways/Due Modi Di Gamberi (Episode #2411)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 16, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Seafood Master chef and bosom-buddy Jasper White brings Mary Ann stupendous shrimp, the likes of which she's never seen. Jasper starts off the feast with his classic, spicy Shrimp Fra Diavolo. Then Mary Ann surprises him with Shrimp on Sand with with Marinated Vegetables. Just wait until you see the "sand."
Piedmont Veggies/Le Verdure Alla Piemontese (Episode #2410)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 13, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann's at the market in Mondovi, Italy to pick up fresh veggies for some terrific Piedmont recipes. Then she heads back nel castello, to the castle kitchen of good friend Pattie Bongiovanni, to prepare a creamy Carrot and Cauliflower Soup, delicate Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, and then finishes off her veggie voyage with a Piedmont Savory Custard.
A Day Without Pasta? Never!/Una Giornata senza la Pasta? Mai! (Episode #2409)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 12, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Gluten-free doesn't mean pasta free, when Mary Ann shows you how to prepare an unforgettable Gluten-free Pasta with Mushroom and Prosciutto di Parma Ragu. In a hurry? Slow down with Mary Ann's make-and-forget Slow Cook Lasagne.
Classic Pasta of Liguria/La Pasta Classica Di Ligure (Episode #2620H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Food writer and book author Laura Schenone brings a unique Ligurian recipe to Mary Ann's kitchen, where together they prepare delicate pasta wafers called Corzetti served in a delicate garlic and olive oil sauce. Mary Ann adds to the fun with Panzoti, an almond-stuffed little ravioli swimming in a butter sauce. Bravissima Laura e Marianna, e bravissima Liguria!
Who Wants Prosciutto di San Danielle?/Chi Vuole Prosciutto di San Daniele? (Episode #2408)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 10, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann makes Prosciutto San Daniele the star of the show when she prepares a simple yet delicious Prosciutto San Danielle Roll-Ups, Parmesan Cheese Pudding and Prosciutto di San Daniele Salad.
Gubana and Colomba/Gubana E Colomba (Episode #2407)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 9, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Pastry Master Chef Nick Malgieri joins Mary Ann nella cucina to reveal the secret of creating the perfect Gubana, a sweet, spiraled cross between bread and cake, filled with chocolate, raisins, and orange zest. Mary Ann makes Easter that much sweeter by preparing a classic, dove-shaped Colomba.
Classic Piedmont Antipasti/Antipasti alla Piemontese (Episode #2406)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 6, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to Pattie Bongiovanni's castle in the Piedmont region of Italy, where she makes herself home in Pattie's kitchen to prepare an antipasti table filled with memorable, regional treats, like Little Ricotta Cheese Balls, Peppers Castellana Style, and a bowl of crunchy vegetables perfect for dipping in a Bagna Cauda of extra virgin olive oil.
Eat Legumes/Mangiate I Legumi (Episode #2405)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 5, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Nothing takes the chill out of a cold winter's night better than hot and hearty Straccetti with Cannellini Beans, complete with homemade pasta, and Mary Ann shows you how. And when summer rolls around? Roll out a happy bowl of Chickpea Salad, filled with prosciutto di parma, olives and fresh thyme.
Mixed Grill/Spiedo Misto (Episode #2619H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 4, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
The medieval town of Gubbio, Italy is the site of Taverna del Lupo, the signature restaurant of master chef and hotel owner Rudolfo Mencarelli who prepares an elegant guinea hen dish with Mary Ann which inspires her to go nella cucina and add to the feast by creating a traditional Umbrian Spiedo Misto (Mixed Grill) of meat, poultry and pork perfect for the grill or right in the broiler.
And The Winner Is.... (Episode #2403)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 3, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to Toscana Saporita Cooking School in Tuscany to cook with recipe award-winner Nadine Mesch, whose Seared Tuna Topped with Fennel and Arugula and Caper Lemon Sauce recipe won the grand prize award and a trip to Italy. Mary Ann adds her signature Papardelle with Ragu to the table and it's a blue-ribbon day for everyone.
Focaccia Recco-Style/Focaccia Di Recco (Episode #2402)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 2, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann re-creates, step-by-step, the elegant art of making one of Liguria's most famous "street foods" Focaccia di Recco, named after the town that made it famous for its crispy outsides and creamy, cheese-filled insides that have captured the hearts - and appetites - of Italians, and now Americans too!