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
Cookie Favorites / Biscotti Favoriti (Episode #2025)
KQED Life: Wed, Jun 19, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Peter Scognamillo is one great baker and he's just a kid! When Mary Ann invites him to stop by nella cucina to make cookies, Peter brings his recipe for Maddalena Raspberry Cookies; two buttery, crisp wafers filled with raspberry jam. Then it's Mary Ann's turn, and she shows Peter how to make Almond Crisps. Open up that cookie jar!
Neapolitan Pasta / Scialatielli (Episode #2024)
KQED Life: Tue, Jun 18, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann explores the backstreets of Naples for inspiration to create Scialatielli, a linguine-like pasta favorite of the Campania region. To it she adds a spicy tomato and clam sauce to create a traditional seafood dish unique to the city of Naples. One taste is almost as good as being there.
Give Me Scallops!/Dammi Cappesante! (Episode #2306)
KQED Life: Mon, Jun 17, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Eggplant/Melanzane (Episode #2201)
KQED Life: Fri, Jun 14, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Basket in hand, Mary Ann visits her husband Guy's late summer garden to harvest ripe and tender eggplants to make hearty Couscous with Eggplant and - surprise - a Whole Wheat Pizza with Grilled Eggplant. Never have so few (eggplants) done so much for so many.
Earth and Sea / Terra E Mare (Episode #2022)
KQED Life: Thu, Jun 13, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann's expecting company: he likes fish, she likes meat. Simple solution; make both. And so she does with Baked Fish and Potatoes, using sliced potatoes, fish and thyme. Then she prepares a hearty Beefsteak, Neapolitan-Style, made with mushrooms and the tangy zest of lemon. Supper's on the table and all is right with the world.
Congratulations! / Congratulazione! (Episode #2021)
KQED Life: Wed, Jun 12, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann teaches the beauty of Italian cooking to a group of enthusiastic culinary arts students at Boston's Metropolitan College. They starts with Handmade Black Pepper Fettuccine, and then a hearty Beef Stew with Roasted Vegetables, followed by Stuffed Swiss Chard. The final exam? A moist and delicate Fig and Grape Cake. Everybody gets an A-plus! Class dismissed. Let's eat.
Nonna Galasso's Neapolitan Easter Bread / Casatiello alla Nonna Galasso (Episode #2020)
KQED Life: Tue, Jun 11, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
There's no place like home, and no cook like Grandma Galasso. Mary Ann remembers her Nonna's traditional Easter treat when she prepares Grandma Galasso's Savory Filled Neapolitan Easter Bread. Stuffed with mouthwatering chunks of Mortadella and Provolone, it's a childhood memory come to life... and to the table.
Homemade Ricotta/Ricotta Fatta In Casa (Episode #2305)
KQED Life: Mon, Jun 10, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Perfect Paccheri / Paccheri Perfetti (Episode #2019)
KQED Life: Fri, Jun 7, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
This unique, tube-shaped pasta has room inside for all kinds of secret things. Mary Ann recounts how Italians used to smuggle cloves of garlic across the Austrian border inside these little beauties. But today she makes even better use of them by creating Paccheri with Shrimp, Paccheri with Mushroom Sauce, and Paccheri with Sun-Dried Tomatoes. Smuggle in your appetite.
Eat Cardoons! / Mangiate Cardi! (Episode #2018)
KQED Life: Thu, Jun 6, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann's in for a treat when she visits Spring Ledge Farm in New London, NH for their cardoon harvest. Bearing a basket of this unique, celery-like vegetable, she visits famed children's book author and illustrator Tomie DePaola for lunch, and together they make Fried Cardoons, Twice-Cooked Cardoons, Cardoons Brindisi-Style, and they still want more! You will too.
In Campania with Students / In Campagna Studenti (Episode #2017)
KQED Life: Wed, Jun 5, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to Sorrento, Italy on the Amalfi Coast where she's joined by a group of eager, hungry students who prepare classic Campania recipes like Cheese-Filled Ravioli, Capri Style, Grandma Galasso's Stuffed, Rolled Beef, Seafood Salad, and to top things off, Chocolate Almond Cake, Amalfi-Style.
Calzones! / Calzoni! (Episode #2016)
KQED Life: Tue, Jun 4, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Bread-baking guru Ciril Hitz visits Mary Ann nella cucina for a calzone bake-a-thon. Ciril starts things off with his signature Wild-Mushroom Whole Wheat Calzone and then creates a Summer Vegetable version. Mary Ann finishes the marathon with a savory, pork-filled Calzone. Bet you can't eat just three (or four)!
Tasty and Easy Chicken/Pollo Saporito E Facile (Episode #2304)
KQED Life: Mon, Jun 3, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
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