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
Homemade Ricotta/Ricotta Fatta In Casa (Episode #2305)
KQED Life: Fri, Dec 20, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
You'll never use store-bought ricotta again, after Mary Ann shows you how easy it is to make it yourself. And once it's done, get ready to make an unforgettable dessert: Roasted Pineapple with Ricotta Cream filled with crunchy pistachios. And don't forget this summertime, wintertime, anytime light luncheon treat: Ricotta Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes.
Tasty and Easy Chicken/Pollo Saporito E Facile (Episode #2304)
KQED Life: Thu, Dec 19, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
It tastes a lot like chicken because it is - made especially delicious when Mary Ann prepares her signature Chicken Thighs in Beer, simmered until totally terrific. Then she stuffs chicken breasts with a creative combination of fresh spinach and creamy gorgonzola, and then bakes them until fork tender and table ready. Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to here.
Eat Salads!/Mangiate L'insalate (Episode #2303)
KQED Life: Wed, Dec 18, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
There's no end to the salads Mary Ann can create when Guy's Garden is in full-delivery mode, starting with a healthy, hearty Bulgur Salad. Then she combines two of her favorite veggies. Cauliflower and Broccoli in a creative, "give me seconds" salad, and finishes off her parade of salads with a tart and tasty Radicchio Salad.
Sweet Things/Cose Dolci (Episode #2302)
KQED Life: Tue, Dec 17, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Rhode Island State Treasurer Gina Raimondo knows her way around fiscal cliffs and the family kitchen too as she and Mary Ann create an elegant Torta Margherita alla Crema di Caffe'. Then Mary Ann commits a calorie-cost overrun with her irresistible Chocolate Mousse, but Gina seconds Mary Ann's motion to dismiss - to enjoy this dessert instead.
Fresh Fruit, So Good/La Frutta Fresca, Buonissima (Episode #2301)
KQED Life: Mon, Dec 16, 2013 -- 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!
More Umbrian Cooking/Piu' Cucina Umbra (Episode #2226)
KQED Life: Fri, Dec 13, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to a cooking school in Spoleto, Italy, where her students are eager to learn the fine art of creating the classic Capelletti in Brodo (Little Hats in Chicken Broth), followed by hearty and filling Lentils with Leeks and Sausage, then spinach-filled Torta al Testo (Bread on a Stone). Porchetta (Rolled, Stuffed Pork) caps off the main course, followed by a Fresh Fruit Tart for a rousing finish to this perfect Umbrian meal.
Cheeses/Formaggi (Episode #2225)
KQED Life: Thu, Dec 12, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
There's no end to what you can do with cheese, and Mary Ann proves it by combining it into a Four Cheese Pizza, grating it into potatoes for a pan-fried Frico, and shredding, then melting it into a Grana Padano Cheese Basket with Basil Oil Infusion. Cheese? Please!
Cauliflower/Broccolo (Episode #2224)
KQED Life: Wed, Dec 11, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann's in a creative mood, nella cucina, when she turns the humble cauliflower into a masterful star, starting with luscious Creamy Cauliflower Baked in a Mold. Then it's time for a colorful and hearty Broccolo and Pasta that will leave you cheering for cauliflower the next time you see it in your grocery store - or better yet, in your garden.
Company Dinner/La Cena Per Gli Ospiti (Episode #2223)
KQED Life: Tue, Dec 10, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Author and food critic John Mariani joins Mary Ann nella cucina to pair fantastic wines with an equally fantastic dinner, starting with a clever Chickpea Flatbread, then under the broiler goes Marinated Lamb Shoulder Chops with Fresh Mint Sauce. For dessert, what else? Buttermilk Panna Cotta with a dessert wine to send you to heaven - and keep you there.
Antipasto Favorites/Antipasti Favoriti (Episode #2222)
KQED Life: Mon, Dec 9, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Got a party coming up? Look no further than Mary Ann to help you feed your hungry guests with these creative antipasti: quick-to-prepare Chickpea Meatballs, tart and refreshing Marinated Shrimp and Cannellini Beans, and Pizza Antipasti with clever toppings. Let the fun - and food - begin!
Cooking for Friends/Cucinando Per Gli Amici (Episode #2221)
KQED Life: Fri, Dec 6, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
It's Sunday when Mary Ann visits Christina and Carla Pallotta, two sisters who are the driving force behind Nebo Restaurant in Boston, MA, where they're preparing their mom's favorite recipes for visiting friends. Ricotta Gnocchi with Rape and Pignola Nut Sauce, followed by Stuffed Breast of Veal, with Fontina Cheese Polenta and Wild Mushrooms on the side. Great sisters. Lucky friends.
Chicken/Pollo (Episode #2220)
KQED Life: Thu, Dec 5, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann proves there are more ways to cook chicken than you can possibly imagine by preparing classic Chicken with Wine and Grapes, then a wintry-perfect Chicken and Fontina Casserole, and finishes off with easy-to-prepare Chicken Cutlets Stuffed with Ham and Herbs. Don't be chicken with chicken.
Cooking with Herbs/Cucinando Con Le Herbe (Episode #2219)
KQED Life: Wed, Dec 4, 2013 -- 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.
Cooking School for Everyone/La Scuola Di Cucina Per Tutti (Episode #2218)
KQED Life: Tue, Dec 3, 2013 -- 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: Mon, Dec 2, 2013 -- 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.