This series is a paean to the importance of mealtime. Over the course of 26 episodes, Emmy-winner Lidia Bastianich conjures simple, seasonal and economical dishes with grace, confidence and love. She teaches viewers to draw on their roots, allow for spontaneity, and cultivate a sense of home in the kitchen. Lidia makes rustic staples, including oatmeal biscuits, apple cider-braised pork shoulder, potato pizza, salmon with mustard sauce, country onion soup, lentil country salad and Grandma Rosa's apple cake. Filled with tips and techniques collected through years in the kitchen and at the family table, Lidia channels her passion for teaching into a fun and trustworthy curriculum of kitchen wisdom.
Family Favorites (#206H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
It's all about family in this episode as Lidia shares three of her favorite family recipes. Marinated Meatballs, Zucchini Parmigiana, Artichoke Carbonara and Jam Filled Mezzaluna are the stars of this episode.
- KQED Life: Tue, Aug 23, 2016 -- 4:30pm
The Oven Is On (#207H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
There is nothing like a warm oven that makes guests feel invited in a kitchen. The heat and the aromas permeate and bring smiles to everyone's faces. In this episode, Lidia shares three of her favorite oven baked dishes - Eggplant and Rice Parmigiana, Vegetable and Meat Casserole, Bread Pudding with Pears.
- KQED Life: Wed, Aug 24, 2016 -- 4:30pm
A Perfect Weeknight Meal (#210H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Preparing a delicious and nutritious weeknight meal for the family is not always easy but Lidia shares some of her quickest and simplest recipes that will work in any kitchen. The menu includes: Carrot and Apple Salad; Salmon Fillets with Prosecco served with Savory Potatoes and Apple Crumble - a dessert that can be made with almost any seasonal fruit.
More Pasta (#314H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
When Lidia talks about pasta in her family, it's never "basta!" Today, she creates three new pasta dishes that everyone will love including a linguine with Swiss chard that is made with walnuts and creamy ricotta. She then makes a simple dish of farfalle with swordfish, prepared with tomatoes, fresh herbs and capers. And finally, there is nothing better than Lidia's spaghetti and meatballs!
- KQED Life: Fri, Aug 26, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Trio of Heartwarming Pasta (#221H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Everybody loves pasta! In this episode, Lidia starts with the simplest - a Spaghettini with Olive oil and Rosemary, then moves on to a hearty dish of Tagliatelle with Meatballs and Eggplant, and finishes with a delicious whole wheat pasta- Baked Whole Wheat Penne with Ceci Beans.
Symphony of Pastas (#208H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
There is nothing like pasta to bring Lidia's family to the table. In this episode, Lidia shares some of her favorite pasta dishes including a comforting Baked Rigatoni with Zucchini, a delicious Penne with Ricotta and Mushrooms and one of her personal favorites, Fettuccine with a Clam and Leek Sauce.
- KQED Life: Tue, Aug 30, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Cozy Wintertime Kitchen (#209H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Today is a celebration of some of Lidia's favorite comfort foods. The combination of potatoes and pasta in one dish is not unusual in Italy and in her Pipette with Sweet Potatoes, Lidia adds a beloved American ingredient to give it a nutritious and complex finish. Veal Stew with Onion and Squash is the perfect one-pot meal, in which the protein and vegetables come together. Her Tasty Cauliflower is a recipe that can be used with other boiled or steamed vegetables like potatoes, zucchini and parsnips.
- KQED Life: Wed, Aug 31, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Grandma's Favorites (#211H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In this episode, Lidia honors the Grandmothers of the family. She starts with a delicious and quick Skillet Gratin of Mushrooms and Chicken, one of her mother's favorites. As the chicken is cooking, she heads to the side dish, Celery Potatoes and Tomatoes. Joining her at the end of the show is Lidia's granddaughter, Julia to taste Grandma Rosa's Apple Cake.
Fresh Pasta (#315H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Fresh pasta is an Italian family tradition passed through the generations. Today she starts with a silky pappardelle pasta dressed with pesto made from walnut, basil and parsley. She then takes the same pasta dough and shapes it into tortelloni stuffed with spinach and ricotta, dressed with a classic marinara sauce.
- KQED Life: Fri, Sep 2, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Lemony Chicken - A Family Favorite (#222H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In this episode, Lidia creates a dish that is perfect for family and holiday gatherings. Packed with flavor, this crispy oven baked chicken is bursting with lemon goodness. As a side, she makes a Celery Gratin and a Belgian and Walnut Salad.
Heartwarming Comfort Foods (#212H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Who doesn't love comfort food?? In this episode, Lidia shares some of her most requested and delicious comfort food recipes: Pasta and Bean Soup; Decadent Ham in Marsala Sauce; and her Italian version of one of America's favorites: Hamburger with Homemade Ketchup.
Seared Steak (#316H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
When talking about a juicy steak, grilling often comes to mind but for Lidia, it's all about the sear. In today's episode, Lidia begins with a crispy Montasio cheese frico stuffed with potatoes and onions. She then makes a seared steak with a perfectly balanced sauce of rosemary, shallots and mixed mushrooms. Her side dish is a braised escarole with olive oil, pepperoncino and garlic-simple and delicious.
- KQED Life: Fri, Sep 9, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Garden of Goodness (#223H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia believes in cooking according to season, and when springtime comes, she and her family all work together to create a beautiful garden. In this episode, she shares four delicious recipes that celebrate the bounty of the summertime garden: Tuna Salad with Boiled Zucchini, String Bean Salad with Capers and Basil, Whole What Cous Cous with Cucumbers, and finally Shells with Chicken and Zucchini.
More Family Favorites (#213H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In this episode, Lidia prepares three regional Italian dishes - from Piedmont to Tuscany to Emilia Romagna. Her colorful Peppers Piedmontese are a great addition to any antipasto or buffet table, her Mafalde Michelangelo Style is a delicious pasta dish based on dish attributed to Michelangelo. Lastly she shares a Filet Mignon Italian Style with Balsamic Reduction using this liquid gold from the area of Modena.
Risotto (#317H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
If you can't make it to Milan for a dish of "Risotto alla Milanese" bring the dish to your kitchen! Lidia begins today's meal with a creamy risotto alla Milanese with saffron and marrow bone followed by a succulent quail stuffed with Italian sausage and mushrooms. For dessert, it's an Italian classic - light and creamy panna cotta with seasonal berries.
- KQED Life: Fri, Sep 16, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
A Light Summery Meal (#224H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Today, Lidia serves a beautiful Striped Bass with Tomato Pesto over a bed of fennel as the star of the meal. She then creates a tasty dish of Mint String Beans. For dessert, summer is still the theme with Peach Granita, although the granita technique can be made with all kinds of seasonal fruits.
Dinnertime Soup and Sandwich (#214H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia fell in love with the Soup and Sandwich concept shortly after she arrived in America. And soups are one of her favorite creations to make. In this episode, she prepares a velvety Spinach and Chickpea Soup; an Italian style Baked Toast Sandwich and to finish, she enjoys some Oatmeal Crepes with her grandson Ethan.
Sweetest of Sweets (#215H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Today's episode features a collection of the best of Italian dolce or sweets - from cookies to cake to pudding. Lidia begins this episode with Anise Cookies, then prepares a Mint Granita, a light and heavenly Angel Cake with Fresh Berries, and lastly a Rice Pudding with a Blessing, inspired by one of the convents in Italy.
Chicken Stock (#318H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Every great kitchen needs a big pot of good stock and with this pot of stock Lidia will make three delicious dishes. She starts by making a flavorful chicken stock made into "Stracciatella," laced with eggs and spinach. She then uses the stock in her succulent stuffed veal chop with oozing fontina. Finally, she prepares a braised kale with bacon, a wonderful dish that she has been eating since she was a child.
- KQED Life: Fri, Sep 23, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
The Versatile Tomato and All Things Italian (#225H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tomatoes are known in the Italian culture although the tradition goes way beyond the simple tomato sauce. Lidia gathers some of her favorite tomato based recipes and shares them in this episode including: Tomato and Mint Salad, Tomato and Ricotta Crostini, Spaghetti with Quick Pantry Sauce. She finishes with a Gluttonous Tomato-a perfect appetizer or lunch dish starring oven baked tomatoes stuffed with bread, grated cheese and seasonings and topped with farm fresh eggs.
I Love Eggs (#216H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia LOVES eggs, and in this episode, she shares four super simple recipes that feature this amazing ingredient that Lidia recalls fondly from her own grandmother's courtyard in Istria. Oregano Eggs and Anchovy Frittata are delicious appetizers or main courses. The Rustic Salad is a great meal idea with lots of complex textures and flavors. For a sweet finish, Lidia whips up Zabaglione with Fresh Fruit.
- KQED Life: Tue, Sep 27, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Seafood Symphony (#217H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia has enjoyed clamming with the locals in Le Marche as well as in Long Island, and in this episode she shares two of her most popular clam dishes: Pappa al Pomodoro with Clams is based on the Tuscan classic - tomato and bread soup. Clam and Scallion Risotto, is a delicious variation of the beloved Linguine with Clams.
- KQED Life: Wed, Sep 28, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Focaccia (#319H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Focaccia is an irresistible, crunchy Italian flatbread. It's great for sandwiches and even to stuff. Lidia begins by making a classic rosemary and lemon focaccia; she then moves on to a filled focaccia with smoky speck and fontina cheese. To finish these two lunchtime and snack favorites, she creates a salad of shrimp, fava and cranberry beans.
- KQED Life: Fri, Sep 30, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me