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.
Brodetto (#322H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Brodetto is a savory, soup fish preparation that can be found up and down the coast of Italy. Lidia makes her rrodetto with onion, scallion, clams and mussels and lots of parsley and pepperoncino. Lidia's walnut cake is delicate and nutty with just enough espresso to make it truly Italian.
- KQED Life: Fri, Oct 21, 2016 -- 4:30pm
All About Chicken (#403H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
This episode features a "Best of Chicken" with some of Lidia's favorite dishes from the oven to the stovetop. Recipes include a succulent roasted chicken; a simple and earthy seared chicken breast with mushrooms; and finally a dish with a little kick - paprika drumsticks with peppers.
- KQED Life: Sat, Oct 22, 2016 -- 12:30pm
- KQED 9: Sat, Oct 22, 2016 -- 12:30pm
Polenta (#303H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia prepares a large pot of bubbling polenta, a dish that she grew up with and loved. From that polenta, she'll bake crostini with mixed mushrooms and cheese which is a perfect starter to any meal. Her granddaughter, Julia, joins her in the kitchen to help assemble and of course, taste! She'll then prepare a hearty polenta dish with bacon and broccoli, a perfect combination. Finally, she'll make sweet skillet sausage with mixed grapes.
Fish and Seafood (#310H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
It doesn't get any better in an Italian kitchen than when Lidia makes fish and vegetables. In this episode, she prepares a nice and refreshing pan seared shrimp with arugula pesto. Her next dish is butterflied trout, fried in a pan with bacon and basil served with a zucchini dish made with anchovies and capers.
Pasta (#311H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Everybody loves pasta and so does Lidia. Today, she makes three dishes that viewers will love. Her first dish is an orecchiette with clams and zucchini, made with scallions, pepperoncino and garlic. Her spaghetti Caruso is made with a hearty sauce of mixed mushrooms, tomatoes, peas and chicken livers. She finishes with a unique dish of rigatoni with cauliflower, saffron and golden raisins.
- KQED Life: Wed, Oct 26, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Savory Baking (#312H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia introduces this episode with "beautiful vegetables and a hot oven: a great marriage!" She then begins the meal with a simple and refreshing sesame and fava bean dip, perfect for flatbreads. Next, she prepares a baked eggplant stuffed with meat and vegetables, topped with a golden, cheesy crust. Her unique version of baked potatoes is made with pancetta and oregano.
Baked Pasta (#323H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Everyone loves baked pasta, and in this episode, Lidia prepares a baked penne dish with a comforting pork ragu and zucchini topped with a golden crust of cheese. She also makes an elegant salad of asparagus, scallions and boiled egg and finishes the meal with a delicious and moist chocolate zucchini cake.
- KQED Life: Fri, Oct 28, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Salt (#404H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Salting your food is an important step in any kitchen, and the type of salt used can make a huge difference in your meal. Today's menu includes: salted cod fritters: crispy chunky cod fritters made for the perfect salty snack; penne rigate in vodka sauce: an iconic Italian pasta dish with penne rigate in a creamy pink vodka sauce; beef chuck and beer; a rick and flavorful braise that will beckon everyone to the table.
- KQED 9: Sat, Oct 29, 2016 -- 12:30pm Remind me
Eggs (#304H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Eggs were always a favorite at Lidia's home as a kid and they still are. In this episode, she'll prepare savory egg battered zucchini roll ups; a refreshing and simple fennel, red onion and celery salad topped with Italian salami and a luscious frittata filled with ricotta, tomatoes, onion and basil.
Roasting and Baking (#313H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The oven is on in Lidia's kitchen, and she is using it for sweet and savory dishes. To start, she makes a springtime crunchy, cheese roasted asparagus dish. Next is a family favorite, baked eggplant with tomatoes, created with cheese, herbs and topped with a baked egg. Then it's time for sweets as she prepares an almond torte with chocolate chips served with a mound of whipped cream.
Ragu (#301H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Italians don't like to eat big pieces of meat, but they do like to braise small pieces with lots of vegetables into delicious ragus. In this episode, Lidia creates a delicious meal of celery stalks stuffed with gorgonzola and apples; mouthwatering lamb ragu prepared with an array of peppers and potatoes and for a sweet finish, a gianduia cake made of hazelnuts and chocolate-a Piedmontese tradition.
- KQED Life: Wed, Nov 2, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Crespelle (#302H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Italians love their crespelle or crepes. In this episode, Lidia teaches viewers how to stuff them with tomato and grated cheese. Today's menu includes: celery, artichoke and mortadella salad, "crespelle manicotti" stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella and for dessert, an Italian classic - beautiful strawberries topped with balsamic vinegar, a Lidia favorite.
- KQED Life: Thu, Nov 3, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Vegetables (#324H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Whether used in soups, roasted or stuffed, the Italians love their vegetables. In this episode, she makes a platter full of roasted peppers stuffed with tuna. She then creates a mellow dish of savory onions stuffed with lamb and sweet raisins. The cauliflower and tomato soup is one that warms the heart and any kitchen table.
- KQED Life: Fri, Nov 4, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Gnocchi (#405H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
They have been called the "gnocchi family" and in this episode, Lidia shares two of her more unusual versions of this dish: her butternut squash gnocchi are light and slightly sweet as they showcase this welcome vegetable in the potato mix. Her next dish is plum gnocchi, which is typical of her homeland and even sweeter, sometimes eaten as a dessert. Made with toasted breadcrumbs, cinnamon and butter, it doesn't get any better than this.
- KQED 9: Sat, Nov 5, 2016 -- 12:30pm Remind me
Perfect Roasted Chicken (#305H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Every cook dreams of a perfectly roasted chicken, and today Lidia shows the viewer how to do just that. She starts with an American favorite - a crunchy, cheese Caesar salad. Her lemon roasted chicken goes beyond comfort food with onions, rosemary and lots of lemons. Finally she prepares a free form crostata with juicy plums.
Dough and Crusts (#325H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Italians will wrap anything in dough, whether it's savory or sweet, and still have time for a classic. Lidia begins this meal with a savory zucchini and rice crostata. She then turns to the sweets with a celebration of zeppole, a fried delicious dough stuffed with creamy ricotta. Grandma Erminia, who has the sweet tooth in the family, joins Lidia for this segment. Lastly, there is still time for a classic and Lidia prepares an easy steamed mussel dish with white wine, onions, bay leaves and pepperoncino.
- KQED Life: Fri, Nov 11, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Cooking with Wine (#406H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Italians love to drink wine with their meals and cook with it as well. In this episode, Lidia shares a meal where wine plays a part of each delicious dish: sausage crostini: a toasted piece of bread topped with sweet Italian sausage and topped with taleggio cheese; linguine with white clam sauce: a simple white wine clam sauce served with linguine pasta; braised beef rolls: stuffed beef rolls oozing with the flavors of prosciutto, provolone and golden raisins served in a red wine tomato sauce.
- KQED 9: Sat, Nov 12, 2016 -- 12:30pm Remind me
Braising (#306H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
There are few things better than a great piece of meat braised in Barolo wine. When accompanied by some braised vegetables, you've got yourself a great meal. In this episode, Lidia prepares a crispy golden Italian style quiche followed by a fork tender beef braised in Barolo. Her side dish is a braised broccoli rabe with garlic and extra virgin olive oil. This is a meal any family will love.
Pizza (#307H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Everybody loves grilling, and everybody loves pizza. Today Lidia puts the two together and prepares grilled pizza which anyone can do - rain or shine - as it's done in her kitchen. She makes a simple Margherita style pizza and another version topped with prosciutto. To start, her fresh and crunchy salad is made with cucumbers, string beans and potatoes. For dessert, she prepares juicy peaches and blueberries soaked in prosecco.
Braising Smaller Cuts (#308H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Today it's all about the braise. To start, Lidia makes a unique salad of radicchio and oranges, a perfect blend of bitter and sweet. She then makes a heartwarming braised chicken thigh dish with potatoes and olives, a family favorite. For another braise, she demonstrates a simple technique with cauliflower that brings out the nutty flavor of this underused vegetable.
Antipasti (#326H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
There is a party in the air with an Italian flair. Lidia teaches the viewer several dishes that will work for any party - including a selection of varies cheese, cured meat and Giardiniera-style vegetables; an easy and quick sweet and sour zucchini dish and lastly stuffed mushrooms made with a delicious mixture of scallions, red peppers and fresh parsley. Lastly there is still time for a delicious salad of poached seafood featuring shrimp, mussels and calamari.
- KQED Life: Fri, Nov 18, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Eggs - All Different Ways (#407H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
It's an episode devoted to the fresh, simple egg, and it highlights some of Lidia's all-time favorites: stracciatella: a simple chicken stock laced with ribbons of egg and tender spinach; frittata with ricotta: a luscious frittata filled with ricotta, tomatoes, onions and basil; baked eggplant and eggs: a baked dish showing off of one of summer's best vegetables.
Quick and Delicious Braises (#309H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia loves long cooking techniques and braising but often, one just wants to prepare quick and delicious meals using the same technique. In this episode, she teaches the viewer to do just that. Her first dish is a velvety lettuce soup in a fontina gratin; she then makes a juicy but super quick pork tenderloin with balsamic onions. Lastly, she prepares string beans with rocky mashed potatoes made with garlic and olive oil.
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 22, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Layering Italian Flavors (#401H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
"Alla Parmigiana" is a technique applied in many southern Italian dishes that is all about layering simple bold flavors. In today's episode, Lidia shows the viewers her chicken parmigiana light: a version of chicken parmigiana, a breaded chicken thigh layered with tomato and mozzarella and nestled in a bed of tomato sauce; steamed broccoli and egg salad: a simple steamed broccoli dish dressed with red wine vinegar and hard boiled eggs; and limoncello tiramisu: a real "pick me up" made with lady fingers, mascarpone and limoncello zabaglione.
- KQED Life: Fri, Nov 25, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Italian Taste for Bitter Vegetables (#408H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Italy is one big garden with a year round growing season. Vegetables are often the stars of the meal, and today Lidia will highlight the versatility of delicious bitter vegetables like broccoli rabe, radicchio and escarole. She makes baked radicchio. Sweetened by the cook time this dish caramelizes into a tender hearty bite. broccoli rabe and sausage: a classic combination with sweet Italian sausage and bitter broccoli rabe; escarole and white bean Soup: a heart warming escarole and white bean soup.