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.
Going Fishing (#226H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
It's all about fresh seafood in this episode with three of Lidia's most requested fish recipes: Clam Bruschetta features crusty Italian bread, still warm from the grill with clam sauce; Halibut Baked with Mushrooms in a Lemon and White Wine Sauce is a great weeknight meal as is Grouper with Potatoes and Peppers.
- KQED Life: Tue, Dec 1, 2015 -- 4:30pm
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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.
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.
- KQED Life: Thu, Dec 3, 2015 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Fall's Flavorful Favorites (#202H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In this episode, Lidia creates a seasonal meal that says "Family Time! " Pork and grapes are a natural combination, and in today's menu she prepares Pork Medallions with Grapes; Baked Fennel with Sage and for dessert, a colorful and perfect cold weather Orange in Marsala for dessert.
- KQED Life: Fri, Dec 4, 2015 -- 4:30pm Remind me
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.
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.
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.
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 9, 2015 -- 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.
- KQED Life: Thu, Dec 10, 2015 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Simple Weekday Dinner Ideas (#203H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Are you always in rush to prepare something quick yet delicious for dinnertime? In this episode, Lidia shares three of her favorite quick and simple meal ideas-all of which can work as an appetizer, a lunch or quick dinner. They include: Scallops, Scallion and Mushrooms; Chicken Breasts with Orange and Gaeta Olives; Tuna with Mimosa Sauce.
- KQED Life: Fri, Dec 11, 2015 -- 4:30pm Remind me
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.
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Dec 15, 2015 -- 4:30pm 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.
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 16, 2015 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Garlic and Onion Steal The Show (#204H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Garlic and Onions appear in many Italian dishes, and in this episode they actually become the "star ingredients." Lidia starts the meal with a quick and easy Savory Onion Tart followed by a delicious, mild and creamy Garlic Risotto. For dessert, it's all about chocolate with the moist Torta Caprese.
- KQED Life: Fri, Dec 18, 2015 -- 4:30pm Remind me
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.
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Dec 22, 2015 -- 4:30pm Remind me
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.
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 23, 2015 -- 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.
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Dec 29, 2015 -- 4:30pm Remind me
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.
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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!
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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 9: Sat, Jan 16, 2016 -- 12:30pm Remind me
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 9: Sat, Jan 23, 2016 -- 12:30pm Remind me
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 9: Sat, Jan 30, 2016 -- 12:30pm Remind me