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.
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: Mon, Feb 8, 2016 -- 4:30pm
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: Tue, Feb 9, 2016 -- 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: Wed, Feb 10, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
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: Thu, Feb 11, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
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.
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.
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: Tue, Feb 16, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
A Little Spice with a Hint of Beer (#205H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
There is nothing more delicious than butterflied poultry with super crispy chicken. In this episode, Lidia starts with a Spicy Butterflied Cornish Hen made with hot cherry peppers, rosemary and wine. She then pulls out the beer to add to her Potatoes Baked in Beer. Our favorite Grandma Erminia joins Lidia to taste the Squash and Ricotta Tart.
- KQED Life: Wed, Feb 17, 2016 -- 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.
- KQED Life: Thu, Feb 18, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
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.
Savory Baking (#320H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In this episode, the oven is on for the fish dish, the vegetable dish and for the chicken drumsticks! Lidia creates three great main course ideas that are just right for days when you want to do everything in one dish and put it in the oven until it's ready to serve. She makes a baked fennel with tomatoes and oozing cheese. She then creates a rollatini of sole with flavored breadcrumbs baked in a light and delicate sauce of fresh herbs, lemon and white wine. Her simple and flavorful chicken drumsticks are made with peppers, onions and paprika.
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, Feb 23, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
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, Feb 24, 2016 -- 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.
- KQED Life: Thu, Feb 25, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
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.
Gnocchi (#321H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
If there were another name for Lidia's family, it would be the gnocchi family. They love making them together and eating them. Lidia starts with a butternut squash gnocchi that is as soft as a feather and served with a velvety sage and butter sauce. Next, she prepares a marinated bread of chicken seared with shiitake mushrooms, rosemary and sage. Her sauteed earthy Brussels sprouts are made with pepperoncino, garlic and walnuts. They are nutty and spicy.
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, Mar 1, 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, Mar 2, 2016 -- 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.
- KQED Life: Thu, Mar 3, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
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.
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.
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Mar 8, 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.
- KQED Life: Wed, Mar 9, 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.
- KQED Life: Thu, Mar 10, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
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.
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.
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.
- KQED Life: Thu, Mar 17, 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.
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.
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: Thu, Mar 24, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Super Simple Seared Lamb Chops (#218H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Grilled lamb chops are always delicious but in this episode, Lidia sears them in a heavy skillet, pressing them down so that all the surfaces get crisp. She serves the chops with a simple yet elegant red wine sauce made with dried cherries, garlic, bay leaves and rosemary. Served with a Tasty Potato Salad and finished with beautiful Almond and Coffee Cream Mini Tarts, this is a meal that everyone will love!
- KQED Life: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
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.
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: Thu, Mar 31, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me