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.
Seafood Surprises (#116H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia breaks down the artichoke and shows how simple they are to prepare and use. She stuffs them with a delicious light salad of tuna, capers, and hard boiled eggs. She matches Grouper with potatoes and peppers to create a lovely balanced dish. Grandma arrives in time for dessert - jam filled Mezze Lune Frite.
- KQED 9: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 -- 1:30pm
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: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 -- 4:30pm email reminder
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.
Good Enough for Grandma (#124H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Grandma joins Lidia to taste two trusty recipes. A creamy Ricotta and Vegetable Crostata, and a home-style Semolina and Escarole Soup.
Michelangelo's Favorite Pasta (#123H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia whips up Mafalde Florentine Style - just like il Divino would have ordered it. She also cooks up savory Loin Lamb Chops in a Red Wine Sauce. For dessert - a rustic classic. Grandma Rosa's Apple Cake.
- KQED Life: Thu, Nov 27, 2014 -- 4:30pm email reminder
Light and Delicious Supper (#125H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Fresh vegetables and dip make a lively, and lovely, precursor to a delicious meal of baked swordfish with lemon, capers, and vinegar; plus versatile Boiled Potatoes with Fresh Mint Sauce.
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.
Piemonte Peppers (#126H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Peppers Piemontese are so much more than roasted red peppers. Lidia shows you how to create this classic dish. A cozy Country Style Fava Soup will send you back in time. For dessert - every culture has a crepe - and in northern Italy, it's Oatmeal Palacinke.
A Delicious Elegant Meal (#101H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Join Lidia as she prepares an easy but impressive Tomato and Mint Salad, a simple but mouthwatering Filet Italian Style with Balsamic Reduction, and a tempting gluten-free Torta Caprese.
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.
All in the Pantry (#102H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia prepares quick meals right out of the pantry-perfect when you're in a hurry (or just want to clean out your cabinets!). Learn to make hearty Pasta and Bean Soup, flavorful Spaghetti with Quick Pantry Sauce, and a delicate spaghettini with Olive Oil and Rosemary.
- KQED Life: Tue, Dec 9, 2014 -- 4:30pm email reminder
Two Savory Soups and Ligurian Focaccia (#103H) Duration: 26:42 STEREO TVG
Sometimes all you need is a little soup and a little bread. Lidia bakes a Focaccia Genovese and serves it with Le Marche Style Bean Soup prepared with sweet and mellow cabbage. With a few pantry ingredients, she creates a simple and hearty Country Onion Soup.
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 10, 2014 -- 4:30pm email reminder
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 12, 2014 -- 4:30pm email reminder
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.
Time for Brunch (#104H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Brunch Italian Style! Learn to make savory rustic Oatmeal Biscuits. Then have a whole meal inside a plump Gluttonous Tomato - it's an easy dish of tomatoes stuffed with bread, herbs cheese and eggs. On the side, a versatile String Bean salad of with Capers and Basil.
- KQED Life: Tue, Dec 16, 2014 -- 4:30pm email reminder
Classics with a Twist (#105H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia's reinventing Italian classics. Learn to make Lidia's fresh Mozzarella salad not with tomatoes but Celery and walnuts instead. She puts a spin on the classic Pappa al Pomodoro from Maremma by adding clams! Plus, a crowd-pleasing Zucchini Parmigiana, a delicious variation of on tried and true eggplant version.
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 17, 2014 -- 4:30pm email reminder
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 19, 2014 -- 4:30pm email reminder
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.
Under The Sea (#106H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
With a twist on Linguine alle Vongole, Lidia creates Clam Bruschetta using bread. She takes the mystery out of mushrooms and pairs them with Scallops and Scallions. Talking tuna, she prepares a refreshing salad of grilled Tuna with Mimosa Sauce.
- KQED Life: Tue, Dec 23, 2014 -- 4:30pm email reminder
Waste Not Want Not! (#107H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Join Lidia in the kitchen as she makes use of left over lettuce by incorporating it into a creamy Risotto. Using a secondary cut of meat, she creates decadent Veal stew with Onion and Squash, and don't throw away that day old bread, use it in a tasty Bread Pudding with Pears.
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 24, 2014 -- 4:30pm email reminder
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: Fri, Dec 26, 2014 -- 4:30pm email reminder
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.
Pork Kabobs and Heavenly Ham (#108H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Today Lidia's talking pork! Go whole hog and learn to make savory Prune and Pork Kabobs, comforting Braised Cabbage with Prosciutto, and Decadent Ham in Marsala Sauce.
- KQED Life: Tue, Dec 30, 2014 -- 4:30pm email reminder
Not Your Typical Burger (#109H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia takes on the hamburger and redefines a classic. Burgers stuffed with mozzarella and basil, then topped with Lidia's own homemade ketchup. As a side dish, a Tasty Cauliflower salad richly flavored with anchovies and herbs.
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 31, 2014 -- 4:30pm email reminder